“If the new government is trying to accelerate its steering of Ukraine as a whole into the Western camp, it will lead to a split of the country. Muddling through on the edge of both European and Russian worlds is the only thing that can prevent this. ... For Russia, the Crimea is militarily too important to give up. The facts on the ground are crucial, and NATO will not begin a second Crimean War.”
"It mixes graphics, George
W. Bush photos and warplanes
launching missiles with a speech by African-American Muslim leader Malcolm X, in which he said: 'You can’t ever reach a man if you don't speak his language. If a man speaks the language of brute force, you can't come to him with peace.'"
"Germany was pressured to modify its G-10 law to appease the NSA, and it eroded the rights of German citizens under their constitution. The ultimate result of the NSA‘s guidance is
that the right of citizens to be
free of unwarranted state interference is degraded
and systems of mass
surveillance are being constructed in secret within otherwise liberal states."
Could it be Rudyard Kipling
was right when he said two centuries ago, 'East is East, and West is West, and never
the twain shall meet'? For
the sake of Ukrainians and
civilization as such, let us hope not. In the meantime, let us once again look at the competing narratives via today's video content from Russia Today and then the European news agencies.
"Russia is on the path that led to the collapse of USSR, when an economic crash made it impossible for it to maintain its sphere of influence as the central authority over such a gigantic territory. ... Permitting Crimea to live fundamentally better than it would have as a part of Ukraine is something we simply cannot afford."
"NSA, the global mass surveillance
that's occurring in all these nations ... they're setting fire to the future of the Internet ... The people who
are in this room right now, you
GUYS are the fire fighters - and we need you to help us fix things."
"His self-confidence, once
wounded and now boosted, makes him unpredictable - but offers an opportunity. Just as a Russian diplomatic masterstroke prevented a military intervention in
Syria, the E.U. and United
States can take on the job
of obliging the Kremlin
to restrain itself as well."
This is Russia Today' weekend coverage of the Ukraine crisis that highlights the differing narratives in the East and West,
Western media bias, the issue
of whether U.S. media is a tool
of America's well-connected.
"The West has something to offer Putin: international recognition of Crimea's return to Russia. This way it
may demand that the process
be legal and orderly, based on a supervised referendum.
In return, Russia could finally
recognize the independence of Kosovo, whose succession followed the same principle of self-determination of peoples and ethnic groups as Russia's Crimea policy."
Putin says Crimea moves legitimate
- Response follows announcements of sanctions by U.S. and E.U. - Putin
and Obama hold one hour phone call - Sanctions follow Crimean moves
to become part of Russian Federation.
“The U.S. and E.U. warn that
the taking of Crimea will have 'consequences,' but they have failed to outline what those consequences might be. ... The message to Moscow must be clear: we cannot maintain normal relations with Russia
as long as it doesn't maintain normal relations with its
neighbors. Without this, there can be no business as usual.”
"With a nationalist pride boosted by the Winter Olympics ... the
sudden collapse of Yanukovych's pro-Moscow regime left Russia
looking like a wounded bear. As if that weren't enough humiliation
for the Russians, then came the cowardly and embarrassing flight of its allied dictator."
"For us to lecture anybody about violating sovereignty - what about the sovereignty of Iraq and Afghanistan and Yemen and North Africa. ...
this drive to be involved
and to expand and protect the American empire - that's
where we get into trouble.'
"Standing out from the crowd is hard, sometimes unbearable. I wish the best of luck to those who can’t take it. To those who continue to do their best for RT, who know they are right even if the
whole world says no. I have to say I’m proud of you. IMMENSELY PROUD."
"Ukrainians, their leaders and people alike, have not
yet yielded to provocations. Europeans must show the courage and determination to face down a man who knows only the language of force, and always bets,
often with good reason, on
the fear of his enemies."
"E.U. leaders in Brussels to meet Ukraine’s new prime minister; E.U. freezes assets of 18 Ukrainians accused of embezzlement; Paris talks between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov break up; Russia says action 'does not create atmosphere for
dialogue;' the U.N. Security Council to discuss Ukraine."
Yesterday, we posted RT Host Abby Martin come out against Moscow's military action in Ukraine. Today, one of RT's American anchors, Liz Wahl, went one step further than Martin, taking to the air to publicly resign over what she
called RT's whitewashing
the actions of Vladimir Putin.'
“What has Ukraine's economy got to offer that outweighs European energy dependence
on Russian oil and gas? In the cynical game called geopolitics, every European and American leader knows that no one in the West is willing to die for
Sebastopol. Putin knows that.”
“The United States has a state-to- state agreement with Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico has wide autonomy on many issues, but is de facto under U.S. jurisdiction). ... Why wouldn't this be acceptable for Crimea? Now more than ever, we must consider all possible options, because the situation is developing
faster than newspapers can report.”
"What Russia did is wrong ... military intervention is
never the answer. ... I will
not sit here and apologize and defend any military aggression. The coverage I've seem from all sides of the media spectrum is truly disappointing and rife with disinformation.'
“It is not too late
movements in Crimea are
But their illegality is a lot less clear-cut than that of the U.S.- led invasion of Iraq, or of Afghanistan.”
A series of videos from Russia Today highlighting the Russian position on Ukraine. The U.S. is called hypocritical and the
E.U. is called 'lost' in terms of making sense on Ukraine. One speaker says their geopolitical plans 'never seem to work' - and they 'never seem to learn.'
British media expect a U.S.-Russia face- off. Will Putin make Obama look weak?
Can Obama 'find a way to frustrate Putin? It's a lost weekend for NATO leaders,
who have suddenly realized that Putin intends to assert Russian influence over Crimea, where the Black Sea Fleet has been located since the mid-1800s.
"If you want me to do things
only for ROI [the return on investment] reasons, you should get out of this stock.
When we work on making our devices accessible to the
blind, I don't consider bloody ROI [return on investment.]"
This week - we examine Mexican views on the recapturing of the notorious 'El Chapo' Guzman - and whether it will help end the drug-
related bloodletting in that nation; Venezuela and Brazil coverage of the turmoil in Caracas; a word on Ukraine; the media tsunami that ensued on both sides of the Atlantic when CNN canceled British host
Piers Morgan's nightly program; our roundup of surveillance news from France, Britain and the Netherlands,
including how millions of Web cams
using Yahoo have been spied on, and
how robots will outsmart us by 2029.
"Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Obama in a telephone conversation Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests
and those of Russian speakers in
the event of violence in Crimea."
This is a raft of content on Ukraine from Russia Today, and much of it
tilts toward the Kremlin's view that
what's going on in Ukraine is for the most part the result of Western
trouble-making and subterfuge.
"To commit herself as she has shows courage and political skill ... The massive use of American digital solutions, (Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc.) is the royal path by which the NSA has managed to conduct large-scale spying
on the world. Merkel wants to compete by encouraging the emergence of European digital champions so as not to be too dependent on the U.S."
“Yahoo reacted furiously to the news when approached by the Guardian.
Yahoo denied any prior knowledge of the program, accusing the agencies of 'a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy. ... Rather than collecting webcam chats in their
entirety, the program saved a image
every 5 minutes from users' feeds.”
"When WhatsApp was bought by
"Home Affairs Minister Plasterk
barely survived a no-confidence vote after it became apparent that he had misinformed the House. He had previously stated
that the NSA had intercepted the telephone data of 1.8 million Dutch, while in fact, it was the Netherlands itself that had done
this. Insiders say Dutch Military Intelligence Director Pieter Bindt mentioned something about Dutch eavesdropping
'in passing,' while in the process
of discussing 'other business."
“CNN's decision to pull the plug on Piers appears to be largely due to cultural differences. Americans, it seems, don't take kindly to a self- important Brit telling them how to run their country and ratings for the prime-time show were as miserable as the English weather.”
"Defense Secretary Hagel said
Tuesday that it was prudent 'to ensure adequate plans are in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the
year should U.S. not keep any
troops in Afghanistan after 2014.'"
“Given Minister Plasterk's admission
that it was not the NSA tapping 1.8 million Dutch telephone calls and text messages, but the Netherlands'
own intelligence services, one can't help but recall Rumsfeld’s baffling 2002 'unknown unknowns' briefing.”
“While posing as the ally of the immigrant
he deports people at a faster clip than any of his predecessors; while claiming to be
a supporter of labor,
he champions trade
deals that undercut
U.S. jobs and wages.”
“They'll be able to understand what we say, learn from experience, crack jokes, tell
stories, flirt. Kurzweil believes that, by 2029, computers will be able to do all the things that humans do. Only better.”
"The less contaminated with corruption the armed forces become, the more secure you will be. The armed forces are like a bulldog you must be kept safe and secure in the background, but without spoiling it or giving it too much affection, and hoping never to have to set it loose."
Tune in with Worldmeets.US Managing Editor William Kern, as we examine whether the CIA is encouraging unrest in Venezuela; why Ukraine is burning; corrupt business people fleeing China's crackdown on corruption for American shores; how French President Francios
Hollande's state visit to the U.S. is a boon to multinationals; Mexico's La Jornada on why the annual Three Amigos Summit was another act of Mexican 'submission' to its North American partners; and our weekly roundup of surveillance news.
China's annual tirade about the U.S. president meeting the Dalai Lama is in full swing this morning. This year, though,
there's a subtle change. China's
state TV has a U.S. branch, complete with an American
host, which struggles mightily to make Beijing's stance on its 1959 invasion and subsequent treatment of Tibetans appear sane. Here is a selection from CCTV America, and the Dalai Lama's appearance yesterday at the American Enterprise institute, where the 'wolf in sheep's clothing' threatening the 'split the Chinese nation'
talks 'happiness and free markets.'
This is a live feed of Kiev's Independence Square in Ukraine, the epicenter of
what is increasingly looking like a civil war between Western and Eastern leading
halves of Ukraine. Violence has again erupted between protesters and government
forces, after a tenuous truce
fell apart yesterday evening.
"In the last year the White House
told us 95 million records were classified and withheld from the public. That’s more than any year on record. ... How can we vote without evidence of true cost of
the wars in which we're involved, instances of public corruption, official corruption in nations we support, ally ourselves with, or
national participation in torture programs, rendition programs and unambiguous war crimes? All
were exposed in the Manning leaks.
“Globalization and its accompanying multilateral free-trade agreements gnaw away, a little more every day, at the democratic foundations of societies. Elected institutions are bypassed when they aren't outright violated by ad hoc agreements that establish their own rules of operation.”
"Therapists at top charity Relationships
Ireland say that as many as 80 percent
of marriages they are trying to save have fallen apart partly because of a growing trend of couples spending more time texting and posting status updates than talking to one another."
“Under the TTIP, a multinational
that considers our regulations an impediment to its capacity to exploit people and nature at its discretion would be given the opportunity to sue states before special tribunals designed by and for multinationals. Thus, neither parliaments nor governments
will decide on laws. Multinational corporations would create their own rights. This is a program for a dictatorship at the beck and call
of industry and finance, without
the need for helmeted generals.”
"Try explaining to an American that a defendant can be convicted, then acquitted, and convicted again. ... The moral of the story: I haven't a clue (like everyone else) of what happened that night when a girl was killed, but I know for certain that in
the court of justice, after seven
years, no certainty has been reached."
"Evil is scariest when it assumes
forms that contemplate no guilt whatsoever. ... We need to look at this. ... In Portugal, our PhDs and post-docs, people atop the academic
pyramid with tenure, are having
their pensions cut, and don't even
have a right to unemployment pay.
I return to the issue because ... this
is the most shameful example
of how low the state has sunk."
“Comparing the Olympics press of the summer of 1980 to the winter of 2014, one cannot help but conclude that today's press is a lot angrier. Perhaps this is due to the persona of Vladimir Putin, who is perceived as the engine and culprit behind the Sochi metamorphosis - far more
than Leonid Brezhnev was in 1980.
“The Russians would more likely have
paid him lots of money to keep a low
profile and conceal his opinions. True,
spies like Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, or Earl Edwin Pitts, never pitched their revelations to newspapers, but rather
passed them secretly to their handlers. ... If evidence of Snowden’s guilt does appear, I will condemn him as a spy. But even that wouldn't change my
positive evaluation of what he's done.
“From the free expression of the
Pussy Riot women, to draconian measures against Russia's muzzled press, to the anti-gay laws and unbelievable anti-gay violence: a lot of people in the world have woken up and are defending the principle that has long been legally
established here - discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not permissible, and that gays and lesbians have exactly the same rights as heterosexuals, including on matters of love and marriage.”
"The data ‘gold mine’ which contains
customer earnings, savings, mortgages,
health, insurance policies, passport and national insurance numbers - is worth millions on the black market, allowing
them to be targeted for financial scams."
BY Ian Gallagher, Simon Watkins, Stephanie Condron
"It was conclusive proof that most men turn to porn not when they are happy, but when they are at their most vulnerable. ... and it showed
that porn barons meticulously compile data on their users.
If men who watch porn
being watched, they're mistaken."
"There are others who say using digital technology means total surveillance, just surrender to it. But since that surrender means no democracy anymore, because whistleblowers who tell us what the state is doing will be caught, and they have to flee to places like Russia in order not to be caught, that means it's too much of a sacrifice. We've got to keep our democracy, and that means we have got to limit surveillance."
“Now with more than 1.2 billion
users and corresponding amounts of data, Facebook can now be referred to as only banks have been: too big to fail. How would one go about closing down such a huge network? What would
happen to the massive data that
makes Facebook so valuable?”
Are Western media outlets unfairly criticizing preparations for and the general conduct surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? This report from Russia Today looks at the issue. Russia today is non-profit funded by the Russian government.
Are crooked businessmen fleeing China for American
shores - where there is no
crackdown on curruption?
Max Keiser and his parner Stacy Herbert take on that issue, and others such as
the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on
this week's Keiser Report.
Listen to our talk with Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner, one of the world's leading advocates for the abolition of the death penalty. Sandrine has dedicated decades fighting state execution, both in her native France, in the United States, and around the world.
“The rubble of 9-11 hasn't been carted
away. The intelligence services have suffered an unimaginable humiliation.
Now President Bush is pressuring Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. It smells like
war. In Germany, the Schroder-Fischer government picks up the scent, while here at home, the odor is of election defeat. Schroeder senses anti-U.S. sentiment early on. ... Does that suffice as a motive for eavesdropping? 'You bet' the Americans would say, 'absolutely.'
From their point of view, Gerhard Schroeder was no longer a reliable ally.”
"The U.N. envoy will help glue this thing and to have the U.N. glue it. And you know, fuck the E.U. ... Exactly ... and I think we got to do something to make it stick together, because you can be sure that if it
does start to gain altitude, the Russians will be working behind
the scenes to torpedo the initiative."
Assistant Secretary of State
Victoria Nuland speaking to U.S.
Envoy to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt
“Convicted, then acquitted, and then convicted again. And at every stage of appeal, the evidence becomes ever more slender, clinging to a small trace of Amanda's DNA on a kitchen knife that she may have used to slit her friend's throat or chop an onion. ... No
one wants to show humility and confess that the truth at times slip away.”
"In the Bundestag this week, the
chancellor said trust was
being 'destroyed.' Among partners and friends, this is the worst-case scenario. A statement like that hasn't been made since sparks flew between Gerhard Schroder and George W. Bush over the
war in Iraq. A divisive element has taken root in the relationship
- and it grows wider by the week."
“Mr. Obama appeared to be liberal:
torture, Guantanamo, the obsession with security, the shameful methods of Dick Cheney, would soon be no more than a sad memory. ... What disappointment awaited such liberal hopes! An absolute disgrace. ... A
complete disgrace. An unspeakable
disgrace. A monumental disgrace!”
"The shocking new details reveal that the Oscar winner - who was
found dead Sunday on a bathroom floor with a needle sticking out of his arm - had a drug problem that had escalated far and above
what had previously been thought."
REPORTERS Sara Nathan, Joshua Gardner, Helen Pow, Sophie Jane Evans, James Nye
"The remarks, unusual in
where courts generally don't talk about cases before publishing their written reasoning, were reportedly
described as 'inopportune' by the
the judges' governing body, CSM."
“Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types ... Did we get to where we are today via a slippery slope that was entirely within our control to stop? Or was it a relatively instantaneous sea change that sneaked in
undetected because of
this pervasive state secrecy?”
"There's something very wrong with Google. Technologically, they're brilliant, sensational. But
morally, its management is utterly adolescent. The company is so big
and so arrogant, they do what they
like, thinking they're above the law."
On July 20, 2013, in basement
of the Guardian's office in Kings
Cross, with two GCHQ officials watching, Guardian editors
destroyed memory sticks and hard drives on which encrypted
files leaked by NSA contractor
Edward Snowden were stored.
"Like a child rather than a man, former Prime Minister Miller is pointing at former President
Kwasniewski to take the blame for CIA prisons in Poland. A man wouldn't act like that. Only a coward and liar would do that! ... Miller should be charged with violating the Constitution and selling the sovereignty of Poland for mere $15 million, in other words, for the establishment
of a Polish Guantanamo Bay."
“I'm going to fight this until the very end. ... This really has hit me like a train. I did not expect this to happen. ... I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They
found me innocent. How can
it's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?”
REPORTERS Lizzy Davies, John Hooper and Adam Gabbatt
“Does it really matter whether he's
a horrible person or a loving family man - like Heinrich Himmler, who exchanged banalities with his wife in between murders? ... What is relevant is not 'who' exposed the
surveillance of the NSA monster, but that it was exposed at all.”
“Tuesday's session, streamed on to
a flatscreen TV in a Department of
Defense office building outside of Washington, provided the first
public peek into a process that the
Obama White House ordered begun
in 2011 to help clear the detention facility’s remaining population.”
"Castro's speech listed a series of Latin American grievances that involve the United States, directly or indirectlydirectly or indirectly, attempting to unify the 33 countries at the summit against their neighbor to the north, which was not invited."
“The speech was less Martin Luther King (''The arc of history is long but bends toward justice') and more Rodney King ('Can we
all get along?'), was far
more plaintive and far
less polemical than usual.”
“Why did our U.S. ally sucker punch us on this occasion? ... The Polish authorities simply
made Polish territory available
to the U.S., not knowing what it would be used for. ... For our loss of virtue, or rather,
our reputation as a defender of human rights and promoter of
freedom and solidarity, we reportedly received $15 million - a pathetically small amount.”
"These people, U.S. government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket and then watch
me die in the shower. ... If there is information at Siemens that's beneficial to U.S. national interests - even if it doesn't have anything to do with national security – then
they'll take that data nevertheless."
“U.S. troops occupying Himmler's
family home opened the safe there
and took his private papers. Almost seven decades later, most of that
material is now accessible to the general public for the first time.”
“The Executive Branch agensy has rebuked President Obama over his
defense of the NSA's gathering of Americans' phone data, concluding that the agency's collection of every U.S. phone record on a daily basis violates the legal restrictions of the statute cited to authorize it - section 215 of the Patriot Act.”
“America's next ambassador
to Norway has committed a jaw-
error before he even begins, describing politicians from the Progress Party, which has seven ministers, as 'fringe
elements' that 'spew hatred.'”
"The encyclopedia's success is based
on the promise of making progress through self-regulating market of free contributions. Participating
individuals pursue their own goals, sometimes in competition, but they contribute to the general interest. Free competition leads to the
gradual elimination of error. Just
as in economics, the 'invisible hand' of Adam Smith will always guide
the online encycolpedia toward increasingly reliable information."
Panelists include Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Israeli corporate strategist Orit Gadiesh, Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty, Microsoft General Counsel Bradford
L. Smith, VimpelCom [telecom] CEO
Augie K. Fabela, Palantir Technologies
President [U.S.] Shyam Sankar.”
“For observers in Germany and Latin America, with memories of the Gestapo, the Stasi, and military dictatorship,
these revelations are dramatic.
But from a U.S. perspective, the drama doesn't come close
to approaching the criminal CIA
and FBI activity of the 1960s.”
“The chancellor immediately
called in the U.S. ambassador to express her indignation. ... According to Merkel, she has a right to be heard, and she doesn't understand why the German chancellor is being treated less favorably than a Taliban leader or Kim Jong-un.”
"Although the fact of U.S. biological weapons testing is hardly surprising, the question arises - why has
Japan released this type of evidence now? ... This is
how Japan is showing its
discontent with U.S. actions
after Abe's visit to Yasukuni."
“It was only a change of
rhetoric, not a change of
heart. Mass surveillance will continue. ... That's why it's important for Europe to keep up the pressure and make clear that data security is an
important asset for every
European Union citizen.”
"'The Americans have lied to us,'
a senior official said. ... The U.S.
refusal to sign an agreement with any substance comes unexpectedly
for Berlin. In August, the word
was that America had provided verbal assurances. According to these, there would be 'no mutual spying, no industrial espionage, and no infringement of national law.' These supposed assurances
seem to have vanished into thin air."
“In the northeast U.S., it was even colder than the South Pole. In New York, there was a temperature drop temperature of nearly 30 degrees - to 3 degrees Fahrenheit at the beginning of the week. So - was that too much for the cockroaches? ... 'No,' says Dominic Evangelista, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry at Rutgers University.”
“After the last few years, what
we can say with certainty is that climate conditions on our planet are shifting increasingly toward
extremes: floods of the century, storms of the century, heat of the century, droughts and cold of the century, have become standard protocol, with the resulting damage rising steadily as well. ... If one must go from Tennessee to Alaska to warm up, it should be apparent that something is terribly wrong”
"Whatever the actual reasons for
Satter's entry ban, Russia's image will likely deteriorate further as a result, as many English-language
media have already characterized the situation as another attempt by
the Kremlin to silence its critics."
"Firms routinely sell us devices that they can alter remotely, and they insist that they, not we, own the data we create as we use them. If we don't turn this around, and soon, the corporate privacy and security scandals we've seen to
date will look mild. Does industry
hear, or will it blithely move on?"
“What does it mean for the Democrats? In terms of social values, libertarians are almost identical to liberals. Smoking pot and same-sex marriage both meet with big approval.
The same is not true of guns.”
"There is no real news here, and no quantum computer. So why all the
fuss? ... There is something else at
play: the science-fiction factor. You
can imagine it already: underground bases a la James Bond, where men in white suits tinker with an enigmatic, humming machine. ... Seriously, a lot more James Bond films will premiere
before the arms race against the hackers produces winners or losers."
“Can the mutual bloodshed in Iraq honestly be credited wholly to the
Yankees? Isn't the battle between Sunnis and Shiites the result of a schism that goes back to the 7th
century? Did they really need the
encouragement of the Americans to beat each other's brains out or cut off one another's heads?.”
"Bankers across Europe are filling
cinema seats for a sneak peek at 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' booking out theatres and rolling out the red carpet for clients eager to see
a movie about excesses in their own high-flying industry."
“In order to prevent terrorists from achieving their main goal - leading the news of the day - the time has come to abandon the principle of informing the public about acts of terrorism. ... We must use the authority
of the state to withhold data
about terror attacks to protect
the security of our citizens.”
Oleg Matveyichev, former vice governor of Volgograd Oblast
"Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who came to Toronto a few years ago and had with dinner with us, agreed there were something around two and twelve species, but the latest reports I’ve been getting are that there are about 80 species - and some of them look just like us. ... they could walk down the street and you
wouldn’t know you passed one."
"European Commissioner for Justice Viviane
Reding wants the European Union to create
something akin to the United States, with two houses - parliament and senate, which would serve as a check on political union. The two chambers would provide oversight of the European Commission, which would
form [a directly-elected] government."
“You meet far more Germans who despise America than Americans
who reproach Germany. Americans
can hardly believe that a powerful
nation like Germany doesn't have a
more capable intelligence service.
Are there alternatives to continuing and even strengthening transatlantic
ties? Of course there are. The
trouble is, all of them are far worse.”
"In its statement, which comes as the NSA gears up for a make-or- break legislative battle over the scope of its surveillance powers,
the agency pointed to 'privacy protections' which it says it keeps on all Americans' phone records."
“There is information on 196 children who had already been matched with
potential American parents, but were
not permitted to unite with them. 95 of them, despite the promises of our
leaders, remained in orphanages at the end of the year. ... 95 children who could already have been with a family for an entire year. That's a lot by any measure. I believe that posturing in
the international arena is not worth ruining the life of even a single child.”
"Electronic Frontier Foundation
attorney Kurt Opsahl explains what we now know about how the programs
operate and the laws and regulations the U.S.
asserts allows the NSA to spy on Americans and non-Americans."
“I love robots. ... Yet I must
confess: to see Boston Dynamics
join Google's fleet sends shivers
up my spine. What is the firm going to do with its acquisition and seven other robotics firms
it has bought? Data collection? Delivery? Help support the next generation? ... The discomfort
with the takeover of Boston Dynamics reflects a fear of being
defeated in the race for eternity.”
"The church does not praise all to the same degree; but has contempt for no one. With the exception of bankers, it appears. ... Poverty is not a consistent symbol for strength of character, nor is wealth always synonymous with hard-heartedness."
“If a target person, agency
or firm orders a computer or related accessories, for example, TAO can divert the shipping delivery to its own secret workshops. ... At these so-called 'load stations,' agents carefully open the package in order to load malware or install hardware components that can provide backdoor access
to the intelligence agencies.”
REPORTERS Laura Poitras, Jacob Appelbaum, Marcel Rosenbach, Holger Star, Christian Stocker, Jorg Schindler
“All of the nearly 7 billion people who are not American have zero rights or protections in the eyes of the NSA (and U.S. law), and are therefore by definition suspect. ... In many other countries, feigned outrage is a major element. ... But the underlying sentiment is actually envy: we want this as well. In the Netherlands, another side of
this is becoming clear: jealousy.”
"We’re sleepwalking toward a
dystopian society here, because
it’s not just phone calls, these
e-mails that are intercepted. If
you walk down the street, cams
follow you, if you drive on main
roads your car is registered as
cameras pick up your license plate, your sat-nav can be traced, your mobile phone can be traced, your use of data-cards can be traced – all of this can be traced."
Former British Military
Intelligence Officer Mike Smith
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the no Ho, Ho, Ho this
Christmas, with Canada claiming Santa's workshop in the race to secure oil and mineral reserves in the Arctic; Max interviews
former energy regulator
Cook, about the middlemen who
dominate the energy market.
"Cuban newspaper Granma didn't reprint Barak Obama's speech in South Africa. It was a humiliation for Raul Castro. After the protocol handshake, Obama explained
that the name 'Mandela' should not be taken in vain."
“The non-appearance of Obama will not deprive
athletes of their dreams, but it does send a clear message to our leaders about how they are perceived throughout
the world. We tell fairy tales about how anti-gay
laws are not anti-gay,
that they're against some
and target only pedophiles.
In decent countries, they know perfectly well who these laws target.”
"Saab shares soared by over 30% on this news, meaning the markets had not yet priced in this collaprsing U.S. empire as a result of the NSA spying
scandal - even if we have reported that IBM sales were collapsing and the likes of IBM. ... Becuase of the NSA infiltration of products with spying
technology, items that incorparate them are rendered worthless.”
The E.U. Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs questions Glenn
Greenwald as part of its probe
into the electronic mass spying
on E.U. citizens. It runs just
over an hour and thiety minutes.
"For the same length of time Osama bin Laden's face has been with us as the embodiment of al-Qaeda and as the physical symbol of a movement willing to commit mass murder - Hitler, too, terrorized the world,
and compelled it to defend itself."
“Analysts said the contract may be
the biggest casualty yet for the U.S. in a bitter dispute with Brasília over
revelations from former NSA
analyst Edward Snowden of extensive spying by Washington in Brazil, including on
President Dilma Rousseff and staff.”
“I can't presume to tell you to cancel
your trip to North Korea .. It is your right to drink fancy wines and enjoy yourself in luxurious parties, as you reportedly did in your previous trips to Pyongyang. But as you have a fun time with the dictator, please try to think about what he and his family
have done before and continue to do.”
“As with his peers and drinking buddies Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed, much of his best work seems to have been done under the influence. ... 'We heralded the 60s,' he once said. 'Me, Burton, Richard Harris – we did in public what everyone else did in private then, and does for show now. We drank in public ... and we knew about pot.'”
“[It is likely the U.S. will expand the list]. This is attested to by the hostile acts of U.S. prosecutors, who allege that our diplomats
have been involved with spying and a medical insurance scam. It seems to me that there has been a wave of anti-Russian hysteria aroused by our decision over Edward Snowden. The expansion of the Magnitsky list is a reprisal
by the Americans [over Snowden].”
Senator Igor Morozov, Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee
“In America, two very different worlds have come into existence along the same coastline. In one of those worlds, people pay attention to climate predictions. In the other, they don't. While New Yorkers believe they have to do something against global warming, because it could spell the city's demise, the citizens of New Bern would rather put their faith in God's creation.”
“The major Internet companies - from Google to Microsoft to Facebook - are
launching a campaign against spy agency
programs. Seem disingenuous? Exactly. That such corporations are demanding
limits on data collection is a bad joke.”
“During Vice President Biden's
visit to China, we have seen the realization of the idea of global governance carried out by two
major powers - America and China. It is crucial that the two sides should act as equal players
in this. ... Beijing has long been
pushing the United States in this direction, and Joe Biden's visit
has allowed China to take another
step toward its implementation.”
“I was upset and humilated.
He made up his own signs.
What happened at Mandela's memorial service is truly disgraceful thing to see – it should not happen at all. What happened today will be
forever aligned with Mandela
and the deaf community, thanks to this fake interpreter.”
—Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African and board member of the World Deaf Federation
“He's no hero ... He isn't just
a threat to my security, but to
that of the entire country and other countries, as well. He's
a traitor, and should be tried, convicted and sent to prison. For the rest of his life. Just like other traitors. I'm sorry.
The guy wanted to be famous.
That's all he really wanted.”
“More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five
Nobel lureates, condemn the
scale of official surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned
that intelligence agencies are undermining democracy and
must be curbed by new rules.”
“The balance in many nations
has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual, rights that are enshrined in our
constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish.
It's time for change.”
—Joint Letter from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook,
Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter, AOL
“If you [Omidyar] set up a new media
organization which claims to seek to do everything for press freedom, but
you join a blockade against another media organisation, then that's hard for us to take it seriously. But I hope that they stick to their promises.”
WIKILEAKS Staffer, Snowden Collaborator, Sarah Harrison
"Military nuclear programs, having first become a topic of international treaties
in 1963, have not been free of deceit
and bad intentions. If we examine those signed not long ago between the United
States and Soviet Union, but also those
that extend to the world community, one must admit that behind the media smoke screen of signatures, one finds
every kind of depravity imaginable."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Secretary of State Kerry uses scare
tactics like a new Palestinian 'intifada,' global boycotts and isolation, to cow
Israel into signing the framework accord he has drawn up is submitted to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“After revelations of NSA spying on Israeli prime
ministers, why aren't Prime
Olmert and Ehud Barak calling for heads to roll and a complete
overhaul in U.S.-Israel ties?”
“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.”
“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.”
“In the cool detachment of
the presidentâ€™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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 â€“ at least, so long
as Barack Obama is U.S. president.”
“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.”
"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.”
“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 faĂ§ade, the ayatollahs have not changed their spots. Washington has.”
“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.”
“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.”
“For President Obama, the two issues - the disposal of Syriaâ€™s chemical weapons and resolution of the nuclear controversy with Iran - were closely interwoven
in his quiet exchanges with Putin,
which emphasized diplomacy.”
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.
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
â€śThe '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 motionâ€“ which preceded the bombing
of Baghdad by hoursâ€“
voted no on action
in Syria on Thursday.â€ť
“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?”
â€śWestern 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.â€ť
“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'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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 wonâ€™t be stopped otherwise. ... What kind of
example is Obama setting? ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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?”
“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.”
“Our policy is clear â€“ we don't interfere in Syriaâ€™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.”
"'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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"'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."
"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."
"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
"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."
“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.”
“'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.”
"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
believes the treaty was a terrible mistake for Mexico."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.'”
"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."
"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"
"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!"
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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.'"
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"The handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro was more
than formality. The Ceremonials Division of the Office of the Chief of U.S. Protocol could simply have removed Obama from the Castro's
proximity. This is something they have always been good at. Why not this time? ... When it comes to increasing the benefits to capital, there is a clarity and objectivity that egocentric philosophers and moralists fail to comprehend."
“Twenty four percent of the world believes America represents the
top threat to peace. In comparison, only 8 percent believe it is Pakistan, which is closely followed by China (6 percent), and Afghanistan (5 percent) and Iran (5 percent).”
“In 2013, emerging threats included advanced phishing
attacks by Syrian Electronic Army, financial malware and exploit kits, Cryptolocker
ransomware infections, mass
Bitcoin theft, a large number of privacy breaches from NSA,
and many more.”
"This success on the part of China, which with its space program seeks to show that it can compete with the traditional technological powers
after decades of underdevelopment
and global isolation, occurs 10 years after the country launched its first astronaut into space, Yang Liwei."
“Talk of 'contemporary values and relationships' is simply a surrender to domineering Western atheist
culture. It is amazing to see that in the name of 'freedom' and 'dignity,' the power-wielding class is pro- actively engaged in defending the
'rights' of a tiny number of sodomists.”
“How strange it is that America expects all sorts of courtesies and privileges - due and undue - for not only its diplomatic staff, but its undercover spies, yet it is unwilling to extend the same to diplomats of other countries.”
“We have issued visas to a number of U.S. diplomats' companions. 'Companions' means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court ruling, this is illegal in our country, just as paying less wages was illegal in the U.S. ... So, why doesn't the Government go
ahead and arrest and punish them? ”
“National Security Advisor Menon described the arrest of Deputy
Consul General Khobragade
as 'barbaric,' as he and Parliament Speaker Meira Kumar refused to meet a group of U.S. lawmakers. Today the anger spread, as Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and
Sushilkumar Shinde also refused
to meet the Amercian lawmakers. ”
“When someone in Brazil visits a Web site, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more. ... They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target's reputation. ”
Brazilians have a special feeling for being human that comes out in this article by O Globo's Dorrit Harazim. Looking at the Mandela memorial
last week through the prism of
George W. Bush, when all was said and done and the boos and applause
were over, a trip of one incumbent
president, two former presidents,
and one potential future president,
ended with a simple gesture: George
W. Bush showing his traveling
companions dog paintings on his iPad.
“The ambitions of the South African racists and the United States were not only to crush the Angolan regime, but to eliminate the training bases of the ANC and Namibia's South West African People's Organization, which were established in Angola with Cuban trainers. ... A long and bloody war to confront the South African military intervention ensued, lasting from 1981 to 1988. ... The cracking of this racist and genocidal military adventure which was the harbinger of
the end of apartheid.”
“The United States consider the 'law of the land' to be a
supreme value of respect on their territory, and violate it in foreign nations: Puerto Rico, Honduras, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, and even the occupation of Guantanamo. The list is never ending.”
“We owe Snowden our respect
for challenging American soft power and its right to define justice and injustice. The young man is the first person in recent
years to have knocked America
U.S. off of its moral pedestal.”
“The West is chock full of people who always have a sense of moral superiority. In the eyes of non- Western countries, however, they seem more like an arrogant mob, using brutality to promote their
values and ruin cultural diversity.”
“Writers are self-censoring. They are leaving certain areas untouched,
especially if they involve using certain terms in their communications. So it has come to this: the reality of life in the most powerful democracy in the world has achieved what has
been impossible for the very worst
totalitarian systems and theocracies - mind control over individuals.”
“Leaders allied with the great
superpower and millions of their
citizens have been victimized by the mass surveillance of communications by our neighbor and trading partner. In contrast, Anthony Pellicano, the most well known private detective in Hollywood, has been sentenced to ten years in prison. He was found guilty of 76 offenses, including wiretapping, extortion, fraud, and blackmail. ... So good going Edward Snowden, for working in Moscow under Russian government protection.”
“Even if Australian law is said to offer some measure of privacy protection, how can that be more than a fig leaf when most of these services are headquartered outside
Canberra's jurisdiction, with
so much data routed offshore?”
"Either we again begin to feel a part of nature and show respect for it and ourselves, or we will move into a paradigm of conquest and domination. We can live together and respect the natural rhythms and exist within the limits of our ecosystems, or prepare ourselves for the bitter lessons that Mother Earth will teach us."
“Despite trying to present itself
as an impartial mediator, the U.S. has obviously taken Japan's side. By turning a blind eye to Tokyo's provocations, the root cause of
the tensions, Washington has wrongly pointed an accusing
finger at in China's direction.”
“It is extremely unlikely Biden has shown up in China to be an opponent. If so, however, China won't hold back. ... Americans might consider adjusting their own behavior, when a country as mild and undemanding as China begins to cultivate
nationalism toward the U.S.”
"It's clear that when it comes to both
the Syria crisis and the Iran nuclear controversy, the deception and fraud
laid out by Russia has been a trap that President Obama walked right into,
pulling the majority of E.U. leaders in
with him. Now it's too late for regrets."
“What was done by China - should have not been done,
because things are getting
dangerous. This may trigger an unexpected incident. ... Common sense will tell you that you should not commit the same mistake twice - if they recognize it as a mistake.”
“Australia's surveillance agency offered to share information
collected on ordinary citizens
of Australia with its leading intelligence partners, according
to a secret 2008 document
leaked by the Edward Snowden.”
REPORTERS Ewen MacAskill, James Ball, Katharine Murphy
“It's required and urgent to create and operate independent access to the Worldwide Web in order to break U.S. dominance in this area. It's not for nothing that the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS advocate the creation of an alternative Internet structure, known as CABLEBRICS, consisting of a system of fiber optic cables 20,000 miles long, which would exclude major centers of U.S.
and E.U. telecommunications.”
“How will the interests of the U.S. and its allies be impacted by a Chinese ADIZ on China's own doorstep? Why didn't
U.S. call the establishment of Japan's
ADIZ in 1969, which included China's Diaoyu Islands within it, and Tokyo's 'nationalization' of the islands, 'one- sided?' Threats will not sway China.
Defending the territory of the nation will always be its top priority.”
“China's announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea has drawn criticism from the United States and Japan - wrongly. ... The logic of the two countries is simple: they can do it while China cannot, which might
be explained by a Chinese saying, 'the magistrates are free to burn
down houses, while common folk
are forbidden to
light their lamps.'”
“Three days ago China declared a no
fly zone over waters claimed by Japan.
Yesterday, the U.S. flew B52 bombers
over them. Today, China sent in an
aircraft carrier. Are these the drums
of war being beaten on our doorstep?”
“TEPCO will build a larger lounge for workers to take
breaks and decontaminate more of the site, so over a larger area, workers will be able to work without full
face masks - thought to lower
worker efficiency. The firm will also raise the daily bonus
for workers from $100 to
this newspaper has continued
to report on the reality of
where the environment is
atrocious and commission
of mistakes is continueous.”
“In Latin America he proposed the Alliance for Progress and gave financial support under exceptional circumstances. ... The town of Kennedy is testament to his journey through Bogota where he was accompanied by Jacqueline. ... How much could have been avoided and
how much progress would have been in terms of democracy if that precious existence had not been
criminally cut short as it was? ”
“Even as Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who allegedly helped the
CIA track down Osama Bin
Laden, awaits a decision on re-trial of his earlier case, Afridi has been charged
with killing a boy in 2006- 2007 while performing
surgery in Khyber Agency.”
“It's clear that if the colonialist policy enunciated by President James Monroe doesn't signify a
desire of the political powers
in Washington to renounce their never-ending zeal for foreign intervention in Latin America. Kerry himself, in his speech at the OAS, made evident that among the U.S. political class,
thinking toward its continental
neighbors hasn't changed an iota.”
“Some people, who took money surrounding countries, are trying to prevent signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement, which has tremendous political, economic
and security benefits for Afghans. These people close their eyes to the miseries of the past. They fail to grasp that if they are able to televise their thoughts and ideas in the first place, it is solely due to systems created with support
from that very same United States.”
“The model for solidarity among public officials of opposing political parties remains the September 11 terrorist attacks, when New York
Mayor Rudy Guilani, a Republican, stood shoulder to shoulder with then-U.S. Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, as they went to Ground Zero. ... That would not be the case with Filipino officials and politicians, who each go their separate ways and go to
lengths not to be seen together.”
“The sobering reality never sinks into the heads of administration officials, their seeming ignorance of the breadth and length of the destruction hard to fathom. ... The humanity of the entire world, now converging on the Filipinos, honors the victims. Never mind if the most powerful man in the Philippines has not. He no longer
matters. He's no longer our leader.”
“The faces of those who suffered in this mega disaster will haunt us all forever, but we will always be grateful to all countries that came to their succor, most especially to our No. one ally. God bless America!”
“The only discernible distribution system yet to provide relief to devastated Leyte Province has been mounted by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which has deployed its choppers in non-stop airlift
and air drop operations for the desperate.”
“The leader was identified as 32-year-old Luis Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia, aka/Javier
Aguirre Cardenas, member of the U.S. Marines from
1998 to 2002, and cop in Laredo, Texas from 2002- 2009, when he moved to Tamaulipas and began to engage in criminal activity.”
“We coulda done this, we shoulda gone that way, or we woulda made
more of a difference. And to shore
up our self-flagellation, we take out
of context what foreigners have to
say about our relief efforts. People should understand that Anderson
Cooper's analysis of relief efforts were based on only one location:
the destroyed Tacloban Airport.”
“The government is going to great lengths to show Kennedy a warm welcome. On Tuesday
she is to offer her credentials
to the Emperor ... Wednesday she is scheduled to lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and
the other scheduled greetings. ”
“Obama's announcement puts
him in a state of near political
death. His position seems
reduced to a mere managerial
role representing the interests that really pull the strings of power in his country. ... his administration is a hope killer, to the extent that it renders
the U.S. incapable of resolving
the miseries and distortions it suffers economically, politically, diplomatically and socially.”
“Even if you want to continue believing that the Iranian regime
lies 24 hours a day and is talking just to rid itself of sanctions that damage its economy (and its
citizens), an imperfect deal is
still better than no agreement.”
“'We've been telling the media that the Aquino government is not responding systematically enough to save the victims of Yolanda. Now CNN has finally
exposed the truth that the president has been attempting to hide from the world for the past five days - that people are being left to their own devices
in dealing with this mass disaster.”
“Yolanda's destructive fury and the slow response of the government to come to the aid of hundreds of thousands of displaced people, especially in Leyte and Samar, are being reported around the clock by CNN. ... Their compassion and generosity strengthen our faith
and help keep our hopes alive.”
“CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper, who is in Tacloban City, pointedly criticized the Aquino government for its response to the desperate survivors of typhoon Yolanda, who after five
days have yet to receive any aid.”
“Offensive words like these not only hurt the feelings of
all Chinese people, but they
damage the interests of the U.S. itself. As a multi-racial
nation built on a melting
pot of immigrants from all
over the world, such remarks
do no good for the social
cohesiveness of America itself.”
“In Latin America he proposed the Alliance for Progress and gave financial support under exceptional circumstances. ... The town of Kennedy is testament to his journey through Bogota where he was accompanied by Jacqueline. ... How much could have been avoided and
how much progress would have been in terms of democracy if that precious existence had not been
criminally cut short as it was? ”
“I am convinced U.S. authorities are
hiding something. There appears no will in the media, where I have many close and respected friends, to take up the challenge of putting the facts in their proper place. Ask yourself
why? To my Costa Rican colleagues: have courage, do not remain silent. Demand explanations. They deceived my generation. I hope my generation, with the help of younger journalists,
can now have the unadulterated truth.”
“Colonol Sabow, a straight-arrow Marine and decorated fighter pilot,
learned a day before he was killed that these aircraft were using El Toro and other military bases to
fly cocaine into the United States.”
“After the 9-11 incident, many Chinese were quite pleased. Over many a dinner table, Chinese folk praised Osama bin Laden's arguments, some even referring to him as a modern day Robin Hood. Such attitudes, however, never made it into China's media, all of which was harshly
critical of his evils, and very sympathetic to the U.S. government and standing alongside the American people.”
“It is no exaggeration to say that the inner workings of the Seoul government are an open book to U.S. authorities. When an ally is treated in such a way, what hope
can there be of reciprocal and
equitable cooperation between us?”
“If we fight under the current plan as an alliance with the United States, we will win by an overwhelming margin. If South Korea fights alone, however, North Korea has superior
strength, so South Korea would lose.”
“While the issue was limited to Latin America, the damage was contained.
However, with France and Germany involved in the scandal, the trouble
became far greater, as it involves an agenda of heavyweight interests that
has a far more international impact.”
“According to Der Spiegel, U.S. Special Collection Service cells operate in five Chinese cities - Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. Please don't tell us they are here to
fight terrorism. While China
has contributed earnestly to
the global war on terror, its
own vulnerability to terrorism
has hardly been a U.S. concern.”
“The massive spying against governments, organizations
and citizens - allegedly for reasons of security - is the
most immediate example
of moral backsliding by our
neighbor nation's institutions, a setback that has translated
into a deterioration of rights
of people on a planetary scale.”
“America's self-righteous surveillance activities are a shameful mistake that compromises the whole objective of
preventing terrorism. Intelligence,
which would have been obtained effortlessly in the past, is now more difficult to glean because America is
no longer as credible. ... the United States should not be permitted to
continue tapping our conversations.”
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