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THE IRAQ WAR: A BLUNDER SO GREAT THERE IS NO ESCAPE
El Nuevo Diario, Nicaragua
For Jeb, Hillary and the Rest,
There's No Escape from Iraq

“In 2003, Hillary Clinton was a senator who voted in favor of the invasion. Recently she said at a campaign rally: 'My support for the Iraq War was a mistake. It's as simple as that.' ... At an event in Reno, Nevada, a student told Jeb Bush: 'Your brother created ISIS.' ... George W. Bush was a president with questionable knowledge who wanted to destroy, after centuries of history, the very birth passage of the West and the United States itself. He attempted to close a circle with the ultimate act of brutality in the very cradle of Western history and culture.”

—COLUMNIST Jorge Bautista Lara   
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De Morgan, Belgium
For One Shining Moment,
Obama was 'President of Africa'

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"He moralized, pushed and prodded.
He pulled at the heartstrings. He
offered food for thought. And he
spoke what is never spoken. Obama
criticized rulers who shamelessly
alter the law and remain in power
endlessly. He called on them to give
new blood a chance. 'No one should
be president for life," said the man
who retires in a year and a half -
even though, he said in a bold aside,
that he could have been elected
again. ... The second point of lasting
significance concerns the position
of gay people. Obama put the issue
on the agenda from a position
of great moral strength.

—COLUMNIST Frans Verhagen

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT STILL MATTERS

The Scotsman, U.K.
Donald Trump Calls Idea of
Second Scottish Independence
Referendum 'Ridiculous'

"I thought that staying together
was the better thing. I didn't want
to make my points very clearly on
that, because I felt it wasn’t up to
me. ... But I feel the people made
the right decision; I can’t imagine
the'd want to go through that again.”

— GOP Candidate Donald Trump
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TRUMP - OPPOSES SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE


THE GUARDIAN: On Visit to Scottish
Golf Course, Trump Attacks Obama
and Hillary Clinton


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Donald Trump Raises 'Interesting
Question' about Heroism in War

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Trump raises an interesting question:
is it possible to be a hero if fighting a
stupid or unjust war? Apparently the
answer is: you can, but only if you fail
to succeed in battle. In Vietnam, John
McCain was a victim, so he's glorified.
Chris Kyle, who killed 100 people in
Iraq and for whom Clint Eastwood
made a much-talked about film called
American Sniper, there are mixed
feelings - even in the United States.”

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki
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TRUMP: WAR HEROES AND WINNING VOTES


Financial Times, U.K.
U.S. Could Prove Tough
Audience for Pope Francis

From Sept. 22-27, Pope Francis
will make his first visit to the
United States since his surprise
election. Columnist James Politi
describes how Francis' popularity
has diminished since his 'crusade'
against climate change and
unrestrained global capitalism
began, dropping from 76% in
Feb, 2014 to just 59% today.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

POPE'S VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
How the Islamic State
'Promotes World Peace'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Nevertheless, the long and painful
negotiations that concluded earlier
this month are likely to change the
balance of power in the Middle East
- in favor of the Iranian state. While
that is certain, it doesn't necessarily
mean that all other parties will lose.
... The Islamic State is the common
enemy of the U.S., Iran, Israel and
Saudi Arabia. Now they all have a
chance to set old animosities aside
in the name of fighting jihad. If that
were to happen, historians would
have to give some credit to the
caliphate for promoting world
peace. One can always dream.”

— COLUMNIST Robert Stefanicki
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THE UPSIDE OF THE LATEST CALIPHATE?


Deutsche Welle, Germany
Donald Trump: Presidential
Hopeful who Baffles Europe

"Donald Trump is running for
U.S. president. What may sound
a little curious to American ears
is unbelievable to most Germans. ”

—COLUMNIST Carla Bleiker

GERMANS ON TRUMP: INCOMPREHENSIBLE

Die Zeit, German
Give NSA Director Mike Rogers a
Tour of German Embassy Rooftop

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

"The Foreign Ministry should give NSA Chief
Mike Rogers a tour of the German Embassy
rooftop in Washington. There aren't any
antennae or microphones on the roof - just
solar panels. Perhaps the NSA chief would
laugh, 'If you’re going to be naïve, then at
least be ecological about it.' But if you ask
around, you’ll soon find out that politically,
the Germans are not in very bad shape in
Washington; in any event, not nearly as
bad as the Americans are in Berlin.”

— COLUMNIST Ewa Siedlecka
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NSA SPYING: POINT OF DIMINISHING RETURNS?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Poles Should Expect Outsourcing
of Surveillance to American NSA

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"If Polish authorities agreed to eavesdropping
on Polish citizens by foreign spy services
without the consent of a Polish court, it would
be something akin to consenting to CIA prisons
in Poland. [When the Polish surveillance law
expires,] if the BND and NSA are already doing
this, the Polish services could perhaps count
on a gentleman's favor when they lose their
right to keep us under surveillance. This is
no less than the outsourcing of surveillance -
and practically free of legal inconveniences.”

— COLUMNIST Ewa Siedlecka
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NSA TO STEP IN FOR POLISH SECRET SERVICES?


Guardian, Sun, Reuters, Euronews, U.K., France
Eighty Years Later, Royal
Family's Fascist Sympathies
Come back to Haunt it

After 80 years of squelching mention
of these uncomfortable truths, a
video has emerged in which a laughing
future Queen Elizabeth, her mother,
Prince Edward and Princess Margaret
are making Nazi salutes. According to
the Guardian, 'many have expressed
incredulity that the Sun had published
the actions of a child. But Managing
Editor Stig Abell defended publication.
'It is an important and interesting issue,
the extent to which the British royals
– notably Edward VIII, in this case - in
the 1930s, were sympathetic toward
fascism,' he said.'

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

EXPLAINING THE LURE OF HITLER'S GERMANY

The Telegraph, U.K.
Monsanto Seeks to Smear
Scientists after Pesticide
Roundup Called 'Genotoxic'

Note that this column from the
Telegraph was run under the
headline: Glyphosate: Scientists
Urge Caution Over Experts'
Claims Pesticide is 'Probably'
Carcinogenic'. So ... respected
scientists believe Glyphosate is
a DNA-destroying caricinogen,
but the Telegraph headline
focuses instead on respected
scientists it contacted who urge
'caution' about such conclusions.
Hmmm - I guess we know who
butters The Telegraph's
Glyphosate-grown bread. ...

—MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

MEDIA HELPS SMEAR SCIENTISTS

RMF 24, Poland
Gay Marriage: Poland
Needs No Advice from
Americans or Britons

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The debate that erupted across
the Atlantic after the Supreme
Court's decision is instructive.
There is no shortage there of
extreme opinions. If we fail to
listen intently, it isn't hard to
imagine what might soon await
us. There are, for instance, calls
to legalize unions among more
than two people being quite
seriously suggested. Once the
traditional meaning of marriage
is rejected, these arguments
become difficult to rebuke. If
marriage is not exclusively
between a man and a woman,
then why not triangles,
quadrangles and whatever one
wishes ... Don't say we didn't
warn you. ... We have.”

—COLUMNIST Grzegorz Jasinski

GAY MARRIAGE: OLD HABITS DIE HARD

Formiche, Italy
Game Theory and the
Iran Nuclear Agreement

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"In the case of nuclear weapons
the optimal solution would be
not to produce or use them in
the first place, but fear that the
other might violate any deal not
to do so push both to violate it.
Therefore, one must strike first.
This advice came from the top
minds of the 1950s, but luckily
Harry Truman wouldn't listen.
In 1984, scholar Robert Axelrod
reformulated Game Theory's
fundamentals. ... Under certain
conditions, trust can spring up
between rational egotists - even
in the absence of a 'sovereign'
obliging them to make a deal. ...
Obama has said the document is
based not on trust, but on
rigorous and strict verification
. That is without doubt true, but
I'll bet that he and his staff, in
deciding to sign, gave more than
thought to modern game theory.”

— COLUMNIST Michele Magno

OBAMA: GAMING THE IRAN TALKS?

Knack, Belgium
After Defanging Iran, Will
the P5+1 Now Defang Itself?

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"One could say that the patient work
of diplomacy - the avoidance of the
use of force, has succeeded. Let this
be an example for other conflicts in
the world. Furthermore, we might
ask ourselves when the other states
who were seated at the negotiating
table begin reducing the numbers
and role of nuclear weapons in their
defense policies. Hopefully, this will
be an incentive. ... The only reason
for installing a U.S. missile shield in
Europe has always been Iran. It
would be logical not to continue to
install anti-missile systems and to
remove the existing ones. That
would be a gesture toward Russia.”

— Tom Sauer, University of Antwerp

WHEN WILL THE P5+1 DENUCLEARIZE?

Le Monde, France
Iran Talks: A Promising Deal
Reached without War, Death

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

War-war, or jaw-jaw?: Le Monde argues
today that talks over the Iranian nuclear
program prove again that while 'less
glamorous then a nice remote bombing
campaign', diplomacy, 'that slow and oh-
so-boring practice', has achieved much
more at lower cost in blood and treasure
than another war ever could have.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

A DEAL THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD

Guardian Unlimited, NASA, Space.com
Pluto Flyby Photos Thrill Scientists
after Nine-Year, 3 Billion Mile Trip

It was another exciting day in space science.
The American spacecraft New Horizons has
come closer to the former-planet Pluto than
any human-made object - and the photos it
is taking are incredible. Scientists concluded
in 2006 that Pluto, which is smaller than the
moon, lacks the necessary gravitational pull
on its satellites to be considered a 'planet'.
After an at-times angry debate, Pluto was
reclassified as a 'dwarf planet. The new data
shows that Pluto is somewhat larger than we
thought, so perhaps the debate will erupt
again. A proud day for NASA and a brief
restoration of the agency's former glory.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

HUMANS FINALLY SEE PLUTO CLOSE UP

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
LIVE BLOG: Historic Agreement
Reached at Iran Nuclear Talks

The diplomats of Iran and the P5+1 say that
they have finally agreed to a deal that will
slow Iran's nuclear program in exchange
for lifting punishing global sanctions. ...
This is The Guardian's live blog of text,
photos, video and tweets and updates.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

THE DEAL THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
One of Russia's Leading Anti-
Gay Figures Changes his Mind

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The LGBT community is a fact, and we
must figure out ways to make life easier
for adults who want to take up - even
formally on official documents - the duty
of caring for another person. ... Love,
in the end, makes miracles. Who can be
against that?”

— STATE JOURNALIST Dmitry Kiselyov
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SWITCH: A CHANGE IN RUSSIA ON GAYS?


Die Welt, Germany
The 'Spook's Bazaar':
Selling Off Free Press
at the NSA's Behest

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Berlin's political players have
become accustomed to and
come close to shrugging off
the never-ending revelations
about the American mania for
data-collection and spying.
However, the revelations of
recent days go far beyond that.
If large-scale spying against Der
Spiegel's
editorial board did
indeed took place, this in itself
would be an unforgivable attack
on press freedom. Some things
are not for sale. Not all things
can or should be sold off at the
"spooks' bazaar." Especially not
The Basic Law of Germany.”

—COLUMNIST Marc Pitzke

GERMAN SPIES WORKING FOR NSA

Der Spiegel, Germany
Chancellor Merkel Must End
'Devil's Pact' with America

"Merkel must show Washington a clear
sign of resistance. Germany must free
itself from this pact with the NSA. In
the future, it must write the rules for
its cooperation with spy agencies itself
- which may mean that certain
information will no longer be shared.”

—COLUMNIST Markus Feldenkirchen

NSA ADDS TO MEKEL'S HORRIBLE WEEK

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

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

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

— COLUMNIST Joao Cesar Das Neves
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SECOND-GUESSING THE SUPREME COURT


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Puerto Rico, Like Greece,
in Limbo Between Statehood
and Outright Independence

A little discussed fact is that the people
of Puerto Rico, America's strange and
beautifulCaribbean island possession,
have mounted a heroic 500-year fight
to achieve independence - first from
Spain and then from the United States.
In the recent past that fight has taken
the form of a series of referendums
on whether to declare statehood or
become an independent nation - the
results of which always approach 50%
for statehood and 50% independence.
Today, with Puerto Rico teetering on
economic implosion, with it's skilled
labor leaving and its people struggling
to survive, Guardian correspondent
Alan Yuhas examines the never-ending
debate over statehood and sovereignty
and whether this might be the moment
in which Puerto Ricans finally decidel.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

PUERTO RICO: TIME FOR STATEHOOD?

Live Journal, Russia
'Yankees' Legalize Gay
Marriage as they Outlaw
Freedom of the Press

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Serfilatov
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PENTAGON RULES AND GAY MARRIAGE


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

GREEK REJECTION OF E.U. AUSTERITY

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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SPYING AND TREASON IN GERMANY


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

AD BLOCKERS CHANGE THE GAME

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

U.S. THREATS: PR OUTWEIGHS GREECE

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

—COLUMNIST Marc Pitzke

EQUALITY'S LOGICAL CONCLUSION

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Xavier Thery
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SPYING ON FRANCE: THE NATO CONNECTION


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

—COLUMNIST Markus Feldenkirchen

AMERICANS: TOO SLOW TO EXAMINE THE PAST?

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Johan Hufnagel
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SURVEILLANCE ISSUES - OUR AND THEIRS


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— Russian Security Council
Secretary Nikolai Patrushev

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

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

GUARDIAN, RUSSIA TODAY, POLITICO

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

SPECIAL INTERESTS PREVAIL AGAIN

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

WIKILEAKS, GUARDIAN, RUSSIA TODAY

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Rob de Wijk

WHAT IF CRIMEA STAYS RUSSIAN?

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

FRANCE24, EURONEWS, THE
CATHOLIC HERALD, TELEGRAPH

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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

FLAG: IS WAR OVER - OR JUST RESUMING?

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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DAILY MAIL JOINS SUNDAY TIMES


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

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Pavel Svyatenkov

PUTIN AND POPE: NATURAL ALLIES?

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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WAR OVER THE WORLDWIDE WEB

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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST Olaf Szewczyk
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HACKING: PEARL HARBOR 2.0?


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

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

— REPORTER Raya Jalabi

SOUTH CAROLINA HATE KILLER CAUGHT

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

A COLD WAR THAT'S HEATING UP FAST

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

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

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

DONALD TRUMP: A SERIOUS CONTENDER?

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

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

— REPORTERS Tom Bawden, Michael Day

LIVE LEAK: POPE'S ENVIRONMENT ENCYCLICAL

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— REPORTER Karina Mossbauer

STARGAZING WITH JEB IN GERMANY

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

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

— Gurdian LIVE BLOG

JEB BUSH MAKES IT OFFICIAL

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMANY

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

— COLUMNIST
Dr. Regula Stampfli
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PAYING FOR CRIMES YOU FUND


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

THREE COLUMNS ON THE STORY

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

NEW ALLEGATIONS: NEWS OR PROPAGANDA?

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

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Maxim Sokolov
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THE LONG ARM OF AMERICAN JUSTICE


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

WHY NATIONAL LAWS MEAN NOTHING

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Thorsten Denkler

GERMAN CIVIL WAR OVER NSA 'SELECTORS'

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

THE FIRST ... 'SEXTRANAUGHTS?'

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS WINS THE DAY


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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

EUROPEAN TTIP OPPONENTS LOB MONKEY WRENCH


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

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

ANALYSIS AND SPEECH VIDEO

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

'NON-CANDIDATE' JEB VISITS GERMANY


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

EU OBSERVER: NATO Solidarity
Lacks Public Support

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE 'RULE OF LAW'?


GUARDIAN: Tech Industry
Groups Urge Obama to
Avoid weakening Encryption

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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

NOT ALL APPLAUD BLATTER'S DEPARTURE

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

June 8, 2015

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

G7 SUMMIT: AN END TO OIL DEPENDENCE?

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

SIX COLUMNS OF NOTE FROM THE G7

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

G7 2015: WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED?

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

TEN VIDEOS FROM EUROPE AND RUSSIA

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

BEER, SAUSAGES AND CATASTROPHE

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

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

THE ART OF SPYING ON AMERICANS

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

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

— FORMER LE MONDE MANAGING
EDITOR Natalie Nougayred

A NOT-SO-POST-AMERICAN WORLD?

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


Liberation, France
Mass Surveillance:
'Security' of Slaves

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST
Marcela Iacub,

SECURITY ... OR TYRANNY?

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CHUCK BLAZER: SINGING LIKE A CANARY

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

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

GUARDIAN: FIFA: Global Politics,
Resentment Hamper Reform Agenda


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

RUPP-SALAZAR-FARAH: REPUTATIONS AT RISK

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

JUNE 2, 2015, 00:49:32

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

SNOWDEN AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL


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

THE INDEPENDENT: Becoming
'International Fugitive' Worth It
'

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

SNOWDEN: AMERICA'S PRIVACY APOSTLE

News, Switzerland
Obliging Automation to
Work for the Human Race

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer
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DOES AUTOMATION HAVE TO BE FEARED?


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

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

— REPORTERS Dan Roberts, Ben
Jacobs and Spencer Ackerman

2015: THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSTITUTION

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST
Thorsten Denkler

DOUBTS ABOUT MERKEL GROW

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

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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern
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STRIKE AT CORRUPTION IN SPORT


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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Wided Bouchrika

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT ISLAMIC STATE

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Dirk Wanrooij

HAS WESTERN POLICY GIVEN BIRTH
TO THE MODERN TERRORISM CRISIS?

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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DOCS: WHEREVER THEY WERE FOUND


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

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

— REPORTERS
Spencer Ackerman, Sabrina Siddiqui

WHOSE CONGRESS IS THIS, ANYWAY?

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

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

— CORRESPODENT Owen Davis
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JAMIE DAIMON, OTHER CULPRITS WALK FREE


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

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

— REPORTER Caty Enders

BASE JUMPING PIONEER DEAN POTTER DEAD

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

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

— COLUMNIST Afshin Ellian

COLUMNIST FALLS FOR SNOWDEN HOAX

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST
Harald Martenstein
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IF SOVIETS HAD WON ON THEIR OWN


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

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

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


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

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

—CORRESPONDENT Sabrina Siddiqui

GUARDIAN: The Secret Corporate
Takeover of Trade Agreements


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

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

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

TPP DEFEAT: WIN FOR THE COMMON MAN?

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

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

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


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

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

—INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
Seymour Hersh

BIN LADEN: MORE LIES THAN TRUTH

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, The Guardian

RUSSIA AND CHINA ON PARADE

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

FROM RUSSIA: VICTORY DAY 2015

Russia Today, Euronews,
Der Spiegel and CBC

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

RECALLING A MASS SLAUGHTER

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

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

— CORRESPONDENTS Dan Roberts
and Robert Ackerman

PRIVACY: MEASURE OF JUSTICE AT LAST

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Telegraph

CHELSEA: DOES SHE MATTER?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Stefan Wagstyl

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

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

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


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

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

— REPORTERS Jon Swaine,
Oliver Laughland

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

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

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

FRENCH SPYING POWER EXPANDS

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

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

— REPORTERS Jon Swaine,
Oliver Laughland
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ARRESTING OFFICER UNBALANCED?


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

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

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

— COLUMNIST Massimo Gaggi
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MOTHER BECOMES GLOBAL SYMBOL


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

May 4, 00:23:37

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

— THE KEISER REPORT

BALTIMORE: THE REAL DEAL

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

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

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

DOES SCANDAL PUT MERKEL AT RISK?

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Euronews

GERMANS HONOR U.S. SURVEILLANCE LEAKERS

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

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

— SPOKESMAN FOR The Royal Society

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Thomas Jahn

RACISM OR DOLLARS AND CENTS?

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

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

— AUTHOR AND HUMORIST PJ O'Rourke

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

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

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

— CORRESPONDENTS Duncan
Robinson and Alex Barker

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

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

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

— COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

CAN'T LIVE WITH HIM OR WITHOUT HIM

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

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

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

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


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

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

— BALTIMORE MAYOR
Rawlings-Blake

SERIOUS UNREST IN MARYLAND

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

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

— CORRESPONDENT Justin Huggler

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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Marcel Furstenau
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WILL BND CHIEF PAY THE PRICE?


DEUTSCHE WELLE: Intelligence
Oversight Fails in Germany


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Deutche Welle

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

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

— COLUMNIST Georg Anastasiadis

NSA SCANDAL: MERKEL IN HOT SEAT

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

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

— COLUMNIST
Spencer Ackerman
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TIME TO CALL OFF THE DRONES?


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

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

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

GERMAN ON GERMAN SPYING FOR NSA

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

GADAHN: KILLED WITHOUT TRIAL

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— OPEN LETTER TO
French Government

LEADERS IGNORE TTIP OPPOSITION

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

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

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

— COLUMNIST Joao Lopes
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THE BEST HOLLYWOOD CAN DO?


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

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

— CORRESPONDENTS Martin
Chulov, Kareem Shaheen

LATEST REPORT OF HIS WOUNDING

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— EDITORIAL, Le Monde

ANTI-TRUST: A START - BUT ONLY A START

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

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

— REPORTER Christoph Reuter
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SADDAM SPY IS 'THE ARCHITECT'


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

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

— Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

U.S.: INVENTING THREATS FOR WAR?

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

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

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

— BBC NEWS ITEM

COMEY SPARKS OUTRAGE IN POLAND

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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PRESENTING THE RUSSIAN NARRATIVE


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

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

— REPORTER Alex Hern

GOOGLE STUMBLES AFTER EU CHARGES

EARLIER EUROPE POSTS
The Herald, Zimbabwe
West Cooks Up 'Cecil
the Lion Conspiracy'

"Western media believe
it's time to punish African
nations for their 'failure'
to protect wildlife. ... it
must be borne in mind
that lions bearing the
same Oxford University
research collar as the
famed Cecil kill many
impoverished villagers.”

— COLUMNIST Tich Zindoganbsp
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CECIL AND WEST'S COLONIALISM


Daily Sabah, Turkey
Unlike Others, Turkey
Opposes Use of One Terror
Group to Fight Another

"Some say that it's good Turkey
is bombing ISIS but that hitting
PKK targets is mistaken. The
reason the critics offer is that
the PKK is fighting ISIS. So we
need to ask: Since when is it
OK to use one terrorist group
to eliminate another? One need
only recall how often certain
governments have supported
terrorist groups only to see
them turn against those very
governments. The fact is that
one terrorist group cannot
be defeated with another.'”

— COLUMNIST Ibrahim Kalın

TERRORISTS AS POLICY TOOLS

Haaretz, Israel
Release of Jonathan Pollard
Feels like Israel's Consolation
Prize for Iran Nuclear Deal

"The fact that the convicted spy's
release is happening at such a low
moment in U.S.-Israel ties casts
a pall over the news in a way that
never felt possible for Pollard's
dedicated supporters.”

— COLUMNIST Allison Kaplan Sommer
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POLLARD: A CONSOLATION PRIZE?


JERUSALEM POST: Pollard and Iran
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: Netanyahu
'Looking Forward to Pollard's Release'

JERUSALEM POST: Rumsfeld -
Releasing Pollard 'doesn't make
Iran Deal any Less a Disaster'


Haaretz, Isreal
Israeli Envoy: Huckabee's
'Obama Marching Israelis to
Ovens' Remark 'Inappropriate'

"The Israeli ambassador said that
while Israel's governmen and the
White House are deeply at odds
over the nuclear deal, Israel has
no doubt that the Obama White
House is sincere in its belief that
the agreement will make both
Israel and the United States safe.”

— REPORTER Barak Ravid

REPUBLICAN RACE HITS HOME IN ISRAEL

ISRAEL HAYOM: Huckabee 'Oven'
Comments - Invoking WWII is 'Right'

ISRAEL HAYOM: Netanyahu - Assad
and Nasrallah are 'Celebrating
the Iran Nuclear Agreement'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: The U.S.-
Israeli 'Plot' to Destroy Iran

JERUSALEM POST: 'Improving
the Iran Nuclear Pact'

JERUSALEM POST: Understanding
Poll of U.S. Jews on Iran Deal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: The Moral
Failure of the World Powers

DEBKA FILE: Assad in Position of
Strength after Iran Deal; Tehran
Revitalizes his Depleted Army


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Israeli Transport Minister
to Huckabee: 'Nobody Marches
Jews into Ovens Anymore'

"Respected Mr. Huckabee: nobody
marches the Jews to ovens anymore.
To this end we established the State
of Israel and the IDF; and, if need be,
we know how to defend ourselves,
by ourselves.' ... Katz agreed that
the Iran deal must not allow the
'Iranian terror kingdom' to become
a nuclear threshold state, but said
that the comments by Huckabee
were 'wrong and unnecessary.'”

— TRANSPORT MINISTER Israel Katz

ISRAELI OFFICIALS PAN 'OVEN' COMMENTS

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
VIDEO: Obama Speech on Corruption,
Abuse of Power, at the African Union

July 28, 00:48:00

This is President Obama's address to the
African Union, a regional organization
comprised of 54 countries. In the speech,
Obama said things about corruption and
abuses of power that African despots are
not accustomed to hearing - which alone
makes it kind of a treat to watch. He
chides African leaders for flouting the
law and remaining in office even after
amassing huge fortunes, saying that 'the
law is the law' (starting at 22 minutes),
the maltreatment of women and girls
across the continent, and the pernicious
dangers endemic corruption represents.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

OBAMA ON ABUSE OF POWER, CORRUPION, WOMEN

Ghana Web, Guana
Africa says, 'To Hell with
Obama and his Homosexuals!'

"It's not that Africans hate gays;
we just know it isn't normal and
try our best to deal with it. Let
Obama get that through his head.
We will not change our traditions
just because he believes in the
White man's tradition that sees
gays as normal. President Obama
must leave AFRICA alone.”

— READERS React to Obama Comments

OBAMA RAISES GAY THE RIGHTS ISSUE


The Daily Nation, Kenya
What Kenya 'Really' Means
to the American President

"President Obama’s father was
famously absent from his life,
visiting him only fleetingly
when he was a 10-year-old in
junior school. ... But this fact
only seems to have deepened
the young Obama's curiosity
about his father and fed a long
search for rootedness which
dominated his early years.'”

— COLUMNIST Murithi Mutiga
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BARACK OBAMA AND HIS RETURN 'HOME'


DAILY NATION: Inside the $100
Billion Basket of Goodies Obama
Unveiled for Kenya and Africa

JTHE STANDARD: Obama Announces
Big Support for Kenya; Wades
into Controversial Gay Rights Issua

BUSINESS DAILY: Billions Pledged
to Support Start-Ups, SMSs
During Obama Summit

THE STANDARD: Kenyan Babies Named
in Honor of U.S. President Barack Obama

THE STANDARD: The Car in Which
Barack Obama Senior was Killed

NAIROBI NEWS: Auma Obama Talks
About Being the U.S. President's Sister

The Star: Obama's Nationality Debate
May Have Delayed Trip To Kenya

THE STANDARD: Deputy President
Ruto's 'Crimes Against Humanity'
a ‘Non-Issue’ During Obama Visit

THE STANDARD: Obama Puts Kenya
in Touch with her Conscience


Press Conference, Kenya
VIDEO: Obama and Host
Kenyatta Clash on Gay Rights

July 26, 2015, 00:59:21

"When you start treating people
differently not because of any
harm they are doing to anybody,
but because they are different,
that's the path whereby freedom
erodes and bad things happen.”

— PRESIDENT Barack Obama

OBAMA RAISES GAY THE RIGHTS ISSUE


The Daily Nation, Kenya
Obama Visit: The Politicization
of Gays a Big Loser for Kenya

"Kenya's political heavyweights
have deliberately tied U.S.
President Barack Obama's visit
to same-sex relationships. ...
The drive appears primed to
rally the religious base of the
ruling coalition by linking
Mr. Obama to Kenya's gays and
lesbians - whom conservative
clergy-faithful find anathema.
It is, however, ludicrous, that
Nairobi would welcome Obama
and then portray him as the
'sexual transgressor-in-chief.'”

— COLUMNIST Kwendo Opanga
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RED MEAT FOR CONSERVATIVE FAITHFUL


The Star, Kenya
Gays and Kenya: When in Rome,
Mr. Obama, 'Respect the Romans'

"Obama and his team should refer to
the saying, 'When in Rome, do as the
Romans do.' Americans tend to go to
Rome and expect Romans to do as
Americans do. I urge Obama and his
team to try very hard not to do that
here. This I say specifically on issues
like homosexuality. ... Kenyans, for
example, struggle to understand how
a society can publicly support same-
sex marriage. How does such a
society expect to survive if we all
were to follow such a law?!”

— REPORTER Ngunjiri Wambugu
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MORE 'ADVICE' ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE


Al Madina, Saudi Arabia
Onus is on P5+1 to 'Scrupulously'
Impose Deal on 'Sneaky' Iranians

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

"What is required of the nations
that signed the agreement with
Iran is that they see to it that its
provisions are very scrupulously,
extremely transparently and
credibly implemented, taking
into account the interests and
security of states neighboring
Iran. It must be clear to Tehran
in no uncertain terms that any
evasiveness or deception will
result in dire consequences,
because if nuclear genie is
released from its bottle, no one
will be able to stop it, as it is the
right of every country to protect
its security, its stability, and the
welfare of its people.”

— EDITORIAL, Al Madina

SAUDIS WANT STRICT ENFORCEMENT

The Star, Kenya
Obama's Anxious Kenya Kin
Pin Hopes on Schedule Change

"Obama has a grandmother, aunts,
uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins,
nieces and nephews in an out-of-
post village, thousands of miles
away from his seat of power. In
the eyes of the villagers, barriers
of oceans, seas and continents
make these ties no less binding. ...
When he was first elected to the
White House in 2008, the man
missed the homecoming party.
Relatives will find it traumatizing
if Obama didn't go 'home' in the
third year of his second term.”

— REPORTER Okech Kendo
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OBAMA CLAN DESPERATE FOR FACE TIME


The Star, Kenya
Kenya Hookers Recruited
to Stage Nude Anti-Gay
Demonstration for Obama

"'The procession will be carried out
by about 5,000 totally nude men and
women to protest Obama's open and
aggressive support for homosexuality,'
said Republican Liberty Party leader
Vincent Kidala. … 'In fact - our party
has a network of hookers in Nairobi,
Nakuru and other counties. That is
where we shall get these people -
whose number we expect to rise,' he
told The Star. He said the prostitutes
agreed to participate free of charge
since if homosexuality is legalized
- they will have fewer customers.”

— REPORTER Nancy Agutu
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CHRISTIANS HIRING HOOKERS FOR RALLY?


THE STAR: Nude Anti-Gay
Protest of Prostitutes 'on Standby


L'Orient Le Jour, Algeria
Deal with Iran: Payback for
Saudi Role on September 11?

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"We may allow ourselves to ask if the
accord concluded with Iran is not, in
part, American vengeance for the
attacks of September 11, 2001. Saudi
involvement was never publicly
denounced by American officials, but
many bits of information (including
testimony from former Senator Bob
Graham, who chaired the Senate
Intelligence Committee and presided
over the Joint Congressional Inquiry
into the 9-11 Attacks, highlight the
role of Saudi officials at the time.”

— Dr. Patrice Gourdin, Professor
Emeritus, Ecole de l'air

DID SAUDI ROLE BRING CHANGE IN COURSE?

The Daily Star, Lebanon
Destabilization by Proxy:
Iran has a Stark Choice

"If Iran truly wants to become an
accepted part of the region, it
should halt its policy of backing
armed militias in at least four
countries where it has pursued
this destructive tactic. ... If Iran
President Rouhani truly believes
that Iran has a shared interest in
regional stability, he could start
by helping his neighbors become
stable - and not destabilize them
by financing and arming
competitors to those states.”

— EDITORIAL, The Daily Star

IRAN: A PROOF OF INTENTIONS

Haaretz, Israel
EDITORIAL: Enough with Bibi
Netanyahu's 'Iran Deal Hysteria'

"Bibi Netanyahu’s attitude on Iran
is tainted with an obsessiveness that
sabotages Israel's interests; now he is
waging war on Obama on the latter's
home turf, despite the clear failure
of the tactic before deal was signed.”

— EDITORIAL, Haaretz

NETANTAHU'S STRATEGIC FAILURE

DEBKA FILE: Iran Deal Pushes
Israel Aside ion Washington;
Raises Iran to Lead Regional Ally

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: The
Agreement of the Brave

ISRAEL HAYOM: A Deal
that Will Live in Infamy

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: Iran
Deal Marks 'End of Democratic Era'


Israeli Prime Minister, Israel
VIDEO: Netanyahu Calls
Iran Nuclear Deal 'Mistake
of Historic Proportions'

JULY 14, 00:03:58

"In the coming decade, the deal will
reward Iran, the terrorist regime in
Tehran, with hundreds of billions of
dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel
Iran's terrorism worldwide, its
aggression in the region and efforts
to destroy Israel, which are ongoing.”

— ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER
Benjamin Netanyahu

NETANYAHU: FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

Iran, Russia, China, U.K., France, Germany, P5+1
VIDEOS: Reaction from Other
P5+1 Countries; Iran, Russia,
China, U.K., France, Germany

TWENTY THREE VIDEOS P5+1 COUNTRIES

This is video coverage of the Iran nuclear
agreement from broadcasters in the five
other countries involved in the talks.
The Iran coverage includes reaction from
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AFTER IRAN DEAL AGREED

Debka File, Israel
Hillary Clinton is the
'X-Factor' for Iran Deal
Passage in Congress

“Once the final accord is in the
bag, Clinton will have to come
out in the open, because she
holds the key to a majority of
Senaotrs to blocki it. ... the
44 Democratic senators are
wobbling between being loyal
to the president and their
profound misgivings about the
nuclear deal with Tehran.

— ANALYSIS, Debka File

WILL HILLARY BACK THE DEAL?

DEBKA FILE: Resignation Threats,
Red Lines and Fait Accomplis:
Tehran Seethes with Intrigue

JERUSALEM POST: Official Israel
'Virtually Unanimous' in Denouncing
'Historic Surrender' to Iran

JERUSALEM POST: Obama and
the West's 'Disastrous Success'

JERUSALEM POST: To Obama,
'Iran's Words Don't Matter'

JERUSALEM POST: Analysis -
Netanyahu Miscalculated

JERUSALEM POST: Iran Deal
could Lead to Better Covert
Arab-Israel Cooperation

ISRAEL HAYOM: Israel is Ready
to 'Defend Itself, by Itself:
Defense Minister Ya'alon

ISRAEL HAYOM: A 'Historic
and Shameful Surrender'

ISRAEL HAYOM: Obama's'Bag of Fibs

Kayhan, Iran
Despite Nuclear Deal,
Struggle Against 'the
Arrogance' to Go On

"Based on Quranic principles,
fighting the arrogance and
global imperialism is never-
ending, and that today,
America is the epitome of
that arrogance. Therefore,
we must prepare ourselves
to continue the battle.”

— SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
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IRAN CHIEF: BOUND BY QURAN


WikiLeaks
List and Details of NSA
Targets in Germany; Spying
on Merkel Documented

" The combined German NSA target
lists released by WikiLeaks so far
show the NSA explicitly targeted for
long-term surveillance 125 phone
numbers of top German officials and,
according to its own designations,
for political and economic reasons..”

— WIKILEAKS ON GERMAN LEAKS

NSA SPYING ON GERMANS NOW PUBLIC

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

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

— ZIMBABWE DESPOT Robert Mugabe
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MUGABE'S HOMOEROTIC HOMOPHOBIA


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

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

— DEBKA FILE ANALYSIS

THE TUNISIA GUNMAN WHO KILLED 37

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

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

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


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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Aamer al-Qaisi
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KURDISH PESHMERGA KEEP WATCH


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

— EDITORIAL, Business Day

SPORTS MINISTER MBALULA: 'WHAT BRIBE?'

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Yazid Alilat

FOOTBALL: ENDEMIC CORRUPTION

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Analysis

DEBKA FILE SOUNDS SURVEILLANCE ALARM

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— NEWS ITEM,
Tunisie Numerique

ISIS: DRUG-UNDUCED INSANITY?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Ray Hartley

MANDELA: PLAYED KEY ROLE IN BID

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

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

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


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

BBC NEWS: ISIS Threatens
Rare Bird with Extinction


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— NEWS ITEM, Kitabat
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IRAQI WOES KNOW NO BOUNDS


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

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

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


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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CATASTROPHE: RAMADI FALLS TO ISIS

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IS THE END NIGHT FOR ASSAD?

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

TRANSLATED FROM PERSIAN

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

— Former Majlis Member
Dariush Ghanbari

BETTER TIES - IF SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

IRANIAN OUTRAGE OVER VISIT

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Humiliating
Obama could Fuel Anti-Semitism

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Jerusalem Post

BACHMANN: SORT OF GLAD FOR OBAMA?

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

TRANSLATED FROM PERSIAN

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

— Former Majlis Member
Dariush Ghanbari

WILL DEAL UNDERMINE THE MODERATES?

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

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

— REPORTER Yoav Limor

ISRAEL: DAMANDS FREEDOM OF ACTION

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, AL-Arabiya

U.S.: BACKS SAUDIS; TALKS TO IRAN

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

AL-ARABIYA: Egypt calls for
Joint Arab Military Force

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IRAN'S CHALLENGE TO GULF ARABS

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

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

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


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

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

— REPORTERS Ari Yashar,
Matt Wanderman

ISRAEL'S NOT SO WELL-KEPT SECRET

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

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Al-Arabiya

SAUDI SPECIAL FORCES PREPARE

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

IS UNITY FOR A DEAL DISINTEGRATING?

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

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


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

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

—EDITORIAL, FARS News Agency
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EMBARRASSING REVERSAL ON ASSAD


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

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

— NEWS ITEM from Reuters

TRIUMPH ON THE ISRAELI RIGHT

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

— IRAN FOREIGN
Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif

  CONSTITUTION: WHO KNOWS MORE?

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

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

—FORMER Mossad Chief Meir Dagan
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AN ANYI-NETANYAHU GROUNDSWELL


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

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

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


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

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

— IRAN FOREIGN
Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUKES: THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAL?

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

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

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

WAS NETANYAHU TOO RESTRAINED?

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Obama says
Netanyahu Offers No Alternative

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Yes - Netanyahu Pulled it Off

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

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

JERUSALEM POST: Iran Nuclear
Deal - Five Minutes to Midnight

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Why is
Netanyahu Treating Obama so Badly?


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Wa'el Abdul Fattah

EGYPT HITS ISIS: A TURNING POINT?

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

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

— ANALYSIS, Debka File
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FIRST ARAB RULER CHALLENGE ISIS


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

FEBRUARY 25, 00:03:42

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

— ISLAMIC STATE Spokesman

BARBARIANS RUN RIOT IN MOSUL MUSEUM

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

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

— 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.”

— 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

EARLIER AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST POSTS
Milenio, Mexico
El Chapo, the U.S ...
and the Third Man

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“If so many people knew
of the impending start of
extradition proceedings,
it's possible that among
the Mexicans outside the
narrow ruling circle who
were aware, there were
those who disagreed with
extradition to stop him
from telling - or inventing
- stories involving senior
Mexican figures. If the
latter exist, they would
fear the consequences
of his extradition and
would do anything to
prevent it. The best way
of doing so was ... the
escape of El Chapo.”

—COLUMNIST Jorge Castaneda

EL CHAPO: LETTING HIM GO?


La Jornada, Mexico
Thanks to Trump, U.S.
Latinos Feel their Oats

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"By generalizing about Mexicans,
the underlying racist undertones
of his position were thankfully
exposed. It became clear what
for many years, conservative
politicians have tried to conceal.
Trump thought he was attacking
those who have always been
vulnerable, those who remain
in the shadows - and that his
bravado was politically correct.
But he was wrong. He attacke
d an entire community that has
finally begun to come forward
and defend themselves and
denounce these covert racists.”

—COLUMNIST Jorge Durand

DAWN OF A NEW LATINO ACTIVISM?

The White House, U.S.
VIDEO: Obama in Diplomatic
Combat Mode: Iran Nuclear
Agreement Press Conference

JULY 15, 01:00:00

This is one of the staunchest defenses
a president has taken on a public policy
in years. After a six minute comment,
President Obama took questions from
reporters for an hour until literally, no
one in the room had more to ask him.
One question from reporter Major
Garret, formerly of FOX news, now at
CBS, in which he appeared to impune
Obama's integrity by suggesting that he
was 'celebrating the deal' as American
prisoners languished in Iranian prisons
was a particularly memorable exchange.”

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

OBAMA EXHAUSTS WHITE HOUSE PRESS.

Correio do Brasil, Brazil
Senior Web Official: U.S. Can
'Shut Internet in any Country'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“Brazilian Internet Steering Committee
Executive Secretary Hartmut Glaser told
reporters that the United States, partly
due to pressure stemming from the NSA
scandal, agreed to relinquish its two-
decade-long control of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN), the organization
that administers fundamental technical
issues linked to the Internet, such as the
distribution of domains. ... According to
Glaser, the problem is that today, the
United States has the technical capacity to
shut down the Internet in any country.”

—INTERVIEW with Hartmut Glaser,
executive director of the Latin
American and Caribbean Internet
Addresses Registry

NSA MASS SIRVEILLANCE DRIVES CHANGE


El Espectador, Colombia
Anti-Trump Uprising:
Miss Universe ... 'Give
Up Your Crown' Now!

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The reality is that Ms. Universe
is a pillar of Mr. Trump's financial
empire that boosts his image and
alliances. That is why it would be
best for Paulina Vega to reject
workplace discrimination and
give up her pageant crown.”

— EDITORIAL, El Espectador

PUT HER CROWN WHERE HER MOUTH IS?

Reuters, La Jornada,
Mileneo, El Espectador

Mexico Kingpin ‘Chapo’
Guzman Stages Brazen
Jailbreak; a Blow to
the Mexican President

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“'El Chapo', godfather of Mexico's
Sinaloa Cartel and one of the most
murderous drug kingpins on the
planet, escaped one of Mexico's
'maximum security' prisons - for
the third time - and after Mexico
refused to extradite him to the
United States. Here is the latest
write-thru on his escape, and
content Worldmeets.US has
translated over recent years on
'El Chapo's' bloody career and the
results of his arrests and escapes.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

EL CHAPO: AGAIN ON THE LOOSE


Semana, Colombia
Trump Echoes 'Every U.S.
President' Since Monroe

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Either openly or in whispers, every
one of them has conducted himself
in accord with such thinking. James
Monroe established his doctrine
defining Latin America as the U.S.
'backyard.' From the 18th century to
Obama today, every president has
treated Latin America as if it were.
Fearing the spread of freedom,
Washington backed French planters
in Haiti with arms and money against
a revolt by Black slaves. Lincoln
wanted, but could not arrange, to
rid the country of emancipated slaves
by sending them to colonize Central
America. Obama continues to use its
Guantanamo base in Cuba as an illegal
dumping ground for holding prisoners
without trial. As far as Donald Trump's
proposed wall, this idea was lifted
largely from President Bush (the son).”

— COLUMNIST Antonio Caballero

TRUMP: NOTHING NEW IN HIS COMMENTS

News, Australia
U.S. Company Offers Glimpse
of Future State Surveillance

"A SMALL private firm in the United
States has developed a surveillance
system of Orwellian proportions that
may well be the future of big brother.”

—NEWS ITEM, News Australia

PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS

Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyodo, Japan
Japanese Football Fans
Lick Wounds after 5-2
Women's World Cup Loss

Japanese football fans are licking
their wounds after the United
States dominated the U.S-Japan
Women's World Cup final with a
5-2 victory. This is some of
today's Japanese media coverage.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WORLD CUP LOSS: JAPAN'S BRAVE FACE

La Jornada, Mexico
Three of a Kind: Trump,
Coulter and Dylann Roof

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Donald Trump and Dylann Roof are
neither crazy nor marginalized. On
the contrary, their vile discourse
and despicable actions are a natural
expression of the deeply-ingrained
racism that characterizes the White
ideology in our northern neighbor.
The decline of the imperial U.S. is
generating increasingly desperate
and violent reactions among those
who once controlled the world's
destiny. Unless we act quickly to
prevent it, Mexico will be sucked
into one of history's sewers due to
a new wave of hate and violence.”

— COLUMNIST John M. Ackerman
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STRUMP, COULTER: SYMPTON OR A CAUSE?


Vavel, Brazil
Same-Sex Progress in
U.S., but Sports Stadium
Homophobia Persists

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Stadiums aren't bubbles within a
city. Nothing that happens on the
inside is disconnected from the
logic that leads and guides the
lives of people on the outside.
The person that sits there and yells
that such-and-such player is a fag,
that the opponent is a faggot, and
who abhors being called a faggot
himself, is not likely a guy who will
defend LGTB rights and think about
the violence to which minorities
are subjected when he leaves.”

— Founders of Gay Rights in
Football Group Bambi Tricolor

SAME-SEX: FANS SEXIST. HOMOPHOBIC

Reforma, Mexico
U.S. Human Rights Report:
A 'Quarrel Between Buddies'
Who 'Could Not Care Less'

"Mexico's complaint about the 2014
U.S. Human Rights Report is a typical
kind of insolent remark made during
a quarrel between cheerful buddies
who could not care less about what
happens to the victims.”

—COLLEGE OF MEXICO PROFESSOR
Sergio Aguay

COMPLAINT FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION

The White House, U.S.
VIDEO-TEXT: Rousseff 'Turns
Page' on Spy Row after Obama
Pledges No 'Intrusive Spying'

JUNE 30, REPORT AND PRESS CONFERENCE

In a sign of her economic weakness at
home, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff,
during her first U.S. visit since nixing
a state visit in 2013 over NSA political
and industrial espionage against her
personally and Brazilians in general,
made the astonishing statement today
that 'things have changed'. Inexplicably,
as we're in the midst of another scandal
over NSA spying on the French, Rousseff
recounted Obama 'promised her' that
such things would no longer occur! This
highlights again that outrage expressed
by world leaders is for public conumption
only - and that mass surveillance of all
people is widely excepted among global
political elites. For her sake, one hopes
Brazilians are fools she takes them for.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

ROUSSEFF: TAKES OBAMA'S WORD ON SPYING

Japan Times, Japan
In Japan, Hope that
Gay Marriage Ruling
will Prompt Change

"In Japan, only a few local
governments have begun
such discussions. In an age
that accepts many ways of
living, Japan should open
a discussion like this at the
national government level,
since local governments are
limited in what they can do.”

—REPORTER Tomohiro Osaki

JAPAN: GAY ICE CRACKING?

Excelsior, Mexico
Trump: Migrants Join Army
of those who Despise Him

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Trump's hopes for the Republican
nomination have neither rhyme nor
reason. ... Unfortunately for him,
he is now despised not only in the
political sphere, but by migrants, a
sector likely to be definitive for the
outcome of the upcoming election.”

— COLUMNIST Max Cortázar

VOTE FOR TRUMP?: FUHGETTABOUTIT

UK, Australia, Canada, India
U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex
Decision: First Global Reaction

DAILY MAIL, BBC, NEWS 9, SYDNEY MORNING
HERALD, GIZMODO, KOTAHU, GLOBE & MAIL,
CBC, THE NATIONAL, SCROLL, THE HINDU

The Supreme Court has ruled, once and for
all, that people who find those of the same
sex more appealing than the opposite sex
can marry anytime they like - and wherever
they like. People on the right, so assertive
about individual rights and keeping the state
out of our lives, are largely embracing the
change. People who oppose gay marriage
for religious reasons are in the vast minority
- which is clear to be seen. Here is some
initial English-language international reaction.

—MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

PLANET REACTS TO GAY MARRIAGE DECISION

Milenio, Mexico
Donald Trump: A Rare
Unifying Force for
Mexicans and Gringos!

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Not only are you named after
a duck, not only do you have
the ugliest toupee of any well-
known person - but now you
have given us your candidacy
for the U.S. presidency - an
idea so ridiculous that you've
managed to make us one with
the gringos in crying out in
unison: 'Never!' ... But let's
not be complacent. To friends
who read this column: Please
don't vote for this impossible
clown and choose someone
serious for the presidency!”

— COLUMNIST Rene Franco

TRUMP: A UNITER ... NOT A DIVIDER?

Folha, Brazil
Not Even the FBI Can Turn
Sports Bodies into 'Vestals'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"A mere police operation, even of a
large scale as is the case now with
the FBI against FIFA, will not suffice
to alter the course of world sport.
None of this will transform members
of sports organizations into vestals.
... The arrogance of international
sports bodies always prevails and
survives. They are organized,
powerful and influential groups.”

— COLUMNIST Edgard Alves
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SPORTS CORRUPTION: ALIVE AND WELL?


La Jornada, Mexico
The 'Unbridled Arms
Race' Among U.S. Citizens

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The U.S. is a structurally violent state
in which the use of force as a means of
resolving differences serves as an
example to every citizen. No country
in history has been responsible for as
many aggressions, direct or indirect,
against other nations: armed invasions,
bombings, occupations, sponsorship of
terrorist acts, sabotage, blockades,
destabilization, assassinations, and
kidnappings and are just some of the
methods the United States has used to
impose its interests on dozens of states
in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas,
including several times, Mexico.”

— COLUMNIST Pavel Svyatenkov

CONNECTING WAR AND THE CITIZENRY

Globe and Mail, Canada
Snowden's Lawyer Slams
Times' Story; Asserts He
Watched Files Destroyed

"'A Sunday Times article stating
that British spies were 'betrayed'
to Russia and China intelligence
services as a result of Snowden's
mass-surveillance revelations to
the press is 'utter nonsense,' says
the whistleblower's attorney.”

—REPORTER Marc-Andre Seguin

THE TIMES' GHCQ-INSPIRED SMEAR

Globe and Mail, Canada
Six Ways Jeb Bush Differs
from his Brother, Father

"If there is such a thing as Bush
family fatigue among American
voters, Jeb Bush is about to test
it. He is the third Bush family
politician to reach for the White
House. Together, they share a
hunger for the family business –
politics. But when it comes to
personality, politics, governing
and their place in the family,
there are real differences.”

— COLUMNIST Affan Chowdhry

BUSH FOLK: THEY AREN'T ALL ALIKE

The Times of India, India
Bush 3.0? Jeb Enters
U.S. Presidential Race

"'The dynastic political lineage
is more Nehru than Kennedy.
A third Bush presidency in
America remains very much
in play with former Florida
governor Jeb Bush making a
formal announcement Monday
he's entering the 2016 race.”

— CORRESPONDENT
Chidanand Rajghatta

MORE NEHRU THAN KENNEDY?

Initial World Reaction
VIDEO AND TEXT: Hillary's
First 2016 Campaign Rally

Newspapers and outlets around
the world are reporting the Hillary
Clinton will seek the Democratic
nomination to be president of the
United States! No - you aren't having
a flashback. For some reason, the
former first lady has been permitted
a second campaign launch. WHatever
it was, we have news broadcasts
from around the world, followed by
some original, non-wire service
global newspaper coverage.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

HILLARY CLINTON'S LAUNCH - RELAUNCH

The Brisbane Times, Australia
Putin's East Europe Endgame

"'I don't think that [Russia] really plans
to occupy the Baltics - because it would
be dangerous,' says ex-Russian nuclear
scientist Dr. Igor Sutyagin. But he says
it is in the Kremlin's interest to play a
dangerous game of bluff and come as
close as it dares, because it may be
the key to the unravelling of NATO.”

— CORRESPONDENT Nick Miller

DR. IGOR SUTYAGIN: BALTIC MANUEVERS

CTV, Rabble, Global News, Canada
Senators 'Rubber Stamp'
C-51 Anti-Terrorism Law

With the help of fear mongering
and the determination of the
intelligence services to protect
their budgets and expand their
authority, the Canadian Senate
has passed bill C-51, a law that,
like legislation passed by the U.S.
Congress in 2002, undermines
civil liberties and an independent
press based on the descredited
argument that doing so will 'keep
people safe' from a threat that was
generated by these very same
intelligence services. Hmmm ...

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

C-51: WORSE THAN USA PATRIOT ACT?

ABC Lateline, Australia
VIDEOS: Greenwald and
Snowden Warn of Australia
Surveillance Legislation

Glenn Greenwald appeared on Australia's
ABC Lateline program to discuss chanes in
U.S. surveillance laws and surveillance in
Australia, where he said politicians are
some of the most shameless fearmongers
in the world. Then, Edward Snowden
analyzed the country's new metadata law,
which he called 'dangerous and radical'.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

AUSTRALIA'S RADICAL NEW ANTITERROR LAW

Medium, U.S.
Ex-Intel Officials: Report Proves
U.S. Complicity in Islamic State

All one can say about this column is: read it
and weep, and think of what it says about
the pretensions of our government and the
corrupted mainstream media - which still,
weeks after a declassified DIA document
proved beyond doubt that the Islamic State
was created with help and encouragement
from the United States government, hasn't
uttered a word, broadcast a segment, or
demonstrated any interest whatsoever in
exposing one of the greatest frauds and
greatest hypocrisies ever perpetrated.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

TIME TO END THIS OUTRAGOUS HYPOCRICY?

Macleans, Canada
FIFA and the Long
Arm of Yankee Law

"Why did the U.S. arrest a
Uruguayan in Switzerland
for recieving bribes from
Brazil over a football match
in Chile? How can American
law reach so far beyond its
borders and prosecute
foreigners, who are seem
to be perpetrating foreign
crimes, on foreign victims,
and all on foreign soil?”

— NEWS ITEM, ABC News

FIFA ARRESTS: HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Folha, Brazil
FIFA Scandal and Putin's
(Near) Admission of Guilt

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Heads of state and government
are expected to be seen reveling
in the lancing of a festering boil
such as corruption in football. ...
Unlike other leaders, however,
Putin prefers to use the FIFA as
an event in his war on the U.S.
and of Russia's new nationalism.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi

PUTIN AND BLATTER IN HAPPIER DAYS

ABC News, Australia
U.S. Justice Can Claim First
Major FIFA Scalp: Sepp Blatter

"While Blatter has seen off mutinies by
discontented FIFA members, he could
not hold off U.S. and Swiss investigators.
... Their inquiries into bribes and the
award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
led to him walking the plank, with some
reports claiming that Blatter himself is
now under investigatation by the FBI.”

— NEWS ITEM, ABC News

SEPP BLATTER: COULDN'T STAND THE HEAT

The Japan Times, Japan
Abe in U.S.: Correctly
Understanding Japan's
Post World War History

"Japan has achieved democracy
and wealth under a Constitution
drafted by American occupation
forces. But if he were sincere
as a politician, he should have
immediately protested to the
U.S. that the American forces
imposed the Constitution on
Japan and should have declared
that Japan would quickly write
a constitution on its own -
because Abe once called the
Japan Constitution 'disgraceful.'”

— EDITORIAL, Japan Times

ABE: WILLING TO SAY ANYTHING


Dawn, Pakistan
Bin Laden and the Kill
Thrill: Why No Questions
About U.S. Syria Raid?

"It is somewhat surprising that the
official account about the boots on
the ground that killed Abu Sayyaf
hasn't attracted more scepticism
- although questions have been
raised about his significance in the
Islamic State hierarchy. ... There's
no reason to expect, though, that
we will be any the wiser four
years hence. What’s shocking,
though, is that so many of us no
longer flinch when U.S. pursues
to the end quarries that it helps to
create. No jury, no trial, just a
[robotically imposed] execution.”

— COLUMNIST Mahir Ali
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WHO BELIEVES THE PENTAGON?


GUARDIAN: U.S. Releases
Documents Recovered
from Osama bin Laden Raid


Epoca, Brazil
Pope Francis Plunges
Church into Climate
Change Maelstrom
TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Francis is preparing to stick
his sanctified nose into yet
another hornet's nest: global
warming. With his charisma
and strong vision of how to
utilize the media, the pope
will bring to the forefront
discussion on humanity's
responsibility for
environmental degradation.”

— COLUMNIST Cristina Grillo
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INTO CLIMATE CHANGE LION'S DEN


SMH, The Age, ABC, Australia
VIDEO AND TEXT: Johnny
Depp's Dogs: Death Threat
Adds to Canberra PR Woes

ONE VIDEO AND THREE COLUMNS

"Actor Johnny Depp, and specifically
his Yorkshire terriers named Pistol
and Boo, are the latest people caught
up the Abbott government's hand-
handed public relations. Hot on the
heels of government criticism of
mom's who it charges 'double dip' into
subsidies for parents to give them
more time at home with their babies,
Depp is being accused of failing to
declare his dogs before arriving in
the country to film the latest episode
of 'Pirates of the Caribbean.' Aussie
newspapers Sydney Morning Herald
reports that Agriculture Minister
Barnaby Joyce's threat that if Pistol and
Boo don't 'bugger off' in the next 50
hours, they would be euthanized, has
won the Australian government the
ire of the world's dog and Depp lovers.”

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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WORLD BACKS DEPPS DOGS OVER CANBERRA


La Jornada, Mexico
Mexico Should Issue Travel
Warnings for Ferguson,
Cleveland and Baltimore

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The issue of insecurity and violence
in some [Mexican] states, have
unfortunately provided material for
kneejerk U.S. abuse of travel
warnings. As a matter of equivalence,
'the government of Mexico should
warn its citizens not to travel to
Ferguson, Cleveland or Baltimore,
where excessive use of force by
police has left 3 Afr0-Americans dead.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi
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IS THE UNITED STATES 'SAFE' TO VISIT?


Ahora, Cuba
The Great Patriotic
War and 'Our Right' to
be Marxist-Leninists

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The 27 million Soviets who
died in the Great Patriotic
War also made it possible for
humanity to retain the right
to think and be socialists,
communistst and Marxist-
Leninists and to leave
the dark ages far behind.”

— FORMER CUBA
DICTATOR Fidel Castro
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CASTRO ON VICTORY DAY


New Zealand Herald, NZ
New Zealand Greens Move to
Curtail Spying after U.S. Court
Rules Bulk Collection Illegal

"Green security and intelligence
spokesman Kennedy Graham said
GCSB conducts the same method of
spying 'that has now been found to
be illegal in the United States.'”

— REPORTER Isaac Davison
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RIPPLES FROM NSA LAW-BREAKING

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Cyberlaw and China
Trade w/Analyst Dan Collins
and FSD's Xander Dal Riata

May 1, 00:01:41

It may be the mistake of the century:
The NSA's undermining of encryption
and its building of 'backdoors' into the
products of U.S. companies has been
catastrophic for the U.S. Web giants,
which will soon be excluded from the
China market unless they provide the
same to Beijing. Meanwhile, Japan
Prime Minister Abe just addressed
Congress to 'apologize to the souls' of
America's war dead, enraging China
and Korea by not apologizing for the
'comfort women,' and talk up the the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, which now
excludes China - America's second
largest trade partner. How does any
of this make sense? We get answers
with China Money Report's Dan Collins
and Webmaster of Full-Spectrum-
Dominance.com Xander Dal Riata.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

CATASTROPHE: NSA SPYING OVERREACH

The Diplomat, Japan
Hope and History: Shinzo
Abe's Speech to Congress

"My dear friends, on behalf of
Jaoan and the Japanese people,
I offer with profound respect
my eternal condolences to the
souls of all Americans that were
lost in the Second World War.”

— PRIME MINISTER Shinzo Abe

ABE: A MOST AMBITIOUS AGENDA


THE DIPLOMAT: Abe's Visit Marks
'New Era' for US-Japan Alliance

THE DIPLOMAT: U.S.-Japan Joint
Patrols in the South China Sea?


The Diplomat, Japan
Kim Jong-Un Cancels
V-Day Visit to Moscow

"Kim cancelled plans to attend
Russian commemorations of
the end of World War II, a
Kremlin spokesman said. Kim
had been expected to attend
a military parade in Moscow
marking the 70th anniversary
of WWII. It would have been
the Kim Jong Un's first trip
abroad since coming to power.”

— COLUMNIST Shannon Tiezzi

MOSCOW JUNKET CANCELLED

Mainichi Shimbun, Japan
Abe's Speech to Congress
Aspires to Dispel Criticism
Over his Views of History

"During his speech to a joint session
of the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister
Abe paid consideration to American
wariness over his perceptions of
history and expressed feelings of
'deep remorse' over World War II,
emphasizing his country's path as a
peaceful nation in the postwar era.'”

— NEWS ITEM, Mainichi Shimbun

ABE SEEKS TO DISPEL U.S. DOUBTS

MAINICHI SHIMBUN: Abe can
Talk up U.S. ties; but South Korea
and China May not be Impressed

JAPAN TIMES: Some U.S. Lawmakers
Hail Abe's Speech to Congress;
Others Condemn its Omissions

THE DIPLOMAT: U.S. and Japan:
Another Step Forward on Security


C-SPAN, U.S.
VIDEO: Japan Prime Minister
Abe Apologizes for Pearl
Harbor and U.S. War Dead

APRIL 29, About 50 Minutes

"History is harsh. What is done cannot
be undone. My dear friends, on behalf
of Japan and the Japanese people, I
offer with profound respect eternal
condolences to the souls of all of the
American people that were lost
during the Second World War.'”

— JAPAN PRIME MINISTER Shinzo Abe

Video Segments from Web, Nepal, U.K.
India, France, Turkey and Russia

VIDEOS: Global Coverage of
Nepal Quake and Aftermath

These are the better videos on the
Nepal earthquake collected over the
past 24 hours. There is remarkable
footage from people on the scene
and segments from broadcasters like
BBC, Euronews, NewsX India, NTV
India, ASP News India, and Kantipur
TV Nepal, Soztv Turkey, RT of Russia.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern
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DEVESTATION IN POVERTY-STRICKEN NEPAL


La Jornada, Mexico
DEA Scandal: Drugs,
Prostitutes, 'Grotesque'
U.S. Double Standards

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"U.S. government agencies like
the ATF and DEA have shown
no compunction about breaking
national laws, smuggling arms
to criminal groups involved in
the drugs trade, laundering
their cash and even attending
parties paid for by drug cartels,
all of which has been made clear
by investigations conducted in
our neighbor to the north.”

— FORMER NICARGUA
VICE PRESIDENT Sergio Ramirez
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A LOSS OF U.S. CREDIBILITY


Shahamat, Afghanistan
Taliban Web Site Publishes
'Biography of Mullah Omar'

"He regularly follows the Jihadi
publications and global media
resources to judge his victories
and likewise other issues against
the foreign invaders. In this way,
he remains in touch with the day
to day happenings of his country
as well as the outside world.”

— FROM Biography of Mullah Omar
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OMAR: TALIBAN CHIEF STILL ALIVE


The Age, Australia
Aussie Foreign Minister:
Iran to Share intel with
Australia in ISIL Battle

"Ms Bishop wrapped up the first
visit to Tehran by an Australian
minister in more than a decade
Sunday by declaring confidence
that a nuclear deal was within
reach. ... And she said countries
such as Israel ,which has been
sharply critical of the nuclear
talks. should now be satisfied.”

— CORRESPONDENT Daniel Flitton
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GROUND SHIFTS ON IRAN ISSUE


ABC NEWS: Julie Bishop Brokers
Intel Sharing Deal with Iran on
Australians Fighting in Iraq


National Post, Canada
When Buckley Fought Vidal

"Studied today, the two debaters
seem to be articulating the future
of American rhetoric. In their
scornful comments you can see
the beginning of the unbridgeable
chasm that now separates left
and right in the United States.”

— COLUMNIST Robert Fulford
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THE 1968 VIDAL-BUCKLEY DEBATES


NZ Herald, New Zealand
Who do our Spies Work for,
New Zealand or the NSA?

"A National Security Agency document,
among other material from Snowden,
states that the GCSB 'continues to be
especially helpful in its ability to give
NSA ready access to areas and states
that are difficult for the U.S. to access.'
... In essence, our relationship with
China is of use to the U.S. and allows
New Zealand to operate as a Trojan
Horse - or even Trojan Kiwi - for
NSA intelligence gathering efforts.”

— COLUMNIST David Fisher
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NEW ZEALANDERS ASK OBVIOUS QUESTION


NEW ZEALAND HERALD: Clinton
Must Demonstrate her 'Difference'


La Jornada, Mexico
Cubans and Yankees: An
End of Anti-Imperialism
and of Anti-Communism

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"If relations between the countries
continue to progress, there are two
ghosts that seem destined to their
graves, even if we continue to hear
their echoes: anti-imperialism and
anti-communism. The far-right Tea
Party in the United States and the
champions of 21st century socialism
will beat these ghosts as long as the
racket brings them political gain.”

— FORMER NICARGUA
VICE PRESIDENT Sergio Ramirez
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HOW BIG A HISTORIC SHIFT WAS IT?


Folha, Brazil
For Americans and Cubans,
an End to 'Phantasmagoria'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The contacts at the highest level will
bring an end to the Island as a ghost
comprised of a few facts and lots of
mythology. ... My first trip to Cuba
was in 1977 when Brazilians were
prohibited from traveling to the island.
... It was clear to me that there was a
profound mutual ignorance between
Cuba and the outside world which has
served the mutual phantasmagoria. ...
America will make a similar discovery.”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi
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CUBANS: JUST PEOPLE AFTER ALL?


Zeenews, India
China says U.S. Backs its
Campaign to Hunt Down
'Economic Fugitives'

"China's government has given the
U.S. a priority list of China officials
suspected of corruption and who
are believed to have fled there. ...
Chinese officials say more than 150
'economic fugitives' including
corrupt state officials, are in U.S.”

—– NEWS ITEM, Zeenews
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U.S.: ON BOARD WITH BEIJING JUSTICE?


La Jornada, Mexico
Killing Walter Scott and the
U.S. 'Human Rights Crisis'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The common denominator in all of
these cases, beyond the defenseless
condition of the victims, is a clearly
racist and classist application of the
use of force and a propensity to
protect the perpetrators of murder.
... The human rights crisis on U.S.
undermines all of its remaining moral
authority or humanitarian pretensions.”

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada
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SHOULD THE U.S. BE ACCUSING OTHERS?


White House Video, Panama
VIDEO: President Obama's
Press Conference at Close
of 7th Americas Summit

APRIL 11, ABOUT 40 MINUTES

In a wide-ranging press conference
at the end of the 7th Summit of the
Americas, President Obama talks of
the ramifications of the U.S.-Cuba
rapprochement, the Iranian nuclear
deal and why the Supreme Leader's
Tweets have little bearing on the
actual words of any agreement.
While he refused to say whether he
backed a Hillary Clinton presidential
run, he praised her accomplishments
and the support she has shown him
during his terms in office. The event
begins at 37 minutes, and a question
and answer session at 47 minutes.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

OBAMA ON CUBA, IRAN, HILLARY CLINTON

Deutsche Welle, AFP, Euronews,
AP, RT, i24 News,
Worldwide
VIDEOS: World Coverage
of the First Obama-Castro
Handshake and Meeting

SEVEN VIDEOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Major steps toward normalcy and
civilized relations between the
United States and Cuba at the 7th
Americas Summit in Panama is
being closely watched around the
world. Here is a sampling of news
segments on yesterday's handshake
and today's initial meeting of the
two heads of state from broacasters
around the world, starting with
President Obama's speech yesterday
in which he said a few things critics
will call 'apologizing for America'.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

TURNING THE PAGE: OBAMA, CASTRO

La Prensa, Panama
Americas Summits: A
'Conspiracy of Silence'
about Human Rights

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Now that our country is for
a second time to host an event
bringing together heads of
state and governments of the
Americas, it is striking that just
as it was in 1956, democratic
values and human rights will be
discussed only rhetorically. No
one will dare point an accusing
finger at Venezuela and/or
Cuba, which are countries
that flout such concerns.”

— COLUMNIST
Juan Manuel Castulovich
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EISENHOWER IN PANAMA, 1956


TeleSur, Guardian, Ruptly,
MultimedioVTV,
Panama
VIDEO-TEXT: President Maduro
says U.S. Should Apologize for
the 1989 Invasion of Panama

TWO COLUMNS, TWO VIDEOS

Venezuelan President Maduro visited the
site of the biggest battle of the 1989 U.S.
invasion of Panama, where he called on
the U.S. to pay reparations to the families
of the dead and apologize for the invasion.

— MULTIPLE SOURCES, ENGLISH AND SPANISH

THE GHOST OF NORIEGA AT AMERICAS SUMMIT

Granma, Cuba
Presence of CIA-Hand
Felix Rodriguez Shakes
Up Americas Summit

"We are sickened that someone
like Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia
could come to Panama to meet
with traitors who inexplicably
have been allowed to take part
in the Civil Society Forum and
share their opinions on the
future of our homeland.”

—– Ricardo Guardia Lugo,
President of the Cuba-based
Continental Organization
of Latin American Students
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HISTORY INTRUDES ON SUMMIT


The Gleaner, Jamaica
Persuade Obama to Clear
Name of Marcus Garvey

"President Obama's visit to Jamaica
provides a unique opportunity to
plea for the exoneration of Marcus
Garvey, Jamaica's first national hero.
... The case against him was the
culmination of a series of efforts to
criminalize and deport Garvey
from the U.S. There are many
reasons to think the trial was unfair.”

—Professor Rupert Lewis
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GARVEY: A MALIGHNED U.S. HERO?


The Jamaica Observer, Jamaica
For Obama Visit, Caribbean
Leaders Would Best Put
Away Their 'Begging Bowls'

"The U.S. is looking for partners, not
mendicants or dependents. Don't bring
a begging bowl into the meeting in
Kingston. Instead of asking for handouts
or debt cancellation, it would be better
to focus on drawing private investment.
Seeking aid to deal with climate change
may be a priority for small-island states,
but one is much more likely to elicit U.S.
interest by raising transnational crime.'”

—EDITORIAL, The Jamaica Observer
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HOW TO SQUEEZE CASH FROM A SUPERPOWER


Huanqiu, China
Hysterical U.S. Response to AIIB
Diminishes American Influence

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"When the U.S. attempted to protect the
existing financial status quo by boycotting
the AIIB, it highlighted the bank's political
implications. The result is that Washington
overestimated its own appeal and has lost
influence for its dealing with the issue.”

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu
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U.S. TANTRUM PROVES EMBARRASSING


Globe and Mail, Canada
‘This is the Wrong Guy’: Former
CIA Spy Reveals Agency Debate
Over Arrest, Torture of Canadian

"Kiriakou expressed disgust with his country's
role in sending the engineer to be tortured in
his native Syria, and with its continuing failure
to issue an apology like Canada has. ... 'I can
tell you a lot of CIA people objected to this.'”

—CORRESPONDENT Alexander Panneta
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ARAR: KIDNAPPED BY BUSH, TORTURED BY ASSAD


Lowy Interpreter, Australia
Beyond Iran: The Coming
Indian Ocean Nuclearization

"While the world focuses on dangers
that a nuclear-armed Iran could bring
in the Middle East, a potentially more
dangerous and unstable proliferation
is occurring in the Indian Ocean. ...
Observers have long seen the nuclear
rivalry between Pakistan and India as
the most unstable, and South Asia as the
most likely location of nuclear conflict.”

—– COLUMNIST David Brewster
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IRAN: LEAST OF OUR NUCLEAR WORRIES?


PI-News, Express Tribune,
Juan Cole, Times of Malta,
Germany, Pakistan, U.K.,
Malta, the United States

Is Religion of Germanwings
Mass Killer Truly Irrelevant?

Over the past few days a debate has
broken out over whether Andreas
Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who
crashed his own aircraft killing all
aboard, A) is a terrorist, and B) was
a Muslim convert who committed
murder over his religious convictions.
Is the mainstream media avoiding the
word 'terrorist' for this German man
and trying to prevent the fact of his
religious conversion from emerging?

— A GLOBAL MEDIA EXAMINATION
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LUBITZ: IS HIS FAITH 'IRRELEVANT'?


Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia
Cambodian Leader on
Michelle Obama: She
'Makes False Promises'

"Her [Obama’s] mission is very
good, but I suggest that the
United States help more fully
and not play around like this. ... ”

—– Prime Minister Hun Sen
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MICHELLE: PROMISES SHE CAN'T KEEP?


El Tiempo, Colombia
Criminal Chavistas Plunder
Venezuela; Aid Terrorists

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Obama has Caracas in his sites
for supporting jihadist networks,
which include giving Venezuelan
passports to terrorists and bank
accounts for use of this network
of corruption. To be an enabler
of Maduro is to be complicit in
political repression, corruption,
and indirectly, assisting in jihadi
terrorism; nothing more orless.”

— COLUMNIST Mauricio Varga
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VENEZUELA: MAFIA STATE POPULISM?


La Jornada, Mexico
Berlin Must Reveal American
Snowden Asylum 'Blackmail'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"For Berlin, a government depicted as
a global benchmark of legality, it is
imperative to as quickly as possible lay
out the facts of this presumed blackmail
by a regime that has attacked not only
the necessity of private communications
by the ruling class, but the privacy of
millions of people and the security of
the country.”

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada
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U.S. INTIMIDATES GERMANY ON SNOWDEN


The Diplomat, Japan
Washington Claims 'Victory'
in Debate of China Anti-Terror
Law; Tech Firms Wait to See

"The draft anti-terror law would require
Western firms - technology companies,
financial institutions and manufacturers,
to give Beijing access to sensitive data.
For tech firms, that means encryption
keys and the installation of 'backdoors'. ...
The Foreign Ministry said that the third
round of discussion on the law 'is yet
to come', which seems to contradict the
statement that it has been 'suspended.”

—COLUMNIST Shannon Tiezzi
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CHINA: REPRIEVE FOR TECHNOLOGY FIRMS?


THE DIPLOMAT: China
(Finally) Admits to Hacking


Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan
Scholars from Japan
Criticize U.S. Textbook
Comfort Women Facts

"The group, represented by
historian Ikuhiko Hata, said
the number of women cited
in the book - 200,000 - is too
large. ... Hata, a professor
emeritus at Nihon University
and a noted expert on Japan's
military history, estimates
the number at about 20,000.”

— REPORTER Reiji Yoshida

JAPAN: DEFNDING THE INDEFENSIBLE

YOMIURO SHIMBUN: Former
Cabinet Secretary Urges Abe to
'Erase Doubts' Over War History


New Zealand Herald, N.Z.
The People Targeted
By New Zealand with
NSA XKeyscore System

"New Zealanders can learn for
the first time of people their
government has targeted as
part of its role in the Five
Eyes surveillance alliance with
U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia.”

— REPORTERS Nicky Hager,
Ryan Gallagher
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DOING THE BIDDING OF NSA

Folha, Brazil
Venezuela Now Needs
Brazilian Moderation,
Not U.S. Belligerence

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Adopting sanctions, as President
Obama has done, fails to resolve
the problem. The problem (which
sanctioning doesn't address) is all-
too-easy to articulate but very
difficult to resolve: ensuring that
legislative elections scheduled for
this year are in fact fair and free.
... It is reasonable to assume that
the Venezuelan government go
to the devil to avoid a defeat
that looks absolutely inevitable.'”

— COLUMNIST Clovis Rossi
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VENEZUELA: A THREAT TO THE U.S.?


El Universal, Venezuela
Barred for Life: 'Terrorist
Gringo' Cowboys Go Home!

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Demonstrably terrorists, conspirators
and interventionists, barring them was
long overdue. Obligatory. Had to be
done. The measure is reciprocal and
proportional. Well thought out and
justified. This will prevent them -
those imperialistic cowboys and
torturers - from repeatedly hanging
around those fabulous regions where,
apart from fishing for peacock bass,
they used to buy - at a fair price and
in abundance, for personal consumption
and a bit to spare - all kinds of products
made with socialist love which, as we
stated earlier, is scarce in 'Gringoland.'”

— COLUMNIST Miguel Sanmartin
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BARRED FOR LIFE FROM VENEZUELA


Tal Cual, Venezuela
Maduro Says Coup Effort by
U.S., Opposition 'Defeated'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"President Maduro took the chance
to thank the Union of South American
Nations for its support, and criticized
the opposition's reaction by saying:
'They began shouting, shrieking and
protesting to [UNASUR Chief] Ernesto
Samper as if he had held a crucifix up
to a vampire.' ... Foreign Minister
Rodriguez reiterated that 'the foreign
policy of the United States is militarist
and imperialistic' and she rejected the
'constant U.S. meddling in Venezuela.'”

— NEWS ITEM, Tal Cual
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U.S. INTERVENTION: HE SAID, SHE SAID


Reuters, U.K.
Obama Inadvertently
Admits: Almost all Smart
Phones Can be Hacked

"In seeking to distance himself
from the controversy over
Hillary Clinton's e-mails, Obama
made a startling admission. In
an appearance with TV Host
Jimmy Kimmel, The president
said that he isn't permitted the
use of mobile phones 'with
recorders in them. So a lot of
the new fangled stuff, for
security reasons, I don't get.'”

— REPORTER Jeff Mason
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INSECURE RECORDING DEVICES

La Jornada, Mexico
Ban CIA Weather Manipulation
Disguised as Climate Research

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Scientific reports funded by the CIA like
those on Climate Intervention by the U.S.
National Academy of Sciences are a
sneaky attempt to legitimize technologies
that if presented as weapons of war
would be wholly rejected by the world.”

— RESEARCHER Silvia Ribeiro

ARMS STUDY DISGUISED AS CLIMATE RESEARCH?

Globe & Mail, Canada
Alberta Bank the First in
Canada to Shun U.S. Clients
Over New U.S. Tax Rules

"The shunning of U.S. customers is
part of the spreading fallout from
the Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act, which came into force this year.
The law is part of a concerted U.S.
effort to crack down on overseas
tax evasion by identifying all
offshore U.S. account holders.”

— REPORTER Barrie McKenna
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LAW HURTS AMERICANS LIVING ABROAD


La Hora, Venezuela
'Tragic' Visa Restrictions
on U.S. Citizens: Think
Again, President Maduro!

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The most disgruntled of these
potential adventure tourists are
six unfortunates who have been
strictly banned. Bush wanted to
go to the Military Museum to pay
tribute to his most formidable
adversary. He wanted to go to
the mausoleum where, rather
than sulfur and formaldehyde
he would smell scented lilies left
by faithful believers. Cheney,
the infirm, had prepared a list
of the medicines he would buy in
our well-stocked pharmacies.
Tenet, the former CIA director,
was dying of curiosity to meet
all the local agents he never
paid a dime. ... What cruelty not
to permit them to come,
President Maduro! Think again!”

— COLUMNIST Maruja Tarre
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BUSH, CHENEY, TENET BANNED


La Jornada, Mexico
Arming U.S. Covert
Agents in Mexico is
Integration Run Amok

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Foreign Secretary Meade,
who heads a chancellery
that was once a bastion for
defending Mexico against
interventionism, knows
that ICE, the DEA, the CIA,
the Pentagon, the FBI, ATF
and other agencies have
for years been operating
covertly and armed in our
country. The language of
the Security and Prosperity
Partnership has permeated
the vocabulary of those
who should be defending
our national sovereignty.”

— REPORTER
Manuel Bewarde
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INTEGRATION ... OR INVASION?


The Korea Times, South Korea
Seoul in Damage Control
After U.S. Ambassador
Suffers a Bloody Assault

"The Key Resolve Military exercise
is ruining inter-Korean relations. ...
I'm not ashamed. I used this knife
to peel a fruit. Only in this way will
Americans come to their senses. ”

— ASSAILANT Kim Ki-jong

TROUBLE IN SEOUL: MORE TO COME?

New Zealand Herald, NZ
Snowden Revelations
Trigger New Surveillance
Scandal in New Zealand

"The GCSB directs its spying against
a surprising array of New Zealand's
friends, trading partners and close
Pacific neighbors. These countries'
communications are given directly
to the NSA and other Five Eyes
agencies with little New Zealand
oversight or decision-making as a
part of U.S. global surveillance.”

— REPORTERS
Nicky Hager, Ryan Gallagher
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SPYING ON FRIENDS FOR FRIENDS


Cyberspace Administration, China
'Freedom' and the Net

"People all enjoy freedom,
but freedom and order are
inextricably linked and can't
be separated. Order is the
guarantee of freedom. If
we part with order, than
freedom does not exist.
The more we move in the
direction of freedom, the
more we need order. Find
a place without order, and
it will surely lack freedom. ”

— Liao Hong, President of
People's Daily Online

WHEN 'FREEDOM' MEANS 'CONTROL'

Xinhua News Agency, China
Beijing Calls Out Obama
on 'Backdoor' Hypocrisy

"There is media revelation that
certain country embedded spying
software in the computer system
of other country's SIM card maker
for surveillance activities. This is
only one of the recently disclosed
cases. All nations are paying close
attention and taking measures to
safeguard their own information
security. This is beyond reproach.”

— China Foreign Ministry
Spokesperson Hua Chunying
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DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO FAILS


The Toronto Star, Canada
Netanyahu's Call for
Tougher Line Against
Tehran Rings Hollow

"As plausible as Netanyahu's
address was, it was hollow
at the core. ... Netanyahu
is effectively pushing for
'regime change' in Tehran,
not a nuclear deal. ... His
theatrics notwithstanding,
Obama is right. negotiations
are a far better bet.”

— EDITORIAL, Toronto Star

WHAT NETANYAHU REALLY WANTS

Globe & Mail, Canada
Obama Veto of Keystone
XL: Time for Canada to
Exercise 'NAFTA Option'

"TransCanada may soon decide that
it has no choice but to serve notice
of its intent to launch a multibillion-
dollar NAFTA claim against the U.S.
for seeing its project frustrated
without a fair hearing. The firm
has already invested more than
$2.3 billion in the project.”

— BARRISTER Todd Weiler
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CANADIANS GET MAD ENOUGH TO SUE


The Korea Herald, South Korea
Beijing Leaders are
'Not Nervous' about
Kim Jong-un in Russia

"The Chinese side's stance is
that Kim Jong-un should visit
China first before making a
visit to Russia. ... but that it
is not nervous ... even if Kim
Jong-un visits Russia first.”

— NEWS ITEM, Yonhap

KIM'S BIG UPCOMING ADVENTURE

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?


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