Die Welt, Germany
Obama: Hillary Clinton's
Even More Polarizing Foil

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"President Obama will best serve
Hillary Clinton by acting as a foil -
as a contrast. By comparison with
Obama, the potentially polarizing
Clinton becomes a wholesome
alternative for a wide variety of
voters. ... Meanwhile, her party's
leftist idealists and their backers
will seriously not want to stand on
the sidelines when a woman could
become president - and right after
an African-American achieved it.”

— COLUMNIST Daniel-Dylan Bohmer
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LESS POLARIZING BY COMPARISON?


WikiLeaks, Financial Times, U.K.
WikiLeaks Publishes Hacked
Sony E-mails; Explains Why

"WikiLeaks has posted the entire
hack of the Sony Database in
searchable format to offer a 'rare
insight into the inner workings of
a large, secretive multinational
corporation. The work publicly
known from Sony is to produce
entertainment; however, Sony's
Archives show that behind the
scenes the firm is an influential
corporation, with ties to the
White House, with an ability to
impact laws and policies, and with
connections to the United States
military-industrial complex.”

— WIKILEAKS Press Release

SONY HACK: WIKILEAKS STRIKES AGAIN

Reuters, U.K.
The E.U. Accuses Google of
Abusing Web Search Power

"The European Union accused Google
of cheating consumers , competitors
by distorting search results to favor
its own shopping service, after a five-
year investigation that could change
the rules for doing business online.”

— REPORTERS Julia Fioretti
and Alastair Macdonald
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SHOULD GOOGLE BE FINED OR DISMANTLED?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Hillary Reinforces 'Quasi-
Feudal System' in America

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"America increasingly belongs to
the millionaires and billionaires.
A quasi-feudal system has formed
in which the fate of a man and
his future position in life are
determined at birth. A handoff
from the Bushes to the Clintons
would confirm that the unhealthy
process is occurring not only in
finance but politics as well. ...
To my surprise, Americans, at
least those that support the
Democrats, don't seem to mind. I
have to admit to a personal bias
here, as I do not understand the
reasons for Clinton's dominance.”

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

JEB AND HILLARY: TIME TO STEP ASIDE?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Former Blackwater Guards
Sentenced for Massacre
of Unarmed Iraqi Civilians

"In killing and maiming unarmed
civilians, these defendants acted
unreasonably ... In combination,
the sheer amount of unnecessary
human loss and suffering due to
the defendants' criminal conduct
on Sept. 16, 2007, is staggering.”

— U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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NO MERCT FOR BLACKWATER GUARDS


Deutsche Welle, Germany
Hillary's Baggage
Curbs Enthusiasm

"Her first presidential loss
to an initially unknown
outsider named Obama hit
her hard. It never left her
and it noticeably shapes the
the current campaign. ...
the Clinton team should
contemplate the fact that
the announcement of her
candidacy hasn't triggered
major voter enthusiasm.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Gero Schliess

IS POWER ITS OWN REWARD?

UK, Canada, Israel, China
Editorial Reaction to the
Hillary Campaign Launch

Views from around the world have
begun to emerge about her timing,
her gender, her experience, her
baggage and every aspect of what
makes her such a political lightning
rod. As usual, the British are first
out of the gate with opinion rather
than only straight news coverage,
with other English-language media
coming next, and soon, no doubt,
more reaction from around the
world in every language possible.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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HILLARY CLINTON: COY NO MORE


Telegraph, The Observer, U.K.
Castro Praises Obama
but Attacks U.S. Policy

In his remarks at the Summit of
the Americas in Panama, Cuban
leader Raul Castro is making an
interesting distinction between
President Obama, who is of
course president of the United
States, and U.S. foreign policy,
which Castro says Obama wasn't
responsible for. Here are two
columns from The Telegraph
and The Observer that highlight
the comments by Raul Castro.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

LIKE THE MAN; NOT THE POLICIES?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Prepares to Meet
President Nicolas Maduro

"As the two antagonistic leaders
prepared to meet face to face at
the Summit of the Americas, they
used preliminary events in the
host nation Panama to project
their differing perspectives.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Jonathan Watts
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CAN AN ACCOMMODATION BE FOUND?


Chosun Ilbo, Russia Today, Reuters,
Ukraine Today, New York Times
South Korea, U.K., Russia, U.S.
Czech Leader, Stung
by Critics, Quits Victory
Day Plans in Moscow

Controversy over plans by Czech
President Milos Zeman to accept
Russia's invitation to 2015 Victory
Day celebrations has been raging
all week, culminating today.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CZECH PRESIDENT 'GROUNDED'

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Hints at Cuba
Breakthrough; Kerry,
Cuba Counterpart Talk

"Cuba expected to be struck
from list of state sponsors of
terrorism, while Kerry and
Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodriguez counterpart sit
down for highest-level talks
in more than five decades.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Jonathan Watts
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U.S.-CUBA ICE MELTING PROCEEDS


TELEGRAPH: Guantanamo Residents:
'How can Cuba Talk to the U.S. While
they are Occupying Our Land?'


Daily Mail, U.K.
Tsarnaev's Mom: 'U.S.
is the Real Terrorist;
My Boys are the Best'

"America is the real terrorist
and everyone knows that. My
boys are the best of the best.”

— Zubeidat Tsarnaev

A MOTHER'S PAIN AND SCORN

The Telegraph, U.K.
Cuban Dissident Arrested
on Arrival for Summit of
the Americas in Panama

"Rosa Maria Paya, one of Cuba's
most high-profile dissidents,
has been arrested on arrival in
Panama, ahead of a historic
meeting this week between
Barack Obama and Raul Castro.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Harriet Alexander
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CRACKDOWN AT AMERICAS SUMMIT


TELEGRAPH: Guantanamo Residents:
'How can Cuba Talk to the U.S. While
they are Occupying Our Land?'


BBC, Daily Mail, Telegraph, U.K.
VIDEO AND TEXT: British
Reaction to Rand Paul's
2016 Presidential Launch

"Mr. Paul doesn't sound like your
average Republican presidential
candidate, and at times his event
didn't look much like a traditional
Republican presidential kick-off.
Very early on, he criticised both
Republicans and Democrats for
being creatures of a political
establishment unresponsive
to the people who elected them.”

— BBC CORRESPONDENT
Anthony Zurcher

CAN IDEALS SURVIVE CAMPAIGNING?

FAZ, Germany
U.S. Army March Encounters
Surprising Czech Opposition

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"leftists wanted to block the convoy's
passage and on social media called for
the use of force. … A complaint was
even filed with the attorney general's
office in Brno against Prime Minister
Bohuslav Sobotka, Foreign Minister
Lubomir Zaoralek and Defence Minister
Martin Stropnicky. They are being
accused of 'high treason' for approving
passage for the American convoy.”

— CORRESPONDENT Karl-Peter Schwarz
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CZECHS LESS CERTAIN OF WHO TO SUPPORT


Le Monde, France
Iran Nuclear Deal: By Far
the Least Appalling Option

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The burden of sanctions has without
doubt brought Iran to the negotiating
table, but has in no way deterred the
country from boosting its capacity for
uranium enrichment - which is the
path to obtaining a nuclear weapon. ...
In this case, the status quo will not
suffice. To wait is to take the risk of
allowing an Islamic Republic working
day in and day out to enrich more
fissile material for military purposes.”

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde

IRANIANS HOPE FOR BETTER FUTURE

Le Monde, France
How a Mandatory IAEA
Mechanism Saved the
Nuclear Talks with Iran

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Another issue was the demand
that without clear assurances of
the total absence of a military
dimension to the Iranian nuclear
program, U.N. sanctions should
not be touched. In any event,
diplomats judged that without
the approval of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, these
cannot be lifted, and that is a
process that is likely to take
several years at a minimum.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Yves-Michel Riols

NUCLEAR DEAL WAS FUDGED ...

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Iran Nuclear
Talks: Obama Hails Deal;
Iranian People Celebrate

Obama: ‘It is a good deal’ -- ‘Key
parameters’ for nuke deal with
Iran reached -- Deal to be done
by 30 June -- E.U. and U.S. will
terminate economic sanctions --
Fordow to be nuclear physics site.

—GUARDIAN Live Blog
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IRAN ERUPTS IN CELEBRATION

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Hegemon without a Plan:
'God Help the Middle East'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"President Obama's wavering and
procrastination and his back and
forth between threats, retreats
and interventions has severely
damaged U.S. credibility. ... One
requires a remarkable set of eyes
to discern a strategy in all this
rather than a frantic, haphazard
and event-driven mess. ”

— COLUMNIST Hubert Wetzel

OBAMA: HOPELESSLY FLOUNDERING?

Daily Mail, U.K.
UKIP Candidate Ousted;
Called for Israel to 'Do
an Eichmann' on Obama

"UKIP candidate Jeremy Zeid
called for President Obama to
be kidnapped by the Israelis
like Nazi war criminal Adolf
Eichmann for declassifying a
document in Israel's once
undeclared nuclear program.”

—REPORTER John Stevens
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IS THIS STEPPING OVER THE LINE?

The Record, Scotland, U.K.
Germanwings: Officials Admit
Cell Phones Found; Passengers
may have Called Loved Ones

"If none of the mobile phones and notably
none of the SIM cards found at the scene
have not been analysed – because the fact
is that the data can be retrieved – that
suggests a problem with the investigation'”

—REPORTER
Frederic Helbert of Paris Match

SHOULD MEDIA HAND OVER THE VIDEO?

The Telegraph, U.K.
Tabloids are Told to 'Hand
Over' Video of Final Moments
before Germanwings Crash

"French authorities initially denied the
existence of the clip, which allegedly
relays in a 'few seconds' scenes of chaos
and passengers screaming 'My God' in
several languages. But they are now
calling on anyone in possession of such a
film to 'hand it over to investigators.'”

—REPORTERS
Henry Samuel, Rory Mulholland

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Facebook 'Tracks All
Visitors, Breaching
European Union Law'

"Facebook tracks the web
browsing of everyone who
visits a page on its site even
if the user does not have an
account and even when they
have explicitly opted out of
tracking in the E.U., research
commissioned by the Belgian
data protection agency shows.”

—REPORTER Samuel Gibbs
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CAUTION: YOU ARE BING FOLLOWED

The Telegraph, U.K.
Tabloids are Told to 'Hand
Over' Video of Final Moments
before Germanwings Crash

"French authorities initially denied the
existence of the clip, which allegedly
relays in a 'few seconds' scenes of chaos
and passengers screaming 'My God' in
several languages. But they are now
calling on anyone in possession of such a
film to 'hand it over to investigators.'”

—REPORTERS
Henry Samuel, Rory Mulholland

SHOULD MEDIA HAND OVER THE VIDEO?

Italia Chiama Italia, Italy
Trial of Knox and Sollecito:
Black Eye for Italian Justice

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"So this is what we have come to:
more often than not it seems that
sentences have already been
formulated, whether based on
mere conjecture and/or because
they have been decided on the
spot, from the first few minutes.”

— COLUMNIST Leonardo Cecca
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VINDICATED - BUT FOUR YEARS LOST


Paris Match, France
Exclusive: Video Reveals
Final Moments Before
Germanwings Disaster

"Paris Match has obtained a video
taken during the final seconds of
the ill-fated Germanwings flight
4U9525 and found among the
wreckage by a source close to
the investigation. Its origin - a
cellphone - was clear. The scene
was so chaotic that it was hard
to identify people, but the sound
of the screaming passengers made
it clear that they were well aware
of what was about to happen.”

—NEWS ITEM, Paris Match

FOUND: VIDEO FROM THE CRASH

Russia Today, Russia
Lavrov: Chance Iran
Deal 'Pretty Good' if
No One 'Raises Stakes'

"We have an opportunity to
realize our chances if no side
to the talks tries to raise the
stakes at the last moment to
get something more instead of
keeping a balance of interests.”

— RUSSIAN Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov
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IRAN TALKS: POINT OF AGREEMENT?

REUTERS: Expected Iran
Nuclear Deal 'Worse than
Israel Feared': Netanyahu


The Observer, U.K.
Eight Years on, Italy asks:
So who was it that Killed
Student Meredith Kercher?

"It has also never been clear how
the pair, who had claimed to be
having sex, smoking cannabis and
watching the French film Amelie
at the time of the murder, became
accomplices of Rudy Guede, the
then 21-year-old drifter who is
now the only person to have been
convicted of Kercher's murder.”

—NEWS ITEM, The Guardian

IF NOT KNOX, SOLLECITO - THAN WHO?

Izvestia, Russia
Victory Day 2015:
Hollande, Cameron and
Obama won't be Missed!

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIA

"Our greatest festival will stay
with us through the centuries.
Hollande, Cameron and Obama
- not to mention leaders of
'New Europe' - are no more
than ripples in the water. Their
presence will not add to the
honor of May 9th, and their
absence will not diminish its joy.”

— COLUMNIST Maksim Sokolov
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RUSSIA SPURNS RUSSIA'S SPURNERS


The Telegraph, U.K.
Amanda Knox will Return
to Italy; in line for Millions
in Compensation for Jailing

"Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito,
both jailed for the murder of British
student Meredith Kercher, may claim
millions in compensation after Italy's
top court cleared them unreservedly.
... In the latest twist, the pair were
both acquitted by judges at Rome's
supreme court. The five judges said
that there was insufficient evidence.”

—NEWS ITEM, The Telegraph

OUT OF THE FIRE - OFF TO THE BANK?

RUSSIA TODAY: Snowden
Talks Surveillance, Privacy
with Swedish Lawyers


de Volkskrant The Netherlands
No Hillary, Don't Do It!
TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Let me come straight to the point
the Dutch way - straightforward and
without lame excuses: Please retire.
Forget your presidential ambitions.
Enough is enough. Please don't do it.”

— COLUMNIST Charles Groenhuijsen
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A PLEA TO HILLARY FROM THE DUTCH


The Local, Sweden
Swedish MPs Meet
Snowden in Moscow

"We discussed his journey
and he gave us a nuanced
accounting of how mass
surveillance operated and
what doesn't . ... He also
gave us his point of view
on what comprise effective
anti-terrorism measures
and what doesn't. ... I am
impressed by his courage.”

— Sweden MP Jakop Dalunde

THE NEXT STOP FOR SNOWDEN?

RUSSIA TODAY: Snowden
Talks Surveillance, Privacy
with Swedish Lawyers



Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Iran-Saudi Proxy War
in Yemen Explodes into
a Region-Wide Crisis

“The Saudi decision to unveil
the international coalition in
Washington suggests that the
Obama Administration, rather
than the Riyadh regime, may
be the driving force behind
the intervention in Yemen.”

— COLUMNIST Simon Tisdall

The Telegraph, U.K.
Amanda Knox Awaits
Top Italy Court Ruling on
Kercher Murder Verdict

"The European Commission has
warned E.U. citizens that they
should close their Facebook
accounts if they want to keep
information private from U.S.
security services, finding that
current Safe Harbour law does
not protect citizen's data.”

— REPORTER Samuel Gibbs

FACEBOOK: STATE SPYING TOOL

Diario de Noticias, Portugal
The U.S.-Israel Unraveling: A
Sign of 'Deep Transformation'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"We're witnessing divisions so deep
that it's hard to find anything relevant
passing between Israel and the United
States. ... Countries like Israel, Saudi
Arabia, Turkey and Egypt look with
great suspicion at a U.S. orientation in
favor of Iran and easing of sanctions in
exchange for transparency on uranium
enrichment or 'unofficial' coordination
in the battle against the Islamic State.”

— COLUMNIST Bernardo Pires De Lima
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A SIESMIC SHIFT BIGGER THAN ISRAEL


Guardian Unlimited, U.S.
E.U. Warns Citizens to
'Leave Facebook if You
Don't Wish to be Spied On'

"The European Commission has
warned E.U. citizens that they
should close their Facebook
accounts if they want to keep
information private from U.S.
security services, finding that
current Safe Harbour law does
not protect citizen's data.”

— REPORTER Samuel Gibbs

FACEBOOK: STATE SPYING TOOL

Diario de Noticias, Italy
Evidence at Hand that
Muslims are Indeed
Capable of Democracy

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The democratic experience
of the Arab world remains a
fragile one. ... Nevertheless,
the Arab world and Islamic
worlds are not synonymous. .
It's not hard to find examples
of democracy in Islamic states.”

— COLUMNIST
Leonidio Paulo Ferreira
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DEMOCRACY: A LITTLE OPTIMISM


France 24, France
LIVE FEED: Germanwings
Flight Intentionally Crashed

March 26, 2015

This is France 24's live feed with
coverage of the crash Germanwings
flight 4U9525. French prosecutors
has announced that the aircraft
was intentionally crashed by ci-pilot.

— LIVE FEED, Frrance 24

GERMANWINGS: SHOCK REVELATION

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Germanwings
Co-Pilot 'Crashed Aircraft'

"The co-pilot of the Germanwings
jet that crashed in the French Alps
deliberately forced the plane into
the descent that led to the disaster,
the prosecutor said. He pressed a
button that accelerated the Airbus
A320's descent when alone in the
cockpit. 'It was a voluntary action.'”

—GUARDIAN Live Blog
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PLANE CRASHED INTENTIONALLY

Guardian Unlimited, U.S.
With U.S. Backing, Saudi
Arabia Launches Yemen
Air Strikes on Houthies

"White House confirms support
for the military effort, claiming
international mandate to end the
'widespread instability and chaos'
that drove out Yemeni president.”

— CORRRESPONDENTS
Dan Roberts. Kareem Shaheen

IT'S WAR AGAIN - NOW IN YEMEN

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Charged with Desertion,
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
May Get Life in Prison

"The longest-held U.S. prisoner
of war of the post-9/11 era will be
charged with misbehavior before
the enemy and desertion and faces
a potential penalty of life in prison.
A court martial proceeding for Sgt.
Bowe Bergdahl will be a dramatic
fall from grace for a soldier whose
release after five years in Taliban
captivity was a priority for Obama.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Spencer Ackerman
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BERGDAHL: DRAMATIC FALL FROM GRACE

Der Standard, Austria
Austrian Lawmakers
'Terminate Silence'
Over NSA Spying

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"NSA whistleblower Edward
Snowden warned of how U.S.
intelligence works with E.U.
nations that filter out traffic
belonging to their citizens.
However, because of states
that collaborate with it, the
U.S. is able to obtain data on
all E.U. citizens. Llawmakers
are in broad agreement that
it is unacceptable for foreign
spies to illegally intercept,
store and monitor data of
Austrian, European citizens.”

— COLUMNIST Fabian Schmid

NOW: AUSTRIAN NSA COMMITTEE

Corriere Della Sera, Italy
Jewish No More?:
Netanyahu's Victory
is a Loss for Israel

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Israel hasn't won, because
little or nothing has changed.
In fact, the country may now
be pushed into a dangerous
self isolation as the region is
boiling over with ancient
tensions and bloody recent
conflicts. ... Arabs living in
the country may now be
capable of silencing all their
divisions and united as a third
political party in the Knesset.
It may be a sign of the future
when in the absence of two
states the majority in Israel
is no longer Jewish.”

— COLUMNIST Antonio Ferrari
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BIBI: THREAT TO THE JEWISH STATE?


Deutsche Welle, Germany
U.S. Threatened Germany
w/ Intelligence Cuttoff Over
Granting Snowden Asylum

"They said they would stop notifying us
of plots and other intelligence matters.”

— VICE CHANCELLOR Sigmar Gabriel

U.S. THREAT OVER SNOWDEN ASYLUM OFFER

The Telegraph, U.K.
America's Longest-Serving
Innocent Prisoner Receives
$1m for 39 Years in Prison

"Ricky Jackson and two brothers were
convicted on the basis of the testimony
of a 13-year-old boy who said that he
witnessed the killing of Harold Franks.
The boy, Eddie Vernon, was on a bus a
block away with other children at the
time. He later recanted his account.”

— CPRRESPONDENT Philip Sherwell
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RECIEVES $25,000 PER YEAR BEHIND BARS

The Economist, U.K.
The Price of Bibi's Comeback

"Next month the Palestinian Authority
will join the International Criminal
Court, where it will seek to indict
of Israel for war crimes, both over the
conduct of last summer's war in Gaza
and Jewish settlements in the occupied
territories. ... Netanyahu will need
American help to fend off the pressure,
but Israeli diplomats fear that Obama
may be less willing to fight on Israel's
behalf, or will seek to extract a price.”

— ANALYSIS, The Economist

BIBI FACES SHORTAGE OF U.S. SUPPORT

Daily Mail, U.K.
Hollywood Producer Returns
Home for First Time Since Her
Arrest in Death of 'Blind' Sister

"Producer Jill Blackstone had initially been
charged with murder of her sister Wendy,
but the LA District Attorney dropped the
charges and released her Wednesday. Yet
many questions remain over her partially
blind and deaf sister's death. Wendy was
found on Saturday in the home's garage,
apparently asphyxiated by carbon monoxide
gas. ... Also found at the scene was a hand-
written suicide note police determined
had been written by Jill, and the bodies
of their three dogs.”

— CORRESPONDENT Andy Tillet
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MYSTERY SURROUNDS DEATH OF PRODUCER'S SISTER

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Snubs Netanyahu;
Criticizes 'Divisive Rhetoric'

"The White House has made clear its
dismay at Prime Minister Netanyahu's
sweeping victory in the Israeli polls
with a stinging rebuke of 'divisive
rhetoric' used by the Israeli leader in
the closing stages of the election. ...
Furthermore, Obama has not called
to congratulate him on his victory.”

— CORRESPONDENTS
Paul Lewis and Alan Yuhas

FACING THE ELECTION AFTERMATH

Der Standard, Austria
NSA Spying on Austrian
Firms and People 'Takes
on Whole New Dimension'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"In addition to the Austrian Web
provider, the document discloses
other targets, such as members of
the Philippine government, the
largest Saudi ISP, a Pakistani cyber
security firm as well as a resort
hotel in Honduras in which the
United Fruit Company receives
South American official delegations.
With this variety of examples from
the spy programs under Upstream,
the NSA-author of the presentation
will have wanted to demonstrate
the best possible range of targets.”

— REPORTERS Fabian Schmid
and Markus Sulzbacher
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SNOWDEN HITS JUST KEEP ON COMIN'


Le Figaro, France
Christians, Muslims and the
Destruction of Ancient Sites

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"It mustn't be forgotten that in 16th
century Protestantism, there was an
iconoclastic rage that went on to
wreak havoc on our cultural heritage.
... This is not to suggest a hazardous
equivalence between Calvinism and
radical Islam, but the Islamists are
falling back on an a religious tradition
that was defeated by Christianity.”

— JOURNALIST, PHILOSOPHER
Gerard Leclerc

ICONS AND IDOLATRY: BATTLE RENEWED

Financial Times, U.K.
U.S. Lashes Out at U.K. for
Joining China-Backed Bank

"Brits are used to syrupy American
tributes to the 'special relationship'
that binds the countries together,
but this week, we heard rather
different sound:: frustrated growls.”

— COLUMNIST Gideon Rachman
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GROUND SHIFTS IN WORLD FINANCE

REUTERS: Abbott says Australia will
Soon Decide Whether to Join AIIB

THE TELEGRAPH: U.K. Must
Resist Taking Sides as U.S., China
fight for Financial Supremacy



Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Boko Haram-ISIS Alliance:
Likely Just a 'Cry for Help'

“The alliance is unlikely to amount
to much immediate collaboration
on joint operations. It may, in fact,
be more of a cry for help, given
the recent string of defeats Boko
Haram has sustained in recent days.”

— COLUMNIST Simon Tisdall

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Landmark Report Calls
for Major Overhaul of
U.K. Surveillance Laws

"Britain’s laws governing the
espionage agencies and mass
surveillance require a total
overhaul to make them more
transparent, comprehensible
and up to date, parliament's
Intelligence and Security
Committee said in a landmark
report that was prompted by
the Snowden revelations.”

— REPORTERS Patrick Wintour
and Rowena Mason
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A SLAP AT MASS SURVEILLANCE

Reuters, U.K.
P5+1 Discuss the End of Iran
Sanctions; Plan Could Render
U.S. Republican Efforts Moot

"Secretary of State Kerry told Congress
that an Iran nuclear deal wouldn't be
legally binding, meaning the next U.S.
president may choose not to implement
it - a point emphasized in an open letter
by Republican senators to Iran's leaders.
... But a Security Council resolution on
a nuclear deal with Iran could be legally
binding. That could undercut attempts
by Republicans to unravel an agreement. ”

— REPORTER Louis Charbonneau

Elsevier, The Netherlands
Study: Alarming Number
of Muslims in Europe
Back Islamist Extremism

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"It's like mopping the floor next
to a fire hose: national security
is in constant danger. This is a
group who are not concerned
with laws of secular Western
societies. ... This will not be
resolved through dialogue while
immigration from Muslim nations
merrily goes on. Halting it is the
first necessary step. This is an
inconvenient truth we must heed.”

— COLUMNIST Afshin Ellian
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EXTREMISTS: HOW MANY ARE THERE?


Die Tageszeitung, Germany
Defeating Disembodied
Spies in the Digital Age

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"How can we understand why
people, who in their gardens
protect their vegetable beds
from view with well-tended
hedges, aren't upset by the
fact that there's an entity for
which no screening exists - an
entity that sees all and hears
all? To be able to understand
and criticize this is the most
urgent task of people today. ”

— COLUMNIST
Daniel Kretschmar

THE DIGITAL PYNOPTYCON

The Telegraph, U.K.
Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia
Suing NSA and DOJ Over
Mass Spying Operations

"'The harm to Wikimedia and the
hundreds of millions of people
who visit our Web sites is clear:
Pervasive mass surveillance has a
chilling effect,' Mr Wales wrote.
'It stifles freedom of expression
and the free exchange of ideas
that Wikimedia exicts to enable.'”

— Wikimdedia CEO Jimmy Wales
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SURVEILLANCE FIGHT: IT 'AIN'T OVER'


The Register, U.K.
U.K. Foreign Secretary
Wants to 'End Debate'
Over Mass Surveillance

"This debate cannot be allowed
to run on forever. ... We need
to have it, address the issues
arising from it and move on,
sooner rather than later.'”

— UK Foriegn Secretary
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Gazeta, Russia
To Reshape Global Order,
Russia Needs Help of Other
Disgruntled Peoples, States

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIA

"This suggests that the United States is
not trustworthy. This kind of letter is
unprecedented and undiplomatic. ...
It letter suggests that U.S. lawmakers
not only don't understand international
law but are not fully cognizant of the
nuances of their own Constitution in
terms of presidential powers in the
conduct of American foreign policy.”

— Fyodor Lukyanov, Chief Editor
at Russia in Global Affairs

CAN PUTIN BREAK OUT OF THE BOX?

GUARDIAN: Miffed Brits
Undermine German NSA Probe;
Refuse to Share Intelligence

DEUTCHE WELLE: Fiasco Over
New Headquarters Exposes
German Spies to Ridicule

CRYPTOME: Guardian Web Site
Redacts GCHQ TEMPORA Slide


Bild, Germany
ISIS Launches 'Kilafahbook':
The Facebook for Terrorists

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"They have shared their cruel deeds on
the Web in order to attract the world's
attention. Now the jihadists are pushing
their use of social networking further.
... Islamic State seeks to improve on its
online success: three days ago it launched
its own social network called 'Kilafahbook'!”

— NEWS ITEM, Bild
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ISLAMIC STATE SKIRTS WEST'S CONSTRAINTS


Die Welt, Germany
Mystery Again Hits
the Bundestag's NSA
Committee of Inquiry

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Bundestag Committee
investigating the NSA spying
scandal may itself have been
spied on. There are suspicions
that the so-called encrypted
phone of Committee Chair
Patrick Sensburg may have
been hacked. ... An ominous
course of events forms the
backdrop of these suspicions.
... A detailed analysis will
take several weeks. So any
involvement by intelligence
services is only conjecture. ”

— REPORTER Manuel Bewarder

NSA INVESTIGATOR HACKED?

GUARDIAN: Miffed Brits
Undermine German NSA Probe;
Refuse to Share Intelligence

DEUTCHE WELLE: Fiasco Over
New Headquarters Exposes
German Spies to Ridicule

CRYPTOME: Guardian Web Site
Redacts GCHQ TEMPORA Slide


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Women Caught
Carving Names into
Roman Colosseum

"The Californians snuck off
from their tour group on
Saturday and began carving
in their initials with a coin.
They managed a 'J' and an 'N'
around 8cm high, then took
a selfie with their handiwork.”

— REPORTER Rosie Scammell
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WHAT NOT TO DO ON THE ROAD


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
European Commission
President Calls for
European Union Army

"The European Union needs
its own army to help address
the issue that it is not 'taken
entirely seriously' as a global
force, the president of the
European commission has said.
... Jean-Claude Juncker said
such a move would help the
E.U. persuade Russia that it's
serious about defending its
values in the face of the
threat posed by Moscow. ”

— REPORTER Andrew Sparrow

IHS James, U.K.
Saudi Arabia Now Biggest
Arms Importer; American
Arms Makers Benefit Most

"The top beneficiary of the strong
Middle Eastern market remains the
United States, with $8.4 billion
worth of Middle Eastern exports in
2014, compared to $6 billion in 2013.”

— STUDY, IHS Jane's
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U.S. LEADS WORLD IN ARMS PROFITS


Le Monde, France
Monopolistic Internet Giants
Threaten the Global Economy

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"If artificial intelligence allows us to
envisage less expensive production,
will that be financially beneficial to
the entire population, or just the
priests of the Internet and the major
corporations? ... It's hard to see what
use civil servants, insurance agents,
translators, brokers, salespersons,
teachers and (why not?) attorneys,
doctors and pharmacists will be in
two or three decades: all these jobs
are being progressively replaced by
artificial intelligence. All that will
remain are modest manual or low-
paid trades of artists and craftsman.”

— PHILOSOPHER Pierre Desjardins
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WILL 'FREE' DATA RUIN THE WORLD?


Sol, Portugal
Boris Nemtsov Murder:
Why We Prefer U.S. to
Vladimir Putin's Russia

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Portugal benefits from being
allied with the United States
and not Russia. How come? ...
Here in Portugal, only those
older than 50 recall not being
allowed to vote or freely
express political opinions.
They're privileged storytellers
since they can tell the young
what it's like to live in today's
Russia. What we take for
granted here can be a death s
entence elsewhere. We're
not interested in allies like
that, and fortunately we
don't need them either. ”

— COLUMNIST Eduardo Ferreira

THE WEB: LIKE AIR AND WATER?

Trouw, The Netherlands
Netanyahu: 'An Eye for
Danger; Blind to Solutions'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"A belief in the demonic intentions
of his enemies explains Netanyahu's
actions - and not just about Tehran,
but all enemies; from Hezbullah via
Hamas to Fatah and the Palestinian
president. By only seeing them as
apocalyptic forces spurred on by
religious hatred of the Jews, he
excludes the possibility that his
adversaries might act rationally and
be willing to compromise. That
makes negotiations pointless.”

— COLUMNIST Stevo Akkerman
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NETANYAHU: BLINDED BY ANTAGONISM?


de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
Netanyahu has More 'Right to
Speak' than Obama Ever Will

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Open conflict over a deal with Iran
between Washington and Jerusalem
is the greatest gift both parties can
give their enemies. What makes
Obama's stubbornness even more
worrisome is that his track record
in the Middle East is not a good one.
... Netanyahu is rightly worried.
Owing to his accuracy in predicting
events in the Middle East he has a
right to speak like no one else. That
is precisely why the Jewish state
stands alone like never before; and
all because of a speech, the one
area Obama has truly excelled.”

— HISTORIAN Dirk-Jan van Baar
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NETANYAHU: SMARTER THAN THE WEST?


Le Monde, France
FCC Backs American
Net Neutrality: Europe
Should Be 'Inspired'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The first state intervention by
Washington in the history of the
Internet, it reflects the fact that
government cannot leave the
ubiquitous digital revolution to
regulate itself, and without a
basic set of common rules that
are fair and democratic. ”

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde

THE WEB: LIKE AIR AND WATER?

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: The Killing of Boris
Nemtsov and West's Risky
Spinning of the Russia Story

MARCH 2, 00:24:22

How credible are charges in Western
media that Putin is behind the killing of
Russia opposition leader Boris Nemtsov?
Not very, according to the panel on this
edition of CrossTalk, the flagship debate
program of Russia Today. The panelists
also look at Western media coverage of
Russia - and how wrong it is.Hosted by
American Peter Levelle, guests include
NSA whistleblower Ray McGovern, a 27
year veteran of the agency who once
prepared the President's Daily Brief and
chaired National Intelligence Estimates;
writer Gilbert Doctorow of The Nation
magazine; and U.K. journalist Neil Clark.

— CROSSTALK ON RT

ASSASSINATION: RUSSIA HATERS GONNA HATE?

FAZ, Germany
Justifiable Fear of a
Creeping Police State

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Is the theft of SIM card codes
a surprise to anyone? If even
the American and British spy
agencies are so unscrupulous,
others will be even more so.
Given this desire on the part
of states and an equally strong
desire in the private sector
for international surveillance,
it seems almost hopeless to
think that they could one day
be curbed by the force of law. ”

— COLUMNIST
Jasper von Altenbockum

LAND OF THE FREEDOM-LESS?

Deutsche Welle, Germany
AWOL U.S. Soldier, Rejected
by Berlin, Appeals for Asylum
to European Court of Justice

"Following the court's verdict, the case
will move back to the German judges. If
they grant Shepherd asylum, it would
certainly set a precedent for follow-on
cases from other conscientious objectors
- as well as lay the ground for diplomatic
friction between Berlin and Washington.”

— REPORTER Volker Wagener

ANDRE SHEPHERD: WAS IRAQ A WAR CRIME?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Is Netanyahu Out to
Foment War with Iran?

“The prime minister's attacks
on the U.S. government may
be brinkmanship – but they
could be genuine attempts to
goad Obama into military action.”

— COLUMNIST Simon Tisdall

Deutsche Well, Germany
American Sniper Plays
on the Stereotypes
of German Audiences

"Germany is befuddled, as always,
by the unbridled patriotism of
their North American friends.
Here, the military isn't a source
of pride, and combat deaths
aren't widely discussed.”

— COLUMNIST Jochen Kurten

GERMANS SAY THEY'RE 'BEFFUDDLED'

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
West Must Grasp: For Islamic
State, 'End of Days' has Begun

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"According to IS, the prophesied period
of the second Caliphate has now begun.
Importantly, this also marks the start of
the 'End of Days,' which is accompanied
by a massive, apocalyptic clash between
forces of the Caliphate and non-believers.”

— ANALYST Adjiedj Bakas
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HE END IS NIGH: BUT FOR THEM - OR US?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Shuttering Department
of Homeland Security
would be a 'Good Idea'

"George W Bush's creation is
inefficient, wasteful and
disrespectful of citizen privacy.
If Republicans want to shut it,
Democrats should let them.”

— COLUMNIST Trevor Timm

KILL HOMELAND SECURITY

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Sikorski Blames CIA Prison
Controversy on 'Excessively
Zealous' Leaders in Warsaw

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"There are consequences to the excess
zeal with which our policy decisions
were made years ago. ... Poland is the
only state in which the matter is being
investigated. ... It is a reminder for us
that secret things should remain secret.
Polish authorities acted out of higher
necessity, but were overzealous.”

— SEJM MARSHAL and former
Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
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POLAND AND CIA: TOO EAGER TO PLEASE?


Russia Direct, Russia
A Never Seen Sustained
Plunge in Russian Views
of the United States

"The most unpleasant statistic is
not even its duration. The graphs
show that the portion of those
disgruntled with America grew
from crisis to crisis (53 percent,
66 percent, 67 percent, 78
percent). More disheartening,
each time the slice of Russian
society feeling unquestioned
goodwill toward the U.S. shrank.”

— COLUMNIST Ivan Tsvetkov

ENMITY GROWS MORE PERMANENT

Russia Direct, Russia
Hungary Called Russia's
'Trojan Horse' in Europe

" Putin’s visit to Budapest shows
that he's shaking hands in Europe,
and not only as part of the peace
process in Minsk, but that he is
accepted in a European capital far
from being the worst.”

— COLUMNIST Alexander Gushchin

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA and GCHQ Hack Sim
Card Database; Billions
of Cellphones Vulnerable

"The stolen encryption keys would
enable the spy agencies to monitor
mobile communications without the
approval or knowledge of telecom
firms and foreign governments. ...
the hack would allow spies to put an
aerial up on the embassy in Berlin
and hear anyone's calls in the area.”

— COLUMNIST Dominic Rushe

Liberation, France
American Sniper Emits
'Foul Odor' of Propaganda

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Your method of simplifying history
and turning your character into a
legend in a binary world is disturbing.
Unlike Paul Greengrass' Green Zone,
American Sniper does nothing to
address the issue of the lie that led
to this war, preferring to celebrate
its hero. You cannot therefore avoid
the suspicion that this is a propaganda
film. But perhaps you take that as
a compliment. Good for you.”

— COLUMNIST David Carzon

AMERICAN SNIPER: U.S. PROPAGANDA?

Irish Examiner, Ireland
Russians Angry Over
Michael Fallon Claim
it Threatens Baltics

"In comments to reporters
traveling with him to Sierra
Leone, Mr. Fallon compared
the threat from President
Putin to the Islamic State and
warned that NATO had to be
ready to respond to further
aggression in 'whatever form.'”

— REPORTER Gavin Cordon

TIMES OF LONDON: Ukraine
Truce Collapses; Pro-Russia
Rebels Claim 'Thousands Die'

BBC NEWS: House of Lords says
U.K., E.U. 'Badly Misread' Russia

GUARDIAN: Leaders Discuss
Crumbling Ukraine Ceasefire


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
In their Anti-Putin
Cynicism, Western
Diplomats Making
the Crisis Worse

"If ceasefire holds, the
Minsk agreement offers
Russia a dignified way of
accepting Ukraine as an
independent state. The
Kremlin needs this small
measure of diplomatic
ambiguity, not petulant
accusations that
it is acting in bad faith.”

— COLUMNIST
Mary Dejevsky
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TOO SUSPICIOUS OF PUTIN?


Liberation, France
Chaos: End 'Foolhardy'
Western Interventions

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Westerners never made good
on the foolhardy interventions
of recent decades. Whether it
is the Americans in Iraq or more
recently the Europeans in Libya,
it's clear that military action is
pointless unless accompanied by
a political solution. The case of
Libya is a glaring example. For
lack of a political roadmap it
ended in disaster. The result:
less than 350km from the Italy
coast, jihadists of the Islamic
State now threaten to create
a caliphate, letting it be known
loud and clear by staging the
macabre beheadings of 21
Coptic Christians.”

— COLUMNIST
Alexandra Schwartzbrod

CAN THE WEST STOP ITSELF?

E.U. Observer, Belgium
European Court Rejects
Appeal By Poland of CIA
Rendition Case Verdict

"The court said Poland failed to
launch a proper investigation
into human rights violations on
two individuals who had been
tortured at the CIA black site/
prison camp in 2002 and 2003.”

— REPORTER Nikolaj Nielson
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POLAND TO PAY CIA DETAINEES


THE PORTUGAL NEWS:
E.U. Reopens Probes
Into 'Illegal' CIA Flights


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
With 'Nuclear Taboo'
Broken, Putin Threatens
the Whole of Humanity

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Russian saber-rattling is aimed
at intimidating the global public.
The idea is to make the world
believe in the determination of
Russia, which, to achieve its
political ends, will not shrink
from the use of nuclear arms. ...
Chancellor Merkel's declaration
in advance that she is opposed
to arming Ukraine is political
suicide for the European Union
as a political entity. ... Whether
the West will respond in kind
to Putin's threat to use nuclear
arms is an open question. What's
certain is that if after WWII,
Western politicians behaved like
Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Hollande,
the world today would consist
of one big Soviet Union.”

— COLUMNIST Janusz Rolicki

EAST EUROPE STATE OF ALARM

Diario de Noticias, Portugal
The '50 Shades' of DHK
TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"It was the will of the program
gods that 50 Shades of Grey
would be released in thousands
of movie theaters around the
world just as Dominique Strauss-
Khan is performing in another
theater - a courtroom - in Lille,
France. This shows that reality
always exceeds the imagination.”

— COLUMNIST
Ferreira Fernandes
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DSK: JUST A SHAMELESS 'LIBERTINE'


Polityka, Poland
Ukraine War Buries Russian
Dream of Pan-Slavic Union

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The Ukraine war buried the myth
of a Slavic community of nations, a
political dream concocted by Tsarist
Russia in order to consolidate its
influence abroad. The Russians can't
imagine Ukrainians going their own
way - behaving like free people
guided by their own dreams and
interests rather than the Russian
conceptions of Ukraine.”

— COLUMNIST Adam Szostkiewicz

PAN-SLAVIC UNIFICATION DEAD?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Spy Agency Interest
in Weather Modification
Worries Climatologist

"Alan Robock, a climate scientist
at Rutgers University has asked
secretive government agencies
to be open about their interest
in radical work that explores
how to alter the world climate.”

— SCIENCE EDITOR Ian Sample
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IS THE WEATHER MANIPULATED?


Daily Mail, U.K.
U.S. Climatolgist says CIA
Fears Hostile Nations are
Triggering Weather Events

"I'd learned of lots of things the CIA
had done that haven’t followed the
rules and that wasn’t how I wanted
my tax money spent. ... I think this
research has to be open and global,
so there isn't any question of using
it for hostile purposes.”

—Professor Alan Robock

News, Switzerland
The Dictator Challenge:
Europe's Ultimate Test

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The logic of aggression demands
that the attacker persevere as
long as potential gains exceed the
costs. That Russia feels harassed
may well be, but it isn't as if NATO
invaded Poland, the Baltic States
and the former Czechoslovakia.
If Europe doesn't know what it
stands for, it will inevitably be
crushed between power blocs
rather than being one itself. The
'dictator syndrome' will likely
be Europe's ultimate test.”

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

IS EUROPE UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

Le Figaro, France
West's Abandonment of
Persecuted Christians
a Grave 'Strategic Error'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"America should set as a strategic
priority the defense of Christians
across the world. From Pakistan
to Iraq, Nigeria to Egypt and from
Algeria to Indonesia, there are
over 150 million Christians under
persecution. By favoring the cult
of democracy over the freedom
of religion, the West committed
a strategic error. Like it or not,
all nations of the world associate
Christians with the West. That it
has not made defending them a
strategic priority has only earned
it contempt from rivals, enemies.”

— CORRESPONDENT Renaud Girard
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CHRISTIANS: STRATEGIC INATTENTION?


The Moscow Times, Russia
If the Minsk Deal Unravels,
West Will Share the Blame

"In deciding to expand during the
euphoric years after Soviet collapse,
the West neglected one of the
basic rules of realistic global policy
- the rule of the balance of power.”

— COLUMNIST Ivan Sukhov

UKRAINE CRISIS: FAULT ON BOTH SIDES

Yezhednevny Zhurnal, Russia
Before Our Eyes: Russia
Becomes 'Global Pariah'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"As the years have passed, Russia
has come less to represent civilized
states than the rogue ones, and to
defend rogue states and their
interests before the civilized states.
... The West has forgotten how it
co-existed with the Soviet Union
through the use of deterrence.
Now it will have to remember.”

— DEPUTY EDITOR Alexander Golts

PEACE AT HAND - OR COLD WAR ll?

Der Spiegel, Germany
Nuclear Specter: 'Threat of
War Higher than in Cold War'

"Trust has been eroded to the point
of almost being destroyed. You got
a war going on right in the middle
of Europe. You got a breakdown of
the conventional forces treaty, you
got the INF (Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces) Treaty under great
strain, you got tactical nuclear
weapons all over Europe. It is a
very dangerous situation.”

— FORMER U.S. SENATOR Sam Nunn
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IS IT TIME FOR NEW 'RED PHONES'?


DER SPIEGEL: Leon Panetta:
'Missile Defense Should be
Put Back on the Table'


Guardian, White House, U.K., U.S.
VIDEO AND TEXT: Obama,
Apple CEO Time Cook, Clash
at Cybersecurity Summit

TWO NEWS REPORTS AND TWO VIDEOS

Despite his failure to reform the NSA
after years of leaks demonstrating the
damage mass surveillance has done
to American society, its standing in
the world, and the reputation of one
of our most successful industries, the
president pushed for information-
sharing 'like never before' between
the U.S. intelligence bureacracy and
industry. The absurdity of the scene
wasn't lost on Apple CEO Tim Cook.

— APPLE CEO
Tim Cook Pre-Empts Obama

SHOCK: TECH GIANTS DO RIGHT

Le Monde, France
U.S. Poodle No More:
Sarkozy Questions U.S.
Motives in the Ukraine

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The separation between Russia
and Europe is a tragedy. That
the Americans may welcome it
is their right and their problem.
We don't want a revival of the
Cold War between Europe and
Russia. ... Crimea chose Russia ...
we can't reproach them for it.”

—Former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy
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SARKOZY ADOPTS RUSSIAN LINE

BBC, Russia Today, U.K., Russia
VIDEO AND TEXT: BBC
Report Supports Kremlin
Account of Kiev Massacre

BRITISH AND RUSSIAN NEWS REPORTS

In a story that goes a long way to
substantiate the Kremlin narrative
on the night that triggered the
current crisis in Ukraine, the BBC
aired this story yesterday which
refutes claims by Maiden protest
organizers that government riot
police shot first, triggering a
massacre that killed 75 people
and sealed the fate of President
Viktor Yanukovych. To sum up -
Yanukovych did not order riot
police to shoot protesters, but
protesters began shooting them.

— REPORTS from Britain, Russia

MORE HOLES IN WESTERN NARRATIVE

Der Spiegel, Germany
Fukushima Fallout: Poisoned
Sailors of USS Ronald Reagan
Sue TEPCO & Co. for Justice

"The complaint is 100 pages long and
contains the names of 247 sick sailors
and details about reactor construction,
water samples taken, Navy tactics and
Japanese politics. It assails company
greed just as it does the negligence
of those who built the Fukushima
reactors - and goes on to censure the
politics and cynicism of humankind.”

—COLUMNIST Alexander Osang
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SICK SAILORS SUE REACTOR MAKERS

Guardian, Euronews, RT, U.K., France, Russia
VIDEO AND TEXT: Cease
Fire Deal in Minsk: False
Dawn or Real Way Out?

TWO NEWS REPORTS, THREE VIDEOS

While reports on details remain
sketchy, reports sayt President
Putin did indeed pressure pro-
Russia rebels to sign on to the
deal. In this post is analysis from
the Guardian, video from Russia
Today with President Putins's
comments, Euronews coverage
of a briefing by Ukraine President
Poroshenko, German Chancellor
Merkel and French President
Hollande, and a news report on
the deal from Euronews.

— REPORTS from Europe, Russia

UKRAINE: BACK FROM THE BRINK?

Die Welt, Germany
Minsk: Merkel's Last Chance to
Prevent U.S. Arms for Ukraine

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"In plain language ... if Merkel's crisis
diplomacy fails Ukraine will receive
weapons. What all of us will then have
to pay, who knows? Not even McCain.”

—COLUMNIST Sascha Lehnartz
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ARE WE ON THE 'EDGE OF THE ABYSS'?

Daily Mail, Guardian, BBC, U.K.
In London, Scott Walker
Stumbles Over Evolution
Issue and Foreign Affairs

Britain is not proving to be fertile
ground for Republican aspirants
for the White House. A week
after New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie stumbled and fell over
'Measles-gate' and just over three
years since Mitt Romney's epic
gaffes on the Olympics and other
issues, now Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker, during a talk at U.K.
think tank Chatham House, would
not say whether he believes in
evolution, and refused to answer
questions about foreign policy
which, for an aspirant to the
U.S. presidency on foreign soil - is
exceedingly odd. Here are three
write-thrus from the British press.

— ANOTHER ILL-FATED TRIP TO U.K.

SCOTT WALKER: ROOKIE MISTAKES?

France 24, France
VIDEOS: Dominique
Strauss Kahn: High End
Pimp or Clueless John?

FOUR NEWS SEGMENTS FROM FRANCE

In 2011, the one-time chairman
of the IMF and candidate for the
French presidency was arrested
in New York on seven counts of
rape, false imprisonment and
other charges. In the end his
accuser was paid off and he left
the United States. Now though,
a man who once hobnobbed
with the global elite is on trial
in Paris for 'pimping.' He is one
of 14 defendants accused of
holding profitable sex parties
in Lille, Paris and Washington,
where DSK was head of the IMF.

— DSK COVERAGE FROM FRANCE24

'FEMON' MEMBERS ASSAULT DSK

Die Welt, Germany
Munich Security Conference:
the U.S. and Germany Clash
Over Salmon Appetizers

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"For all the diplomatic pleasantries and
the cozy Bavarian hospitality, there is a
topic this night that angers and divides
the camps. German rejection of sending
weapons to Ukraine. Defense Minister
Von der Leyen and Secretary John Kerry
greet each one another only in passing.
While over the past year, despite even
the NSA affair, there were photos of a
charmingly smiling Kerry and a beaming
von der Leyen, frosty silence now reigns.”

— COLUMNIST Anna von Bayern

NON-MILITARY CLASH AT SUMMIT DINNER

Barbadillo, Italy
Germany's Anti-Muslim
Movement Spawns an
Anti-America Offshoot

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Born out of a group of local
Pegida supporters, the group
began with a large protest
of about 1,000 people and in
days it had already collected
over 20,000 Facebook likes.
At the center of the protests
is the 'Americanization' of
Germany, not only culturally
and linguistically, but socially
and economically, and with
slogans directed against a
Merkel government judged
guilty for going ahead with
negotiations to sign TTIP,
legislation that provides for
mass privatization and great
legal advantages for the Stars
and Stripes multinationals
settled on the old continent.”

—COLUMNIST Cristiano Puglis
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ANTI-AMERICANISM UP IN GERMANY

The Independent, U.K.
British News Executive
Faces Credibility Crisis
Over NBC Anchor's Lies

"A deep unease has taken hold
at NBC News since Brian Williams,
its nightly news anchor, came
under attack for making up a
story about his life-and-death
escape in Iraq. Caught in the
maelstrom is Deborah Turness,
a Briton who left ITV to become
the president of NBC News
just eighteen months ago.”

— COLUMNIST David Usborne

THE BRIAN WILLIAMS SCANDAL

Le Monde, France
War or Peace?: Putin
Alone Will Make Choice

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The Ukrainian affair will move
toward a shaky equilibrium with
the merit of stopping the cycle
of violence, or in one of those
patterns Europe knows only too
well, into a wider confrontation -
war at the heart of the continent
between Russia and the West
with Ukrainians in the middle. ...
Really, though, it all depends on
a singl man: Vladimir Putin.”

—EDITORIAL, Le Monde
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AS USUAL: ALL EYES ON VLADIMIR PUTIN

Guardian Unlimited, 60 Minutes, U.K., U.S.
TEXT-VIDEO: Biggest Leak
in Banking History Exposes
Monumental Wrongdoing

FOUR NEWS REPORTS, ONE VIDEO

The now legendary criminality of the
world's big banks, in this case Swiss
Bank HSBC, has been exposed in mind-
boggling fashion by whistleblower
Herve Falciani, who is now being
referred to as ' Snowden of banking.'

— GREENSPAN IS BACK

MASSIVE BANK CRIMINALITY EXPOSED

BBC News, U.K.
AUDIO: Greenspan Predicts
Greece will Exit Eurozone;
Likely Demise of the Euro

FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Former Chairman of the Federal
Reserve Board Alan Greenspan, a
smart man who was spectacularly
wrong on the greatest economic
crisis in our lifetimes and in terms
of the amount of private equity
wiped out perhaps in history, is
now predicting the Greece will
exit the eurozone, which will
likely be the death knell of the
euro unless there is full U.S.-style
political unification. Greenspan
spoke to the BBCs North American
bureau chief Mark Mardell.

— GREENSPAN IS BACK

IS THE EUROZONE ABOUT TO DIE?

Le Temps, Switzerland
Arming Ukraine: Obama's
Well-Founded Hesitations

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"To understand the Russia policy of
THE Obama Administration when it
comes to the conflict in Ukraine,
ask yourself what the policy would
have been with Republican hawk
John McCain in the White House. ...
If Obama is hesitating, it's because
he doesn't like war, and prefers to
fight them at a distance (as with
drones and air strikes in Iraq).
He has other priorities.”

—COLUMNIST Stephane Bussard
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ARMING UKRAINE: SOLUTION OR MISTAKE?

Temoignages, France (Reunion)
TTIP: French Lawmakers
Reject Trade Deal's 'Non-
State' Dispute Resolution

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The currently proposed mechanism
is extremely dangerous. American
companies could attack our country
because it has banned genetically
modified organisms, or declared a
moratorium on shale gas fracking, or
banned BPA (Biphenyl A, a carbon-
based synthetic compound used in a
variety of common consumer goods).”

— European MP Yannick Jadot

OPPOSITION BUILDS TO TRADE DEAL

Munich Security Summit, Germany
VIDEOS: Merkel and Biden
Clash Over Arming Ukraine;
Talking Heads Debate the
'Collapsing World Order'

SEVEN VIDEOS FROM MUNICH

People on which the world's leading
powers rely to develop policies in the
military/security sphere discuss the
crisis in Ukraine, the battle against
Islamic State, and a variety of other
challenges dominating the world.
These are the most significant videos
from the Munich Security Conference.

—COVERAGE FROM GERMANY
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MERKEL: AGAINST ARMS FOR UKRAINE

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
I Have Seen the Secrets
of TTIP, and it's Built for
Companies, Not Citizens

"As a member of the European
Parliament, I am party to the
transatlantic trade deal's inner
workings. I'm sworn to secrecy,
but this much I can say: Trans-
Atlantic treaty is undemocratic.”

— European Green Party
MP Molly Scott Cato

UK LAWMAKER SPILLS THE BEANS


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Not 'Sales' of Weapons
to Ukraine, but 'Gifts'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"This conflict will go on -
Russia hasn't realized its goal:
the subjugation of Ukraine.
The Kremlin is the aggressor.
Russian troops are on the
territory of a neighbor and
are shooting its soldiers. No
Western country denies this
- even those that would lift
sanctions against Moscow
tomorrow. So why is there
this reluctance to support
the other side - the victim
of increasing aggression
from over the border?”

— COLUMNIST
Jerzy Haszczynski
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HEADING OFF WEAPONS SALES?


Le Figaro, France
'Raising the Stakes,'
Putin Draws America
Back to Europe's Side

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"In Moscow and Europe,
the ideological battle to
discredit the West is in full
swing. Suddenly, concern
and distress has gripped
Washington over a Russian
question it thought had
disappeared from the radar.”

— COLUMNIST
Laure Mandeville
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KERRY BUCKS UP UKRAINIANS


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA-GHCQ Surveillance
Regime Ruled Unlawful
for the Years 2007-2014

"The regime that governs the
sharing between U.K. and U.S
of electronic communications
intercepted in bulk was illegal
until last year, a secretive
British tribunal has ruled.”

— REPORTER Peter Walker

U.K. TRIBUNAL TRAPPED IN ILLOGIC


GUARDIAN: Spy Agency Strategy
was Working - Until Secretive
Tribunal Blasted a Hole in It


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Today is a 'Great Victory'
Against the NSA, GCHQ,
and the Surveillance State

"Not a single British spy has been
held accountable for mass
surveillance, unlawful spying or
snooping on private emails and
phone calls. ... Until today. ...
In years to come we will look
back on today as an essential win
against the surveillance state.”

— REPORTER Peter Walker

BELATED ADMISSION OF WRONGDOING


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Attempts to Sell
'Weak' NSA Reform to
Congress - and Merkel

"Many of the new 'restrictions'
are so broad as to be practically
meaningless, such as the 6 new
criteria under which bulk phone
collection remains permissible:
ranging from fighting spies,
terrorists and nuclear weapons
proliferation to 'criminals',
hackers and loosely defined
threats to the military. American
spies, emboldened by declining
pressure from Congress and a
clutch of new terrorist threats
to worry about, they are in no
rush to fundamentally alter the
elaborate surveillance apparatus
the scale of which was first
revealed by Edward Snowden.”

— CORRESPONDENT Dan Roberts

SELLING NO CHANGE - AS CHANGE

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Challenging U.S. Elites
on Ukraine, Netanyahu, Iran,
Terror, Equating RT with ISIL

TWELVE SEGENTS FROM RUSSIA TODAY

RT looks at the policies of the U.S.
national security state with Colonel
Lawrence Wilkerson, Secretary of
State Colin Powell's chief of staff;
Alan Dershowitz on terrorism and
why Europe is now being targeted;
the seeming admission by President
Obama last weekend that yes - the
United States was deeply involved
with toppling the democratically-
elected government in Ukraine;
whether the political elite in Israel
and the United States will ever
accept peaceful co-existence with
Iran; whether the global economic
system is 'rigged' in favor of the
planet's wealthy; what the major
media refuses to acknowledge of
Greece - that the banks and states
judging the country as bankrupt
as the government of Greece is.

—AMERICA ACCORDING TO RT
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END-RUN AROUND MAINSTREAM MEDIA

Le Monde, France
Encryption: U.S. Internet
Giants in 'Open Conflict'
w/ Western Democracies

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"For a little over 18 months, the
U.S. Internet giants have been in
open conflict with governments
of the Western democracies. ...
Shaken by the Snowden Affair,
certain CEOs of these companies
privately explain that 'back doors'
would be a gateway to unlimited
intrusion by the the authorities
and a threat to individual freedom.”

— COLUMNIST Sylvie Kauffmann

BACKING DEATH FOR ENCRYPTION

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Chris Christie Begins Visit
to Britain at Football Match

"With a political career based entirely
within New Jersey, Christie must seek
to show himself as a leader of broader
experience, especially if the Democrat
candidate ends up being Hillary Clinton,
the former American secretary of state.”

— REPORTER Peter Walker

CHRIS CHRISTIE CROSSES THE POND


DAILY MAIL: Chris Christie
Kicks Off British Trade Visit
with Trip to Premier League


Corriere Della Sera, Italy
American Sniper:
'Eroticism of War'
Rankles its Critics

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"In Iraq Chris Kyle doesn't
find deer - he finds men.
The substance is the same
though. Only the reasons
for his actions differ ('I do
it to protect my friends).
In any event, the thin,
impalpable smile that the
sniper keeps on his face
in a context so dramatic -
and his 'addiction' to battle
that manifests during his
time off at home suggest
a relationship that is far
from ambiguous about the
'eroticism of war.' And it
is this, perhaps, which so
disturbs some, scandalizes
many, and satisfies the rest.”

— COLUMNIST Paolo Salom

POLARIZES AND SATISFIES

Der Spiegel, Germany
NSA Fingered as Source of
Trojan Horse 'Regin' that
Targeted PCs around World

"The new analysis provides clear
proof that Regin is in fact the
cyber-attack platform belonging
to the Five Eyes alliance, which
includes the U.S., Britain, New
Zealand, Canada and Australia.”

— REPORTERS
Marcel Rosenbach, Hilmar
Schmundt, Christian Stocker

DO WHAT WE SAY, NOT WHAT WE DO


Der Speigel, Germany
Trade Pact Endangered:
Europeans Fear Wave of
Litigation from U.S. Firms

"The main sticking point is special
rights provided to investors, who
would be able to challenge nations
in special dispute settlement panels
that would bypass national courts. ”

— REPORTER Christoph Pauly

WIN FOR OPPONENTS OF 'UNFAIR' TRADE

FAZ, Germany
Auschwitz is Part of
German Identity - for
Immigrants as Well

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"What's required is a common
consensus on the community's
most important value, which
is at the heart of [Germany's]
Basic Law: human dignity.
Anyone who has the desire to
understand why that is the
very highest legal value of our
Constitution, what this term
truly means and the obligations
that come with it, must study
the past. That includes not only
studying the Auschwitz death
camp, but enlightening others
about it as well. Neither can
be overlooked in courses on
integrating our new citizens.”

— COLUMNIST Berthold Kohler
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ANTISEMETISM AND INTEGRATION


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
The West Ignores
Yemen at its Peril

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"A storm is brewing in Yemen.
Shiite militias, Sunni tribes,
al-Qaeda, Iran and Saudi Arabia
are all in the mix in the Middle
East's poorest country. ... The
geopolitically- and religiously-
charged nature of this local
conflict only makes finding a
solution more complicated. ...
As the recent attack on Charlie
Hebdo made clear, the West
should not ignore what seems
like a distant crisis in Yemen.”

— COLUMNIST
Paul-Anton Kruger

HOUTHIS: WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

Le Figaro, France
Doubts about the Loyalty
of Saudi Forces Trigger
American Reassessment

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The assassination by ISIL
commanders of a Saudi general
sent to the northern border to
assess the loyalty of units judged
unreliable reveals the scale of
the problem. The attack across
the border against General
Oudah al-Belawi was very well
planned and based on specific
data from within the military.”

— A Source Close
to U.S. intelligence
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SAUDI ROLE IN 9-11 AN ISSUE AGAIN


The Telegraph, U.K.
Iraq Invasion 2003:
The 'Bloody Warnings'
Tony Blair Ignored

"They had no plan for what
would happen after the
invasion. ... The approach
was, ‘The Americans are
heading this up. They will
have a detailed plan. We
need to follow them. ...
The civil war and violent
chaos that followed the war
created the conditions for
the Islamic State to grow."

— Dr. George Joffe,
Cambridge University

TONY BLAIR: DULY WARNED

Sol, Portugal
If We Surrender to
Xenophobia, the
Terrorists will Win

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGIESE

"There are clear shared
interests between the
fanatical Islamists and
xenophobic, extremist
European forces. Each
will tend to radicalize
the other in a scenario
of 'civil war' that aligns
with the objectives of
this organiztion of global
intolerance and barbarity.”

— COLUMNIST
Vicente Jorge Silva
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NOT GIVING IN TO TERRORISM



World Economic Forum, Switzerland
VIDEO: In Tech We
Trust - or We Don't

Can confidence in the cloud
be restored? This panel,
which addresses the collapse
in trust after the largest tech
companies allowed users to
be secretly spied upon have
damaged not only their
reputations, but confidence
in the cloud, which is what
the future of the high tech
revilution now depends upon.
This panel includes Internet
founder Tim Berners-Lee,
BBC World News presenter
Nik Gowing, CEO of Liberty
Global Michael T. Fries, CEO
of salesforce.com Marc R.
Benioff, German lawmaker
Gunther H. Oettinger and
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

— PANEL: In Tech We Trust

VIDEO PANEL: The Future
of the Digital Economy with
Google CEO Eric Schmidt


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Davos Oligarchs are
Right to Fear the
World they’ve Made

“Escalating inequality is
the work of a global elite
that will resist every
challenge to its
closely vested interests.”

— COLUMNIST
Seumas Milne

DAVOS: A SELFISH CLIQUE?


World Economic Forum, Switzerland
VIDEO: What's Up Next for
the Climate with Al Gore

January 21, 00:28:00

This is in essence a new version of
An Inconvenient Truth. Mr. Gore
presents the latest research into
climate change and the danger of
not responding to it, including to
critical infrastructure. This time
Gore comes armed not just with
slides but some very interesting
video to back up the evidence.

— Al Gore on the Climate

EVEN MORE INVCONVENIENT TRUTHS?

The Telegraph, U.K.
Almost a Dozen French
Troops 'Defect' to ISIL

"Most of the former soldiers,
reportedly numbering around
ten, including ex-paratroopers
and French Foreign legionnaires,
are said to be fighting for ISIL."

— CORRESPONDENT Henry Samuel

FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTER ADMITS

RFI: French Consider
Reviving Nazi Purge
Law for Terror Offenses


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
New Surveillance Powers?
'We Must Demand Proof'
of their Effectiveness

TRANSLATED FROM POLAND

"All indications are that the attack on
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will
provide a pretext for introducing
further limits on our civil liberties -
a new order the victims of which are
unlikely to be terrorists. These tools
have evidently failed. ... We have a
right to a thorough justification for
measures that will limit our rights
and freedoms. In our democratic
debate, we must demand evidence
of their effectiveness."

— PANOPTYKON FOUNDATION
DIRECTOR Katarzyna Szymielewicz
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WIDESPREAD DOUBTS ON SURVEILLANCE


Irish Times, Ireland
Surveillance Should Not
Be Permitted Without
'Reasonable Suspicion'

"Some measures under consideration
are so sweeping they would allow the
monitoring of private communications
of every citizen. They should instead
focus on targeting those reasonably
suspected of intending to carry out
attacks or spurring others to do so."

— EDITORIAL, Irish Times

Izvestia, Russia
Russia Must Hold Out or Land
on the 'Dustbin of History'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

" If we can get through the next year,
we will not break, we will not give in,
we will not beg for a 'fun' pain-free
death. We will be masters of the
circumstances, including even Europe.
However, if we break we'll be thrown
onto the dustbin of failed civilizations.
We'll be left to rot, with smoke coming
off the pile and rats crawling all over us."

— WRITER Egor Kholmogorov
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RUSSIA HUNKERS DOWN FOR THE LONG HAUL


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Ex-MI6 Chief: Snowden
Ruined 'Compact' Between
Tech Firms, Spy Agencies

"Informal co-operation that worked
well between most technology firms
and communication companies and
security services broken by the
Snowden files hasn't been repaired."

— FORMER MI6 Chief Sir John Sawers

SAWERS: ADMITTING THE OBVIOUS

PRESS GAZETTE: Every British
National Newspaper Editor Urges
Cameron to HALT Spying on Journalists


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
GCHQ Intercepted, Stored
E-Mails, Data of Journalists
from Leading Global Media

Why do we keep hammering away at
the issue of mass surveillance? ... A
document released from the Snowden
documents today shows the routine
interception of e-mails and data from
leading journalists and investigative
reporters and their storage in an
archive easy to access by GHCQ agents.

— COLUMNIST James Ball

SO MUCH FOR THE 'FREE' PRESS

News, Switzerland
Now: Shameful Backing Away
from Freedom of Expression

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"No one is forced to read Charlie Hebdo,
no one is forced to look at its cartoons.
Because we and every damned Salafist
in Switzerland have the right to look
away. That we have as a senior state
representative who is a member of
the appeasement block, for which free
expression is labeled with a 'but,' is itself
enough to make one want to vomit."

— COLUMNIST Bartosz Weglarczyk
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SWISS POLITICIAN: BLAMING THE VICTIMS?


Le Petite Journal, France
VIDEO: French TV Show
'Le Petite Journal' Rips
Fox News for False
'No Go Zone' Claims

THREE VIDEOS FROM FRANCE AND U.S.

You might recall a few days
ago we posted a commentator
on Fox News claiming that
there are areas of France and
Britain. ... Now French TV
has broadcast a mashup of Fox
News figures repeating again
and again similar erroneous
claims, and spoke to people
living in these non-Muslim
'no go' areas, and asked its
viewers to bury Fox News
in e-mail complaints.

— FINALLY - FOX APOLOGIZES

FOX NEWS EUROPE BACKLASH

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
New Oxfam Report:
Half of Global Wealth
Held by Wealthiest 1%

"The message is that rising
inequality is dangerous. It
is bad for growth and it is
bad for governance. We
see a concentration of
wealth capturing power
and leaving average people
voiceless and their interests
uncared for [by leadership]."

— Winnie Byanyima,
Oxfam Executive Director

BBC News, U.K.
AUDIO: Blasphemy -
What is it to Islam?

January 17, 2015; 00:53:00

What is blasphemy in Islam
and how does that compare
to other religions? Owen
Bennett Jones is joined by
the Bishop of Bradford,
Paul Marshall of the Hudson
Institute, Professor Yvonne
Sherwood of Kent University,
Australia columnist Waleed
Aly and journalists Audrey
Carville in Dublin, and
Omar Waraich and Nick
Cohen to debate the
meaning of blasphemy today.

— CHALLENGING FREE SPEECH

AN AWKWARD AY IN PARIS

Der Spiegel, Germany
The NSA Preps America
for Cyber Battle Future

Beyond collecting every shred
of data from every user on the
Internet in order 'to keep us
safe' - what else is the NSA up
to? For Germany's Der Spiegel,
a team that includes the maker
of the documentary on Edward
Snowden 'Citizien Four' Laura
Poitras and a leading critic of
NSA activity Jacob Appelbaum
put together this report on
how the NSA is buinding the
sytems and capability for
unprecedented cyber warfare.

— REPORTERS Laura Poitras,
Jacob Appelbaum, Aaron
Gibson, Claudio Guarnieri,
Marcel Rosenbach, Andy
Muller-Maguhn, Leif Ryge,
Hilmar Schmundt and
Michael Sontheimer
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NSA PREPARES THE BATTLEFIELD


France 24, France
VIDEOS: After Absence
from Unity Rally, Kerry
'Shares Hug' with Paris;
Trots Out James Taylor

January 16, 2015; 01:02:31

Talk about shameless, Secretary
of State John Kerry's visit to
France today takes the cake.
An effort to place a raw steak
on the black eye of U.S. foreign
policy after the White House
decided not to send a senior
official to the demonstration of
unity in Paris that drew leaders
from around the world and
almost two million people to
the streets of the city, Kerry
pulled out all the stops make up
for America's absence - and
some he should not have pulled
out. Much of the time he speaks
flawless French - which the
locals do like quite a bit.

— SHAMELESS OR CLUELESS?

AN AWKWARD DISPLAY IN PARIS

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Europe Unprepared for Next
Inevitable Terrorist Attack

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The E.U. needs to start preparing for
the next such event, because it will
certainly come. Europe needs to find
new impetus in the fight against terror.
Ten years have passed since the horrid
attack on the London underground,
and our vigilance has diminished."

— COLUMNIST Bartosz Weglarczyk
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A POTENTIAL WAVE OF TERRORISM


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Google Glass is Dead;
Device to be Rethought
and then Remarketed

"Google has tried to present
this announcement as just
another step in the evolution
of an amazing innovation. But
make no mistake - Google
Glass is dead, at least in its
present form. ... Google will
now have to deal with a
disgruntled community of
Explorers who paid a large
sum for a device which they
must have believed would
eventually evolve into
something more useful."

— TECH CORRESPONDENT
Rory Cellan-Jones
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GLASS IS DEAD: LONG LIVE PRIVACY?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Pope Francis: Climate
Change 'Manmade'; Free
Speech Not 'Absolute'

"'If my friend Dr. Gasparri says
a curse word against my mother,
he can expect a punch. It's normal.
It’s normal. You cannot provoke.
You cannot insult the faith of
others. You cannot make fun of
the faith of others.' ... 'I don't
know if [human activity] is the
only cause, but mostly, in great
part, it is man who has slapped
nature in the face.'"

— POPE Francis
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FRANCIS ON FREE SPEECH LIMITS


The Independent, U.K.
Paris Attacks: Don't
Blame the Atrocities
on Security Failures

"The failure that has put all
the world in danger is at
the level of politics - not
security. It was political
leaders who got rid of
Saddam Hussein in Iraq,
Muammar Gaddafi in Libya
and have tried to displace
Bashar al-Assad in Syria
without thinking through
the likely consequences."

— COLUMNIST
Patrick Cockburn
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WARS STUPIDLY WAGED?


Russia Today, Russia
U.S.-German Double
Agent Perloined and
May Have Sold Spy List

"The list contains the identities
of agents working at Germen
embassies across the globe, in
addition to those accompanying
army missions in Afghanistan,
Mali, Lebanon and Sudan. ... It
remains unclear if Markus R. has
sold this particular document to
any intelligence or spy agency."

— NEWS ITEM, Russia Today
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HAVE GERMAN AGENTS BEEN OUTED?


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Assimilating Muslims in
E.U.: 'It May be too Late'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“It may be that in states where
entire neighborhoods and soon
entire towns are Muslim, it is
already too late. In those places,
politicians and activists may be
unable to prevent a genuine
conflict between civilizations."

— COLUMNIST
Jerzy Haszczynski

EUROPE'S FAILURE TO INTEGRATE

Publico, Portugal
After Paris: Still Pursuing
the Revolution of Voltaire

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The 18 century was not just about
the idealized Enlightenment, but a
revolution of underground, sensual
and satirical ideas - which is still
with us today. It would be better
if there were no fanatics and no
martyrs for freedom. But as there
are, it is important to remember
that love is stronger than hate."

— COLUMNIST Rui Tavares
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VOLTAIRE: AHEAD OF HIS TIME, AND OURS


FOX, BBC4, Guardian, Sky News, U.K., U.S.
VIDEO and TEXT: British
Heap Scorn on Gaffe-Prone
FOX News Commentator

TWO VIDEOS; THREE COLUMNS

One of America's most error-prone and
Pavlovian 'terrorism experts,' Steven
Emerson, a regular guest on FOX News,
put his foot more deeply into his mouth
than usual, referring to Birmingham,
Britain's second-largest city, as a 'Muslim-
only city' where non-Muslims 'don't go'.
There has been a veritable eruption of
derision in Britain to his comments, and
a twitter hashtag dedicated to skewering
him and the network that employs him.

— WHIPPING UP MORE FEAR OF TERROR

FOX COMMENTATOR GAFFE DERISION

Sol, Portugal
A Religious War ...
or a Political One?

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

"It is time to consider
that there is nothing
innocent about all the
references to a
'religion of violence.'
The most bloodthirsty
regimes of the 20th
century were 'secular
and republican.'"

— COLUMNIST
Rui Tavares
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RELIGION AS DISGUISE


Guardian, Ecologist, Agri.eu, U.K., Belgium
GM Crop Companies
to Crack Open E.U.;
U.K. MPs Probe TTIP

The European Parliament is
about to vote on a measure
written by Monsanto, DuPont,
and their bought and paid for
legislators) to look like a way
of further restricting the
use of GM crops, but in fact
will result in their wider use
throughout the E.U. Even if
the motives of the people
behind the measure couldn't
be more obvious, passage of
the measure seems assured.
Then some good news: Due
to massive public pressure,
U.K. lawmakers have been
forced to launch an probe
into whether and how the
secretly-negotiated TTIP will
'weaken rules to protect food
and the environment.'

— NEWS ITEMS ON GMOS, TTIP

SYSTEM RIGGED AGAINST PEOPLE

Le Monde, France
De Villepin: Let France
'Resist the Spirit of War'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The feeling of unforeseeable,
pervasive and sudden violence
arouses a desire for security
that will be impossible to fulfill.
Experience teaches us that
terrorist attacks encourage the
renunciation of democratic
values and amid concerns for
our own security the sacrifice
of the liberties of others at
home or abroad. The spiral of
suspicion created in the U.S.
by the Patriot Act and the
legitimization of torture or
illegal detention has today
plunged that country into
the loss of its moral compass."

— FORMER PRIME MINISTER
Dominique de Villepin
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MILITARY RESPONSE DEAD END


Kurier, Austria
After Paris, Freedom
Writ Large is at Stake

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Immigrants of the Muslim faith
need to know that they have to
accept our achievements if they
wish to stay here. These include
equality and equal treatment of
men and women as well as the
separation of church and state.
As a Christian, one might find
cartoons of the pope or Jesus
repellent, but censorship is the
beginning of the end of freedom."

— COLUMNIST
Helmut Brandstatter

CAN E.U. MUSLIMS INTEGRATE?

Daily Mail, U.K.
America 'Snubs' Historic
Rally for Unity in Paris

"Heads of state from every major
European power, including British
Prime Minister David Cameron and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
joined French President Francois
Hollande. But the U.S.A. was MIA."

— REPORTERS Ashley Collman,
David Martosko, Michael Zennie
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THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES A PASS


Corriere Della Sera, Italy
'Europe's 9/11': If
this is Islam, here's
What We'd Like

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

“If Islam is this, then we
want the opportunity to
criticize it as we like, as
we've learned to criticize
Christianity, Buddhism
and many other things.
We want the opportunity
not risk our lives for that."

— COLUMNIST Ernesto
Galli della Loggia

THE RIGHT TO MOCK

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
We Must Not Stop Laughing
at these Murderous Clowns

However much their murderers may
identify themselves as the victims of
mockery, they have also identified
themselves as on the side of power,
electing to act as agents avenging
the injured feelings of the most
Powerful Being in the Universe."

— CARTOONIST Martin Rowson
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HOLDING DEAR TO THE RIGHT TO MOCK


Die Welt, Germany
Charlie Hebdo Massacre:
It is Time to 'Impose the
Enlightenment' on Islam

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“This is precisely the demand
that must be imposed on Islam
if it really wants to be part of
Europe. Things needn't go as
far as laughing at caricatures
of Mohammed, but it will
certainly have to go almost
that far. What exactly would
imposing the Enlightenment
mean for Islam? In addition to
realizing religious tolerance
(this will never exist in Islam
as long as apostasy is thought
worthy of punishment), full
equality for women, a clear
precedence of secular over
religious law, and above all:
goodbye to Islam as a notion
as a basis the world order."

— COLUMNIST Jochen Bittner

A MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR EUROPE?

Guardian, PBS, U.K., U.S.
Will More Surveillance
Powers 'Keep Us Safe'?

We are all watching events in
Paris with a combination of
heartbreak, concern for the
future and outrage. Sadly,
there are those among our
own leaders who are more
than willing to use the fear
these attacks have conjured
to persuade us to give up even
more of our precious and
diminishing civil liberties,
they claim - 'to keep us safe.'

— MI5 POWER GRAB

DIMINISHING CIVIL LIBERTIES

Der Spiegel, Germany
Je Suis Charlie: We
Must Stand Together in
the Face of Violence

"If the armed attack on
Charlie Hebdo leads to
increased self-censorship
on the part of satirists
and critics of Islam, then
terror will have won.
But it will also have won
if every faithful Muslim
now falls under suspicion."

— COLUMNIST
Stefan Kuzmany
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NO TO SELF-CENSORSHIP


France 24, Guardian, BBC, France, U.K.
LIVE BLOGS-LIVE VIDEO:
French Police Have Charlie
Hebdo Suspects Cornered

RealVideoJanuary 9, 2015

We appear close to the end game
on the Charlie Hebdo drama, as
French police and security forces
have surrounding a printing shop
in a small town north of Paris.

— LIVE VIDEO AND BLOG

WILL IT BE 'MARTYRDOM' AFTER ALL?

Le FIgaro, France
War has Come to France
- and France Must Win it

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Since yesterday, euphemisms are
no longer appropriate: This is war,
a real war that has been declared
on us: the war of Muslim fanaticism
against the West, Europe and the
values of democracy. Ultimately, it
isn't this nation or that being
targeted, but a way of life, values,
civilization - ours - in which women
are equal, rights of conscience are
a non-negotiable, and freedom of
expression an absolute imperative. "

— COLUMNIST Alexis Brezet

ISLAMISTS AND THE RIGHT TO MOCK

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Charlie Hebdo: Now's the
Time to Uphold Freedoms
and not Give in to Fear

FREEDOM'S WAGES

“There can be no
doubt that Charlie
Hebdo was testing
the boundaries of
taste and religious
tolerance. But that
is the burden free
speech has to bear
in a democracy. The
U.S. bore it recently
with its satire on
North Korea's leader;
and it was the risk
Charlie Hebdo took -
knew it was taking.”

— COLUMNIST
Simon Jenkins

Guardian, France 24, U.K., France
LIVE BLOG-LIVE VIDEO:
Coverage of Terrorist
Attack on French Satire
Magazine Charlie Hebdo

RealVideoJanuary 7, 2015

This is the Guardian's LIVE BLOG
of Tweets, text, photos and video
and France 24's LIVE VIDEO FEED
of this morning's attack on the
offices of French satirical magazine
Charlie Hebdo, in which at least
12 people are dead, 10 seriously
injured; the attackers on the run.

— LIVE VIDEO AND BLOG

ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH IN FRANCE

Sol, Portugal
2015: On World War
and Russia Sanctions

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"U.S. and NATO continue
to antagonize Moscow and
Obama has approved new
sanctions. ... In August
1941, the Americans cut oil
sales to Japan, which is how
Tokyo obtained about 75
percent of its supply. Then
they then froze its financial
assets. Pearl Harbor came
just four months later."

— COLUMNIST
Jaime Nogueira Pinto
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SLEEPWAKING TO WAR?


Le Monde, France
NATO Out: Ghani Looks
to Beijing for Help with
Pakistan and the Taliban

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Pakistan hosts the headquarters
of the insurrection - and although
it officially denies it, with the goal
of promoting its anti-India interests
in Afghanistan. And China, Pakistan's
nuclear godfather, has influence
that Mr. Ghani would like to see
used to bring Islamabad to a better
disposition toward Kabul. There is
some coherence in this triangle and
it is natural for Mr. Ghani to try and
play it. … The new Afghan president
holds a trump card: the departure
of the bulk of the NATO troops
reinforces his room to maneuver.”

— CORRESPONDENT Frederic Bobin

WILL CHINA HELP THE AFGHANS?

Sol, Portugal
The Confounding
Tyranny of History

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Confronted with the past,
we tend to rationalize
everything that happened
as if it perforce had to have.
The great religions - with a
provident and all-providing
God, and the great historical
determinism of, for example,
Marxism, pushed people onto
these paths ... codified in
seductive prose with the
subtle threat that thoes who
ignore history are doomed
to repeat it. ... From this
tendency to rationalize also
comes the temptation to seek
the roots of the present in
the past, not admitting to the
possibility of alternatives and
neglecting the potential
future of paths marginalized
by the march of history."

— COLUMNIST
Jaime Nogueira Pinto
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HISTORY: DOOMED TO REPEAT IT?


Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, U.K.
President Clinton, Other
Notables, May Be Ensnared
in Prince Andrew Scandal

Rumors of perverse sexual practices
among the world's elite forever
circulate but are rarely documented.
Just when the British Royal family and
former President Bill Clinton appeared
to have restored their public images
so well, an unseemly scandal involving
Jeffrey Epstein, an American jet setter
and sex offender, has reemerged and
threatens to ensnare Prince Andrew,
perhaps President Clinton and other
high profile figures in the U.S. and U.K.

— TABLOID NEWS ITEMS

SEX SCANDAL: JUST IN TIME FOR 2016?

Evenimentul Zilei, Romania
In 'Heroic' America, Values
Come Before Self Defense

TRANSLATED FROM ROMANIA

"The wish of Americans to respond
to those trained precisely to deny
fundamental rights to anyone who
falls into their hands and, moreover,
who have no purpose other than to
kill Americans and terrorize their
country, is downright heroic."

— COLUMNIST Sever Voinescu
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THE VALUE OF SELF-CRITICISM


Russia Today, U.K.
VIDEO: New Year Address -
Reunification with Crimea a
Landmark in Nation's History

RealVideoDec. 31, 00:05:55

"Love for one's Motherland is one of
the most powerful and enlightening
feelings. It has found its reflection in
our fraternal aid to the residents of
Crimea and Sevastopol, after they
made the firm decision to return to
their native home. This event will
remain a landmark in national history."

— PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin

PUTIN 2015: NO SIGNS OF CRACKING

Deutshe Welle, Germany
Kim Dotcom's Encypted
MegaChat Poses Threat
to Microsoft's Skype

"No U.S. based online service
provider can be trusted with
your data' ... Skype has no
choice. It must provide the U.S.
Government with backdoors.

— NEWS ITEM, Deutshe Welle

MEGACHAT: SURVEILLANCE NO MORE?

THE TELEGRAPH: 'Lizard
Squad' Man Arrested in
PlayStation Network Hacking


Jornal De Negocios, Portugal
Hackers and Sony: Last
Nail in Privacy's Coffin?

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Although many people find the
topic of cybercrime exciting and
consider it of little relevance,
imagine instead that Sony was an
airline. Instead of using bombs
to bring down planes the same
can be achieved by breaking into
an aircraft's computer system. ...
We need to change our thinking.”

— COLUMNIST David Bernardo

NO CHRISTMAS FOR SONY OR KIM

Die Welt, Germany
Infrastructure and Sony
Hacking: A Digital 9/11

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"Sony may have been a practice
run for attacks on telecoms and
electrical grids in other nations.
... As long as water runs from
the tap and electricity is available
from the wall, very few will
understand the risks and dangers
a digital attack on infrastructure
by a hostile power represents.”

— COLUMNIST Ulrich Clauss

HACKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE ATTACK

Der Spiegel, Germany
Snowden Documents on
Taliban Drug War, Drone
Kill Gone Wrong, Kill List

Der Spiegel posted fascinating
documents from Snowden
classified 'Highest Classification
Top Secret' on drugs and the
Taliban war, the CIA kill list and
the Drone program, and an
'unprecedented' operation
conducted by Afghan, German
forces targeting a 'narcotics
trafficker, IED facilitator and
a leading Taliban commander'

— DOCUMENTS FRON NSA CRYPT

LOOK INSIDE AFGHAN DRONE WAR

DER SPIEGEL: Prying Eyes: Inside
the NSA's War on Internet Security

MASHABLE: The Interview Now
Sony's Biggest Online Film Ever


Daily Mail, U.K.
Hackers Release Cache of
13,000 Passwords, Credit
Cards of Playstation, Xbox
and Users of Amazon.com

"A gang of internet hackers claiming
an affiliation with shadowy anarchist
group Anonymous is claiming it has
leaked the details of over 13,000
users of Playstation, Xbox and online
shopping sites that include Amazon.”

— REPORTER Darren Boyle

MORE HACKERS TARGET BELEAGURED SONY

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NATO, U.S. 'End Combat
Operations' in Afghanistan

"After 13 years of war, NATO ended
its combat operations in Afghanistan
on Sunday, leaving the Afghan army
and police in charge of security in a
nation plagued by continued fighting,
a ferocious insurgency and a rising
tide of military and civilian casualties."

— CORRESPONDENT
Sune Engel Rasmussen

AFGHANISTAN WAR: DONE AND DONE?

DEUTSCHE WELLE: Top German
Commander - Afghanistan
Mission was 'Successful'


Russia Today, Russia
Russia's Revised Military
Doctrine Lists U.S. and
NATO as Central Threats

"New sections of the doctrine
outline the threat Russia sees in
NATO's expansion and military
buildup and the fact that the
alliance is taking upon itself
'global functions realized in
violation of international law.”

— Ukraine Prime Minister
Arseniy Yatsenyuk

IS NATO A THREAT TO RUSSIA?

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Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
The Giants of Rock
are Leaving the Stage:
Their Music Never Will

“No doubt: as they go, these
people take an entire culture
with them, and by around
2030 our understanding of
rock’s essence will be
synonymous with recorded
music, old footage, and the
overwhelming sense of art
that no generation could top.”

— COLUMNIST John Harris

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA Waits Until Christmas
Eve to Reveal a Decade's
of the Agency's Mistakes

"Certain parts of the documents
that really vindicate some of the
things Snowden said when he first
described the NSA surveillance in
terms of the ability of analysts to
conduct queries of raw internet
traffic - without authorization.”

— COLUMNIST Nicky Woolf

Le Figaro, France
2014: Another Year
Colored By America's
Post 9-11 Terror Fear

TRANSLATED FROM FRANCE

"The uproar over America's
use of the torture is an echo
of revelations just a year ago
of the Snowden case. In both
cases, the world discovered
the extent of the ravages
caused by the 'global war
against terrorism' declared
by George W. Bush after
the September 11 attacks."

— COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin
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WILL 2015 BE AN IMPROVEMENT?


Der Spiegel, Germany
Ukraine Premiere: Putin
'Needs New Annexations'

"Appeasement has never worked
and it won't work with Putin. ...
If 85 percent of Russians support
the annexation of Crimea and the
aggression against Ukraine, that
is a very bad sign. The post-Soviet
legacy is a heavy burden: Most
Russians want to have the empire
back. The only way it is possible
to make that happen is to seize
[additional] foreign territories.”

— Ukraine Prime Minister
Arseniy Yatsenyuk

NATO: UKRAINE MAKES ITS MOVE

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Kremlin Propagandists
Take Audiences for
'Idiots with no Recall'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The basic canon of Kremlin
propagandists is to give voice
only to their own people,
meaning Russia’s rulers and
their entourage as well as
select foreigners suffering
under the yoke of the E.U.
The Kremlin propagandists -
and their daily toil gives us an
abundance of examples - take
their public for complete
idiots who don't even recall
what they heard a moment
before, let alone any longer.”

— COLUMNIST Waclaw
Radziwinowicz

RUSSIA MEDIA: WORSE THAN OURS?

BBC News, U.K.
VIDEO: Notable Global Deaths
RealVideoDecember 24, 2014

2014 is coming to an end and its a time
may people tally, measure and describe
what happened in the last 12 months.

— COMMENTS BY Seymour Hersh

2014: THE YEAR IN NOTABLE DEATHS

Le Monde, France
Sony's Only Hope of Redemption:
Post 'The Interview' for World

TRANSLATED FROM FRANCE

"It has been 25 years since the Ayatollah
Khomeini issued a religious 'fatwa'
enjoining Muslims around the world to
kill august British writer Salman Rushdie.
The reason?His novel, The Satanic Verses,
was insulting to Islam. The case of The
Interview
involves a similar threat. As
suggested by our British colleagues at
The Financial Times, Sony must in turn
respond by utilizing the Web and making
the The Interview accessible to anyone
who wishes to see it and putting it online."

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde
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CAN CHICKEN-HEARTED SONY EVER RECOVER?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
North Korea Demands
Joint Investigation into
the Sony Hack 'or Else'

"North Korea has proposed
holding a joint inquiry with
the US into the hacking of
Sony Pictures, claiming it
can prove it did not carry
out the massive cyber-attack.”

— REPORTER Jon Sopel
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IS PYONGYANG JUST BLUFFING?

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
This is No Time to
Ease Up on Putin

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"We can liaise with
an authoritarian Russia,
but not at the expense
of the independence
and territorial integrity
of the states of Europe.
Tightening the screws
on Putin is less risky to
us than consenting to a
watering down of our
principles. Moscow has
already shown us how
painful it is when she
takes advantage of
our weaknesses."

— COLUMNIST
Tomasz Bielecki
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CORNERING PUTIN?


BBC News, U.K.
Demise of 'The Interview':
A Comedy of Terrors - in
Four Acts

"Having watched the trailer for
The Interview, I'm going to say
it's not a film I would normally
rush to see. ... But after Sony's
decision to can it (for now), I
am now determined to watch -
and buy tickets for my friends,
too. But like any good drama,
it has developed over three acts
growing progressively more
sinister as it goes along. There
is a potential Act Four - more
of which later. So readers,
here's my synopsis so far.”

— REPORTER Jon Sopel
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HACKERS HALT U.S. FREE SPEECH

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
The U.S. Embargo is
Disappearing; So, Too,
Must Cuba's Dictatorship

"Now this long-lasting foreign
policy outrage is finally having
a rendezvous with common
sense, enemies of the embargo
need to talk a lot more loudly
about democracy in Cuba."

— COLUMNIST Owen Jones
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CASTROS: TIME FOR RAUL TO GO


REUTERS: As U.S.-Cuba Ties
Warm, Fuming Venezuela
President is Left in the Cold

GUARDIAN: As Door Opens
to Cuba, Debate Over Sanctions
vs. Engagement Starts Anew


L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican
Vatican Communique on
Restored U.S.-Cuba Ties

"The Holy Father wants to express
his warm congratulations for the
historic decision taken by the
Governments of the United States
of America and Cuba to establish
diplomatic relations, with the aim
of overcoming, in the interest of
the citizens of both countries, the
difficulties which have marked
their recent history.”

— Vatican Communique
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U.S. CUBA TIES: THE POPE TAKES A BOW

Reuters, U.K.
Secret Canada Talks,
Vatican Talks, Led to
Cuba Breakthrough

"Months of talks in Canada
and the Vatican involving
one of Obama's closest aides,
culminated when Obama
and Cuban President Raul
Castro spoke by phone for
nearly an hour and gave
final assent to steps that
could end a half-century
of enmity and suspicion.”

— REPORTERS Warren
Strobel, Lesley Wroughton
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POPE'S INFLUENCE ON DISPLAY

ECONOMIST: U.S. and
Cuba: At last, a Thaw


Trouw, The Netherlands
Why Respect for U.S.
has 'Disappeared' in
Many Parts of World

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

""The justifiable invasion of
Afghanistan was followed
by an invasion of Iraq under
false pretenses; a massive
program of secret prisons
was set up; Guantanamo
became a symbol of U.S.
injustice, and finally there
was the damaging NSA
affair. ... Time after time
it became clear that the
United States broke the law.
... and global terrorism
went into high gear."

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk
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MAKING, BREAKING THE LAW


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
The Interview Review:
Stoned, Anally Fixated
– and Funny

"Starring James Franco and Seth
Rogen, the film behind the hack
that rocked Hollywood is a
tasteless but amusing comedy on
assassinating Kim Jong-un.”

— COLUMNIST Jordan Hoffman

A FUNNY MOVIE YOU CANNOT SEE

GUARDIAN: The Interview's
New York Premiere Cancelled
in the Wake of Hacker Threats


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
U.S. Senate Torture Report:
A 'Matter of Life or Death'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"I consider a lesser evil ethically
SUPERIOR to a greater one; and
that I have a natural right to
defend myself and my loved ones,
as well as my countrymen, from
death BY ALL MEANS. If a war
prisoner has information that can
save lives - especially many lives -
I, Stanislaw Remuszko, will not
hesitate to use 'unconventional
methods' to get that information.”

— COLUMNIST Stanislaw Remuszko

CAN THIS TORTURE BE EXCUSED?

Polityka, Poland
Poland's CIA Black Site and
Phillip Seymour Hoffman

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"In the film A Most Wanted Man,
recently-deceased Phillip Seymour
Hoffman plays a German agent who,
although he doesn't trust the
Americans, is obliged to cooperate
with them. ... Were our decision-
makers supposed to assume that
the American secret services
were there to commit torture?”

— COLUMNIST Marek Ostrowski

HOFFMAN'S CHARACTER LIKE POLAND?

Guardian, BBC, Daily Mail,
Der Speigel, TedX, The
Intercept, ITAR-TASS,
Top Level Telecoms,

UK, U.S., Russia, Norway
Sony Hack 'Torture',
U.K. Robo-Cops, Liars,
and Surveillance Blast

"It's time to catch up on the
latest on mass surveillance,
hacking and government
cyber lies and wrongdoing."

— LIES, SPIES AND TORTURE
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PARSING OFFICIAL LIES AND PR


RT, Russia
China Offering Iraq Help
Against ISIL 'from the Air'

"Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim
Jafari says his China counterpart,
Wang Yi, has made an offer to
help Iraq fight ISIL militants."

— Colonel Tim Collins, Retd.

Guardian, BBC News, U.K.
Torture, Guantanamo,
Uruguay, FBI, the Pope
and Angelina Jolie

Coverage of the arrival of six
Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay.
Then Cori Crider, attorney for a
man who spent 12 years in
Guantanamo without ever being
charged with a crime, tries to
convey the insanity of the
system she has had to work in -
and how little Americans are
permitted to know about it.
Angelina Jolie weighs in on
America's responsibility on the
issue of torture. Abu Zubaydah's
defense lawyer writes that after
being subjected to every form
of torture 'legalized' by the U.S.
government without ever being
charged with a crime, it is time
to charge him or let him go.
Then coverage of a hearing
cancellation you probably haven't
heard about: on how the FBI
infiltrated the legal defense teams
of Guantanamo inmates. Finally,
the Pope wants the United States
to 'find a humanitarian solution'
to deal with the remaining
Guantanamo inmates.

— A Roundup of Coverage
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OUTCRY: TORTURE AND GUANTANAMO


The Independent, U.K.
CIA Torture: Once Again
Language is Distorted to
Hide U.S. State Wrongdoing

ASSAD'S BOON

“I condemn the vile
semantics of the CIA
and Pentagon. Not
just that old, wolfish,
obscene phrase
'collateral damage',
but the language of
torture. ... Or, as the
lads who torture for
us call it, 'enhanced
interrogation techniques.'”

— COLUMNIST Robert Fisk

GUARDIAN: Senior Commander
Spills Beans about al-Baghdidi

BBC NEWS: Jihadist Violence
'Killed 5,000 in November'


Le Monde, France
Torture: the 'Ticking
Time Bomb' Fallacy

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"On the screen, a clock counts
down. Whether in French
Algeria or Bush's America, the
purpose of this fiction is always
the same: to establish not only
that torture is 'acceptable,' but
that it is morally 'required.' ...
Anti-terrorism and information
professionals, FBI and CIA
interrogators and even the
scriptwriters of the TV show
24 recognized in the 2000s that
it's something that never occurs.'”

— Dr. Jean-Baptiste Jeangene
Vilmer, Science Po, Paris

ANOTHER FALLACY ON TORTURE

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
On Torture, the Kremlin
Should Lead by Example!

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Russian Foreign Ministry's
commissioner for human rights,
Konstantin Dolgov, called for
the publication of the entire
6,700 page report and for all
the perpetrators to be brought
to justice. Well said! Should
Washington hesitate, Moscow
could lead the way as a shining
example in this area.”

— COLUMNIST Berthold Kohler

TORTURE: WHO IS RUSSIA TO TALK?

The Telegraph, U.K.
Senior Army Official
Warn New Constraints
Hamper Interrogations

"The effect of the ambulance-
chasing lawyers and the play-
it-safe judges is that we have
got to the point where we
have lost our operational
capacity for tactical questioning.
That in itself brings risks to the
lives of the people we deploy."

— Colonel Tim Collins, Retd.
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PUSHBACK ON TORTURE REPORT?


Daily Mail, U.K.
'Put Blair, Straw on Trial for
Torture,' says Diplomat Fired
for Blowing Whistle on Abuse

"My career was destroyed by politicians
who wanted to hide their complicity in
human rights abuses. To complete the
process, they then trashed my reputation
with smears about my personal life."

— Craig Murray, Former UK
Ambassador to Uzbekistan

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The Observer, U.K.
Come Clean on British
Links to CIA Torture,
MPs Tell U.S. Senate

"The head of the powerful
Commons intelligence and
security committee demands
that the U.S. hand over its
archive documenting Britain's
role in the CIA’s abduction
and torture program."

— REPORTERS
Mark Townsend, Jamie Doward

The Telegraph, U.K.
George Tenet:
Torturer-in-Chief?

"While the CIA report's
damning conclusions
have impelled quite a
coterie of potentially
implicated individuals
to cry foul, including
ex-Vice President Dick
Cheney and other ex-
CIA chiefs, it is Tenet
who stands most
visibly in the dock.”

— COLUMNIST
David Usbourne

TENET: MOST WANTED?

Deutsche Welle, Germany
Russia, China, Iran, Should
Also Publish Torture Reports

"U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture
Juan Mendez lauds the U.S. Senate
report, and wants Russia, China and
Iran to release their own."

— NEWS ITEM, Deutsche Welle

News, Switzerland
In Praise of the American
Senate CIA Torture Report

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"A state report exposing torture as
useless and counterproductive is an
odd aberration, as it puts certain
circles in that state in a bad light,
making it clear that such practices
are not what they pretend them to
be. Yet it also shows that in our
societies the capacity remains to
practice self-criticism and depart
from the wrong path. That's in stark
contrast to totalitarian regimes that
get ever-more bogged down in
their own insanity, only to sink in
their own ashes or drag the world
down with them. ... Therefore,
such a report is to be welcomed,
because the alternative is far
worse - and to hell with George
W. Bush and Dick Cheney.”

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

EXPUNGING EVIL WITH SELF-CRITICISM?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Court Rejects Attempt
to Permit Mr. Snowden
to Testify in Germany

"If Edward Snowden were to
be allowed to enter Germany,
the clamour for him to be able
to stay would be strong and
resistance from government
authorities would most likely
be met with civil unrest."

— REPORTER Kate Connolly

Polityka, Poland
President Kwasniewski: 'Sadist'
CIA Should Be Shuttered; Denies
Knowledge of Torture Practices

TRANSLATED FROM POLAND

"It was a matter of 'higher necessity' We
didn't do it on a whim. We didn't intend to
accommodate sadists! ... This is a genuine
catastrophe for the United States, the CIA
and George W. Bush. We agreed to closer
cooperation believing that America, which
is a democratic country, would honor the
law. We had no basis to believe that the
U.S. authorities would accept, support
and then cover up its illegal activities.”

— FORMER PRESIDENT
Aleksander Kwasniewski

KWASNIEWSKI THROWS BUSH UNDER THE BUS

RADIO POLAND: Kwasniewski
says Poland Received CIA
Money Since Early 1990s


El Pais, Spain
CIA Torture Report:
Now is Obama's Chance
to Shutter Guantanamo

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"America cannot present itself
as a pioneer of freedom as long
as its most important globally-
active organization is constantly
committing atrocities. President
Obama will never have a better
excuse to close Guantanamo.
This was one of his first campaign
promises, and six years later
is has yet to be fulfilled.”

— EDITORIAL, El Pais

A MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY?

Financial Times, U.K.
CIA Report is a Strike Back
Against America's Deep State

"American political life functions on
two separate planes. We see the
surface world of gridlock and hyper-
partisanship and noisy cable TV. But
less often glimpsed is a national
security state whose influence goes
on administration after administration,
Republican or Democrat, that seems
to evade the constraints of political
scrutiny. ... That is the context for
the release of the long-awaited and
excruciatingly detailed Senate report
on CIA torture of detainees after 9/11.”

— COLUMNIST Geoff Dyer

FIANNCIAL TIMES STATES THE OBVIOUS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Ordered to Explain
Withholding of Iraq and
Afghan Torture Photos

"Said to be more disturbing than
the infamous Abu Ghraib photos
that sparked a global furor in
2004, the imagery is the subject
of a lawsuit that both the Bush
and Obama Administrations,
backed by the U.S. Congress,
have strenuously resisted."

— REPORTER David Ackerman
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EVEN WORSE THAN ABU GHRAIB?


The Mirror, U.K.
Iraq War 'Biggest Cover-Up of
Our Time'; Families Still Wait
for Results of Chilcot Inquiry

"As the United States comes clean on
its use of torture, questions are being
asked about why Britain continues
to suppress Sir John Chilcot's report."

— REPORTERS David Collins,
Jack Blanchard
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WHY WON'T BRITAIN RELEASE IRAQ REPORT?


United Nations, Intl. Territory
U.N. Human Rights Rapporteur:
Individuals Behind CIA 'Criminal
Conspiracy' Must Face Penalties'

"It is now time to take action. Individuals
responsible for the criminal conspiracy
revealed in the report must be brought
to justice, and must face criminal penalties
commensurate with the gravity of their
crimes. International law prohibits granting
immunities to public officials who have
engaged in acts of torture. This applies not
only to the actual perpetrators but also to
officials within the U.S. government who
devised, planned, authorized such crimes.”

— Ben Emmerson, U.N. Special
Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism
and Human Rights

SHOULD BUSH, CHENEY, BE PUT ON TRIAL?

Le Monde, France
FLASHBACK: Report
Confirms CIA Prisons
in Poland, Romania

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Poland, Romania agreed
to equip the installations on
these sites with the most
advanced forms of security
and secrecy, and they gave
absolute guarantees of non-
interference. ... NATO is,
the platform through which
the United States obtained
the necessary permission
and protection needed for
the CIA's secret actions."

— Dick Marty, Author of
Council of Europe Report
on CIA Activities in Europe
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TORTURE REPORT FALLOUT

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
CIA Torture Report:
Europe Must Come Clean
about its Own Complicity

"The CIA's activities would not
have been possible without the
help of Britain and 20 other
European nations. ... Under
President Bush the CIA used a
web of European airports and
bases for its extraordinary
rendition flights, secretly
transferring terror suspects
over borders for interrogation.”

— COLUMNIST
Natalie Nougayrθde

MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR EUROPE

GUARDIAN: CIA Report
- Global Reaction Roundup

GUARDIAN: Torture Report
Could Unravel Prosecution
of Alleged 9/11 Masterminds


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Torture: America's
Shame and Disgrace

"In the 70s, the CIA reacted
to criticism by pulling down
the shutters and building up
the secret state further.
Today, Americans face the
task of stopping a repeat.
The moral and practical
authority of the democratic
system around the world
depends in no small part
on them succeeding."

— EDITORIAL, Guardian
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FINALLY: THE CIA TORTURE


GUARDIAN: Shock and Anal
Probe: Reading Between
Redactions in Torture Report

ECONOMIST: The CIA
and Torture - a Hard
Pill to Swallow

INDEPENDENT: America's
Day of Shame

TELEGRAPH: CIA Lied
to White House and
Britain to Justify Torture

TELEGRAPH: What did
Tony Blair and Jack
Straw Know of CIA Torture?


La Stampa, Italy
Grand Jury Eruption
in U.S. has Little to
do with Racial Issue

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"The loss of status among
the middle class, the decline
in well-paid jobs for people
without a degree and the
ease of employing illegal
immigrants sets Whites and
Blacks against one another.”

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta

ARE WE MISSING THE POINT?

Guardian, CIA, C-SPAN, U.K., U.S.
LIVE BLOG: Reaction to CIA
Torture Report; U.N. Call
to 'Prosecute Architects'

Now, after months of debate, inter-
agency wrangling and CIA spying on
the Senate, the 6,000 page version
of the CIA torture report has been
released. This is global coverage of
reaction and analysis of the report.

— COVERAGE OF REACTION, ANALYSIS
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FINALLY: THE REPORT ON CIA TORTURE


Russia Today, Guardian, Russia, U.K.
VIDEO-TEXT: Seymour Hersh:
Democracies 'Led by People
who Push for War'; Created
False Narrative Hard to Alter

RealVideoTWO VIDEOS, ONE COLUMN

Hersh asserts: The Bush Administration
'Surge', which included funding jihadis,
was a major contributing factor in the
formation of the Islamic State -- That
the Syrian Army will be the force that
defeats IS -- U.S. is obviously working
in coordination with the Iranian and
Syrian Air Forces -- Moderate Syrian
rebels that U.S. wants to support have
already cut deals with Bashar al-Assad.

— COMMENTS BY Seymour Hersh

EXPOSING LIES AND DISINFORMATION

Daily Mail, Guardian, U.K.
VIDEO-TEXT: Royals Meet
Jay Z, Beyonce, LeBron,
Hillary, Chelsea, Obama

It's time again for the adventures
of Duke William and Duchess Kate
in New York. In 24 hours, they
managed to take in a basketball
game and meet Jay Z, Beyonce,
LeBron James, Hillary and Chelsea
Clinton, President Obama; William
gave a speech at the World Bank,
Kate visited a Children's center in
Harlem and according to videos
below, managed to change her
clothes about a jillion times.

— ADVENTURES of Will and Kate
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ROYAL COUPLE IN NY: DAY TWO


NZZ, Switzerland
NATO's Blunted
'Spearhead'

TRANSLATED GERMAN

"As Germany rejects
military provocations
toward Russia, it is
not unlikely that at
the last moment, it
will suspend its
participation.”

— COLUMNIST
Eric Gujer

SHIELD - BUT NO SPEAR?

Guardian Unlimited-BBC, U.K.
VIDEO, TEXT: Prince
William, Dutchess Kate
Arrive in the Big Apple

For those inerested in the topic
- and we know you're out there,
this is coverage from Britain on
the visit of the The Duke and five
-months pregnant Duchess of
Cambridge to New York, this is
British coverage of the event,
with text from the Guardian and
video coverge from the BBC
on the three-day royal visit.

— REPORTER Lauren Gambino
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ROYAL COUPLE IN THE BIG APPLE


Polityka, Poland
'Say No to GMOs; Reject
TTIP': Almost 60 Million
Americans Warn Europe

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"I don't recall ever having gotten
a letter from so many people at
once, and you likely can't either.
Step by step, talks between the
E.U. and U.S. on the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership
are mearing an end. Sadly, we do
not know the details because the
talks are being held in extreme
secrecy. ... The Americans have
already lost their battle against
biotech corporations. Now they
are warning us about the effects
of adopting American rules
under the guise of TTIP treaty.”

— COLUMNIST Jacek Zakowski

GMOs: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Another Night of Protest
Over White Cop's Acquittal
for Death of Eric Garner

"Demonstrations touched off
in cities including New York,
Washington DC, Chicago, Boston,
Cleveland, Oakland Miami and
Phoenix. ... In New York City,
demonstrators staged 'die-ins'
at Macy's and Grand Central."

— REPORTER Lauren Gambino
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ANOTHER NIGHT OF PROTEST IN NY


NYT, The Register, RT, U.S., U.K., Russia
SPY BLAST: Assange's Hope;
Swedes Award Snowden;
Web Freedom Drops; U.K.
OKs Data Theft; Cell Nets
Breached, CAPCHAs Dead?

Amid the onrush of events and
the blizzard of misinformation
and infotainment, it is easy to
forget that we continue to be
relentlessly spied upon morning
noon and night, so here's the
latest Worldmeets.US spy post.

— WE'RE STILL BEING SPIED UPON
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SPIES, LIES AND HOPE FROM ASSANGE

Marriane, France
French Failure to Deliver
Mistrals to the Russians
'Impolitic and Masochistic'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Without denying the vigor of the
Russian reaction in Ukraine, we
must put things into context, as
this crisis stems from elements of a
different nature: the profound
corruption of the Ukrainian elite,
pro- and anti-Russian combined; the
over twenty-year uninterrupted
expansion of NATO toward Russia
when a helping hand is what was
needed; the atavistic suspicion of
the Baltic states and the Poles
vis-ΰ-vis Moscow, the American
propensity to play on E.U. divisions."

— Olivier Zajec, French
Institute of Strategy and Conflict
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SALE OF MISTRALS TO RUSSIA ON HOLD


Euronews, France
VIDEO: National Front Leader
Le Pen: I Admire Putin's 'Cool
Head' Resisting New Cold War

RealVideoDec. 1, 00:08:53

"I admire his cool head. Because there
is a Cold War being waged against him
by the E.U. at the behest of America,
[Russia] is defending its own interests."

— National Front Leader Marine Le Pen

MARINE LE PEN BUCKS BRUSSELS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Google Glass Review:
Useful – but Overpriced
and Socially Awkward

"Short of the price, which is no
small matter, the key problem
with Glass is the reaction of
people around the wearer. It
feels socially inappropriate much
of the time – if not for you, then
for your audience. The biggest
disadvantage was that my family
and friends refused to be seen
with me while wearing them.
They aren't technology-obsessed
in the same way I am, but there
was no way to convince them.
It was either them or Glass."

— REPORTER Samuel Gibbs
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A SHORT-CUT TO PARIAH STATUS


GUARDIAN: Billion-dollar Apple
iPod Anti-Trust Suit Gets Under Way


Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Gorbachev: West 'Resigned'
to Crimea's Return to Russia

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"I remember the 1990 Paris Summit.
Europe was an example of how to
build a new world order and a new
relationship. The Americans - and
Bush senior, talked about it. And I
spoke about it. My good friend Pope
John Paul II said at the time that we
needed a more equitable world
order that was more humane and
safer. ... And one wonders how
people could object to their own
decisions. It all began with the fact
that the U.S. suddenly started
talking about the creation of a
'new empire.' An over empire, a
super empire. Alas, God and fate
had put the task before them. Yes,
they thought their time had come."

— Former Soviet Union
President Mikhail Gorbachev
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GORBY GAUGES WESTERN LEADERS


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Bill Cosby, Ferguson and
the Dubious Politics of
Personal Responsibility

COSBY-FURGUSON

“The cases are
unrelated, but
there are parallels.
The power of the
accused is set
against the
credibility of
the victim.”

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

News, Switzerland
'Birkenstock Racism' and
Europe's Moralizing Over
the Upheaval in Ferguson

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"If suddenly indignant voices are
raised to condemn this injustice -
that is proper. However, in the
face of what's going on in Europe
at the moment, an undercurrent
of hypocrisy is unmistakable."

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer
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RACISM AND THE PERILS OF EMPIRE


The Telegraph, U.K.
As Crude Oil Crashes,
Saudis Play with Fire in
Shale-Price Showdown
END OF OPEC?

“If the aim is to shake
out the weakest shale
producers in the U.S.,
Saudi Arabia and the
core OPEC states are
taking a huge political
gamble by letting oil
prices crash to $66.”

— COLUMNIST Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard

Trouw, The Netherlands
If the Jews Gave up
Stoning, Can Muslims
Give Up Beheading?

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"To use Jews as an example
for Muslims may upset some
people, but I do it because it
is instructive. In the sacred
books of the Jews, gross,
uncivilized passages are also
to be found. Jews who fail
to observe the Sabbath, for
example (and perhaps work
on that day) must, according
to the Torah, be stoned. ...
But not a one Jew anywhere
in the world would seek to
apply this Toranic precept.
Even the most religious Jews
realize that that such a thing
would be utter nonsense."

— Dr. David Pinto,
Inter-Cultural Institute
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CAN ISLAM FORSAKE BEHEADING?


Le Point, France
President Obama Continues
American Tradition of Sparing
Turkeys from Dinner Table

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"This year's birds from a farm in Virginia,
both plump and white, were transported
under police escort to the W, where for
two days they were treated with kid
gloves. And that's no figure of speech.
The turkeys are housed in a suite with
views of the White House, are force-fed
organic soy and cranberries as they gobble
in the rooftop panoramic bar waiting to
be presented to President Barack Obama."

— COLUMNIST Louise Couvelaire
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TURKEY PARDONS: A TIME-HONORED TRADITION


Le Figaro, France
Ferguson 'Tarnishes the
Image of an Entire Nation'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"This verdict may well have been
rendered by a jury made up of
Blacks and Whites who, according
to all the experts, did their job,
but African-American communities
don't believe in their country's
justice system. Ferguson is very
far-removed from the post-racial
America dreamed of by Obama.
… In Missouri suburbs like this, the
population is 70 percent Black,
but the police, like the mayor, are
hegemonically White, tarnishing
the image of an entire nation."

— COLUMNIST Francois Sergent
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HOW TO RESTORE OFFICIAL CREDIBILITY



Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Russia Feels Double-
Crossed Over Ukraine
– What will Putin Do?

“There is no doubting the
depth of anger in Moscow
over what it sees as the
double-cross in Kiev – or
the visceral fear in the
capitals of Europe that
Russia may react militarily.”

— COLUMNIST Simon Tisdall

SIMON TISDALL: Finland Back on Red
Alert Over AN Expansionist Russia

SIMON TISDALL: Iran Nuclear
Talks Extension Raises
Risk of Cataclysmic Failure


United Nations News, Intl. Terr.
U.N. Human Rights Chief
'Deeply Concerned' about
'African-American Killings'

"I am deeply concerned at the
disproportionate number of young
African Americans who die in
encounters with police officers, as
well as the disproportionate number
of African-Americans in U.S. prisons
and the disproportionate number
of African Americans on Death Row."

— U.N. COMMISSIONER for Human
Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF: U.S. HAS PROBLEM


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Michael Brown
Killing: Mass Protests after
Decision by the Grand Jury

"Family of Michael Brown to hold news
conference ... Ferguson is struck by
violence and arson after decision ...
Grand jury declines to indict Ferguson
officer Darren Wilson ... Wilson killed
unarmed teenager last August."

— CORRESPONDENT Tom McCarthy

NATIONAL GUARD MOVES INTO TOWN


DAILY MAIL: Protests Break Out
Across 90 Cities; March in Anger

BBC NEWS: Ferguson Decision
- Darren Wilson's Testimony

BBC LIVE BLOG: Ferguson Riots
- Ruling Sparks Night of Violence


Le Monde, France
Cli-Fi Invades Sci-Fi: A
Deluge of Catastrophe
for Readers, Filmgoers

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Today, the range of apocalyptic
fiction is expanding to include a
new sub-genre of science fiction
that is all the rage: Cli-Fi, also
known as 'climatic fiction.'
Americans, however, are among
the most ardent climate-change
skeptics on the planet. However,
this doubt is losing momentum."

— COLUMNIST Louise Couvelaire
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DISASTER FOR FUN AND PROFIT


FAZ, Germany
The Kremlin Media War:
All-Channel Propaganda

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The authorities are using their
nearly cpmplete media control to
build a parallel universe in which
Russia is under attack by the West.
... The goal is to disseminate the
supposedly-suppressed 'Russian
point of view.' This has nothing
to do with journalism, i.e.: a
genuine attempt to seek truth."

— CORRESPONDENT
Friedrich Schmidt
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US AND THEM: LIES AND PROPAGANDA


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Iranian Nuclear Negotiations:
Deadline Extended Six Months

“We have worked long and hard not just
over these past days but for months. This
takes time. The stakes are high and the
issues are complicated and technical. Each
decision affects other decisions, and each
decision deeply affects national security
and international interests."

— SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry

IRAN NUKES: AND THE TALKS GO ON

BBC, Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOGS: Nation Holds
Breath as Ferguson Awaits
Decision of Grand Jury

Here are two live blogs from Britain,
which include tweets, photos, videos,
many from the scene, on the decision,
to be announced within the next few
hours, over whether to charge police
officer Darren Wilson over the death
of teenager Michael Brown. Missouri
Governor came close to saying the
authorities are expecting the worst.

— REPORTER Spencer Ackerman

NATIONAL GUARD MOVES INTO TOWN


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Out of North Korea: Matthew
Miller says 'I Wanted to Stay'

“Snapshots of pages torn from Miller's
notebook were shown by state media,
after his trial, revealing statements
he now describes as strategic lies to
help him remain in North Korea. In it,
entries appeared to show support for
removing 'the American military from
South Korea' and included claims that
Miller was a 'hacker' with
some involvement with Wikileaks."

— REPORTER Nate Thayer

MILLER: 'FORCED' OUT OF NORTH KOREA

Corriere Della Sera, Italy
Pope Francis' Secret Service:
Confronting the ISIS Threat

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Pope Francis wanted to stop in
Kurdistan, an area bordered by
Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He
intended to issue an appeal from
there on behalf of Middle East
Christians being massacred by
Islamic jihadis. The secret service
stopped him. ... He's not a very
'manageable' pope. ... It seems
that even his entourage jokes
with him about death threats.
'Holy Father, haven't they killed
you yet today?' they ask him,
overcoming their reverence
to express really acute fears."

— CORRESPONDENT
Massimo Franco
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PROTECTING A FLESH-PRESSING POPE


ITAR-TASS, RT, Russia
Russia: U.S. Seeks Russia,
Syria, 'Regime Change'; U.S.
Rejects Anti-Nazi Resolution

"Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has
made a series of comments relating
to Western plans for regime change
in Russia, and in relation to the battle
against ISIL - against Syria. ... Then,
the Russian media is giving blanket
coverage to the rejection by the U.S.,
Canada and Ukraine of a Russia-tabled
U.N. resolution 'condemning attempts
to glorify Nazism and deny Nazi crimes."

— NEWS ITEMS, ITAR-TASS, RT

TO TOPPLE OR NOT TO TOPPLE ...

Financial Times, U.K.
FED asks Whether it
is too Close to Banks!

"The Federal Reserve board
is conducting a major review
of how the regulator and its
reserve banks supervise large
financial institutions, amid
mounting criticism that it is to
close to and too lenient with
the Wall St. groups it oversees."

— REPORTER Gina Chon

TOO LENIENT ON BANKS? ... NAAH!

ARD Television, Germany
VIDEO: Putin Explains Russian
Actions to German Public TV

Nov. 18, 00:31:33

"NATO and America have military bases
scattered all over the globe, including
in areas close to our borders, and their
number is growing ... Moreover, just
recently it was decided to send special
forces, again in close proximity to our
borders. You have mentioned various
[Russian] exercises, ship movements,
flights and so on. Is all of this going
on? Yes, it is indeed."

— RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin

PUTIN OFFERS THE RUSSIAN NARRATIVE

BBC NEWS: Putin's Spokesperson
Tells BBC 'We have our Red Lines'


AWD News, U.K.
'Mutiny' Reported in
Saudi Royal Air Force
Over Strikes on ISIL

"Saudi military intelligence
has reportedly arrested
two senior F-16 pilots who
refused to fly missions, after
they expressed their utmost
resentment at Saudi Arabia's
alliance with America. ...
White House officials and the
CIA informed the Saudis that
some of their U.S.-trained
pilots were jettisoning their
bombs and ammunition over
inconsequential or totally
unpopulated areas and then
returning to their Saudi bases."

— NEWS ITEM, AWD News

REJECTING THE HOUSE OF SAUD?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Senate Rejects
NSA Reform so Weak
Even NSA Backed It

If fear mongering were a sport,
American politicians would win
championships year after year.
Not too surprisingly, the Senate
yesterday rejected a NSA reform
bill that was so watered down,
even National Intelligence chief
James Clapper, who lied to the
Congress and the American people
about the scale of the surveillance
being carried out - supported it.

— REPORTER Spencer Ackerman

EVEN FIENSTIEN BACKED DEFEATED BILL


GUARDIAN: NSA Reform:
Surveillance Supporters may
have Dug their Own Grave

LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE:
Snowden's Success


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Putin Questions
U.S. 'Democratic Values',
U.S. Media Failure; Body
Language at G20 Summit

Russia Today posted a number
segments worth watching today,
including an interview with the
Editor in chief of the journal
Defense & Foreign Affairs who
calls out the manistream media
for failing to put the Ukraine
crisis into context; coverage of
yesterday's speech by Vladimir
Putin on the debasement of
'democratic values' by the U.S.;
and a look at G20 body language.

— OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

WHAT DEMOCRATIC VALUES?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Brooklyn Woman Bleeding
from Face, Nose and Mouth,
may have had Ebola Virus

"There are new fears of a possible Ebola
outbreak in New York City after a woman
who was being monitored for the deadly
virus dropped dead Tuesday afternoon. ...
according to a source on the scene, the
woman, who had traveled to Guinea
three weeks ago, died at a hair braiding
shop in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn.'"

— REPORTER Chris Spargo

AN EBOLA CASE IN BROOKLYN?


DAILY MAIL: Ebola Reaches
India: Man's Sperm has
Traces of the the Virus


Le Figaro, France
Kremlin's Demands for
New International Security
System Can't be Ignored

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"In the annexation of Crimea and the
manifest destabilization of Ukraine,
there is a very clear message that
Western leaders pretend not to hear:
the international order on which
European ties are built no longer
works. Russia, struck with sanctions
by a West that is unlikely to be seen
fighting for Sebastopol, has turned
to China and Iran. Europe is clinging
to its grand principles and not
realizing that it would do better to
bring them into line with reality -
before it's too late."

— COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin
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TIME FOR WEST TO PAY MORE HEED?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
First Snowden. Then Tracking
You on Wheels. Now Spies on
Plane: Ubiquitous Surveillance

"You might ask: Where did U.S. Marshals
– the fugitive-chasing agents of Tommy
Lee Jones lore – obtain the authority to
launch this mass surveillance operation at
all? That’s unclear, but thanks to some
digging by the Twitter surveillance crowd
shortly after the Journal published its story,
we know the marshals are far from the
only U.S. agency using these 'dirtboxes.'"

— COLUMNIST Trevor Trimm

MASS SURVEILLANCE: NOWHERE TO HIDE


GUARDIAN: Facebook, Google,
Apple, et.al., Lobby for Curbing
Givernment Mass Surveillance

REUTERS: Google Glass Future
'Clouded' as Early Believers Lose Faith

GUARDIAN: White House
Announces Push for Next
Generation of Weapons


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
David Cameron Warns
of Looming 'Crash' in
G20 Closing Remarks

"Six years after the financial
crash that brought the world
to its knees, warning lights
are once again flashing on the
global economic dashboard. ...
As the global economy faces
greater uncertainty, it is more
important than ever that we
send a clear message to the
world that Britain will not
waver on paying its debts."

— PRIME MINISTER
David Cameron

GORBY: RUSSIAN SOFT POWER

GUARDIAN: Cameron's Economic
Warning Lights: Dark Days Ahead?


Daily Mail, U.K.
20th Hijacker Moussaoui:
'Saudi Prince Paid for
9/11 Pilots' Flying Lessons

"The Saudi government has flatly
denied any involvement in 9/11.
... officials in Oklahoma federal
court have said that Moussaoui's
requests to be allowed to speak
in open court and to be assigned
government lawyers will likely
be denied, since his claims have
nothing to do with existing cases."

— REPORTER Kieran Corcoran

9-11: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


The Telegraph, U.K.
Challenging Gorbachev:
Russia is the One with
a Cold War Mentality

"If Gorbachev really thinks
that after the fall of the
Berlin Wall, Russia should
have been granted a veto
over NATO membership for
its former satellite states
then that is an example of
the very Cold War mentality
he was supposed to reject."

— FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
David Blair

GORBY: RUSSIAN SOFT POWER

MOSCOW TIMES: Putin's Early
Departure from G20 a 'Mistake'

GUARDIAN: Lift-Off of Sputnik
News Agency - What Russia's New
Media Brand Thinks of the World

GUARDIAN: Putin Leaves G20
after Browbeating Over Ukraine


20 Minutes, Ukraine
Why Russians 'Will Want to
Return Crimea' to Ukraine

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"If large-scale military hostilities
were to break out with Russia
fighting a considerable portion
of the world, it would likely face
a coalition, the combined military,
economic and demographic
strength of which would surpass
Russian forces by at least 16-18
times. The outcome of such a
confrontation is easy to forecast.
Russia would be defeated and its
economic and infrastructure
capacity utterly destroyed."

— FORMER PUTIN ECONOMIC
ADVISER Andrei Illarionov

WILL RUSSIANS 'SEE THE LIGHT'?


Guardian Unilimited, U.K.
Pentagon 'Considers'
Sending American
Troops to Battle ISIL

"General Martin Dempsey,
the chairman of the joint
chiefs of staff, indicated
to the U.S. House Armed
Services committee that
ISIL's strength relative to
the Iraqi Army may be such
that he would recommend
abandoning Obama’s oft-
repeated pledge against
returning U.S. ground
troops to combat in Iraq.'"

— CORRESPONDENTS Raya
Jalabi, Spencer Ackerman

ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN?

THE TELEGRAPH: 'Moderate' Syria
Rebels Defecting to ISIL; Blame
'Lack of U.S. Support and Arms'


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Secret Talks, a Personal
Letter: How U.S.-China
Climate Deal was Done

"A visit to Beijing by Kerry and
a missive from Obama were key
turns in a 9-month negotiation
between world’s top polluters."

— REPORTER Suzanne Goldenberg

XI- OBAMA: SIGNING DEAL IN BEIJING


Die Welt, Germany
Republicans May Give
'Lame Duck Procrastinator'
the Backbone He Needs

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Republican Congress will no
doubt try and motivate Mr. Obama
to more assertive action in areas
where the 'great procrastinator'
has only reluctantly committed to.
If over the next two years both
political camps find their way back
to a tradition of bipartisanship in
foreign policy, Obama's recent
course correction toward more
global engagement could become
the distinguishing feature of
Barack Obama's last two years."

— COLUMNIST Clemens Wergin
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APPLYING REPUBLICAN PRESSURE


Le Figaro, France
Xi and Putin: United in
Face of Western Critics

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"According to a survey by Touch
Today, after the annexation of
Crimea, Putin's poll ratings in
China reached 92 percent. ...
Perhaps Chinese are reassured
to see that 'Xi Dada' or the 'Xi
the Great,' isn't the only great
power leader of concern to the
world. Like Putin, he's skilled
in the cult of personality and
cultivates authoritarianism in
order to rule with an iron rod."

— COLUMNIST Patrick Saint-Paul

XI AND PUTIN: HANGING TIGHT


Guardian Unilimited, U.K.
MH17: Australia PM tells
Vladimir Putin to 'Consider
Apology, Compensation'

Citing that the U.S. 'apologised and
made appropriate restitution' for
shooting down Iran Air Flight 655
in 1988, Australia Prime Minister
Tony Abbott has confronted Putin
at the APEC Summit, saying that
he had information that the missile
that shot down MH17 last summer
'had come out of Russia, was fired
from inside eastern Ukraine and
was then returned to Russia.'

— CORRESPONDENT Daniel Hurst

ABBOTT: WHISTLING IN THE WIND?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Net Neutrality: Cable
Industry 'Stunned'
by Obama' Proposals

"'The cable industry strongly
supports an open Internet,
is building an open Internet,
and strongly believes that
over-regulating the fastest
growing technology in our
history will not advance the
cause of Internet freedom.'
Translation: 'The industry
believes in something we
are actively working to
undermine.'"

— National Cable and
Telecommunications
Association President
Michael Powell

MICHAEL POWELL: CASHING IN

Financial Times, U.K.
China is 'No Refuge'
from Obama's Woes

Financial Times columnist Edward
Luce is of the opinion that unlike
with past U.S. presidents who got
whipped in midterm elections,
taking refuge abroad - in this case
in China - is unlikely to bring relief.

— COLUMNIST Edward Luce

OBAMA: A 'DIMINISHED FIGURE'

BBC News, U.K.
Reagan's Apology to
Thatcher over Grenada
Invasion was Recorded

Up until now, it has been widely
believed that after the debacle
of the Watergate tapes which
brought down Richard Nixon,
such recordings were stopped.
It now appears that many of
Reagan's conversations were
recorded, this one with Margaret
Thatcher being just one of them.

— REVEALED: The Reagan Tapes

BUGGING OF THE WHITE HOUSE

Deutsche Welle, RT, Euronews, France 24
VIDEOS: Germany Marks
Demise of the Berlin Wall

It has been an intense 48 hours
in the city of Berlin, with people
from around the world and key
players from recent history all
converging there to celebrate
25th anniversary of the fall of the
Berlin Wall. This post consists of
coverage from Deutsche Welle, RT,
Euronews and France 24. The fall
of the Wall effectively marked
the end of the old Cold War. I say
old, because as Mikhail Gorbachev
notes in speeches he gave over
the past few days, the world has
likely embarked on a new one.

— CELEBRATING FALL OF THE WALL

BERLIN: A LOOK FROM EUROPE

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Obama's Defeat:
Two Years of a U.S.
Turned Inward

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"This is bad news for the
world. America's enemies
from Russia to Pyongyang
need no longer worry
about U.S. threats. Putin
knows that Obama's hands
are tied. Over the next
two years the major U.S.
political parties will set
the stage for the 2016
presidential campaign.
Regardless of who runs,
bith Republicans and
Democrats will do things
designed only to help their
candidate and diminish
the chances of their rival.
For the next 24 months
America will be, sadly,
focused mostly on itself."

— COLUMNIST
Bartosz Weglarczyk

24 MONTHS OF PARALYSIS?


BBC News, U.K.
North Korea Frees
U.S. Men Miller and Bae

“The leadership in North Korea
would certainly see value in
offering an olive branch to the
U.S. just as President Obama
prepares to sit down with China
President Xi Jinping in Beijing."

— CORRESPONDENT
Charles Scanlon

NORTH KOREA FREES AMERICANS

Rossiya Segodnya, Russia
U.S. Midterms: Prepare
for More War, More
Spying, Rigged Trade

"The most dangerous benefactor
of a Republican Congress is the
U.S. military-industrial complex.
More defense spending means
more war (and more war
means more defense spending)."

— COLUMNIST Daniel Zubov

WHAT WITH THE ELEPHANT BRING?


Le Monde, France
Midterm Fallout: Obama
Weakened on Iran and
the International Stage

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Convinced that America is a
manifestation of 'the good,'
Republicans need a force that
embodies absolute evil. They
have found it in the person
of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
On this issue, as on the issue
of Israel-Palestine negotiation,
Republicans are aligned with
the positions of Netanyahu."

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde
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DEAL WITH IRAN IMPOSSIBLE?


RIA Novosti, Russia
Oliver Stone Meets
Snowden; Wants to
Make Putin Biopic

"I met him [Snowden].
We are working on the
script. We hope to
shoot early next year,
we've been working on
it for almost a year now
and we're very pleased
it's coming along. ... We
had no plans to make a
film [a scripted feature]
on Putin. I would love
to do an interview with
him because he has a
different point of view
that Americans don't hear.'"

— DIRECTOR Oliver Stone

STONE: SNOWDEN AND PUTIN

The Telegraph, U.K.
Prison Threat for 90-Year
Old Who Fed the Homeless

"The police are doing the bidding
of the very wealthy, and trying to
sweep the poorest of the poor
under the rug. ... it's outrageous,
but I have been fighting for 23
years to feed the homeless and
spent 50 years fighting for
civil rights in this country."

— HOMELESS ADVOCATE
Arnold Abbott
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DROP THAT PLATE RIGHT NOW!


Deutsche Welle, Germany
Gorbachev Defends Putin;
says U.S. 'Wants to Meddle'

"I am absolutely convinced that
Putin protects Russia's interests
better than anyone else. Russia
agreed to new relations, [and]
created new structures for
cooperation. Everything would
be great but not everyone
in the United States liked it.'"

— Former Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev

25 YEARS AFTER WALL CAME DOWN

FAZ, Germany
War and Data Security:
'Everyone is Threatened'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"We are seeing a dramatic loss of
confidence. The revelations of
Edward Snowden, surveillance by
the NSA and other incidents have
changed our thinking - on security
policy as well. On a government
level, this leads many countries
to expand the offensive potential
of cyber technology. We return
to the old motto: Attack is the
best defense. But I fear that this is
not correct in this case. Cyber
protection is a matter of national
security, which is why: The best
defense is a better defense."

— Deutsche Telekom
CEO Timotheus Hottges
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WAR BEGINS TO IMPINGE ON THE WEST


Trouw, The Netherlands
Assange and Snowden
have 'Surrendered their
Freedom for Nothing'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"If their leaks had achieved
anything, it would have been
worth the price. Assange
has mainly ensured that coded
diplomatic messages have
more limited distribution and
content, so his whole idea
of more openness has been
shattered. ... Snowden's NSA
leaks have ensured that,
here too, security has been
tightened and fewer people
have access to secrets. ...
Given the reaction to their
revelations, I expected to see
violent protests against
breaches of privacy and this
type of government power.
It looks like Assange and
Snowden have surrendered
their freedom for nothing."

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WAS IT ALL FOR NAUGHT?


Dziennik, Poland
Polish Passions Flare
after Warsaw Reject's
Polanski Extradition

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"In the United States, where
they prey on Polanski as if he
were a war criminal or drug
gang boss, prosecutors and
judges are elected officials.
Just imagine a judge from,
let's say, California, not
having the opportunity to
get on newspaper first pages
without a case like that of
Roman Polanski. Let's catch
him, let's hang his head on
our the walls of our offices!?"

— Writer Janusz Glowacki
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SHOULD POLANSKI BE LET OFF?


Daily Mail, U.K.
Navy Seal Who Shot bin
Laden Comes Forward

"People are asking if we are
worried that ISIL will come
and get us since Rob is going
public. I say I'll paint a huge
target on my front door and
say come on and get us."

— FATHER of Navy
Seal Rob O'Neill
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COMING OUT DESPITE PENTAGON


Daily Mail, U.K.
Memo to Lame Duck Obama:
It's Time to Man Up, Eat Crow
and Take Tea with the Enemy

"You're not just a lame duck this now,
you're a limbless canard whose head
has been so badly garroted that it now
dangles perilously from your neck like
a buckled crane. If you want to avoid
a seemingly inevitable legacy as The
Great Disappointment, you need to
man up and start being a proper leader."

— COLUMNIST Piers Morgan
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MORGAN UNLEASHES ON OBAMA AGAIN


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Midterms: Wave
of Defeats Leave
Democrats 'Reeling'

The scale of the Democrats'
defeat in the U.S. midterm
elections became apparent
on Wednesday. ... their
Republican opponents on
the verge of securing their
largest majority in the
House of Representatives
since the World War II era.

— CORRESPONDENT
Paul Lewis
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CRIST: NOW GONE FOR GOOD?


Trouw, The Netherlands
Assange and Snowden
have 'Surrendered their
Freedom for Nothing'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"If their leaks had achieved
anything, it would have been
worth the price. Assange
has mainly ensured that coded
diplomatic messages have
more limited distribution and
content, so his whole idea
of more openness has been
shattered. ... Snowden's NSA
leaks have ensured that,
here too, security has been
tightened and fewer people
have access to secrets. ...
Given the reaction to their
revelations, I expected to see
violent protests against
breaches of privacy and this
type of government power.
It looks like Assange and
Snowden have surrendered
their freedom for nothing."

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WAS IT ALL FOR NAUGHT?


The Independent, U.K.
Finland Warns Europe 'at
Gates of New Cold War' in
Wake of Russian Activity

"Advisers to Putin have previously
warned that Putin wants to 'regain
Finland,' and Finnish President
Niinisto said his country would be
'very decisive' in erms of response.'"

— CORRESPONDENT Adam Withnall

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Republicans Didn't Win
as Big as You Think -
and Obama Didn't Lose

NO BIG DEAL?

“Polling shows the
public backs Obama
on key issues - not
Republicans. ... The
problem is that few
people have any
confidence that Mr.
Obama will actually
get anything done.”

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

Azeri-Press Agency, Azerbaijan
Russia Considers
Banning U.S. Dollar

"If the bill is approved,
Russian citizens will
have to close their dollar
accounts in Russian
banks within a year and
exchange their dollars
in cash to Russian rubles
or other currencies.
Failure to do so will
result in their accounts
being frozen and fined."

— NEWS ITEM, Azeri Press Agency

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Senate
Control Handed Back
to Republican Party

--- Senate and House results
-- State of the states -- key
races to watch across the
U.S. -- Immigration failure
will lead to 'civil war' among
of Democratic lawmakers.

— LIVE UPDATES ALL DAY
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2014: A REPUBLICAN WAVE


Le Monde, France
Midterms: Obama Weakened
When World Needs U.S. Most

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"One thing is certain: on our mangled
planet, a weakening of the president
of the United States is not good news.
What other world power could send
in the cavalry when things go awry?
China? Putin's Russia - which loathes
Western values? The United Nations,
whose chronic impotence is famous?"

— Journalist Dominique Simonnet,
Historian Nicole Bacharan
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WORLD WITHOUT U.S. LEADERSHIP


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
U.S. Midterms: The Sins of
Obama - Real and Imagined

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Obama - who had promised to lessen
inequality - has indeed disappointed.
He also has bad luck, as this year has
been a bad one around the world. ...
For all these misfortunes Obama is
blamed, even if it remains extremely
questionable whether he could have
done anything to prevent or
more effectively counteract them."

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS: OBAMA'S FAULT?


de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
'iGay': Apple Does it Better
than the Church of Rome

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Tim Cook is the pope of the digital
church, the vicar of Steve Jobs on
earth. He sells his products on all
continents and with his outspoken
statement he now includes a small
message of tolerance with every
iPad and iPhone the company sells."

— COLUMNIST Bert Wagendorp
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COOK: A PUBLIC STAND FOR EQUALITY?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
GHCQ Chief Calls U.S.
Tech Giants 'Network
of Choice' for Terror

"Privacy has never been an
absolute right and the debate
about this should not become
a reason for postponing urgent
and difficult decisions. ... To
those of us who have to tackle
the depressing end of human
behaviour on the internet, it
can seem that some technology
firms are in denial on misuse."

— GHCQ Chief Robert Hannigan

GHCQ: PRIVACY MEANS TERROR


GUARDIAN: New GCHQ
Chief Spouts Fiery Rhetoric
but Agenda Remains Same


Daily Mail, U.K.
Ten Reasons Bluffing, Boring,
Blame-Pointing Obama Can
Expect a Deserved' Beating

"Like most of the world, I was entranced
by this dynamic young senator. He seemed
so fresh, vibrant, eloquent and smart. ...
He's gone from being a shining, youthful
beacon of audacious hope to a greying,
defeatist purveyor of disappointment."

— COLUMNIST Piers Morgan
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MORGAN UNLEASHES ON JILTED OBAMA


Publico, Portugal
Sweden and Finland:
Military 'Impotence'
Meets Russian Bear

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

Will Sweden and Finland
abandon their historic
neutrality to join NATO?
In Stockholm, the case of
of the 'ghost submarine'
dominated the week. ...
What worries Swedes is
their military impotence.
In December 2012, the
commander of the armed
forces shocked the nation
by declaring that in the
event of an attack, the
army would only be able
to defend the country
for a single week?"

— COLUMNIST Jorge
Almeida Fernandes

WHAT IS PUTIN THINKING?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
SpaceShip Two Crash
Casts Doubt on Space
Tourism, Branson Says

“We owe it to our test pilots
to find out what went wrong.
And once we find out - if we
can overcome it, we will
make absolutely certain
that the dream lives on."

— Sir Richard Branson

CASTING A SHADOW OF DOUBT

Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Russia's Dissolution Over
Ukraine War? Ridiculous!

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

To prevent such a breakup, one-
time presidential economic adviser
Andrey Illarionov says Crimea must
be returned to Ukraine - as it is
the 'rightful owner.' Mr. Illarionov
recognizes self-determination, but
only for the 'indigenous population,'
which in the case of Crimea he
believes to be the Crimean Tatars.'
The Native Americans in the USA
, too, don't possess their homeland.
Nor do the Australian aboriginals.
And then, of course, the state
of Israel should ten not exist."

— COLUMNIST Alexandr Grishin

RUSSIA WAR OF WORDS OVER UKRAINE


Financial Times, U.K.
Mr. Obama Can Learn
from George W. Bush

“In Germany, students in
elementary school recieve
mandatory lessons on the
Holocaust. In South Africa,
a Truth and Reconciliation
Commission bore witness
to Apartheid. ... It is time
for America to shine a
light on its relationship
with the native Indians."

— COLUMNIST Edward Luce

PREPARING FOR A 'THUMPIN'

The Local, Spain
Spain's Security Chief:
ISIL Wants Ebola 'Weapon'

"Jihadists with connections to the
extremist force ISIL discuss on Web
forums how they could use Ebola
as a weapon against the U.S. and
the Western world in general."

— Spain Security Chief
Francisco Martinez

TERRORIST 'CHATTER' ABOUT EBOLA

Die Tageszeitung, German
Fear Mongering Media
Turns the 'Home of Brave'
into the 'Home of Afraid'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The elite uses fear mongering to
consolidate existing structures.
This has worked wonderfully well
in the past - see the surveillance
state.' ... Somehow it alll seems
incongruous: In their national
anthem, Americans sing the
praises of the 'land of the free and
the home of the brave.' At the
moment, though, they are afraid
of each other and the world. ...
Is this the 'home of the brave?"

— COLUMNIST Konrad Ege
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PANIC IN THE LAND OF THE FREE


NATO, Daily Mail, Guardian, RT
Belgium, U.K., Russia
Russian Aircraft Over
Europe: Scare Mongering
or Legitimate Concern?

Over recent days, Western
media have been sounding the
latest alarm - this one about
Russian aircraft over Europe.
Is there something to these
concerns? Should the media
and public officials be alarming
the public over them? Or is
there some other agenda? Here
is the Daily Mail's latest 'five
alarm fire' report on the issue,
and reposts from Russia Today.

— Russian and Brtish Reports

FEAR MONGERING OR NEWS?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
How Will Cinema Deal
with the Islamic State?

"IS, the extremist group now
controlling large swathes of
Iraq and Syria, is also making
story-telling in the region
even more logistically hard,
as well as giving filmmakers
tales they don't want to tell."

— REPORTER Emma Jones
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ISALMIC STATE AT THE MOVIES


BBC NEWS: Roman Polanski
Freed in Poland after U.S.
Extradition Request


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Putin 'Believes What
He Wants to Believe'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"However strange, it seems
that the Russian president
himself believes what the
Kremlin's propagandists say
on TV. Moreover, it's as if
he also believed that his
guests - famous Western
experts and policy makers
- were ready to accept the
point of view of Rossiya 1
… A good number of them
would likely agree that
Washington, as they say in
Russia, 'broke some trees,'
and is responsible for a
good deal of nonsense.
But the view of Russia as
an empire of the good -
few are ready to accept. …
Vladimir Putin lives in a
reality he himself created -
and that is very dangerous.'"

— COLUMNIST
WacLaw Radziwinowicz

PUTIN PUZZLES THE WEST


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
GCHQ Views Data
Without a Warrant,
Government Admits

"Newly released documents
from the British government
reveal a lack of oversight for
how it sifts communications
data collected by NSA and
other foreign governments."

— CORRESPONDENT James Ball
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SPY MACHINE OUT OF CONTROL


Andrew Marr Show, BBC News
VIDEO: Jon Stewart on
His Film 'Rosewater'
W/ BBC's Andrew Marr

OCT. 18, 00:05:28

Jon Stewart on his directorial
debut - Rosewater. With him
is Maziar Bahari, whose life
the film is based on. Stewart
and Bahari discuss repression
in the Muslim world and the
absurdity of U.S. Middle East
policy and U.S. news coverage.

— JON STEWART ON THE
ANDREW MARR SHOW

STEWART: 'INCOHERENT' US POLICY

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Did Vladimir Putin Seek
Poland-Russia Partition of
Ukraine? Hardly Likely

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Why invite someone to feast
on a neighbor's body if one
can have it all to oneself?'"

— COLUMNIST
Waclaw Radziwinowicz
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POLAND-RUSSIA: UNLIKELY ALLIES


Warsaw Voice, Poland
Poland Appeals Human
Rights Ruling on CIA
'Black' Prison, Torture

"The judges said Poland
failed to stop the 'torture
and inhuman or degrading
treatment" to which the
applicants were subjected
by the CIA during their
detention in Poland.'"

— UK Defense Secretary
Michael Fallon

Publico, Portugal
Erdogan's Pandora's
Box: U.S. and Turkey
on 'Collision Course'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Contrary to the view of
Turkish President Erdogan,
Obama refuses to turn the
military campaign against
IS into one to speed the
fall of the Assad regime.
For Erdogan and his prime
minister - Ahmet Davutoglu,
Islamic State is a 'lesser
devil' when compared with
Assad. Analyst Soli Ozel
writes: 'Davutoglu is saying
that IS is the product of
rage - and if the source of
that rage goes, namely the
Syrian regime, then
such groups will also go.'"

— COLUMNIST Jorge
Almeida Fernandes
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DISAGREEING ON THE ENEMY


BBC News, U.K.
Britain and United
States End Afghanistan
'Combat Operations'

"Mistakes were made militarily,
mistakes were made by the
politicians at the time and this
goes back 10, 13 years. ...
Clearly the numbers weren't
there at the beginning, the
equipment wasn't quite good
enough and we've learned an
awful lot from the campaign.
... But don't let's ignore
what has been achieved.'"

— UK Defense Secretary
Michael Fallon

ARE COMBAT OPERATIONS 'OVER'?


ITAR-TASS, Russia
French to Decide on
Mistral Assault Ship Sale
to Russia in November

ITAR-TASS reports that the
French Defense Ministry has
told French Daily Liberation
that it would decide on the
already-delayed deivery of
the first of two Mistral copter
carrier/amphibious assault
ships France sold to Russia in
Novevember. Paris, after
feverish lobbying by the U.S.,
delayed the $1.5 billion sale
in September, but has never
said it would cancel the sale.

— NEWS ITEM, ITAR TASS
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WILL FRENCH SELL TO RUSSIA?


ITAR-TASS: Russia to Sue
France If Mistral Not Delivered

MOSCOW TIMES: Russia
to Build Own Helicopter
Carriers after Mistral Deliveries


Gazeta, Russia
Eight Months of War:
Gains and Losses in
the Ukraine Campaign

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIA

"What has Russia gained? Russia,
apparently, has gained Crimea.
Although formally it will be a
long time before the legitimacy
of the annexation is recognized
by the world, morally at least
- the peninsula is registered as
Russia's. The overall economic
losses from Russia's rejection
of the coup d'etat in Ukraine
are significant. Political victory
is not yet apparent, although,
as we know, in politics, in
contrast with the economy,
one must play 'the long game.'"

— EDITORIAL, Gazeta

RUSSIA IN UKRAINE: NO REGRETS


Daily Mail, U.K.
U.S. Ebola 'SWAT' Teams
to Rush 'Wherever' New
Victims are Identified

"The CDC Ebola Response Teams
will consist of 10-20 people who
can be sent to any hospital with
a new case is lab-confirmed, or
even before, if health officials
believe a person is very likely
to be infected with the virus."

— COLUMNIST
David McCormack
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SWAT TEAMS FOR A VIRUS?


REUTERS: Pentagon Begins to
Train Ebola Rapid-Responders


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Zuckerberg in Beijing,
Impresses Students
with Q&A in Mandarin

"Zuckerberg enjoys immense
popularity in China, despite
the inability of the country's
Web users to access Facebook.
While Zuckerberg’s Mandarin
was far from fluent, during
the 30-minute session he was
at times charmingly idiomatic."

— REPORTERS Alex Her,
Jonathan Kaiman

THE LANGUAGE OF THE REALM


Le Figaro, France
Apple-Facebook-Google:
Egg Freezing Programs
are a Peril to Humanity

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Over and above the intrusion
into the private lives of their
employees, I think we need to
discuss the manipulation of life
itself! Google, for example,
currently invests in extensive
research into defeating death.
Now they want to interfere
with the question of birth. Is
there nothing that can resist
Google? I want to add that the
couple, even life itself, will no
longer be able to resist, either.
We are observing a stupefying
seizure of power by these
companies, which are meddling
with the future of humanity."

— PHILOSOPHER, THEOLOGIAN
Bertrand Vergel
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TECH GIANTS: PLAYING GOD?


News, Switzerland
Apple and Facebook
Frozen Eggs: 'Eugenics'
by Any Other Name

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The rhetoric calls to mind the
debates on 'scientific progress'
in the 1930s. Any woman would
reject state-sponsored eugenics
- God forbid! On the other hand,
eugenics practiced by the private
sector - well that's another story!"

— COLUMNIST Regula Stampfli

EGGS: HITLER WOULD BE ENVIOUS


FAZ, Germany
Employee Eggs and the
'Cold' New World Order

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Have fun, yes, but please -
no reproduction! Because then
female employees wouldn't be
free for a few weeks. That is
why now these generous brave
new world corporations are
offering to pay to freeze the
egg cells of their employees -
so they remain fully-functional
as long as possible and give
birth as late as possible. ...
Even if everyone calls it a fad
- just a friendly invitation from
an employer to please set aside
the desire to have children, it
makes East Germany's Family
Policy seem almost humane."

— COLUMNIST Reinhard Mueller
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EGS TODAY - ORGANS TOMORROW?


Politico, Polskie Radio, ITAQ TASS
FALLOUT: Poland Speaker
says Vladimir Putin Wanted
to Split Ukraine w/Poland

"In 2008, Putin wanted us to become
participants in this partition of Ukraine.
... This was one of the first things that
Putin said to my prime minister, Donald
Tusk, when he visited Moscow."

— POLISH SPEAKER and House
Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski
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RADOSLAW SIKORSKI: POLAND'S JOE BIDEN



Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Ebola Exposing America's
Fear; Obama's Vulnerability

EBOLAMANIA

“The virus is a
metaphor for all
that conservatives
loathe, and sees
the president’s
policies under
renewed attack.”

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

Der Spiegel, Germany
German Intelligence
Claims Pro-Russian
Militia Downed MH17

"The BND chief said Ukrainian
photos were manipulated and
there are details indicating
this. He also told the panel
that Russian claims the missile
had been fired by Ukrainian
soldiers and that a Ukraine
fighter had been flying near
the passenger jet were false."

— NEWS ITEM, Der Spiegel
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PUTIN AND RUSSIA: HANDS CLEAN?


ITAR-TASS: Duma Foreign
Affairs Committee Chief says BND's
MH17 Report Exonerates Russia


Izvestia, Russia
Deputy Chair of Duma
Defense Committee: 'U.S.
Needs War in New Russia'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"NATO needs Novorossiya [New
Russia] as a springboard to reach
Russia's 'soft underbelly. Today
they [the West] have one goal -
to draw Russia into the Ukraine
conflict. This way they could
continue their policies and
we would be injured or dead."

— Deputy Chairman of
Duma Defense Committee
Franz Klintsevich

RUSSIANS PREPARE FOR U.S. ATTACK


La Stampa, Italy
Of Oil and Ethnic
Cleansing: Allow Me
to Explain the Turks

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"The Kurds are a people who
numerically have a stronger
claim on statehood than the
mere 5 million Palestinians,
but unlike the Palestinians,
lack a public voice because
Allah decreed they be born
and live on a sea of oil - a
sea from which flows a river
of dollars to many, but above
all to the Iranians and Iraqis."

— COLUMNIST Mimmo Cαndito
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THE DARK SIDE OF ATATURK


Reuters, U.K.
NSA 'Reviews' Deal
Between Tech Chief
and Keith Alexander

"Under the arrangement,
which was confirmed by
Alexander and current
officials, the NSA's Chief
Technical Officer Patrick
Dowd, is allowed to work
up to 20 hours a week at
IronNet Cybersecurity Inc.,
the private firm led by
Alexander, his former boss."

— REPORTERS Warren
Strobel, Mark Hosenball

TRADING ON U.S. SECRETS?


Trouw, The Netherlands
'Our Allies Were
Our Biggest Problem'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Vice President Joe Biden,
known for his loose tongue,
accidentally spoke the truth
last week. The poor man
had to grovel for his candor,
but he was absolutely right.
... the sheikhs and princes
eagerly use Islam to give
their authority a spiritual
touch - but sooner or later
it turns against them."

— COLUMNIST
Stevo Akkerman
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UTTERING THE TRUTH HURTS


Die Zeit, Germany
NSA Committee of
Inquiry Threatened
w/ Criminal Charges

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Committee members are
prohibited from quoting
secret documents and from
making public specific
events mentioned in them.
But they see it as their duty
to ensure that contoversial
incidents are investigated
and that the public is told
about maladministration."

— NEWS ITEM, Die Zeit

LAWMAKERS SQUELCHED?


Politka, Serbia
Putin Interview: 'West's
Attempt to Blackmail
Russia is Futile'

TRANSLATED FROM SERBIAN

"Seventy years ago, our nations,
for humanity's sake, united to
defeat the criminal ideology of
hatred that threatened the very
existence of our civilization. ...
Today it is important that people
in all our nations and continents
remember the consequences
that can result from the belief
in one’s exceptionality."

— Vladimir Putin,
President of Russia
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PUTIN WARNS ABOUT SANCTIONS


Trouw, The Netherlands
Vietnam Lesson: 'Elephant
Cannot Defeat Mosquitoes'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"The main lesson of the Vietnam
War, even before it ended with
the humiliating withdrawal of the
Americans in 1975, was that the
most powerful country on earth
proved incapable of utilizing its
superior military strength to
impose its will on a faraway nation.
The interventions in Afghanistan
and Iraq confirmed that conclusion.
... The elephants can kill every
mosquito they can trample upon,
but in the marshes, the swarm of
mosquitoes are quickly renewed."

— COLUMNIST Hans Goslinga

HAS AMERICA LEARNED ANYTHING?


Diario Economic, Portugal
The Enduring Significance
of FDR's Four Freedoms

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Nearly 70 years after Roosevelt's
death, his broad idea of freedom
is not only about the autonomy of
the individual, but a condition for
realizing human achievement,
and is as important today as it
was when it was formulated."

— COLUMNIST Vital Moreira
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FREEDOM FROM WANT AND FEAR


Publico, Portugal
Misnomer 'Islamic State'
Highlights Dangerous
Society-Wide Deception

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"This manipulation of names and
concepts is everywhere to be
seen and poisons media discourse,
discredits political discourse
and creates a profound sense of
powerlessness among citizens.
... The question is: if the Mafia
names itself 'Sicilian Cultural
Association' and Goldman Sachs
renames itself 'Congregation
of Barefoot Carmelites of Wall
Street,' should the media use
such designations? Or should it
consider that the message
conveyed by the designation
is at odds with with - shall we
call it the truth of the matter?"

— COLUMNIST
Jose Vitor Malheiros

ISLAMIC STATE: WHAT'S IN A NAME?


World's Apart, Russia Today
VIDEO: Islamic State: Can
the Kurds Be Relied Upon?

Fadi Hakura, manager of the Turkey
Project at Britain's Chatham House,
one of Britian's leading think tanks,
talks to host Oksana Boyco about
whether the Iraqi Kurds will be able
to spearhead a ground offensive
against the Islamic State in Syria and
Iraq - and in the face of Turkey's
opposition and their own desire
for an independent state.

— RT'S World's Apart

ASKING TOO MUCH OF THE KURDS?

Die Zeit, Germany
BND Data Officer Tells
How Work with NSA
Trumps German Law

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"According to the BND's Data
Protection Officer Dr. F., BND
chief Schindler sees satellite
data as existing largely in a
legal vacuum as it is gathered
from space where German
data regulations do not apply."

— REPORTER Lisa Caspari

THE LONG ARM OF THE NSA


The Independent, U.K.
ISIL: U.S. Strategy
is in 'Tatters' as
Militants March On

"American-led air attacks
are failing. A U.S. failure
to save Kobani, if it falls,
will be a political as well
as military disaster. ...
Western Baghdad is now
under serious threat."

— COLUMNIST
Patrick Cockburn
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ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.,
Cuba 'Leads on Ebola'
as the West Frets
Over Border Security

"Big hitters such as China or
Brazil, or former colonial
powers such France and the
U.K., haven't been stepping
up to the plate. Instead, the
single biggest medical force
on the Ebola frontline has
been a small island: Cuba. ...
That a nation of 11 million
people and a GDP of $6,051
per capita, is leading the
effort says much of
the international response."

— CORRESPONDENT
Monica Mark

ALL TALK AND LITTLE ACTION?


GUARDIAN: Ebola - 'Fear Itself' the
Primary Issue for America and Europe

GUARDIAN: JFK Airport First in the
U.S. to Screen Passengers for Ebola

GUARDIAN: Ebola is Frightening; So
are Prejudices Outbreaks Provoke

OBSERVER: Forget Page Views
- Difficult Stories Need to be Told

OBSERVER: For Immediate Help,
Ethics of Research Must Change


de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
Let's Not 'Lose Our
Heads' Over IS Barbarity

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"In the miracle year of 1989, the
Berlin Wall fell and common sense
had prevailed. A quarter century
later, we need to take care not to
lose our heads. The world seems
more and more like an open air
prison. Progress now consist of
turning it into a closed one."

— HISTORIAN Dirk-Jan van Baar
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A FEW WORDS ABOUT BARBARITY


Guardian, Intercept, RT, U.K., Russia, U.S.
Snowden: His Girl,
His Movie Opening,
Greenwald at TED

With Edward Snowden's
girlfriend 'coming out'
and showing herself by
his side in the new film
about his life, Glenn
Greenwald making an
appearance at TED, and
a number of other major
surveillance-tied items
breaking in the last 24
hours, we've put it all
together for you here.

— SURVEILLANCE BUNDLE

A SNOWDEN WEEKEND


Die Presse, Austria
Use of Terrorists as
Foreign Policy Tool
Ensnares the Turks

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"If President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan had entered into
some blind arrangement
with the Islamists, it was
an unparalleled mistake.
Proving once again what
happens when one tries to
do business with a madman
like Baghdadi, he recently
threatened to kill Erdogan."

— COLUMNIST Duygu Oezkan
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BITTEN BY TERRORISM BUG


Die Welt, Germany
IS: America Finds
Itself in Israeli Shoes

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"It's almost as if there were
a standard that the West
applies only to Israel - and
then quickly forgets when
their own country is in a
fight with terrorists. This
could be called hypocrisy."

— COLUMNIST Clemens Wergin

THE KILLING OF 'HUMAN SHIELDS'


Diario Economico Portugal
Ebola's Threat to the
Economy and Society

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"In a disaster scenario, Ebola
can cause millions of deaths,
but, before that happens, it
would cause such a panic
that it would devastate the
minimal trust which forms
the foundation on which the
economy and society run.
... When we observe a
performance like that of the
Spanish authorities, we learn
that at the level of political
and health incompetence,
anything is possible."

— COLUMNIST
Joao Cardoso Rosas
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THE DANGER OF PUBLIC PANIC


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
A Nobel Peace Prize
Favorite, Snowden to
'Appear' at Britian's
Observer Ideas Event

"We need to figure out how
(and whether) societies can
restore effective democratic
control over our security
agencies and whether the
technology that has enabled
comprehensive surveillance
can serve to protect privacy."

— OPEN UNIVERSITY
Professor John Naughton

HEADY TIMES FOR SNOWDEN


Die Welt, Germany
The New York Times'
'Strange Take' on Israel

"Public Editor Margaret Sullivan
lays out why she thinks columnist
David Brooks should have revealed
that his son is in the Israeli army.
What her argument boils down to
is that any connection to Israel
taints a columnist morally, because
she evidently believes that Israel
itself is a morally stained country.
With a little bit of imagination
and research, she might have
discovered that this is exactly how
many anti-American Europeans
and others view the United States."

— COLUMNIST Clemens Wergin

Russia Today, Russia
'Putin the Peacemaker'
T-Shirts Go on Sale in
NYC Designer Shop

"The Peacemaker collection,
designer Julius Kasinskis says,
is set to show a different,
non-mainstream attitude in
regard to Russia's president."

— AUTHOR Nicholas Carr

ONLY IN NEW YORK?


Le Figaro, France
Stopping Putin and IS:
Neither a Cold War,
Nor a War on Terror

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Those familiar with recent
history know that the world
has changed dramatically
and are wary of deceptive
parallels. Be that as it may,
the temptation remains to
cling to experiences already
lived through. ... Obama
pretends that he doesn't
want to reprise Iraq or
Afghanistan, yet he repeats
many of Bush's failings."

— COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin
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REFIGHTING THE LAST WAR


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Robots Really are Coming
for your Job, and You
Can Do Nothing About It

"The U.S. supreme court ruled that
corporations are people. And now
the corporations want to replace
people with bots. Guess who wins?"

— AUTHOR Nicholas Carr

FIRMS ARE 'PEOPLE,' BUT PREFER ROBOTS


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
National Crime Agency
Would Restore Us to
Soviet-Style Surveillance

SPY-CRAZY

“There is no threat
to national security
that justifies the
kind of erosion of
civil liberties NCA
Chief Bristow seeks.”

— COLUMNIST
Simon Jenkins

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Chief of 'Britain's FBI'
says Public Must Give
Up Freedoms for Safety

"It is necessary to win 'the public
consent to losing some freedoms
in return for greater safety and
security . Snowden's revelations
have damaged public confidence
in our ability to access and use
data in an appropriate way."

— National Crime Agency
Director Keith Bristow
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NOT ENOUGH MASS SURVEILLANCE?


The Observer, U.K.
'In 1976 I Discovered
Ebola, Now I Fear an
Unimaginable Tragedy'

"This isn't just an epidemic any
more. This is a humanitarian
catastrophe. We don't just need
care personnel, but experts in
logistics, trucks, jeeps and
foodstuffs. Such an epidemic
can destabilize entire regions."

— Dr. Peter Piot

EBOLA: THE THREAT TO INDIA


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Obama's ' Experiment'
Proves Only America
Can Maintain Order

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Obama clearly recognizes
now that the United States
is indispensable as guardian
of a basic level of global
order, but doesn't want to
assume all the responsibility -
not to mention costs alone."

— COLUMNIST Nicolas Richter
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OBAMA: LEARNED HIS LESSON?


CrossTalk, Russia Today
VIDEO: Making Sense of
'Washington's Mischief'

OCT. 3, 00:24:12

In this edition of Peter Levelle's
CrossTalk, the panel attempts to
make sense of American foreign
policy and lack of debate over
the latest war within the United
States. Guests include Prfessor of
History at King's College Joseph
Loconte, CounterPunch columnist
Jason Hirthler, and author and
radio host David Swanson - an all-
American panel by the way. Note
is taken of the fact that ISIL is a
'product' of American foreign
policy - a statement of fact that
one will never encounter in the
coopted U.S. mainstream media.

— CROSSTALKING
U.S. Foreign Policy

WHERE'S THE DABATE ON WAR?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Reroutes Flights
to Prevent Catastrophic
Stampede of Walruses

"The Federal Aviation Authority
has re-routed flights, and local
communities have called on bush
pilots to keep their distance in
an effort to avoid setting off a
panic that could see scores of
walruses trampled to death."

— SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Suzanne Goldenberg
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FAA IN WALRUS PROTECTION ROLE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Argentina President Blames
a 'U.S. Plot' for Debt Woes

"I'm not naive, this is not an isolated
move by a senile judge in New York,'
said Fernαndez. 'Because vultures
look a lot like the eagles of empires,'
referring to the bald eagle, the
national symbol of the United States."

— CORRESPONDENT Uki Goni

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO BLAME?


Der Spiegel, Germany
Germany's Ramshackle
Military at Odds with
its Global Aspirations

"Recent reports suggest the
country's weapons systems
are in such disrepair that
Berlin actually has very
little to offer its partners."

— NEWS ITEM, Der Spiegel
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SO MUCH FOR GERMAN 'POWER'


Le Figaro, France
Outcome of Anti-ISIL
War Depends on New
Shiite-Sunni Dynamic

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The rallying of four Arab states,
which have joined the American
Air Force, thereby legitimizing
the bombing campaign on Syrian
territory, is above all symbolic. ...
The important thing is that the
five are Sunni and seem finally
to have realized that they have
given birth to a monster to wage
a war against the Shiite axis
directed by Tehran. The extreme
complexity of the overlapping
conflicts in the region makes any
outcome uncertain. One must
hope that the barbarity of ISIL
brings a profound enough
response to trigger a new dynamic."

— COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

WILL MUSLIMS COME TO THEIR SENSES?


Ouest, France
Globalization Makes
it Easier to Address
Climate Difficulties

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The formula remains far
from resolved. Yet at the
dawn of this new century,
it seems the globalization
of trade and information
will inevitably lead to the
finding of shared solutions.
Common sense says that
both should be focused on
reducing inequality and
repairing our ecosystems."

— EDITORIAL, Ouest
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A GLOBALIZED SOLUTION?


The Telegraph, U.K.
A New U.S. threat to
British, European, and
American Data Privacy

As if they haven't damaged the
market positions of American
tech firms enough, data-sucking
U.S. authorities are at it again,
this time by suborning the likes
of Microsoft, Apple and Google
to allow U.S. authorites access
to e-mails and other data held
in what is know as the 'Cloud'.

— NEWS ITEM, Telegraph

AMERICA: LAND OF MASS SPYING

Die Tageszeitung, Germany
Climate Summit &
Merkel's 'Cerebral
Circuitry Overload'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The lament over Merkel's
absence ignores the fact
that her absenteeism is an
expression of chronic
climate policy fatigue. ...
The complexity of the
issue seems to overwhelm
our cerebral circuitry."

— COLUMNIST
Manfred Kriener
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TOO MUCH INFORMATION?


Le Figaro, France
The Workings of the
Islamic State Laid Bare

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"prisoners have told of having
been sodomized shortly after
their arrival. With humiliations
like these, IS seeks to regress
these fighters to the condition
of animals to prepare them for
committing the worst atrocities.
And as these sessions have been
filmed, the man thus abused
will be disowned by his family,
if ever he leaves the ranks of IS."

— COLUMNIST Georges Malbrunot

IS: HOW TO GENERATE BARBARITY


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
British Lawmakers Vote
to Approve Air Strike
Against Iraq 524 to 43

Government wins vote by to 542
to 43 – Cameron: ISIS needs to be
destroyed in Syria as well as Iraq
-- Miliband: 2003 war means U.K.
has responsibility to act now --
Read full motion on which MPs
voted -- Cameron and Miliband's
speeches and summary of events.

— REPORTERS Andrew
Sparrow, Claire Phipps

BRITS TO RETURN TO BOMB IRAQ

De Morgen, Belgium
The War on Terror
'Delusion' Lives On

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"May the question be asked
whether the intention to
eliminate the leaders of IS
or 'chop off the head of the
dragon' is a good strategy?
One cannot escape that the
successful attack on Osama
bin Laden failed to halt the
fundamentalist terrorism
he wrought. Under the
contrary - the idea that you
can stop to this barbarism
with even more repression,
more weapons and more
bombing may prove to be
a very expensive delusion."

— COLUMNIST Yves Desmet

MORE WAR: WILL IT WORK?


Le Monde Diplomatique, France
The 'New Cold War'

"Moscow will not allow
Ukraine to become a
rear base for its enemies.
Russia's people, inflamed
by nationalist propaganda
that is more extreme than
Western brainwashing (and
that's saying something),
won’t have it."

— COLUMNIST Serge Halimi

CAN ANYTHING BREAK THE ICE?

Breaking the Set, Russia Today
VIDEO: Chris Hedges on
Climate Corporatism and
the Need for Civil Revolt

SEPT. 24, 00:09:14

"We have undergone a corprate
coup d'etat in slow motion. Our
political system is now a form of
legalized bribery. ... If you defy
corprate interests, these very
powerful forces step in ... and
when they do they destroy you."

— JOURNALIST Chris Hedges

HEDGES: CALL FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

The Independent, U.K.
Chelsea Manning: 'Make
ISIL Fall on Own Sword'

BOMBOOZLED

“Degrade and destroy?
The West should try to
disrupt the canny ISIL
militants into self-
destruction, because
bombs will backfire.”

— WHISLEBLOWER
Chelsea Manning

The Independent, U.K.
America's Attacks on ISIL a
Likely Boon to Bashar al-Assad

ASSAD'S BOON

“In his Damascus home,
the Syrian leader can
reflect that the most
powerful country -
which only last year
wished to bomb him into
oblivion – now seeks to
bomb his enemies into
into the same oblivion.”

— COLUMNIST Robert Fisk

TELEGRAPH: Syria Strikes:
Obama Undergoes
'Damascene Conversion'

SPECTATOR: Michael Fallon
says U.K. Should Reconsider
Military Action in Syria


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live Blog: U.S. Air Strikes
Begin Against ISIL in Syria

"This is the Guardian's always good
-place-to-start Live Blog of the
initiation of U.S. and allied attacks
on Islamic State targets inside Syria.
It includes text, video and tweets
from around the Internet."

— REPORTER Matthew Weaver


THE BOMBING OF SYRIA BEGINS


Multiple Sources, Europe, Asia, Latin America
LIVE BLOG: U.N. Climate
Summit Opens in New York

This is the Guardian's live coverage
of all the action and climate-heating
gases being generated at the U.N.
in New York, as the world's leaders
gather to tell us what they intend
to do about climate change. Quoting
U.N. 'Messenger of Peace' Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio in his message to
world leaders: 'You can make
history, or you can be vilified by it.'

— GUARDIAN LIVE BLOG

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MARCH

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live Blog: U.S. Air Strikes
Begin Against ISIL in Syria

"This is the Guardian's always good
-place-to-start Live Blog of the
initiation of U.S. and allied attacks
on Islamic State targets inside Syria.
It includes text, video and tweets
from around the Internet."

— REPORTER Matthew Weaver


THE BOMBING OF SYRIA BEGINS


BBC NEWS: LIVE BLOG:
U.S. Begins Air Strikes on
Islamic State Targets in Syria


Multiple Sources, Europe, Asia, Latin America
VIDEOS: Coverage of
People's Climate March

ELEVEN VIDEOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

This is coverage of People's
Climate Marches in New York
and other cities from Britain's
Telegraph, Russia Today, CCTV
China, Reuters, Free Speech
TV, TeleSurof Venezuela, the
U.N., Euronews of France).

— 11 NEWS SEGMENTS

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MARCH

News, Switzerland
Islamic State: Preventing
the 'Conquest of Rome'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The well-known megalomaniacal
fantasies of IS jihadists, allegedly
supported by former generals of
Saddam, suggest this: The wet
dream of some of the murderers
seems to be the conquest of Rome
by the Caliphate. ... The calculus
is apparently to provoke an armed
escalation and ultimately, an end
-of-the-world style holy war."

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

PLANNING THE REEDUCATION OF IRAQ


Le Soir, Belgium
Beheadings: The
Devious ISIL Trap

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

" The greater and more brutal
the West's response, the more
these jihadis from Hell hope to
fuel a potent feeling of 'double
standards' across Sunni-Muslim
lands based on the fact that for
three years, the international
community has passively stood
by the martyrdom of a nation
- the Sunni majority in Syria."

— COLUMNIST Baudouin Loos
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IS: GETTING THE WEST'S GOAT?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Won't Commit to
Climate Change Aid for
Poor States at Summit

"'We're putting a lot of pressure
for them [wealthier countries]
at the summit on the 23rd,' U.N.
envoy and former Irish president
Mary Robinson told the Guardian
on the sidelines of a meeting of
the U.S. Agency for International
Development. But she added: 'I
know the U.S. is not going to
commit because I have asked.'"

— Special U.N. Envoy on Climate
Change Mary Robinson

U.N. ENVOY CALLS OUT WHITE HOUSE


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Assange on Secret Talk
with Google CEO Eric Schmidt

SEPT. 21, 00:24:15

Wikileaks Assange talks about a meeting
with Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others,
how Google uses its search engine and
gears its business to actively support U.S.
'imperialist' policies, calls Google Glass
the realization of an Orwellian horror
because it places Google between your
eyes and the world, and describes
the impact Google has had on WikiLeaks.

— NEWS SEGMENTS, Russia Today

GOOGLE: AN ARM OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Climate March
- People Around the World
March to Demand Action

"Tens of thousands of people across
150 countries take to the streets to
march for action on climate change.
Dubbed the People’s Climate March,
it has been flagged as the biggest
global call-to-action on climate
change in history, they demand thet
world leaders take action on climate
change as they prepare for a U.N.
summit in New York on Monday."

— REPORTERS Melissa Davey,
Adam Vaughan and Amanda
Holpuch

CLIMATE: TO ACT OR NOT TO ACT?


Izvestia, Russia
Russians Must Prepare for
Lengthy Stand-Off with U.S.

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"If Russia endures, in five to ten
years, the critical foundations of
U.S. influence will wane. A new
system of payments and a reserve
banking system, international banks,
reserve currencies and financial
centers will emerge, thereby
accelerating flight from the dollar."

— REPORTER
Arnaud Focraud
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HUNKERING DOWN, COME WHAT MAY


News, Switzerland
Hedge Funds and Mega-
Drought: When Private &
Public Spheres Collide

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Suppose a mere ten-year drought
was to begin in Los Angeles, also
impacting the Central Valley and
Sacramento. It would soon spread
through Las Vegas and Phoenix, all
the way to West Texas. A horror
scenario? Yes - unless you happen
to be owner of the water rights."

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

WHO SHOULD HAVE THE WATER?


leJDD, France
The Islamic State:
What Paris Summit
Failed to Resolve

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"If all the world agrees
that the eradication of
ISIL also involves Syria,
the question remains no
less thorny, because an
intervention in that
country, unlike in Iraq,
happens to require the
agreement of its regime."

— REPORTER
Arnaud Focraud
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WHAT WAS RESOLVED?


Publico, Portugal
Caution: Captain America's
Weapons-Based 'Recovery'
May Be Hazardous to You

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Fifty years after decolonization, the
elites that rule the roost in the West
have learned nothing from history,
and continue to look at the world
through neo-colonial glasses as thick
as the bottoms of coke bottles!

— COLUMNIST Manuel Loff

IS WAR OUR ONLY FORM OF 'GROWTH'?


Der Spiegel, Germany
NSA 'Mapping Entire Internet'
and 'All Devices Connected to
It'; Spies on German Telekom

"Treasure Map is the mandate for a mass
raid on the digital world. It aims to map
the Web, and not just the large traffic
channels likes telecommunications cables.
It also seeks to identify all devices across
which our data flows, so-called routers.
... Furthermore, every single end device
connected to the Internet somewhere in
the world - every smart phone, every
tablet and computer - is to be made visible."

— Reporters Andy Muller-Maguhn,
Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach,
Mike Sontheimer, Christian Grothoff

NO PRIVACY FOR ANYONE, ANYTIME

Het Parool, The Natherlands
'Zionists Planned ISIS':
Justice Official's Tweet
Reflects Wider Problem

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Apparently, there are things that
aren't allowed to be said in this
regard,' suspended Justice official
Yasmina Haifi tells NPO Radio 1. She
was in the news due to her tweet:
'ISIS has nothing to do with Islam.
It's part of a plan by Zionists who are
deliberately trying to blacken Islam's
name.' The New Dutch Islamic Party
goes the extra mile in a tweet that
equates Zionism with the IS, and is
defended under free speech rights.”

—Ibrahim Wijbenga of the
Christian Democratic Party

MAKING POLITICAL INROADS IN EUROPE


Quadriga - DW, Germany
VIDEO: 'Incompetent Europe'
Needs the U.S. 'World Police'

SEPT. 11, 00:12:39

This clip from Deutsche Welle's Quadriga
program reflects the chaotic nature of
this moment in history. Former Financial
Times and International Herald Tribune
columnist Judy Dempsey & German public
radio reporter Burkhard Birke speak on
whether the world still needs the U.S.
'world police.' Both believe that is does.

— NEWS SEGMENTS, Russia Today

AMBIVALENT BUT WITHERING CRITICISM

BBC News, U.K.
Islamic State Crisis:
World Leader Pledge
to Support the Iraqis

"Iran, Saudi Arabia, regional
superpowers, back opposing
sides in Syria. They will look
closely to see if U.S. actions
indirectly help their rival. ...
Many argue that the British
and Americans tore open
sectarian scars when they
invaded Iraq, and now risk
making matters even worse."

— CORRESPONDENT
Jeremy Bowen

IS: THE CONFLICTED ALLIANCE

BBC NEWS, U.K.
VIDEO: David Cameron's
Entire Response to Death
of Aid Worker David Hains

SEPT. 14, 00:06:09

"We will do all within our power
to hunt down these murderers and
ensure they face justice, however
long it takes. ... they have planned
and continue to plan, attacks across
Europe and in our country."

— PRIME MINISTER David Cameron

DAVID CAMERON: 'DRAIN THIS POISON'

Hertener Allgemeine, Germany
'Generation 9-11': The
End of Innocence for
Americans and Us All

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"In terms of the consequences
of September 11th, there is
much in common between the
30 to 40 years olds in both the
U.S. and Germany. The 9-11
generation, which ranges in
age from the early thirties to
early forties, is now marked
by personal fears. There are
massive feelings of insecurity
due to collective experience
of violence on September 11."

— Sociologist and researcher
Dr. Daniela Schiek
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9-11: DISTURBING A GENERATION


Irish Times, Ireland
'War is Madness' Pope
Says; 'WWIII has Begun'

"In our world, behind the
scenes, there are interests,
geopolitical strategies, lust
for money and power, and
there is the manufacture
and sale of arms, which
seem to be so important."

— POPE Francis

IS THE END REALLY 'NIGH'?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Two American Senators
Live on Remote Island
for Reality TV Program

"The two say they approached
the network about creating the
series, Rival Survival, in part
because of their frustrations
with American partisan politics."

— CORRESPONDENT
Amanda Holpuch

REALITY TV MEETS U.S. SENATE

Le Figaro, France
As Shown Again in Iraq,
the French Must Reject
'Subjection' to America

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"This beneficial and necessary
alliance should not be turned
into subjection to America -
in a systematic alignment of
our diplomacy with hers. ...
This spirit of independence
was found again in the brave
2003 speech by Dominique
de Villepin at the U.N.,
imploring the United States
not to invade Iraq - and again,
history proved him [and France]
a hundred times correct."

— COLUMNIST Renaud Girard
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A CALL FOR FRENCH INDEPENDENCE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Using Terorrism
as a Tool Means
More Terrorists

"Governments sought
use of extremist groups
as proxies in battles for
regional hegemony, or
as a sectarian tool pitting
Shiite against Sunni and
Sunni against Shiite."

— FORMER FBI Special
Agent Ali Soufan

THE TRUTH DRIBBLES OUT

Financial Times, U.K.
VIDEO: At Saudi Meet,
U.S. and Arab leaders
Discuss the ISIL Threat

SEPT. 12, 00:03:37

FT reports that Sunni Arabs
find it 'hypocritical' Obama
wants their help after he
failed to act against Syria last
year, but that they realize
they 'have to play along to a
certain extent'. The report
also says that NATO-member
Turkey has already said it will
not take part in military
action against Islamic State.

— CORRRESPONDENT Simeon Kerr

LIMP RESPONSE FROM SUNNIS

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Russian Coverage:
President Obama's Speech
on Use of Force Against ISIL

FIVE VIDEO SEGMENTS

Five news segments from RT
dealing with President Obama's
speech on the use of military
force against the Islamic State
and on the territory of Syria.

— NEWS SEGMENTS, Russia Today

OBAMA SPEECH: WITHERING CRITICISM

Der Standard Austria
ECB Move Tempts Collapse
of Global 'House of Cards'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Central banks have turned the
global economy into an enormous
house of cards that will sooner or
later come crashing down. Rather
than slamming on the brakes, they
are carelessly upping the ante.”

—FINANCIAL COLUMNIST
Andreas Schnauder

ECB CHIEF DRAGHI ROLLS THE DICE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama's Dilemma: U.S.
Appetite for Power and
Aversion to Political Risk

ITS LOSE-LOSE

“Americans want
him Mr. Obama 'do
something' about
catastrophes abroad
while withdrawing
from the role of
world policeman.
... It is running low
on carrots, and it
has broken its stick.”

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

Daily Mail, U.K.
White House Denies Sotloff
Claims 'Moderate' Syrians
Sold Son to Islamic State

"These so-called moderate rebels
that people want us to support,
one of them sold him probably for
between $25,000 and $50,000."

—Sotloff Family Spokesman Barak Barfi

Le Figaro, France
Beware Perpetuation
of NATO Through Fanning
Flames Against Russia

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Whatever responsibility the Syrian
regime bears for the emergence of
the Islamic State, the priority is no
longer ousting a bloody dictator, but
preventing the creation of a jihadist
state at the heart of the Arab world
with networks leading straight into
European suburbs. ... The absence
of a strategy, however, mustn't lead
NATO to exacerbating a conflict with
Russia simply to perpetuate itself.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

DOTH NATO PROTEST TOO MUCH?


BBC HARDtalk, U.K.
VIDEOS: Presidents of
Ukraine and Georgia

TWO HARDTALK VIDEOS

What does the president of
Georgia, which was invaded
and lost territory to Russia
in 2008, think NATO and
Ukraine should do, give the
current tensions in Ukraine?
What does Ukraine's president
think of the NATO Summit?
Hardtalk speaks to both men.

— BBC HARDtalk

LEADERS AGGRIEVED BY INVASION

Stop TTIP, Germany
VIDEO: Citizens Initiative to
STOP Trans-Atlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership

01:09:49

What's wrong with the largest 'free
for multinationals' trade agreement
in history now being negotiated in
secret by governments owned and
operated by companies that stand to
benefit most from the treaty? This
video from the European Citizens'
Initiative against TTIP explains why
the treaty is rotten for the public
and agencies meant to protect them.

— When Free Trade isn't Free

SHINING A LIGHT ON TTIP TALKS

Die Zeit, Germany
Islamic State Barbarism
has Ignites Long-Absent
Muslim Soul-Searching

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The triumphant march of ISIL
has shocked the Middle East.
Barbarians rage in the heart of
the Fertile Crescent. Here the
alphabet was invented, the
first poems written, here lie
the oldest cultural and political
roots of humanity. This archaic
barbarism that may irreparably
destroy the ancient polyglot
texture of the Middle East, has
sparked a broad and self-critical
debate among commentators,
scholars, politicians, and citizens."

— COLUMNIST Martin Gehlen
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CAN THINGS CHANGE IN ISLAM?


Ukraine Orthodox Church, Ukraine
Ukraine Orthodox Church
Patriarch: Putin 'New Cain';
'Under influence of Satan'

"For all the blood that was shed at
your will, and the evil done by your
your order, your punishment will
be the same as the punishment
of the liar and fratricide Cain
- the curse and eternal damnation."

— Patriarch Filaret of
Ukrainian Orthodox Church

CHURCH CHIEF: PUTIN GOING TO HELL

Le Figaro, France
The 'Caliphate Effect': New
Horizons for Global Jihad

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"If ISIL doesn't always win people over,
it inspires - everywhere. The largest
Muslim country in the world, Indonesia,
has become alarmed by the growing
popularity of IS in certain segments of
the population. And here, in Europe,
an unprecedented wave of global
jihadists is rising up. Their return
from the front promises to be painful."

— COLUMNIST Arnaud de La Grange
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ISLAMIC STATE POPULARITY IS GROWING


BBC, VAZ, U.K. and Italy
VIDEOS: NATO Summiteers
Eat, Drink, Talk, Shop for
Arms, Watch RAF Aircraft

EIGHT VIDEO SEGMENTS

Precious little of significance ever
happens at these events, except
people get to know one another,
which is important on some level.
Although invariably, an ungodly
amount of money is spent on food,
security, enabling the delegates
to ignore protesters, and here,
the crass opportunism of the
weapons industry pandering to
NATO leaders on the cusp of a
two wars is truly embarrassing.

— Behind Scenes at NATO Summit

NATO SUMMITEERS HOBNOBBING

Russia Today, Russia
Russian Media on NATO
Summit, Ukriane Crisis

NINE VIDEO SEGMENTS

This is another of our regular
media narrative comparisons
on the Ukraine crisis. With the
NATO Summit now going on
in Wales, take a dip into the
storyline being offered the
public by Russia's English-
language broadcaster, RT.

— CROSS TALK DEBATE

TRUSTING WESTERN INTELLIGENCE

BBC, France24, DW, Euronews
European Media on NATO
Summit and Ukriane Crisis

TWENTY VIDEO SEGMENTS

This is the latest Worldmeets.US
media narrative comparisons on
the Ukraine crisis. This post shows
the narrative of Europe from the
BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle
and Paris-based Euronews.

— PRESSURE ON HIGH IN WALES

RUSSIA SANCTIONS OVER UKRAINE

BBC, Guardian, U.K.
LIVE BLOGS: NATO Summit
in Wales - E.U. to Announce
New Sanctions on Russia

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NATO Summit: Where
Tanks and Fighter Jets
are 'Par for the Course'

"One of the more incongruous
sights at the NATO summit is of
military hardware strewn on
the greens and bunkers of the
Celtic Manor golf resort. ...
Parked near one of the holes,
close to a sign warning: 'Danger:
Golf In Progress from Right', are
an armored personnel carrier,
a tank and a fighter aircraft."

—CORRESPONDENT
Ewen MacAskill

CRASS WEAPONS COMMERCIALISM

Die Welt, Germany
West Must Not Allow Kiev
to 'Internationalize War'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Shall we die for Ukraine? ... That
Ukrainian president Poroshenko
and his officials are now talking of
an invasion does, of course, have
a political backdrop: He wants to
involve the West in the conflict. ...
The United States and European
Union should not give him his wish."

— COLUMNIST Ludwig Greven
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HOW FAR TO GO TO DEFEND UKRAINE?


Novosti, Russia
France Puts Off Delivery
of First Mistral-Class
Copter Carrier to Russia

"Russia's recent actions in east
Ukraine violate the principles
of European security. The
president of the republic stated
that despite prospects for cease-
fire, which is yet to be achieved
and put into practice, present
circumstances do not allow the
delivery of the first helicopter
carrier by the French republic."

— National Security Council of France

NOVOSTI: Industry and Trade
Minister: Russia Believes Mistral
Delivery Contract to Be Fulfilled

GUARDIAN: France Halts Delivery
of Warship in Protest Over Russia
Role in Ukraine


Gazeta, Russia
FLASHBACK: Only with
U.S. Help Can 'Northern
Civilization' Be Saved

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"We must permit our minds to
let go of memories, tormented
as we are by past grievances,
and understand that only with
the United States can the E.U. &
Russia save northern civilization."

— AMBASSDOR
to NATO Dmitriy Rogozin
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THE CHANGING WINDS OF POLITICS


Cross Talk, Russia Today
Ukraine in Retreat: Western
Narrative Threatens Peace

SEPTEMBER. 3, 00:24:41

The panel discusses the diametrically-
opposed narratives over Ukraine, and
the 'fact deprived' way Western media
depicts unfolding events in the region.

— CROSS TALK DEBATE

MORE FULL OF CRAP?: RUSSIA OR WEST?

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
Despite Horror of Beheading,
'Glorifying Terrorism' Should
Not Be Made Criminal Offense

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"CDA Party leader Buma has asked that the
glorification of terrorism be criminalized.
The occasion was publication of disgusting
photos of the beheading of James Foley,
and parodies depicting other 'victims.' ...
Would such a criminalization be legally
possible - and would it improve matters?
... Many potential suspects would simply
'enjoy' being convicted. So much free
publicity (and if convicted - martyrdom)."

— ATTORNEY Feer Verkade
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TIME FOR LAWS AGAINST FREE SPEECH?


Cross Talk, Russia Today
VIDEO: How Much of a
Threat is Islamic State?

SEPTEMBER. 1, 00:26:59

Is the Islamic State being built
into a monolithic enemy for
the purpose of preparing the
American people for another
war/military intervention? Or
is this media demonization
just a way for policy makers
to cover their butts - just in
case something does happen?

— CROSS TALK DEBATE

IS: A TRUMPED-UP THREAT?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: The Murder of
Journalist Steven Sotloff

Video purports to show beheading
of second U.S. journalist -- Release
falls two weeks after killing of U.S.
journalist James Foley -- 'A few'
Americans still held by group -- U.S.
State department: 'We are sickened'.

— REPORTER Tom McCarthy
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ANOTHER TERRORIST MANIPULATION


British Media, U.K.
A-List Hacker 'On the
Run'; 'Paid in Bitcoin'

The Daily Mail reports that
the culprit, who said he
leads a band of hackers, is
on the run, and accoridng
to the Mirror, he was paid
in Bitcoin for some of the
nude photos of celebrities
he stole from the iCloud.

—MULTIPLE SOURCES

2014 HACKED iCLOuD CAPER


La Stampa, Italy
Caliphate and Kobe Bryant:
Between Mafia and Sharia

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"More than a Caliph, Al Baghdadi has
the personality of the Godfather. ...
As he fights, rebuilds homes, profits
from crime and recruits terrorists,
Baghdadi would be laughing at the
'jayvee team putting on Kobe Bryant
jerseys' - if anyone took the time to
translate the naive text of the
very cultured New Yorker magazine."

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta
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BAGHDADI: MAD BUT NO AMATEUR


Cross Talk, Russia Today
VIDEO: How Much of a
Threat is Islamic State?

SEPTEMBER. 1, 00:26:59

Is the Islamic State being built
into a monolithic enemy for
the purpose of preparing the
American people for another
war/military intervention? Or
is this media demonization
just a way for policy makers
to cover their butts - just in
case something does happen?

— CROSS TALK DEBATE

IS: A TRUMPED-UP THREAT?

Der Spiegel, Germany
'Two-Faced': Turkey is
NSA 'Partner and Target'

"Turkey is itself the target of
intense surveillance even as it
works closely with the U.S.
One NSA document describes
the country bluntly as both
a 'partner and target.'"

— REPORTERS Laura Poitras,
Marcel Rosenbach, Michael
Sontheimer, Holger Stark

BOTH ARE SPYING ON TURKEY

British Media, U.K.
Nude Photos and Data
on 100 A-Listers Leaked
by iCloud Hacker '4chan'

“An anonymous hacker gained
access to private photos on the
Hunger Games actress’s mobile
phone, and those of 100 others,
via Apple storage system iCloud.”

—MULTIPLE SOURCES

A-LISTER NUDES APPLE I-HACKED


BBC NEWS: 'Cloud' Concerns
After Celebrity Picture Leaks


Financial Times, U.K.
Republicans Must Regain
Foreign Policy 'Realism'

QUICK TO SHOOT

“Instinctive militarism
is now the Republican
way; force is answer
to every question.”

— COLUMNIST
Edward Luce

La Stampa, Italy
Reagan Sets 'Acid Test'
for Crisis-Beset Obama

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Above all, he lacks the talent
which Gorbachev maintained
was most important in a U.S.
president: Barack Obama does
not enjoy, deep down, the
trust of the American people.
That is why all the players in
the Mideast - allied, neutral,
and deadly adversaries, feel
free to act against the U.S."

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta
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OUTMATCHED BY THE GIPPER?


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Ukraine War: A 'Hopeless
Struggle' for the Lost East

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“As long as the Kremlin denies it
runs the show in eastern Ukraine,
honest talks cannot be conducted.
... So what's left for President
Poroshenko and Kiev officials to
do? They must prepare the people,
for better or worse, for the fact
that part of the Donbas region,
which is still in the hands of pro-
Russian militia forces, is lost.”

—COLUMNIST Cathrin Kahlweit

PUTIN GIVES NO GROUND IN MINSK


The Independent, U.K.
Barack Obama Refuses
to Decide: Fails to Act

NO BITE OBAMA

“Instead of a strategy
to deal with ISIL and
Russia, the presidency
offers veiled threats.”

— COLUMNIST
Janet Daley

OBSERVER: Britain's Best
Defense to the Terror
Threat is Global Action

GUARDIAN: Critics Hit
Out at Ashdown's Criticism
of 'Kneejerk' Response


Economist, U.K.
NATO Summit is Mr.
Putin's Wake-Up Call

"The meeting on September
4th will not have to spend
time agonising over what the
65-year-old alliance is for."

— ECONOMIST Analysis

TURNING POINT ON UKRAINE?

GUARDIAN: E.U. Leaders
Deliver Sanctions Ultimatum
to Russia Over Ukraine


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Economic Warfare:
RIP the Free Market
New World Order

IRON CURTIAN II?

“Russia is facing
damaging economic
sanctions, but this
also brings down
the final curtain on
capitalism's apparent
victory in 1989.”

— COLUMNIST
Larry Elliott

The Independent, U.K.
Meet the Frankenstein of
Saudi Arabia and Qatar,
or as We Know Them, ISIL

ISIL SLIPS LEASH

“After spending
billions, Saudi and
Qatari Wahhabists
are finding that
money cannot
and has not,
purchased loyalty.”

— COLUMNIST
Paul Vallely

Liberation, France
France has its Own
'Ferguson' Problem

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Commentators have urged
the American authorities to
fight discrimination more
vigorously. How about the
French authorities? There
may not be enough Black
members of the American
police, but does France
have enough Muslims in the
French police? ... Ferguson
is in fact not that exotic.”

—COLUMNIST Laurent Joffrin

NO BETTER THAN FERGUSON?


Keiser Report - RT, Russia
VIDEO: 'Les Miserables' ...
Ferguson and Bank Fraud

RealVideoAUGUST 26, 00:25:46

In this episode, Max Keiser &
Stacey Herbert highight the
connection between the crisis
in Ferguson and the massive
political and bank fraud that
continues with impunity in the
United States and beyond. An
excellent episode of pathos
and righteous indignation.

— THE KEISER REPORT

FERGUSON MAY SIGNAL A TREND

Der Spiegel, Germany
Violence in Ferguson:
Some Worry 'Things
Will Never Change'

“We're like animals to them,
ones they can shoot down
like deer. The police know
that most of us can't even
afford a lawyer. ... People
are completely powerless.”

— BLACK RESIDENT
of Ferguson Missouri

LOST HOPE OR NEW TRACTION?


BBC News, U.K.
NSA and GCHQ
'Leak Tor Bugs',
Developer Says

"British and American
intelligence agents
attempting to hack
the 'dark Web' are
being deliberately
undermined by
colleagues, it has
been alleged by Tor."

— TOR OFFICER
Andrew Lewman

TOR: IT'S SPY VS. SPY

THE INTERCEPT: Surveillance
Engine - How the NSA Built
Its Own Secret Google

BBC HARDTALK VIDEO:
Web Bringing Capitalism to End,
says Economist Jeremy Rifkin


Vatican News, Holy See
Pope Francis Calls Parents
of Journalist James Foley

“In the midst of their irreplaceable
loss, the parents of slain journalist
James Foley were called by Pope
Francis, who consoled them after
their loss and offered his prayers.”

— REPORTER Lydia O'Kane

POPE REACHES OUT TO FOLEYS


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Sends
Letter of Condolence to Family
of Slain Journalist James Foley

VATICAN NEWS: Iraqi Patriarch
Appeals to the World: 'Don't be
Indifferent to Our Suffering'


Le Nouvel Observateur, France
Beheading Shows 'Weakness';
Video Should Not Be Viewed

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“We all must take this barbaric killing
which has been so grotesquely exhibited
by those who committed it for what it is:
an admission of weakness and impotence,
a pathetic attempt to loosen a military vise.
Not looking at what the barbarians want
us to see is a way of saying, modesty - no,
we won't take part in this macabre game.”

—WAR CORRESPONDENT Jean-Paul Mari

IS THIS A TIME FOR SELF-CENSORSHIP?


The Observer, U.K.
Failure to Address Root
Causes of al-Qaeda Led
to Rise of Islamic State

ROOT CAUSES

“The causes that
led to the rise of
ISIL are all too
familiar - and the
Americans have
contributed their
share to them.”

— DUBAI ANALYST
Hassan Hassan

Berliner Zeitung, Germany
Zeal to Punish Snowden,
and Assange, Criminalizes
Keeping Public Informed

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“A shift in political consciousness
is taking place in the democracies,
especially in the United States,
which may lead to a situation in
which it will not only be possible
to eliminate the right to well-
informed participate in society,
but to criminalize that participation.”

—COLUMNIST Patrick Bahners

U.S. UNFRIENDLY TO THE TRUTH



The Independent, U.K.
ISIL: Talk of 'Apocalyptic'
Threat is Simply Childish

FEAR MONGERS

“Chuck Hagel and Martin
Dempsey were pure
Hollywood. They only
needed Tom Cruise. ...
Who writes this God-
awful script? Can’t the
U.S. Defence Secretary
and his joint chiefs
chair do any better?”

— COLUMNIST Robert Fisk

The Independent, U.K.
West Poised to Join
with President Assad

"The U.S. has already covertly
assisted the Assad regime by
passing on intelligence about
the exact location of jihadi
leaders through the BND, the
German intelligence service, a
source tells The Independent.
This may explain why Syrian
planes and artillery have been
able on occasion to target rebel
troops, headquarters accurately."

— COLUMNIST Patrick Coburn

ASSAD: THE DICTATOR SURVIVES


Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany
U.S. Police Now 'Auxiliary
Troops of War on Terror'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“After the mass murders of Sept.
11, the solution was for every
police station to be prepared for
the worst. Just as the U.S. wages
its wars like criminal actions by
the world police, local police back
home are drafted as auxiliary
troops in the war on terror.”

—COLUMNIST Patrick Bahners

WHAT ARE POLICE EQUIPPED TO DO?


Gazeta, Russia
Western Sanctions
Show Russians Cost
of Independence

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"The sanctions show clearly
to all that the rules favor
the West. If that's how it is,
then so be it. If you want
to use them - then learn
them. If you don't want to
use them - that's your choice,
but just know what you will
be deprived of. Sanctions
imposed by the West, and
the ones we've imposed in
return, will prompt people
in advance to what this
would cost them personally."

— COLUMNIST
Andrei Desnitsky
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DEALING WITH SANCTIONS


Der Spiegel, Germany
German Spies, U.S.
Torture, the Islamic
State, Ukraine War

CIA's former point man
defends waterboarding;
Can ISIL be defeated by
Americans, Europeans,
Kurds, Iranians?; Berlin
cries then spies; and the
forgotten Ukraine war.

— FROM DER SPIEGEL

ROUNDUP FROM DER SPIEGEL


Polityka, Poland
'Drunk' Over Crimea,
Sanctions will Bring
Russia to its Senses

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"In the long run, Russia can
not live as is in a besieged
fortress and with its global
reputation in tatters. For
its own modernization and
development, it is Russia
who needs Europe and the
U.S.- and not the other way
round. In Russia, where
Putin enjoys strong support
today, forces will emerge
that will understand that."

— COLUMNIST Marek Ostrowsk
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WILL THE RUSSIANS BUCKLE?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
James Foley's Murder Will
See Calls for Military Action
- Which is What ISIL Wants
PROVOCATION

“The 'war on terror'
has made jihadism
stronger than ever.
ISIL is being gladly
assisted by those in
the West who portray
it as a pure and unique
evil which must be
onliterated, granting
the militant group the
mystique it so craves.”

— COLUMNIST
Owen Jones

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Outrage Over Beheading
of U.S. Journalist: Live

This is the Guardian's live blog
of coverage, inculding text,
tweets and video, of the global
reaction to the beheading killing
of U.S. journalist James Foley.

— LIVE BLOG, Guardian

BITTER END FOR A GOOD REPORTER


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
ISIL Nightmare is
Not a 'Holy War,' it
is an Unholy Mess
POWER VACUUM

“It isn't religious
zealotry but the
collapse of state
power that makes
the clash in Iraq
feel like a return
to the dark ages.”

— COLUMNIST
Jonathan Freedland

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Ferguson: Violence of
the State has Created
Violence of the Street

RACE ERUPTION

“Nobody in their
right mind wants
additional violent
protests. But, as
Reverend King
said, 'a riot is
the language
of the unheard'”

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

Polytika, Poland
'Collective Orgasm'
Over Crimea Pushes
Putin Into Invasion

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“The Russian president, an
ex-KGB officer, is hostage
to his own cult, which is
having a collective orgasm
over Crimea. He cannot
show the country, which
stands firmly behind him,
any form of weakness.
Will he unflinchingly lead
another generation of young
Russians to their deaths?”

—COLUMNIST
Adam Szostkiewicz

ALARMED OR PROPHETIC?


Izvestia, Russia
Convoy: If Russian
Patriotism is a Threat
to Business - So be it

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“The interests of business
and those of the nation very
often do not coincide. When
the mood, passion, love and
indignation of the people boil,
then one must sacrifice the
interests of business.”

—COLUMNIST Eduard Limonov

PRICE OF RUSSIAN PATRIOTISM


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
U.S. Wields German
Spying on Hillary as
Post-Snowden Cudgel

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The United States has begun
to use information provided
by [German double agent]
Markus R. in its dispute over
U.S. espionage in Germany.
Clinton's intercepted phone
call is being taken as proof
that the Germans were also
spying on the United States."

— REPORTER COLUMNIST
Georg Mascolo

HOW MUCH DO GERMANS SPY?


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Julian Assange
Plans to Leave Ecuador
Embassy in London

August 18, 00:26:30

"Throughout this entire time I
have not been charged. Europe
is meant to be a place where
the rule of law is respected,
and basic rights are respected
... but somehow a situation has
developed where basic rights
we thought were universally
held are no longer respected."

— WIKILEAKS' Julian Assange

ASSANGE TO MAKE BID TO ESCAPE

Le Soir, Belgium
Ebola: The Luxury of
Indifference is Gone

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"At first, the sick and hopeless,
were people who were distant,
poor, and superstitious. So they
died, and no one spoke of them
again. Today, being indifferent
to the suburbs of the world and
which face the greatest crises,
is not only morally wrong, but
a political mistake. It is also a
luxury we can no longer afford."

— COLUMNIST
Colette Braeckman

EBOLA: WHEN NO ONE IS DISTANT


Die Tageszeitung, Germany
Suicide as a Taboo: The
'Judas Iscariot' of Crime

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“The number of victims of AIDS,
violence and natural disaster -
none compare with the number
of suicide victims. ... It isn't
discussed. ... It's no coincidence
that the person who committed
the worst crime - the betrayer
of God Judas - hung himself.”

—COLUMNIST Wolfgang Prosinger

WHY NO DISCUSSION OF SUICIDE?


Le Monde, France
France and the West
Must Help Middle East
Pick Life Over Death'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"It is the dawn of a decisive
moment when the region
swings to one side or the
other. Our role is to help it
choose life over death. ...
Today, resort to unilateral
strikes is not a solution. The
action cannot be taken
without a U.N. resolution.
We must not continually
repeat the same mistakes.
... Let us remember that
even without American
unilateral intervention in
2003, there would not have
been such a boulevard for
totalitarian forces in Iraq."

— FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER
Dominique de Villepin

THIS TIME, NO FRENCH VETO


Liberation, France
Belated Action in Iraq
Must be Coordinated

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"This tragedy, which has been
building for months, first had
to hit the minority Christians
for Obama to finally find that,
'the United States cannot look
away,' at atrocities committed
by the Islamic State. It's never
too late, of course. One need
only read reports from Najaf
and Sadr City to understand
the extent of the chaos in the
region and the imperative to
finally begin to act."

— COLUMNIST
Alexandra Schwartzbrod

HOPING FOR BETTER RESULTS


The Independent, U.K.
Racial Equality in
America Suffers
a Violent Setback

“The residual poison of
racial segregation and
discrimination has still
not been purged from
American society.”

— EDITORIAL,
The Independent

EQUALITY PROVES ELUSIVE


BBC HARDTalk, U.K.
VIDEO: Robin Williams
INTERVIEW CONDUCTED IN 1999

SERIOUS QUESTIONS FOR WILLIAMS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Robin Williams' Divine
Madness Will No Longer
Disrupt World's Sadness

CRUEL WORLD

"Is it melancholy to think
that a world that Robin
Williams can't live in must
be broken? To tie this sad
event to the overarching
misery of our times? ...
Suicide among the middle-
aged rose inexplicably in
1999 and has been rising
ever since. Could this be
a condition of our era?"

— COMEDIAN Russell Brand

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Robin Williams: the
Sadness of a Clown
that Couldn't be Fixed

NO SOLUTION

“Physical illness the
medical profession
understands. It knows
what to do when the
body malfunctions and
what not to do. Mental
illness, if illness is the
right word, seems lost
in some dark age.”

— COLUMNIST
Simon Jenkins

Gazeta, Russia
'Successful' Russia Sanctions
Would be Nightmare for West

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“After several years, Europe and the
West may end up dealing with a nation
that is so firmly in the throes of anti-
American and anti-Western sentiment
that the Soviet Union will seem like
a close ally by comparison.”

—COLUMNIST Georgy Bovt

TOPPLING PUTIN: IS THAT THE GOAL?


The Economist, U.K.
Prostitution and the Web:
'More Bang for Your Buck'

"As paid-for sex becomes readily
and discreetly available online,
more people will buy it. Greater
awareness may develop that not
all sex workers are the victims
of exploitation. ... The internet
has disrupted many industries.
The oldest one is no exception."

— The Economist

PROSTITUTION: COMING OF AGE?

Diario de Noticias, Portugal
Africa Cannot Be Left to
Washington and Beijing

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“Obama, son of a White woman
from Kansas and a Kenyan man,
has special reasons to promote
this strategic approach, but the
truth is that America knows
that as the leading power, it
cannot remain aloof to the
development of the continent.”

—EDITORIAL, Diario de Noticias

OBAMA: SHMOOZING AFRICA



Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
1914: The Great War
has Become a Nightly
Pornography of Violence

WAR PORN?

“The centenary has
been seized as a
military propaganda
ploy. The So-called
lessons learned have
been either ignored
or utterly forgotten.”

— COLUMNIST
Simon Jenkins

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: 100 Years Since
Outbreak of World War I

RealVideoNINE VIDEOS FROM EUROPE, ASIA

It was 100 years ago today that
Germany and Austria mobilized
and formally began World War
I, also known for a time as the
'war to end all wars.' About 17
million people were killed as a
direct result of the hostilities.
Ceremonies were held around
Europe and as far as Singapore.

— EUROPEANS REMEMBER

THE 'WAR TO END ALL WARS'

Le Figaro, France
Gaza: The Roadmap to
Peace Must Be 'Imposed'
on Combatants

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Hope of eradicating the Islamist
militants by force makes no sense.
Other, even more extremist
fighters, would take the place of
Hamas. It is essential for Western
diplomats to take that decision,
impose it on Israel, and stop
playing the game of the Islamists
and their allies in the Arab world.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

DEALING WITH A BLOOD FEUD


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Former NSA
Chief Sued for 'Get
Rich Quick Scheme'

RealVideoAUGUST 3, 00:02:13

Former NCA chief General
Keith Alexander is being
sued for blatantly using his
knowledge of America's
secrets to earn $1 million
a month since leaving office.

— Ethics of 'Public Service'

GOLD INLAID REVOLVING DOOR

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Multinationals
'Abandoning America'

RealVideoAUGUST 4, 00:25:46

Max Keiser and his partner
Stacy Herbert look at one
of the most profound issues
of our time: how the major
coroprations companies no
longer have nationalities, in
other words, an allegiance
to any particular country.

— Disloyal Multinationals

FIRMS: 'NO USE BEING AMERICAN'

Der Spiegel, Germany
Israel Pulls an NSA on
Kerry: Eavesdrops on
Mideast Conversations

“Israeli intelligence snooped
on telephone conversations
by Secretary of State John
Kerry. The government then
used the information obtained
from the calls during talks on
the conflict in the Gaza strip.”

— REPORTER Fabian Reinbold

SPIES: GOOD FOR THE GANDER?


BBC News, U.K.
AUDIO: Wars, Lies
and Audiotape:
The Vietnam War

RealVideoAUGUST 4, 00:58:00

"What we know today is
that the incident that was
reported to have taken
place in the South China
Sea off the Vietnamese
coast didn't ever happen."

— GRAND DADDY OF
MODERN FALSE FLAGS

VIETNAM: NOW WE KNOW

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
Drop Trade Barriers with
Russia, Don't Raise Them!

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“If we want to build bridges to the
Russian people, we should counter
restrictions on the free movement
of people and goods, abolish visa
requirements and remove import
tariffs on Russian goods. The gap
between 'us and them' is precisely
what nationalists like Putin prefer.”

—Imre Wessels of the
Dutch Libertarian Party

TIME TO LOWER OUR TRADE GUNS?


La Stampa, Italy
Washington and Jerusalem:
Forces Beyond their Control

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Of all the wars we don't know how to
settle, none will so scandalize future
generations like the one that has been
raging between Israel and the Arabs
since 1948. Because after hasty Nobel
Peace Prizes for the martyr Rabin,
Arafat and Obama, after all of the
conferences, demonstrations, and an
abundance of tomes, the old fairy tale
of 'two peoples, two states' always wins
applause from the well-intentioned,
and earns good grades for university
degree thesis, but on the ground, in
the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem,
it is an impossible equation."

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta

WHAT'S A WANING SUPERPOWER TO DO?


Reuters, U.K.
Health Worsening, Ebola
Patient Heads to Atlanta

“The CDC is unaware of any Ebola
patient ever being treated in the
U.S., but five people in the past
decade have entered the U.S. with
either Lassa or Marburg Fever,
hemorrhagic fevers likeo Ebola.”

— REPORTERS Colleen Jenkins,
Julie Steenhuysen

PATIENT TO U.S. FOR TREATMENT


BBC NEWS: Growing Concerns
Over 'In Air' Transmission of Ebola


Gazeta, Russia
MH17: Guilty Rebels 'Worse
for Moscow than KAL-007'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"Attempts to avoid economic collapse
in the country could pull us into a full-
scale war, possibly even a nuclear war.
the threat of total geopolitical defeat,
and to all of Russian civilization, which
is what this is, would push us to act."

— COLUMNIST Georgy Bovt

WHAT IF PUTIN'S HOLD IS THREATENED?


Izvestia, Russia
MH17: West's Version
of Events Only Hearsay,
Subterfuge, Hysteria

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIA

" The only question is - who
did it? ... What is in doubt?
First, the way the aircraft
dramatically changed course.
Second, the airline lost over
the Indian Ocean in April,
the fate of which remains
unknown. Third, the desire
of the Kiev authorities to
ensure that such incidents
continued to take place."

— COLUMNIST
Maxim Kononenko

VLADIMIR PUTIN: CLEAN HANDS?


Guardian, BBC, U.K.
Surveillance Reform
or Spy Whitewash?;
We Internet Lab Rats

THREE COLUMNS

This is today's surveillance-
related post, in which we
deal with the NSA 'reform'
legislation, and the way it
has become the common
practice for Internet sites
to 'experiment' with your
emotions by deliberately
lying to you about what your
information is being used for.

— NSA 'REFORM'; WEB LAB RATS

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Sara Firth, Ex-RT
Correspondent, Debates
Jon Stewart on State
Versus Corporate Media

RealVideoJULY 30, 00:07:00

"In this country, there are news
networks that just promote their
own agenda and if the truth
happens to be a part of it, gee,
what a nice bonus."

— JON STEWART TO SARA FIRTH

PROPAGANDA: CORPORATE V. STATE

Guardian, Russia Today, U.K., Russia
Struck by Huge Fine
Today, Russia Faces
Enhanced Western
Sanctions Tomorrow

THREE COLUMNS AND ONE VIDEO

Today was a monumentally
bad day for Russia and Putin.
Not only does it appear that
'tier three' sanctions from
the E.U., and U.S. appear
imminent, the Permanent
Court of Arbitration in the
Hague, a global institution
that appears to have real
teeth, has ruled that the
Russian government must
pay a whopping $50 billion
to the shareholders of
bankrupt oil firm Yukos.

— PUTIN'S BAD DAY

PAIN OF SANCTIONS TO COME

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: 'Mousey' Merkel
Disappoints the Dutch

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Alied support for Holland has
up to now amounted to almost
nothing. ... but the biggest
disappointment are the mousey
efforts of Angela Merkel. There
are times that call for clarity
and leadership. Perhaps she
couldn't defy those in German
politics and finance who lobby
on behalf of Russia's government."

— COLUMNIST Paul Brill

SANCTIONS: WAITING FOR MERKEL


Le Figaro, France
Gaza, MH17: France
Pays the Price for its
Moribund Diplomacy

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Pro-Palestinian riots show
France's failure to assimilate
large segments its Muslim
population. It is time to for
us to proactively respond to
the consequences and with
both hands, commit to the
search for a way to stabilize
the Middle East. The Mistral
affair (sale of assault ships
to Russia) gives France a
special responsibility to act.”

—COLUMNIST
Pierre Rousselin

NO, THIS ISN'T GAZA - ITS PARIS ...


BBC HARDtalk, U.K.
VIDEO: Conflicting Views
about the Crisis in Gaza
and the State of Israel

THREE VIDEOS FROM JULY, 2014

For those who haven't seen BBC's
HARDtalk, it is a program meant
to put its guests on the spot with
a barrage of questions they might
find hard to answer. HARDtalk
recently questioned Israeli-born
historian Ilan Pappe, Hamas chief
Khaled Mashal, and Israel's former
defense minister Danny Danon.

— BBC HARDtalk



ARE ISRAELI ACTIONS DEFENSIBLE?

Elsevier, The Netherlands
MH17: Dutch Should
Avoid America's
Post-911 Reaction

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Few dare to say it: in
a way, the hopeless
tragedies in Afghanistan
and Iraq haven't made
the loss of 3,000 lives
on September 11, 2001
any less pointless.”

—COLUMNIST
Lodewijk Pessers

MH17: ANGER MANAGEMENT


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
If We Can Have 'Just War,'
Why Not 'Just Terrorism'?

"Oliver Cromwell, for instance,
would almost certainly be a
terrorist. Come to think of it,
so, too, would Moses and his
famous (and very violent) run-
in with the Egyptian state."

— PRIEST, Dr. Giles Fraser

MOSES: TERRORIST OUTLAW?

Der Spiegel, Germany
Israel's Former Security
Chief: 'Israel Today an
Instrument of Hamas'

“From the beginning, the so-
called Kerry initiative was a
joke. We are currently very
near the point of no return.
The number of settlers is
increasing and a solution to
the problem is already nearly
impossible logistically, even if
the political will were there.”

—FORMER SHIN BET
Chief Yuval Diskin

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT GAZA


CNN, Russia Today, U.S.
VIDEO: CNN's Chris Cuomo vs.
Russia Today's Peter Lavelle
on the MH17 Propaganda War

JULY 23, 00:10:51

If you wanted to distill the conflict
between Western corporate media
and Russia's state-run media over
MH17, it would be hard to do better.

— CORPORATE VS STATE MEDIA

STATE V COPPORATE MEDIA CLASH

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The West's Sliding Scale of
Suffering is a Gift to Putin

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Something is wrong with the West
if it answers the chaos of Putin with
cynicism. If we, people of the West,
retain even a shred of reason and
decency, we should return to our
idealism, which asserts that dignity
is the common right of all human
beings, and that the suffering of
innocents is always a scandal.”

—PHILOSOPHER Jaroslaw Makowski

ARE SOME LIVES BETTER THAN OTHER?


Hope X Summit, U.S.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
and Daniel Elsberg at the
HOPE X Hacker's Summit

JULY 23, 01:26:31

They discuss how the intelligence
services compile information on
everyone online, and Snowden
urges the assembled geeks to
develop platforms to make the
activities of users harder to track.

— SNOWDEN-ELSBERG AT HOPE X

AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER

Elsevier, The Netherlands
As Dutch Mourn Our
Dead, Russians Should
Mourn their State

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“It's sad to note that the
Russia of Leo Tolstoy and
Anna Akhmatova is once
again held hostage by a
barbaric tyrant. Today
we mourn the Dutch
victims. The people of
Russia must also mourn
the barbarism that has
seized the Russian state.”

—COLUMNIST Afshin Ellian

DIGNITY FOR DEAD - AT LAST


de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: E.U. Must 'Slam
its Fists' on the Table

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“ Here and there, calls are
even being made for the
Netherlands' military and
F16s to be sent to Ukraine
to teach the separatists a
lesson. Understandable as
that may be, that road
cannot be taken. ... Now
is the time for Europe to
adopt and implement the
economic sanctions Obama
announced against Russia.
The E.U. has to coalesce
themselves and with U.S.”

—COLUMNIST Hans Wansink

WILL E.U. BACK SANCTIONS?


Elsevier, The Netherlands
Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch
Have Elite Troops for a Reason!

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Prime Minister Rutte must threaten
the use of Dutch elite troops to build
pressure on the rebels and Vladimir
Putin. And if he makes such a threat,
he must be prepared to deploy them.
It is bizarre that Dutch journalists are
able to enter the crime scene, while
crash investigators and the forensic
specialists are stuck for days on end.”

—COLUMNIST Eric Vrijsen

DUTCH MULL UKRAINE INTERVENTION


CNN, Russia Today, U.S.
VIDEO: CNN's Chris Cuomo vs.
Russia Today's Peter Lavelle
on the MH17 Propaganda War

JULY 23, 00:10:51

If you wanted to distill the conflict
between Western corporate media
and Russia's state-run media over
MH17, it would be hard to do better.

— CORPORATE VS STATE MEDIA

STATE V COPPORATE MEDIA CLASH

Hope X Summit, U.S.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
and Daniel Elsberg at the
HOPE X Hackers Summit

JULY 23, 01:26:34

They discuss how the intelligence
services compile information on
everyone online, and Snowden
urges the assembled geeks to
develop platforms to make the
activities of users harder to track.

— SNOWDEN-ELSBERG AT HOPE X

AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER

Der Spiegel, Germany
Keeping Spies at Bay:
Germany Ratchets Up
Counterintelligence

“Slowly, Foreign Ministry
officials are beginning to
grapple with the meaning
of '360 degree' counter-
intelligence. That requires
defending yourself not just
from the usual suspects like
Russia or China, but even our
closest allies, notably the U.S.”

—REPORTERS Melanie Amann,
Nikolaus Blome, Matthias
Gebauer, Roland Nelles,
Gordon Repinski, Jorg
Schindler, Severin Weiland

BATTENING DOWN THE HATCHES


Der Spiegel, Germany
U.S. 'Loses Patience'
with Europe: Wants
Tough Russia Sanctions

"But many E.U. leaders believe
that sufficient action was taken
at a summit last week when
they expanded sanctions largely
focused on banning travel and
blocking foreign bank accounts
of Putin-friendly oligarchs."

— COLUMNIST
Gregor Peter Schmitz

NOBODY BUYING SANCTIONS?

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Obama Sanctions on Russia
are the 'Only Real Sanctions'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"It is significant that the only country
doing anything to directly defend
Ukraine is the United States, which
has no interests there whatsoever. ...
Many say that new U.S. sanctions are
still too weak, but one must recall
that they're the only real sanctions
we have, and they create jangled
nerves among Moscow politicians,
while the Russian stock exchange
and ruble have noth tumbled
sharply. ... Therefore, they work."

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

OBAMA: TOUGHEST WESTERN LEADER?


Le Figaro, France
BRICS Show New
Power with Bretton
Woods Alternative

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The creation of a common
BRICS reserve fund and a
development bank, based
in Shanghai and managed by
India, is an open challenge
to Bretton Woods, which
was created in July 1944
based on the twin pillars
of the IMF and World Bank.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

MOVE OVER BRETTON WOODS?


Washington Post, U.S.
U.S. Hunt for Snowden
'Much More Intense than
Initially Acknowledged

"The burst of activity during that
period, including in the White
House, a diplomatic scramble and
the decision to force a foreign
leader's plane to land - was far
more extensive than American
officials admitted at the time."

— REPORTER Greg Miller

U.S. DESPERATION OVER SNOWDEN

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: The Death Knell of
Pro-Russian Separatists

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“If the seperatists are indeed
responsible for downing the
Malaysia Airlines plane, the
Kremlin will then face a hard
choice. It can drop the rebels,
close the borders to weaponry
and volunteers, and then watch
the Ukrainian army quash the
revolt. That would be a bitter
pill for Putin. The alternative,
however, is also unattractive: a
return to the days of Cold War.”

—COLUMNIST Kiril Benediktov

PUTIN'S DIPLOMATIC HOBSON'S CHOICE


The Observer, U.K.
MH17: 'Ordinary Russians
Horrified and Frightened'

"Ordinary Muscovites express horror
at the tragedy even as they entertain
the wildest conspiracies imaginable."

— Natalia Antonova, Moscow News

MH17: RUSSIANS SHOCKED AND CONFUSED

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Government Agents
'Directly Involved'
in Most High-Profile
U.S. Terror Plots

“Some of the controversial
U.S. 'sting' operations 'were
made or led by informants,'
bordering on entrapment by
law enforcement. Yet the
courtroom difficulties of
demonstrating entrapment
are significant, which is one
one reasonsthe stings persist.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Spencer Ackerman

DISPENSING WITH RULE OF LAW


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Can State-Run Media
be Called Real 'Journalism'?

JULY 20, 00:28:00

Aidan White, Director of the UK-
based Ethical Journalism Network,
takes on Russia Today host Oksana
Boyko, in an exchange over the
value of state-controlled media.
White draws a clear distinction
between networks that at least
occassionally, challenge their own
governments, and those like Russia
Today that just about never do.

— RUSSIA TODAY'S WORLD'S APART

STATE-RUN MEDIA SLAM DOWN

VICE, RUPTLY, U.S., Russia
VIDEOS: Graphic Reporting
from Ukraine Disaster Zone

JULY 18, TWO VIDEOS

On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines aircraft
carrying 298 people was shot down.
This is footage from the scene of the
crash, and the reaction of residents
who witnessed the tragedy firsthand.

— UNCENSORED REPORTING
FROM EAST UKRAINE

HEARTRENDING FACTS ON THE GROUND

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live - Malaysia Air Crash:
Flight Recorder Found as
Anger at Russia Mounts

"Barack Obama threatened to
'increase the costs' on Russia if
Moscow fails to deescalate the
situation in Ukraine, as U.S.
and other Western officials said
there was mounting evidence
that Russia-backed separatists
downed the Malaysia Air jet."

— COMPILED BY Matthew
Weaver and Alan Yuhas

RAISING THE PRESSURE IN UKRAINE

Izvestia, Russia
Abandoning Pro-Russia
Fighters 'Unforgivable'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“we cannot pretend that the
war happening now right on
our border is not our war. ...
They are killing our brothers
and sisters. They are killing
those who want to be part of
Russia. By turning away from
them and absolving ourselves
of the need to defend them,
we only help our enemies,
and that is unforgivable.”

—COLUMNIST Kiril Benediktov

WILL RUSSIA BACK THE REBELS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
on His Fate, Journalism,
NSA Snooping Procedure

JULY 17, 00:13:59

Snowden opens by explaining how
journalists, doctors, lawyers, and
anyone who needs to protect the
confidentiality of their client must
adjust to the mass surveillance we
are all living under. He also talks
about the possibility of ending up
in Guantanamo 'in chains,' and the
type of behavior exhibited by NSA
analysts when encountering the
private e-mails, videos and photos
of innocent Americans and others.

— INTERVIEW WITH
EDWARD SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN: LIFE WITHOUT PRIVACY

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.N.'s Senior Human
Rights Official: 'Snowden
Should Be Protected'

"We owe a great deal to him for
revealing this kind of information.
Those who disclose human rights
violations should be protected:
we need them. ... I see some of it
here in the case of Snowden,
because his revelations go to the
core of what we are saying about
the need for transparency and
consultation. We owe a great deal."

— U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER
FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Navi Pillay

CALL TO END SNOWDEN PROCEEDINGS

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: GHCQ and NSA:
Hacking Skype, Private
E-Mails, Online Polls

JULY 16, 00:02:45

The latest Snowden documents
show the everything we say and
do, and every e-mail we send,
is being recorded for later use.
As far as these agencies are
concerned, every person we
interact with and everything we
buy or express an interest in is
fair game for monitoring and
furture legal action against us.

— RUSSIA TODAY NEWS VIDEO

SURVEILLANCE RUNNING AMOCK

Deutsche Welle, Germany
VIDEO: German World
Cup Bash; Gaza Crisis;
American Spy Scandal

JULY 16, 00:42:34

This is the latest edition of DW's
weekly news magazine Agenda.
DW journalist Brent Goff hosts
DW Sports Reporter Jefferson
Chase, journalist and security
affairs analyst Thomas Wiegold,
and Palestinian-American
political analyst Akram Baker.

— DEUTSCHE WELLE'S AGENDA

FOOTBALLING, GAZA AND SPIES

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Judge in Sweden Rules
to Uphold Arrest Warrant
on WikiLeaks' Assange

"The court believes that there is
probable cause for the crimes of
which he is accused. ... He has
chosen himself to go into the
embassy and ... the court does
not believe that the deprivation
of his liberty is such as to be
disproportionate to the charges."

— Judge Lena Egelin

ASSANGE: NO FREEDOM TODAY


Russia Today, Russia
Russia to Re-Open Cuban
'Mega-Base' to Spy on U.S.

The facility in Lourdes, a suburb
of Havana just 250km from the
continental U.S., was opened in
1967. At its Cold War peak, it
was the largest signal intelligence
center Moscow operated in a
foreign nation, with 3,000 people.

— NEWS ITEM, Russia Today

RUSSIAN MILITARY RETURN TO CUBA

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Germany 'May Revert
to Typewriters' to
Counter U.S. Spying

"The head of the Bundestag's
inquiry into NSA activity said
in an interview that he and
his colleagues were seriously
thinking of ditching e-mail in
favor of lo-tech typewriters."

— CORRESPONDENT
Philip Oltermann

DRIVING OUR 'FRIENDS' BACKWARD


Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany
America's Growing
'Hostility' Toward
German Democracy

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"If Berlin no longer wishes
to be made a fool of by its
'friends,' it must assert its
independence by sending a
clear signal. Offering Asylum
to Edward Snowden would
be our revenge."

— COLUMNIST
Christian Schluter

THE ANGER BUILDS IN BERLIN


Multiple Sources, Germany, UK, US
Snowden Condemns UK
'Emergency' Surveillance
Bill; U.S. Spying Roundup

TEN NEWS ITEMS FROM AMERICA, EUROPE

In addition to the esionage crisis in
Germany, this is a big week for
surveillance in Britain. Not only
did the UK government ram
through new powers for state
surveillance, but a special week-
long hearing is being conducted on
whether GHCQ, Britain's version
of the NSA, routinely violates
the human rights of UK citizens.

— COVERAGE, Spy Scandal
Secrecy, and the Security State

MASS SURVEILLANCE IN THE NEWS

El Pais, Spain
Five Hundred Years of
Migration to America

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Every great financial crisis
leads not only to a bank and
business bankruptcies, but a
string of social catastrophes
that are expressed in the
loss of jobs, drops in family
income for the most affected,
and psychological pain. That
is just what happened after
the global crisis that broke
out in September 2008. One
of the consequences in Spain
was increased migration,
especially to other European
nations, but also to America."

— HISTORIAN
Carlos Marichal Salinas

500 YEARS OF MIGRATION


Le Figaro, France
Mideast Turmoil Could
Rally Neocons to Hillary

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Hillary recognizes the mistake
she made when she approved
the war in Iraq, but has stayed
very cautious on the subject. ...
A number of neoconservatives
would be ready to rally behind
her, especially if the Republican
Party of Reagan and McCain were
to choose as its candidate the
very isolationist Senator Rand
Paul of of the state of Kentucky.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

OUTFLANKING BOTH EXTREMES?


Multiple Sources, Germany, UK, US
VIDEOS AND TEXT: Germany
Demands from U.S. Public
Promise Not to Spy; Spies,
Lies, Skulduggery Update

FOURTEEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

There has been a lot to report on
the subject of spying and lying today,
so we have packaged it all together
for you, staring with breaking news
that Germany is demanding that the
U.S. provide an unequivical promise
to curtail all of its spying in Germany.

— COVERAGE, Spy Scandal
Secrecy, and the Security State

WILL THE U.S. PROMISE NOT TO SPY?

Le Figaro, France
ISIL Fighters as 'Mad
as the Nazis or Reds'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Their dream is as mad as that
of the classless world that the
communists dreamed of or the
Third Reich, but one must
remember that the Reds of
Trotsky and Lenin defeated
the White Russian armies
financed by the West. ... The
United States should go much
further to reconcile with Iran."

— Senior International
Reporter Renaud Girard

INSANE, YES - BUT DANGEROUS


The Telegraph, U.K.
Nate Silver's Failure
as Celebrated as
Brazil's Collapse

“The world may still be
reeling from last night's
World Cup semi-Final
between Germany and
Brazil, but none more
so than Nate Silver the
celebrated statistician
of fivethiryeight blog.”

—REPORTER
Jocelyn Spottiswoode

LIES, DAMN LIES AND ...


Multiple Sources, Germany, Russia, UK
VIDEOS AND TEXT: Fallout
Continues after U.S. Mole
Gets Exposed By Germans

SEVEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

This is a roundup of today's reaction
to news that a mole, paid by the CIA,
has been exposed in the German
intelligence Service, the BND, who
was spying on the deliberations
of German lawmakers investigating
NSA mass surveillance in Germany.

— COVERAGE - CIA Mole's Arrest

SO MUCH FOR 'TRUST' BETWEEN ALLIES

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
NSA Committee in
Bundestag Blasts Music
... Just to be Safe!

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Before the secret session of
the NSA Committee of Inquiry's
hearing on Thursday began, a
big metal box was put where
all phones and tablet computers
were placed, and Chairmain
Patrick Sensburg turned on
some music. Edvard Grieg's
Piano Concerto in A Minor
was heard - just to be safe.”

—REPORTERS John Goetz,
Hans Leyendecker, Georg
Mascolo, Fred Obermaier

ANGER: NSA SPIED ON COMMITTEE


Izvestia, Russia
For Russia, Crisis in
Iraq is 'Lucky Break'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"In order to get the situation
fully under control, America
will have to turn its attention
from Ukraine. That will give
us some breathing space and
the opportunity to regroup
our forces. ... As cynical as it
sounds, Iraq is a lucky break."

— COLUMNIST Svetlana Lurye

OBAMA: TWISTED INTO KNOTS


De Morgen, Belgium
Aided by America and
Europe, ISIS Poses a
Mortal Threat to Iran

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Fourteen hundred years ago,
Caliph Omar, like ISIS today,
invaded the Persian empire
with thousands of fanatical
fighters. ... ISIS is the most
backward form of Sunni Islam,
but reflects a new political
impetus. Behind the smoke,
I see America, the U.K. and
Europe, providing this violent
group with the time it needs
to expand the limits of its
caliphate into Iranian lans.”

—COLUMNIST Kader Abdollah

A HIDDEN AMERICAN HAND?


Multiple Sources, Germany, Russia, Ireland
VIDEOS AND TEXT: NSA
Scandal Part II - German Spy
was Working for America

TEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

In what has renewed German
outrage over NSA mass surveillance
and brought new impetus to efforts
to offer Edward Snowden Asylum
in Germany, America's ambassador
to Berlin has been summoned by the
German Foreign Ministry to explain
what Washington was doing paying
a German intelligence officer to
spy on the German legislature.

— COVERAGE, Double Agent's Arrest

NSA SPYING SCANDLE ERUPTS ANEW

ARD, Germany
NSA Targets the
'Privacy-Conscious'

“Merely searching the Web
for the privacy-enhancing
software tools outlined in
the XKeyscore rules causes
the NSA to mark and track
the IP address of the person
doing the search.”

—INVESTIGATORS
J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson,
J. Goetz, V. Kabisch,
L. Kampf, and L. Ryge

The Register, U.K.
Cryptome: Remaining
Snowden Docs to Be
Released to Avert an
'Unspecified U.S. War'

“July is when war begins unless
it is headed off by Snowden full
release of crippling intel. After
war begins there won't be any
chance of release. Warmongers
are on a rampage. So, yes, the
citizens holding Snowden docs
will do the right thing.”

—Whistlebloing Site Cryptome

DOCUMENT DUMP TO PREVENT WAR?


La Repubblica, Italy
What the U.S. Declaration of
Independence Should've Said

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"I wonder if many of the issues that
plague us - all of the things we often
complain about in columns like this,
are due to the unfortunate wording
of the July 4th, 1776 Declaration of
Independence ... which established
that 'all men are endowed with the
Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit
of Happiness.' ... The fact is happiness,
like complete fullness, or the feeling
of walking on air, is
transient, episodic, and short lived."

— COLUMNIST Umberto Eco


OVERDOING THE 'PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS'?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Sikorski Wins By Telling
the 'Truth' about U.S. Ties

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Fears that Sikorski's comments
would spoil our ties with America
or damage his personal influence
in Washington are exaggerated.
Americans have very high self
esteem, and no critical judgments
by foreigners are able of shaking
their complacency of themselves.”

—COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

BLUNT HONESTY OVER DIPLOMACY


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Americans Love Loving
America. So Why Does
July 4th Feel ... British?

"Every year around this time, as
a Brit living in the US, I'm aware
that the funhouse mirror through
which both nations regard each
other is even weirder and more
distorting than usual: America
celebrates its independence from
from Britain, and Britain looks
on at on at the July 4th pageantry,
half-mocking, half-envious."

— COLUMNIST Emma Brockes

BRITISH ARE TORN BY JULY 4TH


BBC News, U.K.
World Cup 2014: Why
the United States Will
Conquer World Football

“The factors for footbal success
are a big population, a strong
economy, and a fervent fan base.
For years, the U.S. has had two
out of three - a big population
from which to draw top talent
and the cash to support a training
infrastructure and elite football
community. But with little interest
from most Americans, talented
athletes and cash went elsewhere.”

—CORRESPONDENT Kate Dailey

THE NEXT FOOTBALL SUPERPOWER?


Telegraph, U.K.
Sunni Tribal Leader
Tells Why He's Sticking
with ISIS - for Now

"We can fight ISIS and al-Qaeda
whenever we want to, but now
we're fighting for our lands and
tribes. We are not responsible
for ISIS. Look what Maliki has
done – look at the two million
refugees. He has destroyed and
killed. Where was the world?"

— CORRESPONDENTS Richard
Spencer and Carol Malouf

ISIS: THE BETTER OF TWO EVILS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live Blog: Belgium v USA

“I know there are some Americans
out there who are relatively new
to the game of 'soccer,' so lest there
be any confusion after your heroic,
magnificent, triumphant defeat at
the hands of Germany, be aware
that if you lose tonight's match you
are definitely out of the tournament.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Barry Glendenning

WORLD CUP: DO OR DIE TO CONTINUE


Swiss Info, Switzerland
Swiss Banks to 'Tell
All' Under FATCA

"As of July 1, banks around
the world will be required
to supply Washington with
regular updates on clients
liable to pay U.S. tax. This
means Switzerland’s much-
vaunted tradition of bank
secrecy is now at an end."

— COLUMNIST
Armando Mombelli

IRS: HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD


Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Jihadi MANPADS: History
Teaches 'Precisely Nothing'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“The fact that thousands of Islamists
in the spirit of al-Qaeda are battling
Bashar al-Assad is something that the
United States finds a little confusing.”

—COLUMNIST Georgy Bovt

WHY BE KILLED BY YOUR OWN ARMS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
World Cup Fever Really Has
Hit America: Ann Coulter
Thinks Football is Socialist

"Determined to preserve American
exceptionalism against a rising tide
of baguette-munching ball-juggling
pinko Europhile hippy surrender-
communism, Ann Coulter has come
to the rescue: 'Any growing interest
in soccer,' she wrote, 'can only be a
sign of the nation's moral decay.'"

— COLUMNIST Dan Hancox

'SOCCER INVASION' IN AMERICA


Berliner Morgenpost, Germany
Berlin Reveler Pandemonium:
Team Germany Outplays USA

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Although a lot of black, red and gold
face paint was washed away in the rain
over the course of the evening, joy
and euphoria prevailed. ... When the
final whistle was blown, arms, flags
and rain ponchos flew into the air.
Others opted for full-body painting at
a booth where spray guns enveloped
scantily clad people in a fog of color.”

—NEWS ITEM, Berliner Morgenpost

GERMANS GO WILD: DEFEAT TEAM USA


Newsweek Polska, Poland
Has President Putin
Orchestrated Poland's
Eavesdropping Scandal?

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"What are the interests of the
Kremlin in having the Polish
government, its Parliament,
its secret services, and its
diplomacy, unable to mobilize
themselves, and their foreign
partners in aiding Ukraine,
and instead, attacking one
another? What can Putin gain
by knowing that for at least
six months, Polish politicians
will be kept off the field in
Ukraine, instead ensconced in
a domestic political brawl?
The answers are obvious."

— COLUMNIST Jakub Korejba

SCREWING POLAND TO WIN UKRAINE?


Soccer Fusion, U.S.
German Press Predicts German
Win, Makes Fun of U.S. Obesity
and Debt; Post Game Roundup

“BILD published a list of the top 5 things
Americans did better than Germans.
That list included 'wiretapping,' 'Being
fat,' and 'running up debts.' Ouch.”

—COLUMNIST Brian Blickenstaff


US-GERMANY: PRE, POST MATCH COVERAGE


Publico, Portugal
Americans Show Up
Portugal's 'Team of
the Lame'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"To say that Portugal has
physical problems would
be like saying Iraq has a
security problem. ... If
the other teams didn't
run, we might even win."

— COLUMNIST
Joao Miguel Tavares

WORLD CUP: A JOYOUS TIE


Sol, Portugal
Postmortem: Portugal
'Physically Unready;'
Poor Teamwork vs. USA

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

The team is physically unprepared.
... The head doesn't work, and
only in case of emergency does it
feed the body with 'fuel'. There
is no idea of playing the game with
this team: it is each doing his own
thing, and in case of trouble,
'let's see where Ronaldo is.'

— SPORTS COLUMNIST Rui Antunes

WORLD CUP: NO JOY IN PORTUGAL


News, Switzerland
As Iraq Reerupts, 'Media
Mad Cow Disease' Takes
Hold in the United States

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“No matter what these liars and
political scam artists claim: It was
the falsified 'evidence' about
weapons of mass destruction, the
Bush Administration's almost
moronic war planning, the utter
lack of a concept in the aftermath
of military victory, and the mad
fantasies of omnipotence held by
Bush and his cabinet, which have
led us directly to today's situation.”

—COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

WHY ASK THESE MEN WHAT TO DO?


The Telegraph, U.K.
Saddam's Men Return
to Power in City Once
Held by United States

"In Tal Afar, once held up as an
example of US military success,
the machine guns and armored
vehicles left by U.S. troops are
now being used by the very
insurgents they sought to defeat.

— CORRESPONDENTS
Ruth Sherlock, Carol Malouf

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Poland and Germany Show
Russians No Wiggle Room

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“The Russians wanted the talks,
because they feel the burden of
isolation that befell them after
the annexation of Crimea and
their stirring up of east Ukraine.
The object of this phase of the
game was not to soften or to
convince Lavrov. The ministers
were there to keep channels of
communication with Russia open.”

—COLUMNIST
Bartosz T. Wielinski

RUSSIA: FEELING THE PINCH?


FAZ, Germany
To Save Iraq, Itself, West
Must Drop War on Assad

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Iraqi army is unable to beat
back the jihadists, nor is Syria's.
... The West has to ask itself why
it stood by so long and watched
while allies delivered weapons
(and money) to Syria, both of
which ended up in the hands of
extremists. It is high time for the
West to recognize what's at stake
in Syria, and change its policy.

— COLUMNIST Rainer Hermann

IRAN: THE LAST BEST HOPE FOR IRAQ?


Worldmeets.US, United States
AUDIO: Iraq, Kirkuk,
Lawrence of Arabia

RealVideoJune 15, 00:30:54

Having trouble making sense
of what has happened in Iraq?
Tune into tonight's edition of
Worldmeets.US Radio News.
In addition to shaming America's
shameful, shameless corporate
media, Managing Editor William
Kern examines the history of
how our nation got here and
what the U.S. should to do next.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

NOT WHAT LAWRENCE HAD IN MIND

The Telegraph, U.K.
Iraq Oil Shock Could
'Kill' World Economic
Recovery, Experts Say

"The entire global recovery,
which is still fragile, could
stall and we could even slip
into recession in some regions."

— COLUMNIST
Andrew Critchlow

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
If Iraqis Don't Fight for
Iraq, Neither will U.S.

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“The argument against U.S.
intervention is the same as
that in Crimea: since Iraqi
troops obviously don't want
to die for Mosul, why should
Americans soldiers do it?”

—COLUMNIST
Bartosz Weglarczyk

IRAQI PEOPLE CAN'T GET A BREAK


UPI, U.S.
Iraq Shuts Social Media Sites
to Prevent Use by Militants

"It is speculated that access was
blocked to prevent militants
overtaking Iraq by using the sites."

— REPORTER Ed Adamczyk

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
'Discreetly' - U.K., U.S. to
Sign Deal for 'Enhanced'
Nuke Warhead Cooperation

“The pact ... does not have to be
debated or voted on in parliament.
Though the agreement is part of U.S.
law, it has no legal status in Britain.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Richard Norton-Taylor

E.U. Observer, Belgium
Germany Backs France on
Russia Warship Contract

"Germany has defended France's
plan to deliver a warship to Russia
despite U.S. criticism of the move."

— REPORTER Andrew Rettman

GUNS AND BUTTER - OR REALPOLITIK?


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: France National Front
Leader Marine Le Pen on the
E.U. Polls, TTIP, and Ukraine

June 9, 00:27:08

"We are for leaving NATO, France leaving
NATO, we have a Gaullian vision of what
international politics must be like, we are
for developing our relations with Russia,
without breaking ties with the Americans."

— FRENCH NATIONAL FRONT LEADER
Marine Le Pen

THE NEW EUROPE - NOT LIKE THE OLD

Der Spiegel, Germany
U.N. Peace Envoy on Western
Mujahadeen and Syria Turning
Into a Middle Eastern Somalia

"There are several thousand non-Syrians.
My goodness! These are your nationals
that are training in Syria and that are
part of ISIS, which believes in building
an Islamic state all over the world, first
in Berlin. That's a threat to you, isn't it?"

— U.N. Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

THE TERROR EMINATING FROM SYRIA


Sunday People, U.K.
REPORT: Snowden Fooled Into
Going to Russia; U.S. Tricked
into Cancelling His Passport

“They [Russian spies] did not approach
him until he went to Hong Kong, when
agents persuaded him that President
Putin's Russia was the best place for
him to seek asylum in a nation of his
choice. It was a trick and he fell for it.”

—Ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichkov

SNOWDEN, U.S., 'TRICKED' BY KREMLIN?


News, Switzerland
All's Disquiet on
the Western Front

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"In 2014, a sober westward
glance from the beaches of
Normandy would make clear
that it has been a long time
since a savior and assister
came from that direction.
The financial crises of 2001
and 2008, the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, and now
the dismantling of civil rights
by the NSA and the planned
TTIP, show that Europeans,
rather than benefitting, are
far more likely to choke on
genetically modified corn
soup served up by powerful
U.S. financial lobby groups.

— COLUMNIST Regula Stampfli

WHOSE SIDE IS THE U.S. ON?


Asharq Al Awsat, U.K.
Obama Just What We
Feared: An 'Upmarket'
President Jimmy Carter

“some of us feared he would
be an upmarket version of
Jimmy Carter. Today, that
fear has been realized. It is
difficult to ascertain why
Obama behaves as he does.
Is he motivated by a deep
resentment of America
absorbed in his youth? Or is
he handicapped by lack of
experience? He may really
believes that by abdicating
leadership, the U.S. will win
love instead of respect.”

—REPORTER Amir Taheri

PSYCHOANALYZING OBAMA


Die Welt, Germany
NATO Badly Divided on
Stationing Troops in East
Europe; Facing Moscow

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"NATO members from the Baltics
and East Europe are calling for a
lasting and visible presence of
combat troops and up-to-date
equipment in Eastern Europe.
Many southern European states
and Germany say this is too much.

— COLUMNIST Christoph B. Schultz

D-DAY 2014: AN ALLIANCE DIVIDED


France24, Euronews,
Russia Today, BBC, DW

VIDEOS: Ukraine and
D-Day: Views from
Europe and Russia

13 VIDEOS D-DAY AND UKRAINE

When French President
Francois Hollande invited
Russia President Putin to
70th anniversary events
for the D-Day landings, he
didn't know how significant
it would be. With a world
watching, did gathering
Putin and Western leaders
break the tension over
Ukraine? Here is a series of
reports from European and
Russian media on the event
and the event's aftermath.

— BROADCASTS FROM EUROPE

D-DAY EVENTS: AFTERMATH

Euronews, France
VIDEO: D-Day - 70th
Anniversary of the
Normandy Landings

June 6, 03:30:00

Ceremony in Ouistreham,
France, marking the 70th
Anniversary of the World
War II D-Day invasion with
Hollande, Putin, Obama
and other world leaders.

— D-Day Parade 2014

A WORLD DIVIDED - AGAIN

VIDEO: Obama and Hollande
Mark 70th Anniversary of D-Day


Ukrayinska Pravda, Ukraine
In Defeating 'Russian Disease,'
Will the Ukraine Lose its Soul?

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"Liberalism and tolerance invite defeat,
whereas cruelty gives us a chance to
succeed. The truth though, is that this
would not only be a victory over Putin,
but over our own humanity. If Ukraine
does manage to withstand the Russian
onslaught, how will it differ from it?"

— COLUMNIST Michael Dubinyansky

UKRAINE: INFECTED WITH 'RUSSIAN DISEASE'?


The Register, U.K.
GHCQ's 'Beyond Top
Secret' Middle East
Internet Spy Base

“After these details were
withheld, the government
opted not to move against
the Guardian last year for
publishing above-top-secret
information at the lower
level designated 'Strap 1.'”

—REPORTER
Duncan Campbell

WHAT GUARDIAN DIDN'T PUBLISH


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Obama's Chance to Make Up
for Missteps Toward Poland

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Obama himself has disappointed us
before. But Russian aggression has
changed both the U.S. and Obama,
who is less afraid of a geopolitical
confrontation than West Europeans.
Obama may have cared little for our
security, but our European allies
have cared even less. The Germans
in particular provide ample proof
that their neighbor's fate is less
vital than keeping Putin happy."

— COLUMNIST Jerzy Haszczynski

A FRIEND IN NEED - A FRIEND INDEED?


Direct Matin, France
Mr. Obama's D-Day Option:
Indifference or Interference?

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Only two years remain of Mr. Obama's
mandate to judge his capacity to accept
the idea that sometimes, 'indifference
can be more dangerous than interference.”

—COLUMNIST Jean-Marie Colombani

WHERE OBAMA AMBIGUITY MEETS THE ROAD


Trouw, The Netherlands
Obama's Hammer
and Bush's Nails

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Who's going to contradict
Obama when he says that
even the greatest army in
the world isn't the solution
to everything? ... That's
good news for those who
only see the mistakes of
U.S. action over the past
60 years, but such people
must also answer this: what
other country can stop
the even bigger culprits?'"

— COLUMNIST Stevo Akkerman

PERLEXED WEST POINT CADET?


BBC, Reuters, White House
VIDEOS: President
Barack Obama in Poland

SEVEN VIDEOS ON OBAMA'S VISIT

This is the anniversary not only
of Poland's accession to NATO,
but Poland's historic elections of
1989, and the anniversary of
D-Day, which is coming up in a
few days. Here is what we have
been able to put together so far.
We will add more video to this
post as it becomes available.

— Footage of Obama's Visit

OBAMA IN EAST EUROPE BOOST

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Carbon Cutting
Plan Wins Plaudits and
Predictions of Doom

Will Obama's executive order on
on capping carbon pollution make
any real difference? Judging from
the reaction from former Vice
President Gore ('the most vital
step on climate change in U.S.
history') to Senate Minority leader
Mitch McConnell (a 'dagger in the
heart of the middle class') it
certainly will have an impact.

— CARNON EMISSIONS COVERAGE

MAKING SENSE OF EMISSIONS PLAN


BBC News, U.K.
Mullah Omar Celebrates
Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'

“Photos of Taliban militants
embracing their comrades
released from Guantanamo
seemed designed to enrage
Republican opponents of
President Obama who saw
the deal as soft on terrorism.”

—CORRESPONDENT David Loyn

TALIBAN RELEASE: FAIR SWAP?


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Under Putin, Soviet
'Morality' Crawls
Out from its Grave

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"In the Soviet Union there
was also great concern for
morality. Pink Floyd was
forbidden for 'meddling in
the Soviet Union's foreign
policy (Afghanistan)', The
Talking Heads
for 'voicing
the myth of the Soviet
military threat.' Tina Turner
was banned simply for 'sex,'
and poor Julio Iglesias was
outlawed for 'neo-fascism.'"

— COLUMNIST Irena Lasota

PUTIN: BACK TO THE FUTURE?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA Shows E-Mail Exchange
with Snowden to Debunk
Claims he Raised Concerns

“The NSA has disputed Edward
Snowden's insistence that he
tried to raise his concerns about
its surveillance practices internally
before he decided to go public.”

—REPORTER Dan Roberts

NSA: MORE DIMINISHED CREDIBILITY


Latvijas Avize, Latvia
In Latvia and Europe,
Naive Hopes that Russia
Will Change Live On

TRANSLATED FROM LATVIAN

"Literally on the eve of
the Crimea Anschluss, Riga
indulged in 'opening the
floodgates' of money and
influence from the East. ...
'Russian World' is not
anathema to the West, and
may even prove a very
lucrative event. Aggression
in Ukraine surprised some
of our influential people
and made them a little
uncomfortable. Yet they are
convinced that sooner or
later, all will continue as
usual, and they will want to
step in the same river twice.'"

— COLUMNIST Uldis Smith

THE BALTICS: EASY ON RUSSIA?


Netzpolitik, Germany
German Officials Face
Prosecution for Reading
Snowden Media Coverage

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“German officials - including the
government - can't read matrial
leaked by Snowden regarding
the mass surveillance of digital
communications. If they do so
anyway, they are then liable for
prosecution. ... We wonder how
the federal government intends
to protect us from espionage if
it isn't permitted to find out
about it. Perhaps, however,
that is the whole idea.”

—COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

OFF LIMITS TO GERMAN OFFICIALS


News Hour, BBC
AUDIO: Obama's Foreign
Policy; Maya Angelou; Mass
Terrorism Trial in China

MAY 28, 00:55:00

This is the network's initial overview
of President Obama's speech today on
the future of U.S. foreign policy, at
the West Point Military Academy. The
summary of the message, according
to U.S. editor Mark Mardell: 'Just
because we have the best hammer,
doesn't mean every problem is a nail.'

— BBC NEWS HOUR, MAY 28

VERDICT FROM BBC: SAME OLD SAME OLD

El Pais, Spain
Global Outlaws Find
Comfort Behind Russia
-China Double Veto

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The veto power of the five
permanent members of the
Security Council is the victor's
spoil of the Second World War.
.. In a multipolar world, the
persistence of the veto in the
hands of a Sino-Russia alliance
is encouragement to regimes
like that of Assad, which are
given a free hand to act
against his their populations.”

—COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

U.N. VETO POWER A BOON TO ASSAD


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Americans 'Unprepared'
for Opposition to TTIP
Free Trade Agreement

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Protests in Germany focus
on the prospect of previously
forbidden products from the
United States having to be
permitted into the E.U. (like
chlorinated chicken and GMO
corn). Even more important
is the question of investor
protection. According to plans
for TTIP, investors would be
able to turn to international
courts for arbitration when
one may feel they have been
discriminated against. For many
critics, these courts are an attack
on the rule of [national] law."

— COLUMNIST Nikolaus Pipe

EUROPE PUSHES BACK AGAINST TTIP


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Why Should Poland Thank
Putin? Let Us Count the Ways

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“We have a historic opportunity to
bring the European Union and the
United States closer together. Allies
who grew apart as the Cold War
faded, we began to compete more
than search for commonalities. Much
was said about renewing the trans-
Atlantic Alliance, but the facts were
different. Let Berlin's shock and
outrage over the disclosure of NSA
spying be a symbol of this tendency.”

—COLUMNIST Michal Kobosko

POLES SEE BRIGHT SIDE IN UKRAINE


Izvestia, Russia
'Envy of the Gods': Obama
'Unfit to Lead' Great Power

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“It isn't politically correct to say, but
this is the way it is: the impression is
that a weak, unpopular, unsuccessful
president is trying to wound a strong,
successful, and very popular president.”

—COLUMNIST Vladimir Zharkhin

IS EMOTION RUNNING U.S. POLICY?


Economist, U.K.
China and Russia:
'Best Frenemies'

"Whereas China's power
is growing, Russia is in
decline - corroded by
corruption and unable
to diversify its economy
off of natural resources.
China's government will
expect the Kremlin to
recognise this historic
shift - which is a recipe
for Chinese impatience
and Russian resentment."

— COMMMENT, Economist

PUTIN BOWS TO XI'S CHINA

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Watered Down NSA
Mass Surveillance
Bill Passed By House

“In order to preserve
the core operations of the
the intelligence and law
enforcement agencies, the
administration insisted on
broadening some authorities
and lessening restrictions.
Some of the changes raise
justifiable concerns. I don't
blame people for losing
trust in their government,
because the government
has violated their trust.”

—CONGRESSMAN
Jim Sensenbrenner

NSA REFORM FALTERS IN CONGRESS


THE LOCAL, GERMANY:
NSA Panel Invites U.S.
Tech Chiefs as Witnesses

WORLD BULLETIN: E.U.
Urges U.S. to Move Faster
to End Internet Monopoly


Le Figaro, France
For Vladimir Putin,
Conchita Wurst is a
Tool Like No Other

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Unlike the Cold War
and Soviet propaganda,
Vladimir Putin doesn't
need to slavishly relay
his message through
the communist parties
of the West. It's enough
for him to score points
directly with a large
chunk of the population
that does not swoon
before the singing of
Conchita Wurst, and who
don't see the defense of
homosexual marriage or
the advertising of more
unbridled sexual behavior
as a priority for our
civilization, which is
struggling to deal with
other pressing issues."

— COLUMNIST
Pierre Rousselin

A THREAT TO THE WEST?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
New Space Race Will
Benefit the American
and Russian Programs

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Paradoxically, sanctions
and the end of space-level
cooperation may bring not
only losses, but benefits
for both countries. Cut off
from access to Russian
engines, space industry in
the United States will be
incentivized, accelerating
the process of decoupling
the transport of American
astronauts to ISS aboard R
ussian rockets. For their
part, the Russian Academy
of Sciences points to the
creation of a lunar base.”

—SCIENCE COLUMNIST
Karol Wσjcicki

IS THIS THE END OF A SPACE ERA?


Cicero, Germany
Americans Warming to
Warren: the 'Anti-Hillary'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"New York's largest bookstore is
filled to the brim. Many arrived
hours before the reading. While
Warren talks, questions written
on pieces of paper are collected.
What's the most asked question,
the moderator wants to know.
'Whether or not I'm running for
president,' the senator says. In
response, a woman shouts, 'Run,
Liz, run!' and applause breaks
out. Warren smiles and shakes
her head. 'No, I'm not running,'
she says. The audience responds
in unison, 'Awww!'"

— WRITER, PUBLISHER
Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer

ELIZABETH WARREN: CAN SHE WIN?


Altri Mondi, Italy
Knox Trial Shows in
Italy, the Guilty Fare
Better than Innocents

TRANSLATED FROM ITALY

"When the worst kind of
clients for defense attorneys
are the innocent, [rather
than go to trial] one is better
off pretending to have come
down with an illness and being
resigned to long therapy with
an uncertain outcome,
whatever the truth may be."

— COLUMNIST Giorgio Dell'Arti

A FRUITLESS SEACH FOR JUSTICE?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
In Ukraine, U.S. is
Dragging Us Toward
War Against Russia
IS U.S. HELPING?

“The U.S. role in
Ukraine, and its
backing for the
regime's neo-Nazis,
has tremendous
implications for the
rest of the world.”

— CORRESPONDENT
John Pilger

Cicero, Germany
The United States is the Only
Guarantor of German Liberty

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Let us not kid ourselves. In the final
analysis, every free person in this
world has only one protector and
defender: The United States of
America. Those with doubts should
put themselves in the protection of
Russia or China - whose intelligence
services act no differently than those
of the United States, by the way."

— COLUMNIST Alexander Grau

A SPIRITED DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
E.U. Court Backs 'Right to
Be Forgotten': Google Must
Amend Results on Request

“The European court judges ruled
that under the E.U. data protection
laws Google has to erase links to
two pages on La Vanguardia's Web
site from the results produced
when Gonzalez's name is put into
the search engine of the company.”

—COLUMNIST
Alexander Prokhanov


GOOGLE BUISINESS MODEL UPENDED


GUARDIAN: The 'Right to be
Forgotten' Ruling Creates
Quagmire for Google, et. al.


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Glenn Greenwald: 'The
Day We Revealed Edward
Snowden to the World'

"In the hours after his name
became known, the entire
world was searching for the
NSA whistleblower, and it
became vital that his location
in Hong Kong stay secret. In
an extract from a new book,
No Place to Hide, Greenwald
recalls the dramatic events
surrounding the moment Ed
Snowden revealed himself."

— JOURNALIST
Glenn Greenwald

GREENWALD PUBLISHES BOOK

Izvestia, Russia
Preparing 'Stalin's Eleventh
Blow': Victory Day and the
New War Against Fascism

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“As a gift for our patience and
stoicism, for our labor and our
faith, the Lord sent us Crimea.
Russian people once divided by
our enemies, united again by
victory's embrace. ... Even as
we celebrate the sacred victory
of '45, we hear the treads of
enemy tanks in eastern Ukraine,
where the bodies of militia are
mutilated, the heads of Russians
crushed. A new battle
against fascism is now inevitable.”

—COLUMNIST
Alexander Prokhanov

RUSSIAN NATIONALISM IN FULL BLOOM


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The End of American
Empire? Get Serious!

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The facts are quite different
- even if China will probably
eventually overtake America,
for now its GDP is half that of
the United States. ... Ukraine
is not an American ally, has
little impact on the global
economy, and has no natural
resources. Why should U.S.
troops die for Ukraine? Only
a few years ago, Americans
almost spent more on arms
than the rest of the world
combined. Five-year bonds
are now sold at negative
interest - meaning that,
taking inflation into account,
investors can expect a small
loss in five years, but they
are buying Treasuries anyway."

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

HARBALL ON THE GLOBAL COURT

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Victory Day Parade
in Moscow and Over Crimea

MAY 9, 01:10:26

The annual Victory Day parade, a show
of military might through the heart of
Moscow, marks 69 year since the defeat
of the Nazis, which ended World War II.

— Footage of the 2014 V-Day Parade

VLADIMIR PUTIN'S PUTTIN' ON A SHOW

RUSSIA TODAY: Russian
Air Force Victory Day
Celebrations Over Crimea


The Guardian, U.K.
Google and Facebook,
write FCC to Demand
'True Net Neutrality'

"The letter says the FCC rules
shouldn't permit 'individualized
bargaining and discrimination,'
the companies said. '[The FCC
must] take the necessary steps
to ensure that the Internet
remains an open platform
for speech and for commerce.'"

— REPORTER Harriet Salem

WEB GIANTS VS. CABLE BEHEMOTHS

GUARDIAN: Bill to Reduce
Surveillance Clears House
Judiciary Committee


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Bundestag Opposition
Threatens to Sue for
Release of NSA Files

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“The Committee of Inquiry
shouldn't turn itself into a
fig-leaf for a government
that is only pretending to
cooperate. Any limitations
on the clarification of facts
in the espionage scandal,
whether commected to
comprehensive access to
files or obtaining testimony
from Edward Snowden will
be unequivocally rejected.”

—Green Bundestag Leader
Katrin Goring-Eckardt

GERMAN GREENS TAKE A STAND


News, Switzerland
Barack Macbeth's
'Murder' of Net Neutrality

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Inequality as usual in the U.S., and
and now on the Net as well. You
think that's unimportant, irrelevant,
and the 'normal course of events?'
You are so wrong."

— COLUMNIST Regula Stampfli

OBAMA'S SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY?

Worldmeets.US, United States
AUDIO: Is U.S. Troop Return
a Raw Deal for the Philippines?
A Talk with Jarius Bondoc

RealVideoMay. 5, 00:32:43

Join us as we speak to Philippine radio
host and columnist Jarius Bondoc about
how the Philippines fits into America's
Asia Pivot. Mr. Bondoc has spoken out
in opposition to the Enhanced Defense
Cooperation Agreement with the U.S.,
which was signed during President
Obama's Asia tour, and which will give
U.S. forces nearly unlimited access to
Philippine bases for military operations.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

U.S. TROOPS TO RETURN TO PHILIPPINES

Duetche Welle, Germany
Merkel and Obama:
Together Against Putin
- for the Moment

"The NSA spy scandal remains
a sore point, and despite the
common message to Putin,
there remain differences on
new sanctions against Russia."

— COLUMNIST, Gero Schlieί

SANCTIONS AND NSA STILL DIVIDE

Duetche Welle, Germany
VIDEO: Evaluating E.U.
Enlargement; Ukraine
as a Buffer for Poland

May 2, 00:42:33

Poland has made great efforts
to woo Ukraine, Belarus and
Moldova to act as a buffer zone
between itself and Russia. That
is precisely what Russia says it
is doing to create a buffer
between itself and NATO-E.U.

— Quadriga, Duetche Welle

DIGGING DEEPER ON THE UKRAINE

The Telegraph, U.K.
'Shocking' U.S. Jobs
Data Impugns Recovery,
FED Monetary Tapering
ALARM BELLS?

“Friday's figures
are a warning
that America's
recovery may be
losing momentum.
... Bond tapering
by the FED may be
doing more harm
than expected.”

— COLUMNIST Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard

Boulevard Voltaire, France
Even Now, Anything Goes
for the Old Ku Klux Klan!

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The 'affairs' of Frazier Glenn
Miller and Donald Sterling show,
if there was any need to do so
again, the incredible hypocrisy
of American society which is
supposedly 'post-racial' or, as
Bush Jr. called it, 'color blind.'
Between the lying of the White
racists, who do precisely the
opposite of what their ideology
has always peddled, and elites
who, in private, spew out the
worst insanities, one realizes
that the multicultural varnish
is really extraordinarily thin."

— COMMENT Boulevard Voltaire

RACISM IN AMERICA: NOW WORSE?

Novaya Gazeta, Russia
NATO 'Never Promised'
Not to Expand Eastward

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“If the Russian politicians accusing
the West of deception have any
kind of documentary evidence of
promises not to expand NATO east
it would be a good time to show it.”

—COLUMNIST Alexander Chursin

RUSSIANS CALLING OUT RUSSIANS


Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Ukraine Crisis: Russia Cannot
Dispense with Using the Dollar

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"The results of our own actions
would surpass the most malicious
intentions of those now preparing
economic sanctions against Russia."

— COLUMNIST Georgiy Bovt

THE DOLLAR: STILL NO ESCAPING IT

Deutsche Welle, Germany
Merkel to Washington:
Tough Challenges for
a Troubled Friendship

“Angela Merkel has addressed
Congress and been awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom
on her U.S. visits. This time,
however, her visit to America
is overshadowed by crises, with
an ally that has become a stranger.”

—NEWS ITEM, Deutsche Welle

THE CHALLENGE OF SHOWING UNITY


DER SPIEGEL: NSA What? Spy
Scandal Unlikely to Dominate
Merkel's Visit to America

DER SPIEGEL: Bad Taste -
Ex-Chancellor Shroeder
Parties with Putin

DER SPIEGEL: Foreign Minister
Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing
a Dangerous Game'

DER SPIEGEL: No Love for
Sanctions - Ukraine Crisis a
Tightrope Walk for Business


Economist, U.K.
What Would America
Fight For?

"Americans understandably
chafe at the ingratitude of
a world that freeloads on
the economic, diplomatic
and military might of the
U.S. Americans themselves,
however, also enjoy the
exorbitant privilege of
operating in a system that,
broadly, suits them well."

— COMMMENT, Economist

CAN AMERICA BE COUNTED ON?

The Independent, U.K.
Clayton Lockett: If Massacres
Don't Change Gun Laws, then
this Won't Change Executions

SHAMEFUL

“If any execution violated
the U.S. Constitution's ban
of 'cruel and unusual
punishment,' it was
that of Clayton Lockett.”

—COLUMNIST
Rupert Cornwell

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Amanda Knox: Consider
the Facts So She Gets
the Retrial She Deserves

"The longer Italy's courts consider
the Meredith Kercher case – and
we have now had three trials, six
presiding judges, two hearings
before the Italian high court and
a third on the way – the more the
country's institutions of justice
have covered themselves in shame."

— COLUMNIST Andrew Gumbel

CAN AMANDA KNOX RECIEVE JUSTICE?

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Thank Mr. Putin for
NATO's 'Second Wind'

TRANSLATED FROM POLAND

“Let us rejoice that NATO has
not only caught a second wind,
but it has literally recovered
a reason to exist. Yesterday's
landing of Americans from
the highly-respected 173rd
Airborne Brigade is a sign of
the new defensive order in
Europe. It was not us who
forced that order into being,
but we will benefit from it.”