- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 12, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world.

The Times
Retirement of Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey
LONDON The manner in which George Carey let his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury be known was an accurate reflection of his tenure. His statement was brief, simple, dignified and he deliberately resisted the temptation to put his own stamp on his era. It fell to Dr. Carey to restore diplomatic relations between state and church and to seek to manage change within the Anglican community without prompting a serious schism. One of the archbishop's august predecessors expressed the modest hope that he had left the Church of England in a better condition than he had found it. Dr. Carey should enjoy his retirement knowing that he has certainly met that challenge.

The Independent
Trouble in Zimbabwe
LONDON The news from Zimbabwe only gets worse. When the parliament convenes again a clampdown on the media will top the agenda. A new bill threatens jail sentences for reporters who publish news "likely to cause alarm and despondency" (i.e. the truth about Robert Mugabe's regime). President Mugabe has tried to portray all critics of his regime as tools of the old colonial powers. In reality, the embattled opposition provides a reminder that civil society has not been cowed. The presidential elections are due in March. Morgan Tsvangirai, whose Movement for Democratic Change came close to ousting Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party in elections in June 2000, is now challenging the 77-year-old Mr. Mugabe as president. The climate of fear and violence means that Mr. Tsvangirai and the MDC still face a difficult task to wrest power. There are glimmers of good news. Thus, despite Mr. Mugabe's best efforts, some judges have retained their independence. The odds are still, to put it mildly, stacked against Mr. Tsvangirai and the opposition. But Mr. Mugabe, like other undemocratic rulers before him, must understand that historic change cannot be prevented forever neither by violence nor by lies.

Yomiuri Shimbun
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Asia tour
TOKYO Japan has maintained close relations with the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
Japan should take the lead in working to ensure regional peace and prosperity as an Asian leader. To accomplish this goal, this country must further increase its cooperative ties with the ASEAN countries in security, economic and other areas, while also basing its diplomatic strategy on its alliance with the United States.

Al-Akhbar
Israel's fabrications
CAIRO It is clear for everyone the aims behind this fabricated fuss which is propagated by the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, the butcher, with the participation of [Israels] military chief [Lt. Gen. Shaul] Mofaz on seizing a ship in the Red Sea waters carrying weapons allegedly destined for the Palestinian Authority.
It is not a coincidence that the announcement of the act of piracy, carried out by the Israeli navy, takes place as the American envoy [Anthony] Zinni arrives in the Middle East to cool off the tense situation resulted from the continued barbaric Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.
What Sharon does, to impede the application of all Middle East peace agreements, has become known especially that he unhides his criminal aggressive anti-peace strategy based on expansion and settlement citing Israel's security as a justification.
The tale of the arms' ship is but a naked pretext to abort Zinni's mission which gained momentum due to the Palestinian Authority's success in controlling a cease-fire by all Palestinian factions.

Expressen
President Bush and upcoming congressional elections
STOCKHOLM After the November elections, [the U.S.] Congress may very well be dominated by Democrats. This would do both the world and the U.S.A. good. The Democrats in every way hold a more up to date and modern view of the domestic and international roles of the American state. [President] Bush's blunt Texan ideology is and remains too one-sided for such a complex and very important country as the U.S.A. His party ended up in a political meltdown during the Clinton years and has not yet found its way back to reality.

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