International Media Buzz over Obama-Modi's bonhomie

The international media in the past week wrote at length about the budding friendship between President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi "Mobama". The other topics that featured frequently in the international media in the week gone by include beheading of Japanese journalist by ISIS, bomb blast in Shikarpur imambargah Pakistan, gunmen storming a luxury hotel in Tripoli and PM Modi wanting to buy six stealth submarines from Japan among many others.

On PM Narendra Modi

Shefali Anand blogged for The Wall Street Journal about President Obama wanting to partner with India to help achieve its plan of creating 100 smart cities. She also added that Mr. Obama was offering to help PM Modi's government this financial year to achieve the goal of modernising urban India. She however, questioned if India was ready for smart cities.

The Washington Post also wrote about how the India and America,s declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. The media also added that,

"in December, Modi reached a deal for 12 new Russian reactors, and in September secured access to Australian uranium. He was unable, however, to reach an agreement last year with Japan, a U.S. ally with decades of nuclear energy expertise."

The Nation mentioned about Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to China in coming May. They quoted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj say that

Swati Sharma and Anup Kaphle wrote for The Washington Post about the great moments during President Obama's visit to India. The moments include "bear hug" at the airport he got from PM Modi, President Obama calling PM Modi "partner and friend" and nuclear deal breakthrough. They also mentioned that when it came to Modi vs. Michelle it was PM Modi who wore it best.

"When it came to fashion, Michelle Obama seemed to fall short compared with Modi's extremely tailored look. How was she to compete with Modi's navy bandhgala suit that had his name embroidered on it a thousand times?"

Stuart G Millar while writing for The Guardian questioned about Narendra Modi's personalised pinstripe suit being tasteful or crass. He added that

"While meeting with President Obama,-Narenda Modi's suit became quite the talking point, because life is so dull that a simple piece of cloth can liven up a meeting between leaders of two of the most powerful countries on Earth."

On President Obama

Qasim Nauman for The Wall Street Journal blogged about "the Pakistani government having sharp words as President Barack Obama concluded his three-day trip to neighbouring India, issuing a statement saying it had "taken careful note of statements made and agreements reached" in New Delhi.

For The New York Times, Peter Baker and Jodi Rudoren wrote about how for the first time senior officials in both Washington and Jerusalem are making little effort to paper over the seriousness of the rift between Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and even less, it seems, to try to repair it. The reason for the rift they say is

"Mr. Netanyahu's decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling Mr. Obama."

BBC reported about President Raul Castro calling for the lift of the US trade embargo and of Cuba being removed from a terror list. Meanwhile, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared to signal his approval for the political rapprochement. BBC said that he had written in a letter that,

"We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the people of the world, including with our political adversaries."

For CNN, Alexandra Jaffe focused on how political watchers got a bit of 2012 deja-vu as both President Barack Obama and his former Republican presidential opponent, Mitt Romney, traded barbs over Romney's intended policy focus for his possible third presidential run.

Mustafa Akyol wrote for Hurriyet Daily News about President Obama visiting Saudi Arabia to pay respect to the late Saudi King Abdullah. Mr. Akyol added that,

"His wife, first lady Michelle Obama, was also on the trip, and one particular feature initiated controversy on the Internet: She was not veiled! In fact, her dress was quite modest by Western standards, but she was not covering her hair. And that was quite controversial in the Saudi Kingdom, where it is required by law that every woman should wear an abaya (a long, hiding cloak), and should at least wear a hijab (headscarf) if not the more conservative niqab (full face-evil)."

On Japan

Yuko Kato wrote for BBC about Japan waking up on Sunday morning to the news of the death of Kenji Goto, whose apparent killing was shown in a video released by Islamic State militants.

On Pakistan

Sarfraz Memom for Tribune reported about the bomb blast in Shikarpur imambargah blast which killed 61 and injured 50. The blast occurred during Friday prayers at Karbala Maula Imambargah in Lakhi Dar area.

On Tripoli attack

The New York Times ran a story about gunmen storming a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia. The media added that,

"The hotel assault highlights the growing threat from militant groups that operate with near impunity in Libya, a country torn between rival governments, tribes and militias since the 2011 toppling and killing of Dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The country's post-Gadhafi transition has collapsed, with two rival governments and parliaments - each backed by different militias - ruling in the country's eastern and western regions."


Courtesy Niti Central



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