Latitude News brings you three must reads on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
Palestinian leaders frustrated with Obama
Barack Obama got an earful on his “listening tour” to Israel and Palestine yesterday, according to a report in Deutsche Welle. Palestinian leaders believe the president has failed to make a full effort on behalf of an independent Palestinian state. Around 150 Palestinians marched and chanted anti-American slogans in the city of Ramallah, where Obama met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salem Fayyad.
You say pot-AY-to and I say…
Don’t mess with Idaho. A Turkish company named Beta recently tried to trademark the name “Idaho” for the produce it sells in Turkey. The actual state of Idaho was not impressed, reports Hurriyet Daily News, and quickly filed a counter-claim seeking to acquire exclusive rights to the phrase “Famous Idaho Potatoes.” The Turkish company claimed that it had gotten out of the potato business, but the local patent office denied their application anyway. Idaho tom-AH-tos, anyone?
U.S. Treasury Secretary wins points in China for frugality
New Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and three of his aides shared a simple meal of dumplings at a local restaurant in Beijing after a meeting with President Xi Jinning. The bill came to $17.50. Why is this news? Well, on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, users were struck by how cheap the meal was. Some Chinese politicians are apparently notorious for running up extravagant tabs at restaurants and bars, sometimes with public money.
“Look at the American senior officials, and then look at the Chinese senior officials, such a big difference!” one user remarked. Another said simply that Chinese officials are “accustomed to a life of luxury.”