Latest update: 20/12/2008
In the papers
France 24's journalists bring you a round-up of what's in the international press.
Saturday’s Irish Times (Ireland)
Yesterday, Robert Mugabe said his country was facing a war with Britain, before adding that Zimbabwe was his. The Irish Times picked up on this astonishing comment and criticized him for trying to portray himself as a man open to political talks with opponents. The newspaper highlights that many opposition members have disappeared and that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai himself is in partial exile after the Zimbabwean government denied him a travel document.
The Independent (Britain)
The Independent’s reporter believes the UN underestimates the gravity of the situation, claiming the figures released are wrong. There’s not just a thousand cases of cholera, argues the Brtiish daily, but several thousand and spread all over the ten districts of Zimbabwe…
Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
A new report by the United Nations states that large quantities of weapons continue to be shipped to Zimbabwe via the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Mail and Guardian says other countries in the region are allowing shipments from China to land, in an effort coordinated by senior officers of the Congolese and Zimbabwean armies.
Il Corriere della Sera (Italy)
Esce di scena Gola profonda, l’eroe anonimo del Watergate (Farewell to Deep Throat, Watergate's anonymous hero)
The Italian newspaper says the anonymous hero of the Watergate scandal is leaving the stage, referring to Mark Felt, also known as “Deep Throat”. Il Corriere Della Sera offers pictures of the people he’ll be forever associated with: Nixon, Woodward and Bernstein.
The Guardian (Britain)
The British paper quotes Mark Felt himself, described as the most famous anonymous source in the history of journalism. For all but the far right in America he died as a hero, according to the Guardian.
Le Figaro (France)
Mark Felt alias “Gorge profonde” le flic amer qui a fait “tomber” Nixon (Mark Felt, the bitter cop who downed Nixon)
Felt was quite possibly just a bitter cop, says Le Figaro. The French paper suggests Deep Throat leaked valuable information to journalists because he hated Nixon’s advisors, whom he called the “White House Nazis”. “Mark Felt was no angel,” he greatly admired Edgar Hoover and was hugely disappointing not to be named head of FBI when Hoover died, says the right-leaning daily.
Times of India (India)
Mumbai residents are slowly getting to terms with what happened in their city. As India's financial capital gradually recovers from last month's horrific terrorist attacks, Christmas is providing a helpful distraction. The Times of India journalist met with several families, such as the Tassilier from St Malot in Brittany, who are delighted they can now find traditional French food in shops in Mumbai. The newspaper also says that Indians are starting to enjoy foreign specialties, which reinforces cultural exchange.