“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.”
"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."
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“ 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.”
“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.”
“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
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
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.
"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."
“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.”
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.
"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
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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
"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."
“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.”
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
"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."
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.
“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
"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."
“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.”
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.
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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?"
“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.”
"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."
"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.'"
“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.”
"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."
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.'
“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.”
“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.”
"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.
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.
"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."
"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?"
“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.”
"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.
“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.”
"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.
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.
"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?"
"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."
"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?'"
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.
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.
"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.'"
"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.'"
“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.”
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.'
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
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.”
"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!'"
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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.'"
“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.”
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.
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.
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
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
"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."
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.
“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.”
"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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
striking at the West's heart. ”
"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."
“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
"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
“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.'”
"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."
"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."
"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
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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?"
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“ 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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"To even imply that there is moral equivalence and
that Israelis bear some
blame for the escalation of the current crisis by calling
'restraint' from both
sides is both disappointing
and a breach of allied trust."
“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.
"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."
“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.”
"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?"
“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.”
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
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.'
"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."
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.'
"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."
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.
"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."
"Debka File's sources report
that Iraq's armyâ€™s command facilities and bases in Mosul are ablaze and the bodies of Iraqi soldiers are lying in the townâ€™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."
"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."
"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."
"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
bring the Afghan people's
ship of high hopes nearer
to the shore."
"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"
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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,
are crying for
The U.S. and Russia must have
doubled over with laughter.”
“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.'”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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
strengthen Sino-Russian ties.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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?"
“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.”
"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.
"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
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
audience votes on who won.
"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."
"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."
"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.'
"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."
" 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"
"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."
"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?'"
"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?"
“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..”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.'”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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?”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“In Holland with Xi and Obama, or in Beijing with Michelle, will
the Chinese or Americans
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?”
"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."
“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.”
"'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."
"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."
"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."
"'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."
“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.”
"'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."
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