The view is often clearer from farther away. That’s why Latitude News scans the global press for stories about the U.S. Here’s what the world is saying about us today.
- Social media brings the world closer together. But it can also be used to drive us apart. As Hurricane Sandy approached the U.S., some Twitter users posted prayers to Allah, asking that the storm bring great destruction upon America. In response, reports the Egypt Independent, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti (chief imam) admonished those of his followers who participated, saying their actions “will not serve Muslims.” Another Saudi cleric tweeted: “To those [who pray for the destruction of the US] I cite Prophet Mohamed’s words to the atheists of Mecca, ‘I hope they give birth to people who will worship Allah.’”
- Canadian analyst Nahla Ayed, who’s based in the CBC’s London bureau, takes the temperature of the U.S. presidential election campaign in Europe and finds, no surprise, that most Europeans and Canadians would vote for Obama. And by wide margins: 71 percent of Canadian women and 72 percent of Frenchmen favor the president. The only country, it seems, where Romney out-polls the Democrat is . . . Pakistan. A direct result, one assumes, of this White House’s use of drones. Of course, none of this matters since the world can’t vote on November 6 – although 42 percent of non-Americans believe they should, given the huge influence the U.S. has on their lives.
- American expats in Jamaica are watching the election as closely as residents stateside, The Gleaner reports. Not surprisingly, their criticisms of both candidates mirror what you’ll hear in the U.S. But Robert Florea, who’s lived in Jamaica for 25 years, is hoping the next president improves political and economic ties with Jamaica. “Florea said based on feedback from home, one major barrier is the perception of corruption that hangs over Jamaican politics…. He hoped that the relatively new People’s National Party administration would give Obama or Romney a reason to believe there is a new style of politics going on.” Couldn’t we all use a new style of politics?