Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Effect of the British Elections, Racial Tolerance in the US, German-Israeli Relations, China Not a Threat, Compassion for Putin

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Effect of the British Elections, Racial Tolerance in the US, German-Israeli Relations, China Not a Threat, Compassion for Putin

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The Irish Times / Dublin, IrelandEffect of British elections on the European Union and beyond"This Rubicon [British] election ... has itself made ... new dynamics in British politics, dynamics over which even this majority government has precious little control, runaway trains leading potentially to British disengagement from the EU, and even towards the disintegration - or at least the reformulation - of the United Kingdom," states an editorial. "The UK, as some commentators have it, is 'self-federalising'.... [Prime Minister David] Cameron can take some comfort, however, from the reality that the internal disarray into which trounced Labour, LibDems and Ukip have all fallen, with the resignations of all their leaders ... will give him a breathing space in which to reshape his government and message...."

The Globe and Mail / TorontoHave America's race relations made any progress at all?"You can't help thinking that the United States has gone back to 1965. You see it in the fury over racially charged killings by police in Ferguson[, Mo.], Baltimore, Staten Island[, N.Y.], and Charleston[, S.C.] - the latter of which even involved that staple of sixties old-boy racism, the 'broken tail light' police stop...," writes Doug Saunders, a British-Canadian journalist. "You see it in the mass protests provoked by that fury and the riots that often ride the coattails of those protests.... Has America regressed? On one hand, it hasn't: The past decade has seen the United States move sharply away from that divided era.... Racial intolerance, by almost any measure, is more rare in the United States today than it has ever been.... This is the paradox of the [US] today: A population of voters and leaders who have largely moved beyond racial discrimination continue to produce often grotesquely racist results...."

Deutsche Welle / Bonn, GermanyThe miracle of German-Israeli relations"Although the Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany was signed in 1952, it was still barely conceivable that Germans and Israelis would and could try to establish and maintain diplomatic relations. …

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