VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)
Jul25

VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)

This is an extraordinary video of an exchange between Edward Snowden and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Elsberg. The encounter took place on Monday at the HOPE X Hacker’s summit in New York City. Snowden recieves a hero’s welcome with long ovations and unmitigated praise from Elsberg, who says Snowden’s emergence gave him ‘hope’ for the first time in many years. To Snowden’s critics,...

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West’s Sliding Scale of Human Suffering is a Gift to Putin (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul25

West’s Sliding Scale of Human Suffering is a Gift to Putin (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

The basis of the Buddhist religion is that ‘life is suffering.’ In that spirit, pointing to situations as diverse at the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and MH17, philosopher Jaroslaw Makowski writes in Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza that when we forget that suffering binds us all, and when we value the suffering of our own people over others, it diminishes our humanity and drives Western cynicism, which people like Vladimir...

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General Dempsey Speaks on the Ukraine Crisis
Jul25

General Dempsey Speaks on the Ukraine Crisis

Adding insult to injury — if the cowardly downing of a passenger airliner can be couched as such — Russian president Vladimir Putin is responding to the outrageous crime by his thugs in eastern Ukraine by escalating military aggressive actions against Ukraine. This morning, both Reuters and the Washington Post report on Russia firing artillery across its border with Ukraine targeting Ukrainian military positions and...

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As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul24

As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Generally speaking, it takes a lot to knock the Dutch off balance, but the catastrophe in Ukraine has done so, even to the point of bringing Dutch threats of unilateral military action. Continuing with our monitoring of the Dutch reaction to the crisis, for Elsevier, columnist Afshin Ellian lashes out at Vladimir Putin and the ‘mafia state’ that according to him, comprises part of a new ‘axis of evil.’...

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Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul23

Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

The depth of Arab agony over the Palestinian predicament and the future of the Muslim world pours out of this column from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran. Columnist Moncef Wafi, expressing a sense of betrayal and frustration over almost every decision-making authority imaginable, writes that the Arab Spring is to Arabs what the White man was to the American Indian: ‘a cancer that has metastasized, infecting almost the...

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MH17: Europe Must ‘Slam its Fists’ on the Table (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul22

MH17: Europe Must ‘Slam its Fists’ on the Table (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Continuing with our examination of the Dutch reaction to the situation surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, this column by de Volkskrant columnist Hans Wansink seeks to cool the tempers of those talking about Dutch military intervention in Ukraine, and urges the immediate adoption and implimentation by the European Union of the sanctions announced by President Obama. For de Volkskrant, Hans Wansink begins by criticizing the...

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Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul22

Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Just 24 hours ago, as this column from Elsevier of the Netherlands shows, there was significant talk among the Dutch of the need to threaten the use of elite forces to secure the MH17 crash site and the corpses of the dead – most of whom are Dutch. Whether the events of the last 24 hours have diminished that impulse is unclear. For Elsevier, columnist Eric Vrijsen begins his preroration by highlighting the growing pressure on...

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Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates

22 July 2014 – 12:00 PM CDT – The New York Times: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. All three United States carriers with service to Israel – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways – said they had temporarily suspended...

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The Medal of Honor for a Soldier’s Actions When ‘Valor Was Everywhere’
Jul21

The Medal of Honor for a Soldier’s Actions When ‘Valor Was Everywhere’

One month ago, we reported on the White House announcement that President Barack Obama would award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Today that moment came. At a moving ceremony in the White House this afternoon, attended by SSG Pitt’s wife Amy and their one-year-old son Lucas, the President of the United States did indeed bestow the nation’s highest military...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Two Minutes of Hate: The Bergdahl Edition
Jul20

Two Minutes of Hate: The Bergdahl Edition

Tweet Two Minutes of Hate: The Bergdahl Edition By Tina Dupuy In George Orwell’s “1984,” the daily devotion for Oceania’s party members is to view a film illustrating the various crimes of their enemy. In the dystopian novel the target is Emmanuel Goldstein, a party turncoat. The film whips up comrades into an antipathetic froth—hence the Two Minutes of Hate. Bill Ayers, the villain in Sarah Palin’s...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’
Jul18

President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’

Here are some excerpts from President Obama’s remarks on the shooting-down of the Malaysia Airliner where at least one American was killed, as reported by Claudette Roulo of the DoD News, Defense Media Activity: “Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions,” Obama told reporters during a news...

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Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Jul18

Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Should Russia continue to back seperatists in eastern Ukraine, particulary after they appear to have shot down a civilian aircraft killing all 298 people aboard? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov insists that the rebel war in Ukraine is Russia’s war as well, and criticizes Russian ‘elites’ who consider the rebels a nuisance who undermine Russian interests. After taking a fellow columnist to task...

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(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ
Jul17

(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ

Member Login Username: Password: Update II: Secretary of State John Kerry has released the following statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine: We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this...

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New Worries, Old Typewriters and Old Worries
Jul16

New Worries, Old Typewriters and Old Worries

As a result of the alleged U.S. spying on the German government, Newsweek is reporting that a German commission looking into the U.S. spying scandal may be considering the use of the old-fashioned manual typewriters as an anti-spy measure. When asked whether the committee investigating the “spying scandal” was in fact entertaining such an idea, Patrick Sensburg, chair of the committee and a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat...

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ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul14

ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

How much responsibility does Saudi Arabia have for the chaos cause to Syria, Iraq and the entire region by the now-infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, noted columnist Kharroubi Habib writes that in an effort to displace al-Qaeda, which seeks the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, Saudi ‘strategists’ decided to back a new group – ISIL. The only trouble is that...

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)
Jul12

Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)

Is Hillary Clinton positioning herself to win the ‘Dick Cheney’ vote? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, if Republicans nominate a candidate with more isolationist tendencies like Rand Paul, is likely to result in significant neocon-Republican support for the former first lady. For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin begins by examining the devisive...

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Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Shot Down Again
Jul10

Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Shot Down Again

Repeated investigations of Benghazi have debunked the Republican conspiracy theories but that doesn’t keep Darrell Issa from continuing to try to find someone who will give testimony which agrees with him. Newly released testimony confirms yet again that his witch hunts have been failures as nine military officers disputed the common Republican claim that either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton gave an order to “stand...

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