Doubts about Loyalty of Saudi Forces Trigger U.S. Reassessment (Le Figaro, France)
Jan23

Doubts about Loyalty of Saudi Forces Trigger U.S. Reassessment (Le Figaro, France)

Le Figaro correspondent Laure Mandeville, quoting an anonymous source close the the U.S. intelligence services, writes that alarming questions about the loyalty of Saudi military forces and the relentless spread of Saudi Wahhabism in the form of ISIL has prompted U.S. officials to question America’s longstanding relationship with the Saudi Kingdom. This may be why, according to Mandeville, that the illness and now death of King...

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Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jan17

Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Are the French and the West reflexively lumping simple critics of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions and Western policy together with the terrorists who struck Paris? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, columnist M. Saadoune comments on the way people loyal to France, Algerians and others, who oppose both cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammed and the horrifying acts of violence perpetrated in his name – are...

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Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)
Jan12

Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)

Dominique de Villepin, a foreign minister of France best known in the United States for his U.N. Security Council opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion, has written this impassioned plea to the French people not to embrace a mindset of war in the struggle against Islamist terrorism, and not to renounce the country’s democratic values amid concerns for security. In the pages of Le Monde, he calls into question a slew of recent...

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FLASHBACK: Demonization of the ‘Cuban Five’ Proves U.S. is the Real Terror Threat (Opera Mundi, Brazil)
Dec17

FLASHBACK: Demonization of the ‘Cuban Five’ Proves U.S. is the Real Terror Threat (Opera Mundi, Brazil)

When you listen to mainstream media coverage today of the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from Cuban custody in exchange for members of the ‘Cuban Five,’ it might come in handy to understand the Cuban side of the story, which you will not hear on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News or the rest. This column, which we posted not to support the despots in Havana but to expose the truth to the light of day, was posted on May 14, and...

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In Praise of the U.S. Senate’s CIA Torture Report (News, Switzerland)
Dec14

In Praise of the U.S. Senate’s CIA Torture Report (News, Switzerland)

Whatever difficulties it presents for George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, and however uncomfortable it makes the people involved, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News writes that the report on torture released by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is a refutation of those who use terrorism to justify mass surveillance and proves that in Western democracies, the capacity still exists to ‘depart from...

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‘Success’ of CIA Torture: Raising Anti-Americanism to its ‘Zenith’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Dec12

‘Success’ of CIA Torture: Raising Anti-Americanism to its ‘Zenith’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Continuing with our global survey of reaction to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program, otherwise known as the CIA torture report, writing in Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville penned this scathing overview of the consequences: more terrorism and more terrorists, and a level of anti-Americanism never before encountered. For the...

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President Kwasniewski: ‘Sadist’ CIA Should Be Shuttered; Denies Knowledge of Torture (Polityka, Poland)
Dec11

President Kwasniewski: ‘Sadist’ CIA Should Be Shuttered; Denies Knowledge of Torture (Polityka, Poland)

The former President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, appeared on a morning radio program yesterday and was grilled by Polityka journalist Jacek Zakowski about CIA torture and extraordinary renditions that we know now beyond doubt took place on Polish soil during his administration. Some of his comments are rather astounding – including that he had no idea what the CIA was doing in the years it ran as least one ‘black...

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‘Individuals Behind CIA Criminal Conspiracy Must Face Penalties’: United Nations (U.N., Intl. Terr., Geneva)
Dec10

‘Individuals Behind CIA Criminal Conspiracy Must Face Penalties’: United Nations (U.N., Intl. Terr., Geneva)

In an unusually blunt statement about a U.N. Security Council member – particularly one that accounts for a quarter of the U.N. budget, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson, a British barrister by training, called on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to immediately file charges against ‘individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today’s report’, and...

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Grand Jury Eruption in America has Little to do with Race (La Stampa, Italy)
Dec08

Grand Jury Eruption in America has Little to do with Race (La Stampa, Italy)

Are the mass protests breaking out across the country due to historic racism, or is there something else at play? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta writes that with the middle class shrinking and resentment seething over the ease with which undocumented immigrants are able to find employment, the problem has far more to do with the desperation of average people over paying the bills and getting ahead as citizens of...

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French Failure to Deliver Mistrals to Russia ‘Impolitic and Masochistic’ (Marianne, France)
Dec04

French Failure to Deliver Mistrals to Russia ‘Impolitic and Masochistic’ (Marianne, France)

Is France damaging its own interests by buckling under pressure from the U.S. and NATO to halt delivery to Russia of two Mistral amphibious assault/helicopter carriers? Olivier Zajec of the French Institute of Strategy and Conflict insists that by not delivering the ships, Paris is damaging its credibility, undermining efforts to subdue the Islamic State, and rendering it impossible for French diplomacy to play the role of fair...

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Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Dec01

Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Upon his return from celebrations in Germany for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev gave this somewhat testy interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, in which he is defensive over accusations that he ‘lost’ the Soviet Union. He discusses where it all went wrong with the United States, his belief that the Ukraine crisis can be overcome and how the Western leaders he met...

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On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)
Nov22

On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

He rides in an open car amid hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and abhors being seperated from his flock. Imagine the heart-stopping difficulty of protecting one of the most popular pontiffs in a generation from terrorists bent on killing anyone not a Sunni fundamentalist – particularly a man with the title ‘Vicar of Christ’? Offering a glimpse behind the scenes is Corriere Della Sera’s man...

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Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct29

The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

After a trial that for some reason lasted seven years, last week a jury convicted four former Blackwater mercenaries of murdering 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a firefight on September 16, 2007 aka/ Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville writes that despite the convictions – which will inevitably be appealed, the privatization of warfare is precisely what President...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)
Oct24

A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)

Three days from now, the the people of Brazil will go to the polls to elect a new president, and as columnist Umberto Martins of Brazil’s Vermelho writes, the ramifications for the continent and the world are significant. Martins writes the the entire project to more tightly integrate Latin America against U.S. influence which was launched by now deceased Venezuela President Hugo Chavez could be badly damaged if right-of-center...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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