ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)
Jul29

ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)

This column deals with an issue that no U.S. official, or member of the mainstream media for that matter, will ever address or admit to: the deliberate fostering and creation of terrorist groups for the furtherance of American foreign policy. For Brazil’s Carta Maior, columnist Francisco Carlos Teixeira takes on the history of Western involvement in the Middle East, showing how it has exacerbated Sunni-Shiite tensions for its...

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Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)
Jul27

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

France is not only home to the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe, but with the Kremlin in the global doghouse over MH17 and Ukraine, Paris is in the process of selling Russia two massive Mistral warships for $1.6 billion. For Le Figaro, columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that with pro-Palestinian protests erupting across the country, and allies losing patience with the French for selling such powerful weapons to Russia,...

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MH17: Dutch Should Avoid America’s Post-911 Reaction (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul26

MH17: Dutch Should Avoid America’s Post-911 Reaction (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

How should people in the Netherlands handle the incredible anger and sorrow that has suddenly struck after the downing of Flight MH17, in which more than 189 innocent Dutch civilians, many of them children, were killed? Continuing with our focus on the Netherlands this week, for de Volkskrant, columnist Lodewijk Pessers advises people to stay calm, and above all, not to react the way the United States did after 9-11 – or the way...

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VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)
Jul25

VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)

This is an extraordinary video of an exchange between Edward Snowden and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Elsberg. The encounter took place on Monday at the HOPE X Hacker’s summit in New York City. Snowden recieves a hero’s welcome with long ovations and unmitigated praise from Elsberg, who says Snowden’s emergence gave him ‘hope’ for the first time in many years. To Snowden’s critics,...

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West’s Sliding Scale of Human Suffering is a Gift to Putin (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul25

West’s Sliding Scale of Human Suffering is a Gift to Putin (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

The basis of the Buddhist religion is that ‘life is suffering.’ In that spirit, pointing to situations as diverse at the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and MH17, philosopher Jaroslaw Makowski writes in Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza that when we forget that suffering binds us all, and when we value the suffering of our own people over others, it diminishes our humanity and drives Western cynicism, which people like Vladimir...

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As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul24

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

Generally speaking, it takes a lot to knock the Dutch off balance, but the catastrophe in Ukraine has done so, even to the point of bringing Dutch threats of unilateral military action. Continuing with our monitoring of the Dutch reaction to the crisis, for Elsevier, columnist Afshin Ellian lashes out at Vladimir Putin and the ‘mafia state’ that according to him, comprises part of a new ‘axis of evil.’...

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Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul23

Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

The depth of Arab agony over the Palestinian predicament and the future of the Muslim world pours out of this column from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran. Columnist Moncef Wafi, expressing a sense of betrayal and frustration over almost every decision-making authority imaginable, writes that the Arab Spring is to Arabs what the White man was to the American Indian: ‘a cancer that has metastasized, infecting almost the...

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MH17: Europe Must ‘Slam its Fists’ on the Table (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul22

MH17: Europe Must ‘Slam its Fists’ on the Table (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Continuing with our examination of the Dutch reaction to the situation surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, this column by de Volkskrant columnist Hans Wansink seeks to cool the tempers of those talking about Dutch military intervention in Ukraine, and urges the immediate adoption and implimentation by the European Union of the sanctions announced by President Obama. For de Volkskrant, Hans Wansink begins by criticizing the...

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Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul22

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

Just 24 hours ago, as this column from Elsevier of the Netherlands shows, there was significant talk among the Dutch of the need to threaten the use of elite forces to secure the MH17 crash site and the corpses of the dead – most of whom are Dutch. Whether the events of the last 24 hours have diminished that impulse is unclear. For Elsevier, columnist Eric Vrijsen begins his preroration by highlighting the growing pressure on...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Jul18

Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Should Russia continue to back seperatists in eastern Ukraine, particulary after they appear to have shot down a civilian aircraft killing all 298 people aboard? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov insists that the rebel war in Ukraine is Russia’s war as well, and criticizes Russian ‘elites’ who consider the rebels a nuisance who undermine Russian interests. After taking a fellow columnist to task...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul14

ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

How much responsibility does Saudi Arabia have for the chaos cause to Syria, Iraq and the entire region by the now-infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, noted columnist Kharroubi Habib writes that in an effort to displace al-Qaeda, which seeks the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, Saudi ‘strategists’ decided to back a new group – ISIL. The only trouble is that...

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Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)
Jul12

Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)

Is Hillary Clinton positioning herself to win the ‘Dick Cheney’ vote? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, if Republicans nominate a candidate with more isolationist tendencies like Rand Paul, is likely to result in significant neocon-Republican support for the former first lady. For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin begins by examining the devisive...

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America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)
Jul10

America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

Germans are now having a conversation among themselves that, unless Washington tactically retreats on its policy of unrestrained mass surveillance, is sure to end badly for both countries. For the Frankfurter Rundschau, columnist Christian Schluter argues that Germans must begin putting relations with American into a completely different context which features prominently the word: ‘hostility.’ He also calls for asylum for...

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ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)
Jul09

ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)

How are we to judge the plans and motivations of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka/the Islamic State led by ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi? In this interview, Le Figaro’s senior international reporter Renaud Girard puts the group into context and compares its movement with previous political manias like the Third Reich and Communism. For Le Figaro, in an interview conducted by reporter Alexandre Devecchio,...

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The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Jul07

The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Ironically, the widely held belief that America is manipulating events in the Middle East appears to be making the region’s political leaders complacent about the threat posed by ISIS [aka/ISIL]. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Scarlett Haddad writes that political authorities in Lebanon, Jordan, and other countries, are so certain that ISIL is a tool of the United States and that it will ‘leave the...

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Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Jul07

Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How paranoid are German lawmakers about NSA spying? According to this news item from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, after news broke that a German intelligence officer was arrested for spying on the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry, committee chairman Patrick Sensburg took to playng Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor during secret sessions. For the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, reporters John Goetz, Hans Leyendecker, Georg...

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Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)
Jul05

Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)

How much of a threat does ISIS pose to Iran – and is that part of the agenda of Washington and its Western allies? In another twist on the theory that the United States has not only fostered ISIS, but is using it as a foreign policy tool to alter the map of the Middle East, columnist Kader Abdolah of Belgium’s De Morgen starts with a visceral history of why Shiites hate Sunnis: Omar, the second caliph and successor to the...

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