In many countries opinions of the United States are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office. Improvements in the U.S. image have been most pronounced in Western Europe, where favorable ratings for both the nation and the American people have soared. But opinions of America have also become more positive in key countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well. Signs of improvement in views of America are seen even in some predominantly Muslim countries.
A new survey compares the health priorities of people in developing nations with those of their governments and the international organizations that work in global health.
The United States may pride itself as the land of plenty. But the portion of Americans who occasionally go hungry for lack of money to pay for food has not decreased in three decades.
Rising tensions between the Bush administration and governments of Western Europe over U.S. exports of genetically modified foods highlight the differences in attitudes toward these foods on both sides of the Atlantic.
With his decision to dramatically increase U.S. overseas spending on the AIDS epidemic, President Bush is addressing a crisis that dominates the concerns of people around the world.