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- Two dozen Americans living in Israel have filed a civil suit against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. government, according to the Jerusalem Post. Their claim? That U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority is being secretly funneled to Hamas and other terror groups, a violation of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006. “The American people are opposed to terror and do not want to fund it via their taxes,” says a New York lawyer who filed the suit for the group in federal court in Washington D.C. They are seeking a temporary injunction against U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until the government can determine how its money is being spent. The news come in the midst of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after an eight-day conflict in Gaza killed at least 160 Palestinians and six Israelis, and injured hundreds more.
- Kobe beef is landing on American shores — the first time the Japanese delicacy will be exported outside of Asia, reports The Japan Times. This tender cut of meat come from a particular breed of cattle raised under specified conditions in a single Japanese prefecture. The end result is a steak with a high degree of “marbling,” or fat. “We think people in a major meat-consuming country like the United States will also have an interest in (Kobe beef),” says a spokesperson for the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association. Japan just started exporting Kobe beef this year, and only to Macau and Hong Kong. But before your mouth starts watering, be forewarned: You won’t likely find Kobe beef at a local grocery store. “A total of around 170 kg of fillet, loin and other parts from five cows will be . . . delivered to two steakhouses in San Francisco,” reports The Times.
- The U.S. State Department has pulled the plug on hard partying rocker Andrew W.K.’s visit to Bahrain, writes Russia Today. Many suspected a hoax when the self-styled “King of Partying” announced on his personal website that he had been chosen by the U.S. government to visit conservative Bahrain as a “Cultural Ambassador.” The State Department hemmed and hawed, giving no comment to several media outlets on whether the announcement was legit, before finally admitting it had invited W.K. to the Middle East, and quickly canceling the trip. A spokesman called the decision to recruit him a “mistake” and “not an appropriate use of government funds.” The crestfallen musician later wrote on his website: “I would’ve . . . represented our nation with dignity and pride. Despite all these challenges, I still would love to go and I vow to continue partying, and working everyday to to unite our human race through the power of positive partying.”