Latitude News scans the global press every day to bring you the best foreign perspectives on the U.S. Here are today’s top three must-reads.
Don’t count your chickens…
A Chinese woman paid $6.5 million for an apartment in New York City so her daughter could live there while attending Columbia University. The catch? The girl is still too young to enroll in kindergarten. She’s also apparently considering NYU and Harvard. Confident!
This helicopter mother is apparently just the most immoderate part of a growing trend: The South China Morning Postreports reports that “Chinese buyers spent US$9 billion on house purchases in 2012, second only to Canadians, and they accounted for 11 per cent of all international transaction value.”
Homophobes not welcome
Sometimes heroes don’t age well. Former Polish president Lech Walesa, leader of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in the 1980’s, has had American organizers cancel two lectures he was supposed to deliver in the U.S. Walesa apparently has some pretty retrograde views on homosexuality, saying that Poland’s gay members of parliament should sit in the back of the chamber, or even “behind a wall.”
“Do they have to flaunt it in front of the majority?” he said, referring to Warsaw’s gay parade. Polskie Radio has the full story.
Kerry cancels trip to Pakistan
Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled a trip to Pakistan because he was afraid of appearing to influence upcoming national elections, according to a report in Dawn, a major Pakistani newspaper. “We have no favourites among Pakistani politicians and we are looking forward to work with whoever is elected on May 11,” a State Department spokesperson explained. The U.S. has budgeted $6.5 million to help pay for the election, but the Pakistani government hasn’t asked for the money yet.