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North Korea's New Video Burns Obama, Troops

Video game theme accompanies images of troops on fire

(Newser) - Just in case North Korea's propaganda video of the US in flames left anybody in doubt about Pyongyang's feelings toward America, a sequel now shows President Obama and American troops in flames. The video—which plays the theme music from the videogame Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion—ends with... More »

Translators: Psy Didn't Really Say 'Kill Those Yankees'

Bad translation fuels controversy

(Newser) - If you've had trouble enjoying " Gangnam Style " ever since hearing that Psy once urged people to kill Americans , well, we've got some good news. It looks like the lyrics to "Dear American"—which was a cover from a band called NEXT—may have been... More »

Uncovered: PSY's Anti-American Past

'Gangnam Style' star once rapped about killing US soldiers

(Newser) - There's no doubt Korean rapper PSY is beloved across America, but the "Gangnam Style" star doesn't necessarily feel the same way about America—or at least, he didn't a few years ago. During a 2002 concert protesting the presence of US troops in Korea, PSY smashed... More »

Iranians Sound a Little Fed Up With Leaders

And many are remarkably 'pro-American': Nicholas Kristof

(Newser) - It's been eight years since Nicholas Kristof last visited Iran, and this time around, people "seem more discontented," he writes in the New York Times . Kristof blames that on economic troubles—and while Western sanctions are partially to blame, a "surprising number of Iranians" hold their... More »

Iran to Retaliate Against West Over Dead Nuke Expert

Reports says plan could involve foreign assassinations

(Newser) - Chanting "death to America" and "death to Israel," thousands gathered in Iran today to mourn slain nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan , hauling his coffin through Tehran. Meanwhile, an independent news site suggested Iran is preparing a covert counteroffensive against the West in retaliation for the bomb blast.... More »

Protesters Paint-Bomb Hillary Clinton's Car

Philippine activists protest VFA

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton got a nasty reception on her way out of a meeting with Philippines President Benigno Aquino today, as a crowd of protesters blocked her convoy and tossed red paint and protest signs at it. Filipino security officers and at least one American leapt out with automatic rifles, but... More »

Global Bank Rules 'Anti-US': JPMorgan CEO

Jamie Dimon suggests US exit Basel group

(Newser) - A new set of international banking regulations are “anti-American,” the CEO of JPMorgan Chase tells the Financial Times —so much so that the US should seriously consider quitting the regulatory group that set the rules. The Basel group’s new regulations require banks to balance risk-taking by... More »

Fearing Reprisals, US Warns: Be Vigilant

Top al-Qaeda ideologue promises revenge

(Newser) - News of Osama bin Laden's death was met with dancing in the streets , but officials are warning Americans that his death could bring reprisals. The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert yesterday and today put US embassies on alert, warning of an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence... More »

Wikileaks: Canadian TV Irked US Diplomats

'Onslaught' of US bad guys part of 'insidious' anti-Americanism

(Newser) - American diplomats stationed in Ottawa weren't happy with what they saw on TV, according to cables released by WikiLeaks. Shows featuring "nefarious" American officials plotting evil deeds against their northern neighbor show "the kind of insidious negative popular stereotyping we are increasingly up against in Canada," one... More »

Rising China Bucks the West

More prosperous Beijing isn't necessarily a friendlier one

(Newser) - Predictions that China would grow cuddlier as it grew more prosperous have turned out to be dead wrong; Beijing is tightening its authoritarian grip on the economy, and acting increasingly hostile to the West, the Washington Post reports. Hu Jintao has encouraged the forcible acquisition of private firms by state... More »

GOP's Bachmann Not Exactly Lying Low

Bachmann strays off message with new round of bizarre attacks

(Newser) - Controversial Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is making headlines again, despite promises to keep a low profile and stay on message. The Minnesota Republican infamously endangered her reelection last year by demanding an investigation of "anti-American" members of Congress. Now, she's drawing attention for warning of "nefarious activities" in... More »

Bachmann Celebrates Obama Win

Hails victory as 'tremendous signal' against racism

(Newser) - The congresswoman who suggested in a national television interview that Barack Obama has anti-American views is changing her tune. Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann tells Politico she’s "extremely grateful that we have an African-American who has won this year," calling Obama’s victory ”a tremendous signal we... More »

Bachmann Flap Leads to Poll Dip

Minnesota Rep. in statistical dead heat with Dem challenger after 'anti-American' gaffe

(Newser) - Republican Michele Bachmann is now trailing the Democratic challenger for her House seat, Minnesota Public Radio reports, with Elwyn Tinklenberg up 45%-43%. Bachmann’s recent comments about “anti-American” sentiment in Congress appear partly to blame; 40% of respondents said her remarks had made them less likely to vote for... More »

One Day, the World Will Hate Him

The envy empire inspires is a great leveler

(Newser) - Should he win the White House, the rest of the world will one day see Barack Obama as a villain, David Aaronovitch writes in the London Times. The spectacle of empire and popularity drives the country's allies to both anger and envy, he argues, and every American president has come... More »

So-Called 'New Powers' Are Acting Spineless

Time to show some leadership and stop coddling Mugabe

(Newser) - Critics of unchecked and amoral American power should be wary of prospective new world hegemons—especially China, Russia, and South Africa, Thomas Friedman warns in the New York Times. America's international popularity has plummeted under President Bush, but it's the more popular countries that have been acting unconscionably on the... More »

Verdi, Naked and Anti-American

Austrian Marxist uses opera to slam US capitalism

(Newser) - A German staging of Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” leaves Uncle Sam wearing little but a mask, Der Spiegel reports. In a rebuke of US capitalism, the production parades naked retirees on a set of the World Trade Center's ruins, and offers a female singer with a Hitler mustache... More »

World Attitudes Toward US Improving: Poll

Fewer believe US exerts negative influence

(Newser) - A worldwide wave of anti-Americanism appears to be abating a bit, though global views toward the US continue to be mainly negative, according to a BBC World Service poll. The average percentage of people saying the US is a negative global influence dropped to below 50% for the first time... More »

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