Obama’s Day 100: Reaction From Around the Globe: “achieving only the minimum”

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar met with Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez, who is also the acting defense minister.

Najjar was quoted as saying defense ties are being developed as part of “a long-term plan” and that cooperation with Venezuela “has experienced a leap that we’re seeking to accelerate in this visit.”

Of course this is all good as president Obama and Hugo Chavez are pals….

Meanwhile in Tehran, an Iranian judiciary official denied that an American journalist jailed in Iran for allegedly spying for the U.S., RoxanaSaberi,  is on a hunger strike and said Tuesday that she is in “good condition.”

In Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Iran was closing in on obtaining a nuclear weapon using the skill and sophistication of a master chess player.

“The Iranians don’t play backgammon, they play chess and in fact they invented the game,” Barak, himself an avid chess player, said in an interview with Haaretz newspaper, referring to the Islamic republic‘s atomic programme.

“They are proceeding with far greater sophistication and are far more methodical,” the minister said in the interview.

Mexico is blaming the U.S. for the swine flu, Janet Napolitano and others in the administration are urging the media to stop using the word “swine,” and Russia has said it will stop importing American pork.

China says it may start to slow buying of U.S. debt…China is now hoarding gold….

The British government says a 50% income tax isn’t too much…

Raul Castro dismissed Barack Obama’s policy changes toward Cuba as “achieving only the minimum,” and said Wednesday that it is up to the U.S. — not Cuba — to do more to improve relations.

France and Spain are meeting to fight terrorists (a word now passe in the U.S.).  The committee from the two nations will seek to “prevent the Islamist threat,” in particular through “an alert procedure” on the use of the Internet by terrorists and on the “development of the jihadist threat in the regions at risk.”

The deal will allow Paris and Madrid “to make a leap forward on security,” Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a joint news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy recently said Obama was “unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated.”

US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy ... 
US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet during the NATO summit arrival ceremony at the the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg. Sarkozy said, “They don’t speak Austrian here…”

Al-Qaida and Taliban-led violence continued in Pakistan where a government offical said U.S. worries were unfounded and U.S. aid to pakistan needs to be accelerated.  The government returned to Poland the body of a geologists beheaded by the moderate Taliban….

Fiat said it would like to help out President Obama but refused to buy all the troubled U.S. auto industry as GM told 1,000 dealerships to close….

Germany is bracing for its biggest May Day protests in years amid fears of a rise in social unrest caused by the worst recession since World War II in Europe‘s biggest economy.

An estimated 50,000 jobs are being lost every month in Germany…..In the USA the number is about 600,00 each month….

North Korea says it will conduct another nuclear bomb test….

Russia will test five new models of intercontinental ballistic missiles….

Suspected Muslim rebels killed 10 civilians in a flurry of attacks in insurgency-plagued southern Thailand, the army said Tuesday on the fifth anniversary of a bloody assault by security forces against militants at a mosque.

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