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Turmoil in Pakistan, G-20 Meeting, and Russia in Latin America

March 16, 2009

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Arab News

  • Russia and Latin America: An editorial in Arab News considers Russia's increasingly close ties with Cuba and Venezuela. The newspaper is concerned that any attempt to base Russian airplanes or other military hardware in these two countries could raise tensions with the United States.

Business Day (South Africa)

  • G-20 Choices: In an editorial, Business Day looks back at the meeting of G-20 finance ministers. The paper sees South Africa's position as being similar to that of the United States: both want the European countries to commit to greater stimulus packages. The editorial also argues that the April G-20 summit meeting should give emerging markets a greater say in international financial institutions.

China Daily

  • Dalai Lama: Chung-yue-Chang, a philosophy teacher in the United States, writes critically of the Dalai Lama. The author argues that the Tibetan leader takes a Western approach, and does not properly understand China.

Christian Science Monitor

  • Exports: In an editorial, it argues that exporting countries such as Germany, China, and Japan need to put less stress on exports and more on limiting consumption. Unless they do, says the paper, they will accumulate too many U.S. dollars, which it sees as a main contributor to the current global financial crisis.

Daily News (Egypt)

  • Obama's Middle East policy: Waleed Sadi, a former Jordanian ambassador to Turkey, looks at President Obama's policies towards Iraq, Iran, and the rest of the Middle East. He writes that the U.S. president is more concerned about security than advancing a regional peace process, and does not expect any more initiatives in the near future.

Financial Times

  • Against Protectionism: Former UK's Finance Minister Nigel Lawson warns against government and labor unions seeking to impose tariff restrictions on foreign goods in an attempt to support local employment. This, the writer argues, was a disaster in the 1930s, and could make the global situation even worse now.

Guardian

  • Obama and Afghanistan:  In an editorial, the Guardian asks whether Afghanistan could be turning into President Obama's Iraq: Will the promised increase of troops succeed in achieving the West's military and political goals? The newspaper is skeptical on this point, and instead thinks NATO should scale back and set itself more restricted goals.

Houston Chronicle

  • Fusion Energy: Columnist Thomas Friedman wonders what the effect of having successful hydrogen-powered cars in the near future would be. The writer concludes that advances such as this are necessary if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided.

Los Angeles Times

  • Judging the ICC: In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times looks at the case for the United States joining the International Criminal Court. The newspaper considers it far more important for the country to make sure defendants are brought to trial before a jury in the United States than to offload responsibility elsewhere.

New York Times

  • Stem Cell Research: In an editorial, the New York Times returns to the debate on stem cell research. The paper is dismayed at attempts to restrict the use of U.S. federal support to only surplus embryos. It calls for the U.S. National Institutes of Health to propose guidelines that will allow the use of embryos in as wide a context as possible.
  • Europe's Failures: Op-ed Columnist Paul Krugman writes that he is worried that Europe is not doing enough to combat the threat of the current global economic crisis. He identifies several reasons for this, from poor and complacent leadership to the straitjacket of the euro. 

 Sydney Morning Herald

  • World Recession: In an editorial, the Sydney Morning Herald argues that more legislation and government interference is not going to solve the current global financial crisis. The newspaper says that the United States and other governments should have let banking and insurance companies who had made such disastrous errors of judgment go to the wall. 

Telegraph (UK)

  • Pakistan in Crisis: In an editorial, the Telegraph examines the political turmoil in Pakistan. The paper urges all sides to come together to seek common ground, and to realize just how serious the current situation is.

Times of London

  • Pakistan: In an editorial, the Times berates the politicians on all sides in Pakistan. While they are fighting among themselves, the newspaper claims, the terrorist situation in the country is growing worse by the day.

Toronto Star

  • Trade with China: An editorial in the Toronto Star considers the importance of China as a trading partner. The paper urges the Canadian government to wake up to this fact, and to take more energetic steps to increase Canada-China trade links.

Wall Street Journal

  • Obama and the Markets: Columnist Thomas Frank writes that it appears that President Obama is to overhaul the way the federal government issues contracts, which in the past, had sought to 'outsource' as much business as possible. The writer is in favor of the government taking a close look at the amounts of money wasted by this way of doing business.

Washington Post

  • Obama's Imperial Foreign Policy: Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, argues that President Obama must accept that other countries have a different view of the world to the United States, and not seek to impose a hegemonic foreign policy in its dealings with them.