Here are our must-reads on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
Chinese tourists have usurped American for the title of the world’s biggest spenders. As the South China Morning Post reports, Chinese citizens spent $102 billion (U.S.) on foreign travel in 2012, a 40 percent jump from the previous year, placing the U.S. and Germany in the number two and three spots. Travel spending is increasing by single digits for tourists from America, Germany, Britain and Canada, while Brazil jumped from the 29th to 12th place in only eight years.
The Canadian targeting America’s targeted killing program
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has an interesting profile of the Canadian lawyer who could force the U.S. to be more forthcoming about its drone program. Jameel Jaffer argued and won the case for the American Civil Liberties Union, which forces the CIA to provide information on targeted killings, although it is still unclear if the CIA will appeal the case, or refuse to comply with the ruling. Jaffer tells the CBC that this case has global implications: “Even if you think there’s no realistic chance that the U.S. will carry out targeted killings in Canada…when Iran or India or whatever country has the capability to carry out these targeted killings in the same way, they’re going to be invoking the rules that the U.S. is creating right now.”
U.S. military to hand over land in Okinawa
Japan and the U.S. have reached an agreement on a parcel of land near the U.S. Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. The deal will close an airstrip in the city of Ginowan, only to reopen another airstrip further north on the island, reports The Japan Times. The plan aims to ease the burden on the prefecture, which has long been home to a U.S. military presence. But the airstrip’s relocation within the island could be a non-starter for Okinawa’s governor, who has resisted the new air strip due to local opposition.