- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 1, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Yomiuri Shimbun

U.S.-Russia relations

TOKYO As proof of their determination to leave the hostility of the Cold War behind, the two leaders signed documents that included a nuclear arms reduction treaty and a joint declaration on a new strategic framework.

Accelerating the trend of rapprochement between the United States and Russia is the strong leadership and realistic approaches taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is pursing pro-U.S. and pro-Western Europe policies. Such an approach was made evident by the pledge of cooperation against terrorism Putin made to U.S. President George W. Bush right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Russia, as a member of the Group of Eight, is assuming a responsible role. Yet it is too early to say that the country truly shares such values as democracy, market economy and the rule of law with Japan, the United States and European countries.


European extremists

STOCKHOLM Europe needs more immigrants. All economic studies show that there will be a shortage of manpower in a couple of decades if we don't open our borders to more immigrants. First, however, it is necessary to put to work the immigrants that are already here. The European countries have failed in creating a multicultural society and large groups of residents are being left outside and without work. Without a solution to these problems, right-wing extremism will continue to grow.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Memorial Day celebrations

MUNICH Far away and yet still at home: Memorial Day is an event every president holds dear, and George Bush the younger [spent] Monday on the shores of Normandy where elder generations of Americans once landed to liberate Europe from the yoke of Nazi rule. Bush senior, a WW II veteran, will be very pleased with his son. Visiting the graves of the soldiers at Sainte-Mere-Eglise is a gesture that is as well-received abroad as it is at home.

Otherwise, French-American relations remain as they have always been: not especially good, a little tense, but all in all, it could be much worse. Bush's recent comments about anti-Semitism in France, having criticized the burning of a synagogue there, were refuted immediately and ebulliently by Chirac. Conversely, the French have been a friend of the USA since its early years. The slight skepticism toward the superpower has been a fundamental tenet only since the days of de Gaulle.

Nevertheless, when it comes down to it, France stands on the side of the USA.

La Nacion

The Colombian election

BUENOS AIRES Trapped amid the violence and its devastating economic, social and political consequences, the Colombian people went to the polls and elected Alvaro Uribe Velez as president. As such, Colombia is beginning a new phase. And it is hoped that the victorious candidate will be able to place new limits on the guerrillas, the drug traffickers and the paramilitary organizations three points of turbulence that are a reality today in that country. Uribe Velez won election handsomely. Never was there any question of a second round: He garnered 53.4 percent of the ballot against 31.4 percent for Liberal candidate Horacio Serpa, the second biggest vote-getter the ample victory for Uribe Velez expresses the majority's rejection of guerrilla violence. Those who voted for Uribe Velez have spoken [It is] the courageous Colombian people who are fed up with being the passive victim of so much extremist bloodshed and drug trafficking.

Egyptian Gazette

U.S.-Mideast peace

CAIRO It seems that the U.S. efforts to breathe life into the moribund Mideast peace process will remain on hold until Israel's hardline Prime Minister Ariel Sharon signals his satisfaction that the Palestinian National Authority has carried out the massive reforms for which he lobbied for ulterior motives.

Now leading institutions savagely devastated by successive Israeli strikes, Arafat remains the butt of harsh American criticism. Whatever he does falls short of Washington's expectations. Before leaving Russia, one leg of his current European tour, President George W. Bush stepped up his criticism of Arafat saying he had failed to fight terrorism. However, Bush took no notice of Israel's incessant state terrorism.

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