Here are our picks for what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
Be afraid, Ireland
This line from Ireland’s Independent pretty much sums it up: “A US TV station which has been dubbed ‘the most socially irresponsible channel in America’ will launch more than 65 new series in Ireland this year.” That’s right. TLC is heading to Ireland, bringing with it the likes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter,” and a few other aspects of American culture we may all be ashamed to export.
If you haven’t seen the show yet, Honey Boo Boo is a six-year-old pageant star from Georgia. The show follows her and her “colorful” family; in a different TLC show, “Toddlers and Tiaras,” Honey Boo Boo a mixer of Red Bull and Mountain Dew before heading onstage. Get ready Ireland.
No good news for Japan, China
Tokyo is taking a long look at a new report from the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, reports The Japan Times. The study predicts China will continue to attempt to force its will on Japan, particularly regarding its claims over the Japan-held Senkaku Islands, straining U.S.-China-Japan relations.
China is walking a fine line, beefing up its military spending and patrolling the waters around the islands, which most international observers say rightfully below to Japan. These overtures force the U.S. to steady to intervene in defense of Japan, though not militarily, and will continue to strain diplomacy between Beijing and Washington.
President of Myanmar heading to U.S.
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein will head to the White House later in May, making him the first leader of the Southeast Asian country to visit the U.S. in half a century. Myanmar military junta is in the midst of allowing historic democratic reforms, which has resulted in the U.S. easing sanctions against the country.
But human rights’ groups say the visit comes too soon, pointing to a “campaign of ethnic cleansing” against a Muslim minority group not considered Burmese citizens. “To invite him at this point of time would really just reinforce the message of a positive relationship when there really has been no move by the US government to tie this to the Burmese government taking necessary steps” to curb the violence, said Jennifer Quigley, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma, in a report from the AFP carried by The Rappler.