The USA New Increased Global Anti-Americanism Lightning Rod Role – 09/17/2013

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“The term anti-Americanism, or anti-American sentiment, refers to opposition or hostility to the policies, culture, society, economics, international, or superpower role of the United States. Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans include that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, of limited intelligence, overweight, poorly dressed, obsessed with making money, too moralistic and generally obnoxious.”“Political scientist Brendan O’Connor suggests that Anti-Americanism cannot be isolated as a consistent phenomenon and that the term originated as a rough composite of stereotypes, prejudices and criticisms towards Americans or the United States, evolving to more politically based criticism. French scholar Marie-France Toinet says use of the term “is only fully justified if it implies systematic opposition – a sort of allergic reaction – to America as a whole.”The term anti-Americanism, or anti-American sentiment, refers to opposition or hostility to the policies, culture, society, economics, international, or superpower role of the United States. Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans include that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, of limited intelligence, overweight, poorly dressed, obsessed with making money, too moralistic and generally obnoxious.”

“German newspaper publisher and political scientist Josef Joffe suggests five classic aspects of the phenomenon: reducing Americans to stereotypes, believing the United States to have an irremediably evil nature, ascribing to the U.S. establishment a vast conspiratorial power aimed at utterly dominating the globe, holding the United States responsible for all the evils in the world, and seeking to limit the influence of the United States by destroying it or by cutting oneself and one’s society off from its polluting products and practices. Other advocates of the significance of the term argue that anti-Americanism represents a coherent and dangerous ideological current, comparable to anti-Semitism.

Russia has long history of Anti-Americanism, dating back to early days of Cold War. Even in some of the latest Russian population polls, United States and its allies, constantly top the list of “Greatest Enemies”. 52% of Russians have an unfavorable view of the U.S.

“In China, there has been a history of anti-Americanism, beginning with the general disdain for foreigners in the early 19th century that culminated in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.”

“When Mao Zedong and the Communists came to power in 1948, he launched an anti-American campaign that intensified as China and the U.S. fought a major undeclared war in Korea, 1950–53. One of Mao’s goals was to identify and destroy factions inside China that might be favorable to capitalism.”

“Mao never intended on friendly relations with the U.S., Sheng argues. Mao ridiculed the U.S. as a “paper tiger,” occupiers of Taiwan, “the enemy of the people of the world and has increasingly isolated itself” and “monopoly capitalist groups.””

“After Mao’s death and the Chinese economic reforms of the 1980s hostility diminished sharply, and large-scale trade and investments, as well as cultural exchanges became major factors.”

“The Taiwanese Strait Crisis has led China to blame the U.S. for any issues that arise in the bilateral relationship between China and Taiwan, as they believe that American support of Taiwan is an effort to weaken their country. Relations became severely strained by the NATO Bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in May 1999, which was blamed on an intelligence error but which some Chinese believed to be deliberate. Recently, in 2009, Luo Ping, a director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, criticized America’s laissez-faire capitalism and said that he hated America when the United States Treasury would start to print money and depreciate the value of the US dollar, thus cheapening the value of China’s purchase of U.S. bonds. Chinese hackers have also conducted extensive cyberwarfare against American institutions and citizens targeting the U.S. and its Western allies. Furthermore, China’s leaders present their country as an alternative to the meddling power of the West. 43% of Chinese have a favorable view of the U.S.”

“While the Chinese government officially condemned the September 11 attacks, privately many Chinese citizens celebrated news of the terrorist attacks on U.S. targets.”

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was going to be the first Tarantino film approved for official distribution in China’s strictly controlled film market. It was reported that the film released on May 12, 2013. Lily Kuo, on Quartz, wrote that “the film depicts one of America’s darker periods, when slavery was legal, which Chinese officials like to use to push back against criticism from the United States.”

“In France, the term “Anglo Saxon” often is used in expressions of anti-Americanism or Anglophobia. It also has had more nuanced uses in discussions by French writers on French decline, especially as an alternative model to which France should aspire, how France should adjust to its two most prominent global competitors, and how it should deal with social and economic modernization.”

“In the 1950s the Suez Crisis of 1956 caused dismay among the French right, which already was angry at the lack of American support during Dien Bien Phu in 1954. For the Socialists and Communists of the French left, it was the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism that were the sources of resentment.[105] Much later, the alleged weapons of mass destruction affair certainly dirtied the previously favourable image. In 2008, 85% of the French people considered the American government and banks to be most liable for the Financial crisis of 2007–2010.”

“In her contribution to the seminal book Anti-Americanisms in World Politics edited by Peter Katzenstein and Robert Keohane in 2006, Sophie Meunier writes about French anti-Americanism. She contends that although it has a long history (older than the U.S. itself) and is the most easily recognizable anti-Americanism in Europe, it may not have had real policy consequences on the United States and thus may have been less damaging than more pernicious and invisible anti-Americanism in other countries.”

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Meanwhile, many people said that in addition to cracking down on foreigners without driver’s licenses and the shops that rent motorbikes to them, relevant authorities should simplify the procedures for them to drive legally.”

“According to regulations, only foreigners who have lived in Vietnam for at least three months can apply for a driver’s license. Since there is no test available in English or any other foreign language, applicants must be relatively fluent in Vietnamese.

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