PostGlobal's Amar Bakshi is taking a laptop and video camera around the world to explore people's views of America. Will he find anti-Americanism still on the rise in your country, and is the damage permanent?

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Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily. He is also the founding editor of Kathimerini’s English Edition, which is published as a supplement to The International Herald Tribune in Greece, Cyprus and Albania. He worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press from 1989 to 1997 before joining the Greek press and has reported from many countries in the region.

Double Standards for U.S. Friends

Anti-Americanism in Greece cannot rise much higher than it has the past few years. But despite anti-globalization theatrics, the reasons have much to do with domestic politics. Many of the grievances are U.S. sins of omission -- failure to support Greece's interests, siding with Turkey instead.

Posted by Nikos Konstandaras Athens, Greece | 528 COMMENTS
May 22, 2007 at 9:15 AM
William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: Africaʼs Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

U.S. Mistakes Make Dictators Happy

African nations are using increasing anti-American sentiment in Africa to muscle out U.S. companies from lucrative business deals. Dictators like Zimbabwe's Mugabe also use the anti-U.S. sentiments to get themselves out of political trouble. The U.S. is too mistrusted to change this without a new administration.

Posted by William M. Gumede South Africa | 28 COMMENTS
May 21, 2007 at 5:21 PM
Kyoko Altman has worked as a correspondent and anchor for CNN and CNBC, and as a news-magazine reporter for Japan's top-ranked news program 'News Station' on TV Asahi. She has covered more than twenty countries.

Many Ways to Hate America

Liberal Europeans criticize America for different reasons than developing social-welfare states, radical Islamists or nationalist Asians do. But they all respond to the current administration's missteps and contradictions. The damage is not irreversible, if the U.S. policies change, but the damage is deep.

Posted by Kyoko Altman Hong Kong, China | 58 COMMENTS
May 21, 2007 at 4:39 PM
Leon Krauze is a Mexican blogger and a founder of

Mexico: It's Not Iraq, It's the Border

Anti-Americanism in Mexico is probably on the rise, but Mexico's brand is very different from that in other parts of the world. It's causes are also much closer to home -- not U.S. policy in the Middle East, but the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration reform is the last hurdle in an otherwise increasingly symbiotic relationship.

Posted by Leon Krauze Mexico | 117 COMMENTS
May 21, 2007 at 8:53 AM
Gustavo Gorriti Is and award-winning Peruvian journalist based in Lima. He covered Peru's internal war, drug trafficking and corruption. He is the author, among other books, of The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru. He was Associate Director of Panama's La Prensa, Co-Director of Peru's La Republica and is currently a columnist for Caretas, Peru's leading newsmagazine.

For Peruvians, U.S. Means Money

In Peru, somebody has already done Amar’s homework for him. In a nationwide poll published May 20th in El Comercio, 27% of Peruvians said that the United States is the country in the world they most admire; Japan was in distant second with 13%. Why are Peruvians so pro-American? Migration and economics.

Posted by Gustavo Gorriti Lima, Peru | 10 COMMENTS
May 21, 2007 at 8:39 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Propaganda & Childish Mind Games

If Amar visits Iran, like any first-time visitor he will be confronted with a reality very different than the fantasy America has spun since the Iranian Revolution 29 years ago. It failed to understand Iran then, and instead of learning its lesson has refused to engage since, spinning a relationship of hostile words.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 68 COMMENTS
May 21, 2007 at 7:29 AM
Endy M. Bayuni took up the job of chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s independent and leading English language newspaper, in August 2004 shortly after he returned from a one-year Nieman Fellowship at the Harvard University. Endy has been with the newspaper since 1991, working his way up from Production Manager (Night Editor), to National Editor, Managing Editor, and Deputy Chief Editor through all those years. He previously worked as the Indonesian correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse between 1984 and 1991, and began his journalistic career with The Jakarta Post in 1983. Endy completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in economics from Kingston University in Surrey, England, in 1981.

America is Powerful -- and Vain

It seems to be new favorite American pass time to ask "how much do you like me?" or "how much do you ate me?" American media and survey organizations are constantly asking how much the world "loves us or hates us." The world is too complex for such a dichotomy, but America's vanity drives it to demand an answer.

Posted by Endy Bayuni Jakarta, Indonesia | 23 COMMENTS
May 19, 2007 at 7:59 PM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Gulf: Iran's the Enemy, America's OK

With Palestine the predominant cause behind Arab nationalism of past decades, America's support for Israel always made it the Arabs' cause for evil in the Middle East. But the U.S. has maintained good friends in the region as well: Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states. For them, Iran is increasingly the real trouble.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 24 COMMENTS
May 18, 2007 at 4:38 PM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Samba & Jazz Will Outlive Neocons

Brazilians don't dislike American culture or people; what you see is growing disagreement with Bush's government, its methods, attitudes and choices. But even the well-publicized protests against Bush's visit were marginal, seen as typical partisan action. Anti-Bushism has done no permanent damage to Brazil's feelings about America.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 6 COMMENTS
May 18, 2007 at 7:57 AM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

But How Could They Reelect Bush?

For a long time, most people around the world had two contradictory views about the U.S.: they liked America's people and values, but had serious problems with U.S. foreign policy. Then came 9/11 and the Iraq war, tensions grew, but people could still differentiate public from policy. Until the American people reelected Bush.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 28 COMMENTS
May 18, 2007 at 7:30 AM
Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Marketing A Bad Product

I recently attended a dinner hosted by a British university where a former U.S. official complained that Washington has failed to get its message of good will to the Arab people. He didn't seem to realize his words were only provoking anger throughout the hall. It's not America's marketing campaign that needs work, it's the product they're selling.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 12 COMMENTS
May 18, 2007 at 7:14 AM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

America's as Good as Gold

Over the past century America’s image followed the curve of a sine wave. At the beginning of the period feelings toward the U.S. were moderately positive, and the most common adjectives used were synonyms of “rich” and “good.” Before World...

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 7 COMMENTS
May 17, 2007 at 9:54 PM


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