Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
A Justifiable Fear of
Creeping Police State
TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

HAS THE ALL-SEEING EYE BECOME TOO ALL SEEING?

“Is the theft of SIM card codes a surprise to anyone? ... If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more so. Given this desire for global surveillance on the part of states and the commercial sector, it seems almost hopeless to think they could one day be curbed by law. Thus the IT revolution devours its children, for the suspicion that arises from this will not come without adverse reactions. These will initially manifest as doubts along the lines of, 'Are we already living in a police state?' As of today this is just talk. On the other hand, it would no longer surprise anyone.”

—COLUMNIST Jasper von Altenbockum,    
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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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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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GUARDIAN: Shock and Anal
Probe: Reading Between
Redactions in Torture Report

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

INDEPENDENT: America's
Day of Shame

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta

ARE WE MISSING THE POINT?

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

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

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


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

RealVideoTWO VIDEOS, ONE COLUMN

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

— COMMENTS BY Seymour Hersh

EXPOSING LIES AND DISINFORMATION

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

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

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


NZZ, Switzerland
NATO's Blunted
'Spearhead'

TRANSLATED GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST
Eric Gujer

SHIELD - BUT NO SPEAR?

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

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

— REPORTER Lauren Gambino
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ROYAL COUPLE IN THE BIG APPLE


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST Jacek Zakowski

GMOs: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER?

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

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

— REPORTER Lauren Gambino
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ANOTHER NIGHT OF PROTEST IN NY


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

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

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

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

RealVideoDec. 1, 00:08:53

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

— National Front Leader Marine Le Pen

MARINE LE PEN BUCKS BRUSSELS

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

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

— REPORTER Samuel Gibbs
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A SHORT-CUT TO PARIAH STATUS


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


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

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— Former Soviet Union
President Mikhail Gorbachev
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GORBY GAUGES WESTERN LEADERS


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

COSBY-FURGUSON

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

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer
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RACISM AND THE PERILS OF EMPIRE


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

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

— COLUMNIST Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard

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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Francois Sergent
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HOW TO RESTORE OFFICIAL CREDIBILITY



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

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

— COLUMNIST Simon Tisdall

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

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


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

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

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

HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF: U.S. HAS PROBLEM


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT Tom McCarthy

NATIONAL GUARD MOVES INTO TOWN


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

BBC NEWS: Ferguson Decision
- Darren Wilson's Testimony

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Louise Couvelaire
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DISASTER FOR FUN AND PROFIT


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— CORRESPONDENT
Friedrich Schmidt
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US AND THEM: LIES AND PROPAGANDA


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

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

— SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry

IRAN NUKES: AND THE TALKS GO ON

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

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

— REPORTER Spencer Ackerman

NATIONAL GUARD MOVES INTO TOWN


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

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

— REPORTER Nate Thayer

MILLER: 'FORCED' OUT OF NORTH KOREA

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

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

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

— CORRESPONDENT
Massimo Franco
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PROTECTING A FLESH-PRESSING POPE


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

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

— NEWS ITEMS, ITAR-TASS, RT

TO TOPPLE OR NOT TO TOPPLE ...

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

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

— REPORTER Gina Chon

TOO LENIENT ON BANKS? ... NAAH!

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

Nov. 18, 00:31:33

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

— RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin

PUTIN OFFERS THE RUSSIAN NARRATIVE

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, AWD News

REJECTING THE HOUSE OF SAUD?

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

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

— REPORTER Spencer Ackerman

EVEN FIENSTIEN BACKED DEFEATED BILL


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

LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE:
Snowden's Success


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

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

— OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

WHAT DEMOCRATIC VALUES?

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

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

— REPORTER Chris Spargo

AN EBOLA CASE IN BROOKLYN?


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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

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

— COLUMNIST Trevor Trimm

MASS SURVEILLANCE: NOWHERE TO HIDE


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

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

GUARDIAN: White House
Announces Push for Next
Generation of Weapons


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

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

— PRIME MINISTER
David Cameron

GORBY: RUSSIAN SOFT POWER

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


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

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

— REPORTER Kieran Corcoran

9-11: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


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

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

— FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
David Blair

GORBY: RUSSIAN SOFT POWER

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

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

GUARDIAN: Putin Leaves G20
after Browbeating Over Ukraine


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

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— FORMER PUTIN ECONOMIC
ADVISER Andrei Illarionov

WILL RUSSIANS 'SEE THE LIGHT'?


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

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

— CORRESPONDENTS Raya
Jalabi, Spencer Ackerman

ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN?

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


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

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

— REPORTER Suzanne Goldenberg

XI- OBAMA: SIGNING DEAL IN BEIJING


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Clemens Wergin
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APPLYING REPUBLICAN PRESSURE


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Patrick Saint-Paul

XI AND PUTIN: HANGING TIGHT


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT Daniel Hurst

ABBOTT: WHISTLING IN THE WIND?

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

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

— National Cable and
Telecommunications
Association President
Michael Powell

MICHAEL POWELL: CASHING IN

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

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

— COLUMNIST Edward Luce

OBAMA: A 'DIMINISHED FIGURE'

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

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

— REVEALED: The Reagan Tapes

BUGGING OF THE WHITE HOUSE

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

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

— CELEBRATING FALL OF THE WALL

BERLIN: A LOOK FROM EUROPE

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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST
Bartosz Weglarczyk

24 MONTHS OF PARALYSIS?


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT
Charles Scanlon

NORTH KOREA FREES AMERICANS

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

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

— COLUMNIST Daniel Zubov

WHAT WITH THE ELEPHANT BRING?


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde
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DEAL WITH IRAN IMPOSSIBLE?


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

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

— DIRECTOR Oliver Stone

STONE: SNOWDEN AND PUTIN

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

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

— HOMELESS ADVOCATE
Arnold Abbott
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DROP THAT PLATE RIGHT NOW!


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

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

— Former Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev

25 YEARS AFTER WALL CAME DOWN

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WAS IT ALL FOR NAUGHT?


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— Writer Janusz Glowacki
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SHOULD POLANSKI BE LET OFF?


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

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

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


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

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

— COLUMNIST Piers Morgan
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MORGAN UNLEASHES ON OBAMA AGAIN


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT
Paul Lewis
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CRIST: NOW GONE FOR GOOD?


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WAS IT ALL FOR NAUGHT?


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT Adam Withnall

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

NO BIG DEAL?

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

—COLUMNIST
Gary Younge

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Azeri Press Agency

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

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

— LIVE UPDATES ALL DAY
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2014: A REPUBLICAN WAVE


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS: OBAMA'S FAULT?


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

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


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

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

— GHCQ Chief Robert Hannigan

GHCQ: PRIVACY MEANS TERROR


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


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

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

— COLUMNIST Piers Morgan
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MORGAN UNLEASHES ON JILTED OBAMA


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

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

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

— COLUMNIST Jorge
Almeida Fernandes

WHAT IS PUTIN THINKING?


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

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

— Sir Richard Branson

CASTING A SHADOW OF DOUBT

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

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Alexandr Grishin

RUSSIA WAR OF WORDS OVER UKRAINE


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

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

— COLUMNIST Edward Luce

PREPARING FOR A 'THUMPIN'

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

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

— Spain Security Chief
Francisco Martinez

TERRORIST 'CHATTER' ABOUT EBOLA

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Konrad Ege
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PANIC IN THE LAND OF THE FREE


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

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

— Russian and Brtish Reports

FEAR MONGERING OR NEWS?

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

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

— REPORTER Emma Jones
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ISALMIC STATE AT THE MOVIES


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


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST
WacLaw Radziwinowicz

PUTIN PUZZLES THE WEST


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

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

— CORRESPONDENT James Ball
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SPY MACHINE OUT OF CONTROL


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

OCT. 18, 00:05:28

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

— JON STEWART ON THE
ANDREW MARR SHOW

STEWART: 'INCOHERENT' US POLICY

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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST
Waclaw Radziwinowicz
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POLAND-RUSSIA: UNLIKELY ALLIES


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

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

— UK Defense Secretary
Michael Fallon

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

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

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

— COLUMNIST Jorge
Almeida Fernandes
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DISAGREEING ON THE ENEMY


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

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

— UK Defense Secretary
Michael Fallon

ARE COMBAT OPERATIONS 'OVER'?


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

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

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


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

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


EARLIER EUROPE POSTS
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


Al-Jazeera, Qatar
VIDEO: New Government in
Iraq: United and Inclusive?

RealVideoSEPTEMBER 9, 00:24:55

Panelists include former Iraqi Vice
President Tariq al-Hashimi - who
was charged with running a murder
hit-squad and chased out of Iraq by
now-ousted Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki, Ahmed Rushdi - director
House of Iraqi Expertise Foundation,
and Ghassan Al Attiyah - founder
and director of the Iraq Foundation
for Development and Democracy.

— Iraq's New Government

BAGHDAD: BETTER THAN BEFORE?

Tehran Times, Iran
'Caliph' Baghdadi is Jewish
Mossad Agent 'Simon Elliot'

"According to sources linked to Edward
Snowden and uncovered by the Iranian
intelligence services, al-Baghdadi is in
fact Simon Elliot, a Jewish agent for the
Zionist intelligence agency Mossad. The
plan was to invade countries which
constitute a threat to the Israeli entity
to establish the biblical 'Greater Israel.'”

— COLUMNIST Yuram Abdullah Weiler

IS THE NEW CALIPH AN 'APOSTATE!'


Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
Al-Jazeera Arabic Casts
Doubts on the Beheading
Videos of U.S. Reporters

"Al Jazeera ridiculed the horrific
beheading of James Foley and
Steven Sotloff as 'Hollywood'
casting, saying the executions
were 'unconvincing' and could
be used as a pretext for a
Western intervention in Syria."

—NEWS ITEM, Al-Arabiya

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Netanyahu Hails Legendary
Jewish Comedian Rivers as
a 'Vocal Supporter of Israel'

"She was proud of her Jewish heritage
and a vocal supporter of Israel. We
will miss her deeply and we send our
heartfelt condolences to her family.”

— PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu

COMEDIAN JOAN RIVERS IS DEAD AT 81


Al-Arabiya, U.A.E.
ISIL: Bruised, Desperate
for 'American Targets'

"In its videos, ISIL calls on U.S.
President Obama to leave Iraq
and what it refers to as Muslim
lands. Fact is, its brutality against
Iraqis is what reengaged a risk-
averse president in a war he
was always opposed to waging."

—COLUMNIST Joyce Karam

PULLING UNITED STATES BACK IN

AL-ARABIYA: ISIL Leader's
Top Aide Killed in Air Strike


Debka File, Israel
Amid Trail of Atrocities,
World Leaders Call on
Someone Else to Stamp
Out the Terrorist Disease

"Hoping against hope to jerk them
into action, Saudi King Abdullah on
Saturday issued a wake-up call, and
asked Western ambassadors to pass
on an urgent message to leaders:
Terrorism at this time is an evil
force that must be fought with
wisdom and speed. ... If neglected
I'm sure after a month it will arrive
in Europe and then in America."

— DEBKA FILE Analysis

BUCK PASSING ON ISLAMIC STATE


JERUSALEM POST: U.S. Seeks
Global Coalition Against ISIL

ISRAEL HAYOM: War on Jews:
Europe and Now America


L'Expressions Algeria
Old Racial Demons Emerge
Again in Land of Uncle Sam

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“It was thought that racism against the
Black population of the United States
had disappeared with the Klu Klux Klan.
... Any doubts were thought to have
been dispelled when, for the first time
in its history, America elected Barack
Obama. ... We forgot that there are
those who are 'experts' at reopening
old sociological wounds, and choosing
the most conducive time and place
to inject their poison.”

— COLUMNIST Zouhir Mebarki

LIKE FRENCH 'PSYCHOLOGICAL TERROR'?

Israeli Innovation News, Israel
Putin a 'Romantic Loner'
and Obama 'Mistrustful':
According to New Israeli
Personality Algorithm

"Ben Gurion University's computer-
based personality profiling method
can decipher the actual feelings of
politicians. The subjects include
Presidents Obama and Putin, and
whistleblower Edward Snowden."

— COLUMNIST Maya Yarowsky

READING MINDS OF WORLD LEADERS


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Ferguson, Israel and
the Power of Media

"Due to the media I came
across people while in
Israel from all over the
world who were afraid
to come to the United
States, because in the
worldwide media the U.S.
is seen a dangerous place."

—WRITER Latrice Nettles

IS ISRAEL SAFER THAN U.S.?

Debka File, Israel
U.S. Strikes on ISIL
in Syria will Boost
Assad, Hezbullah

"After declaring for nearly
four years that Assad must
go, the U.S. president may
end up sending an aircraft
carrier to save him.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

HELPING ASSAD TO KILL ISIL


JERUSALEM POST: America
Prepares to Attack Islamic
State Targets in Syria

JERUSALEM POST: Heed
Obama's Warning on Terror -
It is Later than You Think

JERUSALEM POST: Hamas,
ISIL, and Anti-Israel Activism


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
'Short-Lived' Islamic State
Serves America's Purpose

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The Islamic State moves us to the
heart of the road map: Iraq divided
into three - or four or even five
parts, and Syria partitioned on the
same basis. This horid, short-lived
Islamic State, which has been
allowed to set itself up and which
has been financed from the start
by the Gulf states - close friends
of the Americans - is decidedly
quite useful to their Mideat plans.”

— COLUMNIST M. Saadoun

ISLAMIC STATE: ACCORDING TO PLAN?

Jornal de Angola, Angola
Global Crisis Overload
Puts a Sudden End to
'Silly Season' for News

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"This summer, editors and
journalists were in search of
news, and had to be satisfied
with issues that don't usually
merit a footnote. It was 'silly
season.' From one moment
to the next, however, with
our novel international order,
everything changes. Now,
the hardest thing is choosing
among the various crises.

— COLUMNIST Benjamin Formigo

BLIND LEAD THE DISENFRANCHISED


Web Video, Islamic State
VIDEO: ISIL Terrorists
Behead American
Reporter James Foley

RealVideoAUGUST 19, 00:04:40

"Any attempt by you, Obama,
to deny Muslims their safety
of living under the caliphate
will result in the bloodshed
of your people."

— MURDERER of James Foley

ISIL: MURDER FOR THE CAMERA

Jerusalem Post, Israel
'Interrogation Techniques'
Under Fire in U.S., Israel

"The aggressive fronts that the
CIA and Shin Bet face about their
interrogation tactics are the
result of post-war backlashes.

— COLUMNIST Yonah Jeremy Bob

TORTURE AND OTHER UNPLEASANTRIES


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Kurds, ISIL, and Iraq's
Icosahedron Triangle

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Who wants the Kurds? Hardly
anyone. Who picks on them?
Almost everyone: Assad's Syria,
Erdogan's Turkey, Khamenei's
Islamic Republic, Maliki's Iraq,
all for quite obvious reasons.
In contrast, one can search in
vain for Obama's justification.”

— COLUMNIST Michel Touma

THE KURDS: ON THEIR OWN SIDE

Jornal de Angola, Angola
U.S.-Africa Summit
No Cure for Western
'Superiority Complex'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Ties between Western states
and Africa were marred by
colonial domination & slavery,
and continue to be marked by
Eurocentrism. At the height
of their superiority, Europe
even gave itself the luxury of
drawing up our continent's
political map, dividing and
exterminating entire peoples.
... An African political leader
only exists to pay homage to
the old colonial powers or
kneel before the established
order which is the cause of
almost all global disorder.

— COLUMNIST Jose Ribeiro

HAS OBAMA CHANGED ANYTHING?


Modern Ghana, Ghana
Gaza: African Leaders
Should Shun Obama,
'Accessory to Terror'

"If I were an African head of
state in Washington to discuss
security issues with President
Obama, I would tell him that I
wouldn't accept help from him
because he has made himself
an accessory to terrorism, as
inflicted upon the people of
Gaza by Israel. ... In fact, the
'enemy' that Israelis are now
'fighting' in Gaza, Hamas, was
initially created by Israel to
act as a foil against genuine
Palestinian freedom fighters.

— COLUMNIST Cameron Duodu

GAZA: IS IT ALL AMERICA'S FAULT?


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
Obama Coddles Assad
to Please Iran, Thus
Endangering Millions

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The White House flouted the outcome
of the Iraqi legislative elections (a lesson
in democracy!) and reached a deal with
Iran to impose Teheran's henchman,
Nouri al-Maliki. This, even though he
had come in second in the poll. ... The
impunity granted the Damascus tyrant
by the American president, combined
with the arrogance of Hezbullah and its
participation in the massacre of Syria's
Sunni population, has led to a classic and
inevitable consequence: the spread of
fundamentalist currents in Syria and
Lebanon, ending with the growing risk
of jihadism, even within American and
European societies.”

— COLUMNIST Michel Touma

OBAMA: CURSED NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES

Modern Ghana, Ghana
Ebola: Why do White
Americans Survive, but
but Not Black Africans?

"What is it about Ebola that makes
the White man resistant to it, and
the African vulnerable? The real
question is: Why were the African
Ebola victims not given the drug,
even if it's at the precautionary
or the experimental stage?

— COLUMNIST
Michael J.K. Bokor, Ph.D.

SOMETHING ODD ABOUT EBOLA?


Daily Nation, Kenya
Gay Rights Debate 'Muted'
at the U.S.-Africa Summit

"Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Democracy, Human Rights and
Labor Steven Feldstein said that
because of cultural sensibilities,
'it can be a difficult and delicate
conversation. We are sensitive
to that and at the same time
espousing our viewpoints.'"

—CORRESPONDENT Kevin Kelley

NO TIME TO SPOIL THE MOOD?

Israel Hayom, Israel
Israel Foreign Minister
Suggests 'U.N. Mandate'
for the Gaza Strip

“I think there are a few possible
answers, one of them being a
U.N. mandate. We saw a U.N.
mandate work in Kosovo, and
therefore I think we need to
work to bring back a United
Nations mandate to the region.'”

— Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman

OPENING FOR THE U.N. IN GAZA?


EURONEWS VIDEO: Avigdor
Lieberman Ends Partnership
with Prime Minister Netanyahu

JERUSALEM POST: Protocols
of the Elders of Hamas

ISRAEL HAYOM: Will
the U.S. Betray Us?

ISREAL HAYOM: Israel's
Winning Combination

JERUSALEM POST: 'Jewish
Americans and Hypocrisy
of the First Order


Agencies, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
VIDEOS: Ebola Scare
Overshadowing U.S.-
Africa Leader Summit

RealVideoNINE VIDEOS FROM AFRICA

African news outlets fear
after years of getting short
shrift from Barack Obama's
White House, the summit is
being overshadowed by
fears about Ebola spreading.

— BAD TIMING FOR SUMMIT

WELCOME TO WASHINGTON?

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Unlawful Wiretapping:
Turkey's Answer to the
Scandal Over the NSA

"It would appear that members
of law enforcement have often
utilized wiretapping techniques
in order to build cases against
specific, high-value individuals
rather than just fighting crime."

— COLUMNIST Dogan Eskinat

TURKISH SURVEILLANCE EXPOSED


Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Palestinian Territories
Gaza Polls: 'Oh, America,
Empire of Contradictions'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“The Palestinian elections took place
according to America's expressed wishes,
its open encouragement, and its strictest
oversight, but as soon as the less than
mysterious results became clear, we
found that the world's shepherd of
democracy had turned against our brand,
and punishing all of our people for their
democratic decision. ... Tell us, what are
the democratic elements that the United
States wants, so people can understand
them ahead of time, and not pay the high
price that the United States demands!”

— COLUMNIST Yahya Ribah

GAZA: THE PALESTINIAN PREDICAMENT

Jerusalem Post, Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Israeli Press Targets
Not Only Hamas, but
Secretary John Kerry

Today's post on what Israelis
think of U.S. involvement in
the Gaza crisis is no less
alarming for U.S.-Israeli
relations that yesterday's was.

— ISRAELI MEDIA ROUNDUP

MIDEAST'S UNHAPPY CAMPERS


Jerusalem Post, Israel
EDITORIAL on Kerry's
Mediation: The U.S.
'Not a Fair Broker'

"He's empowered Turkey
and Qatar by giving them
inordinate influence over
the cease-fire talks. In the
process, Kerry has aligned
himself on the wrong side
of the battle against Islamic
extremism. ... It's not too
late for the secretary to
change course and resume
the United States' role as a
fair and honest broker."

— EDITORIAL,
Jerusalem Post

KERRY: TRUSTED BY NO ONE

JERUSALEM POST: Remembering
an America Who Died for Israel

JERUSALEM POST: Obama
is Abandoning Israel

DEBKA FILE: Israel's Dilemma:
Obama's 'Save Hamas' Policy,
or Fight with Egypt and Saudis

YEIOTH AHRONOT:
Obama's Wars on Israel


Israel Hayom, Israel
Hamas and the Sin
of the Global Media

“Either Intentionally or
unknowingly, the global
media has been cast in a
leading role in Hamas'
horror show. While the
journalists assume that
they are helping the
Palestinians by showing
suffering and distress,
when they are really
making them worse.”

— COLUMNIST
Michael Oren

IS GLOBAL MEDIA BIASED?


JERUSALEM POST: New List
of Israel's Friends and Foes


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
'Unequivocal Respect' for
Palestine Freedom Fighters

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Failing to effectively support them,
the least we can do is express our
unequivocal respect. ... The
Palestinians people are alone as usual. ”

— COLUMNIST K. Selim

TERRORISTS OR FREEDOM FIGHTERS?

Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
Arabs, Palestinians Suffer
Fate of American Indians

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“As was the desire of the West,
the Arab Spring has been for
Arabs what the White man was
to the American Indian: a cancer
that has metastasized, infecting
almost the entire Arab nation
and compelling people to make
war in their own backyard. To
put it another way, walk over
one's corpse with one's feet.”

—COLUMNIST Moncef Wafi

THE AGONY OF THE ARAB WORLD


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Kerry Back to Mideast:
'Sent But not Invited'

"A diminished American role
and interest in the region,
Washington's badly damaged
credibility and radical shifts
in the region are converging
to undercut Kerry's influence."

— COLUMNIST
Douglas Bloomfield

CAN THE U.S. HELP AT ALL HERE?

JERUSALEM POST: Remembering
an America Who Died for Israel


Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia
Afghan Election 'Disaster'
Imperils U.S. Presence

“Ghani and Abdullah are handing
the Taliban on a platter both a
political and a propaganda victory.
It is a disaster. ... If there's no
settlement soon, there will be no
one to sign the agreement to
extend the presence of American
military forces by another year.
Logistically, U.S. forces need to
plan to stay put or quit by 2015,
and now, as they say, there is a
shrinking window of opportunity
to stop the scheduled drawdown.”

—EDITORIAL, Saudi Gazette

AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT DOMINO?


Jerusalem Post, Israel
In U.S., War on Hamas
a Tale of Republican,
Jewish Opportunism

"On Capitol Hill there's the pro-
Israel cheering section, looking
to ensure the flow of Jewish
campaign dollars for the next
election and in the case of many
Republicans, seeking creative
ways to use the Hamas crisis
as another partisan wedge."

— COLUMNIST Douglas Bloomfield

U.S. WAR FUNDRAISING IN FULL SWING

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: Israel's
'Moral Authority': Get Real, Heraldo!


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals
By Their Own Petards

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Blinded by their hatred of Iran,
the Saudis funded and armed ISIL,
and put pressure on Sunni rebels
in Iraq to align with the terror
group. By supporting ISIL against
al-Qaeda and helping it take over
groups affiliated with al-Qaeda in
Syria and in Iraq, Saudi 'strategists'
thought they had diverted a 'jihad'
involving their country. Now they
find that they've hatched a force
with the ambition of rallying all
Muslim lands under its banner,
including Saudi Arabia itself.”

—COLUMNIST Kharroubi Habib

SAUDIS: A FATAL MISCALCULATION?


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Obama's Ongoing
Shameful Behavior
Toward Israel

"To even imply that there
is moral equivalence and
that Israelis bear some
blame for the escalation of
the current crisis by calling
for 'restraint' from both
sides is both disappointing
and a breach of allied trust."

— COLUMNIST Zalman Shoval

IS U.S. SUPPORT TOO TEPID?

ISRAEL HAYON: Iron
Dome is Proving its Worth

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Kerry Urges Netanyahu and
Abbas to Exercise Restraint


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
The Mysteries of ISIL
and 'America's Hand'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Political forces in Lebanon
and elsewhere continue to
question the reality of the
threat that ISIL poses to the
region. These forces are
convinced that ISIL is a
'giant with feet of clay' that
for the moment has a role
to play, but which will leave
the scene once its 'mission'
is accomplished. To advocates
of this thesis, the situation
remains well under control,
at least as far as the
Americans are concerned. ”

—COLUMNIST Scarlett Haddad

AMERICA'S HIDDEN HAND?


Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates
'True Spirit' of 1776
Applies to all Peoples

"As America celebrates another
July 4 with its usual aplomb and
gaiety, it would also be timely
for that nation to do some soul-
searching on the role it plays
internationally. Whatever the
domestic politics taking center
stage in the U.S. today, what its
politicians must remember is
that their decisions have far-
reaching global consequences."

— SOURCES, Debka File

WHAT DOES U.S. OWE THE WORLD?

L'Expressions Algeria
Modern Terrorism: An
American 'Success' Story

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Since 2003, it has been quite
understood that U.S. arguments
legitimizing the war on terror
were a deception. These were
falsehoods that enabled the
Americans to tell the world of
a jihadist 'plague,' and say that
they were the only ones who
were in possession of a cure.”

—COLUMNIST Karim Mohsen

TERROR TODAY: A U.S. CREATION?


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
An Existential Threat to
Iraq - but not Only Iraq

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Which state in the Levant is
not now facing a threat to its
very existence as a result of the
large number of adventurous
gambles followed by setbacks
amassed in recent years by the
U.S. in this part of the world?"

— COLUMNIST Issa Goraieb

A NEW MIDDLE EAST MAP EMERGES

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
ISIS: 'American-Zionist
Tool' for Dissolving Iraq

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Strangely enough, America today
is fighting ISIS, and has sent experts
to Iraq for that very purpose. For
whom? For the love of Iraqis? And
for whose benefit does America
support ISIS and provide it with
weapons in Syria? ... Today it is
essential for us to stand against, pay
careful attention to, and analyze
carefully, all U.S. and Israeli plans.”

—COLUMNIST Ali Abed Al Ghazzi

IRAQ: SUSPICION ABOUT U.S. MOTIVES


Debka File, Israel
U.S. 'Arms' Drones Over
Iraq to 'Protect Embassy'

"The targets were defined by
Martin Dempsey, Chairman of
the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff,
as striking at ISIS leaders and
defending strategic facilities.
He didn't elaborate. ... Debka
File reports he was referring
to the Haditha Dam across the
Euphrates. ISIS has battered
Haditha for days now. ... The
dam is key to water supplies
in most of country, including
Baghdad. With its capture,
al-Qaeda's affiliates will gain
control of northern Iraq's oil
refineries and pipeline system."

— SOURCES, Debka File

ISIS CLOSES IN ON DAMS, PIPELINES

Debka File, Israel
Egypt Sending Troops
to Saudi Arabia as ISIS
Heads Toward Border

"Egypt is sending a commando
force to Saudi Arabia and boost
its border defenses. This flurry
of Saudi-Egyptian action comes
in the wake of intelligence that
ISIS fighters headed toward the
Saudi border with the intention
of seizing the Iraq-Saudi crossing."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
REPORT: ISIS Revives
Saddam's Baath Party
to Win Sunni Support

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“ISIS isn't the only player ...
for the first time since 2003,
numerous other factions and
organizations are taking part
and coordinating their actions
to halt the political process
brought on by the occupier.”

—EDITORIAL, Sotal Iraq

WELCOME BACK BAATHISTS?


Khaleej Times, UAE
Baghdad's Latest
al-Qaeda 'Bombshell'

"Baghdad's announcement it
has unearthed an al-Qaeda plot
to acquire Iraq's chemical arms
is nothing short of a bombshell.
Indeed, it ] opened a Pandor's
box, and at a time when the
nation is sliding toward anarchy."

— EDITORIAL, Khaleej Times

IRAQ'S LINGERING WMDs ...

Global News Video
VIDEOS: Iraq's Feuding
Clerics and Reactions
to Events in Iraq, ISIS

SEVENTEEN NON-U.S. NEWS SEGMENTS

This is our June 18 roundup
of video content from non-
U.S. sources to catch you up
on the Iraq crisis, today from
Al-Arabiya of the UAE, the
BBC, Iraq's Anwar TV, Iran's
Press TV, RT, Deutsche Welle,
France 24, Euronews, and
Web video allegedly from ISIS.'

— IRAQ: SUNNI VS. SHIITE

THE FIGHT OVER MUHAMMAD'S HEIR

Al-Iraq News, Iraq
Iraq's American Embassy is
'Suspicious' and 'Dangerous'!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"We must work on creating profiles for
all of those who have been co-opted by
the embassy to differentiate them from
everyone else in Iraqi society, so we can
ostracize them and socially exclude them.
... It's as if the U.S. Embassy is there not
only to protect American interests, but
to manage the entire world from the
heart of the Iraq's capital of Baghdad."

— Sheikh Qassim Al Ta'ee

WHY SEND TROOPS TO GUARD IT? READ ON

Arabic Publications, Middle East
Arabic Views on Ralph
Peters and Redrawing the
Borders of the Middle East

SIX COLUMNS

For years, columnists in the Middle
East have been writing about how
the West has detailed plans about
'redrawing the Middle East.' For
many in the Muslim world, recent
events, including the turmoil in Iraq
and Syria, rather than showing that
the West is losing control, show
that things are going according to
plan. Here are a few columns on the
issue Worldmeets.US has translated
and posted over recent years. It all
began with a 2006 column written
in the U.S. Armed Forced Journal
by ex U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel
Ralph Peters entitled 'Blood Borders:
How a Better Middle East Would Look.'

— ARAB VIEWS ON A CHANGING MAP

WESTERN MAPS: ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN?

Arabic TV, BBC, Iraq, U.K.
VIDEOS: Hillary, Jihadis,
ISIS in Iraq, for June 13

NINE NEWS SEGMENTS

News segments with Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton, former
Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi,
segments from Iraqi and Arabic
television, and from Europe, on
the burgeoning crisis in Iraq.

— NEWS AND COMMENT ON IRAQ

IRAQ WAR REDUX?: WHAT TO DO?

Debka File, Israel
Al-Qaeda Forms Up
to March on Baghdad;
Maliki Cries Treason

"Debka File's sources say that
al Qaedas march of conquest
at incredible speed, causing
havoc and misery across Iraq,
is mutating from a terrorist
assault into an insurgency. It
is attracting a following of
disaffected Sunnis ready to
fight Shiite-led Baghdad."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

ABU BAKR: THE NEW BIN LADEN?

Iraq TV, BBC, Guardian, Iraq, U.K.
VIDEOS: Maliki: 'Conspiracy
to Blame for Fall of Mosul;
Updates on Mosul and Tikrit

FIVE NEWS SEGMENTS

Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria have now taken the city
of Tikrit. Iraq Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki claims that there has been
a conspiracy in Mosul under which
the Iraqi army fled their posts;
and updates from Mosul and Tikrit.

— COVERAGE, Crisis in Iraq

NOURI AL-MALIKI: 'CONSPIRACY'

AL Arabya, UAE
With Mosul Lost, Maliki
Offers Guns to Citizens
Ready to Battle the ISIS

"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
offered guns and equipment to
citizens who volunteer to fight
Islamist militants, hours after
the government forces lost the
northern city of Mosul to the
al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in
Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). ...
In a statement broadcast on state
TV, Maliki said the cabinet has
'created a special crisis cell to
oush the process of volunteering
equipping, and arming civilians."

— NEWSITEM, Al-Arabya

COLLAPSE OF THE IRAQI MILITARY

Debka File, Israel
Al-Qaeda-ISIS Conquers Iraqi
Mosul; Links With Syrian
Front for Core Islamist State

"Debka File's sources report that Iraq's
army’s command facilities and bases in
Mosul are ablaze and the bodies of Iraqi
soldiers are lying in the town’s streets.
Meanwhile, convoys of fleeing troops
were ambushed by the terrorists and
destroyed. The fall of Mosul with heavy
casualties is the worst disaster suffered
by the Iraqi army's feeble attempts to
fend off the deep inroads al-Qaeda."

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

A DISASTER IN IRAQ AS MOSUL FALLS

The Peninisula, Qatar
Critics of Sargeant Bergdahl's
Release Endanger More Lives

"The message this controversy sends
to families of those serving in conflict
zones is extremely ominous: if one
day their loved ones are captured
while on duty, the government's
chances of securing their release
are slim, as no government, in the
effort to rescue its own troops,
wants to be seen as aiding the enemy."

— EDITORIAL, The Peninisula

KERRY DEFENDS PRISONER SWAP

All4Syria, Syria
American Mujahedeen Now
Threaten Syrian Revolution

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"A year ago, the video of American
Eric Harroun driving a jeep with a
red Chechen-style hat, accompanied
by bearded militants chanting threats
to Bashar Al-Assad, was received with
something approaching amusement.
A year later, the video and similar
material is now being used to turn
the West against the Syrian revolution."

— COLUMNIST Ahmed Maghrabi

ARE U.S. FIGHTERS SOURING WASHINGTON?

The Gulf Times, UAE
Mullah Omar Lauds U.S.
Release of 'Important,
Brave' Taliban Leaders

"This success is an indication
of the good news that the
independence of our entire
country is near, and gives us
hope that Inshallah - the
mujahedeen will bring the
Afghan people's ship of high
hopes nearer to the shore."

— TALIBAN CHIEF Mullah Omar

TALIBAN PRIDE AND PROPAGANDA

Al Iraq News, Iraq
America's Disgraced Hawks
Turn to Middle East Plan B

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"The makers of American foreign
policy, past and future, are still
present in the center of decision
making. They've decided to invest
more in their failed experiments,
modifying their tactics by setting
out a new U.S. approach to the
region, which has already been set
in motion. In practical terms this
will lead to greater U.S. dominance
by plunging is into decade-long wars"

— COLUMNIST Dr. Ahmad Al Nayef

U.S. PLAN TO EXTEND GLOBAL COP ROLE

The Daily Independent, Nigeria
Military Faults Amnesty
International Claims it
Knew of Girls' Abduction

“It is idiotic and incomprehensible
for anyone to say that the military
had prior information before the
abduction of the girls and failed to
do anything. But I can assure you
that the federal government will
definitely get to the bottom of
this, [and] it will be properly
investigated. That's all I can say.”

—ANONYMOUS Nigerian Official

FINGER POINTING OVER NIGERIAN GIRLS


Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Peace Talks Train Wreck:
PLO's Abbas Says Hamas
Will Recognize Israel

"A reconciliation agreement signed
earlier in the week between rival
Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas
aimed to form a unity government
within a five week time-frame. It
was a move unexpected by U.S. and
Israeli peace negotiators who both
condemned the agreement, as
Hamas is considered a terror group."

— NEWS ITEM, Yedioth Ahronot

ISRAEL HAYOM: Israel on Ukraine:
Not Neutral and Not Overeager'

JERUSALEM POST: Toward a
Moscow-Cairo-Jerusalem Axis?

DEBKA FILE: Russian Army
Ordered To Ukraine Border

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: U.S. Won't
Give Up Mideast Peace Process

Kitabat, Iraq
Why Putin Earns His Keep,
and Iraq Lawmakers Don't

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Putin's annual salary is just over
$100,000, whereas our slothful
Council speaker earns four times
that amount. ... For reasons that
remain a mystery, our lawmakers
consider themselves better than
Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

—EDITORIAL, Kitabat

PUTIN'S REPUTATION BETTER BY THE DAY


Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
Enduring American Empire:
Not a Friend - or Adversary

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“One is never really a 'friend' of an
empire, but making an enemy of it
is of course not recommended. Such
is the way of the prevailing order.”

— COLUMNIST Salem Ferdi

GOING ALONG TO GET ALONG WITH U.S.

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
The Price of the West's
Broken Promises to Syria

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“It is inexplicable that a conflict
of such magnitude as that in Syria
be politicized to the point of
ignoring the pent up hopes of an
entire people. ... To the leaders
of the free world, please don't
mistake the people of our region
for pawns on a chess board.”

—COLUMNIST Joe Acoury

WHEN WILL SYRIA'S CARNAGE END?


Haaretz, Israel
U.S. May Release Nuke
Spy Jonathan Pollard for
Israel Settlement Freeze

“The U.S. could release Israeli
spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange
for Israeli concessions - a freeze
on most settlement construction
and the release of hundreds of
Palestinian prisoners.”

— REPORTERS Barak Ravid
and Jack Khoury

REAGAN-ERA NUKE SPY TO BE FREE?

Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria
Crimea: Latest Front
for the Rambos of Paris

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The trio of French Rambos -
Hollande, Fabius and Le Drian,
are showing again that they're
ready to talk with gunpowder.
We imagine that upon hearing
the news, Putin has lost sleep,
the Russian army is in a panic,
and terrified Russian people
are crying for God's protection.
The U.S. and Russia must have
doubled over with laughter.”

—COLUMNIST Kharroubi Habib

PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT?


Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
Ukraine and Syria:
May Allah Make Pain
of Russia Severe!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“To what extent will
economic sanctions
weaken the Kremlin's
criminal role in Syria?
Oh Allah, make their
punishment severe,
and bestow comfort
on the Syrians soon!!”

— COLUMNIST Dr. Salem
Ben Ahmad Sahaab

IRAN-RUSSIA SANCTIONS SHIFT

Debka File, Israel
After Harsh Anti-American
Speech, Putin Signs Treaty
on Crimea 'Reunification'

“This was the most acrimonious
speech from any Russian leader
since the end of WWII. ... Putin
delivered an unprecedented
diatribe against the United States,
accusing Washington of flouting
the U.N. in pursuit of its own
interests, breaking international
law by bombing Afghanistan and
Iraq, and fostering an 'Arab spring'
that turned into an 'Arab winter.'”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

PUTIN TAKES THE STAGE AT KREMLIN


DEBKA FILE: It's 'Mutiny'
in the CIA's Iran Desk

ISREAL HAYAM: Defense Minister
Yaalon Warns 'Israel Cannot
Depend on U.S. to At Against Iran'


Al-Mogaz, Egypt
Film about Noah
'Not Forbidden'
By Islamic Law

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“It is unreasonable
to suggest that Allah
fears the evil done
to his Prophets from
a mere movie. The
claim of illegality and
prohibition harms the
image of Allah and
trust in His Prophets.”

— SHIEKH
Dr. Mostafa Rashid

MUSLIMS CAN SEE 'NOAH'

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Ukraine Demonstrates:
American Security
Guarantees 'Worthless'

“The West's betrayal of Ukraine
proves 'security arrangements'
John Kerry is offering Israel are
nothing more than piece of paper.”

— COLUMNIST Guy Bechor

CAN ISRAEL COUNT ON U.S. PROMISES?


YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Timing of
Iranian Ship Raid Too Perfect

JERUSALEM POST:
Terror's Puppet Master - Iran


Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia
Obama Must Decisively
Reject 'Partnership' with
Bashar al-Assad Regime

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“The U.S. president is obliged to
clarify what his position is on a
partnership with Assad in the war
against terrorism. ... It would be
illogical for Obama to demand the
ouster of Assad if it would agree
to a strategy dependent on him.”

— COLUMNIST Raghida Dergham

THE SYRIA CRISIS: APOCALYPTIC

Debka File, Israel
U.S., Israel, Jordan Work
to Revive Syria Opposition

“More likely than not, the new
pro-American Syrian rebel force
mustered under Israel's nose has
Israeli military insurance against
surprise attack to wipe it out.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

SYRIA REBELS' NEW COMMAND POST


Thawra Al-Wada, Syria
For 'Arrogant' American,
the Game in Syria is Over

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“The game is over - the arrogant
American has to understand it is
over. Starting now, he will have
to deal with the catastrophic errors
he has committed and the reckless
policies he has followed. Let him
observe well and become aware
of the undeniable facts around him.”

— EDITORIAL, Thawra Al-Wada

WHO ARE THE ENEMIES OF TERROR?

The Herald, Zimbabwe
Ex-U.S. Congress Member
Arrested for Visa Violation;
Possessing Pornography

“It is the way it is - I have been in this
country 17 times during which I have
done a lot of work for the people,
including fighting against sanctions. I
misplaced my passport - but I found it,
which should suggest that I'm uncertain
if I broke Zimbabwe mmigration law.”

— FORMER CONGRESSMAN M
elvin Reynolds

REYNOLDS: ON WRONG SIDE OF MUGABE?


The Independent, Uganda
Obama Warns Museveni
Over Uganda's Impending
'Scientific' Anti-Gay Law

“The medical authorities - the
Department of Genetics at the
Makerere Medical School - say
there remains no proof that
people are genetically gay, I
told the scientists to put it into
writing, which they are now
doing. I will then sign the bill.
... In the 1930s, Hitler made
mistakes because he wanted to
make Germany strong. So some
of these issues are crucial and
should be handled objectively
rather than emotionally.”

— Uganda President
Yoweri Museveni

UGANDA JOINS AFRICA'S INTOLERANT

Debka File, Israel
'Hold Back' from Reacting
to Iranian Threats, Obama
and Kerry ask Netanyahu

“U.S. officials have appealed to
Binyamin Netanyahu to ignore
Iran's belligerent rhetoric and
keep his ministers quiet, too, so
as not to throw a spanner in the
works of nuclear diplomacy.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

CAN NETANYAHU BE RESTRAINED?


DEBKA FILE: State Department Denies
Kerry Admitted U.S. Failure in Syria

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Take Kerry
at his Word on Global Boycotts


Dar al-Hayat, Egypt
The Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant
- and its Evil Sisters

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Isn't the eradication of the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
a win-win situation for all
Syrians - regardless of who
made the decision to act? ...
The fear is that this will turn
into a long filthy war, which
creates the environment for
extending the life of the
illegitimate Assad regime. ...
Given U.S. support for Iraq
Prime Minister Maliki in his
fight against the Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria - backed with
badly-needed arms, it's too
early to feel good about
eradicating the ISIS, especially
if replaced by its evil sisters.”

—COLUMNIST Baker Sidqi

TERROR-WAR IN SYRIA AND IRAQ


Times of Israel, Israel
'Mega' al-Qaeda Attack
on Israel, U.S. Embassy,
is said to Be Prevented

“The trio were arrested three
weeks ago, shortly before one
or more were to travel to Syria
for final planning of the attacks,
which were reportedly initiated
on the direct orders of al-Qaeda
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.”

— REPORTER Mitch Ginsburg

SHIN BET IN TERROR TAKE DOWN

Kitabat, Iraq
The ISIS: An 'American-
Zionist-Iranian Device'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Notice how the goal in both
Iraq and Syria is the same: to
stir sectarian war. And notice
that backers of both wars are
also the same: Iran and America.”

— COLUMNIST
Abd al-Jabbar al-Jbouri

AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ: A U.S.-IRAN PLOT?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
On its First Day, Netanyahu
Pours Cold Water on Interim
Nuclear Deal with Tehran

“The agreement in Geneva did away
with the 20% stop, but left the train
on the track and enables Tehran to
upgrade the locomotive with newer
centrifuges, so that when the day
comes it can leap in a very short time
to the final stop on an express track.”

— PRIME MINISTER
Benjamin Netanyahu

INTERIM DEAL WITH IRAN TAKES EFFECT

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Only One in
Five Israelis Trust Obama on Iran

DEBKA FILE: U.S. Warns
Syria Peace Conference 'Fluid'
Over U.N. Invitation to Iran


Debka File, Israel
Same Plane Delivers Both
Iranian and Syrian Foreign
Ministers to Vladimir Putin

“According to the arrangements,
Iranian officials first hammer out
an accord with local rulers, such
as Assad, Nasrallah and Maliki in
Baghdad. They then present it to
the Putin for endorsement, after
which Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov refers the document to
President Obama Secretary Kerry.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

CHANGES IN MIDEAST DIPLOMACY


DEBKA FILE: Israel Defense Minister
Apologizes for Offending Secretary
of State Kerry, but Does Not Recant


Kayhan, Iran
President Hassan Rouhani:
'Nuclear Deal Means the
West's 'Effective Surrender'

“Our relationship with the world
is based on Iran's national interests.
In Geneva, the powers agreed to
surrender to the Iranian nation's
will. ... The Geneva agreement
means acceptance of the Iranian
nation's nuclear rights and
the defeat of its cruel sanctions.”

— NEWS ITEM, Kayhan

ROUHANI: POSTURING TO SURVIVE?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Sharon's Final Road:
To an Israeli West Bank

“Sharon owed his rise to power
to the abject failure of the policy
agreed to at Camp David to seek
a negotiated settlement ... As
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's
flailing attempt to resuscitate
the process shows, 14 years
later, the PLO hasn't changed.”

— COLUMNIST Caroline Glick

DEVOTED FRIENDS AND ENEMIES

RealVideoU.S. STATE DEPARTMENT VIDEO:
Vice President Biden Eulogizes Ariel Sharon


L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
2013: Year of Western Infamy
and Ascendent Jihad in Syria

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“With the decline in values of human
rights and justice, to denounce as a
scandal the denial into which Europe
and America have sunk is like issuing
the blow of a sword to tainted water:
the die is cast and a game of chicken
has ensued amid a macabre scene
strewn with corpses. ... the Syrian
people find themselves completely
abandoned by all, hands and feet
tied, delivered to their tormentors.”

— COLUMNIST Nagib Aoun

SYRIA: ITS PEOPLE LEFT TO THEIR FATE

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
Islam's Clerical Cop Out:
Blaming the Freemasons

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Conspiracy theories have served
as the rack on which to hang all of
our failures and loss, for example,
they way we attribute every
deficiency to colonialism and Israel,
including the lack of proper sewage!”

— COLUMNIST Talal Owkal

FREEMASONS, ZIONISTS OR MUSLIMS?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Why has Netanyahu
Been Silent Over
NSA Spying on Israel?

“After revelations of NSA
spying on Israeli prime
ministers, why aren't Prime
Minister Netanyahu and his
predecessors Ehud Olmert
and Ehud Barak calling for
heads to roll and a complete
overhaul in U.S.-Israel ties?”

— COLUMNIST
Yonah Jeremy Bob

ISRAEL: THE SNOWDEN TREATMENT

DEBKA FILE: U.S. Spies Rent
Hotel Suite to Moniter Secret
Israeli Site; and Not Just NSA

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Big Brother Obama

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: No
Secrets On Our Phones

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Secret Peace Talk Contents
Revealed By Palestinians

JERUSALEM POST: U.S. Spying
Gives Boost to Free Pollard Effort

JERUSALEM POST: Why
Obama Won't Pardon Pollard

JERUSALEM POST: Pollard's
Continued Imprisonment
Shows 'Anti-Jewish Bias'


Times of Israel, Israel
Netanyahu Uses 'Codes,
Gestures' to Outwit Spies

“Netanyahu's aides say that
he sometimes 'speaks in 'code'
and that even when it's not
clear what he means by the
'code' name for this or that
official, they can't ask him
because he won't tell them.”

— NEWS ITEM, Times of Israel

PLAYING IT SAFE WITH SECRETS

Turkish Weekly, Turkey
America Presses Turkey
Over Chinese Missile Bid

“This Chinese company is under
American sanctions. And these
sanctions really hurt. Any deal
with the Chinese company will
be toxic. Touching it would be
like touching poison fish. That
would make it very difficult to
Turkish firms to do the business
they've been doing in the U.S.”

— U.S. Message to Turkey

Debka File, Israel
U.S. and E.U. in Desperate
Bid to Save Sinking Nuclear
Agreement with Iranians

“Americans officials are coming to
realize that without unacceptable
concessions on both sides, there is
no way that the ambitious U.S.
diplomatic venture will succeed.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

JERUSALEM POST: Will Tehran
Step Up its Covert War?

JERUSALEM POST: Kerry Forces
Israel's Moment of Decision

JERUSALEM POST: Pollard and an
American Jewish Renaissance

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: 'Arm Thyself!'

Kayhan, Iran
Supreme Leader Warns of
Western Cultural Invasion

“This issue (the cultural invasion)
must be dealt with creatively, and
in this effort, Islamic Republic of
Iran Broadcasting and the Ministry
of Culture and Islamic Guidance
shoulder very heavy responsibility.”

— SUPREME LEADER
Ayatollah Khamenei

CULTURE POLICE SNAP INTO ACTION

Jerusalem Post, Israel
No Holds Barred: Does
Barack Obama Hate Evil?

“In the cool detachment of
the president’s pragmatism
toward Iran, you may think
he was talking of a trade
deal with Switzerland. You
would not know that he was
speaking about a regime
that machine-gunned its own
citizens in the streets when
they opposed the stolen 2009
election; stones women to
death; and hangs homosexuals
in public from atops cranes. ”

— COLUMNIST
Shmuley Boteach

JERUSALEM POST: Obama's
Munich Reverberates, but
Israel is no Czechoslovakia

JERUSALEM POST: Why
Obama Won't Pardon Pollard

JERUSALEM POST:
Misrepresenting Mandela


Sunday Independent, South Africa
Mandela: A Legacy that
Transcends the Centuries

“He stands out as having been the
last to bury the corpse of European
colonial domination in Africa; the
first to tower the world during
tha geopolitical realignments that
characterised the end of the Cold
War; the symbol of an emergent
democratic and inclusive statehood
in an era of rising social movements;
a global icon in an era of globalization.”

— COLUMNIST Joel Netshitenzhe

A LEGACY FOR THE WORLD TO CHERISH

Okaz, Saudi Arabia
Netanyahu's Losing Hand
TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Israel's massive arsenal has failed
to stall a nuclear deal between
Washington and Iran. In practical
terms, Mr. Netanyahu has failed to
pursue a policy of opposition to
Washington without provoking it,
unlike his predecessor Shamir.”

— COLUMNIST Hafez al-Barghouti

ALL SMILES ... DAGGERS DRAWN

Debka File, Israel
Kerry Plan Integrates
U.S. Troops, Palestinians
into Regional Force

“Secretary John Kerry proposed
integrating Israeli and Palestinian
special forces into the regional
counter-terror force, alongside
American, British, French, Saudi,
Jordanian, Egypt and Qatar units.”

— DEBKA FILE SOURCES

Kayhan, Iran
Revolutionary Guards
Warn West May 'Renege'
on Nuclear Agreement

“Iran's officials should strongly
consider declaring the deal null
and void if they see any violation,
lack of commitment, trampling
on the inalienable nuclear rights
of our country, or abuse of the
agreement due to personal
interpretations by [people in]
the West and the United States.”

— Commander of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps,
Major General Ali Jafari

SO SHALL WE JUST CALL IT ALL OFF?

Debka File, Israel
An Israeli Sizing Up of
Pakistan's New Army
Chief on Saudi Arabia,
Iran and Afghanistan

“General Sharif would like
to clear Taliban out of the
northern and west border
districts, where al-Qaeda
leader Zawahiri has set up
his central command and
complete the transfer to
Saudi Arabia of the nuclear
arms plus ballistic missiles.”

— DEBKA FILE SOURCES

JOB ONE: NUKES TO SAUDIS


JERUSALEM POST: Israelis Want
Less Dependency on U.S.: Poll

JERUSALEM POST: FM Liberman:
'Israel Needs Allies Other than U.S.'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Weakened
U.S. status Obligates Israel to
to Move Toward Peace


Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
Unintended Consequences
of a Nuclear-Defanged Iran

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“These acts have infected the
U.S. with schizophrenia, since
as it spies on the entire world
including its closest allies, it
also distributes certificates of
freedom and pays lip service
to principles of democracy and
human rights to poor nations.”

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

HAS NSA SHOT U.S. IN THE FOOT?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Deal with Iran: Same World,
Opposite Risk Assessments

“Judging from their reactions to the
deal that world powers signed with
Iran in Geneva early Sunday morning,
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President
Obama live in completely far worlds.”

— COLUMNIST Herm Keinon

HISTORY IS MADE - BUT IS THIS GOOD?


JERUSALEM POST: Iran Deal
is Riskier than Meets the Eye

JERUSALEM POST: French Foreign
Minister Doubts Israel Will Strike

JERUSALEM POST: Iran Deal
is Riskier than Meets the Eye

JERUSALEM POST: Israel
to Send Team to U.S. to
Work on Final Nuclear Deal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: John
Kerry: Persona Non Grata

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Pros
and Cons of Geneva Feal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
'Total, Unmitigated Defeat'


Debka File, Israel
Seven Pro-Iran Nuclear
Loopholes in Iran Deal

“Lavrov summed up the four-
day conference by saying:
'Considering the whole body
of circumstance, there are no
losers [in the Geneva deal],
all sides are winners' - a view
seriously challenged by Israel,
Saudi Arabia and most other
Middle East governments.”

— REPORTER Yifa Yaakov

Kayhan, Iran
Khamenei: 'Disgraced'
French Curry Favor with
'Unclean' Zionist Regime

“At a certain point, the French
nation, because of its president
standing up to Britain and the
United States [before the Iraq
War], found political credibility,
but now French politicians not
only bow before America, but
before the unclean, ominous
Zionist regime. They belittle
themselves, and are a disgrace
to the Republic of France.”

— SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Khamenei

TOUGH TALK: BARGAINING OR RED LINE?

Debka File, Israel
Israel Shows White House:
U.S. Strategy Shortens Iran's
Route to Nuclear Weapon

“Israel has sent the White House in
Washington a confidential document
outlining blow by blow how and
when Iran will attain a nuclear
weapon if the Obama-Kerry strategy
for dealing with the issue is followed.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

AS TEHRAN'S CENTRIFUGES TURN


JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu
Urges France Not to Weaken
on Iranian Nuclear Talks

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Can
Israel Survive Obama?


Okaz, Saudi Arabia
NSA Crisis Exposes
American Dream
as Counterfeit One

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“We all witnessed this 'great
power' at the brink of
bankruptcy, as the federal
government shut down. ...
to the great frustration of
many who once saw in this
'paper tiger' an ethical ideal
that transcends religion and
morality, the utopian model
collapsed. And now with
Snowden's help, America's
spying ethic is exposed.”

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

Jerusalem Post, Israel
In His Harshest Words to
Date, Netanyahu Slams
Proposed Deal with Iran

“Prime minister tells John Kerry
Israel is not obliged to Western
deal with Tehran; according to
proposed short-term deal, Iran
would freeze its nuclear activities
for six months, allowing more
time to reach a permanent deal.”

— COLUMNIST Hern Keinon

ISRAEL: 'ALL OPTION ON THE TABLE'


DEBKA FILE: Israel-U.S.
Rift Emerges Over U.S. Plan
to Allow Tehran to Enrich
Uranium with Sanctions Relief

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Obama's Record Indicates
He Won't Stop Iran

JERUSALEM POST: Kerry
says U.S. Considers Israeli
Settlements 'Illegitimate'


Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
Spying Ruins 'Sanctity'
of 'Holy' War on Terror

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“These acts have infected the
U.S. with schizophrenia, since
as it spies on the entire world
including its closest allies, it
also distributes certificates of
freedom and pays lip service
to principles of democracy and
human rights to poor nations.”

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

HAS NSA SHOT U.S. IN THE FOOT?

Times of Israel, Israel
Israel 'Furious' with
White House Over
Leak on Syria Strike

“Jerusalem considers the
Obama Administration's
confirmation of Israeli air
attack on missile stores to
be 'scandalous'; TV analyst
warns that America risks
starting 'major flare-up.'”

— REPORTER Yifa Yaakov

AMERICA: ISRAEL'S LEAKY ALLY


Dar Al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia
NSA, Drones Strikes, and
Obama's 'Ethical Collapse'

“What would make the president
of France praise fugitive Edward
Snowden, who is wanted by the
US.? The U.S. surveillance scandal
has arisen in such a way as to show
the extent of the administration's
deception, or, at best, the extent
to which America has departed
from the principles set down by
Mr. Obama for his government. ”

— COLUMNIST Abdullah Iskandar

HYPOCRISY AND MORAL DILEMMA

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Netanyahu
Makes Case for Preemptive Strike


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Saudis are Standing Up
for U.S. Allies in Mideast

“The Saudis are testing Obama, as
they have seen how he tends to
waver under pressure as he tries
to keep both sides happy. ... And
quietly, America's traditional allies
in the region - like Egypt, Israel,
Jordan and the Gulf states - are
rooting for the Saudi Arabians.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

BANDAR BIN SULTAN UNLEASHED


JERUSALEM POST: Turkey Joins
Saudis in Showing Displeasure
Over U.S. Policy on Syria

JERUSALEM POST: Norway
Rejects U.S. Request to
Destroy Syria Chem Arms

ISRAEL HAYOM: The America-
Related Saudi Predicament

JERUSALEM POST: Talks
Between Iran, West may take
'Several Months' for Results

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Iran Now has no One to Fear

JERUSALEM POST: Sheldon
Adelson’s 'Atomic Bomb
in Iranian Desert' Comment


Debka File, Israel
The Big Fraud: Iran Gift to
Russia Concealed Handoff
of U.S. Drone Technology

“The handover was just a red
herring to conceal a more secret
handover not long before. A far
more valuable gift was quietly
handed to the Russian general. It
was of a replica complete with
secret technology of a prize long
coveted by Moscow: America's
most secret drone, the RQ-170.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

CRACKING AMERICA'S DRONES

Al Arabiya, UAE
Internet Inventor Tim
Berners-Lee Defends
Snowden, Whistleblowers

“At the end of the day, we have
to rely on the whistleblower. ...
You need protection, even if as a
whistleblower you violated laws.”

— Sir Tim Berners-Lee

WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHERS?

Al Ayyam, Palestinian Territories
Feuding Arabs Help U.S.
'Remap' the Middle East

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“All Arabs - those who seek
change and those who oppose
it, rivals of the new regimes
and the old, need to open
their eyes wide and see
what's going on around them.”

— COLUMNIST Talal Owkal

ALL GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN?

Times of Israel, Israel
Iran's Deputy Foreign
Minister Makes 'Rare'
Positive Comment
to Israeli Journalist

“Israel would be able to
live in peace with any deal
reached by Iran and world
powers, and the agreement
would 'open new horizons'
with all nations, the Iranian
Deputy Foreign Minister
Abbas Araqchi Israel Radio
reporter Gideon Kutz. ”

— COLUMNIST Ilan Ben Zion

EXPANDING CHARM OFFENSIVE

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Netanyahu
Makes Case for Preemptive Strike


El Khabar, Algeria
Al-Liby was Thought to
Be a CIA 'Double Agent'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Most intelligence services
operating in the region had
believed al-Liby to be a
double agent - which went
a long way to explaining why
the Americans had failed to
target him for two years.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Mohammad ben Ahmad

AL-LIBY: WORKING WITH CIA?

FARS News Agency, Iran
Iran Takes '35-Year Leap' By
Back-Engineering U.S. Drone

“Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
commander, Aerospace Force Brigadier
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said the
RQ-170 engines are fifth generation,
whereas the engines of Iran's previous
unmanned aircraft are third generation,
producing those took Iran 35 years.”

— NEWS ITEM, FARS News Agency

A GIANT LEAP FOR IRANIAN KIND?

Debka File, Israel
Obama 'Forewarns'
Netanyahu: Iran Sanctions
to Be Partially Lifted

“Debka File reports exclusively
from Washington and Jerusalem
sources that the reduction will
apply to 'non-significant' yet
'substantial' sanctions. ... Israel is
the only ally to receive prior
warning of this decision - and the
only one to be briefed in detail
of the understandings reached
with Tehran, including Iran's
concessions on its nuclear plans.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

Al Watan, Oman
Leaders of Iran and Syria
Take the West to School

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“It is no understatement to say
that Iranian and Syrian schools of
politics are giving free political
science lessons on the significance
of patience and forbearance. ...
Showing remarkable wisdom,
shrewdness, and a capacity to
steer clear of enemy traps, they
gave Russian diplomacy sufficient
gumption to stand its ground.”

— COLUMNIST
Khamis ben Habib al-Tobi

WEST OUTSMARTED BY ASSAD?

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon
U.S. Isolationism: A Grave
for Europe in Damascus?

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“President Obama's attitude is a
seismic shock to the world, the
effects of which will continue
to be felt for decades to come.
The new American isolationism,
which has its rationale, exposes
the utter nakedness of Europe.”

— COLUMNIST Antoine Courban

OBAMA: THE RELUCTANT CAESAR

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
'Obama is No Sucker'

“Iran, which is collapsing
under the burden of the
sanctions, has an interest
in reaching an agreement
with the West. ... No one
in Washington plans to
ease sanctions before Iran
delivers the goods. The U.S.
may now be conciliatory,
but it is not a sucker.”

— COLUMNIST Orly Azoulay

TIME FOR CHANGE IN TACK?

DEBKA FILE: No Showdown, but
Obama, Netanyahu Bridge No Gaps

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Israel 'Not
Giving Diplomacy a Chance'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Only One Exposing Truth

ISRAEL HAYOM: Iran Flirts,
Israeli has Obligations

ISRAEL HAYOM: Resist
the Misleading Iranian Model

ISRAEL HAYOM: A
Compromise Among Friends


FARS News Agency, Iran
CNN Misinforms the Public;
President Rouhani Never
Recognized the Holocaust

“Now that CNN knows of the error
of the translation, it must inform
the public of the error and air the
interview again, but this time with
a deserving translation.' ... This,
plus a professional apology, is the
least the American network can do
to make up for its gross mistake.”

— FARS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm

IRAN'S STATE-RUN PRESS CRIES FOUL

Debka File, Israel
U.S. 'Appeasement' of Iran
Sinks Israeli Military Option

“Thursday, Sept. 26, will go down
in Israel's history as the day it lost
its freedom to use force against
Iran's nuclear threat or the Syrian
chemical threat – at least, so long
as Barack Obama is U.S. president.”

— EDITORIAL, Debka File

HAS THE U.S. BETRAYED ISRAEL?

FARS News Agency, Iran
Supreme Leader's Aide: Iran
'Cannot Forget U.S. Animosity'

“'The Americans have sensibly chosen
a type of flexibility and withdrawal in
regard to Iran ... they have reached
the conclusion due to the fact that
they cannot challenge Iranian power.'”

— Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi,
Senior Military Aide to Iran's
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

COLD WATER ON RAPPROCHEMENT?

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
Israel Must Convince the
World that Rouhani is a
'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

“Even if there is some chance
that Tehran is giving up on its
nuclear adventure, we have
to assume that it is not. A
carnivorous tiger has to keep
a vegetarian lifestyle for at
least five years before it
achieves the status of a sheep.”

— COLUMNIST Hagai Segal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Nukes and
Palestine - Obama's Worktable

JERUSALEM POST: Obama's
Startling Linkage of Iran and
Israeli-Palestinian Peace

JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu
Has His Work Cut Out for Him

DEBKA FILE: Obama Starts
Diplomacy with Iran After Quietly
Accepting its Nuke Program

ISRAEL HAYOM: Rouhani's Farce
ISRAEL HAYOM: Obama Waves White Flag

U.N. Headquarters, Intl. Territory
VIDEO: Iran President Rouhani
at the 68th Opening of United
Nations General Assembly

RealVideoSept .24, 00:28:00

"The current critical period of transition
in international relations is replete with
dangers, albeit with unique opportunities.
Any miscalculation of one's position, and
of course, of others, will bear historic
damages; a mistake by one actor will have
harmful impact on all others. Vulnerability
is a global and indivisible phenomenon.”

— Iran President Hassan Rouhani

HASSAN ROUHANI SPEAKS TO THE WORLD

Debka File, Israel
America, E.U. Rush Headlong
Into Accepting a Nuclear Iran

“President Rouhani and members of his
regime have suddenly been given free
license to fill op-ed pages in important
Western media with smooth propaganda
for Western audiences. ... Under their
slick new façade, the ayatollahs have not
changed their spots. Washington has.”

— EDITORIAL, Debka File

DEBKA FILE: Kerry-Lavrov Deal on
Syria Chemical Arms 'Slips Away'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: America is
Leaving - We'll End Up All Alone

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Diplomatic
Solution is the Only Solution

ISRAEL HAYOM: The Stage is
Set; Let the Propaganda Begin


Tishreen, Syria
Misunderstanding between
East and West Begins in Syria

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“The two exchange prophecies and
counter-prophecies: of a West about
which we in the East know little -
other than the picture of its political
claws ripping into the flesh of our
occupied lands; and an Islam about
which the West knows little - other
than its simplistic image of so-called
'political Islam,' which is a phrase
invented by the U.S. administration
itself as a pretext for its new war
against the entire Muslim world.”

— CLERIC Hussein Ahmed Shahada

THE HEART OF THE MISUNDERSTANDING?

Thawra Al-Wada, Syria
Russia's Plan Isn't Perfect:
It Offers Lifeline to Obama

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Perhaps the Russian initiative has
contained the momentum of the
planned aggression against Syria and
defused a war in the region. On the
other hand, it has thrown a lifeline
to U.S. President Barack Obama,
who got himself entangled in threats
and intimidation, then wandered
in search of a face-saving way out.”

— COLUMNIST Nasser Munzir

STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED ...

Debka File, Israel
Obama-Putin Deal on Syria
Also Eases Iran Sanctions

“For President Obama, the two
issues - the disposal of Syria’s
chemical weapons and resolution
of the nuclear controversy with
Iran - were closely interwoven
in his quiet exchanges with Putin,
which emphasized diplomacy.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

Worldmeets.US, Global Archive
September 11, 2001:
A Worldmeets.US Look
Back at Global Reaction

As a way of recalling the mind-
boggling changes that have
occurred since September 11,
2001, we have compiled this
archive of stories about the
attacks from around the world
that the Worldmeets.US team
has posted since the fateful day.

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

A DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Debka File, Israel
Obama Again Puts Strike
and Congress Vote on Hold
to Try Russian Proposal

“Syria Foreign Minister Moallem
was informed that the Kremlin
expected a positive and speedy
answer from President Assad.
Within the hour, he came back
with a welcome for the Russian
'proposal' to place Syria's chemical
weapons under global control.
But he said nothing about letting
the arsenal be moved out of the
country and destroyed, as both
Lavrov and Kerry have specified.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

OBAMA: HELPED OR HURT BY PUTIN?


JERUSALEM POST: Obama's
Latest Middle East Disaster and
the Republicans to the Rescue

ISRAEL HAYOM: Middle East Tense as
Moment of Truth on Syria Draws Near

ISRAEL HAYOM: Syria
Strike Will be no Tea Party

DEBKA FILE: U.S. Air Force
Plans to Target Syria's Air Force,
Missiles and Air Defenses


Kayhan, Iran
Guard Commander Warns
U.S. on Syria: 'You are
Making Another Mistake'

“If the Americans hadn't made
so many mistakes before, we
wouldn't be making such strong
remarks. However, because
their behavior and actions in
the region have been so replete
with error, we are warning
them not to make yet another.”

— Brigadier General Hossein
Salami of the Revolutionary
Guard Corps Aerospace Force

IRANIAN WORDS OF REASON?

Debka File, Israel
Putin 'Choreographs'
Obama's G20 Isolation

“But even if Putin manages to
isolate Obama diplomatically by
carrying a majority motion
against U.S. a military strike,
he will still have to face up to
the failure of his policy to
prevent the United States from
carrying out its second military
offensive against an Arab nation
in two years - following Libya.”

— DEBKA FILE News Item

OBAMA: INTO THE LION'S DEN?


YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Europe's Syrian Disgrace


Akselar, Syria
Al Faisal Implores Arab
League to Back Force:
Syria is Already Occupied'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“It is no longer acceptable to say
that any global intervention is an
interference in Syrian domestic
affairs, because it is the regime
in Damascus that has thrown its
doors wide open to the forces
of Iran's Republican Guard and
Hezbullah to such an extent,
that Syria can only be described
as country under occupation.”

— Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud Al Faisal

SAUDIS PUTTING ON THE HEAT

Israel National News, Israel
Israeli Politicians Slam U.S.
on Hesitation ... Hypocrisy

"Tehran is opening the champagne
and switching into higher gear en
route to nuclear weapons. Anyone
who thinks Mr. Obama will attack
Iran, based on evidence that Tehran
crossed the red line toward nuclear
weapons, is probably hallucinating."

— HOUSING MINISTER Uri Ariel

ISRAELI POLTICIANS VENT ON SYRIA

JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu
'Implores' Ministers Not to Talk
of Obama's Decision on Syria


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Iraq Scares Britain
Out of Middle East

β€œThe 'dodgy dossier' of
intelligence that Tony
Blair presented to the
Parliament in 2003,
which proved wholly
misinformed, led the
U.K. to take part in
the Iraq invasion. ...
Many of those who
voted in favor of that
2003 motion– which
preceded the bombing
of Baghdad by hours–
voted no on action
in Syria on Thursday.”

β€” CORRESPONDENT
By Micheal Wilner

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Obama's
Dilemma and Understandable
Caution When it Comes to Syria

THE DAILY STAR: America's Stigma
DEBKA FILE: Mideast on High Alert,
as Obama's Last-Ditch Bid for
Syria Deal with Tehran Fails

JERUSALEM POST: Moral Outrage
Over Syria - and What Comes Next

ISRAEL HAYOM: For Israelis,
Gas Masks are Not the Issue

DEBKA FILE: Expecting Obama
to Tie Israeli Hands, Assad May
Hit Israel for U.S. Strike

DEBKA FILE: Israeli Reserves
Called; U.S. Beefs Up Qatar Base;
Syria Moves Units to Shelter


Al Wafd, Egypt
Why Does Muhamad ElBaradei
'Traitorously' Pander to U.S.?!

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Instead of resigning, it would have been
better for ElBaradei to have informed his
friends in America and the West on the
idiotic actions carried out by the Muslim
Brotherhood. Now calls to hold ElBaradei
accountable for his stance are pouring in.
He attacks the Brotherhood and accuses
it of bloodshed, yet rejects the way in
which the armed sit-ins were resolved
... isn't that profoundly paradoxical?”

— COLUMNIST Wagdy Zein Eldeen

ELBARADEI: WHY DID HE DECIDE TO RESIGN?

Debka File, Israel
Western-Middleast Military
Action Prepared for Syria;
Russia on Military Alert

β€œWestern and Middle East powers
led by Washington began moving
Saturday into Sunday toward a first
strike against Syria. Moscow has
placed its Mediterranean and Black
Sea fleets amd rapid deployment
forces in south and central Russia.”

β€” DEBKA FILE Editorial

ISRAEL HAYOM: Thirty Seconds
Over Damascus is All U.S. Needs

INDEPENDENT: America
is 'Arrogant and Unreliable'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Al-Qaeda
Plan to 'Change the Face of
History' Led to U.S. Scare

INDEPENDENT: Like Tehran,
Assad Crosses 'Red Lines' Under
Cover of West's Doubletalk


Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
America's 'Creative Chaos'
in Egypt Must Be Blocked

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“America threw all of its weight
behind the Muslim Brotherhood.
Washington ignored the Muslim
Brotherhood's actions and has
exaggerated measures that
have been taken to oppose it.”

— COLUMNIST Adnan Kamel Salah

HOSNI MUBARAK: HE'S BAAACK!

Debka File, Israel
Brotherhood's Top Leader
Badie Detained; Islamist
Resistance to Army 'Folds'

“Most Brotherhood leaders are
now in custody or have fled the
country, some of them to Gaza.
The detention of Badie marks
the collapse of his movement's
resistance to Defense Minister
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's takeover.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

FALL FROM HIEGHTS OF POWER

ISRAEL HAYAT: Terrorists 'Aim
to Hit Israeli, Jewish Targets
Worldwide' in Coming Weeks


Kayhan, Iran
Can President Rohani
Break 'Zionist Grip'
Over Capitol Hill?

“The emergence of President
Rohani, particularly at a time
when President Obama no
longer needs to worry about
re-election, makes possible
what has been unimaginable.”

— EDITORIAL, Kayhan

IS THIS A NEW DAY FOR IRAN?

Debka File, Israel
U.S. Terror Alert Prompted
by Possible 'Suicide Bombers
Implanted with Explosives'

“Debka File's counterterror sources
add that plastic explosives in the body
of a would-be suicide bomber without
metal components are undetectable by
standard screening devices like those
used at most international airports.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

GAME-CHANGING BODY-BOMBERS?

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: U.S. Overreaction
is Psychological Victory for al-Qaeda


Kayhan, Iran
Leaders Hope Rohani
Inaugural Brings Shift
in Treatment of Iran

“We have always believed,
and continue to believe, in
interacting with the world.
The most important point,
however, is to understand
the other side and grasp its
goals and tactics, because
if we don't it will trip us up.”

— SUPREME LEADER
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

GOODBYE AHMADINEJAD ...

Debka File, Israel
Kerry in 'Secret' Final-
Status Talks with
Netanyahu and Abbas

“Secretary of State drives
Palestinian and Israeli leaders
to get down to brass tacks on
borders, security, Jerusalem
and the Jordan River Valley.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

DO NEW TALKS HAVE A CHANCE?

DEBKA FILE: Kerry Builds
U.S.-Arab Superstructure to
Direct Israel-Palestinian Talks

JERUSALEM POST: Kerry
says Talks Aim for Final-
Status Deal in 9 Months

JERUSALEM POST: Resolution
in U.S. Senate Backs Kerry's
Middle East Peace Push

JERUSALEM POST: U.S. Officials
Say Palestinian Referral of Israel
to ICC Unlikely While Talks Last


Israel, UAE, U.K., Qatar, Iran
Helen Thomas - Views
and Video from Abroad

“Thomas was a fearless speaker of
truth to power, taking on the
Washington establishment on issues
such as the invasion of Iraq, official
secrecy and Israel. She may have on
occasion been on the wrong side of
her peers, but Helen Thomas was
certainly on the right side of history.”

— EDITORIAL, The National

SHE ALTERED LANDSCAPE FOREVER

Al Arabiya, U.A.E.
America's 'Conspiracy'
Against People of Egypt

“What really surprised me was
American insistence on defying
the popular will even by taking
a path that opposes what the
Americans consider the only
way to achieve real democracy.”

— Former Mubarak Minister
Abdel Latif el-Menawy

AMERICA DEMONIZED IN EGYPT

AL-ARABIYA: Truths and Lies
about America's Role in Egypt


Debka File, Israel
U.S. Deploys Marines to
Halt Israel-Egypt Action

“Israel is accused of independent
military action against Syria, and
the Egyptian army of persecuting
the Muslim Brotherhood after
toppling former President Morsi.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

MARINES, NAVY EYE EGYPT, ISRAEL

Sud Quotidien, Senegal
Applause for Sall After 'Heroic'
Anti-Gay Face-Off with Obama

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“We salute the brave position of
President Sall against the powerful
Obama. ... We encourage all the
Senegalese to rally around Sall so
he doesn't feel alone facing the
recurring multifaceted maneuvers
of the gay amd lesbian lobbies.”

— Statement By Jamra,
Senegalese NGO that
opposes homosexual rights

PRAISE FOR REJECTING GAY RIGHTS

The Daily News, Tanzania
Mama Sarah Explains Why
Obama 'Snubbed' Kenya

“People of America accepted
my son thanks to his generosity.
He loves people and will not
involved himself with those
whose integrity he questions.
In that, he is so much like his
father, a typical Luo man
who was tall and stood upright.”

— Mama Sarah, Obama's
Paternal Grandmother

THE BIGGEST QUESTION IN KENYA

The Independent, South Africa
Obama's Six Deadly Sins

“A controversy has erupted at
the University of Johannesburg
over the decision to award
Obama an honorary doctorate.
... It is important, under these
circumstances, to offer a solid
case for the prosecution, acting
as a Counsel for Damnation in
'trying' the first Black president
of the U.S. for six 'crimes'
of omission and commission.”

— Adekeye Adebajo, Director,
Centre for Conflict Resolution

OBAMA COMES UNDER ATTACK

EARLIER AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST POSTS
La Jornada, Mexico
Yes Indeed: Venezuela
Coup Attempts are
Aided by Washington

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"An important element of the
coup actions are the shortages
created by big businesses that
hoard or smuggle subsidized
basic basket of staple goods to
Colombia, which they buy with
dollars sold at low prices by
the Venezuelan government. ...
With its embassies in Caracas
and Bogota, the U.S. is actively
involved planning these actions.”

— COLUMNIST
Angel Guerra Cabrera
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VENEZUELA BURNING: U.S. INVOLVED?


CBC News, Canada
VIDEO AND TEXT: Canadian
Spies Monitor Millions of
Canadian E-Mails to State

"The program to protect state
servers from hackers, criminals
and enemy states raises questions
about the breadth of collection,
the length of retention and how
the information could be shared
with police and intelligence
partners in other countries.”

— REPORTERS Dave Seglins,
Amber Hildebrandt, Mike Pereira

SPY OVERREACH IN CANADA?

La Jornada, Mexico
'Flying in the Face of
History,' Texas Again
Frustrates Immigrants

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"It's worth recalling that with
one such order, Lincoln freed
the Negroes in 1863. ... There
is no question that the most
conservative Republicans will
continue to further their
careers by standing against the
undocumented. The certainty,
however, is that such careers
fly in the face of the future.”

— COLUMNIST
Balderas Arturo Rodriguez

CONTROVERSY IN LONE STAR STATE

The Daily Star, Bangladesh
Slaughter of Avijit Roy:
A Shocking Crime and
Challenge to Bangladesh

"In addition to being involved in
universal thoughts as a humanist
and rationalist, Avijit fought and
advocated for bringing those who
perpetrated crimes against our
people and nation to justice. ...
Alas, a person of such sagacious
human values had to fall prey to
the ferocity of creatures who
identify themselves as human!”

— WRITER Mozammel H. Khan

ISLAMISTS KILL AMERICAN AUTHOR

O Globo, Brazil
The French and Americans:
Freedom 'Brothers at Odds'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Ask an American what he thinks of
the French: They are arrogant they'll
say, stuck in the past, a culture that
thinks it superior, lazy, defenders of
privilege, lazy, hostage to an economic
model whose wreck is evident, and a
curse in the United StatesL: 'socialists.'
Now, ask any French what he thinks of
Americans: A smug, unrefined people
who don't understand life's pleasures,
don't know how to eat or drink, only
think about money, weapons and
power, have delusions of grandeur
and disrespect the privacy of others -
a superficial people and in France an
expletive: 'uncouth.' Yet there is
much more to it than that.”

— COLUMNIST Helio Gurovitz

OFTEN AT ODDS, BUT LIBERY IN COMMON

BD News, Bangladesh
Avijit Roy, American Writer
Critical of Islamist Radicals,
Hacked to Death in Dhaka

"Islamist zealots have been threatening
Avijit, a bioengineer and a naturalized
U.S. citizen, for his active campaign
against Islamist radicals. Avijit has been
a regular bdnews24 columnist and the
founder of popular blog Mukto-mona.”

— NEWS ITEM, BD News

A TERRORIST STRIKE ON THE WEST?

BD NEWS: Avijit's Murder
in 'Secure Area' Leave
Investogators 'Stupefied'

BD NEWS: No Leads
Yet on Avijit Roy Murder

THE DAILY STAR: Avijit Roy was
Always on the Fanatics' Hit List

DAILY ITTEFAQ: Avijit
Roy Murder: Protesters
Demand Justice


Folha, Brazil
Death of 'Greater Europe':
Vladimir Putin's Lost War?

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Does Putin want to be part of a
'Greater Europe' in which case
the role of Mother Russia would
naturally diminish, or does he
prefer to recreate 'Novorossiya'
or New Russia, which was the
designation of the Russian Empire
between 1764 and 1873? A great
deal of the answer will be shown
by Putin's behavior with Ukraine.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

PUTIN: WINNING SMALL, LOSING BIG?

QS Theory, China
'Buzzing Flies of the
West' Attack China's
Anti-Corruption Drive

"Now, when China is dealing
resolutely with corruption,
they still spew calumnies. This
exposes their true faces, as
determined at any time to set
China up as the enemy. These
eminent Westerners not only
oppose China's anti-corruption
drive but maliciously spread
rumors with a mind to doing
harm, labeling it in all sorts
of prejudicial ways. ”

— LOCAL Official Hou Lihong

IS WEST OVERLY CRITICAL?

The New York Times, U.S.
VIDEO: David Carr's Final
Interview Before His Death -
Snowden, Greenwald, Poitras

FEBRUARY 15, 01:00:00

This is an event that demonstrates in the
most poignant fashion the importance of
Edward Snowden, the exposure of mass
state surveillance and the professionalism
of iconic media reporter David Carr. With
the mainstream media falling over itself
in praise of Carr, who died in the New
York Times newsroom last week, almost
no attention has been paid to the last
man he interviewed - Edward Snowden.
The interview, which is one of the most
interesting Snowden talks because of
David Carr's self-confidence and command
of the proceedings, is about an hour long.
... Despite the fact that Carr looks gaunt,
his irrepressible personality is clear to see,
and it is notable that he heaps praise on
the trio for exposing what he calls our
'turn key' police state.

— CARR, SNOWDEN, GREENWALD, POITRAS

DAVID CARR HEAPS PRAISE ON SNOWDEN

Toronto Star, Canada
U.S. Can Permanently Spy
on, Sabotage Computers
Around World: Kaspersky

"Some of the implants burrow so
deep into the computer systems,
Kaspersky said, that they infect the
'firmware,' embedded software
that preps a computer's hardware
before the operating system starts.
It is beyond the reach of existing
anti-virus products and security
controls/ Kaspersky says this makes
it virtually impossible to wipe out.”

— REPORTERS Nicole Perlroth,
David E. Sanger

NSA: DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO

Folha, Brazil
The 'Shocking Contrast'
Between Capitalism in the
United States and Brazil

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The contrast of plans for the future
drawn up by the governments of
Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff is
shocking. This may all just be talk,
as Elio Gaspari would say, but talk
to talk, Obama’s is more seductive,
is it not? At least it creates hope
for better days on the horizon.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi
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BRAZIL AND U.S.: DIFFERING PATHS


The White House, U.S.
VIDEO AND TEXT: Obama
and Merkel on Ukraine,
NSA Spying, Iranian Talks

FEBRUARY 9, 2015; 00:49:49

Unless you need a sleeping aid, the
real news here is in the Q&A which
begins at 00:14:00.

— NO WEAPONS FOR UKRAINE - YET

ANGELA MERKEL IN WASHINGTON

Globe and Mail, Canada
Ukraine Burns While West
Fiddles with Islamic State

"Unless Germany and the U.S.
stand firm and ratchet up
more than rhetorical pressure,
the Russian putsch against the
Ukraine will continue. ... We
may well soon find ourselves on
the brink of a major global
conflagration. Western resolve
is spasmodic when it needs
to be coherent and constant.”

— By Former Ambassador
Derek Burney, Carleton
University Professor Dr.
Fen Osler Hampson
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TIME FOR MORE OBAMA RESOLVE?


GLOBE AND MAIL: To Stop
Putin, Obama Must Offer
More than Mere Rhetoric


The Hankyoreh, South Korea
Enraged Kim Jong-un
'No Longer Willing to Sit
Down with Mad Dogs'

"We are no longer willing to sit
down with mad dogs who keep
howling that they are going to
use the method of [regime]
change to topple our socialist
system. We are ready to wage
any kind of war, conventional or
nuclear. ... If the American
imperialists make the slightest
move against our dignity, our
independence and our right to
survival, the U.S. mainland will
suffer a terrifying catastrophe.”

— NORTH KOREA DICTATOR
Kim Jong-un

KIM MAD THAT U.S. WON'T VISIT

Huanqiu, China
'Three Forbids' Barring the
West's Influence in College
Classes are 'Misunderstood'

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"Some people misinterpreted and
attacked Minister Yuan's remarks,
which have been met with strong
criticism on the Internet. Western
political values don't correspond
to China's political reality. In the
event that there is a large-scale
penetration of such values, they
will inevitably erode our political
foundations and result in severe
instability in its political system.
We need to face it: propaganda
and ideological work is done for
the sake of positive effect, but is
prone to being depicted as negative,
and if handled badly could 'blacken'
the image of the party and country.”

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu
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CHINA: BANNING FREEDOM OF SPEECH


CBC News, Globe & Mail, Canada
Caught Monitoring Millions
Around the World, Canadian
Spies Seek Greater Powers

It seems that the NSA's fellow data-
sucking prevaricators in Canada are
monitoring your downloads under
what it calls the 'Levitation Program',
just to make sure you'r not planning
a terrorist attack. Never mind that
there is no earthly reason to think
you are. Of course, that no longer
has any relevance to our power-
drunk intelligence services.

— REPORTS FROM CANADIAN MEDIA

CANADA SPIES ON YOUR DOWNLOADS

C-SPAN, United States
VIDEO: Senate Arms Services
Committee with Kissinger,
Shultz, Albright, Code Pink!

January 27, 01:57:07

Three ex-secretaries of state
testified before Chairman John
McCain's Senate Arms Services
Committee yesterday, and it is
an interesting hearing for a
number of reasons, not least of
which is that Code Pink made
the latest attempt to arrest
Henry Kissinger for war crimes.
... Beyond Code Pinks's notable
interruptions, these poobahs
of U.S. foreign policy opine on
most of the major issues of the
day. Everything from whether
it would be wise to arm Ukraine,
interestingly from Shultz, the
absurdity of calling the fight
against Muslim fundamentalists
a 'war on terror' - which he
calls merly a tactic - when the
real problem is the growing
number of actors challenging
the nation-state system. Also
discussed is the growing danger
associated with climate change,
which everyone but the most
addle-minded agrees is a major
national security challenge.
Not a single senator disagreed.

— ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

KISSINGER: ATTEMPED ARREST

Cuba Debate, Cuba
Fidel Castro: 'I do
Not Trust Policy of
the United States'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“I do not trust the policy of
the United States, nor have
I exchanged a single word
with them, though this in no
way signifies rejection of a
peaceful solution to conflicts
or the threat of war. It is the
duty of all to defend peace."

— FORMER DICTATOR
Fidel Castro

FIDEL: 'PEACE WITH PRINCIPAL'

The Korea Times, South Korea
U.S. Pressure Overshadows Kim
Jong-un's International Debut

"The current regional atmosphere can
hardly be more disadvantageous for him.
Unrelenting pressure from its archenemy
the U.S. is likely to be most unbearable
for the Kim regime and its inexperienced
dictator. ... For Kim and his coterie, what
is clear is the need to improve relations
with its two nearest neighbors, China and
South Korea, to ease the U.S. pressure and
effectively play the Russia diplomatic card.”

— EDITORIAL, The Korea Times
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KIM JONG-IL: TAKING ROAD TRIP TO RUSSIA


India Broadcasters, India
VIDEO DIARY: Obama's
Trip through Indian Eyes

As Joe Biden might say, Obama's
visit to India was a 'Big Fu#@in'
Deal.' If the logjam in the civil
nuclear deal is now broken; and
if the U.S. and India have opened
a new chapter in military ties, it
will amount to a geostrategic
earthquake for China, Pakistan.
This is a video diary of Obama's
trip using only Indian media,
including news segments, major
press conferences; roundtable
discussions with Indian analysts,
journalists and talking heads.

— AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

THE HUG SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD


IBN Live, India
LIVE STREAM: Obama in India

This is a live English-language video
feed breathlessly covering every
step, every gesture and every word
uttered during President Obama's
visit to the country; with Indian
reporters, commentators and guests.

— LIVE STREAM, IBN Live

TIMES OF INDIA: Modi, Obama
Break Civil Nuclear Logjam

PRESS POOL VIDEO: Modi,
Obama Announce New Era

HEADLINE NEWS TODAY: 'Nothing
But the Truth' - Namaste
(Welcome) President Obama

HEADLINE NEWS TODAY:
Home Ministry Warns of
'Paraglider Attack' on Obama

NDTV: 'Fortress' Delhi
Prepares for Obama's Visit

HEADLINE NEWS TODAY:
Thermal Cameras Spot Militants
Infiltrating from Pakistan

NEWS X: Deal on Drones,
Surveillance Systems Possible

NDTV: Nuclear Deal and Issue
of Liability at Heart of Barack
Obama's Visit to India

NEWS X - COVER STORY:
Chances for Progress for
Barack Obama Visit India


JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea
North Korea Orders its
Diplomats to Stop Theaters
Showing 'The Interview'

"They also asked local police to
actively crack down on the
sales of illegal DVDs. In some
nations, North Korea diplomats
are making door-to-door visits
to retrieve copies of the film
from black market stores.”

— REPORTERS Chang Se-Jeong
and Yoo Ji-Hye

Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan
Islamic State Video
with Japanese Hostages
May be a 'Composite'

“The government believes a
video of two Japanese hostages
released on the Web by the
extremist group Islamic State
may have been doctored due to
such questionable elements like
differing shadows on the people.”

— NEWS ITEM, Yomiuri Shimbun

WAS ISIL VIDEO DOCTORED?

Folha, Brazil
After Snowden and Cuba,
a New Honeymoon for
United States and Brazil

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Before the spying episode, Brazil-
U.S. relations had never been better.
For Dilma, the significance of Cuba
normalization goes well beyond U.S.-
Cuba relations. In her view, a new
dynamism - more productive and
constructive than the eternal
criticism of Washington over its
attitude toward Cuba - will infuse
multilateral meetings in Latin
America. It will therefore set a
tone that in 2015 will mark
relations with the United States.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi
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LETTING BYGONES BE BYGONES?


The White House, U.S.
VIDEO: Obama and Cameron
Call for Greater Surveillance;
Time for Iran Nuclear Talks

January 16, 2015; 01:02:31

Here's a press conference with a lot
of implications for the battle over
surveillance and terrorism, for talks
with Iran, and, oddly enough, for
the politics of Great Britain, where
elections have been called for May.

— MORE SURVEILLANCE, IRAN TALKS

IS RIGHT TO PRIVACY TOO DANGEROUS?

PLA Daily, SCMP, Guardian, China, Hong Kong, U.K.
Asia Pivot Explains U.S.
Base Closures in E.U.;
China Deploys to Korea
Border; Spy Chief Jailed

“China says U.S. is closing 15
European bases for Asia Pivot;
China deployed 'militia patrols'
after North Korea deserter
ran Amok; China spy chief
detained in corruption probe.”

— NEWS ITEMS on China

PRESIDENT XI: PURGE CONTINUES

Huanqiu, China
Condemn Paris Attacks - and
Western Cultural Insensitivity

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

“Western comics and literary works
do indeed create friction and a sense
of harm in the Islamic world. Even if
the West thinks it correct to uphold
press freedom, respect for feelings
of others should not be ignored. If the
West considers globalization to be
synonymous with an absolute expansion
of and victory for its own values,
then it can expect endless conflict."

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

Globe & Mail, Canada
Paris Attacks Illustrate
the Power of Mockery

“His works mocked George W.
Bush for the Iraq War, Sarkozy
for his attacks on immigrants,
and a decade of French leaders
for their pomposity and folly. ...
On Wednesday morning, Riss,
now Charlie Hebdo’s managing
editor, lay injured among the
bodies of a dozen of his
colleagues and protectors."

— COLUMNIST Doug Sanders

HEBDO'S UNNASUMMING HEROES

GLOBE & MAIL: What Offended
Paris Attackers? ... Democracy

NATIONAL POST: How Remarkable
the a Humor Magazine Leads the
Fight Against Fanaticism

NATIONAL POST: Terrorists
have cowed us all into
a ridiculous self-censorship


Worldmeets.US Broadcasting, U.S.
The Charlie Hebdo Massacre
- A Conversation from Paris

RealVideoJanuary 8, 1pm EST

From Paris we are joined by Sandrine
Ageorges- Skinner, a leading advocate
for the abolition of the death penalty
on the terrorist murders at the offices
of French satirical magazine Charlie
Hebdo. We spoje to her about what
the atmosphere is like and what her
contacts are saying about the deaths
of some of France's most daring artists.

— LIVE FROM PARIS

ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH IN FRANCE

The Hankyoreh, South Korea
New U.S. Sanctions on
Pyongyang May Have
Little to Do with Sony

“The problem is that the new
sanctions may be motivated
by American discomfort with
sudden signs of movement in
inter-Korean relations. ... The
sanctions suggest that the U.S.
is not happy to see Pyongyang
hold independent talks with
neighboring countries, since
that could blur the focus on
the North's nuclear weapons
and strategic missile programs."

— REPORTER Yi Yong-in

MAKING KILLERS LOOK LIKE VICTIMS

JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea
North Korea Tightens
Border to Prevent Entry
of Movie The Interview

“Starting Friday, investigators
will be dispatched to markets
and inspections at the border
will be strengthened. ... Some
inspectors who maintain cozy
relationships with smugglers
warned them they can bring in
anything but the American film."

— NEWS ITEM, JoongAng Ilbo

CAN 'THE INTERVIEW' BE STOPPED?

Daily Alert, United States
VIDEO: The Lizard Squad,
Anonymous, Kim Dotcom,
The Interview, Sony Hack

The details of what's going on with
the Sony hacking are getting harder
to follow. We had the 'Guardians
of Peace' claiming responsibility for
the hack, we had the FBI say they
were either working for or on
behalf of North Korea, and we had
plenty of experts say there is 'no
way' North Korea is responsible.
Here is a hacker-related program
called DramaAlert hosted by a man
called named DJ Keemstar talking
to members of another group of
hackers called "the Lizard Squad'
who claim to be responsible for
yesterday's massive release of Sony
data - 13,000 Passwords and Credit
Cards of Playstation, Xbox and
Amazon Users - and a member of
Anonymous. ... On top of all that,
DJ Keemstar interviews none
other than Mega's Kim Dotcom.

— SONY HACK - WHAT'S GOING ON?

SONY HACK GETS MORE MYSTERIOUS

Huanqiu, China
The Interview: Latest
Reflection of American
Cultural Arrogance

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

“ "Americans always think that
because they are permitted to
ridicule their own leaders,
they are welcome to do the
same to the leaders of others.
That argument is a lame one
and its logic doesn't hold."

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

ATTACK ON AMERICAN IRREVERANCE

Folha, Brazil
With Return of Cuba,
Washington is Back
in the Americas Fold

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The United States gains from
the removal of a permanent
hindrance to its relations with
all other Latin American states
- even those with absolutely
no sympathy for the Castro
regime. ... All had already
decided that Cuba would have
to participate in the Seventh
Summit of the Americas in May,
which set up a Sophie's choice
for Obama: either give up
attendance at an event created
by the U.S. in the first place -
or the meeting would fail. Not
anymore. The summit will be
a celebration of a reunited
American family."

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

AVOIDING A DIPLOMATIC WATERLOO

The Australian, Australia
Sony Ordered The
Interview’s
Stars to Tone
Down Kim Death Scene

“I explained that we wanted to
act in a responsible fashion and
that the film was designed to
entertain and not to make a
political statement. ... I also said
that we did not want to be
provocative for its own sake and
we were concerned for the
safety of Americans and American
and North Korean relations."

— Sony Entertainment CEO
Michael Lynton

CHINA DAILY: No Evidence of
DPRK Involvement in Sony Cyber Attack


Korea Central News, North Korea
'Proof' The Interview
was Made According
to U.S. Specifications

“The film was conceived and
produced based on 'guidelines'
provided by U.S. authorities,
which contend that movies
like this damage the dignity of
the DPRK supreme leadership,
and that inciting terrorism
against it would be an effective
way of making 'propaganda
against north Korea.'"

— North Korean National
Defense Commission

PYONGYANG CALLS OUT OBAMA

The Phillippine Star, Philippines
Pemberton Murder
Case is Treaty Breaker
for the Philippines

“The big question is whether
President Aquino is prepared
to play hardball. Termination
would put an end to Filipino
humiliation at having a foreign
power, claiming to be a friend
and ally, mock its legal process
by refusing to surrender U.S.
Marine Cpl. Scott Pemberton,
accused of murdering a Filipino,
to the proper legal authorities."

— COLUMNIST
Federico D. Pascual Jr.

SHOULD U.S. HAND OVER THIS MAN?

El Universal, Mexico
Cuba is Alive. The Castros
Can Retire. Hurray Cuba!

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The way out that Obama has now
given the Cuban regime allows us
to envision the Cuban Revolution's
final chapter. The restoration of
diplomatic ties between the two
countries will bring a commercial,
financial, political and ideological
opening, and eventually the repeal
of laws that have suffocated the
island, giving way to a new stage
when the Castro brothers can at
last retire and live out the rest of
their days in Cuba. The Eden of
the Caribbean has already begun
to dance and celebrate with more
enthusiasm than when they won
the most gold medals at the 1991
Pan-American Games."

— COLUMNIST
Dr. Mario Melgar-Adalid

WILL THE CASTROS FINALLY RETIRE?

O Globo, Brazil
U.S. and Cuba
Shuffle the Latin
American Cards

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The impact of renewed
U.S.-Cuba ties is significant
for Latin America. It lessens
support for aspects of Brazil
foreign policy and that of
its Bolivarian allies that are,
for example, focused on
ideas stemming from the
Cold War such as the North-
South confrontation, anti-
Americanism and Third
World-ism. ... But it's still
early to say for certain, as
the U.S. imagines, that the
diplomatic opening will
result in more freedom
and a more dignified life
for the Cuban population."

— EDITORIAL, O Globa

GOODWILL: WILL IT LAST?

Guardian, Deadline, CNN,
WikiLeaks, Telegraph,
Russia Today, Reuters

Sony Hack Subterfuge,
Spooks, Liars, Surveillance
Blast for December 19

With anonymous hackers said to
be from North Korea defeating
the First Amendment, the trend
of shredding of the Bill of Rights
took an odd turn this week. We
have been told that 'the United
States has identified the source
of the hack as the government
in Pyongyang.' So we are asked
to trust the U.S. government
after years during which U.S.
intelligence services have been
thoroughly discredited. There
are many parties that stand to
gain from the fears that arise
out of this, not least of which
is the national security state and
the NSA at its heart. with this in
mind and with the ramifications
of the story beginning to sink in,
it is time for our regularly
occurring 'hack, surveillance,
spy tech post', which includes
the latest on Edward Snowden,
a warning that Chinese Coolpad
Smartphones have been found
with a 'built-In hacker backdoor';
the most recent WikiLeaks leak
on the U.S. drone program;
CHCQ's new 'app for kids'; and
top Google searches for 2014.

— LIES, SPIES, FIRST AMENDMENT
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SONY: JUSTIFYING SURVEILLANCE?


Vermelho, Brazil
Cuba's Unprecedented
Triumph Over Adversity

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The history of Cuba, victim
of attacks on its territorial
integrity and the sabotage of
its agriculture, industry,
trade, and so on, including
on its leader Fidel Castro
who escaped thousands of
conspiracies to assassinate
him unharmed, is worthy of
a long treatise on the art of
how not to drown in the
face of incomparable storms."

— ANALYST Eduardo Bomfim

IS THIS A VICTORY FOR HAVANA?

Carta Maior, Brazil
Cuba's Mariel Port: Thaw
in U.S.-Cuba Ties a Victory
for President Rousseff

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The resumption of relations
between Cuba and the United
States established yesterday by
President Obama shows just
how great Lula and Dilma are
as statesmen and global leaders."

— ANALYST Jose Augusto

CUBA PORT GAMBLE PAYS OFF

El Universal, Mexico
Obama's Cuban
'Electoral Coup'

TRANSLATED SPANISH

“By approaching Cuba
in such a definitive and
historic way, Mr. Obama
gives the Democratic
nominee for president a
golden opportunity to
make Florida the party's
most valuable state in
electoral terms. In short,
what Obama has done,
in terms of U.S. policy,
is a win-win-win. Not
bad for a president
who seemed finished."

— COLUMNIST
Leon Krauze

GOOD FOR HILLARY?

Opera Mundi, Brazil
FLASH: Demonization of
'Cuban Five' Shows U.S.
is the Real Terror Threat

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The island's government invited
two FBI officials to Havana to give
them a report on the criminal
actions of organizations based in
Florida. In fact, Cuba intelligence
services had infiltrated several
of their agents in Florida. But
instead of neutralizing the people
responsible for terrorist activities,
the U.S. government decided to
arrest five Cuban agents."

— Dr. Salim Lamrani

HEAR BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY

La Jornada, Mexico
From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa
- Racism and Criminalization
of Social Protest is the Rule

“Although the issue of racism in the
United States has been at the center
of the political debate about police
violence, in Mexico it has been little
dealt with by analysts. The fact that
most of the 43 disappeared students
are indigenous has scarcely been said."

— BY R. Aida Hernandez
and Shannon Speed

CONNECTING PROTESTS IN U.S. AND MEXICO

North Korea Central News, North Korea
VIDEO: American Asylum
Seeker Condemns U.S.
and Praises North Korea

RealVideoDec. 15, 00:02:30

"A 29-year-old man from El Paso,
Texas, Arturo Pierre Martinez,
denounced U.S. domestic and
foreign policy on North Korean
TV yesterday, after 'seeking
asylum' in Venezuela by fleeing
to North Korea. According to him,
he too the 'risky journey to reach
the (North) so that I could pass
along some very valuable and
disturbing information."

— NEWS FROM NORTH KOREA

SEEKING ASYLUM IN VENEZUELA?

The Philippine Inquirer, Philippines
Angry She wasn't 'Real Woman',
Report Says U.S. Marine Killed
Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude

“The prosecution panel found aggravating
circumstances that included treachery,
abuse of superior strength and cruelty. ...
The panel theorized that the U.S. Marine
may have been provoked to kill Laude upon
discovering that she wasn't a real woman."

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

CONVINCING TRANSGENDER AND ENRAGED MARINE

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
U.S. Senate Report on
CIA Torture Threatens
International Relations

"The ramifications are already
rippling out internationally and
may inflame anti-Americanism
in Muslim-majority countries
whose support could be key for
U.S. success in the campaign
against terrorism. This will only
add to the Obama's tremendous
public diplomacy challenge."

— FORMER U.K. GOVERNMENT
ADVISER Andrew Hammond

The Age, Australia
Sydney Hostage Drama Ends

"The exchange was started by three
discrete bangs. The first brought about
five people from the building. A space
followed between the subsequent two
and then a near-continuous volley rang
out. Dozens of shots were fired."

— SMH Reporter James Robertson
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A HOSTAGE DRAMA UNFOLDS IN SYDNEY

Australia, Australia
VIDEO-TEXT: Sydney Siege -
Muslim Terrorist, Home
Grown, Holds Hostages

"It is evening in Sydney Australia,
about 15 hours since a man
entered the Lindt Chocolate Cafe
in Sydney and took about a dozen
hostages. Monis a 'self-described
cleric and spiritual healer' named
Haron Monis. Early in the siege,
Monis had some of the hostage
unfurl a banner with Arabic text
that read 'There is no God but
Allah and Muhammad is the
messenger of God' - although it
was not an Islamic State banner.
Below is a roundup of coverage
from Australia media, including
a live video feed from Sky News."

— COVERAGE OF THE SIEGE


Folha, Brazil
U.S. Schools Brazil on
Confronting Torture

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The difference in behavior
of the two countries is very
likely due to, among other
things, the non-existence
south of the equator of
'accountability' - a word that
has no exact translation into
Portuguese (or into Spanish)."

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

ROUSSEFF WEEPS OVER TORTURE

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
U.S. Senate Report on
CIA Torture Threatens
International Relations

"The ramifications are already
rippling out internationally and
may inflame anti-Americanism
in Muslim-majority countries
whose support could be key for
U.S. success in the campaign
against terrorism. This will only
add to the Obama's tremendous
public diplomacy challenge."

— FORMER U.K. GOVERNMENT
ADVISER Andrew Hammond

Toronto Star, Canada
Federal Government
Will Act on Intelligence
Obtained by Torture

“The primary responsibility
of Canadian security agencies
is to protect Canadian life
and property. ... We will
continue to ensure that
intelligence is reviewed and
assessed by our intelligence
experts before it is acted upon."

— PUBLIC SAFETY SPOKESMAN
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue

The Express Tribune, Pakistan
Pakistan Condemns
CIA Torture Tactics

"We deplore the systematic
torture of the detainees at
various locations by the CIA.
... the Senate Intelligence
report reinforced Pakistan's
viewpoint that international
human rights, humanitarian
law must be respected while
fighting the terrorist menace."

— Foreign Office
Spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam

Globe & Mail, Guardian, RT,
Canada, U.K., Russia
Sony Hack, Spooks,
Liars, Surveillance

"This is our latest roundup
f rom the dark corners of
human society, starting
with fallout from the hack
of Sony pictures, reaction
from Canada, Britain and
Edward Snowden to the
Senate torture report,
news that CIA Chief John
Brennan plans to stay on
despite justified calls for
him to resign, comments
from the commissioner for
human rights at the Council
of Europe that terrorism is
no justification for mass
surveillance, and news
about a new app that will
allow you to sell 'anything
to anyone in total privacy.'"

— LIES, SPIES AND TORTURE
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JOHN BRENNAN: REFUSES TO LEAVE


Toronto Star, Canada
Recriminations Divide
Washington in Wake
of CIA Torture Report

"In Washington, the news
felt more like an end than
a beginning. With a newly
elected, Republican-led
Congress poised to take
power, powerful chair
positions will also change,
including Feinstein’s seat
on Senate intelligence. This
one extraordinary day of
looking back, however long
in coming, seems unlikely to
repeat in the near future."

— REPORTERS, Mitch Potter,
Michelle Shephard
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FEINSTEIN'S LAST HURRAH?


Folha, Brazil
Black Friday Shows
Brazil's Enduring Love
for the United States

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“This imitation of the 'American
way of life' doesn't surprise me:
a survey by the reputable Pew
Research Center shows that 65
percent of Brazilians have a
positive view of the U.S. About
Brazil itself, even as patriotic
as we are, the percentage of
Brazilians who like the country
is only slightly higher (77 %)."

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

THANKSGIVINGLESS BLACK FRIDAY

CBC News, Canada
Ottawa Man's ISIL Video
Called 'Silly,' By Experts

"The newest recruitment video
with young Ottawa jihadist John
Maguire verges on preposterous
by, among other things, trying to
make common cause over hockey."

— REPORTER Andre Mayer

JOHN MAGUIRE: THE SILLY JIHADIST?


ISLAMIC STATE VIDEO: Ottawa
Man John Maguire Seeks
Recruits for Islamic State


The Nation, Pakistan
Al-Qadea Leader Adnan
el Shukrijuma Killed in
Raid, the Army Claims

“Top Al-Qaeda commander
el-Shukrijumah, carrying a
U.S. bounty of $5 million on
his head for plotting attacks
on the U.S. and U.K., was
killed and a soldier martyred,
in an operation in South
Waziristan Agency. ...
Pakistani helicopter gunships
swooped on the militant
hideout, killing Shukrijumah."

— NEWS ITEM, The Nation

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

La Jornada, Mexico
Racism: Police Injustice
in the U.S. Leads to
Even Greater Injustice

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"It's no coincidence that the U.S.
imprisons more of its people
than any other country (with
less that 5 percent of the world's
population, it accounts for about
25 percent of the planet's
imprisoned population)."

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada

CAN THE U.S. ESCAPE THIS CYCLE?

Xinhua, China
Racial Unrest a Stain on
a Hypocritical America

“When it comes to human rights
issues, there are few other states
in the world as self-righteous and
complacent as the United States. ...
It is undeniable that racism against
African Americans or other ethnic
minorities, though not as obvious
as before, persists in every aspect
of the social life of the country."

— COLUMNIST Li Li

POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK?

New Zealand Herald, RT, unBound Digital, N.Z., U.K.
VIDEO and TEXT: Kim Dotcom
Avoids Jail Again; to Launch
United States Political Party

LINKS TO VIDEOS, TEXT, FROM U.K. AND NZ

"a New Zealand court rejected a plea
by the U.S. Justice Department and
New Zealand authorities to have his
bail revoked. He also announced plans
to launch a political party in the U.S.
The U.S. Justice Department claims
that Megaupload made more than $175
million before it was closed, and that
it cost the film and TV industry and other
rights-holders more than $500 million."

— FOUR LINKS TO VIDEO AND TEXT

OUT ON BAIL: NO RETREAT FOR DOTCOM

Huanqiu, China
How Does U.S. Stay
So Calm in the Face
of Ferguson Unrest?

TRANSLATED CHINESE

“We must consider the
why American society can
remain calm as a whole,
whereas if faced with
such issues, China's society
would have a far greater
sense of concern. This may
reflect that China has more
of an awareness of crisis,
but it could also be due to
a lack of self-confidence."

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

FERGUSON: U.S. COPING WELL?

The Australian, Australia
Pax Americana to Give
Way to New World Order

"Future historians may well come
to see 2014 as a bellwether year
in world affairs, marking an shift
to a new, more turbulent world
order no longer dominated by
the values or power of
America and its Western allies."

— Alan Dupont, University
of New South Wales

PAX AMERICANA TO PAX ... WHAT?


The Hankyoreh, South Korea
Kim Jong-un Calls Americans
'Cannibals' and 'Homocides'

“The purpose of my visit [to Sinchon's
Museum of American Atrocities] is to
further enforce education about class
consciousness and opposing American
imperialism. This is to help create the
political conditions needed to arouse
tens of millions of troops and prepare
citizens for a decisive confrontation
with American. Holding illusions about
the enemy will lead only to death."

— SUPREME LEADER Kim Jong-un

KIM JONG-UN DOES HIS OWN DIRTY WORK

La Cronica De Hoy, Mexico
The Missing 43 and the CIA
TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"A growing number of voices point
to the presence of destabilizing
agents in Mexico. The can clearly
be seen from the perspective of a
general uprising - which is what
these protests are. They are well
calculated, progressive, and have
sources of funding no one checks.
Let’s turn to the never-answered
charges of WikiLeaks: that U.S.
soldiers are actively involved in
the drug war [in the form of
negotiations with the drug cartels]."

— COLUMNIST Carlos Ferreyra

MEXICO'S MISSING 43: A CIA HAND?

National Post, Canada
When he Needs his Friends
Most - Obama Humiliates
Australia, Ignores Canada

“There are ominous parallels in how
Obama deliberately humiliated Aussie
Prime Minister Abbott last weekend,
publicly accusing him of being a laggard
on climate change, and how the U.S.
leader has kept Prime Minister Harper
waiting at the altar by withholding
approval of the Keystone pipeline."

— COLUMNIST Matthew Fisher

PRESIDENT OBAMA: BURNING HIS BRIDGES?

La Jornada, Mexico
Undocumented Cannot Count
on Obama Migration Initiative

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"It is fair to wonder whether Obama has
the necessary determination to carry out
his plan to offer temporary migration
regularization, particularly given what
this may mean for the remainder of his
term. Among other items, the possibility
exists that the Republican opposition
will hold up passage of the country's
budget package for next year, which
would bring significant economic risk not
only to the United States but the world."

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada

DOES PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE THE MOJO?


El Universal, Mexico
Mexican Leaders Must Back
Mr. Obama on Immigration

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The economic and social agenda of
the U.S. continues to run up deficits,
deficiency and imbalances. Migration
is one of them. The situation should
be reviewed carefully and responsibly
in terms of what Mexico can do to
support Mr. Obama in his battle for
regularization, which to us is not an
issue involving foreigners."

— COLUMNIST Luis Herrera-Lasso

WHAT CAN MEXICO DO FOR OBAMA?


Globe & Mail, Canada
For GOP, Keystone
is a Weapon - and
Obama the Target

"The GOP holds all of the
cards, they're winning,
and they have every
interest in keeping the
game going. The way for
Mr. Obama to make his
problem go away? Cut his
losses and end the game.
Approve the XL pipeline
before Congress returns."

— EDITORIAL, Globe & Mail

KEYSTONE: TIME TO SAY YES?

GLOBE & MAIL: Obama's Keystone
Stance Unworthy of Good Neighbors

NATIONAL POST: Canadians
Finally Get Why Americans
gave up on Obama

TORONTO STAR: Why the
Keystone Pipeline Doesn't Matter

TORONTO STAR: Canada Losing
Friends Over Climate Change


Estadao, Brazil
Like her Friend Putin,
the 'Incompetent' Dilma
Lives in 'Another World'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Guided only by puerile anti-
Americanism, Dilma was one
of the few heads of state
among G20 leaders to save
Putin from the isolation to
which he condemned himself.
In doing so, she may please
her third world cheerleaders
who always thrill at the sight
of someone challenging the
U.S. and its Western allies,
but she diminishes the role of
Brazil. ... The cynicism of the
Russian autocrat is no greater
than Dilma's incompetence."

— EDITORIAL, Estadao

ROUSSEFF: ON THE WRONG SIDE?


O Globo, Brazil
U.S. and China Pact:
Climate Change Game
'Begins in Earnest'

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“In Beijing, U.S. President
Obama and China President
Xi signed an agreement that
sounds like a great first step
toward everything scientists,
the U.N., environmentalists
and climate experts have
been begging for. Together,
the two giants account for
45 percent all the world's
air pollution. The initiative
sends the message that the
game has begun in earnest."

— EDITORIAL, O Globo

WILL THIS REALLY HELP?

The Diplomat, Japan
China and Russia Seek
Expanded Defense Ties

"The message is clear: China and
Russia may both be more or less
estranged from Western powers,
but they have each other. China
and Russia share the same stated
goal as the U.S. and its allies - a
peaceful, stable Asia-Pacific -
but they have very different
views about how to get there."

— COLUMNIST Shannon Tiezzi

PUTIN-XI: THEY HAVE EACH OTHER


Local Media, Australia
G20: Threesomes,
Beer, and Social
Media in Brisbane

It's time to get a last
take on the G20 from
Brisbane's local media
outlets. Not only does
it include some left-
handed compliments
for President Obama
and some off-color
references to a
'threesome' involving
President Obama, Aussie
Prime Minister Tony
Abbott and Japan Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe, it
includes a look at the
obvious: a summary of
what the final G20
Communique says.

— CANADIAN COVERAGE

A FAREWELL TO BRISBANE

Brisbane Times, Canberra Times, The Age
Wall-to-Wall G20
Coverage from Australia

The G20 Summit is underway in
Brisbane, and the Aussie press is
covering it wall to wall. This is
the latest news and the sounding
of some of the nation's leading
columnists on Russian warships,
the 'frontshirting' of Vladimir
Putin, hand-wringing over the
U.S.-China emissions agreement,
and some badmouthing of the U.S.

— Latest from G20 in Brisbane

MAJOR ECONOMIES IN TIME OF WAR


Briz 21, 7 News, RT, FT, Sky News, Euronews
VIDEOS: G20 Opens in Australia;
Russian Warships Raise Tension

It's time for the last summit of President
Obama's Asia trip - the G20 in Brisbane
Australia. Unlike the G8/G7, Vladimir
Putin has not been excluded to the G20,
the ramifications of which are already
being felt. After Australia Prime Minister
Abbott challenged Russian President Putin
over MH17 at the APEC Summit in Beijing,
Russian warships steamed over to the
time Australian coast just as Putin landed
in the country. Here is a sampling of global
coverage of these and other issues from
around the world - starting with local
reports from Brisbane, Australia:

— VIDEO on the G20 in Brisbane

Financial Post, Toronto Star, Macleans, Canada
Canadians Watch, Hope,
and Fret Over Keystone
Pipeline Debate in U.S.

With the Republicans taking
complete control of the U.S.
Congress and the sealing of
an emissions reduction deal
between the United States
and China, Canadian papers
are packed with comment
about whether all of this
means that President Obama
is more ikely to approve Phase
4 of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Here is a sample of the debate
in the Canadian press today.

— CANADIAN COVERAGE

The National Post, Canada
Talk of 'Significant Progress'
on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal
is 'Pure Bureaucratic BS'

"'Significant progress' was made at the
8th round of talks in September 2011.
The same meaningless cliche was used
again in July, August, and September
2012, July and October 2013, and May
2014. Then there was the sense of a
breakthrough in Hanoi in September
when 'important progress' was made."

— CORRESPONDENT John Ivison

TRANS-PACIFIC PARNERSHIP BS

SCMP, CCTV, White House, China, U.S.
TEXT-VIDEO: Obama Meets Xi;
Climate Deal; Obama Denies
U.S. Role with HK Protesters

After a 'private banquet' and 'an evening
stroll,' Hong Kong's South China Morning
Post reports that Presidents Obama and Xi
signed agreements on trade, defense and
security, but the deal on the environment
will likely to have the greatest impact.
Of course, whether agreed to limits on
emissions are kept is entirely dependent
on the economies of the two countries.
The two leaders agreed to military
'confidence building measures' to 'reduce
the risks of accidental clashes - which one
would have hoped was already the case.
And a few days ago, an agreement was
struck to reduce duties on electronics.

— The Latest from APEC and Beijing

XI AND OBAMA: SIGNING DEALS IN BEIJING


Folha, Brazil
Republican Victory
Plunges Americas
Summit into Crisis

TRANSLATED PORTUGUESE

“The so-called Bolivarian
countries have announced
that they will only take part
in the Summit in April if
Cuba were invited, which
the U.S. opposes. President
Dilma Rousseff supports
Cuba, which means she will
support a de facto 'disinvite'
to Obama precisely when,
in theory, a rapprochement
between the two nations
would be under way after
the Edward Snowden
episode. … This situation
was there before the
Republican victory, but after
it, things have gotten far
more difficult for Obama."

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

A SHOWDOWN NEXT APRIL

Russia Today, CCTV, White House
VIDEOS: Putin, Obama,
Xi, Entertainments at
APEC Summit in China

This is a posting of video from
the APEC summit so far, which
includes a look at the dizzying
array of entertainment put on
for APEC leaders, starting with
the kooky dinner welcomes,
the keynote speeches of Putin,
Obama and Chinese President
Xi, and then performances for
visiting dignitaries - which
are quite impressive indeed.

— PUTIN, OBAMA, XI AND APEC

POLITICS AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Daily Tribune, The Philippines
FLASHBACK: New York Times,
CNN Join in Shaming Aquino
Response to Typhoon Haiyan

It was precisely a year ago that the
Philippines was struck by typhoon
Haiyan/aka typhoon Yolanda. The
strongest storm ever recorded at
landfall, the monster typhoon killed
at least 6300 Filipinos. This column
from the Daily Tribune of the
Philippines, posted November 14,
2013, outlines the scale of the disaster
and the response which was nearly
as catastrophic as the weather event.

— REPORTERS Angie M. Rosales,
Ed Velasco, Charlie V. Manalo
and Gina Peralta-Elorde

TYPHOON HAIYAN: A YEAR AGO

Huanqiu, China