Diario de Noticias, Portugal
Same-Sex Marriage: A 'Fad'
that Threatens 'Civilization'
TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

GAY MARRIAGE: DID U.S. SUPREME COURT MISINTERPRET THE 14TH AMENDEMENT?

“The five deciding justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have millennia of decisive evidence against them. ... Homosexual practices have always existed, like so many other relationships - adultery, friendship, incest, camaraderie - without any civilization considering it the equivalent of family and marriage. The worse thing, however, is on another level. Above all, the evil of the decision is that it manifests the profound fragility of the U.S. Constitution, the fundamental principles of which should be above cultural fads. When nine votes intend to change the essence of human life, all of civilization is at risk. This is much more grave and dangerous than the direct effect of the decision, which incidentally, is limited to a vanishing minority group.”

—COLUMNIST Joao Cesar Das Neves   
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'Yankees' Legalize Gay
Marriage as they Outlaw
Freedom of the Press

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"The fact that same-sex marriage
prevents procreation and hence
is a direct path toward humanty's
extinction is something American
officials either pay no attention or
deliberately embrace since there
are too many of us! It now seems
that we should be leaning toward
the latter. Just as they show too
little concern for the future, U.S.
leaders are wiping their boots on
the once 'sacred' right to 'freedom
of speech.' ... The Pentagon has
released new rules for military
engagement under which American
soldiers are henceforth permitted
to open fire on war reporters!”

— COLUMNIST Serfilatov
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PENTAGON RULES AND GAY MARRIAGE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Greek Referendum 'No'
Threatens Union Dream

According to this roundup of the
Greek referendum on paying the
nation's debt, Greek voters have
voted 'no' in a landslide, meaning
that the European Central Bank
and senior EU leaders and officials
have to decide whether to cut
their losses on Greece and let it
exit the EU, agree to something
similar to what happened after
WWI and WWII - forgive much or
all of Greece's debt outright, or
some combination of the two. ...
All in all - these are dark days for
those rooting for the great post-
war experiment of united Europe.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

GREEK REJECTION OF E.U. AUSTERITY

Der Spiegel, Germany
German Press Targeted
by NSA; German Secret
Service May Have Helped

If your national spy agency is
spying on major national media
and your own government at the
behest of a foreign power, one
might begin to question German
sovereignty. The column goes into
great detail on German executive
branch lies and misstatements
that expose BND and chancellory
cooptation by the NSA, which is all
part of the Obama Administration's
war on the press and privacy. If
any intelligence issue is capable of
shaking the chancellorship of
Angela Merkel, this one is it.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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SPYING AND TREASON IN GERMANY


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Newspapers Baffled that
Readers Hate Advertising

Apparently, writes reporter
Jasper Jackson, newspapers are
alarmed that readers are using
apps to block ads. Don't their
readers know that is they don't
shovel advertising data garbage
into their brains, they would not
be able to read our journalism?
Why aren't our readers willing
to subject themselves to constant
attempts to alter their behavior
so we can pay our bills? Oh yes -
what a mystery that readers fails
to grasp these essential facts!

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

AD BLOCKERS CHANGE THE GAME

Guardian, C-SPAN, U.K., U.S.
VIDEO-TEXT: 'America's
Greece' - Puerto Rico's
Intensifying Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico is an island in the
Caribbean that became part of
the U.S. after an invasion in 1898
during the Spanish American War.
Like Greece, it has monumental
debt, now over $73 billion, and
its governor has declared that
PR cannot repay it. This is the
Guardian's analysis of the Puerto
Rico crisis, and then a oundtable
discussion that examines the dire
fiscal situation in Greece and in
Puerto Rico - and how they will
impact the eurozone and the U.S.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

U.S. THREATS: PR OUTWEIGHS GREECE

GUARDIAN LIVE BLOG: Greek
Failure to Make IMF Payment
Deals Historic Blow to Eurozone


Der Spiegel, Germany
Gay Marriage: U.S.
Sets Benchmark for
Hypocrite Germans

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"In Germany, panels continue
to 'discuss' and committees
continue to bicker while gay
and lesbian Germans remain
second-class citizens: Despite
an overwhelming majority in
polls speaking out for gender
equality; despite open lettrse
by celebrities; and despite the
common sense for which the
Germans are often so proud.
There is much to gripe about
in America - and rightly so. But
her astonishing, home-made
brand of social progress is
certainly no reason to do so.”

—COLUMNIST Marc Pitzke

EQUALITY'S LOGICAL CONCLUSION

Mediapart, France
NSA Spy Leaks Expose
Cataclysmic Failure
of French Intelligence

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Beyond the scandal that the
now-exposed American spying
will now trigger, the ease with
which the U.S. appears to be
able to intercept conversations
of top French leaders puts in
doubt the counter-intelligence
capabilities of French services.”

— REPORTERS Fabrice Arfi,
Jerome Hourdeaux and
Julian Assange (WikiLeaks)
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AN NSA STAIN ON FRENCH DGSE


Causeur, France
NATO and NSA Spying: We're
'All American Agents Now'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"France's return to NATO is the original
sin that has put France into this situation
of dependency. Revelations of these acts
of U.S. piracy against our institutions are
only a secondary phenomenon. indignation
expressed is just a facade because no
politician today proposes France withdraw
from NATO, nor are they willing to break
France's subjection to the United States.
They swallow all snakes, tolerate all insults,
and will suffer any pressure not to do so.”

— COLUMNIST Xavier Thery
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SPYING ON FRANCE: THE NATO CONNECTION


Der Spiegel, Germany
Charleston and the U.S
Confederacy: Revenge
of America's Dark Past

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The U.S. excels at pointing out injustice
in other nations. It even often helps them
cope with shameful pasts. However, the
U.S. has been less successful addressing
the dark parts of its own past. ... This
includes its treatment of the American
Indians, who were brutally repressed or
even killed because they were an obstacle
to the settlement of the West. They were
betrayed, neglected and disrespected. ...
Yet when it comes to the history of dealing
with Blacks, who were once snatched from
their homes, forced into ship galleys and
kept like animals for centuries - the
Americans seem even more forgetful.”

—COLUMNIST Markus Feldenkirchen

AMERICANS: TOO SLOW TO EXAMINE THE PAST?

FAZ, Germany
The NSA's Betrayal of
America's Oldest Ally

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"When a country like this isn't
spared the ravenous NSA's
data mania, the intelligence
service's actions against
Germany should come as no
surprise. This shows once
again that the political class in
Washington continues to lack
a sense of how to treat allies.”

— COLUMIST Nikolas Busse
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THE NSA: A LACK OF DISCRETION?


Liberation, France
NSA Spying on the French:
'Another Mask has Fallen'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Although we already knew of the
mistrust of the Americans for their
French allies, there is a very big
difference between seeking to
know the positions of the P5+1 on
Iran's nuclear program and tapping
into the personal cell phones of
Sarkozy or Hollande. If we are to
accept that today we are both allies
and competitors, it seems there are
no holds barred. Allies or not, a
relationship of mutual trust or not,
the U.S. gathers tons of data simply
because it can afford to. This is a
very serious matter for relations
between our two countries.”

— COLUMNIST Johan Hufnagel
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SURVEILLANCE ISSUES - OUR AND THEIRS


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
World According to Russia: E.U.
Sanctions are America's Doing

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The Americans have E.U. countries on a
short leash, and often without taking any
account of their opinions and interests,
impose on them anti-Russian sanctions and
attitudes. ... The U.S. is eager for Russia
to stop existing … as a country. That is
because we have such great wealth in
resources ... and the Americans believe
we dispose of that wealth inappropriately.”

— Russian Security Council
Secretary Nikolai Patrushev

U.S.-RUSSIA: SOMEONE'S LYING ... BUT WHO?

European, U.S. Outlets, U.K., Russia, U.S.
Opposition to Trade Deal
Appears Broken; Senate
Approves Fast Track Bill

GUARDIAN, RUSSIA TODAY, POLITICO

We are sorry to have to report
that the special interests that
have a chokehold on our nation
look like they'll get their wish,
after the Senate passed Fast
Track Trade promotion authority.
... If and when the larger bill
passes. likely early next week,
attention will turn to Europe,
where the TTIP is extremely
unpopular and facing resistence
in the European Parliament.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

SPECIAL INTERESTS PREVAIL AGAIN

European Outlets, Russia, U.K.
VIDEO-TEXT: WikiLeaks: NSA
Spied on French; Hollande
Calls an 'Emergency Meeting'

WIKILEAKS, GUARDIAN, RUSSIA TODAY

Fresh off publishing the 'Saudi Files',
WikiLeaks has again struck at the
well-heeled heart of diplomacy with
a French version of the NSA's spying
on Angela Merkel. This time, Wiki-
Leaks has published documents that
show the NSA spied extensively on
the last three French heads of state,
French cabinet ministers and the
French ambassador to the U.S.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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THEIR SECRETS ARE SAFE WITH US? ...


Trouw, The Netherlands
Eternal Sanctions: Why
Russian Hatred of the
West is Now so Great

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Crimea will not likely return
to Ukrainian hands. This means
sanctions imposed in response
to its annexation can't be lifted.
One can compare this with the
still-existing sanctions the E.U.
imposed on China following the
heavy-handed crackdown on
the Tiananmen Square uprising
in 1989. Sanctions bring back
neither the dead nor annexed
areas, yet they remain eternally
in force and prevent a new start.”

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WHAT IF CRIMEA STAYS RUSSIAN?

European Outlets, France, U.K.
VIDEO-TEXT: Advocates,
Detractors Take on Pope's
Climate Change Encyclical

FRANCE24, EURONEWS, THE
CATHOLIC HERALD, TELEGRAPH

Since the Pope's 'Laudato Si: On Care
for Our Common Home', was leaked,
those who side with the pope and
those who deny humanity's role in
climate change and if there is such a
thing - have been going at it hammer
and tongs. Below is video coverage
from France 24 and the Euronews,
and two of the best columns from the
opposing camp - from UK's Catholic
Herald and from The Telegraph.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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POPE'S ENCYCLICAL: THE BATTLE IS ON


Guardian, BBC, U.K.
South Carolina Governor
Wants Confederate Flag
Moved; Obama's 'N' Word

S. Carolina Governor Nikki Haley,
notably an American Indian and the
youngest governor in the Union,
has announced, after the massacre
of Black Church goers by a White
supremacist, a legislative effort to
finally remove the flag. That also
means that it isn't a done deal.
Meanwhile, President Obama has
utterred the word 'Nigger' during
an interview in the wake of the
South Carolina Church massacre.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

FLAG: IS WAR OVER - OR JUST RESUMING?

Daily Mail, U.K.
Daily Mail as GCHQ
Mouthpiece; Attacks
the Right to Privacy

In this hit piece against U.S.
firms that have decided to
stop invading the privacy
of users in favor of our
discredited spy services NSA
and GCHQ, the newspaper
repeatedly calls Edward
Snowden a 'traitor' while
parroting unsubstantiated
claims of state agencies. The
newspaper apparently thinks
that the right to privacy
means nothing and that we
should all continue to believe
the assertions of people and
agencies caught red handed
repeatedly lying to the public.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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DAILY MAIL JOINS SUNDAY TIMES


Izvestia, Russia
Russians and the Holy See:
Christian West's Defenders

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"It seems that the Roman pontiff
is prepared to contribute to the
achievement of peace in Ukraine
in exchange for Russian assistance
resolving the situation in the
Mideast, where radical Islamists
are destroying not only their
fellow Muslims, but Christians as
well. ... There is a well-known
historical anecdote. Stalin is said
to have inquired as to how many
divisions the pope had. The reply
is less well known. The pope
supposedly said, 'My division is in
Heaven, my son.' Now, in this
difficult time, this 'division'
has become vitally important.”

— COLUMNIST Pavel Svyatenkov

PUTIN AND POPE: NATURAL ALLIES?

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Putin and Pope: 'Angels
of Peace' in the Vatican

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"For several years now, Putin has
been burnishing an image deeply
rooted in the days of Tsarist Russia
as a defender of Christians in the
Middle East. So when it comes to
Middle East issues, papal diplomacy
is looking for cooperation with
Russia. An attempt to forge such
an alliance with Putin would be an
even greater delusion than
believing that gentle persuasion
would turn the Kremlin into a
real promoter of Ukraine peace.”

— COLUMNIST Tomasz Bielecki
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PUTIN AND POPE: A NEW ALLIANCE?


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
War and Data Security:
'The Best Defense is a
Better Defense'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"On the sidelines of the Munich
Security Conference as the end
of last year, FAZ spoke to CEO
of Deutsche Telekom Timotheus
Hottges and Munich Security
Conference Chairman Wolfgang
Ischinger about vulnerabilities
in cyber security today, how
increasing global instability
threatens personal and corporate
data and infrastructure, and how
NSA mass surveillance has created
a crisis of confidence between
the United States . and Europe
and in the Internet in general”

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WAR OVER THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Polityka, Poland
Americans Suffer
'Pearl Harbor Attack'
of Cyber Cold War

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"It's natural that Americans
are shocked. Since they see
themselves as a traditional
military power, they just
assume that precisely the
same hierarchy of influence
would apply in cyberspace.
Unfortunately, considering
the scale of the potential
damage, the attack on the
database of the Office of
Personnel Management can
reasonably be compared to
disastrous attack on the U.S.
fleet at Pearl Harbor. At
the time, scarcely anyone
imagined that the disdained
Japanese could pull off
such an effective strike.”

— COLUMNIST Olaf Szewczyk
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HACKING: PEARL HARBOR 2.0?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Charleston Church Shooting:
21-year-old Suspect Captured;
'Holy City' Mourns: Live Blog

"The 21-year-old white man suspected
of opening fire and killing nine people
during a prayer service at Bblack church
in Charleston, South Carolina, has been
taken into custody after the deadliest
attack on an a place of worship in years.”

— REPORTER Raya Jalabi

SOUTH CAROLINA HATE KILLER CAUGHT

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
INTERACTIVE: Opening the
Arctic - The New 'Cold War'

The borders are fuzzy and the ice is
melting, making the minerals and the
petroleum locked under the Arctic ice
is accessible for the first time. This
Guardian interactive report outlines
why hordes of Seattlites have been
interruption-kayaking in Washington's
Pudget Sound: We're on the verge of
a genuine 'Cold' War, as the energy
giants and the governments of Arctic
nations jockey and probably come to
blows over developing the region
along some of the world's newest sea
lanes, opened up thanks to a heating
climate, which is bound to get even
hotter as all that carbon is consumed.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

A COLD WAR THAT'S HEATING UP FAST

Daily Mail, Telegraph, BBC, Guardian, U.K.
Trump Joins Burgeoning
GOP Presidential Field

To the delight of the news media,
pundits and comedians alike, the
GOP presidential field just got
bigger - Donald Trump is now in
the race. Here's British reaction to
the Republican field's newest entry.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

DONALD TRUMP: A SERIOUS CONTENDER?

The Telegraph, U.K.
In Leaked Encyclical, Pope Urges
Action to Avoid 'Unprecedented
Damage' from Climate Change

"In a 192-page encyclical on global warming
that looks set to define his tenure, the Pope
paints an apocalyptic picture in which the
world's poorest are the biggest victims of a
web of environmental, human, financial and
ethical degradation that puts the entire
planet at risk. The Pope lambastes wealthy
countries for 'looting' the world and takes
aim at bankers and climate skeptics for
accelerating its decline. He warns that the
world is facing widespread crop failure,
economic ruin, mass migration and the
destruction of entire ecosystems.”

— REPORTERS Tom Bawden, Michael Day

LIVE LEAK: POPE'S ENVIRONMENT ENCYCLICAL

Bild, Germany
'Jeb' Bush: Encountering
the (Perhaps Soon-to-Be)
World's Most Powerful Man

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Men in suits, managers and bosses
have Jeb autograph his photo. The
room is packed. Every seat in the
football field-sized room is occupied.
The guests stand two or three rows
deep along the walls. At this point,
security personnel no longer allow
people into the room. More than
2,500 participants are there, among
them roughly 250 members of the
press. International media like CNBC
are on site. ... One would think Jeb
Bush was already president - and he
hadn't even announced his candidacy.
He is expected to do so on Monday
at a college in Miami, Florida. After
his father (no. 41) and his brother
(no. 43), he could become the 45th
president of the United States.”

— REPORTER Karina Mossbauer

STARGAZING WITH JEB IN GERMANY

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Jeb Bush Launches His
2016 Presidential Run:
'I Know We Can Fix This'

"The former Florida governor
announced his presidential run
in Miami with a re-invention of
'compassionate conservatism'.”

— Gurdian LIVE BLOG

JEB BUSH MAKES IT OFFICIAL

News, Switzerland
FIFA and BP: Hope
For an End to Criminal
Collusion with Tyranny

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"Columbian unionist Gilberto
Torres is suing BP in London.
13 years ago paramilitaries
kidnapped, tortured and held
him for 42 days. Now, as it is
alleged that the British oil
firm indirectly financed his
torturers, he's suing BP for
damages. ... In the same way
that Gilberto Torres is suing
BP in the hope that the global
public will acknowledge the 42
days of injustice that destroyed
his life, the fact that football
fans are openly discussing the
connection between global
oppression and fiscal policy
offers hope - if only for a day”

— COLUMNIST
Dr. Regula Stampfli
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PAYING FOR CRIMES YOU FUND


Sunday Times, Guardian, Intercept, U.K., U.S.
Britain Under Pressure to
Respond: Report says China
Decrypted Snowden Files

THREE COLUMNS ON THE STORY

Today there are new charges in
Britain's Sunday Times that China and
Russia have gotten and decrypted a
'secret cache' of Snowden files and
that 'UK agents had to be withdrawn
from live operations as a consequence.'
Here is the original column from The
Sunday Times, a write-thru from The
Guardian, and Glenn Greenwald reacts.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

NEW ALLEGATIONS: NEWS OR PROPAGANDA?

Izvestia, Russia
The Pope, IMF, and FIFA:
'Stalin's Physics' Still Hold

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"'Do you know how much our state
weighs, with all of its factories, its
machinery and its army, with all of
its weapons and fleets?' Stalin asked.
... The chief investigator replied
hesitantly, 'No one can say, Joseph
Vissarionovich [Stalin]. It is an
astronomical figure.' Stalin went on
to ask, 'Well, and can one person
stand against such an astronomical
weight?' After receiving the answer
he expected, 'no,' the leader went
on, 'Then don't report back to me
again until you have Kamenev's
confession.' Against the face of the
astronomical weight of the American
state, with its banks, gadgets, armies,
weapons and fleets, Blatter could not
resist, quickly falling to his knees.”

— COLUMNIST Maxim Sokolov
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THE LONG ARM OF AMERICAN JUSTICE


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Who's Spying?: If not
Big Brother, then Big
Brother's Brother!

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"he NSA has its 'hands tied' only when
it comes to U.S. citizens. Foreigners
can be surveilled without restriction.
... In particular, the NSA can monitor
Brits, who the U.S. Constitution does
not protect. On the other hand, GCHQ,
British electronic intelligence may,
without any limitation, listen, record
and spy on Americans. ... Just like
Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train when
two men plan a cross-murder, in the
same way fraternal spy agencies may
carry out cross-surveillance.”

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

WHY NATIONAL LAWS MEAN NOTHING

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Watchdog Issues Chancellery
'Ultimatum' on NSA 'Selectors'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The G-10 Commission has issued the
government an ultimatum. Either the
members of the intelligence oversight
committee, which have been holding
closed-door meetings, are given access
to the list of potentially-illegal NSA
selectors [search terms], or they will
not authorize additional monitoring
activities by German intelligence. ...
The very fact that something involving
the G-10 Commission is being publicly
disclosed speaks to great frustration
among Commission members. They
clearly feel they've been hoodwinked
by both the Chancellory and the BND.”

— COLUMNIST Thorsten Denkler

GERMAN CIVIL WAR OVER NSA 'SELECTORS'

The Telegraph, U.K.
Pornhub to Make
Porn Film in Space

U.S.-Based Porn purveyer
Pornhub intends to go
where no known human
sexual act has occurred
before (so we are told),
according to this column
from The Independent.
The project, which is
being crowdfunded,
seeks to raise $3.4 million.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

THE FIRST ... 'SEXTRANAUGHTS?'

La Quadrature du Net, France
'French Patriot Act' Passes:
Public Liberties Abandoned
as Senators Cast their Votes

Tis' the season to pass draconian spy bills
that violate the civil liberties of citizens.
Browbeaten by fear-monger colleagues,
France's La Quadrature reports opponents
of the new spy law relented in the end.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS WINS THE DAY


BBC NEWS: British Spy
Watchdog says Laws Now
'Fragmented' and 'Obscure'

BBC NEWS: Is Report a Sensible
Way Forward on Surveillance?


Russia Today, Russia
TTIP Vote at European Parliament
Postponed Over 'Political Divisions'

Europe Opponents of the Trans-Atlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership in the European
Parliament have succeeded in preventing the
measure from coming to a vote due to 'political
divisions.' That's good, because otherwise we'll
all soon be living in some variation of the 1975
film 'Roller Ball'.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

EUROPEAN TTIP OPPONENTS LOB MONKEY WRENCH


RUSSIA TODAY: Profits Trump Public
Health: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex
Published by WikiLeaks

Guardian, Ruptly, U.K., Russia
VIDEO AND TEXT: Jeb
Bush in Berlin: Remember
my Dad, Not my Brother

ANALYSIS AND SPEECH VIDEO

If you've been following the GOP
presidential nomination race, you
know that yet another Bush looks
determined to sit in the Oval Office
- one John Ellis 'Jeb' Bush. 'Jeb' as
he is commonly reffered to, is
making his first trip to Europe as an
undeclared candidate. This is video
coverage of Jeb's entire speech to
members of Angela Merkel's CDU
and the Guardian's write-thru. Jeb
emphasized his father's George HW
Bush's achievements, without ever
mentioning his brother's war-laden
and unpopular two-term presidency.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

'NON-CANDIDATE' JEB VISITS GERMANY


REUTERS, TELEGRAPH: Obama,
Cameron, Order More Troops to Iraq

EU OBSERVER: NATO Solidarity
Lacks Public Support

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Lawyers Ask Secret
Court to Ignore Public Court's
Decision on Mass Surveillance

What kind of a democracy, what kind
of republic, is the United States, when its
its chief executive goes to a secret court
that operates outside the Constitution and
asks it to ignore the decision of a duly-
constituted federal court, so that the
federal government can continue to
violate the law and the Bill of Rights?
This is so far beyond the pale that the
one can no longer even see the pale.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE 'RULE OF LAW'?


GUARDIAN: Tech Industry
Groups Urge Obama to
Avoid weakening Encryption

Le Temps, Switzerland
Sepp Blatter Toppled by So-
Called 'Masters of the World'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Blatter's reputation has been tarnished
by those who incorrectly imagine that
they have the innate right to rule the
world. ... UEFA - therefore indirectly
Europe - with the support of the U.S.,
wants to impose its will on the nearly 7
billion other human beings that inhabit
the earth. ... Why haven't we waited
for the conclusions of justice? Justice?
Hmm ... what kind of justice is this?
American justice, which also appears
to cover the jurisdiction of the Swiss.”

— CONGOLESE DIPLOMATIC
CONSULTANT J.J. Arthur Malu-Malu

NOT ALL APPLAUD BLATTER'S DEPARTURE

G7 Summit, Germany
VIDEOS: Obama, Merkel G7
Closing Press Conferences

June 8, 2015

The G7 Summit is Over, and the two
leaders that appear to count the most
have offered their summations. As
usual, the interesting parts are the
Q&A with the media at the end.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

G7 SUMMIT: AN END TO OIL DEPENDENCE?

Guardian, Telegraph U.K.
Fossil Fuel Phaseout,
Trade Opposition and
Usefulness of the G7

SIX COLUMNS OF NOTE FROM THE G7

Today is the second and last
day of the G7, and to no one's
surprise little of consequence
has been accomplished. Here
are today's notable headlines
from G7 Summit in Germany.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

G7 2015: WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED?

Russian and European Broadcasts
VIDEOS: G7 Summit Opens
in Germany with Beer,
Sausages and Protesting

TEN VIDEOS FROM EUROPE AND RUSSIA

This is our first look at the G7
Summit that just began in the
Bavarian resort of Garmisch-
Partenkirchen. The venue is
well removed from civilization
to prevent any of the protests
taking place from fouling the
atmosphere so participants can
discuss the growing list of
vexing problems that the
Western powers along with
Japan are struggling to address,
starting with Putin and the
Ukraine crisis, the catastrophe
in the Middle East and the threat
to the world oil supply, the
Greece crisis, immigration,
trade, global pandemics, etc.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

BEER, SAUSAGES AND CATASTROPHE

U.K. and U.S. Publications
Mass Surveillance, Spooks &
Liars: NSA, FBI Wrongdoing;
DHS Incompetence; Edward
Snowden's First Ever Op-Ed

TEN JUICY COLUMNS FROM U.K, U.S.

In addition to Edward Snowden's first
op-ed two years after his saga began,
there is a trove of reporting on NSA
and FBI wrongdoing and outright
incompetence on the part of the
Department of Homeland Security,
which has failed, as it seems to do a
few times a month, to prevent a data
breach of U.S. government computers.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

THE ART OF SPYING ON AMERICANS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Try Telling Sepp Blatter We
Live in Post-American World

"The FIFA corruption investigation
stands out not only as a momentous
event for football fans and sport
overall; and comes as a thunderbolt
in international relations. A shift has
occurred - though there is no way to
know how significant or durable it is.”

— FORMER LE MONDE MANAGING
EDITOR Natalie Nougayred

A NOT-SO-POST-AMERICAN WORLD?

REUTERS: Russia's 2018 World
Cup Already Looks Like a Mess


Liberation, France
Mass Surveillance:
'Security' of Slaves

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The fight against terror
is a pretext for rather
than an objective of the
new surveillance law.
Our societies have
reached a stage in which
constant, continuous and
total surveillance is being
imposed as a method of
government. We can be
certain, however, that
as a result of this law,
others will be introduced
to reinforce this super-
surveillance that will soon
invade even our thoughts.”

— COLUMNIST
Marcela Iacub,

SECURITY ... OR TYRANNY?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Chuck Blazer
says FIFA Execs Took Bribes
over 1998, 2010 World Cups

Former FIFA exec Chuck Blazer, who
turned state's evidence and is singing
like a canary about corruption at the
heart of the organization, has said in
court documents released today that
FIFA executive committee members
accepted bribes in exchange for the
awarding of a number of World Cups,
including South Africa in 2002 and
France in 1998. This is the Guardian's
LIVE BLOG of articles, videos, Tweets
from around the world on the news
which is shaking FIFA's foundations.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CHUCK BLAZER: SINGING LIKE A CANARY

GUARDIAN: Chuck Blazer: 'I took Bribes
over the 1998 and 2010 World Cups'

GUARDIAN: South African Sports Chief
Denies '$10 Million was a Bribe'

GUARDIAN: FIFA: Global Politics,
Resentment Hamper Reform Agenda


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
BBC Probe: Olympic Champs
'Doped' by American Coach

1982 Boston Marathon champ and coach
to some of the world's leading runners,
American Alberto Salazar, is accused of
doping clients, calling into question the
accomplishments of people like British
Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, who
trained alongside U.S. record holder
Galen Rupp at the Nike Oregon project
training facility. Rupp stands accused of
using banned substance under Salazar.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

RUPP-SALAZAR-FARAH: REPUTATIONS AT RISK

Amnesty International, U.K.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
at Amnesty International

JUNE 2, 2015, 00:49:32

Edward Snowden appeared Tuesday
at an event held by Amnesty Intl.
He explained what it feels like to
have triggered one of the great
debates of our young century, and
outlined what he thinks will be the
ramifications of the reform that has
resulted from all the turmoil. He
then answered questions from
a very supportive audience.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

SNOWDEN AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL


GUARDIAN: A 'Huge Victory' for
Snowden – and it's Not Over Yet

THE INDEPENDENT: Becoming
'International Fugitive' Worth It
'

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Snowden's 'Vindication':
NSA Surveillance Reform
Passed by U.S. Congress

This certainly looks like a victory
against the deep state, which
remains intent on surveillance-r
elated war profiteering. The truth
is that we still know very little
about other programs that NSA
uses, many which undoutedly
involve collecting data on every
one of us. This is the Guardian's
write-thru on the death of NSA
administered bulk data collection.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

SNOWDEN: AMERICA'S PRIVACY APOSTLE

News, Switzerland
Obliging Automation to
Work for the Human Race

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"No, this isn't a joke; we're probably
at the beginning of an upheaval the
likes of which we have never seen
before. By all indications, once
machines replace muscles, they will
then take over the duties of the brain.
Whether it takes 10, 20, or 50 years
is irrelevant in fact. What is much
more important is to plan for a time
certain to arrive, because these
technical breakthroughs will be
accompanied by unparalleled societal
and economic upheaval.”

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer
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DOES AUTOMATION HAVE TO BE FEARED?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Bush-Era Surveillance
Powers Expire; America
Prepares NSA Roll Back

"Sweeping intelligence capabilities
exposed by Edward Snowden shut
down after hawks concede defeat
on first major reform in generation.”

— REPORTERS Dan Roberts, Ben
Jacobs and Spencer Ackerman

2015: THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSTITUTION

Guardian, Deutsche Welle, U.K., Germany
Midnight Showdown
in Senate as Patriot
Act Nears Expiration

At midnight, global attention
will be drawn to the Senate,
where national security stateVIDO
fear mongers will confront a
handful of Consitutionalists
over the bulk collection of all
Americans' phone records in
the form of metadata. The
Guardian, which first broke the
Snowden story, has a number
of columns on the issue today,
and Germany's Deutcshe Welle
has posted a column on how
U.S. policy went off the rails
when the U.S. surveillance
state seized unprecedented
authority - and money - after
the September 11 attacks.”

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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SHOWDOWN IN THE U.S. SENATE


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
U.S. Spies and Merkel:
For Years, 'Guided
by Wishful Thinking'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Anyone who doubts lies
were told needs to ask
himself two questions in
particular: What led
Chancellor Merkel, her
chief of staff and her
spokesman Steffen
Seibert to claim there
would be a no-spy deal
with the United States?
And what led them to say
that the Americans had
themselves proposed one?”

— COLUMNIST
Thorsten Denkler

DOUBTS ABOUT MERKEL GROW

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Islamic State Threatens
Rare Bird with Extinction

Those who questioned whether
Ron Paul helped himself with his
Senate filibuster are taking back
their words, after the Senate
failed to pass reforms needed to
extend Section 215, which has
allowed for the bulk collection
of all phone records by the NSA.
Right now, a desperate Mitch
McConnell, after failing to
achieve a temporary extension,
is now asking for an extension
until June 6, then June 5, then
June 4, then June 3 - with Paul
objecting to each. High drama.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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IT'S NOW RAND PAUL'S SENATE


The Telegraph, U.K.
FIFA to Learn a Stern
Lesson in 'Vigor' of
American Prosecution

In what can only be regarded
as a global sports earthquake,
senior executives of one of
the most corrupt sporting
institutions in the world are
threatened with jail time and
worse - seizure of their assets.
The charges, which are based
on an F.B.I. investigation,
allege widespread corruption
in FIFA over the past 20 years,
involving bids for World Cups
and marketing and broadcast
deals. Telegraph columnist
Ben Wright notes with glee
that at long last, America's
'global police' will deliver
justice in a way authorities in
Europe, Africa or anywhere
else has roundly failed to do.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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STRIKE AT CORRUPTION IN SPORT


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Putin on Poland: An
Ally of Adolph Hitler?

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"From Red Square, where
the 70th anniversary
of victory was celebrated,
conciliatory words flowed
directed at the West. The
very next day, however,
Putin accused Poland of
collaborating with Hitler.

— CORRESPONDENTS
Waclaw Radziwinowicz,
Bartosz T. Wielinski
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TALKING SMACK ON VICTORY DAY


Knack, The Netherlands
Declassified U.S. Defense
Document: 'Islamic State
Exactly What [We] Want'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"In August 2012, the U.S. Defense
Intelligence Agency had already
predicted the emergence of the
Islamic State, but it wasn't labeled
as an absolute enemy. Instead, the
report suggests that the terror
group could be deployed as a
strategic pawn of the Americans.”

— COLUMNIST Wided Bouchrika

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT ISLAMIC STATE

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
USA Freedom Act Fails;
NSA Bulk Collection
Now in Serious Doubt

Those who questioned whether
Ron Paul helped himself with his
Senate filibuster are taking back
their words, after the Senate
failed to pass reforms needed to
extend Section 215, which has
allowed for the bulk collection
of all phone records by the NSA.
Right now, a desperate Mitch
McConnell, after failing to
achieve a temporary extension,
is now asking for an extension
until June 6, then June 5, then
June 4, then June 3 - with Paul
objecting to each. High drama.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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IT'S NOW RAND PAUL'S SENATE


Joop, The Netherlands
'Terror War': Why Militant
Islam isn't about Religion

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"The war on terror generation, for
which concepts like 'democracy' and
'human rights' exist mostly as one-
liners invented to sell war, is the
result of years of interventions,
bloody wars, Western support for
brutal and extremely conservative
regimes and economic exhaustion.
The West has proven itself to be an
enemy. Radical Islam is putting the
enemy in its place - and therein
lays its appeal.”

— COLUMNIST Dirk Wanrooij

HAS WESTERN POLICY GIVEN BIRTH
TO THE MODERN TERRORISM CRISIS?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Bin Laden's Compound:
Chomsky, Woodward,
Conspiracies, Letters
to His Family and Porn

If we are to believe the origins
of these documents released by
the office of DNI chief James
Clapper - a man who has been
exposed as a liar to American
people and violator of his oath
of office - Osama bin Laden was
quite an eclectic reader, family
man and a major porn collector.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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DOCS: WHEREVER THEY WERE FOUND


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA Surveillance Opposed
by American Voters of All
Parties: Poll of Likely Voters

"With five days in the legislative calendar
remaining before a pivotal aspect of the
Patriot Act expires, a new poll shows
general antipathy to mass surveillance,
a sense of where the debate over the
NSA's powers stands out of Washington.”

— REPORTERS
Spencer Ackerman, Sabrina Siddiqui

WHOSE CONGRESS IS THIS, ANYWAY?

International Business Times, U.K.
Top Banks Slapped With Huge
Fines and 'Criminal Charges',
for Currency Manipulation

"A handful of the world’s largest banks
will pay a total of $5.7 billion and plead
guilty to criminal antitrust violations in
connection with a worldwide currency
manipulation scheme. Using names like
'The Cartel' and 'The Mafia,' the groups
colluded to make last-minute trades
to nudge rates to profit their banks.”

— CORRESPODENT Owen Davis
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JAMIE DAIMON, OTHER CULPRITS WALK FREE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
VIDEO AND TEXT: Extreme
Athlete Dean Potter Killed in
Yosemite Wingsuit Mishap

"Without evidence, 'whistleblower' Edward
Snowden is dispensing revelations about the
Dutch Intelligence and Security Service, the
AIVD, and journalists are eagerly lapping it
up: Self-hatred, distrust of our institutions
is clearly deeply-rooted in our politically-
correct media. Already in 2014 Snowden
was making these allegations, even as he sat
in the lap of the FSB - the Russian security
service. He no longer has access to the NSA,
so he invents everything, yet there are
idiots in the media who believe him.”

— REPORTER Caty Enders

BASE JUMPING PIONEER DEAN POTTER DEAD

Der Spiegel, Germany
Betrayal and Betrayers:
Merkel's High-Risk Silence
in the NSA-BND Scandal

"Breaking foreign law on foreign
soil - such as telecommunications
laws - can at times be tolerated
because there's no way around it.
But breaking the law at home,
against your own people, that is
another matter. In democratic
nations, the intelligence services
consider this to be ethically
unacceptable. These are things
that the BND's senior leaders well
know. And Merkel well knows.”

— COLUMNIST Klaus Brinkbaumer
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CAN TIGHT-LIPS, TOO, SINK SHIPS?


Elsevier, The Netherlands
New 'Revelations': Snowden No
Whistleblower - He's a Traitor!

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Without evidence, 'whistleblower' Edward
Snowden is dispensing revelations about the
Dutch Intelligence and Security Service, the
AIVD, and journalists are eagerly lapping it
up: Self-hatred, distrust of our institutions
is clearly deeply-rooted in our politically-
correct media. Already in 2014 Snowden
was making these allegations, even as he sat
in the lap of the FSB - the Russian security
service. He no longer has access to the NSA,
so he invents everything, yet there are
idiots in the media who believe him.”

— COLUMNIST Afshin Ellian

COLUMNIST FALLS FOR SNOWDEN HOAX

Die Tageszeitung, Germany
Thank You Soviets for
Nazi Defeat; Thank God
You Didn't Win Alone

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Soviet Union set us free -
it defeated Hitler. For this she
is owed our eternal gratitude.
That Germany is a free nation
today is largely due to the fact
that the United States and not
the Soviet Union won the Cold
War. If things had been the
other way around, in Berlin
today there would still be
military parades, flag waving
and a dictator contradicted
only at one's personal peril.”

— COLUMNIST
Harald Martenstein
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IF SOVIETS HAD WON ON THEIR OWN


The Telegraph, U.K.
Human Attention Span
Now Shorter than that of
Goldfish: Microsoft Study

"In 2000 the average attention span
was 12 seconds, but this has now
fallen to just eight. The goldfish is
believed able to maintain a nine.”

— REPORTERS
Chris McGreal and Matt Isaacs
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HUMANS: NOW RIGHT BEHIND GOLDFISH ...


Guardian Unlimited U.K.
Senate to Vote Today on
Obama's Trade Deals in
Three Separate Measures

"Under the agreement, the Senate
will hold a series of votes Thursday
on three separate trade measures:
two standalone votes on bills that
reflect the Democrats’ priorities,
including one that would address
China currency manipulation, and
then another vote on a bill that
would give Obama so-called
'fast-track' negotiating authority.”

—CORRESPONDENT Sabrina Siddiqui

GUARDIAN: The Secret Corporate
Takeover of Trade Agreements


Guardian Unlimited U.K.
Obama's Plans for Trade
Deals with Asia and Europe
in Tatters after Senate Vote

Will this be the moment that the handful
of special interests that steer U.S. trade
policy (essentially the multinationals who
benefit from it most and which write the
Congress' legislation) change tack and
grasp the fact that the way they negotiate
trade deals in their own selfish interests
is no longer acceptable? Don't count on it.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

TPP DEFEAT: WIN FOR THE COMMON MAN?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Sheldon Adelson, Denying
Ties to Organized Crime in
China, Protests Too Much

"Adelson accused his former CEO
Steven Jacobs of 'squealing like a
pig to the government' in taking
his accusations to the American
authorities. If these allegations
are shown to be true, Adelson's
Vegas gambling licences could be
in jeopardy because associations
with organized crime could bring
action by the state of Nevada's
gambling authorities, which are
always sensitive to Las Vegas'
history with the mafia. That could
threaten the huge sums of money
Adelson feeds the Republican party.”

— REPORTERS
Chris McGreal and Matt Isaacs
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ADELESON: FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE


London Review of Books, U.K.
Sy Hersh: Official Tale
of bin Laden's Death
Almost Entirely False

"The White House story might
have been written by Lewis
Carroll; Senior lying remains
the modus operandi of U.S.
policy, in addition to secret
prisons, drone attacks, Special
Forces night raids, bypassing
the chain of command, cutting
out those who might say no.”

—INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
Seymour Hersh

BIN LADEN: MORE LIES THAN TRUTH

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
NSA-BND Scandal:
See No Evil, Hear No
Evil, Speak No Evil

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The BND affair began as
early as 2002. In the year
following the 9-11 attacks,
the BND and NSA agreed
to a 'Memorandum of
Understanding.' Germans
were expected to support
American communications
monitoring: NSA provided
the BND with search terms,
the so-called selectors,
which were used to trawl
through data streams. ... In
2005 the Germans made
an unpleasant discovery:
The NSA had issued search
terms by which the U.S.
wanted to spy on German/
European companies EADS
(now Airbus) & Eurocopter,
as well as French authorities.
Apparently, the Chanceller's
Office was not informed.”

— COLUMNIST Markus C.
Schulte von Drach
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NSA-BND: BODY OF LIES


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
China Invites Russian
Troops to World War
II Parade in Beijing

"China has been coy about
which countries it plans to
invite to the parade, but
says it will most likely ask
representatives from the
Western allies who fought
with China during the war.
... President Xi could be
left standing on stage with
very few Western officials.”

— NEWS ITEM, The Guardian

RUSSIA AND CHINA ON PARADE

GUARDIAN: NATO Kicks Out Russian
Spies; but Revives Kremlin Hotline


Russia Today, Ruptly, Russia
VIDEOS: Celebrations from
Russia of 70th Victory Day

Good evening everyone. If you were
waiting to see how the Russians would
celebrate the 70th anniversary of Nazi
Germany's defeat, you're in luck. From
its Victory Day studio on Moscow in high
definition, Russia Today captured every
second from Moscow and across Russia.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

FROM RUSSIA: VICTORY DAY 2015

Russia Today, Euronews,
Der Spiegel and CBC

VIDEOS: 70 Years Later
- Russia, Europe Recall
Victory Over the Nazis

This is a selected series of videos
from Europe and Russia about VE-
Day 2015, the 70th anniversary
of Germany's WWII surrender.
They include historic footage,
drone footage, RT's Crosstalk
program and live events. We will
begin with the Russians, who
will celebrate the 70th Victory Day
tomorrow, and then Germans,
French, British and the Canadians.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

RECALLING A MASS SLAUGHTER

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Federal Court Rules NSA Mass
Phone Surveillance Revealed
by Edward Snowden 'Illegal'

"To allow the government to collect
phone records only because they may
be relevant to a possible authorized
investigation in the future fails even
the permissive ‘relevance’ test. ...
We agree with appellants that the
government’s case is 'irreconcilable
with the statute's plain text.'”

— CORRESPONDENTS Dan Roberts
and Robert Ackerman

PRIVACY: MEASURE OF JUSTICE AT LAST

Der Spiegel, Germany
BND Spying for the NSA:
Merkel Now Owns Scandal

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The federal government has told
lies about its own involvement in
total surveillance. ... From the
moment the NSA revelations began
there were signs that a cover-up
might be in Merkel's interest. ...
The revelations of Snowden have
finally taken a place in the public
mind that they always should have.”

— COLUMNIST Sascha Lobo
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WHAT DID SHE KNOW - AND WHEN?


Deutsche Welle, RT, Germany, Russia
VIDEO AND TEXT: German
Intelligence Halts Monitoring
Internet on Behalf of NSA

It's been a hard week for the insatiable
data suckers at the NSA. Not only has a
federal court ruled its collection of
phone and metadata of inncocent
Americans illegal, but to add insult to
injury, German media reports say that
that since the beginning of the week,
the German intelligence service or
BND stopped monitoring the Internet
on behalf of the U.S. agency. According
to Deutsche Welle, only 'information
from faxes and phone calls' continues to
be monitored and sent to the NSA.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

The Telegraph, U.K.
Will Chelsea Clinton be
Major Factor in 2016?

"While the elder Mrs. Clinton
has attempted to play down
her own ties to the financial
industry in recent weeks, her
daughter's image as a working
mother in a young family is
exactly the sort of thing she
will want to emphasise.”

— NEWS ITEM, Telegraph

CHELSEA: DOES SHE MATTER?

Financial Times, U.K.
Investigators Probing Role of
Merkel's Office in Spy Scandal

"Prosecutor Harald Range confirmed he
is investigating the chancellery's role in
allegations that the BND helped the NSA
focus on European targets, including
Airbus and the French presidency.”

— COLUMNIST Stefan Wagstyl

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Pressure on Merkel to 'Reveal
All' on Spying Deal with NSA

"Merkel's reputation as an unassailable
chancellor is under threat amid mounting
pressure for her to reveal how much
she knew about a German-supported U.S.
spying on European firms and officials.”

— CORRESPONDENT Kate Connolly
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MERKEL'S HOLD: COULD THIS BE THE END?


Sputnik, Russia
Austria Demands Answers
on German-U.S. Spying on
E.U. Officials, Companies

"Austria has filed a formal complaint
over suspicions that German and U.S.
intelligence agencies have spied on
its authorities and firms, says Austria
Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner.”

— REPORTERS Jon Swaine,
Oliver Laughland

Russia Today, Russia
‘French Surveillance Law
'Worse than Patriot Act'

"A surveillance law is pointless in
terms of stopping terrorism and
the attack in Texas has proven
that. ... Even U.S. officials who
have studied it have concluded
that it has been completely
unsuccessful in preventing any
kind of attack. The French Prime
Minister rejects the comparison
with the U.S. Patriot Act because
everyone is outraged at what the
NSA has been doing.”

— Dave Lindorff, Founder of
This Can't Be Happening

FRENCH SPYING POWER EXPANDS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Freddie Gray Officer
Threatened Murder-
Suicide: Court Docs

"'Brian Rice, who pursued
and arrested Gray after
the 25-year-old 'caught his
eye' on April 12, was given
administrative suspension
after being hospitalized for
a mental health evaluation
when he warned he was
preparing to shoot himself
in April 2012.'”

— REPORTERS Jon Swaine,
Oliver Laughland
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ARRESTING OFFICER UNBALANCED?


Corriere Della Sera, Italy
Courageous Mothers
of Western Baltimore:
America's 'Tiger Moms'

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"How is Baltimore different than
Ferguson? One answer comes
from the symbolic image-of-the-
moment which has emerged
from the madness that struck this
Maryland city: African-American
mothers are going out to take
back their black hoodie-clad sons.
They look menacing, but these
mother-tigers, different in their
anguish from those in Asia who
push their kids toward scholastic
excellence, grab their kids by
the scruff of the neck, slapping
and shoving them away from
looting and burning.”

— COLUMNIST Massimo Gaggi
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MOTHER BECOMES GLOBAL SYMBOL


Keiser Report, Russia Today
VIDEO: Bank Fraud and
Neverending Baltimores

May 4, 00:23:37

Financial analyst Max Keiser and
partner Stacy Herbert connect
the dots between the criminal
activity of the major banks and
the unrest that has taken hold
across many parts of the United
States in this latest edition of
The Keiser Report. Keiser calls
what's happening in places like
Baltimore 'a genocide to keep
the Ponzi scheme' of negative
interest rates going.

— THE KEISER REPORT

BALTIMORE: THE REAL DEAL

Der Speigel, Germany
Merkel in 'Tight Spot'
Over NSA-BND Scandal

"The government appears to
have known of widespread
U.S. spying, possibly including
economic espionage, against
European targets and yet it
seems it did nothing to stop it.”

—REPORTERS Nikolaus Blome,
Maik Baumgartner, Matthias
Gebauer, Hubert Gude, Frank
Hornig, Martin Knobbe, Veit
Medick, Gordon Repinski,
Marcel Rosenbach, Sven
Robel, Jorg Schindler,
Fidelius Schmid, Holger Stark,
and Gerald Traufetter

DOES SCANDAL PUT MERKEL AT RISK?

Euronews, France
Snowden, Assange, Manning
Statues are Unveiled in Berlin

"aking a stand in Berlin's Alexanderplatz
are whistleblowers Chelsea Manning,
Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. All
three figures are considered heroes on
the left for leaking U.S. spy documents.”

— NEWS ITEM, Euronews

GERMANS HONOR U.S. SURVEILLANCE LEAKERS

Daily Mail, U.K.
Internet said to be on
the 'Brink of Collapse'

"Communication networks face
a potentially disastrous 'capacity
crunch' as demand for online data
outstrips the capacity of optical
fibres that carry Internet signals.”

— SPOKESMAN FOR The Royal Society

Handelsblatt, Germany
Black Unrest in America:
The 'Middle Class Effect'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Many of the demonstrators are
young people who see very few
prospects for themselves. The
middle and poorer classes still
suffer - despite, when compared
to Europe at least, was a strong
economic recovery over recent
years. ... The rich get richer and
the poor ... poorer. This law
applies to U.S. society as a whole
- and for Blacks it's even worse.”

— COLUMNIST Thomas Jahn

RACISM OR DOLLARS AND CENTS?

Le Monde, France
'Soul Searching' in
Prison-Mad America

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The first Black U.S. president
has been reluctant to make
defending African-Americans
a priority. Now that at the end
of his second term Obama has
nothing to lose, his call for
soul-searchingh is welcome.
But the soul searching he is a
ppealing for also involves a
reexamination of penal policy:
there are 2.3 million Americans
now held in U.S. prisons, and
a large minority (40 percent)
are Black. With astonishing
candor, Bill Clinton recently
acknowledged that the policy
of radical repression adopted
in the 1990s during his two
terms in office had 'overshot
the mark.' It is far overdue for
some lessons to be drawn.”

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde
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PRISONS: 'OVERSHOOTING THE MARK'?


The Telegraph, U.K.
TEXT-AUDIO: 'Your Ridiculous
Election' - Author PJ O'Rourke
on the Britain's Upcoming Poll

"So let's see if I've got this straight. Scottish
Nationalists who don't want to be part of
Great Britain may play a large part in how
Great Britain is governed, even though the
point of Scottish Nationalism is not to be
governed by Great Britain.”

— AUTHOR AND HUMORIST PJ O'Rourke

PJ O'ROURKE SHEDS HUMOR ON U.K. POLLS

Financial Times, U.K.
E.U. Widens Probe into
U.S. Tech Firms' Use of
User Data, Search Results

"The EU's intensifying assault on
big American tech groups has
triggered accusations in the U.S.,
including from President Obama,
that this amounts to protectionism.”

— CORRESPONDENTS Duncan
Robinson and Alex Barker

El Pais, Spain
Tightrope: Punishing Putin
While Seeking His Support

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The civil war destroying Syria will
not end without the help of Russia,
a power that supports and nurtures
the Assad regime. It's there that the
epicenter of an earthquake with
colossal repercussions can be found,
such as the growing threat of the
Islamic State and the resulting
centrifugal movement of people
fleeing barbarity and death. ... One
must include Russia, yet the Kremlin's
abuses cannot go unanswered.”

— COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

CAN'T LIVE WITH HIM OR WITHOUT HIM

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Mr. Comey's 'Regret':
When saying 'Sorry' is
'Beneath U.S. Dignity'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"'An expression of regret in
the language of diplomacy
means a lot,' says Foreign
Minister Schetyna. 'In English,
"I regret" implies a person
has made the decision to
repent. That shows courage
on the part of the FBI director.
'I am sorry' means "I apologize
to someone for something I
did," which suggests a
dependence on the person
being apologized to. That
would be beneath the dignity
of the FBI director and the U.S.'”

— Polish Foreign Minister
Grzegorz Schetyna
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COMEY: TIME TO SAY 'SORRY'?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Freddie
Gray Funeral Leads
to Baltimore Unrest;
State of Emergency

"It's a very delicate balancing
act, because, while we tried
to make sure that they were
protected from the cars and
the other things that were
going on, we also gave those
who wished to destroy the
space to do that as well.”

— BALTIMORE MAYOR
Rawlings-Blake

SERIOUS UNREST IN MARYLAND

The Telegraph, U.K.
Merkel Government 'Aware
of U.S. Attempts to Spy on
France, Europe Companies'

"Angela Merkel’s government knew
of attempts by the U.S. to spy on the
French authorities and European
defence firms as long ago as 2008,
according to the newest claims. ...
Prosecutors are probing allegations
that the BND spy agency acted against
German interests by spying on E.U.
targets on behalf of the U.S. NSA.”

— CORRESPONDENT Justin Huggler

Berliner Morganpost, Germany
NSA 'Treason' Charge:
Will Intelligence Chief
Act as Sacrificial Lamb?

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Politicians of varying persuasions
are using strong words to discuss
the new NSA surveillance affair
revelations: There has been talk
of a 'scandal in a class all its own;'
a BND that is no more than a
'branch of the U.S. intelligence
services;' and a 'willing tool' of
the Americans. ... This raises
questions about how effectively
overseen the intelligence
services are in this country.”

— COLUMNIST Marcel Furstenau
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WILL BND CHIEF PAY THE PRICE?


DEUTSCHE WELLE: Intelligence
Oversight Fails in Germany


Deutsche Welle, Germany
Spy Chief Faces Calls
to Resign Following
New NSA Revelations

"German politicians express
outrage following reports
that the BND helped the NSA
spy in Europe. The opposition
wants BND President Gerhard
Schindler to offer to resign.”

— NEWS ITEM, Deutche Welle

DEUTSCHE WELLE: Chancellory
Spokesman on NSA Scandal -
'No Better Partner than USA'


OVB Online, Germany
Latest NSA Revelations
Pose 'Danger' to Merkel

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"This time it isn’t about fighting
terrorism, but classical industrial
espionage. The defensive reaction
of the [German] government
camp indicate danger ahead: BND
Chief Gerhard Schindler say he
belatedly learned about these
operations and political leaders
only much later. This reflects
badly on him and plunges the
Chancellor's Office into trouble.”

— COLUMNIST Georg Anastasiadis

NSA SCANDAL: MERKEL IN HOT SEAT

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Inside Obama's Drone
Panopticon: a Secret
Machine without
Any Accountability

"An apparatus of secrecy,
built over decades and
zealously enforced by Mr.
Obama, is preventing any
meaningful open scrutiny
of 'signature strikes' -
which permit the CIA to
kill without requiring it
to know who they kill.”

— COLUMNIST
Spencer Ackerman
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TIME TO CALL OFF THE DRONES?


Der Spiegel, Germany
German BND Helped Spy
on Germans, Europeans,
European Firms for NSA

"In 2008, at the latest, it became
apparent that NSA selectors were
not only limited to terrorist and
weapons smugglers. They also
included the European defense
company EADS, the helicopter
manufacturer Eurocopter and
French agencies. But it was only
after the revelations made by
whistleblower Edward Snowden
that the BND decided to probe
the issue. In October of 2013, an
investigation concluded that at
least 2,000 of these selectors
were aimed at West European
or even German interests.”

— REPORTERS Maik Baumgartner,
Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude,
Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius
Schmid, Jorg Schindler

GERMAN ON GERMAN SPYING FOR NSA

Le Courrier, Switzerland
Impunity of Multinational
Companies Must End with
Overdue Global Treaty

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"From their European or American
headquarters, multinational firms
aren't content simply exploiting the
competition between workers.
They also take advantage of legal
borders to skirt their corporate
responsibilities. He who pays issues
the orders? Perhaps, but those
doing the ordering now wash their
hands of the acts committed in their
name around the planet. ... We can't
simply accept that companies which
govern the lives of hundreds of
millions remain above the law.”

— COLUMNIST Benito Perez
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IS IT TIME TO REIGN IN CORPORATISM?


BBC News, U.K.
U.S. Admits 3 American
Citizens and One Italian
Killed in al-Qaeda Raids

The United States made an odd
admission today. On one hand,
it says it accidentally killed an
American and an Italian citizen
held hostage by al-Qaeda. On
the other, it says it also killed
two other Americans it didn't
intend to, but is apparently not
ashamed it did so without a fiar
trial - a quaint constitutionally-
protected right which, like
those guaranteed under the
4th Amendment - no longer
applies in today's Washington.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

GADAHN: KILLED WITHOUT TRIAL

Daily Mail, U.K.
Governments 'Hiding Alien
Presence' says Former Canada
Defense Minister Paul Hellyer

"Much of the media won't touch the
documents. 'You just have to keep
working away and hope that someday
you get a critical mass. ... The public
will say, in one way or another, 'Mr.
President or Mr. Prime Minister', we
want the truth and we want it now
because it affects our lives.”

— FORMER CANADA DEFENSE MINISTER
Paul Hellyer
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WOULD THE GOVERNMENT LIE TO YOU?


Le Monde, France
We Must Reject TTIP
Dispute Mechanism; a
'Threat to Democracy'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The so-called Investor-State
Dispute Settlement establishes
a de-facto private, parallel and
supranational judicial system,
which is accessible only to
foreign investors - decisions of
which could be imposed on
national and European courts,
including the European Court
of Justice! Moreover, the ISDS
is marked by the opacity of its
procedures and its decisions,
high costs (from $5 to $10
million [per case] on average),
no possibility of appeal and
conflicts of interest: there are
about 15 lawyers in the world
who act as both 'arbiters' and as
legal counsel for companies, and
who have already participated
in over half of all such disputes.”

— OPEN LETTER TO
French Government

LEADERS IGNORE TTIP OPPOSITION

Diario de Noticias, Portugal
The Batman-Superman
Trailer and the Demise
of Good Cinematic Taste

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Of the reactions to the Batman
vs. Superman trailer release in
the U.S. film press, I read an
odd column by Graeme McMillan
of the Hollywood Reporter. ...
At a certain point, McMillan
acknowledges that trailers are
no more than 'tricks' to convince
viewers that the film comports
with their preconceived notions.
McMillan defines the ultimate
test of a trailer with puerile
phrase: To convince the audience
that, 'hey, this movie is exactly
what you want to see!' If movies
are thought of only in terms of
what 'you want to see,' it suggests
that good taste is on its death bed.”

— COLUMNIST Joao Lopes
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THE BEST HOLLYWOOD CAN DO?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
'Seriously Wounded' in
Strike Against Convoy

"Al-Baghdadi has since made a
slow recovery. He has not,
however, resumed day-to-day
control of the organisation ...
his wounding led to urgent
meetings of ISIS leaders, who
initially believed he would die
and planned for a new leader.”

— CORRESPONDENTS Martin
Chulov, Kareem Shaheen

LATEST REPORT OF HIS WOUNDING

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.N. Rapporteur: To Prevent
Migrant Deaths, Rich Nations
Must take a Million Refugees

"We could collectively offer to resettle
one million Syrians over the next five
years. For a country like the UK, this
would probably be around 14,000 per
year for five years. For Canada, less
than 9,000 a year for five years – a
drop in the bucket. For Australia, it
would probably be less than 5,000 per
year for five years. We can manage it.”

— U.N. Special Rapporteur, Human
Rights of Migrants Franηois Crιpeau
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WILL WEALTHY NATIONS PONY UP?


Le Monde, France
Suing Monopolistic Google
is One Thing; Protecting
Our Personal Data Another

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Brussels has finally taken a tough line
with Google. It is a good thing that it
has, but this is not enough. If it wishes
to arm itself to better protect its
citizens and businesses in a world that
is digitizing at a breakneck pace, the
E.U. must adopt the directive on
protecting personal data that was first
proposed more than three years ago
and which has been endlessly nitpicked
by the E.U.'s 28 member states. The
Union must address all matters
which pertain to digital sovereignty.”

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde

ANTI-TRUST: A START - BUT ONLY A START

Der Spiegel, Germany
Secret Files Expose the
Structure of Islamic State

"An Iraqi officer planned Islamic
State's takeover in Syria. Der
Spiegel has been given exclusive
access to his papers. They portray
an organization, while seemingly
driven by religious fanaticism,
is actually coldly calculating."

— REPORTER Christoph Reuter
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SADDAM SPY IS 'THE ARCHITECT'


Reuters, U.K.
Khamenei: U.S. Invented
the 'Myth' of Iran Nukes

"They created the myth of nuclear
weapons so they could say that the
Islamic Republic is a source of threat.
No, the source of threat is America
itself, with its unrestrained,
destabilizing interventions.”

— Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

U.S.: INVENTING THREATS FOR WAR?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Google Apologizes for
'Nonsense' Traffic Stats
Cited in Response to E.U.

In seeking to defend itself against
EU anti-trust charges that it abuses
its dominant position in search to
diminish its competition, Google
last week cited statistics that it
now admits were 'nonsense'. The
incorrect statistics had to do with
Google News, which it cited in
an attempt to diminish charges
that the firm monopolized online
shopping services.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

BBC News, U.K.
FBI Chief's Comment on the
Holocaust Elicits Polish Fury

"In a Washington Post article aimed
at education agents on the Holocaust,
Mr. Comey wrote: 'In their minds,
the murderers and accomplices of
Germany, and Poland, and Hungary,
and so many, many other places didn't
do something evil. 'They convinced
themselves it was the right thing to
do, the thing they had to do. ... This
sparked a storm of protest in Poland.”

— BBC NEWS ITEM

COMEY SPARKS OUTRAGE IN POLAND

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: A Russian Take on
the 2016 Race, Yemen, Iran,
Ukraine, Putin and More

The standoff with Russia over Ukraine
has continued even as the controversy
over Iran's nuclear program and the
emergence of Islamic State have taken
its place at the top of the headlines.
That means that our corrupted media
have given even less attention to the
Russian narrative as it did when the
Ukraine crisis was at its height. In our
effort to provide coverage of the
U.S. that the CNNs, Foxs, ABCs and
NBCs of the world will never carry,
here are recent segments from Russia
Today and Ruptly. At least in RT's case,
we know it's state media, as opposed
to U.S. corporate media - which is
comprised of national security state
shills that pretend to be independent.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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PRESENTING THE RUSSIAN NARRATIVE


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Google Apologizes for
'Nonsense' Traffic Stats
Cited in Response to E.U.

"Google has apologized after citing
'nonsense' figures for the two sites'
traffic statistics in a response to
antitrust charges by the European
commission against the company.”

— REPORTER Alex Hern

GOOGLE STUMBLES AFTER EU CHARGES

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
 align=
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


EARLIER EUROPE POSTS
Pulse, Ghana
Mocking Same Sex Marriage,
Mugabe 'Proposes' to Obama

"I've just concluded, since President
Obama endorses same-sex marriage,
advocates homosexual people and
enjoys an attractive countenance,
[that] if it becomes necessary I shall
travel to Washington, D.C. to get
down on my knee and seek his hand.
I cannot understand how this people
[the Americans] dare to defy Christ's
explicit orders as our Lord when he
prohibited mankind from sodomy.”

— ZIMBABWE DESPOT Robert Mugabe
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MUGABE'S HOMOEROTIC HOMOPHOBIA


Debka Files, Israel
ISIS' 'Lone Wolf' Violence
Baffles Western Authorities

" These extremists set up their own
operations for acting alone, or in
twos or threes at most. They choose
their targets according to three
yardsticks: 1. The highest number of
victims they can kill. 2. The most
gruesome atrocity, climaxing with a
beheading in order to inspire terror.”

— DEBKA FILE ANALYSIS

THE TUNISIA GUNMAN WHO KILLED 37

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Israeli Interior Minister's
Wife Sparks Uproar with
'Racist' Obama Tweet

The length of a Tweet and the ease
of sending one to millions of people
in cyberspace makes them inherently
dangerous. Judy Shalom Nir Mozes,
the wife of Israeli Interior Minister
Silvan Shalom, who also happens to
be in charge of strategic dialogue
with the United States, is finding
that out today, after she Tweeted:
'Do you know what Obama Coffee is?
Black and weak.'

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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TWEETS: JUST A FLICK OF THE WRIST ...


DEBKA FILE: U.S. Rebuffs
Israeli Bid to Add Constraints
in Iran Nuclear Accord


As Sabah al-Jadeed, Iraqi Kurdistan
'Uncle Obama' Warns of
Coming Setback, but Iraq's
Politicians Fail to React

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"This a country ruled by politicians
unable to read or write or even
decipher the words of their allies
or their enemy's friends. They
ignore even a message as clear as
that of the Americans. Politicians
of Iraq: analyze, be patient, and
read! Where, when and how will
the next setback occur; and what
will you do about it?”

— COLUMNIST Aamer al-Qaisi
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KURDISH PESHMERGA KEEP WATCH


Debka File, Israel
'Thousands' of U.S. Paratroopers
Head to Iraq with More to Come

"By the end of the year the number of U.S.
troops on the ground in Iraq will rise to
several thousand. ... The figure of 3,000
American soldiers in Iraq understates the
case by far. A much larger pool of combat
forces is available close at hand for
deployment into the war on Islamic State.”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File
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CONTRADICTION: HOW MANY U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ?


YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Iran Talks
- Swiss, Austrian Prosecutors
Investigate Israel 'Spy Virus'

JERUSALEM POST: American
Jewish Leaders Fail to
Respond to Obama's Threats

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: ISIS
Forces 'Israeli Spy' to Dig
His Own Grave in Sinai

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
U.S. Supreme Court's
Jerusalem Double Cross

JERUSALEM POST: Not the
First U.S.-Israel Crisis,
and Certainly Not the Last

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Al Pacino Reopens the Debate
Over Pro-Nazi Celebrities


Business Day, South Africa
South Africa Must Probe
FBI's FIFA Bribery Claims

"It is. mind-boggling that everyone
in authority seems more prepared
to dismiss the allegations out of
hand instead of taking steps to
ensure there was no wrongdoing. ...
There is certainly circumstantial
evidence to warrant investigation.”

— EDITORIAL, Business Day

SPORTS MINISTER MBALULA: 'WHAT BRIBE?'

BUISINESS DAY: Letter Provides
Missing Pieces of World Cup
2010 Bribery Puzzle' '


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
FIFA: Making it Safe for
UEFA to Exploit the South

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"A FIFA post is the equivalent
of entering 'a land of milk and
honey,' to the detriment of the
development of the sport. For
all these reasons, football in
the Southern Hemisphere has
remained under-developed
and continues to be vulnerable
to exploitation by the wealthy
nations, as comprised under
the umbrella of Europe soccer.”

— COLUMNIST Yazid Alilat

FOOTBALL: ENDEMIC CORRUPTION

Debka File, Israel
US Patriot Act Non-Renewal
Curtails Tools to Prevent Mega
Attacks on U.S. Air Traffic

"There's no other way of finding anonymous
callers responsible for false alarms coming
from traceable sources, such as cell phones
that can be pinpointed geographically, find
out whether they were cranks, pranksters
or terrorists, and punish them accordingly.”

— DEBKA FILE Analysis

DEBKA FILE SOUNDS SURVEILLANCE ALARM

Tunisie Numerique, Tunisia
ISIS' Magic Potion: A NATO
Drug Derived from Nazis?

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Finally, an explanation for ISIS'
abominations has come to light
thanks to the seizure of a huge
cache of so-called Captagon, an
amphetamine-based drug that
inhibits any sense of pain, fear
or fatigue. ... So where does
this 'Captagon' originate? This is
where the more suspicious will
see yet more proof that certain
superpowers and NATO nations
were involved in the creation
and expanding reach of Daesh.”

— NEWS ITEM,
Tunisie Numerique

ISIS: DRUG-UNDUCED INSANITY?

Rand Daily Mail, South Africa
FBI Indictments: How
South Africa Rigged
its 2010 World Cup Bid

"How American Jack Warner
took a $10 million bribe from
South Africa in exchange for
his vote is laid bare in the 164-
page FBI indictment following
the arrest of FIFA executives
ahead of what will be the
corruption trial of the century.”

— COLUMNIST Ray Hartley

MANDELA: PLAYED KEY ROLE IN BID

Debka File, Israel
No Mideast Army is Challenging
ISIS; Iran Regroups to Defend Iraq
Shiites; Assad to save Damascus

"The Iraqi army has been virtually wiped out,
along with the many billions of dollars the U.S.
spent on training and weapons. There is no
longer any military force in Iraq, Sunni or Shia,
able to take on ISIS and loosen its grip on the
central and western regions. ... The Kurdish
peshmerga army, to whom President Barack
refused to provide armaments for combating
the Islamists, has run out of steam. The Obama
Administration can no longer pretend that the
pro-Iranian Shiite militias are the panacea for
ISIS. Like Assad, Tehran has had to regroup.”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File
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BATTLING ISLAMIC STATE: NOT GOING SMOOTHLY


FINANCIAL TIMES: Iran Commander
Warns of Islamic State Threat; says
U.S. 'Has Not Done a Damned Thing'

BBC NEWS: ISIS Threatens
Rare Bird with Extinction


Kitabat, Iraq
Ramadi Residents Face
Starvation; Daesh Fires
on those Who Flee!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"For days now, much of Anbar's
population has faced starvation
and people in the Ramadi conflict
zone have been fleeing in an
attempt to cross the Bzeibez
Bridge to Baghdad, only to find
that Iraqi government forces are
forbidding them entry into the
capital. ... Daesh has forbidden
most of the besieged residents
in areas under its influence from
leaving for use as human shields.”

β€” NEWS ITEM, Kitabat
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IRAQI WOES KNOW NO BOUNDS


Times of Israel, Israel
U.S., Israel Talk 'Compensation'
in Wake of Emerging Iran Deal

"Additional F-35 jets, anti-missile defense
batteries reportedly part of package to
win Israel’s quiet acceptance of nuclear
accord, Yedioth Ahronot, Haaretz report.”

— NEWS ITEM, Times of Israel
 align=
FREE FIGHTER PLANES THAT DON'T WORK?


Debka File, Guardian, Israel, U.K.
Another Catastrophe in
Iraq: Ramadi Falls to ISIS

The ramifications of yesterday's
total defeat of Iraqi forces and
their retreat from Ramadi, Anbar
Province's provincial capital, are
just now becoming clear. Israel's
Mosad-linked Debka File reports
that Ramadi opens the road to
Baghdad; The Guardian looks at
Baghdad's plan to send Shiite
militias to Iraq's Sunni heartland.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CATASTROPHE: RAMADI FALLS TO ISIS

Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
When U.S. is without
Sin - Only then Can it
Cast the First Stone!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"For the U.S. to talk about
a lack of global justice is
extremely hilarious. ...
We would very much like
to point out the words of
Jesus Christ in defending
Mary Magdalene: 'Let he
who is without sin cast the
first stone.' From a human
rights and moral view, is
America 'without sin'?!”

— COLUMNIST
Yousef Alkowaileet
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SAUDIS: NO WORSE THAN U.S.?


Debka File, Israel
Syria Civil War 'Shifts in
Favor' of Rebel Forces

"Sources report that the rebels
are armed as never before with
heavy weapons like T-55, T-62,
and T-72 tanks, BMP infantry
fighting vehicles, morters and
rocket launchers, mortars and
vehicle-mounted heavy anti-
aircraft machine guns (12.7 mm,
14.5 mm, and 23 mm). They
command at least four types of
antitank weapons, including
RPG-7s, RPG-22s, M79s, and an
extra-large supply of TOW
missiles - all with night-vision.”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IS THE END NIGHT FOR ASSAD?

Etemaad, Iran
Potential of Deal with
United States Goes 'Far
Beyond' Nuclear Issue

TRANSLATED FROM PERSIAN

"He [President Rouhani's deputy chief
of staff Hamid Aboutalebi] likened the
current situation to an acid test for a
new policy of gradual engagement,
saying he believes Obama's remarks
represent American society in its
totality, and not just political parties,
the administration or houses of
Congress. Therefore, it is his belief
that the value of the dialogue
between Iran and the America goes
far beyond the politicized issue of
nuclear talks, and therefore is an
opportunity that shouldn't be missed.”

— Former Majlis Member
Dariush Ghanbari

BETTER TIES - IF SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED

Yedioth Arhonot, Israel
Tale of Israeli Reporter
Orly Azoulay's Visit to Iran
and the Outcry it Stirred

Here is the fascinating tale of
Israeli reporter Orly Azoulay,
who gained access to Iran as
part of a delegation organized
by The New York Times, and
then after her reports were
published, the outcry in Iran
over whether she was even
there and if so, why she was
permitted to enter- even after
stating she was Israeli and with
an Israeli passport. First, the
Iranian reaction, and then her
report from inside the country.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

IRANIAN OUTRAGE OVER VISIT

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Humiliating
Obama could Fuel Anti-Semitism

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Spy Chief
says Israel is 'Happy' at
Congress-Obama Compromise

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: At
Holocaust Memorial, Defense Minister
Calls Iranians 'New Nazis'


Israel Hayom, Israel
Michelle Bachmann: Obama's
Poor Relations with Israel
Brings 'Return of Jesus' Nigh

"Bachmann explained that if Obama and
the U.S. turn their back on Israel, this
would bring severe 'curses' upon the
United States, similar to those seen in
the end of days. But, Bachmann is not
afraid of the end of days, rather she says
that 'these are the most exciting days in
history' because nothing is more vital
than the return of Jesus Christ. ”

— NEWS ITEM, Jerusalem Post

BACHMANN: SORT OF GLAD FOR OBAMA?

Etemaad, Iran
Nuclear Deal: Heightened
Public Expectations Could
Threaten President Rouhani

TRANSLATED FROM PERSIAN

"While the nuclear deal between Iran
and the West may lead to an opening
up of Iran's economic and political
atmosphere, no one should expect a
miracle or that all of our problems will
vanish. After resolving the nuclear
standoff the government will have to
turn to other pressing issues, so public
expectations must coincide with the
government's actual resources - and
not be allowed to go beyond them.”

— Former Majlis Member
Dariush Ghanbari

WILL DEAL UNDERMINE THE MODERATES?

Israel Hayom, Israel
IDF Planner: 'Israel will
take Dramatic Steps'

"Head of the IDF Planning Major
General Nimrod Sheffer tells
Israel Hayom that 'Israel will do
whatever is best for Israel' if it
feels Iran threatens its existence,
even if it means defying the U.S.
Any true partner will accept that. ”

— REPORTER Yoav Limor

ISRAEL: DAMANDS FREEDOM OF ACTION

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Deal
Threatens Israel's Survival'

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Israeli Officials: Iran Deal
is a 'Historic Mistake'

DEBKA FILE: 'Preliminary Deal'
Reached; Zarif says 'There is
No Deal and No Commitments'

JERUSALEM POST: Obama:
Framework Nuclear Deal
is 'Best Option' for Israel


The Jerusalem Post, Israel
Rabbi Compares Obama
to Ancient Villain 'Haman'

"The president of the United States
is lashing out at Israel like Haman
lashed out at the Jews ... I'm not
making a political statement. I'm
making a Jewish statement. ...
I am being disrespectful because
the president was disrespectful to
my prime minister, to my country,
to my future and the world's future.”

—Chief Rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin
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OBAMA CAMPARED TO ANCIENT VILLAIN


Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
Obama Backs 'Collective
Yemen Goal'; U.S. Forces
Retrieve Saudi Airmen

"A plane of the F-15s type was hit
by a technical fault last night over
the Red Sea and the pilots were
forced to use their rescue seats. ...
Praise be to God, the pilots were
rescued in coordination with the
American side, and the two pilots
are in good health and high spirits. ”

— NEWS ITEM, AL-Arabiya

U.S.: BACKS SAUDIS; TALKS TO IRAN

AL-ARABIYA: A War of All Against All
AL-ARABIYA: 'Operation
Decisive Storm' Contains
the Houthi Threat

AL-ARABIYA: Egypt calls for
Joint Arab Military Force

AL-ARABIYA: 'Arabistan' Must
be Liberated from Iran


AL-Aribiya, U.A.E.
'Operation Decisive Storm'
is Iran's Worst Nightmare

"The underlying regional concerns
are not primarily linked to the
potential reaching of a final nuclear
deal with the Islamic Republic or
easing Western ties with Tehran. ”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IRAN'S CHALLENGE TO GULF ARABS

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Yemen Just Part of Iran's
Middle East Master Plan

"Israel has spent 5 years warning
that Iran seeks Shiite domination
of the Muslim world, and the Gulf
States know by now not to rely
on the Obama Administration.”

—COLUMNIST Smadar Perry
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SMADAR PERRY: IRAN'S 'MASTER PLAN'


Israel National News, Israel
U.S. Declassifies 1987
Document Revealing
Israel's Nuke Program

"The timing of the revelation
is highly suspect, given that it
came as tensions have spiraled
out of control between Prime
Netanyahu and Obama ahead of
Netanyahu's speech to Congress
during which he warned of the
danger of Iran's nuke program.”

— REPORTERS Ari Yashar,
Matt Wanderman

ISRAEL'S NOT SO WELL-KEPT SECRET

Yemen Times, Yemen
Houthis Warn Saudis Not
to Intervene in Yemen

"'If he [President Hadi] was a real
president, he wouldn't seek the
support of foreign forces to crush
his own people. His request for
foreign military intervention is a
conspiracy against Yemen and
proves Hadi is a traitor.' ... 'The
Yemeni people can confront the
challenges and defend themselves
without the support of any other
country [referring to Iran].'”

—Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti
of the Houthi Political Office
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SAUDI AIR STRIKES BEGIN IN YEMEN


Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
Saudis Launch 'Decisive
Storm' to 'Save Yemen'

"Saudi Arabia launched an air
campaign overnight which has
already eliminated several
Houthi leaders. ... Yemen air
space is currently under the
complete control of the Saudi
Royal Air Force. a coalition of
all GCC countries except Oman
is taking part, including Sudan,
Egypt, Morocco, Jordan,
Pakistan [and the United States].”

— NEWS ITEM, Al-Arabiya

SAUDI SPECIAL FORCES PREPARE

Debka File, Israel
Report that Israel Spied
on Iran Talks Part of a
Plan to 'Stigmatize' Bibi

"Debka File's sources say that the
WSJ 'allegation' was to cooincide
with a trip to Paris by Intelligence
Minister Steinitz and National
Security Adviser Yossie Cohen to
warn France and other European
leaders that the nuclear deal will
enable Tehran to preserve its
capabilities and remain a threshold
nuclear state.”

—Debka File News Item
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IRAN TALKS: SPY VS SPY VS SPY ...


YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
U.S. Accusations of Israeli
Espionage - Why Now?

JERUSALEM POST: Defense
Minister: 'Someone has Interest
in Sparking U.S.-Israel Dispute'


Debka File, Israel
With Eye on Gulf, France
Balks at U.S.-Iran Nuclear
Agreement on Five Counts

"The main sticking point is France's
insistence that U.N. sanctions stay in
place until the Iranians fully explain
evidence of past development work
on a nuclear warhead. Iran counters
that it could never satisfy the French
condition, because they would never
be able to disprove forged evidence
of a weapons program . Gulf sources
disclose that tough French bargaining
stems partly from intense ties with
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. ”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IS UNITY FOR A DEAL DISINTEGRATING?

JERUSALEM POST: Intelligence Chief
to Paris as Cracks Appear between
France and the U.S. over Iran Deal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: U.S. Ambassador
'Confused' by Netanyahu's Statements
Concerning a Palestinian State


FARS News Agency, Iran
Common Sense Comes
Late: U.S. says it 'Doesn't
Want ISIL' in Damascus!

"If we recall correctly, these are
the same people who up until
yesterday were talking about the
imminent collapse of political
institutions in Damascus and the
inevitabity of military pressure,
an air war and a no-fly zone to
help their 'moderate' terrorists
oust the Syrian government. So
what happened to their plans?'”

—EDITORIAL, FARS News Agency
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EMBARRASSING REVERSAL ON ASSAD


Jerusalem Post, Israel
With Israeli Elections Won,
Netanyahu Likely to Remain
a Thorn in Obama's Side

"After six years of testy relations,
President Barack Obama may have
to resign himself to the likelihood
that he has not seen the last of
Benjamin Netanyahu. The result
that many of Obama's supporters
had hoped for - a repudiation by
Israeli voters of Netanyahu's hard-
line approach - was not to be”

— NEWS ITEM from Reuters

TRIUMPH ON THE ISRAELI RIGHT

Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
'Has Kerry Gone Mad?'

"How can an official like the
U.S. Secretary of State says
that Bashar al-Assad can be
accepted because he needs
him in the fight agains the
Islamic State. John Kerry's
statement is enough to push
millions of people here to
support the ISIS. If Kerry's
excuse is that it is necessary
to work with Bashar Assad
because he also despises ISIS,
then millions of Syrians will
cooperate with ISIS because
they despise Assad as much.'”

—COLUMNIST
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
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KERRY: A FLIP-FLOP ON ASSAD?


TIMES OF ISRAEL: CIA Chief - U.S.
'Does Not want to See Assad Fall'

AL-SABBAH: Turkey Prime Minister
Davutoglu Compares Assad to Hitler

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: John Kerry
Says U.S. 'will have to Negotiate
with Syria's Bashar al-Assad'

ARA NEWS: Assad Refuses
Negotiations with the U.S.


Kayhan, Iran
Iran: 'U.S. Republicans
Don't Understand their
Own Constitution!'

"The letter suggests that U.S.
lawmakers not only do not
understand international law
but are not fully cognizant of
the nuances of their own
Constitution when it comes to
presidential powers in the
conduct of foreign policy. ...
In our view, this letter has no
legal value and is for the most
part a propaganda ploy.”

— IRAN FOREIGN
Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif

  CONSTITUTION: WHO KNOWS MORE?

Haaretz, Israel
Anti-Netanyahu Rally Attracts
'Tens of Thousands'; Former
Mossad Chief Denounces Him

"I am afraid of our leadership. I'm afraid
of a loss of determination, of a loss of
personal example. I'm afraid of hesitancy
and stalemate, and I am afraid above all
of the crisis of leadership, a leadership
crisis that is the most severe ever here.”

—FORMER Mossad Chief Meir Dagan
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AN ANYI-NETANYAHU GROUNDSWELL


YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Former
Mossad Chief Blasts Netanyahu
Government at Tel Aviv Rally

ISRAEL HAYOM: Likud - Former
Mossad Chief's Attacks Harm
National Security

JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu
Wins Over U.S. Public; Still
Leading for Premier Post


Tehran Times, Iran
U.S. Side Told Obama's
Demand of 10 Year Nuke
Freeze 'Unacceptable'

"It is clear that Mr. Obama's posture
is aimed at winning public support
and countering the propaganda of
the Prime Minister (Netanyahu) and
other extremist opponents of the
negotiations, using unacceptable,
threatening terms and formulations.”

— IRAN FOREIGN
Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUKES: THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAL?

Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
President Obama: On Iran,
'Listen to Mr. Netanyahu'

"Egypt's intiative dramatizes the
spillover of the Islamist State's
threat across the Middle East and
the fading impetus of the U.S.-
led coalition to reverse ISIS gains.”

—EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Faisal J. Abbas
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RARE BACKING FOR NETANYAHU


Debka File, Israel
Netanyahu Failed to Discuss:
One Iranian Nuke Could
Obliterate Israeli Heartland

"Given Israel's small size, it would take
no more than a single nuclear bomb to
destroy its heartland and inflict a million
casualties. In one scenerio, after the
bomb is dropped, it would be detonated
by a timer, setting off a tsunami. Giant
waves would swamp densely populated
Tel Aviv, an area with 3.7 million people. ”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

WAS NETANYAHU TOO RESTRAINED?

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: OpposItion
Leader: 'After the Applause,
Netanyahu Remains Alone'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Obama says
Netanyahu Offers No Alternative

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Yes - Netanyahu Pulled it Off

JERUSALEM POST: Why Netanyahu's
Congress Speech was 'Wildly Recieved'

JERUSALEM POST: Why Iran Nuke
Deal Looks Like a Fool's Bargain

JERUSALEM POST: Iran Nuclear
Deal - Five Minutes to Midnight

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Why is
Netanyahu Treating Obama so Badly?


Champress, Syria
French Influence Soars
with Egypt's War on ISIS

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"The Egyptian air strikes on ISIS
hasten the next anticipated war
in the region, particularly since
they are inextricably linked to
the purchase French Rafale jets.
The deal strengthens relations
between Cairo and Paris and
restores to France a role it last
played during Mubarak's reign:
as a balancing element in the
strategic alliance between
Egypt and the United States. ”

— COLUMNIST Wa'el Abdul Fattah

EGYPT HITS ISIS: A TURNING POINT?

Debka File, Israel
Egypt Goes to War on ISIS,
Masses Troops Near Libya
Border for an 'All-Out War'

"Egypt's intiative dramatizes the
spillover of the Islamist State's
threat across the Middle East and
the fading impetus of the U.S.-
led coalition to reverse ISIS gains.”

— ANALYSIS, Debka File
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FIRST ARAB RULER CHALLENGE ISIS


Islamic State, Web
VIDEO: ISIL Militant Explains
Wisdom of Destroying Iraq's
Cultural Treasures - which
are then Utterly Pulverized

FEBRUARY 25, 00:03:42

"Allah commanded us to shatter and
destroy these statues, idols & remains.”

— ISLAMIC STATE Spokesman

BARBARIANS RUN RIOT IN MOSUL MUSEUM

Debka File, Israel
American Spies, Police
'Protest Too Much' about
Challenge of 'Dark Net'

"Our experts suspect US agencies
'protest too much' to cover up
their real occupation, which is to
steer the underworld into their
waiting arms. ... Much of the
software originated in American
government agencies. It was they
who created the algorithms for
transferring data and designed
the TOR protocol and Topology.”

β€” ANALYSIS, Debka File
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THE DARK NET: NOT SO DARK


ISREAL NATIONAL NEWS:
Think Tank Names 'Top Ten'
U.S. Colleges for Anti-Semitism


Debka File, Israel
'Last Ditch Effort': Without
Added U.S. Concessions, Iran
Nuclear Deal May 'Blow Up'

"U.S. and Iranian officials have plunged
into a last-ditch effort to rescue nuclear
talks from falling deep into crisis. Some
Western observers tell DEBKA File's
sources that the talks are beyond saving.”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

RESULT WOULD PLEASE NETANHAYU

JERUSALEM POST: Saudis Suggest
Help for Israel with Iran Strike
for Peace Process Progress

ISRAEL HAYOM: Despite Iran
Nuclear Row, American Public
Still Supports Israel

JERUSALEM POST: Arab Diplomats
Rebuff Israeli Invitate to Netanyahu
Speech to the U.S. Congress

JERUSALEM POST: Kerry Questions
Netanyahu's Judgement on Iran Deal;
Charges Him with 'Crying Wolf' Again

JERUSALEM POST: Which Democrats
Will Skip Netanyahu Congress Speech?

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: Netanyahu's
Siren Call to Congress Must be Heeded


Israel PM Office, Israel
VIDEO: Netanyahu Tells U.S.
Jewish Leaders that Iran
Attacks Israel on 3 Fronts

FEBRUARY 17, 00:08:02

"How could any responsible Israeli
prime minister refuse to speak to
Congress on a matter so important
to Israel's survival? How could
anyone refuse an invite to speak
on a matter that could affect our
very existence when it is offered?”

— PRIME MINISTER
Benjamin Netanyahu

NETANYAHU: CONGRESS-BOUND

Leadership, Nigeria
Boko Haram Rampages
and President Jonathan
'Expects' U.S. Assistance

"Are they (the United States) not
fighting ISIS? Why can't they come
to Nigeria? ... Look, they are our
friends. If Nigeria has a problem,
then I expect the United States
to come and assist us.”

— NIGERIA PRESIDENT
Goodluck Jonathan

ANOTHER FRONT FOR U.S. TROOPS?


Israel National News, Israel
Like Rachel Corrie,
Kayla Mueller was
an Aid to Terrorists

"A look at the writings of
the ISIS victim shows her
support and assistance to
Palestinian Arab terrorist
groups, her acting as a
human shield for them,
and active participation in
anti-Israel protests. Rachel
Corrie did the same.”

— COLUMNIST Lee Kaplan

KAYLA: NOT MOURNED BY ALL

JERUSALEM POST: Supreme
Court Rejects Rachel Corrie
Wrongful Death Suit

JERUSALEM POST: Corrie Family:
Decision Amounts to Sanction of
Immunity for Israeli Troops

GUARDIAN: U.S. Ambassador
Tells family Israeli Inquiry into
Corrie Death 'Insufficient'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: U.S. Idealist
Kayla Mueller's Road to ISIS
Captivity Went through West Bank

THE NEW YORK TIMES:
'My Name Is Rachel Corrie'
to Be Staged Off Broadway


Israeli PM, Israel
VIDEO: Speech to U.S.
Congress to 'Fulfill My
Duty' - Bibi Netanyahu

FEBRUARY 11, 2015, 00:02:59

"I am going to the United States
not because I seek confrontation
with the President [Obama], but
because it's my obligation to speak
up on a matter that affects the
very survival of my country.”

— Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu

BIBI NETANYAHU: NO RETREAT


JERUSALEM POST: Most Jews
in U.S. Congress to Attend
Netanyahu Speech

JERUSALEM POST: On Iran
Nuclear Talks, Politics
Cloud Fateful Decisions

JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu's
Real 'No Deal' Agenda: Entirely
Undersutting Iran Nuclear Talks

ISRAEL HAYOM: Cry for Me,
Argentina: Like Kirchner,
Obama 'Prostitutes' his Nation

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Netanyahu
- 'Israel's Republican Governor'


BBC News, U.K.
VIDEO-TEXT: Interview
in Damascus with Syria
Leader Bashar al-Assad

INVERVIEW VIDEO AND ANALYSIS

"We cannot be [in] alliance with
the country [Saudi Arabia] who
support the terrorism , because
we are fighting terrorism. ...
the source of this Islamic State
ideology, and other al-Qaeda
groups are Wahhabis that have
been supported by the royal
family that sits in Saudi Arabia.”

— BASHAR AL-ASSAD

ASSAD: MAN WE CAN WORK WITH?

Debka File, Israel
U.S. Coalition Against ISIS
Frays Over Iran Involvement;
Gulf States Mull Withdrawal

"The UAE dropped out over a
month ago, when it emerged after
Jordanian pilot's capture that no
facilities had been put in place to
rescue air crews crashed behind
enemy lines. ... Riyadh fears that
the joint U.S.-Iran war effort
against ISIS is providing a screen
behind which the White House is
opening doors for Iran to advance
Tehran's region-wide aspirations.”

— DEBKA FILE Analysis

IS IRAN IMPERILING U.S. COALITION?


JERUSALEM POST: Death By
Fire - Now is the Time to
Truly Unite Against ISIS

JERUSALEM POST: Chorus of
Politicians Urge Netanyahu
to Cancel Speech to Congress

JERUSALEM POST: Jon Stewart
Doesn't Find Netanyahu's
'Bibi-Sitter' Commercial Funny


Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Opposition Leaders Urge
Bibi to Cancel U.S. Speech

"It's time for Bibi to announce the
cancellation of his speech to the
U.S. Congress. This speech, which
was born as part of his electoral
campaign, endangers the security
of Israeli citizens and the special
relationship between Israel and
America. With all due respect to
your campaign Bibi, now is the
time for you to act like an Israeli
patriot and not throw Israel's
security under your elections bus.”

— REPORTER Moran Azulay

BIDEN'S SLAP AT BIBI'S SPEECH


Jordan Times, Jordan
Terrorists from East
and West Galvanize
the World to Unite

"For decades, the West has
seen itself as a victim of
terrorism that originates
in the Muslim world; now
the Muslim world has begun
to see itself as a victim of
terrorism that originates in
the West, in addition to its
home-grown terrorism.
The obvious point to stress
is that both are now targets
and sources of terrorism.
Therefore, all must now
work together, in honesty
and in earnest, to finish it.”

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh

TURNING POINT IN HISTORY?

Jordan Times, Jordan
Jordanians Will Fight Until
Daesh is 'Totally Destroyed'

"The last moments in the life of Moaz
al-Kasasbeh are as compelling as they
are telling. A video released shows
him standing tall before an army of
masked men. Then, the film shows
him put in a cage, bravely facing his
captors, head held high. Alongside
its allies, Jordan will continue the
war that will ensure that this group
is totally destroyed, its damaging
ideology wiped out and replaced
with he true teachings of Islam.”

— EDITORIAL, Jordan Times

DEFIANT WORDS; BUT WILL THEY LAST?

Germany, Poland, U.K., Canada, Israel, U.S.
Subterfuge, Spooks, Liars
Surveillance and Henry
Kissinger Blast for Feb. 2

First, reports from Germany's Der
Spiegel on NSA malware more
powerful than what it says other
actors use; expressions of regret
from The New York Times' chief
that Snowden didn't trust it; and
the slow realization on the part
of supporters of TTIP that public
opposition could defeat it. Then
from Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza,
demands for proof that more
mass surveillance will prevent
terrorist attacks; controversy in
Canada about new powers being
handed to that nations's NSA
equivalent after it was revealed
that it monitors the downlaoads of
people around the world; China's
demands that U.S. manufacturers
provide that nation's despots with
backdoors into their devices and
encryption - gee, I wonder where
they got that idea?; Verizon's
begrudging commitment to allow
users to opt out of its 'Supercookie';
Henry Kissinger's exciting day at
the U.S. Senate Armed Services
Committee; and a lot more.

— Latest of State Spies and Lies

SPOOKS, LIARS AND SURVEILLANCE, FEB. 2

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Netanyahu's 'Gift to Iran'

"The decision to concoct U.S.
trip behind administration's
back pits Prime Minister
Netanyahu against Democrats
in both houses of Congress
and a few Republicans as well,
reducing chances of stepping
up sanctions with legislation.”

— COLUMNIST Nahum Barnea

BIBI'S SPEECH TO U.S. CONGRESS

JERUSALEM POST: Peres on
Netanyahu: 'When U.S. President
tells you not to Come, Don't Go'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Obama
is a 'Great Friend' of Israel

YEIOTH AHRONOT: Netanyahu
and Boehner: Grumpy Old
Men by any Name you Please

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Israel
Might Pay Price for Speech
to Congress by Netanyahu

ISRAEL HAYOM: 'Problem
is Not with Israel, but with
the Obama Administration'


Shams Pro, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Footage of Obamas
in Riyadh; Salman Dances;
Abdullah Funeral Footage

FIVE CLIPS FROM SAUDI ARABIA

One is hard pressed to find good
footage of Obama's first meeting
with new Saudi ruler King Salmon
- but these clips from Saudi Arabia
broadcaster ShamsPro qualify. Also
included are clips of King Salman
dancing at a feast; Muslim rulers
arriving; and a long clip from last
weeks' funeral of KIng Abdullah.

— FOOTAGE from Shams Pro

KING MEETS OBAMA AT THE AIRPORT

Debka File, Israel
Obama's Agenda in Saudi
Arabia: Oil Prices, Iran
Nukes, Houthis in Yemen

"A number of Middle East leaders
will be following the outcome of
this Riyadh summit with bated
breath. Many are worried that
Obama may persuade the new
monarch to play ball on his Middle
East policies, so effecting a radical
reversal of King Abdullah's stance
of flat opposition to Obama's tactics.”

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

ALLIES WORRY OBAMA WILL SUCCEED

DEBKA FILE: Outdated White
House Defenses are No
Match for Intruding Drone


El Nashra, Lebanon
Charlie Hebdo
Black and Bloody

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“In France and the rest
of Europe, latent racism
has been unleashed on
Arabs and Muslims - only
this time out in the open.
As for us, we now have
to bow our heads and
accept insults and slaps,
then apologize for crimes
committed by others."

— COLUMNIST
Ibrahim Al Amine

MUSLIMS BEING WRONGED?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Israeli Source: Report of
Netanyahu-Mossad Rift on
Iran is 'Obama's Revenge'

"Israeli officials say the leak is the
U.S. administration's revenge over
the Republican-controlled Congress'
invitation to Netanyahu to speak to
a joint session without consulting
the White House beforehand.”

— NEWS ITEM, Jerusalem Post

NETANYAHU VIOLATES PROTOCOL

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: Israelis
'Furious' Over Obama's Mossad 'Lies'

JERUSALEM POST: White House
says Netanyahu 'Departing
from Protocol' with U.S. visit


Debka File, Israel
Israel 'Clarifies' Strike that
Killed Iranian General after
Pressure from White House

Sharp U.S. intervention was almost
certainly behind Israel's embarrassing
'clarification.' The U.S. Administration
feared the Golan strike might bring
a full-scale confrontation. Ongoing
nuclear talks would then be abruptly
interrupted and possibly break down.

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File
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REVOLUTIONARY GUARD GENERAL DEAD


ISIL, Web Video
VIDEO: ISIL Gives Tokyo 72
Hours to Save Two Hostages
at Price of $100 Million Each

January 20, 00:03:00

The fiends of the so-called Islamic State
have issued this latest video, free of any
blood but no less blood curdling. With
the petrified hostages on their knees, a
British-sounding militant explains that
since Japan is contributing $200 million
to the coalition against ISIL, Tokyo has
to come up with $100 million for each
of the men. The militants identify the
hostages as renowned journalist and
documentarian Kenji Goto Jogo, and
Haruna Yukawa, A private contractor.

— EXTORTION ON A GLOBAL STAGE

NOW THE TURN OF JAPAN'S CAPTIVES

Worldmeets.US Review
A Non-Mainstream Media
Review of al-Qaeda's
Inspire Magazine, Issue 13

Knowing that most will read
mainstream media coverage
designed to alarm more than
enlighten, this is a quick look
at this attempt by al-Qaeda
to convince more Muslims to
blow themselves up to help
create a worldwide Wahhabi
caliphate [Thanks a lot you
Saudi monarchy nimrods].

— Inspire Magazine, Issue 13
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AL-QAEDA'S UNCONVINCING PABLUM


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
Faulting Charlie Hebdo
or Being Algerian Are
not Terrorist Actions!

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"At the moment in France and
Europe, 'it is not good to be a
Muslim.' It is not good to be
Algerian or of Algerian origin.
It is not through stigmatizing
entire populations, emerging
political forces and by silencing
those who struggle to expose
political contradictions that
these issues will be resolved.”

— COLUMNIST M. Saadoune

IS THERE ROOM TO DISAGREE?

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
'Ungrateful' Muslim
Migrants Face Post-
Paris Attack Fallout

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"As a result of political, social
and economic oppression and
a loss of human identity in
Muslim countries, we grabbed
our bags, crossed the border,
and as is our custom when we
want something, we begged,
submitted, and lied to obtain
residency permits. Too bad in
Diaspora countries, some of us
are breaking laws governing
every aspect of communal life.”

β€” COLUMNIST Ahmad Tabur
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RACE TO 'ASSIMILATE' MULIMS


Debka File, Israel
As ISIL Strikes at Saudi
Border, King Abdullah Says
He's Ready to Step Down

"Alongside news of the impending
changeover, three Saudi officers
including chief of the north border
guard General Odah al-Balawi were
killed Monday by IS terrorists. Two
wore bomb belts and were seeking
to infiltrate the kingdom. Armed
with intelligence on the general's
movements, caught him in ambush.
Four attackers were killed in the
ataack, two of them by suicide."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR THE SAUDIS


DEBKA FILE: Obama's 2015
'Gift': Funding for a Iraqi
Army Dominated by Iran

Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, France,
Britian, Germany, Russia, Australia,
South Africa, Kenya, China

VIDEOS: World Reacts to
Restoring U.S.-Cuba Ties

EIGHTEEN VIDEO FROM AROUND WORLD

Much of the planet is reacting to
news that the United States and
Cuba are moving to restore ties.
Cuba, which has been a darling
of the left around the world since
the Cold War began, and in some
ways even more so since it ended,
has tremendous emotional support
on almost every continent. This
is a sampling of what broadcasters
in other countries have to say.

— U.S.-Cuba Ties Planetary Jolt
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FIDEL AND RAUL: IS THIS VICTORY?

Debka File, Israel
Obama Looks Closer to
U.S. Reversal on Assad

"Based on unconfirmed reports,
expectations swirl around Arab
capitals that President Obama,
in league with Russia and Iran,
had turned his longstanding anti-
Assad policy on its head. He is
said to be willing to accept
Bashar Assad's rule and deem
the Syrian army the backbone of
the coalition force battling ISIL."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

ASSAD: MAKING A COMEBACK?


DEBKA FILE: Australians Could
Have Handled Sydney Siege Better

The Daily Star, Lebanon
Arabs Indifferent to
CIA Torture Report

"At neither the state nor
street level in the Middle
East has the report into
the CIA's detention and
interrogation techniques
- 'torture' by any other
name - created a horrified
reaction. And this jaded
indifference points to an
awareness that the people
who did wrong will never
be punished for their acts."

— EDITORIAL, Daily Star

TORTURE: ARAB RESIGNATION

DAILY STAR: Can the
Middle East Debate Torture?


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
The 'Success' of CIA
Torture: Raising Anti-
Americanism to its 'Zenith'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"All that the CIA has managed to
achieve, talking only of the Middle
East, is the return of an al-Qaeda
hardened by years of trial, the
hatching of a Daesh [Islamic State]
which we haven't heard the last
of, the re-destabilization of
Afghanistan - pending the same
or even worse for Pakistan -
and almost everywhere an anti-
Americanism at its zenith now
shining bright with every ray.”

— COLUMNIST Christian Merville

NOT THE SUCCESS WE HAD HOPED FOR

Khaleej Times, U.A.E.
Tales of CIA Torture:
A 'Betrayal of the
American Revolution'

"these were policies clearly
orchestrated at the highest
levels and the culprits must
be made to face the music.
The culture of Camp X-Ray,
invasion of foreign lands and
the deployment of soldiers
to fight ill-fated wars is
unworthy of human values
and at the same time belies
the great values embodied
by the American Revolution."

— EDITORIAL, Khaleej Times

WHAT WOULD JEFFERSON SAY?

Debka File, Israel
Islamic State Agents
Take Control of Sinai
Command Group, Put
Israeli Land in Danger

"By assuming command of the
local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas
terrorist group, which last
month pledged allegiance to
the Islamic State, Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi has moved to
add Sinai as a new province
to the caliphate established
in parts of Iraq and Syria."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

PICKS FIGHT WITH EGYPT, ISRAEL


JERUSALEM POST: The Covert War
Against Hezbullah's Arms Program

GUARDIAN: Israel Air Strikes Wipe
Out Russian Hardware for Use Against
U.S. Plan for Syria No-Fly Zone

Hurriyet, Turkey
Russian Gas Deal Will
Anger NATO; Threaten
Existing Pipeline Plans

"A decision by the Turkey's
government to open its soils
to the transport at of Russian
gas will draw strong reactions
both from the E.U. and U.S.
Giving Russia the kiss of life
would not be regarded
as a well-intentioned move."

— COLUMNIST
Salem Bin Ahmad Sahhab

SOUTH STREAM PIPELINE DEAD?:


HURRIYET: Turkey, Russia and
South Stream: Business as Usual,
but How Long Can it Last?

HURRIYET: 'I'm Fed Up with the
Bulgarians,' Putin tells Erdogan


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Putin: If Europe
Doesn't Want Our Gas,
We'll Build New Pipeline

RealVideoDec. 1, 00:06:01

WILL TURKEY HELP RUSSIA, DEFY NATO?

Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
As it was for Israel,
Iran will Get America's
Nuclear Blessing!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"History shows that the Jew and
the Persian differ little in their
animosity toward Sunnis. The
situation for Arabs will inevitably
be more disturbing and very
dangerous. With every day that
passes, dependence on weapons
from the West or East will get
increasingly dangerous. It's not
new to say the world respects
only the strong - and the strong
are strong only if they make
their own weapons and generate
their own food. The Arabs lack
neither their own food nor what
it takes make weapons -
even those that are nuclear."

— COLUMNIST
Salem Bin Ahmad Sahhab

ARABS BRACE FOR NUCLEAR IRAN


The Daily Star, Lebanon
Baghdadi's Wife or No,
Dulaimi's Capture is a
Boon for Lebanonese

"Whether Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi
is (or was) married to Baghdadi
or not, analysts agreed that her
capture will improve Lebanon's
hand in its effort to secure the
release of around 26 hostages
kidnapped by ISIS and al-Nusra.

— REPORTER Samya Kullab

IT MAY NOT BE AL-BAGHDIDI'S WIFE

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Former Mossad Handler:
Jonathan Pollard Refused
Plan to Escape the U.S.

"An escape plan was in place
for convicted spy-for-Israel
Jonathan Pollard . ... but he
circumvented it and sought
asylum at Israel's embassy in
Washington, his handler said."

— NEWS ITEM, Jerusalem Post

BUNGLED 1985 ESCAPE PLAN

The Daily Star, Lebanon
Lebanese Army Arrests Wife
of ISIL Leaders al-Baghdadi

"The source identified the wife as
Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, who was one
of the prisoners freed from Syrian
jails in exchange for the 13 Maaloula
nuns abducted by the al-Nusra Front
last December. ... She was taken to
Defense Ministry for interrogation.”

— TRANSCRIPT:
ISIL Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Times of Israel, Israel
Support for the Islamic
State Higher in Europe,
U.S. than Syria, Iraq

"A study of Arabic-speaking social
media users has uncovered wide-
spread popularity for the jihadist
group, including here in srael.'"

— REPORTER Justin Jalil

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Next
Army Chief 'Would Only
Strike Iran as Last Eesort'


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Obama's Broken Dreams:
Ferguson, Palestine, Daesh

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"How distant it seems now, the elation
surrounding the election six years ago
of the first Afro-American president of
the United States! It was then reasonable
to believe that America had once and
for all exorcised the oldest of its demons
- a racial problem the roots of which date
back to the days of slavery. While many
Americans are disappointed, they are
hardly alone. To Arabs, the dream of
peace in Palestine announced by a newly-
elected Obama on a visit to Cairo was
even more marvelous than that of Martin
Luther King. We know the poor results.”

— COLUMNIST Issa Goraieb

BROKEN HEARTS OVER OBAMA PRESIDENCY

Jerusalem Post, Israel
'Unbound' by Nuclear Pact,
Israel Mulls Attacking Iran

"Israel issued a stark public warning
to its allies with a clear argument:
The current proposals guarantee the
perpetuation of a crisis that backs
Israel into a corner; military force
against provides the only logical exit."

— COLUMNIST Michael Wilner

NUKE DEAL MAY NOT PROTECT TEHRAN


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
'Pseudo-Caliphate' Bell
Tolls for Saudi Royals

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"In that country, where entire
generations have been brought
up on the ideology maintained
by Daesh, the ground is fertile.
The discourse Daesh preaches
has been constantly taught and
hammered in by the official
religious establishment. The
'caliphate' is a the fulfillment
'ad absurdio' of this 'education,'
which has had extraordinary
means at its disposal to extend
and reshape religious life
throughout the Islamic world.”

— COLUMNIST M. Saadoune

THE END FOR SAUDI ROYALS?

Israel National News, Israel
CIA Blunder? Kurdish
Official Says ISIL Now
Has '200,000 Fighters'

"CIA puts ISIL's strength at no
more than 31,500, but a top
Kurdish official reveals that's
'impossible' given realities on
ground. ... 'I am talking about
hundreds of thousands because
they are able to mobilize Arab
young men in the territory
they have taken possession of.'"

— REPORTER Ari Yashar

FACT AND DISINFORMATION


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Decrypting the Arab
World Obsession with
Conspiracy Theories

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"What do three highly symbolic
events in the history of the
Muslim world this century - the
attacks of September 11, 2001,
the revolts of 2011 (the Arab
Spring) and the offensive by the
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -
have in common? ... All three
were catalysts allowing the
genesis and the spread of new
conspiracy theories. ... In the
Middle East, which is coveted
because of its geographical
position, its energy resources
and its hard coexistence with
the state of Israel, how do we
separate conspiracy theory and
the simple games of powers?”

— A PROBING LOOK BY
L'Orient Le Jour

OBSSESSION WITH CONSPIRACY

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Erdogan: America was
Discovered By Muslims;
Columbus Saw Mosque

"Muslim sailors arrived in
America from 1178.
Columbus mentioned the
existence of a mosque on
a hill on the Cuban coast.
I would like to talk about
it to my Cuban brothers.
A mosque would go
perfectly on the hill today.'"

— PRESIDENT Erdogan

THROW OUT YOUR TEXTBOOK?


Islamic State?, Internet
TRANSCRIPT: Al-Baghdadi's
Reported Audio Message to
Believers about Disbelievers

"O soldiers of the Islamic State... erupt
volcanoes of jihad everywhere. Light
the earth with fire against all dictators.
God has ordered us to fight. For that
reason the soldiers of the Islamic State
are fighting. ... they will never leave
fighting, even if only one soldier is left.
They will never leave fighting,
because they reject humiliation.”

— TRANSCRIPT:
ISIL Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Anti-American Youth
Union of Turkey 'Sacks'
U.S. Soldiers In Istanbul

"Speaking on behalf of the mob,
Youth Union of Turkey leader
Ugur Aytac said the men were
'proud to be detained for this.
They [the U.S. soldiers] were
afraid. They should be because
we will not give them a rest.'"

— NEWS ITEM, Saily Sabah

U.S. TROOPS CHASED AND 'SACKED'


DAILY SABAH: Foreign Ministry
Condemns Anti-American Activist
Group Who 'Sacked' U.S. Soldiers


Kurdish Globe, Iraqi Kurdistan
The Americans Will
Not Change Baghdad

"The U.S. gave thousands
of its men and women for
freedom, liberty, and the
building of a democratic
Iraq. Yet now the Iraqis
themselves are obsessed
with sectarian, religious
and ethno-racist wars. ...
The Middle East considers
deception to be bravery,
losing as victory and the
greatest value to humanity
their graphic images of
beheadings, imprisonment
and bloody killing.”

— COLUMNIST Gazi Hassan

A WASTE OF TIME AND LIVES?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Washington 'Assumes'
Iran Deal is Coming

"Israeli officials prepare to
renew their threats to use
unilateral military force if
they disapprove of a deal.'"

— REPORTER Michael Wilner

NETANYAHU: 'IRAN WANTS BOMB'


JERUSALEM POST: Iran is
America's Enemy; 'Endangers
the Planet' - Netanyahu


Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: Islamic State
of Iraq Shoots Down
a Chinook Helicopter

RealVideoNov. 11, 00:02:32

"The terrorist group has
posted this video of one
of its jihadists shooting
down an Iraq helicopter."

— ISIL'S MANPADS

IS: AIR WAR NOW VULNERABLE

Al Ahram, Egypt
'American Terrorism':
Washington Never
Learns its Lesson

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"On 9-11, the United States
absorbed a devastating blow
from the al-Qaeda group,
and American blood was shed
at the hands of terrorists
who had been trained, funded,
armed and mentored by the
United States. ... It seems that
the Americans failed to fully
grasp the lesson of the terror
industry in Afghanistan, and
went right back into the
business in Iraq and Syria."

— COLUMNIST Abdo Mubacha

TERROR: A BIPARTISAN PURSUIT


Times of Israel, Israel
Temple Mount Crisis:
Kerry Tries Fighting
Flames from Paris

"There are those who
oppose peace, and people
need to not allow those
who oppose peace to
control what is happening
in the region. ... It is the
peacemakers that need to
control it, and they need
to take steps to begin to
move in a new direction.”

— Sescretary of
State John Kerry

BATTLE FOR TEMPLE MOUNT

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: U.S.
Elections: What Ever Happened
to 'Stiff Necked' Jews?


FARS News Agency, Iran
Top Iran Officials say
U.S. Midterms have 'No
Effect' on Nuclear Deal

"Both U.S. parties need Iran for
the 2016 presidential election,
especially the Republicans, who
are trying to create a change
in foreign policy. Therefore,
both parties will want s nuclear
deal and strategic cooperation
with Iran, notably to fight ISIL.'"

— Presidential Chief
of Staff Hamid Aboutalebi

CAN THESE MINDS EVER AGREE?


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Republicans Sweep
Into Power in Senate,
Uniting Capitol Hill

"U.S. President Barack Obama
will host bicameral, bipartisan
leaders from Congress on
Friday at the White House to
discuss a way forward
with divided government.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Michael Wilner

MCCONNELL TRO LEAD SENATE

JERUSALEM POST: For
Israel, Midterms Spell
Leverage on Iran Talks


Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
American Voters Sending
Message to Obama, Iran

"Only a Republican-controlled
Congress can stop U.S. president
from allowing Iran to become
first Islamist jihadist state in
possession of a nuclear weapon.”

— COLUMNIST
Shoula Romano Horing

ISRAELIS ROOT FOR REPUBLICANS

YEDIOTH AHRINOT: Israel
Needs the Support from
Both U.S. Parties

ISRAEL HAYOM: Mr. Obama
Stares at Lame Duck Status

ISRAEL HAYOM: 'Deal with
Iran would be Reckless,'
Israeli Official Warns

ISRAEL HAYOM: Endless
Prattle with Iran will Go On


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Netanyahu Twin Tower
Cartoon is 'a New Low'

"Last week Haaretz published
a political cartoon that has
created a backlash the likes
of which make the 'chickenshit'
story pale by comparison.”

— COLUMNIST Ruthie Blum

NETANYAHU AS A 9-11 PILOT

The Analyst, Liberia
Tribal Chiefs Reject
Order to Burn Ebola
Dead as 'Abominable'

"The chiefs and elders said
it is absolutely wrong and
under Liberian culture,
abominable, for a body to
be burned. The traditional
leaders have therefore
called on the government
to quickly halt the practice.'"

— REPORTER Philip T. Singbah

EBOLA: CULTURE OVER DEATH


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
'Blackwaterization'
of Warfare: Obama
is Gambling on it

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Barack Obama, who has
committed not to send
GI's to the banks of the
Euphrates River, but
who hasn't breathed a
word about an eventual
'civilian' presence - is
gambling on it.”

— COLUMNIST
Christian Merville

WHO NEEDS A MILITARY?

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
U.S. Disavows 'Chickenshit'
Comment About Netanyahu

"Obama Administration officials are
trying to distance themsleves from
comments made by a senior official,
calling Bibi Netanyahu a 'chickenshit.'"

— REPORTER Yitzhak Benhorin

NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME? ...


YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Ingratitude in
Jerusalem, Loathing in Washington

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Islamic State
has Nothing to Do with Israel


Kitabat, Iraq
Shiite Leaders Lack
Conviction of ISIL's
Baathist Henchmen

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"Why haven't we heard that
popular formations - Salam,
Ashura, Akidah, Kataeb and
Asaeb [Shiite militias] have
surrounded the jihadis of
ISIL the way we heard that
Daesh had surrounded army
units committing massacres
at Camp Speicher, Mosul,
Jarf Al Sakhr, Diala, Anbar,
etc.? ... Perhaps the sense
of conviction of leaders of
these popular militias - the
ones Maliki put in charge
of the lives of our troops -
lack the commitment shown
by Saddam's Baathist leaders?”

— COLUMNIST Diya' Al Jaburi

SHIITE-SUNNI INFIGHTING

Islamic State, Internet
VIDEO: ISIL Hostage,
Briton John Cantlie,
Subborned in Kobani

OCT. 27, 00:05:33

Once again, the propaganda
people of the Islamic State
have put war reporter and
hostage John Cantlie to use,
in order to tell the world
that the town of Kobani in
Syria, the scene of fighting
between Kurdish fighters
and the terrorists, not to
mention US-led coalition air
strikes, is now almost totally
in the hands of the terrorists.

— ISIL PROPAGANDA

ISIL: IN CONTROL OF KOBANI?

Yedoith Ahronot, Israel
Finance Minister
Warns 'Israel-U.S.
Relations in Crisis'

"There is a crisis with
the Americans and it
needs to be addressed
as a crisis. We mustn't
pretend there isn't a
crisis. Our ties with
the U.S. are vital and
everything that can
be done must be
done to end this crisis.”

— REPORTER
Moran Azulay

YAIR LAPID SOUNDS ALARM

Hurriyet, Turkey
On Mistaken Airdrop,
Erdogan Tells Obama
'I Told You So'

"Now we are in the fourth
day and Kobane hasn't fallen.
Now it is understood that
what's been done is wrong.
Some of those weapons are
now in ISIL hands. To whom
are you offering support?
There may be more rational,
results-oriented ways, not
for the sake of appearances."

— Turkey President Erdogan

AIR STRIKES 'ALL FOR SHOW'?


HURRIYET: Turkey says U.S.
'Aiding Terrorists' in Kobani

DAILY SABAH: Turkey Needs
to Revisit 'Kurdish Reality'


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
Toppling Saddam and
Qaddafi, West Injected
'Sectarian Poison'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The most ironic thing is to
read Tony Blair preach the
confrontation against Islamist
extremism and call for the
eradication of Daesh when
he, with his boss George W.
Bush, spawned the group.”

— COLUMNIST K. Salim

HAVE WE MADE THIS MESS?

FARS News Agency, Iran
U.S.-Led War on ISIL will
Bankrupt House of Saud

"There is a reason why the detail-
oriented Pentagon accountants
are so careful about calculating
the astronomical costs of the
illegal air wars in Iraq and Syria:
Saudi Arabia is footing the bill.
So not surprisingly, the political
class in Washington is in no hurry
to wrap up its 'ineffective air
campaign' against proxy forces
designed by the White House."

— EDITORIAL, FARS News Agency

ARE SAUDIS MAKING A MISTAKE?


Kitabat, Iraq
Iraqis Turn Battle
Against Daesh into
Sunni-Shiite War

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"One speaker described
the war against Daesh as
being between the camp
of Ali [Shiites] and the
camp of Muawiyah [Sunnis]
- may Allah bless them
both. ... In giving the
atmosphere a sectarian
dimension and seeking
to stoke the passions of
followers, this speaker
forgot or pretended to
forget that a broad
international coalition
led by the 'Great Satan' is
also fighting Daesh. What
camp would he place the
coalition - with whose
descendants does it belong?!”

— COLUMNIST
Hadi Nada Al Maliki

FIGHTING THE WRONG ENEMY?

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
Daesh in Iraq: Taking
Shelter Behind the
Americans 'Shameful'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"Today, sadly, we hear voices
from Anbar who abandoned
all their values, honor and
manliness. They have openly
declared their desire to have
U.S. troops help rid them of
Daesh. They forget that Daesh
is a puppet of the U.S. and
Israel - which know Daesh and
manipulate it. Taking shelter
behind foreigner is shameful
and will not be expunged for
years or decades. Taking cover
behind a foreigner will offer
Daesh the chance to stay
and grow even stronger.”

— COLUMNIST
Hadi Nada Al Maliki

A U.S.-ISRAELI HIDDEN HAND?

Liberte, Algeria
Global Terror - but No
Global War to Oppose It

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Each country in the coalition is
fighting its own war. As is the
case with France and its penny-
pinching air strikes, it is clear
that the militaries involved in
the operation are constrained:
they are economizing on bombs
and their stockpile of missiles is
limited. As for the Arab states,
which for the most part were
involved in establishing and
equipping the Islamic State, the
nature of their contribution
remains almost a total mystery."

— COLUMNIST
Mustapha Hammouche

LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN WAR


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Clooney-Alamuddin
Marriage 'Annulled'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

A 'We Love Lebanon with
Amal and George' campaign
was begun by civil society
groups ties to the March
14th Alliance. Supporters
of the March 8th Movement
responded with their own
campaign: 'Be Beautiful and
Get Married.' Rapidly, the
social networks were on
fire. Disputes blew up.
Accusations were traded.
'Friends' were 'unfriended.'
The government met again,
and after heated debate,
decreed it would continue
in session. ... By the end of
the afternoon, two lawyers
and three actors had been
kidnapped. … Then
the electricity was cut.”

— AUTHOR Claude El-Khal

ARGUMENTATIVE LEBANESE

Al Arabiya, UAE
Turks Deny they Approved
Use of Air Base at Incirlik

"Turkey denied on Monday having
granted the United States access
to its Incirlik air base to be used
for attacking Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria."

— NEWS ITEM, Al-Arabiya

TURKEY: NYET TO INCIRLIK AIR BASE


Hurriyet, Turkey
ISIL: Turkey Must Correct
'Misperceptions' of Allies

" It is of great importance for
Turkey to take steps to correct
the misperceptions that have
spread from its own region to
Europe and from NATO to the
U.N. This can only be done by
recalibrating its position vis-a-
vis Syria and the fight against
the brutality of Islamic State.”

— COLUMNIST Serkan Demirtas

WILL TURKS ALTER PRIORITIES?

Hurriyet, Turkey
Turkey Must Set Aside
Obsession with Assad
to Deal Islamic State

"As for al-Assad, it's true that
his regime is evil and deserves
all sorts of condemnation, but
Ankara has to realize that ISIL
is now an independent threat,
with its own mania and blood
lust. Therefore, the we-will-
not-fight-ISIL-unless-al-Assad-
is-also-fought mantra should
be set aside, and ISIL must be
confronted as a threat of its
own, not as a mere 'symptom'
of the Bashar al-Assad disease.”

— COLUMNIST Mustafa Akyol

TIME FOR ANKARA TO 'TALK TURKEY'

DAILY SABAH: Blaming Turkey for
Losses in Kobani a 'Failure of Logic'

ZAMAN: Biden Reveals Turkey
to be Source of Instability in U.S. Eyes

DAILY SABAH: Turkey Cannot
'Clean the Mess of Others' Alone

DAILY SABAH: The Case Against
Turkey Military Engagement in Syria


Daily Sabah, Turkey
Turkey Proposes 'All-Syrian'
Force to Defeat Islamic State

"According to this strategy, U.S.-led
coalition would hit the bases in Syria,
while the newly emerged force will
structure the country. This newer
power should consist of only Syrians
from all fractions of the country, as
is with the Syrian National Coalition.”

— PRIME MINISTER Ahmet Davutoglu

SERIOUS - OR FACE-SAVING NOTION?

The Analyst, Liberia
What Liberians Can Learn
from Death of Eric Duncan

"Can the death in a U.S. hospital of
Ebola-infected Eric Duncan teach us
anything? ... We think it surely can.
The first lesson to learn is that none
of us should take Ebola for granted.
It can be, and it often indeed is, a
death sentence, although as we've
seen in the case of many survivors,
it doesn't have to be. Then there is
a lesson we Liberians have a hard
time learning: The Americans, like
most other peoples, know how to
look after one another. Do we in
Liberia? NO! We prefer looking
after others rather than our own.
See how two Lebanese rapists who
viciously assaulted Liberian women
were freed by Liberian courts. ...
What is the lesson there?"

— EDITORIAL, Daily Observer

LIBERIANS PONDER DUNCAN'S DEATH


The Analyst, Liberia
Lawyer will 'Put Liberia
Government on Trial' if
Ebola Carrier Prosecuted

"We continue to commit moral sin
and ethical transgression against
the poor and weak. ... We ignore
their needs and demands, we
reward their abusers, turn a blind
eye to the theft and abuse that
deprive them of essential social
services including health care, yet
we are anxious to punish them,
even before we gather all the
facts. This must stop!"

— Former Public Works
Minister and Human Rights
Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods

SHOULD EBOLA CARRIER FACE TRIAL?


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Obama's Loose Lips
May Sink Anti-ISIL Ship

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Transparency is all well and
good, except precisely in time
of war - and we have never
seen a power parade its own
shortcomings so stupidly. ...
The virtuous Obama, with the
concern he has for the lives
of his Marines, would be well-
inspired to follow the advice
of the exceptionally devious
Richard Nixon: never tell the
enemy what you will do, or
what you won't ...”

— COLUMNIST Issa Goraieb

SHOULD OBAMA SHUT HIS FACE?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Two are Reportedly
Killed by Explosion in
Iran Nuclear Facility

"The powerful explosion
blew out the windows of
buildings up to seven mile
away, and eyewitnesses
could observe the blast
from a distance. Parchin is
a base where Israel and
the IAEA suspect the Islamic
Republic is attempting to
develop a nuclear device.

— IRAN President
Hassan Rouhani

ISRAEL: BOMB BOMB IRAN?


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Israel's 'Secret War'

"These operations and many
others undertaken by IDF
units and the State of Israel's
security forces, contribute
greatly to the security of the
citizens of Israel. ... This is
the place to acknowledge
and thank the handful of
people who do so much to
safeguard our security."

— ADMIRAL Eli Marom,
Commander of the
Israeli Navy 2007-2011

Daily Observer, Liberia
Ebola in Liberia:
Eric Duncan and the
'Price of Deception'

"Duncan's failure to level
with the screening team
at Roberts International
Airport is the most
unfortunate thing about
this episode. ... He must
have suspected or known
that he had come into
contact with a possible
Ebola victim. While
pregnant women do
often omit, it doesn't
tend to takes their lives.”

— EDITORIAL, Daily Observer

DUNCAN: SHAME OF LIBERIA

Khaleej Times, U.A.E.
War on ISIL Presents Obama
with a Historic Opportunity

"Obama has an opportunity in disaster
to address the root causes of unrest
across the world inspired by religion,
geography and ethnic prejudice. All
he has to do is deal with historic
discords ranging from the issue of
Palestinian statehood to injustices
against badly-treated communities in
the Middle East, Asia and Africa."

— EDITORIAL, Khaleej Times

Daily Observer, Liberia
Ex-Employer says Ebola
Carrier Knew He Had
Virus as He Fled to U.S.

"A source at his former employer
at FedEx in Monrovia said Duncan
apparently knew he was suffering
from the virus, and that his best
chance of survival was to reach
America, which is a position that
a source from his family denied.”

— REPORTER Omari Jackson

MAY HAVE FLED TO U.S. FOR CARE

Salone Monitor, Sierra Leone
Tribal Chiefs and Witch
Doctors Need to Shut
Up on Spread of Ebola

"This has nothing to do with
'Juju medicine men' and other
superstitious mechanisms that
have failed. This is about the
application of appropriate
scientific approaches and logistics
designed to find constructive,
transparent and proven results
that everyone can see and
understand. ... Claims by tribal
chiefs that exaggerate declines
of the disease in their chiefdoms
obscure the reality of its spread.”

— COLUMNIST Ahmed Kanu

AFRICAN TRIBAL LIFE VS. EBOLA

Salone Post, Sierra Leone
Ebola in Sierra Leone: 'Our
Doctors are Dying and the
World is Letting them Die'

"Where is the world? Our doctors
are dying. Our nurses are dying.
Our lab technicians are dying and
yet help does not come. The only
medical professionals getting life-
saving treatment are foreigners
- people from the U.S.and E.U.”

— Miata Jambawai, Country
Program Manager, The Aids
Healthcare Foundation

SIERRA LEONE: CORRUPT, STRICKEN

Israel Hayom, Israel,
Netanyahu's Message
to Obama: 'Iran More
Dangerous than ISIS'

"There is no reason to make
make concessions to Iran due
to fears about Islamic State. ...
The Iranians have only one goal
- a military nuclear capability."

— UNIDENTIFIED Israeli Official

NETANYAHU: IRAN WORSE THAN ISIS


JERUSALEM POST: The U.S. and
Israel: The Art of Disagreement


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Anti-ISIL Arabs Have
Much to Answer for

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

It is Islam itself in its essence
and values that threatens us
all with this barbaric sham of
Islam - that is of allegedly
divine inspiration. In this case,
to confront ISIL by all possible
means is above all the business
and the responsibility of Sunnis.”

— COLUMNIST Issa Goraieb

ANTI-ISIL: PARTNERS IN ARMS?

Azzaman, Iraq
Saddam's Nephew Called
'Chief Culprit' in Massacre at
Former U.S. Camp Speicher

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"The tribes of east Tikrit formed two
cells to track down and assassinate the
armed Daesh militants involved in the
crime, after receiving news that there
were Iraqi Army troops who were
kidnapped and still alive at Speicher.
... It was also reported that nephew
of Saddam - Ibrahim Sabawi Ibrahim
al-Hassan - is suspected of being the
chief culprit in the Speicher crime.

— REPORTER Mazen Abdul Hamid

FAMILY BUSINESS: NEPHEW JOINS IS


Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: Hostage John
Cantlie Warns America,
Allies of 'Gulf War III'

RealVideoSept. 23, 00:05:37

"Eighteen years into our war
with the Islamists, the U.S.
government has given no
public sign that it has even the
slightest awareness of what
its enemies are fighting for."

— IS HOSTAGE John Cantlie

PROPAGANDA: CANTLIE EPISODE II

Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: 'Lend Me Your
Ears': Hostage John
Cantlie Suborned to
Speak for Kidnappers

RealVideoSept. 18, 00:03:22

"Over the next few programs,
I'm going to show you the
truth as the Western media
tries to drag the world back
into the abyss of a war with
the Islamic State. After two
disastrous and unpopular wars,
why are our governments so
keen to get involved in yet
another unwinnable conflict?"

— IS HOSTAGE John Cantlie

PROPAGANDA: ISIL'S NEW TRICK

Tehran Times, Iran
Rouhani Calls Anti-ISIL
Coalition 'Terrorist
Backers' and a 'Joke'

"The anti-terrorism coalition,
comprised of countries that
have trained, equipped and
financially backed terrorist
groups is like a joke . ...
However, any country that
sincerely announces that it
intends to fight terrorism
from now on, we accept it.

— IRAN President
Hassan Rouhani

CALLS OUT COALITION HYPOCRITES


Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: Islamic State
Propaganda Video
Laughably Not Scary

RealVideoSept. 18, 00:01:02

This video is not 'slick', it is
not 'well produced' and it is
not 'scary.' Ask yourself why
CNN, FOX News and MSNBC
had to spent all day telling
us how savvy and talented it
shows us the terrorists are.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

MAINSTREAM SCARE MONGERING

Daily Star, Lebanon
Shame on Iran, Russia
for 'Propping Up Assad'

"Russia, Iran are indignant over
plans by the U.S.-led coalition to
intervene in Syria to battle ISIL,
and are using the terms 'national
sovereignty' and 'international
law' without any regard for the
intelligence of people who have
been carefully watching the news.

— EDITORIAL, Tehran Times

ASSAD AND ISIL: DEVILISH CHOICE


Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: ISIL Terrorists
Behead British Aid
Worker David Haines

RealVideoSept. 13, 00:02:28

"You entered voluntarily into
a coalition with the United
States against the Islamic State
just as your predecessor Tony
Blair did following a trend
amongst our Prime Minsters
who can't find the courage
to say no to the Americans."

— MURDERER of David Baines

ISIL PROPAGANDA CONTINUES

L'Expressions, Algeria
'Truth Will Come
Out' of West's Hand
Behind Terrorism

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The truth will come out
and the world will know
that the United States and
the more proactive states
of Europe are no strangers
to cross-border terrorism
and to the disorder now
threatening world security.

— COLUMNIST Karim Mohsen

THE SOURCES OF TERRORISM


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