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  Mirror on the USA:
October 2001
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Haunted by the Ghosts of Bald Sheep
| Novoye Vremya, Moscow
Dial "S" for Scandal | The Independent, London

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September 2001
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African-Americans Seek Slavery Reparations | The Irish Times, Dublin

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August 2001

Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont
Sen. James Jeffords, of Vermont, announcing his decision to leave the Republican Party (Photo: AFP)
The Plain-Speaking Voice From Vermont

“Tiny Vermont hasn’t been a player in national politics since Silent Cal Coolidge became president in 1923. After serving one term, he retired to his hometown in Vermont, and the state hasn’t been heard from since. Last week, however, Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont walked out of the Republican Party to become an independent, handing the Democrats a one-vote majority in the U.S. Senate. Americans will now have divided government, with Republicans controlling the administration and the House, and Democrats the Senate—a fair reflection of the country

“After all, Americans gave more popular votes to Democratic candidate Al Gore than to George W. Bush, who won courtesy of the Electoral College. The country was split almost evenly in the presidential campaign; now the government is divided along partisan lines. The hard conservative agenda Bush has been pushing will have to be modified....”

Toronto's Globe and Mail examines the impact of Sen. James Jeffords defection from the Republican Party... Full Story

Drilling for Oil off Alaska
Drillship in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska (Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior)
Alaska or Bust: Bush's Energy Plan

“Bigger companies have already warned the public that in the main travel season—during the period following Independence Day, July 4—prices per gallon (3.8 liters) may increase to more than $3. This is a frighteningly high expense for Americans. Cheap gasoline is one of the prerequisites for the American lifestyle. The threat of the $3 price has already forced many people to reconsider their vacation plans....”

Gabor Miklos reports on Bush's energy plans for Budapest's liberal Népszabadság...Full Story

At a Glance:
The Embarrassed American
“For decades, Americans have been lecturing the world on the strength, fairness, and vibrancy of their system of government. They have appointed themselves the 'world’s greatest democracy.' (What does 'greatest' mean anyway? If you say that India is the world’s largest democracy, then this is a statement of fact. But greatest? That’s no more than an opinion.) President Richard Nixon became so fond of his role in global affairs that he continually referred to himself (even after he had been disgraced and booted out of office) as 'leader of the free world.'”

—Vir Sanghvi, Hindustan Times (centrist)
New Delhi, India
. From the February 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.2).
TOEFL: America's Reaper of Chinese Talent
“Since the 1990s, China has allocated more than 100 billion yuan a year on education. Countless parents scrimp on daily expenses so that they can afford to hire a tutor for their children...Americans, on the other hand, do nothing for China's education...All they need to do is set up a 'reaper' test like the TOEFL, and in the most effortless way, they are able to harvest the best and brightest of China's students.”

—Xiao Shi, Beijing Review (communist)
Beijing, China
. From the January 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.1).

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