Here are today’s top picks for the what the world’s media is saying about the U.S.
The end of the lottery
A new immigration bill proposed in Congress could sharply limit immigration from Africa, according to a report from the Inter Press Services, a global news-agency. Current immigration law provides for a visa program known as the diversity lottery, which allows randomly selected citizens of “under-represented countries” to come to the U.S. African immigrants have been granted nearly half of all diversity lottery visas since 2008.
But a bipartisan deal on immigration being debated in the Senate would replace the lottery with a “merit-based” visa program that would seek to attract high-skilled workers with experience in engineering, technology and the sciences. “We are concerned that the Senate’s plan to eliminate the DV lottery will stem the future flow of immigration from African countries and negatively impact the future make-up of America,” said the Cameroon American Council, an advocacy group based in Washington, in a statement.
Chinese state television doesn’t get Jon Stewart
China’s state-owned television network, CCTV, used a clip from comedian Jon Stewart’s Daily Show to poke fun at President Barack Obama for failing to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, despite campaigning on that promise in 2008. But The South China Morning Post reports that CCTV’s attempt at humor backfired badly as angry Chinese netizens slammed their government for hypocrisy.
“There are so many problems happening domestically that you choose not to broadcast every day, but instead choose to smell the farts of other countries,” one commenter wrote. “At least they are free [in the US] to criticise their president openly on television,” another added.
That meat might not be halal
Many Muslims in the U.S. are concerned that the meat they eat has not been properly slaughtered according to Islamic religious law and is therefore not “halal.” The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News writes the owner of a large halal slaughterhouse recently said he believes 60 percent of “halal” meat in New York and New Jersey has not been properly slaughtered. The report also raises concerns about hygienic conditions in smaller, unregulated halal butcheries.
Ali Küçükkarca, the slaughterhouse owner, said that kosher inspectors visit Jewish butchers and hand out certificates. But he added that “the inspectors who check the Muslim facilities do not visit their stores or control anything because the Muslim community does not make such a demand.” Is it time for a halal reform?