Open Phones: Your International Headlines

Monday, June 11, 2012

Spain's sovereign risk premium shot to a fresh euro-era record on May 29, 2012, as Madrid announced new bonds to finance debt-struck regions and as banks scrambled to clean up bad loans. (Philippe Huguen/Getty)

Do you read a paper from another country, or in another language? How the international and foreign-language press covering the big stories of the day - or what stories are being covered that we don't know about here in the US? 

We’ve put together some if the headlines that listeners felt did not garner enough attention in the American press. Check them out and add your own in the comments section!

David Cameron leaves his daughter in a pub where he had brunch

Kenyan minister killed in plane crash

An opposition candidate to President Hugo Chavez leads a massive a march in Caracas

Questions of a free and fair election in Egypt

El Pais’ coverage of Prime Minister’s Rajoy’s politicization of bailing out Bankia

Comments [10]

Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, Cell phones are the least of it in Argentina. I wish the Western and American press would deign to cover Argentina more often. There have been 3 massive protests in the capital city of Buenos Aires in the course of just one week. The reasons are 1. Buying dollars in the open market is practically forbidden. For many years, the dollar in Argentina has been KING. People buy it because the Argentine peso is not stable. If you buy a house or apt. in Argentina, it is in dollars, not pesos. And you pay your mortgage in dollars. Now the black market is back and un dollar is about 6 pesos. The other dollar, the one so hard to get is about $4.50 pesos. The other important issue that got people out in spite of the cold winter weather is the high crime rate in Argentina.Eugenia Renskoff

Jun. 12 2012 05:02 PM
Michael Seltzer from Greenwich Village

Hi, Brian,

In response to your call on WNYC today for international stories that don't receive coverage in the Western press, I received the above story- Matrilineal Custom puts Cameroonian Widows in Limbo via Womens eNews today.

It holds particular personal importance to me. In 1966, under the aegis of Operation Crossroads Africa, I helped to build an elementary school in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Incidentally, Crossroads was established by the Rev. James Robinson, the pastor of Church of the Master in Morningside Heights/Harlem. President Kennedy credited Crossroads 'as the progenitor of the Peace Corps'.

For 36 years+, I have had an ongoing appetite for news about Cameroon, and West Africa in general. Sadly, little news-separate from war, political overthrows, and world soccer matches-reaches the West about countries like Cameroon, Togo, Dahomey, Gabon, and others appears in the Western press.

It was this same paucity of media coverage that led Abby Disney to produce the film 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell' about the 2,000 Christian and Muslim women led by Leymah Gbowee who put their nation back on the path to peace after the brutal reign of Charles Taylor. Without exposure to stories like these, the Nobel Peace Prize committee would not have known about Leymah, and have been unable to honor her with its Prize.

I am thankful to Womens eNews for their continuing coverage of stories like the one above. And many thanks for including the opportunity in your show for bringing the unreported news of the world to your listeners.

All my best, as always,


Michael Seltzer

Jun. 11 2012 11:05 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Gee, Brian - I get almost all my news from NPR -- I knew about Mubarek's illness and the Nigerian plane crash -- I didn't listen this morning so must have heard both stories over the weekend. I recommend NPR to you. ;-)

Jun. 11 2012 12:00 PM

Nothing in the Greek papers portraying Merkel in Nazi terms and then demanding more money?

Jun. 11 2012 11:59 AM
Mary from Clinton Hill

Here's the headline: 10,000 rare bird eggs seized in Finland

Jun. 11 2012 11:57 AM
Nick from NJ

"Steuer-Geschacher in Berlin" is the headline in Der Spiegel in Germany. It translates to "Tax Haggling in Berlin".

Jun. 11 2012 11:54 AM

I just got back from Toronto....Nothing happens in Canada.

Ditto on the wonderful work you do at WNYC.

Jun. 11 2012 11:51 AM
Mary from Clinton Hill

Someone has been stealing eggs from rare birds's nests in the forests of Scandinavia!

Jun. 11 2012 11:51 AM
Robert from NYC

Not THE top but one of the top stories in Italian papers (La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera) report that Mubarek is in grave condition and one even reports that he is in a coma with his sons by his side. Awwww.

Jun. 11 2012 11:51 AM
john from office

The Dominican elections were hardly covered in this City. Interesting.

Jun. 11 2012 11:47 AM

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