Chinese Vice President and presumed leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping is visiting the United States this week. From the increased US militarization of the Asia-Pacific region to China’s human rights record, newspapers across the globe are chiming in with their opinions and expectations for this high-profile visit. Here are a sample of six:
There’s nothing like a presidential campaign cycle to bring out big political gaffes – at times injecting doubt about candidates, but also offering some much-needed comic relief and glimpses of humanity. 2011 had some doozies, and some of the most memorable actually weren’t on the campaign trail. GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who said the “shot heard round the world” was fired in New Hampshire (correct answer: Massachusetts), nailed the politicians’ dilemma perfectly: "People can make mistakes, and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can't." Here are five of the biggest political “uh-ohs” of 2011:
Bill Conlin was accused of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s. Conlin is a veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.
The first book in a new series collects the epic comic strip adventures of Mickey Mouse – as an action hero?
Rupert Murdoch's News of the World is mercifully defunct. Journalists and readers (or viewers, or listeners) should now reassess the very function of journalism itself.
Chairman of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch (r.), and his son James Murdoch, chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, arrive at his residence in London on July 10. Mr. Murdoch's newspaper News of the World ceased publication on July 10, accused of hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities, and politicians.
Five of the six trials were held before a military tribunal. The US last week added Bahrain to its list of human rights abusers, which the kingdom called a regrettable 'rush to judgment.'