Margaret Peacock is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. Her research interests range from the history of the Soviet Union, the Cold War, the Middle East, childhood and media. She the author of Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War published by The University of North Carolina Press in 2015. And her new book that in the works is tentatively titled Frequencies of Deceit: Propaganda in the post-Truth Middle East.
The Damned, “Problem Child,” Music for Pleasure, 1977.
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Presidents Bush and Putin are set to meet this Sunday at the former’s family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush’s camp has already announced that it has low expectations for the meeting especially on such issues as cooperation on missile defense and Kosovo independence. “I would caution against expecting grand new announcements,” cautioned White House press secretary Tony Snow. “This is, in fact, an opportunity for two leaders to talk honestly and candidly with one another.”
It appears that the global public feels the same. In anticipation for the summit, Pew Research Center did an extensive poll on global attitudes toward each president and other global powers. As the report states:
A 47-nation survey finds global public opinion increasingly wary of the world’s dominant nations and disapproving of their leaders. Anti-Americanism is extensive, as it has been for the past five years. At the same time, the image of China has slipped significantly among the publics of other major nations. Opinion about Russia is mixed, but confidence in its president, Vladimir Putin, has declined sharply. In fact, the Russian leader’s negatives have soared to the point that they mirror the nearly worldwide lack of confidence in George W. Bush.
Disapproval for Bush results from the America’s Iraq War, the War on Terror and its violation of human rights and use of torture. “Favorable ratings of America are lower in 26 of 33 countries for which trends are available,” the survey reports. Approval of the US is highest in West Africa and lowest in the Islamic countries. Displeasure with Putin is significantly strong in Western Europe where dependence on Russian energy has increased. Many Europeans feel that they are held hostage to Russia’s willingness to use energy as a weapon of foreign policy.
When looking at each president’s respective countries, the results are telling. In the States, 45% of Americans have a confidence in Bush’s leadership and 30% have similar views of Putin. In Russia, 18% have confidence in Bush, while Putin garners an overwhelming 84% of his compatriots’ confidence. Putin maybe disliked the world over, but he is loved in Russia.
While Bush and Putin are unpopular, the study states that this hasn’t translated in support for nations that may serve as countervailing forces. Leaders in China, Iran and Venezuela all remain similarly unpopular.
- By Sean — 9 years ago
Andy Garcia has been cast to play President Mikheil Saakashvili in the upcoming film Georgia. I just hope that Garcia’s audition required to see how he looked chewing on his tie.
The film, directed by Renny Harlin, will revolve around the last year’s war between the Caucasian nation and Russia. Though war remains extremely politically charged on both sides, the film promises to “not take sides” reports the Telegraph. I have no idea how that will be possible considering that its executive producer is Papuna Davitaia, a pro-Saakashvili MP. Nevertheless, Michael Flannigan, one of the film’s other executive producers, told Georgian TV: “Our main concern was to show war as a bad thing. We had an opportunity to make a really anti-war film.” We’ll see about that. My prediction is that war will be shown to be a “bad thing” only when the Russians are involved. But who knows? I do count on one thing, though. The film will have lots of explosions. Sadly, it hasn’t been announced who will play Medvedev or Putin. I’m with FP Passport and second Daniel Craig for the role of Putin. As for Medvedev, that’s a tough one. Unless they can somehow resurrect Nicholas II, I’m stumped.
According to the Telegraph, Georgia’s plot will involve an American journalist/do-gooder and his faithful cameraman who find themselves “caught in the thick of the conflict and are forced to make tough ethical choices.”
Well that’s interesting. This plot sounds similar to Russia’s drama/agitprop action film Olympus Inferno which was broadcast earlier this year. Olympus Inferno focused on an American insect hunter and a Russian journalist who stumble upon “damning evidence” that Georgia started the war and, surprise, surprise, tough ethical choices ensue.
Not much else has been said about the film, which is to be released next year. But from the little information available, it sounds like it’s going to be nothing short of total crap.
More dashing photos of Garcia as Saak can be found here.