Here are our top picks on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
U.S. politicians having “a responsible discussion so far”
Since the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, American politicians have been refreshingly restrained from trying to gain cheap political points, says Michael Knigge in a piece carried by Deutsche Welle. But it won’t last long.
“’I think it has been a responsible discussion so far,’ notes James Davis, director of the political science at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. ‘Both sides of the political spectrum have been careful about what they said and careful to wait for the results of the criminal investigation.’”
Let’s hope this lasts as long as possible.
Canada dependent on U.S. oil imports
Canada is home to the world’s third largest reserves of oil, and 98 percent of its oil exports come to the U.S. That means TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline—slated to bring heavy crude from the Alberta tar sands to the U.S. if approved by the State Department—is important to continued economic growth in Canada.
“With no other outlets for its oil,” reports AFP in a story carried by Pakistan’s Dawn, “such as a proposed link to refineries in the US Gulf Coast and Texas that would allow Canadian oil to be sold in other US regional markets or shipped abroad, Canadians must accept a lower price for their oil.”
Magnitsky Act still ruffling feathers
U.S. lawmakers met with the family of a dead Russian lawyer who inspired a human rights bill passed by Congress late last year. The lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, exposed a tax embezzlement scheme run in part by government officials and was allegedly beaten to death in a Moscow prison in 2009.
Radio Free Europe reports that Magnitsky’s mother, wife and son met with U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ) and others who sponsored the so-called Magnitsky bill, which sanctioned Russian officials involved in his death.