Our friend David L. has compiled an overview of some America-related reports in the German media:
FAZ, Sueddeutsche and Tagesspiegel reported that in the controversy over consular assistance for foreigners who were arrested in the United States, Washington no longer wants to comply with future rulings of the International Court of Justice. The papers cited State Department spokeswoman Darla Jordan as having said these measures should "protect the United States from future rulings of the International Court of Justice." Financial Times Deutschland wrote that the U.S. move is another sign of the United States accepting rules of international law only as long as they do not impede the U.S. scope of action.
Sueddeutsche carried an editorial saying this decision "is extremely stupid and wrong." It also said that Secretary Rice will again nurture all the prejudices that exist abroad about the arbitrariness of U.S. justice authorities. Stefan Kornelius also wrote that "this decision provokes a response: The majority of Americans will certainly not like it if they can no longer rely on the protection of U.S. consulates during their trips abroad."
In a report on the release Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena, ARD-TV's current affairs magazine Panorama reported that the brutalization by U.S. soldiers in Iraq is increasing and presented as evidence a video in which U.S. soldiers, cheered on by other U.S. soldiers, pulled a dead Iraqi out of a car and kicked the corpse. Panorama commented on the film, saying these are shocking pictures, showing that everyday life in Iraq is "turning young soldiers into Sadists." (See ARD online)