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U.S.-Pakistan Relations, Dealing with Cuba, and Somali Piracy

April 9, 2009


Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

  • Defeating Piracy: In an editorial, Arab News calls for tough measures to stop the piracy off the coast of Somalia. The paper says that there should be a more effective blockade, and that ships should, if necessary, be grouped in protective convoys.


  • Global Warming: The paper warns against too many scare stories about global warming. In an editorial, it calls on politicians to base their statements on scientific evidence rather than pandering to 'scary' but possibly untruthful claims by environmentalists.

Business Day (South Africa)

  • Economic Crisis: Economist Kay Walsh and Josina Oliphant, a commodity analyst, look at the way the downturn in global trade and manufacturing are impacting the South African economy. The authors conclude that GDP growth in South Africa will be even worse hit than predicted.

China Daily

  • Reform IMF: Xiao Lian of the Institute of World Economics and Politics calls for urgent reforms of the IMF. These are needed, he argues, in order to recognize the growing importance of countries such as China. These emerging giants should be allowed to elect the heads of international financial institutions, and the Chinese yuan should be given special drawing rights' status.

Dar Al-Hayat (Lebanon)

  • Obama and Turkey: Commentator Abdullah Iskandar looks back at President Obama's recent visit to Turkey. He writes that because of its leadership role in the region and its conciliatory attitude, Turkey is a perfect partner for the United States.

Dawn (Pakistan)

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan: An editorial highlights the different approaches to winning the war against the Taliban shown by Washington and Islamabad. The editorial criticizes U.S. attacks on Pakistani soil, but acknowledges that Pakistan needs to make a greater effort if the militants are to be defeated.

Financial Times

  • Peruvian Justice: An editorial comments on the twenty-five-year sentence handed down to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. The paper applauds the fact that he was given a fair trial, and that justice was upheld in such a politically sensitive matter.

Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • Carbon Caps and Trade: In an editorial, it looks at the Canadian government's proposal to introduce a tough cap-and-trade policy. The newspaper argues that this is essential to protect trade with the United States, which under President Obama is likely to be far more environmentally conscious.

Guardian (UK)

  • Selling Relics: An editorial in the Guardian considers the controversy over the sale of British Airways' last Concorde to Dubai. The newspaper argues that Britain needs cash, and had far too much heritage anyway.

Houston Chronicle

  • End to Earmarking: John Pisciotta of the Hankamer School of Business in Waco calls for a complete halt of tacking 'earmark' provisions onto important bills in the U.S. Congress. He argues that these provisions not only make the budget deficit worse, but help create a deficit of trust towards politicians.

Independent (UK)

  • Obama and Cuba: In an editorial, it considers the meeting between Fidel Castro and a U.S. Congressional group earlier this week. The newspaper sees this as an attempt by the Cuban leader to reach out to President Obama, and urges Obama to put a stop to the trade embargo with Cuba, and to begin normalizing relations between the two countries.

Los Angeles Times

  • U.S. and Terrorists: An editorial looks at the question of suspected terrorists held abroad by the U.S. authorities. The paper argues that the Obama administration should define the rights of these prisoners more carefully, or risk clashes with the courts.

Moscow Times

  • G-20's Successes: Konstantin Sonin, a professor at the new Economic School in Moscow, looks back at last week's G-20 meeting in London, and hails it as a big success. He is impressed by the spirit of unity displayed by the world leaders, and calls on the Russian government to continue to play an active role in global economic affairs.

National (UAE)

  • Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: An editorial notes that today is National Nuclear Technology day in Iran. The newspaper concludes that Iran should not pursue the nuclear path, as this will only create more difficulties for the country on the world stage.

New York Times

  • Medically Assisted Torture: An editorial refers to an International Red Cross report recently revealed, which documents the use of torture by the CIA. The newspaper is particularly concerned at the way medical personnel facilitated such actions, and calls for a thorough investigation.

Sydney Morning Herald

  • Dealing with China: Chris Bowen, Australia's federal assistant treasurer, recommends that the Australian government and others engage positively with this emerging world power, and do not resort to scare tactics to prevent further cooperation.

Times of London

  • Berlusconi's Blunders: In an editorial, it considers the history of what it calls Italian PM's 'insensitive remarks,' renewed with this week's earthquake. Although the prime minister complains that his critics lack a sense of humor, the newspaper says his crassness demeans his office and the Italians.

Wall Street Journal

  • Piracy on the High Seas: In an editorial, it looks at the attempt to take over a U.S. vessel off the coast of Somalia. According to the paper, the president must take a tougher stance on the issue, and if necessary, order the bombing of the Somali port out of which the pirates operate.
  • Islam and the West: Columnist Daniel Henninger considers the state of minority Christian groups in the Middle East. He calls for Islamic states to show as much respect and tolerance for them as President Obama has promised in U.S. dealings with the Muslim world.

Washington Post

  • Coddling Cuba: In an editorial, the Washington Post deplores the fact that a recent U.S. Congressional group spoke to Cuban leaders, but appears to have ignored the pro-democracy groups on the island. The newspaper insists that the United States must maintain its tough stance towards the Castro regime if it is to bring it to compromise.
  • Bush and AIDS: In a further editorial, it acknowledges the success of former president George W. Bush's PEPFAR program to help combat HIV/AIDS in developing countries. The paper calls for a continued effort in order to reduce the number of HIV positive people around the world.