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Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)

Chairman of the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry Patrick Sensburg has led Berlin’s almost two-year long probe into the scandal exposed by Edward Snowden surrounding NSA mass surveillance. Last year Sensburg reportedly ordered music to be played at committee meetings ‘just in case’ and at least two moles were discovered passing information from the Committee […]

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Seoul in Damage Control After on U.S. Envoy Suffers Bloody Attack (The Korea Times, South Korea)

Based on South Korean news reports on the unprecedented slashing attack against U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, quite a few questions should be raised. The assault on the ambassador comes amid annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises called Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, which, as always, North Korea is calling a provocation to nuclear war. Furthermore, the attack comes […]

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Monopolistic Internet Giants Threaten the Middle Class (Le Monde, France)

This column examines the elephant in the room that the masters of industry and data have been reticent to discuss: what happens when automation and artificial intelligence make human labor obsolete? Deprived of a middle class, how will today’s data-driven, surveillance dependent economic system survive? For Le Monde, French Canadian philosopher Pierre Desjardins offers a […]

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Netanyahu has More ‘Right to Speak’ than Obama Ever Will (de Volskrant, The Netherlands)

Was President Obama wrongheaded to oppose today’s speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, historian Dirk-Jan van Baar goes one step further, arguing that given Obama’s Middle East track record, he should speak less and let Netanyahu speak more. The mudslinging casts a dark shadow over what’s […]

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Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)

Since Hugo Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1999, the country’s leaders have charged the United States with overtly and covertly working to undermine its government, which Washington regards as hostile to its interests. Never mind that according to former President Jimmy Carter, Venezuela has ‘the best electoral system in the world.’ For […]

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Munich Security Conference: U.S. and Germany Clash Over Salmon Canapés (Die Welt, Germany)

U.S. and German leaders may pretend that disagreements over arming Ukraine have done nothing to shake relations between them, but reporting on the behind the scenes maneuvering at the ‘gastronomic highlight’ of the Munich Security Conference, Die Welt special correspondent Anna von Bayern informs that an icy atmosphere between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Germany’s Anti-Muslim Movement Spawns Anti-American Offshoot (Barbadillo, Italy)

Members of Germany’s anti-Islamization movement Pigeda have just launched a new one: European Patriots Against the Americanization of the West, aka/Pegada. The group, which is growing fast and held it’s first demonstration last month, calls the United States a ‘terrorist power,’ demands an end to U.S. spying and opposes the ‘colonialist’ Trans-Pacific Trade and Investment […]

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Subterfuge, Spooks, Liars, Surveillance and Kissinger Blast for Feb. 2 (Germany, Poland, U.K., Canada, Israel, U.S.)

Hello fellow Caravan to Midnighters. It is time for the latest Subterfuge, Spooks, Liars and Surveillance blast from around the world. Great thanks to the Webmaster at for contributing to this post. We have a lot of catching up to do since yours truly was kidnapped by the flu monster – so let’s get […]

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Doubts about Loyalty of Saudi Forces Trigger U.S. Reassessment (Le Figaro, France)

Le Figaro correspondent Laure Mandeville, quoting an anonymous source close the the U.S. intelligence services, writes that alarming questions about the loyalty of Saudi military forces and the relentless spread of Saudi Wahhabism in the form of ISIL has prompted U.S. officials to question America’s longstanding relationship with the Saudi Kingdom. This may be why, […]

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