U.S. Spying? Don’t Put Your Open Data in the Town Square! (Trouw, The Netherlands)
Oct25

U.S. Spying? Don’t Put Your Open Data in the Town Square! (Trouw, The Netherlands)

With much of the world in a state of outrage and/or panic over NSA spying, Dutch privacy and security researcher Guido Van ‘t Noordende has a handy solution. For Trouw of the Netherlands, Van ‘t Noordende wonders why anyone would expect security, when data, in cyber terms, is just sitting in plain sight. He suggests not using the ‘cloud’ to store unencrypted data, ever, particularly with firms that are either...

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NSA Espionage in France: ‘Like Spying on Family Members’ (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Oct24

NSA Espionage in France: ‘Like Spying on Family Members’ (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

Why hasn’t the latest French public outrage over NSA spying been shared by the French government? In this interview with France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, foreign affairs adviser to the French government Philippe Moreau Defarges says that France has bigger problems to deal with than U.S. surveillance, which after all, Defarges says, even family members engage in. Céline Lussato of Le Nouvel Observateur starts off the...

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Latest NSA Leak Puts President Nieto’s Credibility at Stake (La Jornada, Mexico)
Oct23

Latest NSA Leak Puts President Nieto’s Credibility at Stake (La Jornada, Mexico)

Perceived subservience to the United States has become a major obstacle for Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, particularly after it was revealed by Germany’s Der Spiegel that both he and his predecessor’s e-mail accounts were hacked by the U.S. National Security Agency. This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada warns Nieto that failure to stand up to Washington this time will rob him of...

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Snowden Exposes NSA Christmas Holiday Loophole! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Oct23

Snowden Exposes NSA Christmas Holiday Loophole! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Classified documents that have been reexamined in the last few days, and which show massive NSA spying against France, Germany and the Netherlands, also show something that offers a small measure of cheer for Europeans seeking to evade America’s big ears. For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, adding a dash of humor to the global tumult surrounding American surveillance, columnist Michael Persson points out that according to NSA...

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Citizens Demand Accurate Predictions for Doomsday! (El Observador, Uruguay)
Oct20

Citizens Demand Accurate Predictions for Doomsday! (El Observador, Uruguay)

If humans are going to predict the end of the world, why can’t they get it right? For Uruguay’s El Observador, columnist Bimbo Depauli rails against predictions of Doomsday that never come true, and begs for a more accurate reckoning to ensure that his canned peas and tinned corned beef keeps until the end times arrive. In his humorous look at the perhaps-approaching Apocalypse, Bimbo Depauli starts out this way: The world...

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In Poland and America, Religion Propels the Radical Right (Newsweek Polska, Poland)
Oct16

In Poland and America, Religion Propels the Radical Right (Newsweek Polska, Poland)

One of the difficulties of putting the American right in global context, is that the U.S. right has so few analogues around the world. Conservatives in Britain, for example, look closer to communists than conservatives, compared to America’s right. One exception might be Poland, which as I have said before, is one of the few countries where leaders and politicians publicly endorsed Mitt Romney in the last U.S. election. For...

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Sochi 2014: Russia to Lead World in Spying on Athletes and Fans (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)
Oct15

Sochi 2014: Russia to Lead World in Spying on Athletes and Fans (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)

Move over NSA surveillance. If you are headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, you might want to read this. For Russia’s opposition Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, who regularly report on the Russian security services, write that there will be no e-mails, no text messages, no telephone calls, in fact, no communications at all, that will be beyond the reach of the Russian intelligence services. The...

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Washington’s Fiscal Failure Demands ‘De-Americanized World’ (Xinhua, China)
Oct15

Washington’s Fiscal Failure Demands ‘De-Americanized World’ (Xinhua, China)

This is the China editorial that even America’s myopic mainstream media reported on yesterday, however dismissively. Has the time come for the rest of the world to decouple from the U.S. dollar and the interminable domestic wrangling of American politicians? For China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, columnist Liu Chang lays out the case for a ‘new world order’ free of a ‘hypocritical’ power that...

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U.S. Republicans Wage War on Profligate Hungry Children (News, Switzerland)
Oct09

U.S. Republicans Wage War on Profligate Hungry Children (News, Switzerland)

What’s behind Republican policies on food stamps that appear too cruel for most people to contemplate? For Switzerland’s News, columnist Patrik Etschmayer writes that what drives the American right’s complaints about people living off the state is a fear that the mainly White, Protestant, heterosexual, male dominated world is endangered, and a desire to punish those who appear to threaten it. For News, Patrik...

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Republican ‘Clowns’ Turn America into a ‘Laughing Stock’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Oct05

Republican ‘Clowns’ Turn America into a ‘Laughing Stock’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

One might say that if the Republicans have lost Poland, they have lost the world. One of the few countries with officials who showed overt support for Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, this is the second op-ed this week written by Polish columnists lambasting House Republicans for closing down the federal government. For Rzeczpospolita, columnist Bartosz Weglarczyk writes that while House Republicans are ‘clowns’ that...

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A Call to Arms Against ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Oct03

A Call to Arms Against ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Is the notion of American exceptionalism a danger to the world and its march toward equality in all its forms? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Boris Mezhuyev calls on ‘the best of the world’s philosophers, the heads of traditional churches and representatives of all the world’s religions, and countries’ to join with Russia in depositing American exeptionalism into the dustbin of history, along with German...

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U.S. Isolationism: A Grave for Europe in Damascus? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct03

U.S. Isolationism: A Grave for Europe in Damascus? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Does the Syria crisis show that the United States under Barack Obama has begun a historic retrenchment back to North America? For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Antoine Courban warns Europe that if it fails to fill the vacuum of American withdrawal, it will end up being what geography intended before the rise of ancient Rome: ‘an extension – a peninsula – of Eurasia.’ For L’Orient Le...

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Budget Extremists Unforeseen by America’s Founding Fathers (Polityka, Poland)
Oct03

Budget Extremists Unforeseen by America’s Founding Fathers (Polityka, Poland)

Can the U.S. Congress pull things together before a superpower becomes a super deadbeat? For Poland’s Polityka, columnist Cezary Kowanda writes that when America’s founders thought up ‘checks and balances,’ they had no idea that Congress would one day be inhabited by people averse to compromise even in the face of disaster. For Polityka, Cezary Kowanda starts out this way: For now, Americans have no budget, and...

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Warning to Brazil Lawmakers Before Meeting with Edward Snowden (Estadao, Brazil)
Oct02

Warning to Brazil Lawmakers Before Meeting with Edward Snowden (Estadao, Brazil)

As the recent opening of the U.N. General Assembly demonstrates, quite a few nations continue to publicly fume over unrestrained NSA surveillance. At the head of the pack is Brazil, which is seeking global legislation to reduce U.S. Web dominance and is pressing Washington for guarantees that spying on Brazilian leaders, civilians and corporations will end. Meanwhile, domestically, President Rousseff is being pressed to show that...

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Obama ‘Leads from Behind’, Putin from Up Front (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Sep23

Obama ‘Leads from Behind’, Putin from Up Front (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

How badly outplayed has Barack Obama been by Valdimir Putin? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Marek Magierowski writes that anyone with an elementary grasp of the Cold War – which the Poles have in spades – would have handled the Syria crisis and a long string of other issues far better than the Obama White House, which he considers to be an absolute foreign policy catastrophe. For Rzeczpospolita, Marek...

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Dilma Postpones Her U.S. State Visit; Saves Face for Both Sides (Folha, Brazil)
Sep18

Dilma Postpones Her U.S. State Visit; Saves Face for Both Sides (Folha, Brazil)

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has taken a dramatic step in protest of NSA spying against her country, canceling a coveted state visit to the United States pending a more thorough explanation and apologies. This editorial from Brazil’s Folha calls the step ‘reasonable and innocuous’ – and a way to avoid the embarrassment of having more revelations of espionage emerge while she is visiting the White House. The...

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Putin’s Letter to Americans a Guilty Pleasure for the World (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Sep16

Putin’s Letter to Americans a Guilty Pleasure for the World (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Are Americans too thin-skinned about criticism of the notion of “American exceptionalism,” most recently enunciated by Russian President Vladimir Putin? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, columnist Thomas von der Dunk writes that despite his being an imperfect messenger, Putin’s analysis of the flaw in U.S. thinking is “entirely correct.” For de Volkskrant, Thomas von der Dunk writes in part: Putin is...

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The World Needs an America that ‘Hunts Down Monsters’ (Die Welt, Germany)
Sep12

The World Needs an America that ‘Hunts Down Monsters’ (Die Welt, Germany)

Can the world wean itself off of American military oversight? Are we nearing the end of the ‘Pax Americana’? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Clemens Wergin warns readers that they’ll be sorry if current trends continue, and the United States, as the crisis over Syria suggests is happening, returns to the isolationism of its Founding Fathers. For Die Welt, Clemens Wergi implores : “America goes not...

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President Rousseff: Snowden Documents Show U.S. Economic Espionage (Epoca, Brazil)
Sep11

President Rousseff: Snowden Documents Show U.S. Economic Espionage (Epoca, Brazil)

Brazil President Dilma Rouseff, after revelations emerged last week that the NSA had been spying on her and her senior aides, has now learned that in all likelihood, the agency has also been spying on Petrobras, the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere by market capitalization and powerhouse of the Brazilian corporate world. According to Brazil’s Epoca, the charges, made on Brazilian TV program Fantastico and based on...

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‘Not a Single Soldier, Not a Single Peso’ for Syrian Misadventure! (La Jornada, Mexico)
Sep10

‘Not a Single Soldier, Not a Single Peso’ for Syrian Misadventure! (La Jornada, Mexico)

What would the ultimate aim of a strike on Syria be? For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Guillermo Almeyra warns that standing behind the attack is Western capitalism doing what it always does: launching a major war in order to restore itself after a disastrous economic crisis, this time at the expense of the Arab people. For La Jornada, Guillermo Almeyra, laying out a Latin American left view of the Syria crisis, writes in part:...

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