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Posts Tagged ‘global perceptions’

America in the Eyes of the World

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

I’m sure there will be many good articles discussing this, but here is a first start: The Promise: For Many Abroad – an Ideal Renewed [NYT]. It begins like this:

“From far away, this is how it looks: There is a country out there where tens of millions of white Christians, voting freely, select as their leader a black man of modest origin, the son of a Muslim. There is a place on Earth — call it America — where such a thing happens.”

Negotiating the relationship between the American and global church, and between the church and the world, requires in our time an understanding of how the world views the United States. It seems that view is changing.

“For America to choose as its citizen in chief such a skillful straddler of global identities could not help but transform the nation’s image, making it once again the screen upon which the hopes and ambitions of the world are projected.”

(A side note: I thought the list of places from which this article was reported was really wonderful: Rome; Paris; Tehran; Jerusalem; Berlin; Moscow; Reykjavik, Iceland; Dakar, Senegal; Caracas, Venezuela; New Delhi; Cairo; Istanbul; Kiev, Ukraine; Beijing; Sana, Yemen.)

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Update: See also this article: Election Unleashes a Flood of Hope Around the World [NYT]

“When Obama takes office on January 20,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said in an editorial, “we will see whether the Europeans — and especially the Germans — really just had a problem with Bush’s presidency or with America itself.”

And this post: Reactions from Around the World [NYT Caucus Blog]