Friday, May 21, 2010

And in other parts of the world...

A fascinating report this morning about the challenges of having non-Western countries playing an important role in Iran surrendering its nuclear material.

The Financial Times notes that in some Western capitals, Turkey and Brazil are being seen as "dupes" for allowing Tehran to transfer to Turkish custody its enriched uranium. The Iranians have 24 hours to sign the deal; and if they do, the U.S.-led new sanctions effort could be thwarted.

Meanwhile, China -- another thorn in the West's side -- continues to seek business deals in Africa to ensure it gains access to the vital resources it needs.

Consider that Western media reports are likely to frame these stories in ways consistent with their government's aims. As such, Iran is either playing non-Western nations as fools or are otherwise not acting honestly with their nuclear program. (Let's also be honest here -- there is plenty of evidence to indicate they are not; Western governments are not the only ones concerned about Tehran's ambitions.)

China, on the other hand, is the developing "other," the next threat to the West. Here again, there is evidence to validate these fears.

But my larger point here is this: How are these stories being framed in other countries? Don't waste your time reviewing state-run media; they need to parrot their government's official line. But instead examine what Japanese, German and other media are saying about these stories.

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