Hear all about it: today’s global stories on U.S.

Argentina underlines its independence from the US, Moscow as tech innovation hub and Asian designers strut the catwalks of New York's fashion week

By Maria Balinska

So what about the U.S. and Americans are today’s global media talking about?

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina – are they talking about (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

In Argentina, the government is at pains to underline that when it comes to the relationship with the U.S., “subordination belongs in the past.” That’s a direct quote from Carlos Pérez Rasetti, Training and Education under-secretary at the Defence Ministry. He was speaking with the Buenos Aires Herald about a training course that’s being taught by three American lecturers to civilians in the Ministry. The course has been criticized as “U.S. encroachment” by some in the local media. Perez-Rasetti counters:

“We are aware that the Americans think differently but this does not mean that their ideas are infectious nor that there is ideological recruitment. We’re not in a kindergarten; to maintain relations with a global power like the US, it is fundamental that we know how they think and how they handle things.”

As reported previously by Latitude News, Argentinian-US relations have been strained of late, particularly over trade. Just last month the US formally challenged Argentina’s import restrictions at the World Trade Organization.

In the week Microsoft inaugurates its Israeli Innovation Center (as reported in the Jerusalem Post), the Russian news agency RIA Novosti has a feature on the best hubs to launch a tech start-up. Not surprisingly, Silicon Valley, New York and London are the top three on the list. But coming in at number ten is…Moscow. This the article puts down to initiatives like Global Venture Alliance, “a startup accelerator that provides Russian entrepreneurs with work space as well as connections to Silicon Valley investors” and Plug and Play Moscow, a startup boot camp partially funded by GVA.


One of the creations from Canadian-Taiwanese designer Jason Wu at the New York Fashion Week September 7, 2012 (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

And from New York, the Bangkok Post reports on the Asian design students making their debut during the Big Apple’s Fashion Week. The paper’s hometown girl, Jarida Karnjanasirirat, created her tunics, dresses, shorts and jackets from hundreds of silk swatches sent to her from Thailand by her family.  Of the nine graduates from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University fashion school featured on Friday, five “hailed  from Asia, underscoring the region’s rise as a fashion power,” notes the report. No kidding. According to one report China alone will account for 44 percent of the world’s luxury goods sales by 2020.