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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After PRISM, Europe Must Safeguard ‘Emerging Global Consciousness’ (Le Monde, France)
Oct31

After PRISM, Europe Must Safeguard ‘Emerging Global Consciousness’ (Le Monde, France)

Now that it has become clear how our personal data is being harvested for espionage and profit, is Europe the last best hope for free people to regain control? For Le Monde, author and philosopher Eric Sadin outlines in detail how we got to this moment in history, what has gone wrong, and why it has now fallen to Europe to to ‘lay the foundations of a ‘Web 3.0′. For Le Monde, Eric Sadin starts out this way: Up to...

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NSA: For Europe, it’s Better to be Heard than Ignored (El Pais, Spain)
Oct31

NSA: For Europe, it’s Better to be Heard than Ignored (El Pais, Spain)

Here’s more from Spain, where media has jumped head first into the global controversy over surveillance. After years of complaining that Washington had turned its back on Europe, Europeans are steamed that in the form of the eavesdropping NSA, the United States has taken all too much of an interest in the Old Continent. For Spain’s El Pais, columnist Francisco G. Basterra writes that while it doesn’t like everything...

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The NSA Proves Dalai Lama Wrong (BNR Nieuwsradio, The Netherlands)
Oct30

The NSA Proves Dalai Lama Wrong (BNR Nieuwsradio, The Netherlands)

Edward Snowden has revealed many things to the world over the past six months, and one of those things, according to columnist Ben van der Burg of BNR Nieuwsradio, is that even the Dalai Lama can be wrong about human nature. For BNR Nieuwsradio, Ben van der Burg of writes in part: That the sharing economy is a myth is evidenced by Facebook, Twitter, or Google. They encourage you to share your holiday photos, status updates, or views...

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Spain Reacts to NSA Surveillance Revelations
Oct30

Spain Reacts to NSA Surveillance Revelations

Since Spain’s El Mundo published reports that the National Security Agency had monitored the phone calls of over 60 million of the nation’s citizens, and that its prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was one of the 36 heads of state spied upon by the agency, Spain’s newspapers have been publishing editorials and op-eds about the situation. Here are three, translated by the people of Worldmeets.US: First up, what rights do...

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Europe’s ‘NSA Envy’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Oct27

Europe’s ‘NSA Envy’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Are European leaders, and the leaders of Brazil, Mexico and others, angry about the morality of NSA mass surveillance, or is there something else sticking under their collective craw? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Bartosz Weglarczyk ‘guarantees’ to his readers that the only thing bothering them is that the NSA has so outstripped the capabilities of their own intelligence services. For Rzeczpospolita,...

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NSA Blackmail of Obama Himself is Not Far-Fetched (Die Zeit, Germany)
Oct27

NSA Blackmail of Obama Himself is Not Far-Fetched (Die Zeit, Germany)

Given all that we now know about the scale of NSA spying and the lack of oversight of the agency, isn’t it possible that even President Obama could fall victim to it? For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist Martin Klingst raises perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of NSA mass surveillance: in the wrong hands, it would amount to a gigantic blackmailing machine. For Die Zeit, Martin Klingst starts off this way: And now even...

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Allies or Enemies? American Intelligence Has Lost the Plot (Polityka, Poland)
Oct25

Allies or Enemies? American Intelligence Has Lost the Plot (Polityka, Poland)

Have the American intelligence services lost all sense of proportion? Have they forgotten the difference between allies and adversaries? For Poland’s Polityka, columnist Marek Ostrowski suggests that in the United States, technology has superseded policy, making America appear unconcerned about democracy and the rule of law. For Polityka, Marek Ostrowski starts off this way: The weekly magazine Der Spiegel says that the cell...

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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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