Excerpts of Editorials from Newspapers around the World:

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Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Yomiuri Shimbun

Death of Boris Yeltsin

TOKYO - Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, has died. He was 76. He led the Soviet Union to its breakup, and as a result, upset the apple cart of international politics. The role he played in the last 10 years of the 20th century has ensured him a place in the annals of world history.

The Cold War, which formed the framework of international politics for several decades, was declared over in 1989 by then U.S. President George Bush and his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev. But the real end of East-West confrontation came when the Soviet Union collapsed with the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States, led by Yeltsin.

Without Yeltsin's determination, reconstruction of the post-Cold War world order would have taken a different turn. Russian President Vladimir Putin, handpicked by Yeltsin as his successor, has expressed admiration for the role played by his predecessor in the disbandment of the Soviet Union.

But how can the fruits of the collapse of the Soviet Union be used to enhance stability in the international community? It is a disturbing fact that the direction in which Russia - a country enjoying high economic growth - is heading is a mystery.

Jerusalem Post

Israel at age 59

.. Since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new

neighborhoods, 22,305 men and women have died in the establishment and defense of the Jewish state

This is a staggering toll. It is hardly consolation that during the Holocaust, more Jews were slaughtered over a few days than in this entire struggle, or that more Israelis have died on our roads than have lost their lives to war or terrorism. ..

It is this thread, from sacrifice to its objective - a country that is free, secure, and striving to be a light unto itself and the nations - that connects

today's commemorations with the celebrations that begin tonight

This year, as our 59th Independence Day begins, it is more difficult than usual to contemplate such lofty aspirations. …