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November 2013

Smoke Bombs Made in USA

November 4, 2013 // Braunschweiger Zeitung - Germany - German

The German delegation sent to Washington to get answers about the National Security Agency affair has probably been courteously informed of two things: First, Obama really does wish to end the spying on allied leaders. Second, the Senate intelligence committee, at the urging of Obama’s fellow Democrat Dianne [Read more]

Perspective: US Wiretapping Activities

November 4, 2013 // Mainichi Shimbun - Japan - Japanese

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was justifiably angered by the “breach of trust.” U.S. President Barack Obama, who received an angry phone call from the chancellor, replied by indicating that (according to a White House press release), “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications [Read more]

A Textbook Refugee Case

November 4, 2013 // Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany - German

It's all about the fate of a refugee being persecuted by the United States as if he were the reincarnation of Osama bin Laden. Edward Snowden's actions may be illegal in the United States, but the real criminality lies with the conditions and the machinations he denounces. Germany should grant him a residence permit even if it means risking open conflict with the Americans.

Obama Deceived Europe

November 4, 2013 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

What does the surveillance of trustworthy European citizens have to do with the mission before the NSA — the fight against terrorism?

Obama Avoids Disaster, Not Embarrassment

November 4, 2013 // Il Giornale - Italy - Italian

There is something very Italian about the agreement preventing the U.S. from shutting down: the precariousness of an understanding that removes the nightmare of default but does not resolve the problems. Democrats and Republicans have signed a pact allowing the government to open. This allows President Obama to say [Read more]

About the Chancellor's Course Corrections

November 4, 2013 // Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Germany - German

<i>Calmness is one of the chancellor’s strengths: Usually, the more the public gets upset, the more the stoic Angela Merkel acts. Her sharp remarks regarding the alleged National Security Agency (NSA) bugging operation on her phone are, therefore, unusual. But it is not the first time that the head of government has [Read more]

US Spying Allegations: Full Disclosure a Must

November 4, 2013 // Hokkaido Shimbun - Japan - Japanese

Suspicions are growing that the United States’ intelligence services have been spying on world leaders. If true, this inexcusable conduct could lead to a loss of confidence in the U.S. worldwide. According to U.S. media, U.S. government officials have confirmed that the National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the [Read more]
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