Further proof that the British are our pets (and happy to be so).
Originally posted on Ace News Services 2014:
The story was the most difficult piece of reporting the paper has ever done.
“We were threatened that we would be closed down. We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,” Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson told the Radiodays http://www.radiodayseurope.com/highlight/guardian%C2%B4s-inside-story-snowden-case Europe conference in Dublin.
A senior civil servant had told the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, that the “prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the attorney general have got a problem with you,” Johnson said, as cited by the Irish Times.
The attitude of the British authorities was a sharp contrast to that of the Americans, he said.
In the US Snowden…
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Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:
…This is perhaps the most asinine thing the president has said in the entirety of his presidency. The invasion of Iraq was an illegal, preventive war based on lies. It got hundreds of thousands of people killed and cost trillions of dollars. The U.S.-backed dictator of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, is ruling the nation with an iron fist, as the country slips back into civil war. Nothing but chaos, ruin, and rivers of blood resulted from the criminal invasion. For Obama to even dare to compare Crimea to Iraq is a sick joke.
Obama also rejected comparisons to Kosovo…
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“If you read my article because you wish to know what Russia will do in the future, I advise you to carefully watch toward the West. The answer is primarily at the White House”
Originally posted on Power&Politics World:
Most likely, while the Russian President Vladimir Putin had not even finished his nationalist-motivational speech in front of the Duma representatives and Government ministers, from the Western governments – followed feverishly by the news agencies employees – huge cohorts of harsh words obediently lined up in the cyberspace of the media war. The arrogance and triumphalism of Kremlin’s leader (somewhat contrasting with the cringed and pensive-thought faces of Ministers Lavrov and Shoigu) injected pure adrenaline in the whole of Western propaganda, which has spared no drop of proletarian-capitalism to blame Russia and its imperialist policies.
The West (with its heritage of elegance, diplomacy and democracy in a visible decline) lost a great opportunity to be quiet and ruminate. As a matter of fact, Putin’s speechwriters had a very easy mission, only having to put together all the objectives listed by him in each of his election campaign and just adding…
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Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:
Currently a Research Associate at the INSYTE Group, Dr. Roslyn Fuller has previously lectured at Trinity College and the National University of Ireland. She can be reached at email@example.com
Published time: March 24, 2014 12:52
Workers put up a new sign at the local parliament building in Simferopol March 19, 2014. (Reuters)
There is hardly a topic of international law that is thornier than secession, i.e. the right of part of a state’s population and territory to break away from the parent state and form a separate country.
Underlying this difficulty is the fact that secession hits on one of the massive disconnects between international law and public consciousness. There is a serious misconception out there that international law is a soft little topic full of talk about human rights in a lovey-dovey, judgment-free atmosphere. The truth, however, is a little more basic. Think of a steel bar wrapped in…
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