Venezuela Calls U.S. and Canada More Repressive (Pagina 12, Argentina)
Feb24

Venezuela Calls U.S. and Canada More Repressive (Pagina 12, Argentina)

Should the governments of the United States and Canada be lecturing Venezuela about arresting students, when crackdowns on students and demonstrators in both North American nations have resulted in significant numbers of wounded and arrested? Argentina’s Pagina 12 reports that Venezuelan officials are firing back at accusations by President Obama of Venezuelan government wrongdoing, charging the United States with funding and...

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With Obama, Hollande Plots ‘Economic War’ on Behalf of Multinationals (l’Humanite, Mediapart, France)
Feb19

With Obama, Hollande Plots ‘Economic War’ on Behalf of Multinationals (l’Humanite, Mediapart, France)

While the French media ‘feasted’ on President Hollande’s state dinner at the White House, an interesting narrative has emerged centered on negotiations for the Transatlantic Free Trade area – aka/the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Here is the crux of the issue: will this agreement, when and if signed and enacted, emasculate civil society by operating above the people’s elected...

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After Amanda Knox, it’s Back to the Drawing Board for Italian Justice (Diritto, Italy)
Feb19

After Amanda Knox, it’s Back to the Drawing Board for Italian Justice (Diritto, Italy)

What’s wrong with Italy’s legal system, when someone like Amanda Knox can be tried for murder, convicted, acquitted on appeal, and then convicted again? It appears from this column from Italy’s Diritto – a legal blog – that Italians are just as baffled about it as Americans. The reason, according to legal scholar and former politician Davide Giacalone, is that since 1988, Italy has adopted a mixture of...

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‘Free Press’ Won’t Spoil President Putin’s Sochi Experience (Izvestia, Russia)
Feb12

‘Free Press’ Won’t Spoil President Putin’s Sochi Experience (Izvestia, Russia)

Looking back and comparing the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Izvestia columnist Maxim Sokolov writes that surprisingly, the ‘free press’ is much angrier today than it was then. And why might that be? According to Sokolov, it is because Vladimir Putin personifies these Olympic Games, and this time, the West isn’t boycotting. For Izvestia, a sports averse Maxim Sokolov writes in part:...

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On Russian Spies and ‘Snowdenistas’: A Rebuttel of Edward Lucas (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Feb12

On Russian Spies and ‘Snowdenistas’: A Rebuttel of Edward Lucas (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

It is becoming something of a cottage industry. Two weeks ago, Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News rejected historian Sean Wilentz, who in the pages of the New Republic, attacked Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Glenn Greenwald, by examining old blog entries, their early careers, and other information that has nothing to do with NSA mass surveillance. Today we have another well-known foreign columnist rebutting American...

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