U.S. Combat Drones Fly South for the Afghan Winter (Der Postillon, Germany)
Nov11

U.S. Combat Drones Fly South for the Afghan Winter (Der Postillon, Germany)

Killer drones can be beautiful – at least according to this ‘news’ item from Germany’s Der Postillon, which uses humor to target the use of these ever-more ubiquitous long-range weapons. One might even call it ‘a rare bird.’ Der Postillon’s faux news item starts out this way: Kabul: It is a natural spectacle of breathtaking beauty. Like every year at this time, the migration of U.S. combat...

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John Kerry May Bring Happy NSA Surprise for Poles (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Nov05

John Kerry May Bring Happy NSA Surprise for Poles (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Will anything worthwhile emerge from Secretary of State Kerry’s brief visit to Poland today? Even if little of value can be gleaned from the Polish Foreign Ministry’s official press release, Gazeta Wyborcza columnist Mariusz Zawadzki jests that Poles hankering for visa-free travel to America may receive an unexpected bonus for having all of their phone calls spied upon by the NSA. For Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Ten Essential Witnesses for Investigating NSA Surveillance in Germany (Der Spiegel, Germany)
Nov05

Ten Essential Witnesses for Investigating NSA Surveillance in Germany (Der Spiegel, Germany)

Given the history of German-American relations since the end of World War II, it is more than surreal to read this article by Der Spiegel columnist Veit Medick, which treats NSA surveillance – perhaps rightly – as a crime that must be investigated and rooted out. It would appear that Germany is preparing to investigate NSA spying and German complicity with it with customary German thoroughness. Furthermore, Germans are...

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Without Our Own Internet, Germany and Europe Have No Sovereignty (Der Spiegel, Germany)
Nov04

Without Our Own Internet, Germany and Europe Have No Sovereignty (Der Spiegel, Germany)

For Europeans to feel secure in their own data privacy, is it necessary for them to create their own separate Internet? For Germany’s Der Spiegel, columnist Jacob Augstein writes that post-war nostalgia is at an end, and with America now a kind of digital ‘totalitarian state,’ Germany and Europe must act in their own interests, which boils down to one thing: a separate Internet for Europe – but without...

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Japan Must Safeguard Data from ‘Superpower in Decline’ (Ryukyo Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)
Oct31

Japan Must Safeguard Data from ‘Superpower in Decline’ (Ryukyo Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)

Even Japan, it would appear, a nation as closely allied to the United States as any in the world, is distancing itself from NSA mass surveillance. This editorial from Japan’s Ryukyo Shimpo Shimbun suggests that America’s ambitious surveillance program is a direct result of Washington’s declining influence, and advises Tokyo to join with the rest of the world and take a ‘tough stance’ against NSA spying....

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