Global reaction to President Obama’s re-election, including from London, Israel and Kenya. Also, the Latino vote challenge facing Republicans ahead of the next election. Plus, why scientists in Austria are exploring the personality of man’s best friend.
Host Aaron Schachter is joined from London by The World’s Marco Werman to pick apart some of Wednesday’s international reaction to President Obama’s re-election.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has congratulated President Obama on his re-election. It’s an open secret in Israel that the two leaders have a tense relationship. The World’s Matthew Bell reports on how the outcome of the presidential vote in the US could impact Israel’s own elections early next year.
The day after President Obama’s re-election, one foreign policy issue is crying out for attention: the civil war in Syria. In a sign of growing international concern, Turkey today announced that NATO is to deploy Patriot missiles along the Turkish border with Syria. Anchor Aaron Schachter discusses what options President Obama has on Syria with Steven Cook, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The global cartoon reaction to President Obama’s victory is decidedly mixed. In this slideshow you’ll see a victory cigar here and there, and a funny cartoon that replaces that dog on top of the car with Romney himself and more.
What makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen? The Veterinary University of Vienna’s Clever Dog Lab aims to find out with the help of some 600 Austrian dogs that owners volunteer for experiments. The results could improve the training and selection of dogs that serve society, from helping the disabled to assisting the police. Ari Daniel Shapiro of our partner program NOVA reports.
Residents of Colorado and Washington voted Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use. That move might eventually cut into the profits of Mexican drug cartels, says Beau Kilmer, who co-directs of the Drug Policy Research Center at the Rand Corporation.
One of the first trips that newly re-elected President Obama plans to make is to Cambodia. Officials there say he’s coming later this month for an Asia summit but the Cambodian government might bring up another issue. Its stalled efforts to recover some ancient Khmer artifacts now in the US.
A spectacular surrealist painting called Mad Tristan by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali is being exhibited for the first time in more than six decades. Art historian Jennifer Whisper has seen “Mad Tristan” up close in the first public exhibit since Dali created it for New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1944.
Reporter Betto Arcos tells us about the “gaita”, an indigenous wooden flute played along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and the popular band called Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto.