All of the international papers are covering Bill Clinton’s moment in North Korea as the knight in shining armour. “We were facing years of hard labour. Then we walked through the door and saw Bill Clinton,” reads the headline in one article in The Guardian. Just below, the paper notes that Bill Clinton was “the only man North Korea wanted to see.” This article goes back over the mudslinging between Hillary and North Korea last month over the nuclear issue. She compared the leaders to ‘attention-seeking unruly teenagers’. North Korea responded by saying she was ‘vulgar’ and ‘by no means intelligent’. Kim also called Hillary a “primary school girl”.
Speaking of Hillary Clinton’s finger wagging vis-à-vis North Korea, she did some more finger-wagging in Kenya yesterday. The Wall Street Journal reports that Clinton at the start of an African tour criticized Kenya for corruption and human rights abuses. Kenya is an important US ally in East Africa and it responded positively to the criticism. Its Foreign Minister said, “The reforms are on course, the war against impunity and corruption is on.”
El Pais leads with the emerging tensions between Chavez and President Obama “Chavez warns Obama that setting up military bases in Colombia could provoke a war,” reads its headline. Bogota and Washington have signed an agreement allowing US military bases to be established in Colombia. There is large-scale dissatisfaction with the move not just in Venezuela but across Latin America. Last week, Brazils Preisdent da Silva said "I don't like the idea of an American military base in Colombia," while Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said countries in the region were "uneasy" about the eventuality. El Universal in Venezuela goes on to explain that Venezuela has announced a new arms deal with Russia. Chavez is to buy tanks and other equipment from Moscow because of the agreement reached between Colombia and the US.
To the British press and a report in the Daily Telegraph that Jewish leaders in Germany are pushing for Hitler’s notorious book ‘Mein Kampf’ to be republished in Germany. The new edition would have critical notes in the introduction challenging Hitler’s assertions. The Secretary General of the Council of Jews in Germany, Stephen Kramer, said, “An aggressive and enlightening engagement with the book would doubtless remove many of its false, persisting myths.”
The Independent reports that Radiohead is to release a song dedicated to World War I veteran, Harry Patch, who passed away at 111, 12 days ago. The band’s lead singer, Thom York, is anti-war activist. He was moved by an interview Patch gave to BBC Radio 4 in 2005 where he said, “If two governments cannot agree, give them a rifle each and let them fight it out. Don’t waste 20,000 men. It’s not worth it.” The lyrics speak of the horror of the months Harry Patch spent on the western front and is entitled, “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”.