European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)
Dec01

European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)

Despite the doom and gloom that appears to be all around us these days, are we entering a ‘new era’ for the enforcement of human rights? For Le Figaro, columnist Jean-Sebastien Stehli writes that a book by Russian-French investigative reporter Elena Servettaz called, Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law, may trigger major changes, making it impossible for human rights violators to travel freely or spend their ill-gotten gains....

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Julian Assange’s Warning ‘Urgent’ for Developing World (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov30

Julian Assange’s Warning ‘Urgent’ for Developing World (La Jornada, Mexico)

One emerging Internet structure independent of the United States (read: NSA) now has a name: CABLEBRICS – as in the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This La Jornada editorial once again advises Latin American leaders to heed the advice of Julian Assange to create portals free of U.S. and European influence. The question of whether an Internet system free of U.S. influence that includes Russia...

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Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)
Nov25

Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)

While this editorial from Japan’s Minyu Shimbun doesn’t mention the United States, it highlights TEPCO’s obstinate refusal to call in outside help from the U.S. and elsewhere in containing radiation at its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. According to the editorial, the company has decided to raise bonus pay for workers operating in high-radiation areas by $100 a day, and will install a larger lounge for them...

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U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt: America’s Spy Center in Germany (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Nov22

U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt: America’s Spy Center in Germany (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung has begun publishing articles based on the book ‘Secret War’ – about Germany’s central role in America’s ‘war against terror’ initiated after the 9-11 attacks. This article, written by the book’s authors, Christian Fuchs and John Goetz, and a number of other reporters, examines the very heart of America’s secret operations in Germany – the...

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Europe’s Price for Trade Talks Must Be End to U.S. Impunity (Le Temps, Switzerland)
Nov21

Europe’s Price for Trade Talks Must Be End to U.S. Impunity (Le Temps, Switzerland)

Must America be dragged kicking and screaming back to the concept of civilized behavior – by its wallet? For Switzerland’s Le Temp, lawyer and analyst Christophe Germann argues that in order to preserve ‘the European mission’ to spread peace and justice and preserve cultural and biological diversity, it must insist in trade talks with the United States that Washington begin living by the same rules as the rest...

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Kerry’s ‘End of Monroe Doctrine’ Seems More Like New Beginning (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov21

Kerry’s ‘End of Monroe Doctrine’ Seems More Like New Beginning (La Jornada, Mexico)

Days ago, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, Secretary of State Kerry undertook to declare the 1823 Monroe Doctrine ended. Beginning by saying that he was ‘happy to be here’ because it is such a short drive from his office, Kerry called for a ‘partnership of equals’ before immediately launching into Monroe-Doctrine-like language about Cuba and Venezuela. This editorial...

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Reports Expose America’s ‘Secret War’ in Germany (Tagesschau, Germany)
Nov19

Reports Expose America’s ‘Secret War’ in Germany (Tagesschau, Germany)

Has President Obama broken yet another promise – this one to the German people not to use Germany as a launching pad for drone strikes? As if there wasn’t enough friction between Germany and the United States, this week, Tagesschau is reporting that two of Germany’s most respected journalistic organizations, German Public Television and Süddeutsche Zeitung, are publishing and broadcasting the fruit of a two-year...

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Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov17

Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)

How damaging is the apparent downfall of President Obama’s signature health reform? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada calls it a ‘hope killer’ – not only for U.S. liberals and progressives that put him in the White House, but for people around the world who see an administration in full retreat on social issues, and an enabler of ‘Washington’s warmongering and diplomatic immorality in...

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Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)
Nov15

Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)

Given the political minefield entailed with giving German asylum to Edward Snowden, should Switzerland step in and offer him safe harbor, giving Berlin easy access to the former NSA analyst without demolishing its ties to Washington? For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer suggests that such an arrangement would not only be the right thing to do, it would ease German frustration with Switzerland, which is resisting handing...

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German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)
Nov13

German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)

Are Germans giving in to self-defeating emotion by considering asylum for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden? For Spain’s ABC Newspaper, columnist Hermann Tertsch castigates Germans for being whipped up ‘by media which is as populist as it is irresponsible’ – with a ‘campaign of hysteria and compassionate demagogy’ that puts the entire continent at risk. For Spain’s ABC, Hermann Tertsch begins...

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China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition
Nov12

China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition

The theme of an American media with bad collective judgement and/or acting at the behest of the U.S. government arises every so often in China media – one recalls China’s campaign against CNN host Jack Cafferty, when he called Chinese forces cracking down on Tibetan monks ‘goons and thugs,’ or when it called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a ‘disgusting figure’ for paying her respects to the Dalai Lama....

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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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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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