Here are our must reads on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
French court rules against Hopi Indians
A French judge has ruled that dozens of masks created by Hopi Native Americas can be auctioned off, despite protest from the tribe and its supporters, including Robert Redford. The Hopi say the masks, which date from the late 19th and early 20th century, were stolen from an Arizona reservation in the 1930s and 1940s.
The masks represent the spirits of Hopi ancestors, and the Hopi say it is sacrilegious for the objects to appear in public. But, as the Irish Independent reports, the judge deemed that property law must be upheld, and objects in private collections are “desacralised.”
“Kissinger Cables” reveal 1973 nuclear scare in India
The Times of India reports on a here-to-fore unknown diplomatic scare between India and the U.S. in 1973. It seems they’ve taken some time to sift through WikiLeak’s 1.7-million-document “Kissinger Cables,” released earlier this week.
The cables reveal that a man claiming to be a Nepalese businessman wanted to sell the U.S. three kilograms of uranium per month. Rather than take the offer, U.S. diplomats tested the material (which was not uranium) and used the information to leverage a better relationship with India. At the time, the hoax was kept under wraps.
Russia warns U.S. not to publish Magnitsky blacklist
The Kremlin has told the U.S. not to publish a list of Russian officials sanctioned for human rights abuses, according to a report in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News. The Obama administration put together the list after Congress passed a law freezing the bank accounts of Russian officials involved in the jailhouse death of Sergei Magnitsky, a whistle-blowing lawyer. Russia’s government responded with anger to the so-called Magnitsky Act, banning Americans from adopting Russian children, as well as sanctioning U.S. officials involved in the prison at Guantanamo Bay. An eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind.