Deal with Iran: Payback for Saudi Role on 9-11? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Jul18

Deal with Iran: Payback for Saudi Role on 9-11? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

If senior officials of one of your closest allies played a role in the most devastating terrorist attacks ever to strike your country – it seems logical that one might look for alternatives. So – did the Saudi role in the September 11th attacks figure in the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in Vienna last week? In this interview with Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, Dr. Patrice Gourdin, Professor...

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DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)
Apr23

DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)

Given the corruption and duplicity with which U.S. government agencies like the DEA, ATF and Secret Service operate, to say nothing of the public lying and unconstitutional activity of the NSA, what right do U.S. officials have to complain about corruption in places like Colombia and Mexico? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada takes on the most recent scandal, which involves DEA agents being entertained by prostitutes at...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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How a Mandatory IAEA Mechanism Saved the Iran Nuclear Talks (Le Monde, France)
Apr02

How a Mandatory IAEA Mechanism Saved the Iran Nuclear Talks (Le Monde, France)

What was it that saved the Iran nuclear talks from what seemed imminent collapse just over 24 hours ago? For Le Monde, special correspondent Yves-Michel Riols writes that when the deadlock over lifting sanctions on Iran seemed insurmountable, it dawned on negotiators that even if an immediate lifting of sanctions were agreed to, the IAEA will first have to confirm that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely non-military – a...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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Christians, Muslims and the Destruction of Ancient Sites (Le Monde, France)
Mar15

Christians, Muslims and the Destruction of Ancient Sites (Le Monde, France)

Like the fundamentalists of Islamic State, Christians, too, had a period in which ancient sites were destroyed as a form of idolatry. However, according to Gérard Leclerc, a journalist and philosopher with France Catholique, a cultural chasm separates the two: unlike the radicals of Islamic State, ‘Christianity was from the start a scholarly religion that could not have existed in the context of barbarity.’ In an interview...

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ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)
Mar09

ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)

Apparently tired of Western restrictions on their blood curdling Tweets and Facebook posts, Germany’s Bild reports that the throat-cutting geeks of ISIS launched their own social network three days ago. Looking suspiciously like Facebook, the ISIS jihadis have dubbed it ‘Kilafahbook’. They have shared their cruel deeds on the Web in order to attract the world’s attention to themselves. Now the jihadists seek to push...

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Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)
Mar07

Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)

Chairman of the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry Patrick Sensburg has led Berlin’s almost two-year long probe into the scandal exposed by Edward Snowden surrounding NSA mass surveillance. Last year Sensburg reportedly ordered music to be played at committee meetings ‘just in case’ and at least two moles were discovered passing information from the Committee to U.S. spies. Now, according to Germany’s...

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Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar07

Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)

Has the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership [SPP] of North America gone too far, and when does “integration” became a byword for foreign coercion or even occupation? For Mexico’s La Jornada, Carlos Fazio calls President Enrique Peña Nieto a tool of Washington for seeking changes to the country’s Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives to allow undercover U.S. agents to lawfully carry weapons in Mexico....

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Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar01

Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)

Since Hugo Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1999, the country’s leaders have charged the United States with overtly and covertly working to undermine its government, which Washington regards as hostile to its interests. Never mind that according to former President Jimmy Carter, Venezuela has ‘the best electoral system in the world.’ For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Angel Guerra Cabrera...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Feb26

West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

When it comes to combating the Islamic State, what is the West missing? For de Volkskrant, author Adjiedj Bakas writes of what the word ‘Caliphate’ means to followers of so-called ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ‘It is the duty of a caliph to conduct war and continue to conquer territory until a select group of chosen believers establish utopia on earth. An important part of this jihad is the terror...

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With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Feb18

With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

This much is clear, the ceasefire agreed to in Minsk has done little to dampen the alarm felt by most east Europeans about what they perceive as Russian expansionism. In this column from Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, senior commentator Janusz Rolicki writes that Russia’s new military doctrine fails to renounce the first use of nuclear weapons, which until recently was the centerpiece of the contemporary world. Rolicki believes...

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Germany’s Anti-Muslim Movement Spawns Anti-American Offshoot (Barbadillo, Italy)
Feb10

Germany’s Anti-Muslim Movement Spawns Anti-American Offshoot (Barbadillo, Italy)

Members of Germany’s anti-Islamization movement Pigeda have just launched a new one: European Patriots Against the Americanization of the West, aka/Pegada. The group, which is growing fast and held it’s first demonstration last month, calls the United States a ‘terrorist power,’ demands an end to U.S. spying and opposes the ‘colonialist’ Trans-Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership being...

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Munich Security Conference: U.S. and Germany Clash Over Salmon Canapés (Die Welt, Germany)
Feb10

Munich Security Conference: U.S. and Germany Clash Over Salmon Canapés (Die Welt, Germany)

U.S. and German leaders may pretend that disagreements over arming Ukraine have done nothing to shake relations between them, but reporting on the behind the scenes maneuvering at the ‘gastronomic highlight’ of the Munich Security Conference, Die Welt special correspondent Anna von Bayern informs that an icy atmosphere between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and German Defense Minister Defense Minister Ursula von der...

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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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