Carta Maior, Brazil
ISIL: The Latest Disastrous
Tool of Western Statecraft
TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

WHERE DID ISIL COME FROM? LOOK IN THE MIRROR UNCLE SAM ...

“ISIL, at first manipulated by Saudi Arabia, with the ability to unify a wide swath of Arab territory and eliminate Iranian influence, became increasingly autonomous, and eventually adopted the ideals of al-Qaeda. ... For the sake of its obsessively anti-Iran stance, Washington allowed the growth of Wahhabism (the most radical branch of Islam), and the formation of a large army, to which it gave a territorial basis for dominating areas of Syria and Iraq - something that al-Qaeda never succeeded in doing. The U.S. acted like Harry Potter with his first magic wand: it liberated forces it didn't understand or control.”

—COLUMNIST Francisco Carlos Teixeira   
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de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: 'Mousey' Merkel
Disappoints the Dutch

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Alied support for Holland has
up to now amounted to almost
nothing. ... but the biggest
disappointment are the mousey
efforts of Angela Merkel. There
are times that call for clarity
and leadership. Perhaps she
couldn't defy those in German
politics and finance who lobby
on behalf of Russia's government."

— COLUMNIST Paul Brill

SANCTIONS: WAITING FOR MERKEL


Le Figaro, France
Gaza, MH17: France
Pays the Price for its
Moribund Diplomacy

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Pro-Palestinian riots show
France's failure to assimilate
large segments its Muslim
population. It is time to for
us to proactively respond to
the consequences and with
both hands, commit to the
search for a way to stabilize
the Middle East. The Mistral
affair (sale of assault ships
to Russia) gives France a
special responsibility to act.”

—COLUMNIST
Pierre Rousselin

NO, THIS ISN'T GAZA - ITS PARIS ...


BBC HARDtalk, U.K.
VIDEO: Conflicting Views
about the Crisis in Gaza
and the State of Israel

THREE VIDEOS FROM JULY, 2014

For those who haven't seen BBC's
HARDtalk, it is a program meant
to put its guests on the spot with
a barrage of questions they might
find hard to answer. HARDtalk
recently questioned Israeli-born
historian Ilan Pappe, Hamas chief
Khaled Mashal, and Israel's former
defense minister Danny Danon.

— BBC HARDtalk



ARE ISRAELI ACTIONS DEFENSIBLE?

Elsevier, The Netherlands
MH17: Dutch Should
Avoid America's
Post-911 Reaction

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Few dare to say it: in
a way, the hopeless
tragedies in Afghanistan
and Iraq haven't made
the loss of 3,000 lives
on September 11, 2001
any less pointless.”

—COLUMNIST
Lodewijk Pessers

MH17: ANGER MANAGEMENT


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
If We Can Have 'Just War,'
Why Not 'Just Terrorism'?

"Oliver Cromwell, for instance,
would almost certainly be a
terrorist. Come to think of it,
so, too, would Moses and his
famous (and very violent) run-
in with the Egyptian state."

— PRIEST, Dr. Giles Fraser

MOSES: TERRORIST OUTLAW?

Der Spiegel, Germany
Israel's Former Security
Chief: 'Israel Today an
Instrument of Hamas'

“From the beginning, the so-
called Kerry initiative was a
joke. We are currently very
near the point of no return.
The number of settlers is
increasing and a solution to
the problem is already nearly
impossible logistically, even if
the political will were there.”

—FORMER SHIN BET
Chief Yuval Diskin

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT GAZA


CNN, Russia Today, U.S.
VIDEO: CNN's Chris Cuomo vs.
Russia Today's Peter Lavelle
on the MH17 Propaganda War

JULY 23, 00:10:51

If you wanted to distill the conflict
between Western corporate media
and Russia's state-run media over
MH17, it would be hard to do better.

— CORPORATE VS STATE MEDIA

STATE V COPPORATE MEDIA CLASH

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The West's Sliding Scale of
Suffering is a Gift to Putin

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Something is wrong with the West
if it answers the chaos of Putin with
cynicism. If we, people of the West,
retain even a shred of reason and
decency, we should return to our
idealism, which asserts that dignity
is the common right of all human
beings, and that the suffering of
innocents is always a scandal.”

—PHILOSOPHER Jaroslaw Makowski

ARE SOME LIVES BETTER THAN OTHER?


Hope X Summit, U.S.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
and Daniel Elsberg at the
HOPE X Hacker's Summit

JULY 23, 01:26:31

They discuss how the intelligence
services compile information on
everyone online, and Snowden
urges the assembled geeks to
develop platforms to make the
activities of users harder to track.

— SNOWDEN-ELSBERG AT HOPE X

AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER

Elsevier, The Netherlands
As Dutch Mourn Our
Dead, Russians Should
Mourn their State

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“It's sad to note that the
Russia of Leo Tolstoy and
Anna Akhmatova is once
again held hostage by a
barbaric tyrant. Today
we mourn the Dutch
victims. The people of
Russia must also mourn
the barbarism that has
seized the Russian state.”

—COLUMNIST Afshin Ellian

DIGNITY FOR DEAD - AT LAST


de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: E.U. Must 'Slam
its Fists' on the Table

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“ Here and there, calls are
even being made for the
Netherlands' military and
F16s to be sent to Ukraine
to teach the separatists a
lesson. Understandable as
that may be, that road
cannot be taken. ... Now
is the time for Europe to
adopt and implement the
economic sanctions Obama
announced against Russia.
The E.U. has to coalesce
themselves and with U.S.”

—COLUMNIST Hans Wansink

WILL E.U. BACK SANCTIONS?


Elsevier, The Netherlands
Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch
Have Elite Troops for a Reason!

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Prime Minister Rutte must threaten
the use of Dutch elite troops to build
pressure on the rebels and Vladimir
Putin. And if he makes such a threat,
he must be prepared to deploy them.
It is bizarre that Dutch journalists are
able to enter the crime scene, while
crash investigators and the forensic
specialists are stuck for days on end.”

—COLUMNIST Eric Vrijsen

DUTCH MULL UKRAINE INTERVENTION


CNN, Russia Today, U.S.
VIDEO: CNN's Chris Cuomo vs.
Russia Today's Peter Lavelle
on the MH17 Propaganda War

JULY 23, 00:10:51

If you wanted to distill the conflict
between Western corporate media
and Russia's state-run media over
MH17, it would be hard to do better.

— CORPORATE VS STATE MEDIA

STATE V COPPORATE MEDIA CLASH

Hope X Summit, U.S.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
and Daniel Elsberg at the
HOPE X Hackers Summit

JULY 23, 01:26:34

They discuss how the intelligence
services compile information on
everyone online, and Snowden
urges the assembled geeks to
develop platforms to make the
activities of users harder to track.

— SNOWDEN-ELSBERG AT HOPE X

AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER

Der Spiegel, Germany
Keeping Spies at Bay:
Germany Ratchets Up
Counterintelligence

“Slowly, Foreign Ministry
officials are beginning to
grapple with the meaning
of '360 degree' counter-
intelligence. That requires
defending yourself not just
from the usual suspects like
Russia or China, but even our
closest allies, notably the U.S.”

—REPORTERS Melanie Amann,
Nikolaus Blome, Matthias
Gebauer, Roland Nelles,
Gordon Repinski, Jorg
Schindler, Severin Weiland

BATTENING DOWN THE HATCHES


Der Spiegel, Germany
U.S. 'Loses Patience'
with Europe: Wants
Tough Russia Sanctions

"But many E.U. leaders believe
that sufficient action was taken
at a summit last week when
they expanded sanctions largely
focused on banning travel and
blocking foreign bank accounts
of Putin-friendly oligarchs."

— COLUMNIST
Gregor Peter Schmitz

NOBODY BUYING SANCTIONS?

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Obama Sanctions on Russia
are the 'Only Real Sanctions'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"It is significant that the only country
doing anything to directly defend
Ukraine is the United States, which
has no interests there whatsoever. ...
Many say that new U.S. sanctions are
still too weak, but one must recall
that they're the only real sanctions
we have, and they create jangled
nerves among Moscow politicians,
while the Russian stock exchange
and ruble have noth tumbled
sharply. ... Therefore, they work."

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

OBAMA: TOUGHEST WESTERN LEADER?


Le Figaro, France
BRICS Show New
Power with Bretton
Woods Alternative

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The creation of a common
BRICS reserve fund and a
development bank, based
in Shanghai and managed by
India, is an open challenge
to Bretton Woods, which
was created in July 1944
based on the twin pillars
of the IMF and World Bank.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

MOVE OVER BRETTON WOODS?


Washington Post, U.S.
U.S. Hunt for Snowden
'Much More Intense than
Initially Acknowledged

"The burst of activity during that
period, including in the White
House, a diplomatic scramble and
the decision to force a foreign
leader's plane to land - was far
more extensive than American
officials admitted at the time."

— REPORTER Greg Miller

U.S. DESPERATION OVER SNOWDEN

de Volkskrant, The Netherlands
MH17: The Death Knell of
Pro-Russian Separatists

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“If the seperatists are indeed
responsible for downing the
Malaysia Airlines plane, the
Kremlin will then face a hard
choice. It can drop the rebels,
close the borders to weaponry
and volunteers, and then watch
the Ukrainian army quash the
revolt. That would be a bitter
pill for Putin. The alternative,
however, is also unattractive: a
return to the days of Cold War.”

—COLUMNIST Kiril Benediktov

PUTIN'S DIPLOMATIC HOBSON'S CHOICE


The Observer, U.K.
MH17: 'Ordinary Russians
Horrified and Frightened'

"Ordinary Muscovites express horror
at the tragedy even as they entertain
the wildest conspiracies imaginable."

— Natalia Antonova, Moscow News

MH17: RUSSIANS SHOCKED AND CONFUSED

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Government Agents
'Directly Involved'
in Most High-Profile
U.S. Terror Plots

“Some of the controversial
U.S. 'sting' operations 'were
made or led by informants,'
bordering on entrapment by
law enforcement. Yet the
courtroom difficulties of
demonstrating entrapment
are significant, which is one
one reasonsthe stings persist.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Spencer Ackerman

DISPENSING WITH RULE OF LAW


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Can State-Run Media
be Called Real 'Journalism'?

JULY 20, 00:28:00

Aidan White, Director of the UK-
based Ethical Journalism Network,
takes on Russia Today host Oksana
Boyko, in an exchange over the
value of state-controlled media.
White draws a clear distinction
between networks that at least
occassionally, challenge their own
governments, and those like Russia
Today that just about never do.

— RUSSIA TODAY'S WORLD'S APART

STATE-RUN MEDIA SLAM DOWN

VICE, RUPTLY, U.S., Russia
VIDEOS: Graphic Reporting
from Ukraine Disaster Zone

JULY 18, TWO VIDEOS

On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines aircraft
carrying 298 people was shot down.
This is footage from the scene of the
crash, and the reaction of residents
who witnessed the tragedy firsthand.

— UNCENSORED REPORTING
FROM EAST UKRAINE

HEARTRENDING FACTS ON THE GROUND

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live - Malaysia Air Crash:
Flight Recorder Found as
Anger at Russia Mounts

"Barack Obama threatened to
'increase the costs' on Russia if
Moscow fails to deescalate the
situation in Ukraine, as U.S.
and other Western officials said
there was mounting evidence
that Russia-backed separatists
downed the Malaysia Air jet."

— COMPILED BY Matthew
Weaver and Alan Yuhas

RAISING THE PRESSURE IN UKRAINE

Izvestia, Russia
Abandoning Pro-Russia
Fighters 'Unforgivable'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“we cannot pretend that the
war happening now right on
our border is not our war. ...
They are killing our brothers
and sisters. They are killing
those who want to be part of
Russia. By turning away from
them and absolving ourselves
of the need to defend them,
we only help our enemies,
and that is unforgivable.”

—COLUMNIST Kiril Benediktov

WILL RUSSIA BACK THE REBELS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
on His Fate, Journalism,
NSA Snooping Procedure

JULY 17, 00:13:59

Snowden opens by explaining how
journalists, doctors, lawyers, and
anyone who needs to protect the
confidentiality of their client must
adjust to the mass surveillance we
are all living under. He also talks
about the possibility of ending up
in Guantanamo 'in chains,' and the
type of behavior exhibited by NSA
analysts when encountering the
private e-mails, videos and photos
of innocent Americans and others.

— INTERVIEW WITH
EDWARD SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN: LIFE WITHOUT PRIVACY

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.N.'s Senior Human
Rights Official: 'Snowden
Should Be Protected'

"We owe a great deal to him for
revealing this kind of information.
Those who disclose human rights
violations should be protected:
we need them. ... I see some of it
here in the case of Snowden,
because his revelations go to the
core of what we are saying about
the need for transparency and
consultation. We owe a great deal."

— U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER
FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Navi Pillay

CALL TO END SNOWDEN PROCEEDINGS

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: GHCQ and NSA:
Hacking Skype, Private
E-Mails, Online Polls

JULY 16, 00:02:45

The latest Snowden documents
show the everything we say and
do, and every e-mail we send,
is being recorded for later use.
As far as these agencies are
concerned, every person we
interact with and everything we
buy or express an interest in is
fair game for monitoring and
furture legal action against us.

— RUSSIA TODAY NEWS VIDEO

SURVEILLANCE RUNNING AMOCK

Deutsche Welle, Germany
VIDEO: German World
Cup Bash; Gaza Crisis;
American Spy Scandal

JULY 16, 00:42:34

This is the latest edition of DW's
weekly news magazine Agenda.
DW journalist Brent Goff hosts
DW Sports Reporter Jefferson
Chase, journalist and security
affairs analyst Thomas Wiegold,
and Palestinian-American
political analyst Akram Baker.

— DEUTSCHE WELLE'S AGENDA

FOOTBALLING, GAZA AND SPIES

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Judge in Sweden Rules
to Uphold Arrest Warrant
on WikiLeaks' Assange

"The court believes that there is
probable cause for the crimes of
which he is accused. ... He has
chosen himself to go into the
embassy and ... the court does
not believe that the deprivation
of his liberty is such as to be
disproportionate to the charges."

— Judge Lena Egelin

ASSANGE: NO FREEDOM TODAY


Russia Today, Russia
Russia to Re-Open Cuban
'Mega-Base' to Spy on U.S.

The facility in Lourdes, a suburb
of Havana just 250km from the
continental U.S., was opened in
1967. At its Cold War peak, it
was the largest signal intelligence
center Moscow operated in a
foreign nation, with 3,000 people.

— NEWS ITEM, Russia Today

RUSSIAN MILITARY RETURN TO CUBA

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Germany 'May Revert
to Typewriters' to
Counter U.S. Spying

"The head of the Bundestag's
inquiry into NSA activity said
in an interview that he and
his colleagues were seriously
thinking of ditching e-mail in
favor of lo-tech typewriters."

— CORRESPONDENT
Philip Oltermann

DRIVING OUR 'FRIENDS' BACKWARD


Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany
America's Growing
'Hostility' Toward
German Democracy

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"If Berlin no longer wishes
to be made a fool of by its
'friends,' it must assert its
independence by sending a
clear signal. Offering Asylum
to Edward Snowden would
be our revenge."

— COLUMNIST
Christian Schluter

THE ANGER BUILDS IN BERLIN


Multiple Sources, Germany, UK, US
Snowden Condemns UK
'Emergency' Surveillance
Bill; U.S. Spying Roundup

TEN NEWS ITEMS FROM AMERICA, EUROPE

In addition to the esionage crisis in
Germany, this is a big week for
surveillance in Britain. Not only
did the UK government ram
through new powers for state
surveillance, but a special week-
long hearing is being conducted on
whether GHCQ, Britain's version
of the NSA, routinely violates
the human rights of UK citizens.

— COVERAGE, Spy Scandal
Secrecy, and the Security State

MASS SURVEILLANCE IN THE NEWS

El Pais, Spain
Five Hundred Years of
Migration to America

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Every great financial crisis
leads not only to a bank and
business bankruptcies, but a
string of social catastrophes
that are expressed in the
loss of jobs, drops in family
income for the most affected,
and psychological pain. That
is just what happened after
the global crisis that broke
out in September 2008. One
of the consequences in Spain
was increased migration,
especially to other European
nations, but also to America."

— HISTORIAN
Carlos Marichal Salinas

500 YEARS OF MIGRATION


Le Figaro, France
Mideast Turmoil Could
Rally Neocons to Hillary

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Hillary recognizes the mistake
she made when she approved
the war in Iraq, but has stayed
very cautious on the subject. ...
A number of neoconservatives
would be ready to rally behind
her, especially if the Republican
Party of Reagan and McCain were
to choose as its candidate the
very isolationist Senator Rand
Paul of of the state of Kentucky.”

—COLUMNIST Pierre Rousselin

OUTFLANKING BOTH EXTREMES?


Multiple Sources, Germany, UK, US
VIDEOS AND TEXT: Germany
Demands from U.S. Public
Promise Not to Spy; Spies,
Lies, Skulduggery Update

FOURTEEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

There has been a lot to report on
the subject of spying and lying today,
so we have packaged it all together
for you, staring with breaking news
that Germany is demanding that the
U.S. provide an unequivical promise
to curtail all of its spying in Germany.

— COVERAGE, Spy Scandal
Secrecy, and the Security State

WILL THE U.S. PROMISE NOT TO SPY?

Le Figaro, France
ISIL Fighters as 'Mad
as the Nazis or Reds'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Their dream is as mad as that
of the classless world that the
communists dreamed of or the
Third Reich, but one must
remember that the Reds of
Trotsky and Lenin defeated
the White Russian armies
financed by the West. ... The
United States should go much
further to reconcile with Iran."

— Senior International
Reporter Renaud Girard

INSANE, YES - BUT DANGEROUS


The Telegraph, U.K.
Nate Silver's Failure
as Celebrated as
Brazil's Collapse

“The world may still be
reeling from last night's
World Cup semi-Final
between Germany and
Brazil, but none more
so than Nate Silver the
celebrated statistician
of fivethiryeight blog.”

—REPORTER
Jocelyn Spottiswoode

LIES, DAMN LIES AND ...


Multiple Sources, Germany, Russia, UK
VIDEOS AND TEXT: Fallout
Continues after U.S. Mole
Gets Exposed By Germans

SEVEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

This is a roundup of today's reaction
to news that a mole, paid by the CIA,
has been exposed in the German
intelligence Service, the BND, who
was spying on the deliberations
of German lawmakers investigating
NSA mass surveillance in Germany.

— COVERAGE - CIA Mole's Arrest

SO MUCH FOR 'TRUST' BETWEEN ALLIES

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
NSA Committee in
Bundestag Blasts Music
... Just to be Safe!

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Before the secret session of
the NSA Committee of Inquiry's
hearing on Thursday began, a
big metal box was put where
all phones and tablet computers
were placed, and Chairmain
Patrick Sensburg turned on
some music. Edvard Grieg's
Piano Concerto in A Minor
was heard - just to be safe.”

—REPORTERS John Goetz,
Hans Leyendecker, Georg
Mascolo, Fred Obermaier

ANGER: NSA SPIED ON COMMITTEE


Izvestia, Russia
For Russia, Crisis in
Iraq is 'Lucky Break'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"In order to get the situation
fully under control, America
will have to turn its attention
from Ukraine. That will give
us some breathing space and
the opportunity to regroup
our forces. ... As cynical as it
sounds, Iraq is a lucky break."

— COLUMNIST Svetlana Lurye

OBAMA: TWISTED INTO KNOTS


De Morgen, Belgium
Aided by America and
Europe, ISIS Poses a
Mortal Threat to Iran

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Fourteen hundred years ago,
Caliph Omar, like ISIS today,
invaded the Persian empire
with thousands of fanatical
fighters. ... ISIS is the most
backward form of Sunni Islam,
but reflects a new political
impetus. Behind the smoke,
I see America, the U.K. and
Europe, providing this violent
group with the time it needs
to expand the limits of its
caliphate into Iranian lans.”

—COLUMNIST Kader Abdollah

A HIDDEN AMERICAN HAND?


Multiple Sources, Germany, Russia, Ireland
VIDEOS AND TEXT: NSA
Scandal Part II - German Spy
was Working for America

TEN VIDEO SEGMENTS AND NEWS ITEMS

In what has renewed German
outrage over NSA mass surveillance
and brought new impetus to efforts
to offer Edward Snowden Asylum
in Germany, America's ambassador
to Berlin has been summoned by the
German Foreign Ministry to explain
what Washington was doing paying
a German intelligence officer to
spy on the German legislature.

— COVERAGE, Double Agent's Arrest

NSA SPYING SCANDLE ERUPTS ANEW

ARD, Germany
NSA Targets the
'Privacy-Conscious'

“Merely searching the Web
for the privacy-enhancing
software tools outlined in
the XKeyscore rules causes
the NSA to mark and track
the IP address of the person
doing the search.”

—INVESTIGATORS
J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson,
J. Goetz, V. Kabisch,
L. Kampf, and L. Ryge

The Register, U.K.
Cryptome: Remaining
Snowden Docs to Be
Released to Avert an
'Unspecified U.S. War'

“July is when war begins unless
it is headed off by Snowden full
release of crippling intel. After
war begins there won't be any
chance of release. Warmongers
are on a rampage. So, yes, the
citizens holding Snowden docs
will do the right thing.”

—Whistlebloing Site Cryptome

DOCUMENT DUMP TO PREVENT WAR?


La Repubblica, Italy
What the U.S. Declaration of
Independence Should've Said

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"I wonder if many of the issues that
plague us - all of the things we often
complain about in columns like this,
are due to the unfortunate wording
of the July 4th, 1776 Declaration of
Independence ... which established
that 'all men are endowed with the
Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit
of Happiness.' ... The fact is happiness,
like complete fullness, or the feeling
of walking on air, is
transient, episodic, and short lived."

— COLUMNIST Umberto Eco


OVERDOING THE 'PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS'?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Sikorski Wins By Telling
the 'Truth' about U.S. Ties

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Fears that Sikorski's comments
would spoil our ties with America
or damage his personal influence
in Washington are exaggerated.
Americans have very high self
esteem, and no critical judgments
by foreigners are able of shaking
their complacency of themselves.”

—COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

BLUNT HONESTY OVER DIPLOMACY


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Americans Love Loving
America. So Why Does
July 4th Feel ... British?

"Every year around this time, as
a Brit living in the US, I'm aware
that the funhouse mirror through
which both nations regard each
other is even weirder and more
distorting than usual: America
celebrates its independence from
from Britain, and Britain looks
on at on at the July 4th pageantry,
half-mocking, half-envious."

— COLUMNIST Emma Brockes

BRITISH ARE TORN BY JULY 4TH


BBC News, U.K.
World Cup 2014: Why
the United States Will
Conquer World Football

“The factors for footbal success
are a big population, a strong
economy, and a fervent fan base.
For years, the U.S. has had two
out of three - a big population
from which to draw top talent
and the cash to support a training
infrastructure and elite football
community. But with little interest
from most Americans, talented
athletes and cash went elsewhere.”

—CORRESPONDENT Kate Dailey

THE NEXT FOOTBALL SUPERPOWER?


Telegraph, U.K.
Sunni Tribal Leader
Tells Why He's Sticking
with ISIS - for Now

"We can fight ISIS and al-Qaeda
whenever we want to, but now
we're fighting for our lands and
tribes. We are not responsible
for ISIS. Look what Maliki has
done – look at the two million
refugees. He has destroyed and
killed. Where was the world?"

— CORRESPONDENTS Richard
Spencer and Carol Malouf

ISIS: THE BETTER OF TWO EVILS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Live Blog: Belgium v USA

“I know there are some Americans
out there who are relatively new
to the game of 'soccer,' so lest there
be any confusion after your heroic,
magnificent, triumphant defeat at
the hands of Germany, be aware
that if you lose tonight's match you
are definitely out of the tournament.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Barry Glendenning

WORLD CUP: DO OR DIE TO CONTINUE


Swiss Info, Switzerland
Swiss Banks to 'Tell
All' Under FATCA

"As of July 1, banks around
the world will be required
to supply Washington with
regular updates on clients
liable to pay U.S. tax. This
means Switzerland’s much-
vaunted tradition of bank
secrecy is now at an end."

— COLUMNIST
Armando Mombelli

IRS: HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD


Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Jihadi MANPADS: History
Teaches 'Precisely Nothing'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“The fact that thousands of Islamists
in the spirit of al-Qaeda are battling
Bashar al-Assad is something that the
United States finds a little confusing.”

—COLUMNIST Georgy Bovt

WHY BE KILLED BY YOUR OWN ARMS?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
World Cup Fever Really Has
Hit America: Ann Coulter
Thinks Football is Socialist

"Determined to preserve American
exceptionalism against a rising tide
of baguette-munching ball-juggling
pinko Europhile hippy surrender-
communism, Ann Coulter has come
to the rescue: 'Any growing interest
in soccer,' she wrote, 'can only be a
sign of the nation's moral decay.'"

— COLUMNIST Dan Hancox

'SOCCER INVASION' IN AMERICA


Berliner Morgenpost, Germany
Berlin Reveler Pandemonium:
Team Germany Outplays USA

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“Although a lot of black, red and gold
face paint was washed away in the rain
over the course of the evening, joy
and euphoria prevailed. ... When the
final whistle was blown, arms, flags
and rain ponchos flew into the air.
Others opted for full-body painting at
a booth where spray guns enveloped
scantily clad people in a fog of color.”

—NEWS ITEM, Berliner Morgenpost

GERMANS GO WILD: DEFEAT TEAM USA


Newsweek Polska, Poland
Has President Putin
Orchestrated Poland's
Eavesdropping Scandal?

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"What are the interests of the
Kremlin in having the Polish
government, its Parliament,
its secret services, and its
diplomacy, unable to mobilize
themselves, and their foreign
partners in aiding Ukraine,
and instead, attacking one
another? What can Putin gain
by knowing that for at least
six months, Polish politicians
will be kept off the field in
Ukraine, instead ensconced in
a domestic political brawl?
The answers are obvious."

— COLUMNIST Jakub Korejba

SCREWING POLAND TO WIN UKRAINE?


Soccer Fusion, U.S.
German Press Predicts German
Win, Makes Fun of U.S. Obesity
and Debt; Post Game Roundup

“BILD published a list of the top 5 things
Americans did better than Germans.
That list included 'wiretapping,' 'Being
fat,' and 'running up debts.' Ouch.”

—COLUMNIST Brian Blickenstaff


US-GERMANY: PRE, POST MATCH COVERAGE


Publico, Portugal
Americans Show Up
Portugal's 'Team of
the Lame'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"To say that Portugal has
physical problems would
be like saying Iraq has a
security problem. ... If
the other teams didn't
run, we might even win."

— COLUMNIST
Joao Miguel Tavares

WORLD CUP: A JOYOUS TIE


Sol, Portugal
Postmortem: Portugal
'Physically Unready;'
Poor Teamwork vs. USA

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

The team is physically unprepared.
... The head doesn't work, and
only in case of emergency does it
feed the body with 'fuel'. There
is no idea of playing the game with
this team: it is each doing his own
thing, and in case of trouble,
'let's see where Ronaldo is.'

— SPORTS COLUMNIST Rui Antunes

WORLD CUP: NO JOY IN PORTUGAL


News, Switzerland
As Iraq Reerupts, 'Media
Mad Cow Disease' Takes
Hold in the United States

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“No matter what these liars and
political scam artists claim: It was
the falsified 'evidence' about
weapons of mass destruction, the
Bush Administration's almost
moronic war planning, the utter
lack of a concept in the aftermath
of military victory, and the mad
fantasies of omnipotence held by
Bush and his cabinet, which have
led us directly to today's situation.”

—COLUMNIST Patrik Etschmayer

WHY ASK THESE MEN WHAT TO DO?


The Telegraph, U.K.
Saddam's Men Return
to Power in City Once
Held by United States

"In Tal Afar, once held up as an
example of US military success,
the machine guns and armored
vehicles left by U.S. troops are
now being used by the very
insurgents they sought to defeat.

— CORRESPONDENTS
Ruth Sherlock, Carol Malouf

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Poland and Germany Show
Russians No Wiggle Room

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“The Russians wanted the talks,
because they feel the burden of
isolation that befell them after
the annexation of Crimea and
their stirring up of east Ukraine.
The object of this phase of the
game was not to soften or to
convince Lavrov. The ministers
were there to keep channels of
communication with Russia open.”

—COLUMNIST
Bartosz T. Wielinski

RUSSIA: FEELING THE PINCH?


FAZ, Germany
To Save Iraq, Itself, West
Must Drop War on Assad

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The Iraqi army is unable to beat
back the jihadists, nor is Syria's.
... The West has to ask itself why
it stood by so long and watched
while allies delivered weapons
(and money) to Syria, both of
which ended up in the hands of
extremists. It is high time for the
West to recognize what's at stake
in Syria, and change its policy.

— COLUMNIST Rainer Hermann

IRAN: THE LAST BEST HOPE FOR IRAQ?


Worldmeets.US, United States
AUDIO: Iraq, Kirkuk,
Lawrence of Arabia

RealVideoJune 15, 00:30:54

Having trouble making sense
of what has happened in Iraq?
Tune into tonight's edition of
Worldmeets.US Radio News.
In addition to shaming America's
shameful, shameless corporate
media, Managing Editor William
Kern examines the history of
how our nation got here and
what the U.S. should to do next.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

NOT WHAT LAWRENCE HAD IN MIND

The Telegraph, U.K.
Iraq Oil Shock Could
'Kill' World Economic
Recovery, Experts Say

"The entire global recovery,
which is still fragile, could
stall and we could even slip
into recession in some regions."

— COLUMNIST
Andrew Critchlow

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
If Iraqis Don't Fight for
Iraq, Neither will U.S.

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“The argument against U.S.
intervention is the same as
that in Crimea: since Iraqi
troops obviously don't want
to die for Mosul, why should
Americans soldiers do it?”

—COLUMNIST
Bartosz Weglarczyk

IRAQI PEOPLE CAN'T GET A BREAK


UPI, U.S.
Iraq Shuts Social Media Sites
to Prevent Use by Militants

"It is speculated that access was
blocked to prevent militants
overtaking Iraq by using the sites."

— REPORTER Ed Adamczyk

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
'Discreetly' - U.K., U.S. to
Sign Deal for 'Enhanced'
Nuke Warhead Cooperation

“The pact ... does not have to be
debated or voted on in parliament.
Though the agreement is part of U.S.
law, it has no legal status in Britain.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Richard Norton-Taylor

E.U. Observer, Belgium
Germany Backs France on
Russia Warship Contract

"Germany has defended France's
plan to deliver a warship to Russia
despite U.S. criticism of the move."

— REPORTER Andrew Rettman

GUNS AND BUTTER - OR REALPOLITIK?


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: France National Front
Leader Marine Le Pen on the
E.U. Polls, TTIP, and Ukraine

June 9, 00:27:08

"We are for leaving NATO, France leaving
NATO, we have a Gaullian vision of what
international politics must be like, we are
for developing our relations with Russia,
without breaking ties with the Americans."

— FRENCH NATIONAL FRONT LEADER
Marine Le Pen

THE NEW EUROPE - NOT LIKE THE OLD

Der Spiegel, Germany
U.N. Peace Envoy on Western
Mujahadeen and Syria Turning
Into a Middle Eastern Somalia

"There are several thousand non-Syrians.
My goodness! These are your nationals
that are training in Syria and that are
part of ISIS, which believes in building
an Islamic state all over the world, first
in Berlin. That's a threat to you, isn't it?"

— U.N. Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

THE TERROR EMINATING FROM SYRIA


Sunday People, U.K.
REPORT: Snowden Fooled Into
Going to Russia; U.S. Tricked
into Cancelling His Passport

“They [Russian spies] did not approach
him until he went to Hong Kong, when
agents persuaded him that President
Putin's Russia was the best place for
him to seek asylum in a nation of his
choice. It was a trick and he fell for it.”

—Ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichkov

SNOWDEN, U.S., 'TRICKED' BY KREMLIN?


News, Switzerland
All's Disquiet on
the Western Front

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"In 2014, a sober westward
glance from the beaches of
Normandy would make clear
that it has been a long time
since a savior and assister
came from that direction.
The financial crises of 2001
and 2008, the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, and now
the dismantling of civil rights
by the NSA and the planned
TTIP, show that Europeans,
rather than benefitting, are
far more likely to choke on
genetically modified corn
soup served up by powerful
U.S. financial lobby groups.

— COLUMNIST Regula Stampfli

WHOSE SIDE IS THE U.S. ON?


Asharq Al Awsat, U.K.
Obama Just What We
Feared: An 'Upmarket'
President Jimmy Carter

“some of us feared he would
be an upmarket version of
Jimmy Carter. Today, that
fear has been realized. It is
difficult to ascertain why
Obama behaves as he does.
Is he motivated by a deep
resentment of America
absorbed in his youth? Or is
he handicapped by lack of
experience? He may really
believes that by abdicating
leadership, the U.S. will win
love instead of respect.”

—REPORTER Amir Taheri

PSYCHOANALYZING OBAMA


Die Welt, Germany
NATO Badly Divided on
Stationing Troops in East
Europe; Facing Moscow

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"NATO members from the Baltics
and East Europe are calling for a
lasting and visible presence of
combat troops and up-to-date
equipment in Eastern Europe.
Many southern European states
and Germany say this is too much.

— COLUMNIST Christoph B. Schultz

D-DAY 2014: AN ALLIANCE DIVIDED


France24, Euronews,
Russia Today, BBC, DW

VIDEOS: Ukraine and
D-Day: Views from
Europe and Russia

13 VIDEOS D-DAY AND UKRAINE

When French President
Francois Hollande invited
Russia President Putin to
70th anniversary events
for the D-Day landings, he
didn't know how significant
it would be. With a world
watching, did gathering
Putin and Western leaders
break the tension over
Ukraine? Here is a series of
reports from European and
Russian media on the event
and the event's aftermath.

— BROADCASTS FROM EUROPE

D-DAY EVENTS: AFTERMATH

Euronews, France
VIDEO: D-Day - 70th
Anniversary of the
Normandy Landings

June 6, 03:30:00

Ceremony in Ouistreham,
France, marking the 70th
Anniversary of the World
War II D-Day invasion with
Hollande, Putin, Obama
and other world leaders.

— D-Day Parade 2014

A WORLD DIVIDED - AGAIN

VIDEO: Obama and Hollande
Mark 70th Anniversary of D-Day


Ukrayinska Pravda, Ukraine
In Defeating 'Russian Disease,'
Will the Ukraine Lose its Soul?

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"Liberalism and tolerance invite defeat,
whereas cruelty gives us a chance to
succeed. The truth though, is that this
would not only be a victory over Putin,
but over our own humanity. If Ukraine
does manage to withstand the Russian
onslaught, how will it differ from it?"

— COLUMNIST Michael Dubinyansky

UKRAINE: INFECTED WITH 'RUSSIAN DISEASE'?


The Register, U.K.
GHCQ's 'Beyond Top
Secret' Middle East
Internet Spy Base

“After these details were
withheld, the government
opted not to move against
the Guardian last year for
publishing above-top-secret
information at the lower
level designated 'Strap 1.'”

—REPORTER
Duncan Campbell

WHAT GUARDIAN DIDN'T PUBLISH


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Obama's Chance to Make Up
for Missteps Toward Poland

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"Obama himself has disappointed us
before. But Russian aggression has
changed both the U.S. and Obama,
who is less afraid of a geopolitical
confrontation than West Europeans.
Obama may have cared little for our
security, but our European allies
have cared even less. The Germans
in particular provide ample proof
that their neighbor's fate is less
vital than keeping Putin happy."

— COLUMNIST Jerzy Haszczynski

A FRIEND IN NEED - A FRIEND INDEED?


Direct Matin, France
Mr. Obama's D-Day Option:
Indifference or Interference?

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“Only two years remain of Mr. Obama's
mandate to judge his capacity to accept
the idea that sometimes, 'indifference
can be more dangerous than interference.”

—COLUMNIST Jean-Marie Colombani

WHERE OBAMA AMBIGUITY MEETS THE ROAD


Trouw, The Netherlands
Obama's Hammer
and Bush's Nails

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

"Who's going to contradict
Obama when he says that
even the greatest army in
the world isn't the solution
to everything? ... That's
good news for those who
only see the mistakes of
U.S. action over the past
60 years, but such people
must also answer this: what
other country can stop
the even bigger culprits?'"

— COLUMNIST Stevo Akkerman

PERLEXED WEST POINT CADET?


BBC, Reuters, White House
VIDEOS: President
Barack Obama in Poland

SEVEN VIDEOS ON OBAMA'S VISIT

This is the anniversary not only
of Poland's accession to NATO,
but Poland's historic elections of
1989, and the anniversary of
D-Day, which is coming up in a
few days. Here is what we have
been able to put together so far.
We will add more video to this
post as it becomes available.

— Footage of Obama's Visit

OBAMA IN EAST EUROPE BOOST

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Obama Carbon Cutting
Plan Wins Plaudits and
Predictions of Doom

Will Obama's executive order on
on capping carbon pollution make
any real difference? Judging from
the reaction from former Vice
President Gore ('the most vital
step on climate change in U.S.
history') to Senate Minority leader
Mitch McConnell (a 'dagger in the
heart of the middle class') it
certainly will have an impact.

— CARNON EMISSIONS COVERAGE

MAKING SENSE OF EMISSIONS PLAN


BBC News, U.K.
Mullah Omar Celebrates
Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'

“Photos of Taliban militants
embracing their comrades
released from Guantanamo
seemed designed to enrage
Republican opponents of
President Obama who saw
the deal as soft on terrorism.”

—CORRESPONDENT David Loyn

TALIBAN RELEASE: FAIR SWAP?


Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Under Putin, Soviet
'Morality' Crawls
Out from its Grave

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"In the Soviet Union there
was also great concern for
morality. Pink Floyd was
forbidden for 'meddling in
the Soviet Union's foreign
policy (Afghanistan)', The
Talking Heads
for 'voicing
the myth of the Soviet
military threat.' Tina Turner
was banned simply for 'sex,'
and poor Julio Iglesias was
outlawed for 'neo-fascism.'"

— COLUMNIST Irena Lasota

PUTIN: BACK TO THE FUTURE?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
NSA Shows E-Mail Exchange
with Snowden to Debunk
Claims he Raised Concerns

“The NSA has disputed Edward
Snowden's insistence that he
tried to raise his concerns about
its surveillance practices internally
before he decided to go public.”

—REPORTER Dan Roberts

NSA: MORE DIMINISHED CREDIBILITY


Latvijas Avize, Latvia
In Latvia and Europe,
Naive Hopes that Russia
Will Change Live On

TRANSLATED FROM LATVIAN

"Literally on the eve of
the Crimea Anschluss, Riga
indulged in 'opening the
floodgates' of money and
influence from the East. ...
'Russian World' is not
anathema to the West, and
may even prove a very
lucrative event. Aggression
in Ukraine surprised some
of our influential people
and made them a little
uncomfortable. Yet they are
convinced that sooner or
later, all will continue as
usual, and they will want to
step in the same river twice.'"

— COLUMNIST Uldis Smith

THE BALTICS: EASY ON RUSSIA?


Netzpolitik, Germany
German Officials Face
Prosecution for Reading
Snowden Media Coverage

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“German officials - including the
government - can't read matrial
leaked by Snowden regarding
the mass surveillance of digital
communications. If they do so
anyway, they are then liable for
prosecution. ... We wonder how
the federal government intends
to protect us from espionage if
it isn't permitted to find out
about it. Perhaps, however,
that is the whole idea.”

—COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

OFF LIMITS TO GERMAN OFFICIALS


News Hour, BBC
AUDIO: Obama's Foreign
Policy; Maya Angelou; Mass
Terrorism Trial in China

MAY 28, 00:55:00

This is the network's initial overview
of President Obama's speech today on
the future of U.S. foreign policy, at
the West Point Military Academy. The
summary of the message, according
to U.S. editor Mark Mardell: 'Just
because we have the best hammer,
doesn't mean every problem is a nail.'

— BBC NEWS HOUR, MAY 28

VERDICT FROM BBC: SAME OLD SAME OLD

El Pais, Spain
Global Outlaws Find
Comfort Behind Russia
-China Double Veto

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The veto power of the five
permanent members of the
Security Council is the victor's
spoil of the Second World War.
.. In a multipolar world, the
persistence of the veto in the
hands of a Sino-Russia alliance
is encouragement to regimes
like that of Assad, which are
given a free hand to act
against his their populations.”

—COLUMNIST Lluis Bassets

U.N. VETO POWER A BOON TO ASSAD


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Americans 'Unprepared'
for Opposition to TTIP
Free Trade Agreement

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Protests in Germany focus
on the prospect of previously
forbidden products from the
United States having to be
permitted into the E.U. (like
chlorinated chicken and GMO
corn). Even more important
is the question of investor
protection. According to plans
for TTIP, investors would be
able to turn to international
courts for arbitration when
one may feel they have been
discriminated against. For many
critics, these courts are an attack
on the rule of [national] law."

— COLUMNIST Nikolaus Pipe

EUROPE PUSHES BACK AGAINST TTIP


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Why Should Poland Thank
Putin? Let Us Count the Ways

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“We have a historic opportunity to
bring the European Union and the
United States closer together. Allies
who grew apart as the Cold War
faded, we began to compete more
than search for commonalities. Much
was said about renewing the trans-
Atlantic Alliance, but the facts were
different. Let Berlin's shock and
outrage over the disclosure of NSA
spying be a symbol of this tendency.”

—COLUMNIST Michal Kobosko

POLES SEE BRIGHT SIDE IN UKRAINE


Izvestia, Russia
'Envy of the Gods': Obama
'Unfit to Lead' Great Power

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“It isn't politically correct to say, but
this is the way it is: the impression is
that a weak, unpopular, unsuccessful
president is trying to wound a strong,
successful, and very popular president.”

—COLUMNIST Vladimir Zharkhin

IS EMOTION RUNNING U.S. POLICY?


Economist, U.K.
China and Russia:
'Best Frenemies'

"Whereas China's power
is growing, Russia is in
decline - corroded by
corruption and unable
to diversify its economy
off of natural resources.
China's government will
expect the Kremlin to
recognise this historic
shift - which is a recipe
for Chinese impatience
and Russian resentment."

— COMMMENT, Economist

PUTIN BOWS TO XI'S CHINA

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Watered Down NSA
Mass Surveillance
Bill Passed By House

“In order to preserve
the core operations of the
the intelligence and law
enforcement agencies, the
administration insisted on
broadening some authorities
and lessening restrictions.
Some of the changes raise
justifiable concerns. I don't
blame people for losing
trust in their government,
because the government
has violated their trust.”

—CONGRESSMAN
Jim Sensenbrenner

NSA REFORM FALTERS IN CONGRESS


THE LOCAL, GERMANY:
NSA Panel Invites U.S.
Tech Chiefs as Witnesses

WORLD BULLETIN: E.U.
Urges U.S. to Move Faster
to End Internet Monopoly


Le Figaro, France
For Vladimir Putin,
Conchita Wurst is a
Tool Like No Other

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"Unlike the Cold War
and Soviet propaganda,
Vladimir Putin doesn't
need to slavishly relay
his message through
the communist parties
of the West. It's enough
for him to score points
directly with a large
chunk of the population
that does not swoon
before the singing of
Conchita Wurst, and who
don't see the defense of
homosexual marriage or
the advertising of more
unbridled sexual behavior
as a priority for our
civilization, which is
struggling to deal with
other pressing issues."

— COLUMNIST
Pierre Rousselin

A THREAT TO THE WEST?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
New Space Race Will
Benefit the American
and Russian Programs

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Paradoxically, sanctions
and the end of space-level
cooperation may bring not
only losses, but benefits
for both countries. Cut off
from access to Russian
engines, space industry in
the United States will be
incentivized, accelerating
the process of decoupling
the transport of American
astronauts to ISS aboard R
ussian rockets. For their
part, the Russian Academy
of Sciences points to the
creation of a lunar base.”

—SCIENCE COLUMNIST
Karol Wójcicki

IS THIS THE END OF A SPACE ERA?


Cicero, Germany
Americans Warming to
Warren: the 'Anti-Hillary'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"New York's largest bookstore is
filled to the brim. Many arrived
hours before the reading. While
Warren talks, questions written
on pieces of paper are collected.
What's the most asked question,
the moderator wants to know.
'Whether or not I'm running for
president,' the senator says. In
response, a woman shouts, 'Run,
Liz, run!' and applause breaks
out. Warren smiles and shakes
her head. 'No, I'm not running,'
she says. The audience responds
in unison, 'Awww!'"

— WRITER, PUBLISHER
Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer

ELIZABETH WARREN: CAN SHE WIN?


Altri Mondi, Italy
Knox Trial Shows in
Italy, the Guilty Fare
Better than Innocents

TRANSLATED FROM ITALY

"When the worst kind of
clients for defense attorneys
are the innocent, [rather
than go to trial] one is better
off pretending to have come
down with an illness and being
resigned to long therapy with
an uncertain outcome,
whatever the truth may be."

— COLUMNIST Giorgio Dell'Arti

A FRUITLESS SEACH FOR JUSTICE?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
In Ukraine, U.S. is
Dragging Us Toward
War Against Russia
IS U.S. HELPING?

“The U.S. role in
Ukraine, and its
backing for the
regime's neo-Nazis,
has tremendous
implications for the
rest of the world.”

— CORRESPONDENT
John Pilger

Cicero, Germany
The United States is the Only
Guarantor of German Liberty

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Let us not kid ourselves. In the final
analysis, every free person in this
world has only one protector and
defender: The United States of
America. Those with doubts should
put themselves in the protection of
Russia or China - whose intelligence
services act no differently than those
of the United States, by the way."

— COLUMNIST Alexander Grau

A SPIRITED DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
E.U. Court Backs 'Right to
Be Forgotten': Google Must
Amend Results on Request

“The European court judges ruled
that under the E.U. data protection
laws Google has to erase links to
two pages on La Vanguardia's Web
site from the results produced
when Gonzalez's name is put into
the search engine of the company.”

—COLUMNIST
Alexander Prokhanov


GOOGLE BUISINESS MODEL UPENDED


GUARDIAN: The 'Right to be
Forgotten' Ruling Creates
Quagmire for Google, et. al.


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Glenn Greenwald: 'The
Day We Revealed Edward
Snowden to the World'

"In the hours after his name
became known, the entire
world was searching for the
NSA whistleblower, and it
became vital that his location
in Hong Kong stay secret. In
an extract from a new book,
No Place to Hide, Greenwald
recalls the dramatic events
surrounding the moment Ed
Snowden revealed himself."

— JOURNALIST
Glenn Greenwald

GREENWALD PUBLISHES BOOK

Izvestia, Russia
Preparing 'Stalin's Eleventh
Blow': Victory Day and the
New War Against Fascism

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“As a gift for our patience and
stoicism, for our labor and our
faith, the Lord sent us Crimea.
Russian people once divided by
our enemies, united again by
victory's embrace. ... Even as
we celebrate the sacred victory
of '45, we hear the treads of
enemy tanks in eastern Ukraine,
where the bodies of militia are
mutilated, the heads of Russians
crushed. A new battle
against fascism is now inevitable.”

—COLUMNIST
Alexander Prokhanov

RUSSIAN NATIONALISM IN FULL BLOOM


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The End of American
Empire? Get Serious!

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"The facts are quite different
- even if China will probably
eventually overtake America,
for now its GDP is half that of
the United States. ... Ukraine
is not an American ally, has
little impact on the global
economy, and has no natural
resources. Why should U.S.
troops die for Ukraine? Only
a few years ago, Americans
almost spent more on arms
than the rest of the world
combined. Five-year bonds
are now sold at negative
interest - meaning that,
taking inflation into account,
investors can expect a small
loss in five years, but they
are buying Treasuries anyway."

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

HARBALL ON THE GLOBAL COURT

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Victory Day Parade
in Moscow and Over Crimea

MAY 9, 01:10:26

The annual Victory Day parade, a show
of military might through the heart of
Moscow, marks 69 year since the defeat
of the Nazis, which ended World War II.

— Footage of the 2014 V-Day Parade

VLADIMIR PUTIN'S PUTTIN' ON A SHOW

RUSSIA TODAY: Russian
Air Force Victory Day
Celebrations Over Crimea


The Guardian, U.K.
Google and Facebook,
write FCC to Demand
'True Net Neutrality'

"The letter says the FCC rules
shouldn't permit 'individualized
bargaining and discrimination,'
the companies said. '[The FCC
must] take the necessary steps
to ensure that the Internet
remains an open platform
for speech and for commerce.'"

— REPORTER Harriet Salem

WEB GIANTS VS. CABLE BEHEMOTHS

GUARDIAN: Bill to Reduce
Surveillance Clears House
Judiciary Committee


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Bundestag Opposition
Threatens to Sue for
Release of NSA Files

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“The Committee of Inquiry
shouldn't turn itself into a
fig-leaf for a government
that is only pretending to
cooperate. Any limitations
on the clarification of facts
in the espionage scandal,
whether commected to
comprehensive access to
files or obtaining testimony
from Edward Snowden will
be unequivocally rejected.”

—Green Bundestag Leader
Katrin Goring-Eckardt

GERMAN GREENS TAKE A STAND


News, Switzerland
Barack Macbeth's
'Murder' of Net Neutrality

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Inequality as usual in the U.S., and
and now on the Net as well. You
think that's unimportant, irrelevant,
and the 'normal course of events?'
You are so wrong."

— COLUMNIST Regula Stampfli

OBAMA'S SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY?

Worldmeets.US, United States
AUDIO: Is U.S. Troop Return
a Raw Deal for the Philippines?
A Talk with Jarius Bondoc

RealVideoMay. 5, 00:32:43

Join us as we speak to Philippine radio
host and columnist Jarius Bondoc about
how the Philippines fits into America's
Asia Pivot. Mr. Bondoc has spoken out
in opposition to the Enhanced Defense
Cooperation Agreement with the U.S.,
which was signed during President
Obama's Asia tour, and which will give
U.S. forces nearly unlimited access to
Philippine bases for military operations.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

U.S. TROOPS TO RETURN TO PHILIPPINES

Duetche Welle, Germany
Merkel and Obama:
Together Against Putin
- for the Moment

"The NSA spy scandal remains
a sore point, and despite the
common message to Putin,
there remain differences on
new sanctions against Russia."

— COLUMNIST, Gero Schließ

SANCTIONS AND NSA STILL DIVIDE

Duetche Welle, Germany
VIDEO: Evaluating E.U.
Enlargement; Ukraine
as a Buffer for Poland

May 2, 00:42:33

Poland has made great efforts
to woo Ukraine, Belarus and
Moldova to act as a buffer zone
between itself and Russia. That
is precisely what Russia says it
is doing to create a buffer
between itself and NATO-E.U.

— Quadriga, Duetche Welle

DIGGING DEEPER ON THE UKRAINE

The Telegraph, U.K.
'Shocking' U.S. Jobs
Data Impugns Recovery,
FED Monetary Tapering
ALARM BELLS?

“Friday's figures
are a warning
that America's
recovery may be
losing momentum.
... Bond tapering
by the FED may be
doing more harm
than expected.”

— COLUMNIST Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard

Boulevard Voltaire, France
Even Now, Anything Goes
for the Old Ku Klux Klan!

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

"The 'affairs' of Frazier Glenn
Miller and Donald Sterling show,
if there was any need to do so
again, the incredible hypocrisy
of American society which is
supposedly 'post-racial' or, as
Bush Jr. called it, 'color blind.'
Between the lying of the White
racists, who do precisely the
opposite of what their ideology
has always peddled, and elites
who, in private, spew out the
worst insanities, one realizes
that the multicultural varnish
is really extraordinarily thin."

— COMMENT Boulevard Voltaire

RACISM IN AMERICA: NOW WORSE?

Novaya Gazeta, Russia
NATO 'Never Promised'
Not to Expand Eastward

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“If the Russian politicians accusing
the West of deception have any
kind of documentary evidence of
promises not to expand NATO east
it would be a good time to show it.”

—COLUMNIST Alexander Chursin

RUSSIANS CALLING OUT RUSSIANS


Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Ukraine Crisis: Russia Cannot
Dispense with Using the Dollar

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"The results of our own actions
would surpass the most malicious
intentions of those now preparing
economic sanctions against Russia."

— COLUMNIST Georgiy Bovt

THE DOLLAR: STILL NO ESCAPING IT

Deutsche Welle, Germany
Merkel to Washington:
Tough Challenges for
a Troubled Friendship

“Angela Merkel has addressed
Congress and been awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom
on her U.S. visits. This time,
however, her visit to America
is overshadowed by crises, with
an ally that has become a stranger.”

—NEWS ITEM, Deutsche Welle

THE CHALLENGE OF SHOWING UNITY


DER SPIEGEL: NSA What? Spy
Scandal Unlikely to Dominate
Merkel's Visit to America

DER SPIEGEL: Bad Taste -
Ex-Chancellor Shroeder
Parties with Putin

DER SPIEGEL: Foreign Minister
Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing
a Dangerous Game'

DER SPIEGEL: No Love for
Sanctions - Ukraine Crisis a
Tightrope Walk for Business


Economist, U.K.
What Would America
Fight For?

"Americans understandably
chafe at the ingratitude of
a world that freeloads on
the economic, diplomatic
and military might of the
U.S. Americans themselves,
however, also enjoy the
exorbitant privilege of
operating in a system that,
broadly, suits them well."

— COMMMENT, Economist

CAN AMERICA BE COUNTED ON?

The Independent, U.K.
Clayton Lockett: If Massacres
Don't Change Gun Laws, then
this Won't Change Executions

SHAMEFUL

“If any execution violated
the U.S. Constitution's ban
of 'cruel and unusual
punishment,' it was
that of Clayton Lockett.”

—COLUMNIST
Rupert Cornwell

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Amanda Knox: Consider
the Facts So She Gets
the Retrial She Deserves

"The longer Italy's courts consider
the Meredith Kercher case – and
we have now had three trials, six
presiding judges, two hearings
before the Italian high court and
a third on the way – the more the
country's institutions of justice
have covered themselves in shame."

— COLUMNIST Andrew Gumbel

CAN AMANDA KNOX RECIEVE JUSTICE?

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Thank Mr. Putin for
NATO's 'Second Wind'

TRANSLATED FROM POLAND

“Let us rejoice that NATO has
not only caught a second wind,
but it has literally recovered
a reason to exist. Yesterday's
landing of Americans from
the highly-respected 173rd
Airborne Brigade is a sign of
the new defensive order in
Europe. It was not us who
forced that order into being,
but we will benefit from it.”

—COLUMNIST
Bartosz Weglarczyk

THANKS ALOT, VLADIMIR PUTIN?


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Weakening Russian Influence
Requires Europe Energy Union

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"Today, there is almost no other area
of European politics more dominated
by nationalism and disunity than energy
policy. ... We might also ask ourselves
in the case of energy, if a coalition of
the willing shouldn't take the first step,
without waiting for the stallers and
obstructionists. This, too, would help
reduce dependence on Russia."

— COLUMNIST Ulrich Schaefer

CAN E.U. SWALLOW MORE UNIFICATION?

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: U.S. Media is 'Hesitant'
to Confront Official Narrative

April 28, 00:24:22

"The last thing they are interested in
is an honest debate. They will pick and
select truths, facts and even incidents
that are not facts to perpetuate the
narrative that they seek to disseminate."

— Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist Chris Hedges

HEDGES ON THE JOB OF A JOURNALIST

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: CrossTalk
- Containment 2.0?

April 28, 00:27:42

Two of America's leading
foreign policy scholars who
deal with Russia, Stephen
Cohen, John Mearsheimer.
Both agree that the NATO
expansion and a failure to
recognize Russia's strategic
interests are at the root
of the crisis in Ukraine

— TALKING COINTAINMENT

2014: THE NEW CONTAINMENT

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
U.S. Judge says Microsoft
'Must Release' European
Data on its Dublin Servers

"Microsoft said: 'A U.S. prosecutor
cannot obtain a U.S. warrant to
search someone's home located in
another country, just as another
country's prosecutor cannot obtain
a court order in her home country
to conduct a search in the United
States. ... We think the same rules
should apply in the online world."

— OFFICIAL Microsoft Statement

MICROSOFT: SAYING NO TO THE U.S.?

Worldmeets.US, United States
AUDIO: Whale Wars and
Cultural Conservation: A
Talk with Simon Wearne

RealVideoApr. 26, 00:30:42

Join us for a conversation about
whaling, environmental group
Sea Shepherd, and conservation
of whales, with cinematographer
and Wakayama University scholar
Simon Wearne. Mr. Wearne, who
filmed the first season of the
acclaimed Whale Wars program,
is now a scholar studying traditional
whaling and Japan's whale culture.

— MANAGING EDITOR William Kern

WHALE WARS AND WHALE CULTURE

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
UK Parents Told American
Teacher Molested Children

"Every kid who went on the trips
is asking, 'Was it me?' Chances are
that some of our kids have been
victimized but we still don't know ."

— Mother of potential victim

A CHILLING TALE OF MOLESTATION

Gazeta, Russia
Ukraine: Setting the Table
for a Newer World Order

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“Everyone senses that something
has gone wrong, and there is an
instinctive desire to return to a
situation when everything was
understood and functioned: the
salutary 'bullet-free war' which
was cold, eternal, and ours. More
time will have to pass before we all
understand that this isn't possible.”

—COLUMNIST Fyodor Lukyanov

THEATER, DIPLOMACY, WORLD ORDER


Der Spiegel, Germany
Russian Opposition Singing
Kremlin's Tune on Ukraine

"Russian President Vladimir Putin,
the man ostensibly rushing to the
aid of Russians in Ukraine, is the
hero of the day. Finally, Russians
seem to believe, he is paying the
West back for years of humiliation."

— CORRESPONDENTS Christian
Neef and Matthias Schepp

RUSSIAN OPPOSITION GETS INTO LINE

Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
Ukrainian Guerilla War
is Quickly Approaching

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“We see all the elements of a
people's movement, which is
impossible to operate from the
outside. ... When the police
and army are unreliable, and
when the ranks of the security
forces more closely identify
with the rebels than with those
giving orders, the authorities
will have no choice but to
use the right-wing militants.”

—COLUMNIST Boris Kagarlitsky

ARE THESE THE UKRAINE GUERILLAS?


La Stampa, Italy
Pope Calls for End to
'All War; All Conflict'

"May the risen Jesus put an
end to all war and every
conflict, whether great or
small, ancient or recent ...
and the scourge of hunger."

— POPE Frances

END TO WAR: COULD IT HAPPEN?

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
Jay Carney and the
Kremlin's Propaganda
Victory Over the West

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“For too long, the West has
paid little attention to Russian
propaganda. The symbol of
this could be the home of
White House press secretary
Jay Carney. ... In his kitchen,
professionally framed, hang
Soviet propaganda posters
from World War II. ... It's
time to say enough is enough.”

—COLUMNIST Bartosz T. Wielinski

KITCH AND THE CARNEY FAMILY


The Telegraph, U.K.
Google Inc: The World's
Unelected Superpower

"America is an oligarchy. Instead
of looking out for the majority
of the country’s citizens, the U.S.
government is governed by the
interests of the wealthy and the
powerful - particularly of Google."

— COLUMNIST Katherine Rushton

GOOGLE INC.: TOO MUCH POWER?

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEO: Vladimir Putin's
'Q&A with the People'

April 17, 03:28:59

"I remind you that the Russian
Federation Council has given
the president the right to use
the armed forces in Ukraine.
I hope that I won't have to."

— PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin

THE PUBLIC QUESTIONS PUTIN

BBC News, U.K.
Deal to 'De-Escalate'
Ukraine Crisis Struck
in Geneva

"There is agreement that all
illegal military formations in
Ukraine must be dissolved,
and that everyone occupying
buildings must be disarmed
and leave them."

— NEWS ITEM, BBC News

SO HAS THE DANGER PASSED?


KERRY PRESS CONFERENCE
LAVROV PRESS CONFERENCE

FAZ, Germany
To Beat Putin, West Needs
More Armor, Not Empathy

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“To meet aggression with empathy
is to give into aggression - which
means you lose. But who does that?
Well - we do. Security risks cannot
be addressed with measures to
improve the atmosphere, but with
armor. The good years are over,
the West must upgrade its military.”

—COLUMNIST Volker Zastrow

WILL EUROPEANS 'BULK UP' FOR BEAR?


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Putin Talks
Ukraine, and Answers
Query from Snowden

FIVE NEWS SEGMENTS

Five clips of Putin's annual
'Web conference with
ordinary people' - and ex-NSA
employee Edward Snowden.

— COVERAGE, UKRAINE CRISIS

PUTIN ON TV WITH SNOWDEN

RAI Novosti, Russia
CIA Chief Brennan's
Visit to Kiev 'Initiates
the Use Of Force'

“The CIA chief's presence
in Kiev is much more than
coincidence. Brennan's trip
was an attempt to prepare,
encourage and initiate the
use of force in Ukraine.”

—News Item,RAI Novosti

Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Coverage of the
Ukraine Crisis, April 16

FOUR NEWS SEGMENTS

These are news segments from
state-funded non-profit Russia
Today on the escalating crisis
over pro-Russia Ukraine 'activists.'

— COVERAGE, UKRAINE CRISIS

THE CRISIS IN EASTERN UKRAINE

Daily Mail, U.K.
Historians May Look
Back on this as the
'Beginning of WWIII'

“Russians are demolishing
not just their own country
- bankrupt, ill-run and
beleaguered - but the post-
war order which has kept
most of Europe and us,
here in Britain, safe and
free for decades. Putin is
striking at the West's heart. ”

—COLUMNIST Edward Lucas

EUROPEAN VOICE: Ukriane
and the 'Wages of Weakness'


Libero Quotidiano, Italy
Obama 'Turns the Nuclear
Cheek' To Vladimir Putin

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Obama isn't content to slip into the
darkness of a historic setback that
will inscribe him in history as leader
of the Western superpower who
aided the rebirth of the ambitions
of the former Soviet empire. No!
Surprisingly, Obama ordered the
Pentagon to announce deep cuts
to America's nuclear arsenal, FOUR
YEARS EARLIER than required."

— COLUMNIST Glauco Maggi

OBAMA: UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT?

Der Spiegel, Germany
'We Will Shoot Back': All
Eyes on Russia as Ukraine
Begins Offensive in East

“Many in the West believe that
Russia is behind the separatist
movement in eastern Ukraine.
Kiev on Tuesday launched an
offensive to retake control.
But the biggest question still
looms: Will Russia invade?”

—REPORTERS Moritz Gathmann,
Christian Neef, Wladimir Pyljow
And Matthias Schepp

WILL VLADIMIR PUTIN GIVE THE ORDER?


DER SPIEGEL: 'A Partner
for Russia': Europe's Far
Right Flirts with Moscow


Izvestia, Russia
Dmitry Kiselyov: Russia Has
Taken the West's Place as
Beacon of Free Expression

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"The West simply doesn't like seeing
Russia on the upswing. That is the
heart of the matter. ... All Western
news agencies impose their own
point of view. Take Reuters or the
Associated Press. Both are in fact
propaganda agencies. They shape the
dominant narrative and talk of what
their audiences ought to think."

— Dmitry Kiselyov, TV Host, Chief at
State Broadcaster Rossiya Segodnya

RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA FEELING ITS OATS?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Pulitzer Prize Awarded for
Guardian, Washington Post
Coverage of NSA Activities

“The Pulitzer committee praised the
Guardian for 'revelation of widespread
secret surveillance by the NSA, helping
through aggressive reporting to spark
a debate on the relationship between
the government and the public over
the issues of security and privacy.'”

—CORRESPONDENT Ed Pilkington

TRIUMPH OVER NATIONAL SECURITY STATE


Russia Today, Russia
VIDEOS: Coverage of the
Ukraine Crisis, April 14

FIVE NEWS SEGMENTS

These ate news segments from
state-funded non-profit Russia
Today on the escalating crisis in
over pro-Russia Ukraine 'activists.'

— COVERAGE, UKRAINE CRISIS

THE CRISIS IN EASTERN UKRAINE

European News Agencies
European Broadcast
Coverage of the East
Ukraine Crisis, 4/14

SIXTEEN VIDEOS ON THE CRISIS

Segments from the BBC,
Deutsche Welle, France
24, EurActiv, Euronews
on the crisis unfolding
in the Eastern Ukraine.

— E.U. NEWS OUTLETS

UKRAINIAN ESCALATION

News, Switzerland
Rice Grains, Compound
Interest, and the Never-
Ending Economic Crisis

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"There are no systems in
the real world that show
exponential growth: only
bacterial cultures and
unbridled atomic chain
reactions come to mind.
The first ends in collapse
once the food supply is
consumed, and the other
in a nuclear explosion."

— COLUMNIST
Patrik Etschmayer

IS SYSTEM DOOMED TO FAIL?

The Register, U.K.
ACLU Launches User-
Friendly Database of
Every Snowden Doc

"The database is searchable
by document title, category,
or full-text content, giving
anyone online access to delve
through all the documents
and find information on
whatever previously secret
government info-slurping
they're interested in."

— REPORTER Rik Myslewski

LA QUADRATURE DU NET: E.U.
Court of Justice Denounces
Mandatory Data Retention


Vedomosti, Russia
Russians Unmoved By
NASA's 'Cancellation'
of Space Cooperation

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"Imposing any sanctions in the
space field would set Russian
and U.S. space exploration back
a decade, and bring irreparable
damage to all of civilization. ...
The world powers completely
understand the impossibility of
adopting sanctions in this area."

— Vladimir Solncev, CEO of
rocket-maker NPO Energomash

THE END OF 'SCIENCE FOR PEACE'?

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Lech Walesa: Europe 'Cannot
Count on the United States'

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“If NATO gives Ukraine away to Putin,
what good is NATO? Let’s see what
NATO is made of. It seems fine as long
as things go well, but the moment
something goes wrong, we are left
alone in the hour of confrontation. ...
The world cannot let Putin have his
way, because it will end badly for us.”

—FORMER PRESIDENT Lech Walesa

ARE THE EUROPEANS ON THEIR OWN?


Daily Mail, U.K.
Kremlin Seeks to Turn
Tables; Says West Sent
Blackwater to Ukraine

"Russia claims 150 Americans
have been sent to Ukraine by
a U.S. firm with historic links
to Blackwater - the private
security firm made famous
by a mass shooting in Iraq."

— REPORTER Dan Bloom

UKRAINE: BLACKWATER REDUX?

Der Spiegel, Germany
German Interior Minister:
U.S. Spying is 'Boundless'

"The information we've received
thus far is insufficient. American
surveillance measures are largely
a result of its security needs, and
are being implemented in an
excessive and boundless fashion."

— Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere

EUROPE ONLINE: Chair
of Germany's NSA Panel
Quits Over Snowden

THE LOCAL: NSA 'Ignores' Merkel's
Request to See Her Secret File


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Dr. James Lovelock:
Climate Battle Lost;
Prepare for Change

"We're reaching an age in
history where you can no
longer predict the future
with any hope of success.
We should give up our
vainglorious attempts to
save the world. ... The
idea of ‘saving the planet’
is a foolish extravagance of
Northern ideologues and
likely beyond our ability."

— SCIENTIST
Dr. James Lovelock

PREPARING FOR THE WORST

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The More NATO in Our Neck
of the Woods ... the Better

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Putin's imperialism clearly shows that
Poland and other nations of the former
Soviet bloc were fully justified in their
rush to join not only NATO, but the EU.
... If Putin is calculating the gains and
losses of an intervention in eastern
Ukraine, let him count on prolonged
resistance by a Ukrainian army that
has been strengthened by the West.”

—COLUMNIST Tomasz Bielecki

WINNING PEACE, PREPARING FOR WAR?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
'Fury' at Attack on Dianne
Feinstein as 'Emotional' by
Ex-CIA/NSA Director Hayden

"Ron Wyden, member of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, said that
Michael Hayden's attack on Feinstein
was 'outrageous' and fit a pattern
of 'misleading' the American public."

— CORRESPONDENT Rory Carroll

CIA VS. SENATE: SLAPDOWN CONTINUES

Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia
How Does a NATO Buildup
Amount to Russian Victory?

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“For years, Putin and others argued
that the central threat to our security
came from the expansion of NATO and
the deployment of bases to the Russian
border. All these years there was no
deployment. Now though, Russia will
receive the full treatment: military
bases on the border, the buildup of
NATO forces, and the inclusion of new
states into the bloc. All as a result of
Russia's wonderful victory in Crimea.”

—COLUMNIST Alexander Goltz

HAS RUSSIA LOST THE LARGER BATTLE?


La Repubblica, Italy
U.S. Declaration of
Independence: What
it Should Have Said

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"I often wonder if many
of the problems that plague
us - the crisis of values, the
surrender to the seductions
of advertising, the craving
to be on television, the loss
of historic and individual
memory, in brief, all the
things we often complain
about in columns like this,
are due to the unfortunate
wording of the Declaration
of Independence of 1776."

— ESSAYIST Umberto Eco

TOO MUCH PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?

Trouw, The Netherlands
Clinton's Hitler-Putin
Comment Highlights
Weakness of Europe

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“Putin's excuse that he 'only'
wants to protect the Russian
population in Crimea and
elsewhere is an exact copy
of Hitler's self-proclaimed
role as patron to the ethnic
Germans in Sudetenland and
between Germany and East
Prussia. With her historical
analogy, Clinton therefore
hit the nail on the head.”

—HISTORIAN
Patrick van Schie

JUST HYPERBOLE - OR TRUE?


Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
'Annexing' Crimea;
'Uniting' Jerusalem

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

"When the U.N. General Assembly
condemned the annexation of the
Crimea, Israel was among the 58
countries that didn't participate in
the vote. How is it possible that in
a conflict which puts in doubt the
global order, one of America's
key allies remained neutral?"

— COLUMNIST Mariusz Zawadzki

SANCTIONS: WHY NO ISRAELI BACKING?

Gazeta, Russia
Russians Bid Farewell
to the West

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“We are now witnessing a
rejection of the Western-
democratic paradigm set
back in the 1990s, which
somehow survived from
over 20 years. ... It is a
paradigm of civilizational
inferiority, certain that
Russia can only evolve by
copying Western standards,
gradually transforming into
a 'normal European country.”

—COLUMNIST Pyotr Vlasov

RUSSIA'S NEW PARADIGM?


Handelsblatt, Germany
'Fissures' in Europe: Putin,
Propaganda, and Patriotism

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The 'right to self-determination of
peoples' that has been held up with
such ceremonial pathos in Europe is
an ambivalent category. In reality,
Europe only wants the 'right to self-
determination' for nations exactly
as they currently exist. ... Not only
does the Crimea crisis unmask
Russia's heavy-handed superpower
aspirations of Russia and its attention-
hungry president, it also uncovers
Europe's inner weaknesses, as well
as the continent's ambiguities."

— COLUMNIST Wolfram Weimer

CRIMEA: RUSSIAN IN 1783. WHY ARGUE?

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Yahoo Unveils Encryption
to Help Protect User Data

"Alex Stamos, Yahoo's recently
appointed chief information
security officer, said his goal
was to ensure 'all Yahoo traffic
will be encrypted by default.'"

— CORRESPONDENT Dominic Rushe

DER SPIEGEL: Spy Chief Reviews
Book on NSA: 'Most Germans
Don't Share These Concerns'


Financial Times, U.K.
Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake,
Caught Up in Russia Aanctions

"A Helsinki venue due to host Cyrus,
Justin Timberlake and other U.S. stars
in the coming months is owned by a
Finnish holding company controlled by
Russians singled out for U.S. retaliation."

— CORRESPONDENTS Courtney
Weaver and Matthew Garrahan

SANCTIONS A WRECKING BALL FOR CYRUS

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
Clapper Admits: NSA
Performed Warrantless
Searches on Americans

NSA used a 'back door' to search
Americans' communications --
Director of national intelligence
confirms use of new legal rule
-- Data collected under 'Prism'
and 'Upstream' spying programs.

— CORRESPONDENTS
Spencer Ackerman, James Ball

CLAPPER: DIMINISHING CREDIBILITY


La Stampa, Italy
Ukraine: Putin Capitalizes
on Western Identity Crisis

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Today the West is no longer sure
of itself, has no moral courage, and
is bereft of the spirit of sacrifice
and cultural pride. That explains
Putin's gamble, which is why China
stands by diffidently as America and
the European Union swing inanely
between backing democracy and
an impossible military response."

— COLUMNIST Gianni Riotta

WHAT DOES THE WEST STAND FOR?

Der Spiegel, Germany
Fighting Words: Finance
Minister Schauble Says Putin's
Plans Reminiscent of Hitler

“Hitler already adopted such methods
in Sudetenland. ... That's something
that we all know from history.”

— Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble

HARD TALK ON HITLER FROM BERLIN


DER SPIEGEL: The Sympathy
Problem - Is Germany a
Country of Russia Apologists?

DER SPIEGEL: NATO's Putin
Conundrum: Berlin
Considers Its NATO Options


Izvestia, Russia
New Russia: Becoming the
'Empire the World Needs'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

"You can kill an elephant with a
needle if you find the deadliest
place to stick it. ... International
tribunals for Yugoslavia, Iraq and
Afghanistan should be formed. I
feel sorry for Obama, but ... the
world needs a good empire, and
Russia has every chance and
basis for quickly becoming one."

— COLUMNIST
Seraphim Melentyev

TALKING EMPIRE AND LOVING IT!

Rzeczpospolita, Poland
A 'Puppet in Putin's Hands,'
Edward Snowden Paved
the Way to Ukraine Crisis

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

“Today, from the perspective of
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,
the purpose of the Snowden affair
is clear. By revealing information
that triggered European concern,
Snowden was really a puppet in
Putin's hands. With his revelations
he was to stir protests in Europe
against the U.S.-E.U. free trade deal.”

—European MP Pawel Zalewski

SNOWDEN: SCUTTLING FREE TRADE?


Guardian Unlimited, U.K.
The Kremlin Lays Down its
Own Red Line on Ukraine

"After the Kerry-Lavrov talks, Russia
repeated its demand that the U.S. and
E.U. accept its proposal that Russian-
speaking regions of east and southern
Ukraine be given wide autonomous
powers independent of Kiev as a
condition for reaching an agreement."

— CORRESPONDENTS
Simon Tisdall, Shaun Walker

U.S.-RUSSIA TALK TURKEY ON UKRAINE

Diario De Noticias, Portugal
Russia and America: United
in Flouting International Law

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“Obama left out something essential
and common to Washington and
Moscow. That in both cases, the U.S.
and Russia both do as they please and
always act in accordance with
their own geostrategic interests.”

—EDITORIAL, Diario De Noticias

U.S. AND RUSSIA: TWO PEAS IN A POD?


La Stampa, Italy
Mr. Obama's Worldly
Charisma Pales Beside
that of Pope Francis

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

"Obama, given his history,
embodied and still embodies
hope. The hope embodied
by the pope, however,
placed in him by billions of
men and women as a 'leader'
without an army or empire,
stands for something quite
different: as a response not
only to our penultimate
questions about the
meaning of life, but the
ultimate ones as well."

— COLUMNIST
Michele Brambill

THE PONTIFF AND THE PRESIDENT

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Ukraine Crisis: 'Obama
is No John F. Kennedy'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

“The G-7 countries are not
meeting in a council of war,
but rather a council of the
perplexed. ... Obama is no
John F. Kennedy, who was
willing to 'pay any price,
bear any burden,' to defend
freedom in Europe. Sevastopol
2014 is not Berlin 1961. That's
reassuring, but it's sobering.”

—COLUMNIST Hubert Wetzel

OBAMA: NO KNIGHT IN ARMOR?


Corriere della Sera, Italy
VIDEO: Obama Visits
with Pope Francis

THREE VIDEOS, THREE GALLERIES

Three videos and three
galleries of President
Obama's visit to Rome and
Vatican to meet the Pope.

— OBAMA MEETS FRANCIS

OBAMA WITH POPE FRANCIS

Vedomosti, Russia
From Hitler to Putin:
Crimea is 'Not the First Time'

TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN

“Did the Russian government consider
all the risks of this incredible venture?
I am sure it did not. Just as Adolf Hitler
didn't in his time. If he had, he would
not have ended up in a bunker on April
1945 sheltering from Russian bombs,
and he wouldn't have guzzled down a
vial of poison. ... Friends! We have to
think about what we're doing and stop.”

—HISTORIAN, Dr. Andrei Zubov

A CRY FOR THE KREMLIN TO WAKE UP


Latvijas Avize, Latvia
Latvia's Grey-Haired
Legionnaires Never
Fought for Germany

TRANSLATED FROM LATVIAN

"The delusion that German
arms would bring freedom
for Latvia ended long ago.
The bitter pain of injustice
dissipated after gazing in
despair in the direction of
Churchill or Roosevelt. ...
Having already forded all
circles of hell's humiliation,
they have ascended to a
far higher level to join
with our Mother Latvia."

— REPORTER Agris Liepins

LEGACY OF TOTALITARIANISM

Knack, Belgium
What Belgium Should Ask
of Obama While He's Here

TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH

“In Waregem, a site with the graves
of hundreds of victims of bloodshed,
it should be the perfect time for Di
Rupo to ask for nuclear weapons to
be removed from Kleine Brogel Air
Base, and Di Rupo must ask Obama to
put an end to the persecution of Mr.
Snowden so he can travel to Europe.”

—COLUMNIST Wouter De Vriendt

DUTCH REQUESTS FOR BARACK OBAMA


European, Russian News Agencies
VIDEOS: Coverage of the
Ukraine Crisis, March 26

SIXTEEN NEWS SEGMENTS, Mar. 26

This is a roundup of Ukraine-
related coverage from BBC,
Euractiv, Deutsche Welle,
France 24, and Euronews

— COVERAGE, UKRAINE CRISIS

THE NARRATIVE ON UKRAINE

Belarusian Telegraph Agency, Belarus
Lukashenko Warns: 'Crimea
Sets a Dangerous Precedent'

“ It is bad that the Russian Federation
had to resort to these measures. ...
States on the verge of production are
getting off the nuclear leash. The
consequences could be ... terrible. I
would tell the West that Crimea is
dangerous, but not because it is part
of Russia. Precedents are important.”

— BELARUS President
Alexander Lukashenko

ALARM BELLS IN FORMER SOVIET STATES


FINANCIAL TIMES: Russian
Moves Unsettle Neighbors
in Central Asia and Caucasus


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
America and Germany:
The 'Axis of Pragmatism'

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"The U.S. and Germany are looking
for common ground. And that is as
it should be. Who knows, perhaps
Putin will permanently weld the
estranged partners together. In
any case, when it comes down to it,
this partnership is truly indispensable."

— COLUMNIST
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger

AFTER CRIMEA: ALL PATCHED UP?

VATN, Italy
VIDEOS: Hobnobbing at
Nuclear Security Summit,
and G-7, at The Hague

FOUR VIDEOS OF THE CRISIS

This is a series of videos from
today's events surrounding the
Nuclear Security and G7 in The
Hague. These are all raw video,
i.e.: no commentary. Just sights
and sounds of leaders chatting.

— WHEN LEADERS COLLIDE

HANG OUT WITH WESTERN LEADERS

Die Zeit, Germany
The Paler the West, the
More Luminous is Putin

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

"One might well ask whether
we journalists aren't partly
responsible for a caricature
of the West that allows Putin
to appear more luminous than
he is. Did we really mean to
demonize the U.S. during the
surveillance affair? Did we
write the E.U. to death during
the euro crisis, not properly
explaining the advantages of
the West and our free Europe?
For those who don't have an
appreciation for the West,
even someone like Vladimir
Putin can become a luminary."

— COLUMNIST Michael Thumann

ARE WESTERN MEDIA HELPING PUTIN?

News Agencies, Russia, U.K., Germany
VIDEOS: News Reports
on Ukraine and Crimea,
from Russia and Europe

THIRTEEN VIDEOS OF THE CRISIS

A collection of video content
on the Ukraine/Crimea crisis
from Russia Today, Germany's
Deutsche Welle, and the BBC.

— RUSSIAN, EUROPEAN NEWS

NEWS COVERAGE OF THE CRISIS

The Times, Armenia
Lawmaker Suggests Dividing
Ukraine Among Romania,
Poland, Russia and Hungary

"It's just outrageous to think Poland
would participate in the division of
a friendly country and change its
borders. ... any 'official' message
must be directed to a psychiatrist."

— Presidential Adviser
in Poland, Tomasz Nalecz

ZHIRINOVSKY'S UNTIMELY SUGGESTION

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

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

— EDITORIAL,
Jerusalem Post

KERRY: TRUSTED BY NO ONE

JERUSALEM POST: Remembering
an America Who Died for Israel

JERUSALEM POST: Obama
is Abandoning Israel

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

YEIOTH AHRONOT:
Obama's Wars on Israel


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

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

— COLUMNIST
Michael Oren

IS GLOBAL MEDIA BIASED?


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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST K. Selim

TERRORISTS OR FREEDOM FIGHTERS?

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Moncef Wafi

THE AGONY OF THE ARAB WORLD


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

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

— COLUMNIST
Douglas Bloomfield

CAN THE U.S. HELP AT ALL HERE?

JERUSALEM POST: Remembering
an America Who Died for Israel


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

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

—EDITORIAL, Saudi Gazette

AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT DOMINO?


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

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

— COLUMNIST Douglas Bloomfield

U.S. WAR FUNDRAISING IN FULL SWING

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Kharroubi Habib

SAUDIS: A FATAL MISCALCULATION?


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

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

— COLUMNIST Zalman Shoval

IS U.S. SUPPORT TOO TEPID?

ISRAEL HAYON: Iron
Dome is Proving its Worth

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Scarlett Haddad

AMERICA'S HIDDEN HAND?


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

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

— SOURCES, Debka File

WHAT DOES U.S. OWE THE WORLD?

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Karim Mohsen

TERROR TODAY: A U.S. CREATION?


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Issa Goraieb

A NEW MIDDLE EAST MAP EMERGES

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

—COLUMNIST Ali Abed Al Ghazzi

IRAQ: SUSPICION ABOUT U.S. MOTIVES


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

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

— SOURCES, Debka File

ISIS CLOSES IN ON DAMS, PIPELINES

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

—EDITORIAL, Sotal Iraq

WELCOME BACK BAATHISTS?


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

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

— EDITORIAL, Khaleej Times

IRAQ'S LINGERING WMDs ...

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

SEVENTEEN NON-U.S. NEWS SEGMENTS

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

— IRAQ: SUNNI VS. SHIITE

THE FIGHT OVER MUHAMMAD'S HEIR

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— Sheikh Qassim Al Ta'ee

WHY SEND TROOPS TO GUARD IT? READ ON

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

SIX COLUMNS

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

— ARAB VIEWS ON A CHANGING MAP

WESTERN MAPS: ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN?

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

NINE NEWS SEGMENTS

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

— NEWS AND COMMENT ON IRAQ

IRAQ WAR REDUX?: WHAT TO DO?

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

ABU BAKR: THE NEW BIN LADEN?

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

FIVE NEWS SEGMENTS

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

— COVERAGE, Crisis in Iraq

NOURI AL-MALIKI: 'CONSPIRACY'

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

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

— NEWSITEM, Al-Arabya

COLLAPSE OF THE IRAQI MILITARY

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Debka File

A DISASTER IN IRAQ AS MOSUL FALLS

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

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

— EDITORIAL, The Peninisula

KERRY DEFENDS PRISONER SWAP

All4Syria, Syria
American Mujahedeen Now
Threaten Syrian Revolution

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Ahmed Maghrabi

ARE U.S. FIGHTERS SOURING WASHINGTON?

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

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

— TALIBAN CHIEF Mullah Omar

TALIBAN PRIDE AND PROPAGANDA

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Dr. Ahmad Al Nayef

U.S. PLAN TO EXTEND GLOBAL COP ROLE

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

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

—ANONYMOUS Nigerian Official

FINGER POINTING OVER NIGERIAN GIRLS


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Yedioth Ahronot

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

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

DEBKA FILE: Russian Army
Ordered To Ukraine Border

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

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

—EDITORIAL, Kitabat

PUTIN'S REPUTATION BETTER BY THE DAY


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Salem Ferdi

GOING ALONG TO GET ALONG WITH U.S.

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Joe Acoury

WHEN WILL SYRIA'S CARNAGE END?


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

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

— REPORTERS Barak Ravid
and Jack Khoury

REAGAN-ERA NUKE SPY TO BE FREE?

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

—COLUMNIST Kharroubi Habib

PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT?


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Dr. Salem
Ben Ahmad Sahaab

IRAN-RUSSIA SANCTIONS SHIFT

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

PUTIN TAKES THE STAGE AT KREMLIN


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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— SHIEKH
Dr. Mostafa Rashid

MUSLIMS CAN SEE 'NOAH'

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

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

— COLUMNIST Guy Bechor

CAN ISRAEL COUNT ON U.S. PROMISES?


YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Timing of
Iranian Ship Raid Too Perfect

JERUSALEM POST:
Terror's Puppet Master - Iran


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Raghida Dergham

THE SYRIA CRISIS: APOCALYPTIC

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

SYRIA REBELS' NEW COMMAND POST


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— EDITORIAL, Thawra Al-Wada

WHO ARE THE ENEMIES OF TERROR?

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

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

— FORMER CONGRESSMAN M
elvin Reynolds

REYNOLDS: ON WRONG SIDE OF MUGABE?


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

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

— Uganda President
Yoweri Museveni

UGANDA JOINS AFRICA'S INTOLERANT

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

CAN NETANYAHU BE RESTRAINED?


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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Take Kerry
at his Word on Global Boycotts


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

—COLUMNIST Baker Sidqi

TERROR-WAR IN SYRIA AND IRAQ


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

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

— REPORTER Mitch Ginsburg

SHIN BET IN TERROR TAKE DOWN

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST
Abd al-Jabbar al-Jbouri

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

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

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

— PRIME MINISTER
Benjamin Netanyahu

INTERIM DEAL WITH IRAN TAKES EFFECT

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

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


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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

CHANGES IN MIDEAST DIPLOMACY


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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Kayhan

ROUHANI: POSTURING TO SURVIVE?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Caroline Glick

DEVOTED FRIENDS AND ENEMIES

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Nagib Aoun

SYRIA: ITS PEOPLE LEFT TO THEIR FATE

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Talal Owkal

FREEMASONS, ZIONISTS OR MUSLIMS?

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

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

— COLUMNIST
Yonah Jeremy Bob

ISRAEL: THE SNOWDEN TREATMENT

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Big Brother Obama

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: No
Secrets On Our Phones

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:
Secret Peace Talk Contents
Revealed By Palestinians

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

JERUSALEM POST: Why
Obama Won't Pardon Pollard

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


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

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

— NEWS ITEM, Times of Israel

PLAYING IT SAFE WITH SECRETS

Turkish Weekly, Turkey
America Presses Turkey
Over Chinese Missile Bid

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

— U.S. Message to Turkey

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

JERUSALEM POST: Will Tehran
Step Up its Covert War?

JERUSALEM POST: Kerry Forces
Israel's Moment of Decision

JERUSALEM POST: Pollard and an
American Jewish Renaissance

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: 'Arm Thyself!'

Kayhan, Iran
Supreme Leader Warns of
Western Cultural Invasion

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

— SUPREME LEADER
Ayatollah Khamenei

CULTURE POLICE SNAP INTO ACTION

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

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

— COLUMNIST
Shmuley Boteach

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

JERUSALEM POST: Why
Obama Won't Pardon Pollard

JERUSALEM POST:
Misrepresenting Mandela


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

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

— COLUMNIST Joel Netshitenzhe

A LEGACY FOR THE WORLD TO CHERISH

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

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

— COLUMNIST Hafez al-Barghouti

ALL SMILES ... DAGGERS DRAWN

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

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

— DEBKA FILE SOURCES

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

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

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

SO SHALL WE JUST CALL IT ALL OFF?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE SOURCES

JOB ONE: NUKES TO SAUDIS


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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

HAS NSA SHOT U.S. IN THE FOOT?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Herm Keinon

HISTORY IS MADE - BUT IS THIS GOOD?


JERUSALEM POST: Iran Deal
is Riskier than Meets the Eye

JERUSALEM POST: French Foreign
Minister Doubts Israel Will Strike

JERUSALEM POST: Iran Deal
is Riskier than Meets the Eye

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: John
Kerry: Persona Non Grata

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Pros
and Cons of Geneva Feal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
'Total, Unmitigated Defeat'


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

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

— REPORTER Yifa Yaakov

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

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

— SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Khamenei

TOUGH TALK: BARGAINING OR RED LINE?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

AS TEHRAN'S CENTRIFUGES TURN


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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Can
Israel Survive Obama?


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

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

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

— COLUMNIST Hern Keinon

ISRAEL: 'ALL OPTION ON THE TABLE'


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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST
Ahmad Mostapha Al Ghurr

HAS NSA SHOT U.S. IN THE FOOT?

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

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

— REPORTER Yifa Yaakov

AMERICA: ISRAEL'S LEAKY ALLY


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

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

— COLUMNIST Abdullah Iskandar

HYPOCRISY AND MORAL DILEMMA

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Netanyahu
Makes Case for Preemptive Strike


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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

BANDAR BIN SULTAN UNLEASHED


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

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

ISRAEL HAYOM: The America-
Related Saudi Predicament

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Iran Now has no One to Fear

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


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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

CRACKING AMERICA'S DRONES

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

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

— Sir Tim Berners-Lee

WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHERS?

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Talal Owkal

ALL GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Ilan Ben Zion

EXPANDING CHARM OFFENSIVE

TIMES OF ISRAEL: Netanyahu
Makes Case for Preemptive Strike


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— CORRESPONDENT
Mohammad ben Ahmad

AL-LIBY: WORKING WITH CIA?

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

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

— NEWS ITEM, FARS News Agency

A GIANT LEAP FOR IRANIAN KIND?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST
Khamis ben Habib al-Tobi

WEST OUTSMARTED BY ASSAD?

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— COLUMNIST Antoine Courban

OBAMA: THE RELUCTANT CAESAR

Yedioth Ahronot, Israel
'Obama is No Sucker'

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

— COLUMNIST Orly Azoulay

TIME FOR CHANGE IN TACK?

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Israel 'Not
Giving Diplomacy a Chance'

YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Only One Exposing Truth

ISRAEL HAYOM: Iran Flirts,
Israeli has Obligations

ISRAEL HAYOM: Resist
the Misleading Iranian Model

ISRAEL HAYOM: A
Compromise Among Friends


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

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

— FARS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm

IRAN'S STATE-RUN PRESS CRIES FOUL

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

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

— EDITORIAL, Debka File

HAS THE U.S. BETRAYED ISRAEL?

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

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

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

COLD WATER ON RAPPROCHEMENT?

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

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

— COLUMNIST Hagai Segal

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Nukes and
Palestine - Obama's Worktable

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

JERUSALEM POST: Netanyahu
Has His Work Cut Out for Him

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

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

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

RealVideoSept .24, 00:28:00

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

— Iran President Hassan Rouhani

HASSAN ROUHANI SPEAKS TO THE WORLD

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

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

— EDITORIAL, Debka File

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

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

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Diplomatic
Solution is the Only Solution

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


Tishreen, Syria
Misunderstanding between
East and West Begins in Syria

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— CLERIC Hussein Ahmed Shahada

THE HEART OF THE MISUNDERSTANDING?

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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Nasser Munzir

STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED ...

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

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

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

— MANAGING EDITOR
William Kern

A DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

OBAMA: HELPED OR HURT BY PUTIN?


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

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

ISRAEL HAYOM: Syria
Strike Will be no Tea Party

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


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

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

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

IRANIAN WORDS OF REASON?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE News Item

OBAMA: INTO THE LION'S DEN?


YEDIOTH AHRONOT:
Europe's Syrian Disgrace


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud Al Faisal

SAUDIS PUTTING ON THE HEAT

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

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

— HOUSING MINISTER Uri Ariel

ISRAELI POLTICIANS VENT ON SYRIA

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


Jerusalem Post, Israel
Iraq Scares Britain
Out of Middle East

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

— CORRESPONDENT
By Micheal Wilner

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Wagdy Zein Eldeen

ELBARADEI: WHY DID HE DECIDE TO RESIGN?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Editorial

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

INDEPENDENT: America
is 'Arrogant and Unreliable'

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

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


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

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

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

— COLUMNIST Adnan Kamel Salah

HOSNI MUBARAK: HE'S BAAACK!

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

FALL FROM HIEGHTS OF POWER

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


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

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

— EDITORIAL, Kayhan

IS THIS A NEW DAY FOR IRAN?

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

GAME-CHANGING BODY-BOMBERS?

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


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

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

— SUPREME LEADER
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

GOODBYE AHMADINEJAD ...

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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

DO NEW TALKS HAVE A CHANCE?

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

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

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

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


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

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

— EDITORIAL, The National

SHE ALTERED LANDSCAPE FOREVER

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

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

— Former Mubarak Minister
Abdel Latif el-Menawy

AMERICA DEMONIZED IN EGYPT

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


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

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

— DEBKA FILE Sources

MARINES, NAVY EYE EGYPT, ISRAEL

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

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

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

— Statement By Jamra,
Senegalese NGO that
opposes homosexual rights

PRAISE FOR REJECTING GAY RIGHTS

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

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

— Mama Sarah, Obama's
Paternal Grandmother

THE BIGGEST QUESTION IN KENYA

The Independent, South Africa
Obama's Six Deadly Sins

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

— Adekeye Adebajo, Director,
Centre for Conflict Resolution

OBAMA COMES UNDER ATTACK

Sunday Post, Zambia
George W. Bush
Arrives in Zambia

“This is a big thing for
us in terms of tourism
development. It (his
visit) will assist us in
marketing Livingstone
as a tourism destination.
President Bush and his
wife visit will help us
market our tourism
potential to Americans.”

— EDITORIAL, Business Day

BUSH IS BACK IN AFRICA

BUSINESS DAY: Muslim
Lawyers Fail in Bid to have
Obama Arrested Upon Arrival

BUSINESS DAY: What Should
Zuma Tell President Obama?

TIMES LIVE: 'Obama
Disappointed Millions' says
Communist League Chief

TIMES LIVE: Hundreds Protest
Obama: 'World's Top Assassin'


Sud Quotidien, Senegal
Obama in Senegal: A
'Triumph of Gestures'

TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH

“The gestures and actions of
the Senegal administration
are visibly reassuring to its
American counterpart, that
advocates 'strong institutions'
rather than strong men.”

— COLUMNIST Malick Ndaw

A MEETING LONG IN COMING

Business Day, South Africa
America Remains a
Good Friend to Have

“It is said that in politics the
only thing worse than getting
negative attention is being
ignored. Barack Obama should
take some consolation in this
when he sees the thousands of
protesters that protest his visit.”

— EDITORIAL, Business Day

FREE SPEECH IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Citizen, Tanzania
Why the Visit by 'Big
Brother Obama' Should
Concern Tanzanians

“Kenyans need not envy our
three countries. In fact, they
should pray for Tanzania and
the others that have been so
'blessed' as to have Big Brother
call on them. ... Tanzanians
should be worried - very
worried. There is a very high
probability that their wealth
is about to be up for grabs.”

— COLUMNIST Peter Nyanje

ALL ABOUT MINERAL WEALTH?

The Citizen, Tanzania
In Snubbing Kenya, Obama
Acts Like Typical 'Luo' Man

“In Africa, a son inherits his father's
ethnicity and all things related to it,
which means President Obama is a
Luo, and at least unofficially, a
Kenyan citizen. He is neither an
African-American, nor U.S. citizen. ...
Has he snubbed his ancestral home?
Not at all! He is simply acting like
any other American head of state!”

— COLUMNIST Mobhare Matinyi

OBAMA'S VISIT ROILS AFRICANS

Debka File, Israel
Russian Marines, Air
Power Head to Syria

“Putin is giving the West
due warning that if they
persist in arming the
rebels further, a Russian
troop landing in Syria
will occur in the guise
of an action to evacuate
Russian nationals there.”

— DEBKA FILE Sources

ANOTHER SYRIA FACE-OFF?

Business Day, South Africa
Americans Too Willing
to Surrender Freedoms

“Freedom is in decline. Whether
the programme is called social
security or Obamacare or PRISM,
the professed purpose is always
the same: to secure the well-
being of the nation's citizenry.”

— LAWYER Rex Van Schalkwyk

BUSINESS DAY: NSA Snooping -
Throwing Stones in Glass Houses

BUSINESS DAY: Lessons
for South Africa in the U.S.
Surveillance Scandal

INDEPENDENT ONLINE:
Obama in Africa to be
Secured on Land, Sea, Air

TIMES LIVE: Johannesburg
Students, Faculty Reject
Honorary Degree for Obama


Xewmedia, Senegal
Africa Needs Obama to Join
Fight Against Witch Hunting

“President Obama should ask Africans
to draw a lesson from European witch
hunting and the Salem witch hunts that
occurred in America and condemn the
ritual killing of albinos in Tanzania,
hunchbacks in Nigeria, and witch killing
and abuses in Kenya, Nigeria, Lesotho,
Uganda and in the state of Sierra Leone.”

— COLUMNIST Leo Igwe

TIME TO WEIGH IN ON WITCH HUNTING?

Sotal Iraq, Iraq
Oklahoma 'Infidels' and
Our So-Called 'Muslims'

TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC

“Some Syrians find themselves
in hastily-built humanitarian aid
camps, their bodies, and those
of their women ravaged by
monsters in human form. All
that was left of the honor of
these poor souls has been
stolen by evil predators. ...
In Oklahoma, families found
themselves without a roof
over their heads, after the
latest tornado flattened their
homes. However, they at least
were greeted with open arms
by generous souls who stood
by them, embraced them,
and who eased their burdens.”

— COLUMNIST Hassan Al-Khafaji

PLIGHT OF SYRIA'S REFUGEE WOMEN

Kayhan, Iran
Supreme Leader Says Unlike
2009, Presidential Vote in
2013 will 'Frustrate Enemies'

“Ayatollah Khamenei said that failure
to abide by the law was the cause of
the 2009 post-election unrest. ... The
leader said opposing views expressed
by the candidates during live debates
exposed those who accuse the Islamic
Republic of muzzling free speech. ...
'However, I have reservations about
certain issues raised in the debates w
hich, God willing, I will explain after
the election,' the supreme leader said.”

— NEWS ITEM, Kayhan

ELECTION 'EXCITEMENT' TAKES HOLD IN IRAN

The Jerusalem Post, Israel
Security Needs vs.
Democratic Rights

“Democracies around the world
struggle to defend themselves
against terrorism without at the
same time undermining the very
freedoms which they value and
which they are willing to fight
to protect. Only through lively
public debate and very careful
deliberation is it possible to
strike the right balance. In
Israel and around the world, the
NSA surveillance controversy
provides a perfect opportunity.”

— EDITORIAL, The Jerusalem Post

WHAT IS THE 'RIGHT BALANCE'?

JERUSALEM POST: Enemies of the
State: Edward Snowden, Anat Kam

JERUSALEM POST: Israel is Losing America

Buisiness Day, South Africa
Obama Sets 'Dubious
Example' on Freedom

“Obama's attitude to the NSA
surveillance program echoes
comments made by our State
Security Minister Siyabonga
Cwele. ... Obama and Cwele
want us to swallow the lie
that it is okay to surrender
a liberty or two because the
bad guys won’t be stopped
otherwise. ... What kind of
example is Obama setting? ”

— COLUMNIST Sipho Hlongwane

CWELE AND OBAMA OF SAME MIND

The Jerusalem Post, Israel
Recalling RFK's Murder
as 'Palestinian Terror'

“The truth - which most people
overlook – was that this Kennedy
assassination was the first major
case of Palestinian terrorism
that targeted the United States.”

— COLUMNIST, Dr. Gil Troy

WHERE PALESTINIAN TERROR BEGAN?

Al-Haram, Egypt
Egypt Court Defends
NGO Verdict; Decries
'Soft U.S. Imperialism'

“in defense of controversial
verdicts on non-governmental
organizations, Cairo Criminal
Court asserts that foreign-
funded civil society aims to
'destabilize, weaken and
dismantle' beneficiary states.”

— REPORTER Ayat Al-Tawy

Khaleej Times, U.A.E.
Iraq's al-Qaeda 'Bombshell'

“Iraq's public announcement that it
has unearthed an al-Qaeda plot to
lay hands on its chemical weapons is
nothing short of a bombshell. ...
Iraq's claim that the ultimate aim of
the group was to smuggle the agents
to Europe and North America will
kick off wide-scale investigations.”

— EDITORIAL, Khaleej Times

IRAQ WMDS THAT AL-QAEDA IS STEALING?

The Daily Independent, Nigeria
Shame on Nigeria ... Barack
Obama is Right to Shun Us!

“Isn't it a shame that the first African-
American in the White House is to visit
the continent a second time without
stopping in Nigeria? ... How long will
we continue to deceive ourselves? We
are now a laughing stock among nations.”

— COLUMNIST Habib Aruna

NIGERIA - AND KENYA - FEEL OBAMA'S LASH

Kayhan, Iran
Presidential Candidates:
Nuclear Policy Decided by
the Supreme Leader Only

“Whoever is elected president in
June, uranium enrichment will be
pursued without fear of the enemy
... The president must demonstrate
this clearly to the supreme leader.”

— PRESIDNETIAL CANDIDATE
Saeed Jalili

KHAMENEI: HOLDING ALL THE CARDS

Al-Jazeera, Qatar
VIDEO: Arkansas Residents Ill
After Exxon Pipeline Rupture

RealVideoMay 29, 00:00:47

"Should the U.S. expand its network of
oil pipelines, particularly the pipeline to
Canada's oils sands, with the recent spate
of accidents? Will victims in the United
States get justice in the face of Exxon's
public relations and legal onslaught?”

— INSIDE STORY Host Shihab Rattanssi

WHAT IS TO COME FOR MAJOR OIL FIRMS?

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Israel's Interests in Syria

“It is a mistake for Israelis to
express support for Assad.
Israel should stay out of the
Syrian conflict altogether
while hoping for the fall of
the Assad regime. Ultimately,
Israel would be better served
by a failed state next door than
by a strong, Iran-backed entity.”

— EDITORIAL, Jerusalem Post


NASARALLAH'S PLEDGE TO ASSAD

RealVideoVIDEO: Nasrallah Pledges Army for Assad


DEBKA FILE: Hezbullah Chief
Pledges Tens of Thousands
to Fight for Bashar Assad

JERUSALEM POST: 'Abbas
Under Pressure to Talks
Without Preconditions'

JERUSALEM POST: 'Netanyahu
Will Not Freeze Settlements'

ISRAEL HAYUM: Demise
of Middle East Borders

JERUSALEM POST: 'Abbas Under
Pressure to Talk - No Preconditions'

ISRAEL HAYUM: Peace Pushers
and Cognitive Dissonance

JERUSALEM POST: Washington
Watch: Is Hillary Inevitable?


Debka File, Israel
Israel: 'Syria Will Pay
for Golan Escalation'

“Our policy is clear – we don't
interfere in Syria’s civil war,
but neither will we let the fire
spill over onto our territory.
Last night ... we destroyed a
Syrian army position on Golan,
which fired at an IDF patrol.”

— DEFENSE MINISTER
Moshe Yaalon

WILL ISRAEL ENTER SYRIAN WAR?


ISRAEL HAYUM: No Need to
Show Assad the Door ... Yet

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Anti-Israel
NGOs Receive U.S. Funding

YEDIOTH AHRONOT: Many Syria
Rebels Despise the West as
Much as they Despise Assad


EARLIER AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST POSTS
La Jornada, Mexico
Obama Deportations
Fail Child Migrants

"The massive deportation
of an undetermined number
of migrant children, which
Obama announced in front
of fellow Central American
leaders, will not ameliorate
the problem, but worsen it."

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada

IS THE U.S. BLIND TO HISTORY?

Carta Maior, Brazil
Protesters at BRICs
Summit Seek Asylum
for Edward Snowden

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Member of the Chamber of
Deputies Foreign Affairs
Committee, Ivan Valente said
that in addition to having a
tradition of granting asylum,
Brazil needs to defend its
sovereignty. 'The Brazilian
government has already given
a tough response from the
point of view of international
relations, but there needs
to be consequences,' he said."

— REPORTER Najla Passos

NEW PUSH FOR SNOWDEN ASYLUM


The Japan Times, Japan
Kerry 'Warns Abe' About
Visiting North Korea

"Secretary of State Kerry warned
that such a trip could disturb the
coordination involving Tokyo,
Washington and Seoul to rein in
N Korea's missile, nuke programs."

— NEWS ITEM, Kyoto

WASHINGTON LEANS ON TOKYO

Diario Co Latino, El Salvador
Child Migrants: 'Promises
and PR' are No Match for
the Power of 'U.S. Myth'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"There is no quick fix; no controls
can contain hope. The prevailing
myth of a better life in the U.S.,
achieved at any cost, the mirage of
better life in the land of the eagle
and dollar, cannot be vanquished
with promises, PR campaigns, social
media, or future projects. It can
only be defeated through social,
economic, and human realities."

— COLUMNIST Cesar Ramirez

BATTLING THE APPEAL OF THE U.S.


El Universal, Mexico
The Mass Migration
of Children Mexican
Authorities 'Missed'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The Foreign Ministry says
that things are going well.
Deputy Foreign Secretary
Rubio says that Mexico's
authorities make sure that
child migrants are safe in
shelters. ... To address a
problem, one must begin
by recognizing it. ... The
fact is that the authorities
of this country are not."

— EDITORIAL, El Universal

DENIAL: NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT


La Jornada, Mexico
U.S. Republican 'Police
Approach' to Crisis of Child
Immigration is 'Aberrant'

"This isn't the first time the most
fervent enemies of undocumented
immigrants have demanded the
massive deportation of those from
countries south of the Río Grande.
... The difference is that, in this
case, the life of the deported
minors would be endangered."

— COLUMNIST
Arturo Balderas Rodríguez

SHAMELESS POINT-SCORING WITH BASE

Excelsior, Mexico
Mexico is Doing 'Nothing'
as Migration Issue Spirals

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The immigration policies of our
country over the past few years
have oscillated between inaction
and the corruption of authorities
responsible for migration issues.
... The truth is that Mexico has no
immigration policy directed at
tackling the root of the problem."

— COLUMNIST Martin Espinosa

STANDOFF AT THE U.S. BORDER


La Prensa, Honduras
'Nobody's Children' at
the Mexico-U.S. Border

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Along the way, over 70% of
migrant children will die or be
enslaved. They never reach
their destination because they
are prey to vultures lying in
wait in Guatemala or Mexico
to sexually abuse them, force
them to join criminal gangs that
operate with impunity, or kill
them to intimidate others. They
are kids unwanted by anyone
- the children of no one."

— COLUMNIST Jorge Ortega

PITY THE LITTLE CHILDREN? ...

La Jornada, Mexico
Our Migrant Children and
Irresponsible Governments

"That the presidents of the United
States and Mexico agreed during a
phone call, to execute 'a regional
strategy to expedite repatriations'
is inadmissible and unbelievable!"

— Dr. Ana Maria Aragones

STATES COMPLICIT ON MIGRATION


Asia Times, Hong Kong
Iraq Pays Price of U.S.
Sectarian Meddling

“Iran's influence and interests
are so strong that despite much
saber-rattling by US President
Obama, the U.S. cannot possibly
modify the massively changing
reality in Iraq without Iran's help.”

— COLUMNIST Ramzy Baroud

O Globo, Brazil
Finally, an American Cry of
'Collective Sanity' on Guns

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"When will this insanity stop? When
will the nation say 'stop this madness?'
... Richard Martinez' cry of pain was
not a lone one. The words of this
middle-aged man, shaken by a wound
that he will carry with him as long as
he lives, sounded like a collective call,
a cry for reason on behalf of life."

— JOURNALIST Dorrit Harazim

ARE AMERICANS TURNING ON GUNS?


The Australian, Australia
U.S. Military Base in
Australia Formalized
- 'Likely to to Expand'

“The two leaders approved a
legal agreement formalizing
the deployment of around
1,300 U.S. Marines to the
Northern Territory of Darwin.
... While it is up to the U.S.
to propose specific military
cooperation, the agreement
means Australia is open to
hosting more U.S. Marines
over time, and the use of a
West Australian naval base
as a port for U.S. destroyers.”

—CORRESPONDENT David Crowe

La Jornada, Mexico
The 'Nazi Stench'
and U.S. 'Fascism'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The stench that emanated in the
wake of 9/11 and the series of
martial regulations and wartime
powers granted to the Executive
under laws based on anticipatory
self defense are reminiscent of
the 1933 fire at the Reichstag set
by the Nazis for the purpose of
seizing power. It is in this context
that one grasps the significance of
President Eisenhower's warning
about the threat to freedom and
constitutional rights posed by the
military-industrial complex. ... In
the words of Chris Hedges, the U.S.
is now in a post-constitutional era."

— COLUMNIST
John Saxe-Fernandez

WHAT TYPE OF GOVERNMENT IS THIS?


La Jornada, Mexico
'Not Since Slavery' Has
U.S. Treated People Worse
than the Undocumented

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Its unacceptable persecution confirms
its role as the main violator of individual
rights both in and out of its territory.
At the same time, it shows a stubborn
ignorance of a phenomenon inherent
to human societies, accentuated by the
very global economy the U.S. promotes."

— EDITORIAL, La Jornada

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: WHO IS AT FAULT?


SCMP, Honk Kong
China Plans Artificial Island
in Disputed Spratly Islands

"Fiery Cross Reef, known as Yongshu
in China, Kagitingan in the Philippines
and Da Chu Thap in Vietnam, is close
to sea lanes and would serve as a
strategic naval staging post, said
Asian scholar analyst Alexander Neill."

— REPORTERS Kristine Kwok
and Minnie Chan

CHINA THINKS BIG IN SPRATLY ISLANDS

Huanqiu, China
U.S. 'Garbage' Congress Shows
True Colors With Talk of Beijing
Turmoil Twenty Five Years Ago

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"U.S. lawmakers overestimate the capacity
of U.S. resolutions to manufacture mischief
in China. This is like spitting at a brick of
the Great Wall of China. ... Today's U.S.
lawmakers have experienced the climax of
American power and the rise of China, and
the odor coming from the U.S. is because
the U.S. Congress has become a garbage
dump for anti-China emotion."

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

THE BITTER FRUIT OF TOTALITARIANISM


Outlook Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Obama Mimics Karzai
Plan of Freeing Taliban

"Kabul long ago embarked on a
policy of releasing Taliban
prisoners. Hundreds have been
released from Bagram prison.
Yet no one knows of their
whereabouts, and no one takes
responsibility for what they
have done - kill soldiers and
innocent civilians. Meanwhile,
Pakistan was also asked to do so."

— EDITORIAL,
Outlook Afghanistan

MAKING NICE WITH THE TALIBAN

Afghanistan Times, Afghanistan
Gitmo Prisoner Swap an
'Absurd Act of Deception'

"The Taliban kill and get away with
it, but some are arrested. Then the
Americans knowingly set them free.
... .. Saving hundreds of lives
clearly outweighs saving one soldier."

— EDITORIAL, Afghanistan Times

FREEING BERGDAHL: TOO HIGH A PRICE?

O Globa, Brazil
Manning and Assange: When
Exposing Crime is a 'Crime'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Manning and Assange are accused of
the crime of disclosing crimes. Their
position that they want to trigger a
global, open, and 'hopeful' discussion,
which could give rise to reforms,
were of no use. ... Free people who
love freedom cannot, unfortunately,
offer Manning and Assange no paradise,
but they can offer them something
better: solidarity. And words of
admiration, courage and friendship."

— Dr. Daniel Aarao Reis

ASSANGE: TWO YEARS IN CONFINEMENT


The Nassau Guardian, The Bahamas
In The Bahamas, NSA Finds
Smugglers, Not Terrorists

"The NSA documents state that access
to Bahamian GSM communications has
led to the discovery of international
drugs traffickers and alien smugglers.
Many ask why the NSA, an agency that
is focused on terrorism, is interested
in drug traffick and human smugglers."

— REPORTER Travis Cartwright-Carroll

MASS SURVEILLANCE SLIPS THE LEASH

The Nassau Guardian, The Bahamas
NSA Spying on Bahamas
a Prelude to 'Blackmail'

"What this intelligence program
gives the United States is another
means by which to blackmail the
people of The Bahamas. Dangling
this power over the heads of a
people is an act of hostility. There
is nothing friendly about blackmail."

— EDITORIAL, Nassau Guardian

BAHAMAS: OUTRAGE DOWN UNDER

Afghanistan Times, Afghanistan
Obama Visit 'Annoys
and Insults' Afghans

"Obama should stop lying
to the world. The first
truth that Afghans want
to hear is that the United
States and its allies have
flopped when it comes to
eliminating terrorism. ...
If that is not the case, then
key U.S. officials should
stop visiting Afghanistan
under cover of darkness."

— EDITORIAL,
Afghanistan Times

AT BAGRAM: WELL PLAYED?


Huanqiu, China
Chinese Troops Must
Take Up 'Legal Arms'
Against United States

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"We believe that these five
men accused by the U.S.
Justuce Department should
take up legal arms to defend
their reputations. We suggest
that the five sue the American
government in China's courts
for defamation and threats
against their person, and
demand compensation."

— EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

CYBER-THIEVES OR SCAPE GOATS?

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
China and Russia Right
to Cooperate on Energy
Rather than Military

“eijing has repeatedly said that
relations with Moscow need not
focus on politics and military
affairs. Since the Ukraine crisis,
there's been excited talk of a
return of the cold war. Such
hyperbole is unhelpful. Instead,
practical cooperation should
guide relations. It will help
strengthen Sino-Russian ties.”

—NEWS ITEM, Reuters

The Diplomat, Japan
The Bottom Line Origins of
the U.S.-China Spying Row

"China and America's disagreement
over the legitimacy of China’s state-
run economic espionage is not just
a reflection of their power positions.
Rather, the clash is ultimately rooted
in their differing conceptions
about the proper role of the state."

— COLUMNIST Zachary Keck

NEVER SHALL THE TWAIN MEET?


China Daily, China
The Self Defeating Charges
of 'Cyber-Thief' America

"The Snowden leaks indicate that the
NSA and U.S. Cyber Command are the
most formidable state-sponsored cyber
threats in the world today. If they can
be exonerated for what they have
done and still do, accusing others
is just a shameless double standard."

— EDITORIAL, China Daily

FROM ONE CYBER THIEF TO ANOTHER?


Global Times, China
'Double Dealer' John
Kerry Misleads Vietnam

"This Vietnam War veteran
is now a double-dealer. Hanoi
and Manila must have been
intensely exhilarated when
the word 'provocative' came
out of his mouth. To maximize
its interests, Uncle Sam uses
its 'Asia pivot' to seduce Hanoi
and Manila into being its pawns."

— EDITORIAL, Global Times

IS THE U.S. STOKING CONFLICT?

Indian Express, India
Like Americans After
Bush's Win, 'We Indians'
Apologize for Modi

"A day after George W. Bush -
the man responsible for the
'global war on terror' - was
re-elected U.S. president in
2004, a young man posted a
photograph of himself on
the Web holding a sign that
read: 'Sorry world (we tried)
- from Half of America.' ...
Has 2002 been forgotten and
forgiven? Is it our turn to say
sorry to the world? I think so."

— COLUMNIST Javed Anand

SHOULD INDIANS SAY 'SORRY'?


Opera Mundi, Brazil
Cuba Faces Threat of
Terror from U.S., Not
the Other Way Around

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“Washington refuses to act
to stop Florida's extreme right
Cuba groups from planning
attacks against the island. ...
For over half a century, Cuba
has suffered from terrorist
violence orchestrated by the
United States - first by the CIA,
and now by right-wing Cubans.”

—Dr. Salim Lamrani

CARRILES: TERRORISM WE LIKE?


The Diplomat Japan
Narendra Modi:
India's Shinzo Abe

"Like Abe, Modi is expected
to focus on reviving India's
economic fortunes while
simultaneously bolstering its
defenses and strengthening
its strategic partnerships
with likeminded states,
thereby promoting regional
stability and blocking the
rise of a Sino-centric Asia."

— Dr. Brahma Chellaney

BUT HOW MUCH LIKE ABE?


El Universal, Mexico
CNN: A Symbol of
Journalism in Decline

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The reporting policies of
a news network that was
launched in the mid-1980s
and which changed the
news business forever
with a 24-hour cycle has
become a source of shame
and ridicule. ... The fact
is that journalism as a
counterweight to power
has blurred, becoming in
many cases a business at
the service of corporate
and political power, or a
vulgar little window good
only for entertainment.”

—COLUMNIST
J. Jaime Hernandez

SHAMELESS SENSATIONALISM


Milenio, Mexico
Donald Sterling Saga
Indicts Owners, Fans,
Political Correctness

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"I wonder how many sports
team owners and celebrities
would face the consequences
for saying what they think
without thinking about what
they say. And how many fans
would have to be denied
access to stadiums for using
discriminatory language?"

— COLUMNIST Carlos Gutierrez

SHOULD CRITICS CHECK THEMSLEVES?


O Globo, Brazil
U.S., E.U. are Correct
to Apply Stronger
Sanctions on Russia

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“The question is the dosage:
not so weak that they don't
affect the Russian economy -
and the information is that
up to now they haven't; and
not so strong that they lead
Putin into military madness.
... In the case of the latter,
it's certain that his popularity
would break through the
stratosphere among Russians,
and the West will have more
serious problem to face.”

—EDITORIAL, O Globo

TO SANCTION OR NOT TO SANCTION


Toronto Sun, Canada
'Rehab is Amazing'
Mayor Ford Claims

"I feel great ... Rehab is
amazing. It reminds me
of football camp. Kind
of like the Washington
Redskins camp I went
to when I was a kid.

— TORONTO MAYOR
Bob Ford

MAYOR FORD PHONES IN

Globe & Mail, Canada
Toronto Mayor Bob Ford
'Missing' After 'Declining
Entry' into United States

"After announcing he was taking
time off to go to rehab, Toronto
Mayor Rob Ford boarded a plane
to Chicago, landed, but he turned
around before officially entering
the United States. ... The mayor's
lawyer maintained his client has
checked into a treatment facility,
although he, too, would not say
if he was in the United States.

— REPORTERS Robyn Doolittle
and Greg McArthur

MAYOR ROB FORD: MISSING IN ACTION

Korea Central News, North Korea
Pro-U.S. 'Sycophants'
Use Cultural Treasures
to Insult North Korea

"Even their American masters
admitted that the treasures
were taken by the Americans.
Sycophantically and traitorously,
the Park group hurled mud at
their compatriots, floating a
story about the north's 'plunder
of [Korea's national] treasures.'"

— COMMENT, Bureau of Guidance
for the Preservation of National
Heritage

NORTH VS. SOUTH OVER TREASURES

The Monk Debates, Canada
VIDEOS: Munk Debate
on State Surveillance

May 3, 01:33:37

This is a series of videos
culminating in a showdown
that pits Michael Hayden
and Alan Dershowitz against
Glenn Greenwald and Alexis
Ohanian on the issue of State
Surveillance. At the end, the
audience votes on who won.

— COVERAGE, UKRAINE CRISIS

SHOWDOWN ON SURVEILLANCE

The Philippine Star, Philippines
Aquino Gave Obama
'Everything for Nothing'

"The new security agreement
gives U.S. sailors and flyboys
ports and facilities from which
to launch ships, fighters, and
spy drones. In exchange,
Filipino troops are to receive
disaster rescue assistance, some
training, and old equipment the
Americans might have discarded."

— COLUMNIST Jarius Bondoc

TIME TO SET COLONIALISM ASIDE?

China Daily, China
Obama's 'Un-Neighborly'
Visit to His Asian Allies

"Chinese have long cherished
the naive notion that when
unruly allies go too far, the
U.S. will rein them in. Obama's
trip should be a wake-up call
that this idea was just wishful
thinking. ... By ganging up
with its troublemaking allies,
the U.S. is presenting itself
as a security threat to China."

— EDITORIAL, China Daily

IS PHILIPPINE SECUITY ILLEGAL?


Vancouver Sun, Canada
Google 'Stung' by Canada
for Advertisements Linked
to Personal Health History

"Canada's privacy law does not allow
consumers to be targeted based on
sensitive personal information. ...
'The monitoring system was not tight
enough, not robust enough to ensure
compliance, it wasn't extensive
enough to deal with the ad volume.'

— Canada's Interim Privacy
Commissioner Chantal Bernier

GOOGLE IN ADVERTISING SLAPDOWN

The Manila Times, The Philippines
Aquino Defense Pact with
America 'Unconstitutional'

"For this 10-year agreement security
agreement, which binds our country
beyond his term and conscripts the
nation as a cog in imperial America's
global defense network, and clearly
not without risk, President Aquino
didn't even bother to consult the
Senate, even though the Constitution
requires Senate approval for treaties."

— EDITORIAL, Manila Times

IS PHILIPPINE SECUITY DEAL ILLEGAL?


Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines
U.S. Hardware, Not
Nationalist Rants, Can
Defend the Philippines

" In lieu of an enhanced security
agreement, what can nationalist
activists contribute to defending
our territorial sovereignty from
creeping Chinese encroachment?
The Chinese have greater respect
for military hardware than for
nationalist rants and outpourings"

— COLUMNIST Amando Doronila

TIME TO SET COLONIAL PAST ASIDE?

The Manila Times, The Philippines
Filipinos, African-Americans
and the 'Black Man's Burden'

"The Philippine-American War turned
the U.S. into a global empire. I refer
here to the role played by the African-
American soldiers in this war, and their
curious ambivalence to the proclaimed
mission of 'taking up the White man's
burden' and 'civilizing' the Filipino."

— EDITORIAL, Manila Times

PHILIPPINE WAR: TRAITORS AND HEROES


Reforma, Mexico
The 1914 U.S. Siezure
of Veracruz: Fountain
of Enduring 'Grievance'

"Will some U.S. president (or
congressional block) take on
the challenge of studying this
history of grievances, spite
and distrust to try to write a
happy ending with those of
us in 'the other America?'"

— COMMENTATOR
Enrique Krauze

MAKING AMENDS FOR THE PAST

The Manila Times, The Philippines
U.S. Defense Treaty
with Philippines an
'Elaborate Charade'

"Obama himself admitted
that insofar as trade is
concerned, China is vital
to the U.S. If that's so,
the Enhanced Defense
Cooperation Agreement
we just signed is nothing
but an elaborate charade."

— EDITORIAL, Manila Times

OF PAWNS AND CHESS BOARDS


Philippines TV, Wall St.
Journal, CCTV China

VIDEOS: President Obama
in Malaysia, the Philippines

NINE VIDEOS ON THE VISIT

This is a video roundup of coverage
of President Obama's visit to Malaysia
and the Philippines, where the U.S.
president has been keenly awaited.

— VARIOUS NEWS OUTLETS

OBAMA IN MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES

The People's Daily China
Who is Obama to Preach
'Responsibility' to China?

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"The war against Iraq wasn't
just irresponsible, it amounted to
a war crime, and war crimes
charges have already been raised
with the International Court.
However, America has so far
failed to express even a hint of
remorse. Is that the way that a
'responsible' country should act?"

— EDITORIAL, People's Daily

CHINA-U.S.: WHO'S MORE RESPONSIBLE?


O Reporter, O Globo, Brazil
Brazil Passes NSA-Driven
Internet Law, Seeks Global
Action at First NetMundial

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“The participation of governments
has to occur on an equal footing and
without any one state having undue
influence. In Brazil, citizens, firms
and diplomatic agencies had their
communications intercepted. These
facts are unacceptable. They go
against the very nature of the
Internet - open, pluralistic and free..”

—PRESIDENT Dilma Rousseff

BUT WILL UNITED STATES GO ALONG?


Arirang, Reuters, White House
VIDEOS: Barack Obama
on Visit to South Korea

SIX NEWS SEGMENTS

Our April 25 roundup of video
from President Obama's visit to
South Korea, including Press
conferences and official visits

— COVERAGE, OBAMA IN KOREA

OBAMA: ON THE GROUND IN KOREA

Japan Times, Japan
Japanese MP Asserts
Obama 'Cheats'
and Divorce Looms

"Kazuyuki Hamada of the
Upper House, said Obama's
low approval ratings are
blamed on poor relations
with his wife Michelle,
and that the two will be
divorced after his term."

— NEWS ITEM, Japan Times

JAPAN MP: OBAMA 'CHEATS'

Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan
President Obama Interview

“The policy of the United States
IS clear—the Senkaku Islands are
administered by Japan and they
therefore fall within the scope
of Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan
Treaty of Mutual Security.”

— PRESIDENT Barack Obama

U.S. SIDES WITH JAPAN ON ISLANDS

PEOPLE'S DAILY: Obama's
Assurances to Japan Just
'Political Cliche'

GLOBAL TIMES: Uncle Sam is
No 'Blood Brother' of Japan

YOMIURI SHIMBUN: Summit
Brings No TPP Breakthrough

YOMIURI SHIMBUN: U.S.
President Meets Families
of Abduction Victims

KOREA HERALD: China
Warns of 'Chaos' Over Possible
North Korea Nuclear Test


NHK Tokyo, CCTV China,
BBC, Daily Mail, White House

VIDEOS: President
Obama in Japan

FOURTEEN VIDEOS ON THE VISIT

This is a series of videos
from around the region
and world on President
Obama's visit to Japan.

— VARIOUS NEWS OUTLETS

A HIGHER BOW THIS TIME

Sankei Shimbun, Japan
Whaling Advocate Wants
Obama Served Whale Meat

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

"While Former Minister of Economy,
Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai
boldly asserted, 'I want to see whale
meat on the table at the state dinner
for President Obama' ... Ultimately,
the government decided it wasn't
wise to attract the attention of anti-
whaling countries right before Mr.
Obama's visit, and that a 'fresh start'
could be made afterwards."

— REPORTERS Yoshinori Higo
and Takaki Rikitake

WHALE WITH YOUR SUSHI, MR. OBAMA?


Xinhua, China
Japan Right 'Hijacking'
Mr. Obama's Asia Pivot

“Obama may find himself on
a tightrope. ... By siding with
Japan, which behaves like a
spoiled child of the U.S., Mr.
Obama will anger China. ...
Obama should keep a careful
eye trained in his Asian ally.”

—COLUMNIST Zhu Dongyang

SEEKING 'BALANCE' IN ASIA


Japan News, Japan
Scientists Prepare for
Arrival of Tsunami
Debris on U.S. Coasts

"The government can go ahead
and announce that it has initiated
a campaign calling on America to
make us the 51st state, and not
only would it be met with near-
universal approval, it would set
us into a frenzy of jubilation. ...
Which brings me to the other
Filipino bias. ... Obama is Black.
... Black-skinned people are
objects of ridicule, making them,
along with the pandak and kinky-
haired, the foils of sitcoms."

— NEWS ITEM, Japan News

Japan News, Japan
Obama Arrives in Japan
for Summit to Show the
Solidity of Security Ties

“The cancelation of a previous
Asia tour last October raised
doubts about U.S. credibility as
a regional partner. This trip is
seen as a test of Obama's ability
to recover his reputation among
Asian leaders. Obama will be
scrutinized closely by regional
powers gauging U.S. willigness
to take a proactive role.”

—REPORTER Reiji Yoshida

SUSHI AND SECURITY IN TOKYO


JAPAN NEWS: On First-Name
Basis, Barack and Shinzo
Chow Down on Prime Sushi

JAPAN TIMES: Sushi Legend
Jiro Enlisted in a Bid to
Wow President Obama

JAPAN TIMES: Obama Says
Senkaku Islands 'Within
Scope' of U.S.-Japan Treaty

THE HANKYOREH: Pyongyang's
Nuke Test: Prepping or Bluffing?


Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines
Except for His Dark Skin,
Obama Can Do No Wrong
While in the Philippines

"The government can go ahead
and announce that it has initiated
a campaign calling on America to
make us the 51st state, and not
only would it be met with near-
universal approval, it would set
us into a frenzy of jubilation. ...
Which brings me to the other
Filipino bias. ... Obama is Black.
... Black-skinned people are
objects of ridicule, making them,
along with the pandak and kinky-
haired, the foils of sitcoms."

— COLUMNIST Conrado de Quiros

LOVING ALL THINGS U.S. ... ALMOST


Nippon, Japan
Japan and the
Ukraine Crisis

“When global problems like
Ukraine occur, rather than
taking a passive stance as it
has up to now, Japan should
consider how to use the
opportunity to improve its
own geopolitical position.”

—FORMER Diplomat
Kawato Akio

JAPAN PREPARES FOR OBAMA


ASIA TIMES: Barack Obama
Runs 'China Pivot Guantlet'

CHINA DAILY: U.S. and Japan
- Uncomfortable Bedfellows

MAINICHI SHIMBUN: Abe Needs
a New Approach to Yasukuni


Asahi Shimbun, Japan
Ahead of Obama's Arrival,
Abe Skips Yasukuni Visit,
- but His Cabinet Can Go

“Abe shelved a visit during the
spring festival apparently out of
consideration to U.S. concerns
deteriorating ties with other
Asian countries. ... On the other
hand, Abe is allowing cabinet
ministers to visit the controversial
shrine 'of their own free will.'”

—NEWS ITEM, Asahi Shimbun

ABE: NO SHRINE VISIT THIS YEAR


JAPAN TIMES: Obama's State
Visit Comes at a Critical Time

AUDIO: Can Obama Save the
Asia Pivot? (THE DIPLOMAT)
RealVideo
THE STAR [MALAYSIA]: Trade
Deal Imperiled if U.S. Calls
Others 'Currency Manipulators'

NEW STRAITS TIMES: 'Selamat
Datang' [Welcome] to Malaysia,
Mr. President


Sankei Shimbun, Japan
'Japanese Should
Continue Whaling'

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

"What Japanese need
to do is not care about
the criticism of America
and Europe, and tell the
truth about whaling.
Taiji should confront
them with confidence."

— Journalist Simon Wearne

AN AUSTRALIAN CONVERT


Global Times, China
In Ukraine, West Again
Defines Democracy
Based on its Interests

“Because Western interests
have penetrated the entire
system of global discourse,
terms like 'democracy' and
'human rights' are thrown
into the mix whenever the
West wants to impose its will
on the rest of the world.”

—EDITORIAL, Global Times

La Jornada, Mexico
Mexican's Execution Confirms
U.S. 'Decline' and 'Xenophobia'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The execution confirms a pattern of
racism and xenophobia within U.S.
society and institutions, which coincide
paradoxically with the arrival of the
first non-Caucasian U.S. president."

—EDITORIAL, La Jornada

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT AMERICA?


Blogos, Japan
'Research' Whaling: It's Time
for Us Japanese to Move On

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

“No matter how you look at it,
this whaling was for commercial
and gastronomic purposes, with
'research' nothing more than an
inventive interpretation of the
facts. ... The reason the whale
population is so diminished is
because of the indiscriminate
whaling of the United States and
other countries simply for the
extraction of oil, so it isn't that
I'm not annoyed when these same
people vilify Japan for having a
whale-consuming culture. Yet,
whale meat is not so important.”

—Attorney Toru Ino

JAPAN: THE END OF WHALE EATING?


Opera Mundi, Brazil
Venezuela: Can Latin
America Resolve Crises
without U.S. Influence?

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The U.S. position will be the
key challenge to the ambitions
of Brazilian foreign policy in
the 21st century. While Brazil
influences the creation of
institutions to ensure decision-
making autonomy for states
in the region, this can create
long-term tensions with the U.S."

—SCHOLAR Raphael Camargo

VENEZUELA: A TEST FOR THE SOUTH


Huanqiu, China
Hagel Must Be Told:
China is Not Russia

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

“China has nothing to learn
from Russia when it comes
to dealing with friction on
its periphery. Rather, it is
the U.S. that has to learn
a lesson from the Crimea
situation. Washington has
squeezed Russia's strategic
space, but it got cold feet
when Moscow upped the
ante. From the point of
view of great power ties
relations, that is the heart
of the Crimea incident.”

—EDITORIAL,Huanqiu

BEIJING'S MESSAGE FOR HAGEL


Semana, Colombia
America and Russia: Two
Empires 'Nakedly Imperial'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Apparently President Obama, as
educated as he was, doesn't know
his history. Or is it that he knows
but won't admit to it? This is not
only an insoluble element of his
function as president, which is to
tell lies, but part of the education
of Puritan hypocrisy. ... Russia, on
the other hand, arrogantly boasts
of having been an empire for
centuries, hoping to remain so."

—COLUMNIST Antonio Caballero

EMPIRES BY AN OTHER NAME ...


The Frontier Post, Pakistan
The Afghan Polls: Don't
Believe Western Hype

“Proclaiming Saturday's polls
'historic' or a 'landmark' is not
only premature, it is a crude
show of linguistic acrobatics
and histrionics. Hadn't this
galaxy of voices said the same
same about the 2009 polls?
And what came of that?”

—EDITORIAL,
The Frontier Post

NOT SUCH A GREAT ELECTION?


Outlook Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Job One for New
Afghan President:
Sign Security Deal

“A complete withdrawal
of U.S.-led forces would
put Afghanistan at risk of
reverting to the dark era
of the Taliban, which is
something no sensible
Afghan wants to see.”

—EDITORIAL,
Outlook Afghanistan

GOOD NEWS FOR WASHINGTON?


The Liberty Times, Taiwan
President Ying-jeou
Manages to Disappoint
Both U.S. and China

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"It is clear that China has more
pull with President Ma than the
United States does. ... At this
critical moment, the question
of whether Taiwan and China
agree to far reaching economic
integration has created a vast
gulf between generations. ...
Taiwan must safeguard the
people's right to be masters of
their own state, and guarantee
its citizens are never stripped
of the right to free expression."

— EDITORIAL, Liberty Times

CHINA TRADE DEAL IMPERILED


La Jornada, Mexico
At the Vatican, Obama's
Immigration Hypocrisy
Shines Through

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The current U.S. president has
not only shown a reluctance to
abandon his country's traditional
policies of persecution and
violations of human rights
regarding immigration, but he
has continuously intensified them.”

—EDITORIAL, La Jornada

CLAIMING THE MORAL HIGHGROUND?


The Age, Australia
Sea Shepherd 'Vindicated'
after International Court
Upholds Japan Whaling Ban

“I am so pleased that after a decade
of anti-whaling campaigns in the
Antarctic and Southern Ocean, we
won't have to go there again. ...
We feel vindicated, this has always
been an illegal whale hunt.”

— SEA SHEPERD FOUNDER Paul Watson

THE END OF 'SCIENTIFIC' WHALING?

MAINICHI SHIMBUN: U.N. Court's
Ruling Worries Japan's Whalers

ABC NEWS: Will Japan Find
Way Around Whaling Ban?


Carta Maior, Brazil
Venezuela, Ukraine:
Upending the Best Laid
Plans of Washington

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

“Beyond the disparities that
distinguish the two situations,
there is a commonality: both
Venezuela and Ukraine are
geostrategic and energy
targets of an aggressive U.S.
foreign policy, and both have
challenged, in different ways,
the course laid out by the
global hegemon United States.”

—PROFESSOR Larissa Ramina
of UFPR

U.S-SPONSORED TURMOIL?


Reforma, Mexico
Crimea and Texas: Russia's
Version of Manifest Destiny

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Washington hasn't always opposed
regions that declare themselves free
to join other countries. Its current
refusal to recognize Crimea as a part
of Russia contradicts its past positions.
... In 1835, the U.S. government
supported the Texan rebellion,
which led to Texas independence in
1836. In 1845, Texas joined the Union."

—COLUMNIST Sergio Sarmiento

CRIMEA: RUSSIA'S 'MANIFEST DESTINY'?


Asia Times, Hong Kong
The Obamas: Oiling
Beijing-Vatican Links

“In Holland with Xi and Obama,
or in Beijing with Michelle, will
the Chinese or Americans broach
the subject of the Holy See and
a possible thaw in China-Vatican
relations? That is, will Obama
convey some words from China
to the Pope, or will he or his
wife mention the Catholics
in talks with the Chinese?”

—COLUMNIST Francesco Sisci

THE OBAMAS AS HOLY MESSENGERS


ASIA TIMES: Gains for China,
India in New Cold War

ASIA TIMES: Asia Will
Not 'Isolate' Russia


TED Conference, Canada
VIDEO: Google CEO
Larry Page at TED

RealVideoMar. 21, 00:23:30

"It is disappointing that
the government secretly
did this stuff and didn't
tell us about it. ... It is
not possible to have a
democracy if we have to
protect our users fro
m the government. The
government has done
itself a tremendous
disservice and we need
to have a debate on it."

— GOOGLE CEO Larry Page

LARRY PAGE ON THE FUTURE

TED Conference, Canada
VIDEO: Deputy Directory
of the NSA Responds to
Edward Snowden's Talk

RealVideoMar. 20, 00:33:34

"We don’t sit there and grind
out metadata profiles of the
average person ... If you are
not connected to one of those
intelligence targets,then you
aren't not of interest to us."

— NSA DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Richard Ledgett

NSA OFFICIAL REBUTTS SNOWDEN

Chunichi Shimbun, Japan
'Screams' of Fukushima
Must Not Be Ignored
Like Those of Okinawa

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

“The government has averted
its gaze from the problem of
low dose radiation exposure.
It has relaxed its criteria on
acceptable radiation exposure
in an attempt to encourage
local authorities near the plant
to make an early return. It
certainly looks like a superficial
recovery effort - and
a premature rush to rebuild.”

—EDITORIAL, Chunichi Shimbun

HAS FUKUSHIMA BEEN FORGOTTEN?


Huanqiu, China
Crisis Over Ukraine Could
Spell 'Disaster' for China

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"'Once the Russia-U.S. confrontation
gets out of control, it will result in
disaster for China. This won't be
like two crickets threatening one
another - it's is more like great
monsters roaring. Many countries
will reevaluate the global political
climate leading to major changes."

—EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

BEIJING WATCHES WITH CONCERN


TED Conference, Canada
VIDEO: Edward Snowden
Talk at TED Conference

RealVideoMar. 18, 00:35:17

"Is it really terrorism that we're
stopping? I say no. ... The bottom
line is that terrorism has always
been cover for action. Terrorism
evokes an emotional response. ...
More communications are being
intercepted in America about
Americans than Russia on Russians."

— Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN TALKS SPY TECH AT TED

Asia Times, Hong Kong
Beijing to Kiev to Taipei: Why
China Worries About Ukraine

"The PRC's most apparent vulnerability to
a Ukraine-style coup is on Taiwan. ... U.S.
allegiance to the One China principle is,
like most of Washington's undertakings
with adversaries, conditional, laden with
formal and unspoken caveats, and ripe to
be discarded once an opportunity arises."

—COLUMNIST Peter Lee

UKRAINE CRISIS AND THE TAIWAN ANGLE


ASIA TIMES: Russia 1, Regime Changers 0
ASIA TIMES: Crimea and Western 'Values'

The Australian, Australia
Brits Probe Shoe Bomb
Connection to Missing
Malaysian Airliner

“An al-Qaeda whistleblower, a
U.K. national, told a U.S. court
last week that 4 or 5 Malaysian
men had planned to hijack a
plane and had obtained a show
bomb to blow open the cockpit.”

—CORRESPONDENT
Jacquelin Magnay

WAS IT A SHOE-BOMBER HIJACKING?


Taipei Times, Taiwan
In Case of Chinese Attack,
Intelligence Chief Doubts
Taiwan Would Last Month

"'The Defense Ministry has said that
Taiwan's military would be able to
withstand a Chinese attack for one
month. However, whether the
nation is capable of holding out for
a month also depends on the public's
will to resist an invasion. If people
want to leave, we may not be able
to hold out for an [entire] month."

—REPORTERS Rich Chang,
Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

WOULD TAIWANESE RESIST INVASION?


Xinhua, China
Biased Western Mediation
Created Fiasco in Ukraine

“The West's strategy for installing a
so-called democratic and pro-West
government has gotten it nowhere.
On the contrary, it has created a
mess they don't have the capacity or
wisdom to clean up. ... Western
leaders deluded themselves into
believing that with their diminished
moral authority and shrinking coffers,
coffers, such a grand task of nation-
building could be accomplished.”

—COLUMNIST Ming Jinwei

A WESTERN POLT, OR WESTERN BUNGLE?


47 News, Japan
Hurt By Obama, Tokyo
Pins Hopes to Victory
for Republicans in 2016

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

"'Obama is too businesslike ... it is
rather difficult to build a personal
relationship with him,' the prime
minister let slip recently when
commenting to aides. ... Koichi
Hagiuda, who serves as special
adviser to the prime minister,
commented in relation to the U.S.
expression of disappointment that
'such fault-finding never occurred
under Republican administrations."

—EDITORIAL, 47 News

TOKYO GOES REPUBLICAN FOR 2016


El Espectador, Colombia
El Chapo's Arrest
and the 'Bloodbath
that it May Unleash'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“Any drop in strength for
Sinaloa is a gain for Zetas,
the most bloody of the
cartels. So it is that unless
the authorities have plans
to attack Zetas with the
same ferocity they have
against the Sinaloans, the
success of these arrests
may be diminished by the
bloodbath they unleash.”

—EDITORIAL, El Espectador

IS THE WORST STILL TO COME?


Carta Maior, Brazil
Toppling of Salvador
Allende Still Sizzles on
Streets of Venezuela

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"After so many presidential
defeats, the lesson looming
large is that an element of
conservatism - personified
there by Leopoldo Lopez -
has concluded that electoral
politics is too constraining.
... This isn't only a problem
of Chavismo, but an entire
region traumatized by the
skirmishes that accumulated
during the many attempts to
shift to a more just society."

—COLUMNIST Saul Leblon

THE GHOST OF SALVADOR ALLENDE


El Universal, Venezuela
CNN Host Advises
Venezuelans: 'Don't
Believe Falsehoods'

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“In Venezuela, there
is censorship. That isn't
something I think, it is
something I see. Anyone
can see it. ... Chavista
leaders see what they
want to see. The picture
I have is of a very closed
group. There is no room
for those who do not
follow their script -
which is their plan for .
the nation Democracies
persuade - not force.”

—Fernando del Rincon,
CNN Espanol

CNN HOST TALKS VENEZUELA


Mainichi Shimbun, Japan
Japan Says 'Liability Over
WWII Acts in China Settled'

"'No outstanding problems exist'
with regard to liability, including
claims by individuals, following
a 1972 statement that normalized
ties between the two countries
after World War II, Chief Cabinet
Secretary Yoshihide Suga said."

—NEWS ITEM, Kyoto

JAPAN: NOTHING TO DISCUSS ON WWII


Foreign Correspondents' Club, Japan
VIDEO: Fukushima Survivors
Plead for Attention, Justice

RealVideoFeb. 21, 00:51:31

"The biggest problem we have now is
a deliberate cover-up of the levels
of radiation that people have been
exposed to and the health problems
they have. There is a continuing and
intentional concealment of facts that
Japan's media will not properly report.
What we need is for foreign countries
to pressure Japan to tell the truth."

— NEWS REPORT, Russia Today

FUKUSHIMA: ABANDONED AND BETRAYED

La Jornada, Mexico
Capture of El Chapo: Like
a Drop of Water in Rain

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"Without politicians arrested, and
their assets and property seized
and forfeited, and even more;
without reducing the availability
of drugs and addressing damage
to civilians; without eliminating
crimes associated with drug
trafficking, such as kidnapping and
extortion; and without destroying
the structures of the rest of the
gangs, capturing El Chapo is in vain."

—SECURITY AND JUSTICE ANALYST
Simon Vargas Aguilar

EL CHAPO: WILL HIS ARREST REALLY HELP?


Milenio, Mexico
El Chapo's Capture Will Help
Restore Mexico's Reputation

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The capture of El Chapo Guzman is an
undeniable achievement of President
Nieto's government. It is a success no
matter how one looks at it ... Today is
not a day to demand more. Without
haggling, we applaud the government."

—COLUMNIST Juan Ignacio Zavala

EL CHAPO CAUGHT: TIME TO CELEBRATE?


Pagina 12, Argentina
Venezuela Calls U.S. and
Canada More Repressive

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“Venezuela Ambassador to the
OAS Roy Chaderton repudiated
the interventionist acts of the
U.S. against Venezuela. ... In
response to accusations by the
U.S. and Canada about their
repression of student activists,
Chaderton said foreign agents
infiltrated the demonstrations.
... He recalled that in 2012,
during protests against Wall St.,
more than 700 students were
arrested. He also pointed to
images of police repression of
students in Oakland, California,
when a large amount of pepper
spray was used on demonstrators.”

—NEWS ITEM, Pagina 12

U.S. POT CALLS VENEZUELA KETTLE BLACK?


El Universal, Venezuela
Maduro Accuses CNN
of Preparing the Ground
for a 'Gringo' Invasion

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“'Enough of war propaganda. We
don't accept war propaganda aimed
at Venezuela. Unless CNN corrects
itself - then out of Venezuela! Out!'
He accused the demonstrators of
'forcibly removing uniforms' from
Metro workers and leaving them
unclothed. 'Pay attention to what
they do with these uniforms. They
[the opposition] suddenly appear
on CNN to say that whoever struck
the workers - it wasn't them. ...
The objective of CNN is for the civil
war to justify a gringo military
intervention in Venezuela.”

—PRESIDENT Nicolas Maduro

RIOTS AND BROKEN GLASS IN CARACUS


La Jornada, Mexico
The 'Summit of Mexican
Submission' to the U.S.

"Mexico's countryside is devastated
because we are flooded with agri-
food imports, mainly from the U.S.
U.S. farmers benefit from Mexican
workers' labor, many of whom are
undocumented, and as such, their
products are highly competetive. ...
the Center for Economic and Policy
Research, believes the treaty was a
terrible mistake for Mexico."

—COLUMNIST Ana Maria Aragonés

MYSTERY: WHO LIKES NAFTA?


LA JORNADA: 'Same Old Same Old'
at U.S.-Canada-Mexico Summit


Japan Times, Japan
U.S. Nukes May Soon
Make Return to Japan

“Japan may officially allow the
United States to bring nuclear
weapons into the country if an
emergency threatens national
safety, Foreign Minister Fumio
Kishida hinted on February 14.”

—NEWS ITEM, Japan Times

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand
Kim Dotcom Suffers Legal
Blow Making Extradition to
United States More Likely

"The decision overturns a ruling
by Chief High Court judge Justice
Winkelmann in June 2012 that
the warrants were too broad and
therefore unlawful. The United
States is is seeking the extradition
of Dotcom on charges of breach of
copyright and money laundering."

—NEWS ITEM, Radio New Zealand

2012 SEARCH WARRANT RULED LEGAL


Chosun Ilbo, South Korea
Beijing's 'Astounding Change'
Portends Korea Reunification

TRANSLATED FROM KOREAN

“Official Beijing is commenting on the
issue in ways that have been previously
unimaginable. ... The gist of the report
from the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences is that if it must, Beijing can
and will distance itself from the North
Koreans. This is simply astounding.”

—EDITORIAL, Chosun Ilbo

GROUND SHIFTING UNDER KOREA PENNINSULA


The Conversation, Australia
Whatever Happened to the Pivot?

"Eventually some new relationship
will be arrived by America and China.
Hopefully this process will be peaceful,
but however it is decided, it is fair to
assume that for both of the principal
protagonists, it will be decided by
their national interests, not ours."

—Mark Beeson, Murdoch University

El Mundo, Colombia
Obama 'Deals Blow' to Dream
of Latin American Integration

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“The omission of Latin America from
the State of the Union is a setback for
efforts to integrate, and is a vacuum
that others will certainly want to take
advantage of. We can see this already.
At the CELAC summit, a document was
approved declaring America 'a zone
of peace at the southern border of an
empire that was born and grew strong
thanks to war, looting of other nations'
resources, and territorial expansion.'”

—COLUMNIST Koga Shigeaki

HAS U.S. CEDED GROUND TO AVERSARIES?


Toronto Star, Canada
Sochi: Pampered Journalists
Behave Like 'Ugly Americans'

"Too many journalists of all nations
turn into Ugly Americans whenever
venturing beyond their comfort
zone. Naturally, because reporters
tend toward utter self-absorption,
these kinks became matters of
melodrama and Twitter urgency."

—COLUMNIST Rosie DiManno

BACKLASH AGAINST PAMPERED REPORTERS


Toronto Sun, Canada
Obama's Keystone Follies

“The thing you must understand
about the fight over the Keystone
XL pipeline is that it’s not a fight
about reality - it's s about politics.”

— COLUMNIST Lorrie Goldstein

WILL U.S. EVER APPROVE PIPELINE?

The National Post, Canada
Why Terrorism Plotter
Sought to Derail NY-
Toronto Amtrak Train

"You go to a land which is far
away from you. You go with
your army and you kill people
and you took their land. And
then you cry 'terror, terror.'"

—Terror
Suspect Chiheb Esseghaier

CONVERSATION WITH A TERRORIST


The National, Canada
VIDEO: Snowden Leak
Sparks Outrage Over
Spying on Canadians

RealVideoJan. 31, 00:04:17

WARRANTLESS IN CANADA

VIDEO: Canada's 'Top Spies' to
Testify Before Senate Defence
Committee (The National)
RealVideo
AUDIO: With CSEC Monitoring
People in Airports, How Much
Spying is Done on Canadians?
(The National)
RealVideo

Huanqiu, China
Chinese Dissidents Depend
on West's 'Out-and-Out Lies'

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"In stressing constitutional guarantees
of free speech, dissidents champion
fundamental change to China's political
system. ... As long as China remains
behind in terms of soft and hard power,
dissidents who ally with the values and
even actions of the West will emerge"

—EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

SEEKING EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER LAW


Macleans, Canada
VIDEO: Canadian Lawmaker
Calls Greenwald a 'Porn Spy'

RealVideoJan. 31, 00:01:05

"Why is furthering porn spy Glenn
Greenwald's agenda and lining his
Brazilian bank account more
important than maintaining the
CBC'S journalistic integrity?"

— CANADA MP Paul Calandra

SMEARING MESSENGER IN CANADA

Opera Mundi, Brazil
U.S. Be Damned, CELAC
Makes Real 'Our America'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"Not a miracle - but nearly one:
Hugo Chavez, and those who
joined him in this patriotic
endeavor, had to leap over all
kinds of hurdles. ... Galileo
would have said eppur si muove
[and yet it moves] in mulling
the creation of this Bolivarian
project - which includes, for
the first time, the entirety of
Latin America and the
Caribbean, with the exception
of Puerto Rico - for now!"

—Dr. Atilio Boron, Argentina

TOWARD A U.S.-FREE LATIN AMERICA?


Afghanistan Times, Afghanistan
Afghans are Behind Karzai
U.S. Security Deal Demands

“America's problem is - it has utterly
failed in grasp the Afghan psyche. To
think that the hearts and minds of
Afghans would be won simply by
injecting dollars into their economy
as their loved ones were killed and
the sanctity of their homes and houses
of worship violated - was delusional.”

—EDITORIAL, Afghanistan Times

KARZAI: THE AFGHANISTAN END GAME


El Comercio, Ecuador
CIA Help with FARC Attack;
Snowden, Worsen U.S. Ties

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"What explains this point of contention
between Quito and Washington? ... The
issue may be related to CIA participation
in Colombia's attack on a FARC camp in
Angostura. ... In addition, Ecuador
unilaterally rejecting the Andean Trade
Preference Act due to 'pressure' being
exerted by Washington for Quito not
to grant asylum to Edward Snowden."

—COLUMNIST Santiago Zeas B.

Ismedia, Japan
Abe Adopts 'North Korean
Tactics' on Yasukuni Shrine

TRANSLATED FROM JAPANESE

“The constitution of Japan rejects
the resolution of conflict by force,
and doesn't even allow a standing
army. Most members of the ruling
party, including Prime Minister Abe,
believe that occupying U.S. forces
imposed these principles on Japan.”

—COLUMNIST Koga Shigeaki

VISITING YAKASUNI: WHY DID ABE DO IT?


Huanqiu, China
Why China's People Favor
U.S. Cops Over Their Own

TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE

"We often criticize America for
employing 'double standards' in
regard to China. Yet, when
comparing police in China and
the U.S., we do the same thing."

—EDITORIAL, Huanqiu

CHINESE FAVOR JAYWALKER ARREST


El Nuevo Diario, Nicaragua
Using Bitcoin, U.S. Banker
Makes Home in Nicaragua

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

“ I think that apart from Nicaragua,
there are only two other countries.
In Chile and Mexico, there are
properties available that can be
purchased using this cryptocurrency.”

—EX-U.S. BANKER Greg Simon

NICARAGUA NOW BITCOIN-FRIENDLY


La Jornada, Mexico
U.S. 'Interference' in
Michoacan State is Last
Thing Mexico Needs

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

"The unacceptable transfer of
sovereignty by the previous
administration under a pretext
of the war against drugs led to
almost complete dependency on
Washington in terms of security,
intelligence, and foreign policy.
Yet this failed to reduce the
level of violence in our country."

—EDITORIAL, La Jornada

RISE OF THE MEXICO VIGILANTES


South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Ambassador Kennedy Draws
Nationalist Japanese Ire After
Condemning Dolphin Slaughter

“One poster added a poem emphasizing
how delicious dolphin meat is, while
several others compared consuming beef
with dolphin and said that Westerners are
hypocritical for condemning the hunt.”

— CORRESPONDENT Julian Ryall

CAROLINE KENNEDY MAKES SOME WAVES


Opera Mundi, Brazil
GMO's Benefit No One but
Companies Like Monsanto

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"The only ones to benefit from GMOs
have been the multinational biotech
firms that patented them. Having
conquered a growing slice of the
global market for highly-monopolized
seeds, their goal is long-term profits,
indifferent to the impact on the
environment, health, or family farms."

—COLUMNIST Leonardo Bof

GM FOODS: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?


South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
China, Too, is Building
Quantum Supercomputer

"The potential uses of a quantum
computer make it the holy grail
of intelligence encryption and
could be used to break even the
most secure codes used by banks,
governments, militaries around
the world. While there is no sign
that China is close to developing
a practical, working model, it has
pulled out all the stops to build
the ultimate code-breaker."

— REPORTER Stephen Chen

WORKING ON DEATH OF ENCRYPTION

Deccan Herald, India
U.S. Embassy School
on India Radar for
Visa, Tax Violations

"With India having chosen
to enforce strict reciprocity
on privileges enjoyed by
American diplomats, the
government has already
withdrawn extra privileges
they enjoyed, such as airport
passes that gave them special
access at Indian airports."

—NEWS ITEM, Deccan Herald

INDIA-U.S. DIPLOMATIC TUSSLE


Sydney Morning Herald, New Zealand
Secret Draft of TPP Trade
Talks Reveals 'Toothless'
Environment Enforcement

"WikiLeaks says top words are
'enhance' (12), 'consider' (12),
'encourage' (11), 'address' (10),
'endeavor' (9) and 'seek' (9). ...
The chairpersons of the deal's
environment section despair at
ever getting agreement, saying
the so-called 'red line' or non-
negotiable positions appear
irreconcilable.'Many of the red
lines for some parties were in
direct opposition to the red
lines expressed by other parties.'"

— REPORTER Peter Martin

Xinhua, China
Newly-Found Documents
Detail Imperial Japan's
Mass Biological Crimes

"According to a Japanese military
police report from Aug. 9, 1937,
in place of the phrase 'biological
war' was a code name, 'plague
prevention.' ... 'This explains why
so few mentions of Japanese
biological warfare could be found
in public documentation,' said Gao
Wei of the Jilin Provincial Archives."

—NEWS ITEM, Xinhua

JAPAN-CHINA BIO-PROPAGANDA WAR


News, Australia
Report: U.S. Tested
Biological Weapons
in Okinawa in 1960s

“In the tests conducted
at least a dozen times
between 1961 and 1962,
rice blast fungus was
released over rice fields
and data was collected
on how it affected rice
production, Kyodo said,
citing the documents.”

— NEWS ITEM, News

BIOWAR: JAPAN STRIKES BACK?

JAPAN TIMES: Japan Considers
Drones and Aircraft Carriers

ASAHI SHIMBUN: Tokyo-Beijing
Mudslinging a Global Embarrassment

MAINICHI: Okinawa Governor
Ready to Approve Okinawa Base
Relocation; Turmoil Expected

MAINICHI: U.S. Embassy Considers
Showing Hiroshima Bomb Film


Asia Times, Hong Kong
The U.S. Corporate Media's
'Whitewash' of Ariel Sharon

"Sharon's demise and the flood of
robust eulogies will neither change
the facts of his blood-soaked history,
nor erase the 'facts on the ground'
- as in the many illegal colonies that
Sharon erected with such dedication
on Palestinian land Israel occupies."

— COLUMNIST Ramzy Baroud

SHARON DIES: A PALESTINIAN VIEW

Chosun Ilbo, South Korea
U.S. Playing with Fire By
Coddling 'Outrageous' Abe

"If German politicians continued to
pay homage to Nazi war criminals,
including Adolf Hitler, and deny
their country's crimes during WWII,
what would have happened? The
E.U. would have entirely fallen
apart. In that case, would the U.S.
urge other European nations to
join hands with Germany to address
regional security? ... Only America
can put the brakes on Abe's actions."

—EDITORIAL, Chosun Ilbo

TIME TO REIN IN RIGHT-WING FANATICS?


Times of India, India
Indicted but Immune,
Deputy Consul General
Khobragade Exits U.S.

“The United States and India
put a lid on a torrid month-
long diplomatic fiasco, after
agreeing to remove Indian
diplomat Devyani Khobragade
from New York, without
prosecuting her, despite
her criminal indictment.”

— REPORTER
Chidanand Rajghatta

DIPLOMAT 'REMOVED' IN MAID ROW


DNA: Opposition Leader:
Khobragade's Return
a 'Defeat to the Nation'

DNA: Khobragade's Father
Says Diplomat Daughter
Rejected Compromise

DECCAN HERALD: Maid
Speaks Out: 'I Suffered
Working for Diplomat'


South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Would-Be Owner of The New
York Times Relates, 'I am
Good at Working with Jews'

"Chen said he was aware that many
U.S. papers were Jewish-owned.
He said he was up for the job since
he had 'equally competent IQ and
EQ' compared with Jews. ... 'I am
very good at working with Jews.'"

—REPORTER Amy Li

CHEN: FOOT PUT FIRMLY IN MOUTH


Global Times, China
Buying The New York
Times
Won't 'Rebuild'
Public Image of China

"Among China's public, there
is both support and derision
toward recycling tycoon Chen
Guangbiao's ambition to buy
The New York Times. Some
mock the possible purchase as
a step toward turning it into
an official newspaper Excited
about capturing a core liberal
U.S. asset, voices of support
come from segments of the
population fed up with one-
sided coverage of The Times."

—COLUMNIST Liu Yun

NEXT OWNER OF NEW YORK TIMES?


Rodong Sinmun, North Korea
'Comfort Women' Outrage
Not Confined to Countries
Harmed by Japanese Army

“If Japan politicians thought like
most people do, they would be
ashamed that sculptures honoring
comfort women are being built
in the United States. It goes to
show that Japan's past is not only
an issue of controversy for the
countries it harmed. ... Japan's
attitude demonstrates its moral
vulgarity and brazen nature.”

— COMMENTARY Rodong Sinmun

PYONGYANG CLAIMS THE HIGH GROUND

Carta Maior, Brazil
Exposing, Confronting the
'Global Corporate Empire'

TRANSLATED FROM PORTUGUESE

"How much inhumanity can people
stomach? Now, however, we see
the guts of the beast. It's breaking
everything in sight: the crystal, the
crockery - and trampling people.
But for how much longer? ... A
society cannot long survive based
on extreme forms of exploitation,
lies, and the opposition to life."

—COLUMNIST Leonardo Bof

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