Here are our top picks on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
“Thank you for being a friend”
One of the lesser covered angles of President Obama’s visit to Israel this week: the Israeli embassy released a video of the American president and his Israeli counterpart, as paper cut outs, hanging out with big smiles on their faces—with none other than the theme music to “The Golden Girls” playing in the background. Al Arabiya puts this weird video into context, or you could just check it out below. It speaks for itself.
Chinese solar firm goes bust
In just one year, Suntech went from being China’s biggest solar panel manufacturer to bankruptcy, according to Deutsche Welle. Analysts say the steep decline is due in part to the economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe, and in part because the Suntech itself flooded the market with cheap panels, undercutting its own profit margins.
Senators want Jamaican fraudsters extradited to the U.S.
Jamaican fraudsters who have taken advantage of aging Americans may be getting a little nervous, as the Jamaica Gleaner reports. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) are pressing the Department of Justice to extradite and prosecute a select group of Jamaicans who perpetrated the phone scam. Elderly residents of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire have lost a total of $13 million to the scam.