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World Opinion Roundup surveys the latest commentary, editorials, and Op-Eds on breaking news from pundits in Europe, the Mideast, Latin America, Asia and Africa.


Palestinian Parliamentary Elections

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 11:08:00 EST

What does Hamas's apparent victory mean?

Country Profile: Lebanon

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 13:01:00 EST

People | Politics | Media

Background on Syria and the Rafiq Hariri Investigation

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 10:55:00 EDT

Why is Syria in the news?

Questions & Answers on the Iraqi Constitution Referendum

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 11:23:00 EDT

Why is Iraq's constitution in the news?

Excerpts From the Iraqi Constitution

Tue, 11 Oct 2005 14:05:00 EDT

Note: Excerpted from the translation provided by the Associated Press.

In Katrina's Eye, Visions of America

Fri, 02 Sep 2005 09:39:04 EDT

In the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the world media sees an appalling human tragedy and some lessons for the sole remaining superpower.

Pessimism Clouds Constitution's Prospects

Wed, 24 Aug 2005 10:30:03 EDT

As the Iraqi National Assembly considers the latest draft of the country's proposed constitution, Tuesday's headlines in Baghdad suggested a capital city close to meltdown.

Iraq's Constitutional Process Explained

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 08:15:00 EDT

What is the status of Iraq's constitution?

Israeli Withdrawal From Gaza Explained

Wed, 10 Aug 2005 10:36:01 EDT

A brief explanation of Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip:

Don't Call It an Exit Strategy

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:00:00 EDT

A U.S. exit strategy for Iraq is beginning to take shape, though few U.S. and British officials care to call it that.

Muslims Again Confront Terrorist Image

Tue, 12 Jul 2005 08:57:05 EDT

Twenty-year-old Shahera Akther Islam had an appointment at the dentist's last Thursday morning, reports the Guardian on its page devoted to the victims of the July 7 bombings in London. She has not been heard from since. Shahera embodied multicultural London, according to the Times. A devout Muslim and dedicated shopper, she was "happy in a hijab or high heels."

Brits Debate Iraq Factor in Bombings

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:33:03 EDT

What prompted the bombs in London yesterday? Did the war in Iraq fuel the attacks that killed at least 50 Londoners or was it Islamic fundamentalism?

A Blow to Tony Blair, World President

Thu, 07 Jul 2005 11:09:01 EDT

Terror struck at Tony Blair's finest hour. As host and driving force of the Group of Eight summit, the British prime minister was close to assuming the role akin to that of a world president on Thursday morning. His dream of forging a global political agenda for the planet was coming to fruition at the moment the explosions ripped through London's subways and a double-decker bus.

Live 8 Short on Africans

Tue, 05 Jul 2005 12:03:03 EDT

About the only thing missing from the global Live 8 concerts to end poverty in Africa was the participation of Africans.

Iraq Strategy: Withdraw or Fight On?

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 09:03:03 EDT

In the wake of President Bush's speech on Iraq, international online commentators are talking about something American pundits are not: political negotiations to blunt the militant insurgency in Iraq.

Iraq Realities Force Bush to Respond

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:00:09 EDT

Once again, the Sunday Times scooped the U.S. press on a big Iraq war story. "US 'in talks with Iraq rebels,'" the London newspaper reported this weekend.

Why the Mainstream Media Is Catching On

Thu, 23 Jun 2005 12:20:11 EDT

The Downing Street Memo continues to spread in American political discussion despite efforts to dismiss its significance.

The Guantanamo Debate Comes Home

Mon, 20 Jun 2005 19:36:00 EDT

The U.S.-run detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, needs "to be closed down or cleaned up," former president Bill Clinton told the Financial Times. It may be surprising that the former American president is quoted in a British newspaper. But then again the international online media has long been ahead of U.S. news outlets in airing debate about the detention facility.

Vote or Boycott? Iran's Online Debate

Thu, 16 Jun 2005 08:15:03 EDT

The Iranian media's coverage of the Iranian presidential campaign belies the country's image as a monolithic theocratic dictatorship. The online media, in particular, voice the popular dissatisfaction with the country's ruling clerics that has pervaded the run-up to Friday's balloting.

Deep Throat of Downing Street

Tue, 14 Jun 2005 10:18:02 EDT

Deep Throat now has an English accent.

Bush Deflates Blair's Africa Plan

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 08:00:04 EDT

The international online media is panning President Bush's and Prime Minister Tony Blair's press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

The Downing Street Memo Story Won't Die

Tue, 07 Jun 2005 09:18:01 EDT

More than a month after its publication, the so-called Downing Street Memo remains among the top 10 most viewed articles on The Times of London site.

Insurgency Through Iraqi Eyes

Thu, 02 Jun 2005 08:38:16 EDT

As Iraqi insurgents have mounted bloody suicide attacks on civilians in recent weeks, the Iraqi press has become preoccupied with the specter of "sectarian conflict" -- and the difference between U.S. and Iraqi news coverage has become clearer.

A Resounding 'Non' for Europe

Tue, 31 May 2005 11:09:07 EDT

The people of France have spoken and there's not much dispute in the international online media about what they had to say.

Iran's Election, Nuclear Diplomacy in the Shadow of War

Thu, 26 May 2005 10:05:59 EDT

Domestic politics and international diplomacy converge in the shadow of war in Iran as the Middle East's most populous country prepares to decide its future.

First Lady's Sesame Street Adventure

Mon, 23 May 2005 17:54:02 EDT

The world says "Guantanamo," and the Bush administration replies "Sesame Street."

Big Day for Bush Foes

Thu, 19 May 2005 08:30:00 EDT

Tuesday was a very good day for two of the fiercest foreign critics of the Bush administration, according to the international online media.

When People Power Is a Problem

Tue, 17 May 2005 08:24:01 EDT

Not all rebellions against tyranny are created equal, it seems.

Iraq's Flirtation With the ICC

Thu, 12 May 2005 11:26:58 EDT

The story was the stuff of a Bush administration nightmare: "Iraq joins the International Criminal Court."

'Day of Victory' Echoes Cold War

Tue, 10 May 2005 08:21:04 EDT

Scratch the happy surface of Monday's 60th anniversary ceremony in Moscow commemorating the end of World War II and you will find deep apprehension about Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Hamas Running Strong in Palestinian Vote

Thu, 05 May 2005 07:52:00 EDT

It's a test of Arab democracy. It's a challenge to Israel. It's a referendum on suicide bombing.

Could Leaks Sink Tony Blair?

Tue, 03 May 2005 07:05:00 EDT

The drip drip drip of press leaks about Tony Blair's decision to join the U.S. invasion of Iraq is eroding the British prime minister's lead in public opinion polls heading into Thursday's election, according to British online commentators.

U.N. Reform Lost in Translation

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 09:47:59 EDT

When it comes to U.N. reform, the United States and the rest of the world are speaking different languages.

Billionaire Awaits Putin's Justice

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 10:38:00 EDT

Tomorrow's verdict in the trial of Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be the first test of President Vladimir Putin's vision for the economy and "social and political life of Russia." 

Three Ways of Looking at a Pope

Thu, 21 Apr 2005 06:00:00 EDT

The conservatism of Pope Benedict XVI is playing very differently around the world.