Foreign Correspondents


This week, Capitol Hillary came home to a love fest and a feel-good poverty flick won the Golden Globe. Oh, and Gaza burned. But enough about us, what does the rest of the world think of us?

1. Paging Madame Secretary

  • We say: The Washington Post worries that Bill’s charity work will cast a shadow on Hill’s ability to do her new job. “Ms. Clinton would be doing herself, and Mr. Obama, a favor by pressing her husband to accept greater disclosure or, better yet, to suspend foreign fundraising.”
  • They say: Al Jazeera cares less about he said/she said and instead on the here and now, noting that Hillary “ruled out negotiations with the Palestinian group Hamas until it recognized Israel and renounced violence” and that “as Clinton’s first session with the committee ended in Washington DC, a group of spectators shouted ‘ceasefire in Gaza’ and held up signs.”

2. No Cease Fire in Site for Israel

  • We say: As per usual, our press is not shy in opining on all matters Israeli. For example, in his column yesterday, Tom “Woo! Israel!” Friedman wonders if “Israel is trying to eradicate Hamas or trying to ‘educate’ Hamas, by inflicting a heavy death toll on Hamas militants and heavy pain on the Gaza population.” He prefers “education” to “eradication,” I guess cuz then all the pesky dying will stop?
  • They say: On the other hand, German newspaper Der Spiegel is like, how can we possibly have an opinion at all, since “Israelis have shut the world press out of the Gaza Strip, forcing journalists to rely on Arab media and informants on the ground…making objective reporting on the war close to impossible.”

3. Slumdog Millionaire =  Slam Dunk?

  • We say: After winning four Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Danny Boyle’s underdog film about the ultimate underdog is looking like the “film to beat at the Academy Awards,” writes Time, “an unexpected position for a movie with a cast of unknowns and a story set among orphans and criminals on the streets of Mumbai.”
  • They say: The Guardian reports that “Slumdog Millionaire may have been thrown bouquets by western critics and audiences, but brickbats are flying in its direction in India.” Turns out that Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has problems with the western-produced vision of “India as [a] third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation…let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations.”

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