Here are our top picks on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
Trump in trouble
Donald Trump’s feathers are ruffled over a proposed wind farm off the Scottish coast, saying the wind farm will ruin the view from Trump International Golf Club Scotland. But the billionaire got in a bit of hot water this week when he ran a “misleading” ad campaign, The Guardian reports, designed to scare Scots off the government-backed wind farm.
A digitally altered frame in the commercial shows a California highway flanked by hundreds of wind turbines with a caption that reads “Image taken in California.” The commercial also managed to cram in an offensive reverence to the Lockerbie bombing. Trump says the wind farm will decrease tourism revenue in the area, but critics say he can’t back up that claim. The commercial is now banned.
Tit for tat
China’s annual report called “Human Rights Record of the United States” was issued this week, and it delivers a scathing account, reports China Digital Times:
The report covers a very broad range of political and social problems, from obstruction at polling stations, domestic surveillance, police brutality, abuses at Guantanamo and military actions abroad to high campaign spending, low election turnout, unemployment, homelessness, racist attacks, “apartheid” on New York’s Upper East Side and child abuse at Penn State.
While there may be some validity to the points raised in the report, it is largely a response to the U.S.’ annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released two days prior to its Chinese counterpart.
All terrorists not equal in media’s eye
Writing for The Spectator, Douglas Murray says the U.S., like Europe, has a warped perspective on Islamic extremists. He points to last year’s terrorist attacks in France, where the pundits and politicians speculated the gunman had been a far-right extremist, with hopes of being able lay some blame at then President Sarkozy’s doorstep. Similarly, writes Murray:
“…some on the political left even said that they ‘hoped’ that the bomber would turn out to be a ‘white American’….Remember the way in which the attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was laid straight at the doors of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin?”