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US quits 'biased' UN human rights council - BBC News
The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".

The "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights", said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

Ms Haley last year accused the council of "chronic anti-Israel bias" and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

But activists said the US move could hurt efforts to monitor and address human rights abuses around the world.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  UN  United  Nations  human  rights  Israel  Gaza 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt' | US news | The Guardian
The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.

Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.
Middle  East  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  Iran  South  China  Sea  Japan  USA  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Military–industrial  complex  Steve  Bannon  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  trade  deal  Protectionism  Nationalism  Patriotism  far-right  right-wing  affairs  United  Nations  Russia 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Taliban on the rise again in Afghanistan
the endless war in Afghanistan. eu wants to repatriate 80k refugees in 2016.
civilian casualties //&! "We are at war." - https://youtu.be/Uj4nSsdJHTw - The President of Afghanistan, Ahshraf Ghani talks to the BBC about the migrant crisis and why there has been an exodus of people from his country. //&! Erste Asylzahlen 2016: Thomas de Maizière & Frank-Jürgen Weise - Komplette BPK vom 8. April 2016 - youtu.be/v0hCVJSxngc //&! youtu.be/AZzQT7dClaw?t=41m44s &! abcn.ws/1SmJlER
Afghanistan  Iraq  War  on  Terror  Taliban  ISIS  al-Qaeda  al-Qaida  islamic  extremism  islamic  radicalism  Fundamentalism  Fundamentalist  refugee  crisis  humanitarian  crisis  humanitarian  tragedy  refugee  Greece  Turkey  European  Union  Middle  East  USA  presidency  barackobama  suicide  bomb  Kabul  collateral  damage  civilian  casualties  Syria  Syrien  UN  United  Nations 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: Russia's Putin orders 'main part' of forces out - BBC News
In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.
He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives.
The comments come amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the five-year Syrian conflict. [...] [ Comment: The decision to scale down Russian operations may partly be fuelled by cost, given falling oil prices; it could also be driven by a desire to end Russia's isolation and western sanctions.
But whilst Vladimir Putin has ordered his foreign minister to focus efforts on the political front in Syria, he appears to be hedging his bets. ]
Russia  Syria  Syrien  Assad  United  Nations  Security  Council  civil  war  ISIS 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
COP21  climate  change  global  warming  United  Nations  UN  Politics  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  vested  interest  interest  groups  revolving  door  Career  Politicians 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Migrant crisis: Nato deploys Aegean people-smuggling patrols - BBC News
Is it becoming a national security? // The announcement followed a request from Turkey, Germany and Greece at a defence ministers' meeting in Brussels. Mr Stoltenberg said the mission would not be about "stopping or pushing back refugee boats". Nato, he said, will contribute "critical information and surveillance to help counter human trafficking". US defence secretary Ashton Carter earlier said that targeting the "criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people" would have the greatest humanitarian impact. The decision was made to help Turkey and Greece "manage a human tragedy in a better way than we have managed to do so far," Mr Stoltenberg, Nato Secretary General, said. [...] Nato's Standing Maritime Group 2, which is under German command, will lead the operation in co-operation with Greek and Turkish coastguards. Almost 75,000 migrants and refugees have already arrived in Greece by sea in 2016, the UN refugee agency says. //&! bit.ly/1PEY7jJ
refugee  crisis  NATO  Frontex  European  Union  National  Security  Turkey  Greece  Germany  UNHCR  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  Syrien  Syria  civil  war  Lebanon  Jordan  Israel 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlinge an der Grenze zur Türkei: "Sind wütend auf die ganze Welt" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Tausende Syrer harren an der Grenze zur Türkei aus, seit Russland Aleppo bombardiert. Doch nur Krankenwagen mit Schwerverletzten dürfen passieren. Eine neue Mauer offenbart das Scheitern der Weltpolitik.
Syria  Syrien  Turkey  UN  UNHCR  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  NATO  Russia  USA  UK  France  Germany  European  Union  Jordan  Lebanon  Israel  refugee  crisis  civil  war  Assad  Aleppo  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  geopolitics  Hegemony  Japan 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Syrien: Wladimir Putin bombt Aleppo sturmreif - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wladimir Putin setzt im Kampf gegen die syrischen Rebellen auf seine Kriegstaktik aus dem Tschetschenien-Feldzug.
Russia  Syrien  Syria  Assad  civil  war  United  Nations  Security  Council  USA  UK  Germany  France  military  intervention  military–industrial  complex  ISIS 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp from the air - BBC News
Many of those forced to leave their homes during the Syrian conflict have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, and 80,000 of them are now living in a three-square-mile piece of the desolate Jordanian desert - home to the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp. King Abdullah says his country is at "boiling point" because of the influx of refugees.
Jordan  refugee  crisis  Lebanon  UNHCR  Middle  East  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  NATO  civil  war  Syrien  Syriza  Turkey  Israel  ISIS  Irak  Gaza-Israel  conflict  Afghanistan 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN suspends Syria peace talks until end of February | World news | The Guardian
Mediator Staffan de Mistura says he will not ‘talk for the sake of talking’, citing opposition anger at Syrian government and Russian airstrikes //&! Wer ist verantwortlich für die Vertagung der Syrien-Gespräche? Frankreich und die USA beschuldigen nun auch Russland: Moskau behindere mit seinen Luftangriffen im Bürgerkriegsland die Suche nach politischen Lösungen. - bit.ly/1nOAVbT //&! Die Syrien-Gespräche sind unterbrochen - schuld ist laut Außenminister Steinmeier das Assad-Regime. Die Regierungstruppen rücken weiter auf die Stadt Aleppo vor. - bit.ly/20scodI //&!bbc.in/1KtsvR3 &! bbc.in/1NTdzGw Syria could have political solution &!
civil  war  Russia  Syrien  Syria  Assad  United  Nations  UN  ISIS  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  Middle  East  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  Turkey  Israel  negotiation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Syria refugee crisis: six charts that show how Europe is struggling to respond | World news | The Guardian
Of the 1.2 million asylum applications filed, 356,805 were from Syrian applicants. The number of first-time applicants has grown hugely in the past five years. The increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Europe has been driven primarily by applications from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. [...] In Germany, one of the few EU countries to have reported full-year figures for 2015, there were almost 442,000 first-time asylum applications in 2015 alone: over a third of these by Syrians. Going through paperwork takes time, though; the country registered 428,468 Syrian arrivals last year. As a proportion of population, the most applications have been received in Hungary (649 applications per 100,000 population), Sweden (528 per 100,000 population) and Austria (where there were 273 applications per 100,000 population up to the end of November). //&! bit.ly/1o5FdLQ // Cameron Pays Up to keep them away and voters happy - bit.ly/1R3rJf5 &! bit.ly/1Kr9kqZ
refugee  crisis  Syrien  Syria  Jordan  Lebanon  Israel  Turkey  UNHCR  civil  war  ISIS  WHO  Foreign  Aid  Iraq  Irak  Afghanistan  public  sentiment  UK  Germany  Europe  David  Cameron  Angela  Merkel  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN whistleblower who exposed sexual abuse by peacekeepers is exonerated | World news | The Guardian
The UN whistleblower who exposed the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in Central African Republic has been completely exonerated after an internal investigation. Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the office of the high commissioner for human rights in Geneva, was suspended and faced dismissal after he passed confidential documents detailing the abuse of children by French troops in CAR to the authorities in Paris because of the UN’s failure to stop the exploitation. // via https://redd.it/41irkx
United  Nations  Whistleblower 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, The Secret Bribes of Big Tobacco
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_American_Tobacco --- anti-competitive behaviour, bribes, corruption, commercial undercover hit-man operating (black ops) in Africa (tobacco plantations). this behaviour is decribed by BAT as "cost of doing business." // UN Health Organisation - tobacco control (WHO FCTC), reducing demand for tobacco. BAT had a man on the inside. - http://www.who.int/fctc/text_download/en/ - African reps bribed by BAT to undermine efforts to reduce tobacco related deaths and ill health via new policy. Also locally, parliamentarians took bribes to block anti-tobacco policies. //&! & BAT is a financial pick for investors; "The defensive nature of British American Tobacco’s (LSE: BATS) operations has long made it a favourite for those seeking dependable dividend growth year after year." - bit.ly/1RdU8OF
antitrust  tobacco  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  United  Nations  WHO  sick  population  health  crisis  public  health  policy  public  health  revolving  door  Wall  Street  capitalism  crony  capitalism  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  corporate  culture  corporate  governance  ethics  PR  spin  doctor  Positioning  marketing  advertising  advertisement  moral  moral  beliefs  fiduciary  responsibility  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians' - BBC News
At least 200 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria, an Amnesty International report says, quoting witnesses and activists. It says it "researched remotely" more than 25 Russian attacks in five areas between 30 September and 29 November. The findings indicate "serious failures [by Russia] to respect international humanitarian law", Amnesty says. Moscow has repeatedly denied causing civilian deaths, describing such claims as part of "information warfare". Russia began air strikes targeting Islamic State militants (IS) and other groups on 30 September, saying it was acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow has also been accused of bombing rebel groups opposed to Mr Assad but backed by the West.
collateral  damage  civil  war  Assad  Syrien  Syria  Russia  Middle  East  geopolitics  Hegemony  USA  UK  France  Germany  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  refugee  crisis  humanitarian  crisis  ISIS  islamic  extremism  islamic  radicalism 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Syria war: UN Security Council unanimously backs peace plan - BBC News
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution outlining a peace process in Syria. The resolution endorses talks between the Syrian government and opposition in early January, as well as a ceasefire. The Syrian war, which is heading towards its fifth year, has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced millions more, the UN says. However, disagreements remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The US, UK and France called for his departure, saying he had lost the ability to lead the country.
Syrien  Syria  Assad  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
NATO says won't send ground troops to fight IS: report | Reuters
via https://redd.it/3vss9j - Stoltenberg stressed that the conflict was not a war between the West and the Islamic world, but rather against "extremism and terrorism". "Muslims are on the front line in this war. Most victims are Muslims, and most of those who fight against the IS are Muslims. We can not carry on this struggle for them," he said. //&! UK and USA public not having the appetite for boots on the ground ... The chancellor, George Osborne, touches on the fight against Isis in Syria during an event for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Replying to whether he thinks deploying British and US troops in Syria is an answer he says: “No I don’t.” He adds that “there is absolutely no appetite for that” from either country’s political system - bit.ly/1m7zEeS - Osborne/Western analysis suggests boots on the ground will radicalise further people ... //&! After Paris and Beirut and San Bernardino, It’s Time to Rein in Saudi Arabia - redd.it/3vqlyc
NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  ISIS  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  War  on  Terror  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  al-Nusra  Boko  Haram  UK  USA  France  Germany  Iraq  War  Afghanistan  Iraq  Syrien  Syria  civil  Assad  history  crime  Russia  Turkey  diplomacy  Middle  East  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
a73 KrankenhausSyrien - YouTube
"Deutsche Oeffentlichkeit weiss nur ein bruchteil was hier abgeht." [...] "Die Welt schaut weg und laesst Assad gewaehren." [...] "In Paris attack died over 100 people. In Syria die 100 people every day. Why? Nobody cares about that." //&! Syria's civilians living a 'life worse than death' - bbc.in/1m6WjIm
refugee  crisis  Syrien  Syria  Turkey  civil  war  European  Union  humanitarian  crisis  human  tragedy  war  crime  ISIS  radicalization  radicalisation  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  Assad  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  Russia  collateral  damage  corporate  media  corporate  state  manufactured  consent 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Syrien-Falle | Dokumentation von Hubert Seipel - YouTube
[ IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN will be viewed as foreplay, child's play, skirmish. This type of civil war wil last at least another 10 years (said GER military intel chief) ... maybe ... some say military solution impossible, says Kofi Annan ] Interview w Assad. - 2012/2013 - Turkey wants protection from Assads Scud missiles. 1 year before the exorbitant rise of ISIS mid 2014 into 2015. Russia likes to keep Addad regieme in Syria, now fighting ISIS and Free Syrian Army aka the rebel group/coalition ( bit.ly/1jGhVJx ) to help Assad. Turkey wants to get rid of Assad. UN resolution unlikely as Russia will veto everything west (no future for Assad) proposes. // https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_armed_groups_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War // that doesn't include Iraq forces; PKK, Pershmerga, Iraq Army, [yazidi, christians) - vs ISIS. //& Add Egypt and Lybia still unstable and no democracy since the Arab Spring. // Even Iran joins Russia propaganda that Turkey supports ISIS; Propaganda War.
civil  war  Syrien  Syria  Assad  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  barackobama  presidency  NATO  al-Nusra  Unesco  Middle  East  Free  Syrian  Army  Turkey  Russia  vladimirputin  Putin  history  propaganda  war  crime  human  tragedy  humanitarian  crisis  humanity  Iraq  Afghanistan  al-Qaida  Taliban  Hegemony  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia  Erdogan  diplomacy  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  refugee  crisis 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: German MPs vote for anti-IS military mission - BBC News
France also invoked an EU Treaty clause on mutual defence - Article 42.7 - to get help from its EU partners in the fight against IS. [...] Germany will boost to 150 its 100-strong contingent of troops in northern Iraq. They are helping to train Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are fighting IS. Germany is also providing arms and ammunition for them. //&! Ursula von der Leyen ueber Abgruende - on.fb.me/1N0LUGM "Ausbreitung verhindern." & youtu.be/YeDIcK049hA 'Wird Aufklaerungs teil uebernehmen.' & 'Kein richtiger plan. [...] kein EXIT plan.' - bit.ly/1N0Vbyz //&! bit.ly/1OMEI1z &! on.fb.me/1TLVLmk - Kein Ziel, Kein Kommando, Kein Exit Plan, Kein UN mandat weil Russia veto's shit.
UK  USA  Germany  France  War  on  Terror  ISIS  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  Syrien  Syria  Assad  Russia  Turkey  European  Union  Iraq  PKK  Ursula  von  der  Leyen  Angela  Merkel  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Völkerrecht  human  rights  crime  Middle  East  civil  Arab  League  geopolitics  vladimirputin  Putin 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
China's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan - BBC News
China started deploying hundreds of troops to South Sudan earlier this year to bolster the UN peace mission in the country - the first ever Chinese infantry battalion to be sent on external peacekeeping operations.
Africa  AIIB  Hegemony  China  UN  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  Sudan  South  Sudan 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Journalist and Former Hostage - Nicolas Hénin by WSHardtalk
Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State Hardcover (2015) by Nicolas Hénin // ISIS is a scam. // ISIS is the symptom. The west won't defeat ISIS if it doesn't take away the fuel that feeds it; authoritarianism, violence (oppression), sectarianism. // Bringing democracy to the world? (aka Iraq War) // Current environment (complex) best breeding ground for radicalisation. // West was not listing to the Syrian people after the revolution. //
ISIS  propaganda  Caliphate  extremism  radicalization  radicalisation  islamic  radicalism  State  Law  book  Middle  East  War  on  Terror  western  world  democracy  social  democracy  Arab  League  Iraq  War  Iraq  Afghanistan  Iran  Syrien  Syria  Assad  Sunni  Shia  PKK  Turkey  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  NATO  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  civil  history  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Aid  al-Qaida  Taliban  9/11 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Cameron's case for Syria airstrikes is highly contentious | Politics | The Guardian
There is no clear strategy, objective or endgame, with one US commander describing the campaign in Syria and Iraq as a stalemate //&! bit.ly/1MT50MH - He claims the terror group has an external operations group dedicated to causing mass casualty attacks around the world. He insists the strikes against Isis will be part of a comprehensive political and diplomatic plan to deny the group space and create the circumstances for an end to the civil war in Syria. The aim, he says, must be to close down ungoverned space. //&! bit.ly/1LBsvrP &! bbc.in/1Nv0ZDO
War  on  Terror  ISIS  civil  Assad  Syrien  Syria  USA  NATO  Russia  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  presidency  barackobama  France  UK  David  Cameron  Turkey  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Turkey releases audio of 'warning' to downed Russia jet - BBC News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the action by the country's military, saying "everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders". He said he did not want to escalate tensions further. Turkey is a member of Nato. The alliance has backed Turkey's version of events, although it, too, is calling for "diplomacy and de-escalation" to resolve the situation. Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria's conflict, with Russia supporting President Assad, while Turkey is a staunch critic. Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. //&! bbc.in/1Ii6VIW //&! Abschuss mit Ansage - bit.ly/1liM42Q //&! Classified US cable: Turkey violating Greek airspace 40 times a day - https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/05ATHENS1505_a.html#efmAlIAod
Russia  Turkey  Syrien  Syria  ISIS  Assad  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  foreign  relations  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  NATO 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
UN resolution on IS 'extraordinary step' - BBC News
However, even if peace can be made between government and opposition in Syria, the meeting was united in its determination to carry on the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria until its conclusion. The following week the UN Security Council confirmed the IS actions in Syria constituted "a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security". Indeed, the Council called upon member states which have the capacity to do so to take "all necessary measures" to redouble and co-ordinate their efforts to eradicate the safe haven established by IS in significant parts of Iraq and Syria.
United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  Assad  ISIS  Syrien  Syria  Middle  East  Iraq  Afghanistan  France  UK  USA 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
ISIS: how the terror group made its billions - YouTube
&! Putin Crushes BBC Smartass INCLUDING BBC propagandist's question - youtu.be/uwWMaJJ_MSg //&! WOW Obama gets BUTTHURT and ANGRY at Steve Kroft for pointing out how Putin is EMBARRASSING him - youtu.be/rwE2aHSCj30 //&! Obama vs. Putin at the U.N. - youtu.be/nFL1vzn7NNU
ISIS  Syria  Syrien  Russia  USA  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  presidency  barackobama  Putin  vladimirputin  Middle  East  Iran  Iraq  Afghanistan  Assad  NATO  UK  France 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris und Hannover: Die Folgen des Terrors - Lobo-Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das liegt vielleicht daran, dass man eine Gegenbeschwörung für notwendig hält, weil ja schon der Terror als eine Form der Beschwörung erscheint: eine Beschwörung der Angst- und Hasssphären der westlichen Gesellschaften, die radikalisiert werden sollen. Denn Radikale können zur Selbstrechtfertigung, als Existenznarrativ auch Radikale auf der anderen Seite gut gebrauchen. Schwarz-Weiß-Malerei als wichtigstes Geschäft Notfalls erzeugen sie sich welche, das wichtigste Geschäft des Radikalismus ist die Schwarz-Weiß-Malerei, Zivilisation heißt Differenzierung. Ein Verleger fordert in diese Stimmung hinein ernsthaft die "Radikalisierung der Mitte", als definiere sich die Mitte nicht gerade durch die Abwesenheit von Radikalismus. Die Absurdität dieser Beschwörung hat innenministerielle Qualitäten, hilfloser und unverantwortlicher kann man gar nicht in die islamistische Falle tappen, dem Wunsch nach Radikalisierung.
corporate  media  corporate  state  manufactured  consent  War  on  Terror  Polarisation  propaganda  Lügenpresse  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  communication  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  Positioning  radicalism  free  speech  foreign  relations  Russia  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  European  Union  USA  Noam  Chomsky  UK  Chris  Hedges  ISIS  al-Qaida  Taliban  Middle  East 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Angus Robertson questions David Cameron over Syria air strikes - BBC News
[ Week after Paris Terror attack by a terror cell that associated itself with the cause of ISIS ] The prime minister told [...] the UK should not be beholden to a Russian veto, and that any action the UK would take "would be legal" and would help to protect the country.
United  Nations  Security  Council  Syrien  Syria  France  UK  Russia  USA  civil  war  ISIS  foreign  policy  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  NSA  GCHQ  Surveillance-Industrial  presidency  barackobama  David  Cameron  on  Terror  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Branson: Treating addicts with 'decency' saves them
Policy Making for Super Rich, 1%, vested interest and interest groups & Industry (capitalism) >> bit.ly/1eX3wC2 - [ First it was Big Sugar in USA that put Political pressure (will withdraw funding) on WHO to withdraw new & much low added sugar intake/nutritional guidance. Now this with the UN. Who are Policy Makers anyway? Are there any characters at these institutions? - bit.ly/1kmEDHJ & bit.ly/1GnMUoH & bit.ly/1cSYi7O & bit.ly/1MBJPy3 "Food Politics" & 1.usa.gov/1jyOCJQ ] // Richard Branson "somebody seems to have got to the UN, either a country or somebody worried about their job." The report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report allegedly said that there has been "millions of unnecessary arrests and that criminalising people for drugs is unnecessary and harmful." "They had basically come around to the realisation that treating people with decency is how you wean people off drugs". // UN denies Branson claim - bit.ly/1XeWLBp //&! bbc.in/1GP0EDC
UN  United  Nations  addiction  War  on  Drugs  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization  alcohol  abuse  drug  abuse  prison–industrial  complex  mandatory  minimum  sentences  substance  abuse  corruption  Politics  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Policy  Makers  democracy  nanny  state  vested  interest  interest  groups  bribery  corporate  scandal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  trust  distrust  trustagent  abuse  of  power  Play  character  Greed  white-collar  crime  morality  ethical  beliefs  ethics  bottom  up  USA  public  health  public  health  Big  Sugar  food  industry  capitalism  social  contract  political  theory  Super  Rich  1%  agriculture  industrial  agriculture  macroprudential  monetary  fiscal  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  corporate  state  corporate  media  Politics  manufactured  consent  Polarisation  propaganda  populism 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
MH17 Ukraine disaster: Dutch Safety Board blames missile - BBC News
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says. [...] The report does not say who fired the missile, but says airspace over eastern Ukraine should have been closed. [...] A separate Dutch-led criminal investigation is under way. [...] Mr Joustra also said there had been sufficient reason to close off Ukrainian airspace but Ukraine did not do that - and on the day of the crash, 160 flights flew over the area in question. [...] The board does not have the authority to apportion blame, under the rules governing international crash investigations. But speaking to reporters after the news conference, Mr Joustra said pro-Russian rebels were in charge of the area from where the missile that hit MH17 had been fired. ... [ flying over war zone ] &! bit.ly/1PdSc90 // >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Court_of_Justice &! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court
MH17  collateral  damage  Ukraine  Ukrain  Crimea  Crimea  Crisis  war  crime  civil  war  Russia  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  UN  vladimirputin  Putin  geplaenkel  accountability  corporate  scandal 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
United  Nations  UN  climate  change  bottom  up  consumer  choice  climate  crisis  global  warming  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  negotiation  national  interest  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  shared  economic  interest  Public  Good  zombie  consumer  selfish  gene  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Career  Politicians  Kyoto  No  Representation  self-interest  self-improvement  self-actualization  awareness  perception  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  recycling  hyperlocal  local  NHS  health  sick  population  nanny  state  intrinsic  motivation  health  policy  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  Autonomy  Mastery  Purpose  Self-esteem  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  carbon  tax  carbon  pricing  carbon  trading 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russia's airstrikes buy them a seat at the table | MSNBC
Geostrategically, Putin has made a fool of Obama in Syria –Ian Ian Bremmer on MSNBC's Morning Joe // "Russia violent actor"? // Assad regiem didn't go away for +3 years, won't go now // Assad, Rebels, ISIS, ... PKK (Iraq),
Russia  UN  United  Nations  presidency  barackobama  vladimirputin  Putin  Syrien  Syria  Assad  Middle  East  Israel  Turkey  PKK  Iraq  War  Iraq  Afghanistan  geopolitics  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Ukraine  Ukrain  sanctions  European  Union  UK  France  Germany  NATO  diplomacy  ISIS  refugee  crisis  Jordan 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Russia has started bombing Syria now - and what it hopes to achieve | World | News | The Independent
[ via truthdig ] Russia has also decided to move now following the failure of Mr Putin to reach any agreement with the US at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York where the threat of Isis has been high on the agenda. … [Russia’s] priority is to defeat Isis and then save the Assad regime in Damascus. Despite all the controversy over whether Assad should stay or go, the war would carry on in either case. This is very much a civil war with committed supporters on either side. In the short term Russia wants to stop Isis, and if possible defeat it – though this not likely to happen.
ISIS  Russia  Assad  UN  United  Nations  USA  Syrien  Syria  NATO  diplomacy  presidency  barackobama  Germany  UK  France  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  geopolitics  foreign  affairs  foreign  relations  foreign  policy  Intelligence 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Afghan air strike: Kunduz MSF clinic workers killed - BBC News
western world (politicians and vast majority of public) is not comfortable with boots on the ground (since WMD's/Iraq War catastrophe). so it is in the name of war on terror, the drone strikes, with minimal intelligence, making it a hit and miss. = collateral damage. no wonder why uneducated illiterate people join radicalist and extremist movement (funded and stocked w weapons by Arab League through the backdoors) against the west and other religious minorities in the middle east and other governments that hold local power ... when the west drone strike/bombs their village and family to smithereens ... the west wth no accountability. no transparency. bordering war crime. bordering carpet bombing. // US military apologises for bombing - Afghan President's Office - bit.ly/1VufFa8 &! bit.ly/1VuIC5E &! MFS calls it a war crime - bit.ly/1j8hwQO &! bit.ly/1PXynQt Obama promises internal investigation.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK and Saudi Arabia 'in secret deal' over human rights council place | UK news | The Guardian
Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Deal to end civil war in Syria could allow president Bashar al-Assad to stay | World news | The Guardian
David Cameron goes to UN global poverty summit in New York holding out prospect of a transition arrangement // Syrian civil war: John Kerry cites chance for international cooperation at UN New US approach could bring Russia, which supports Bashar al-Assad, together with countries supporting opposition groups - bit.ly/1VhQbaw //&! bbc.in/1JwvdxJ
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: Diplomatic goals behind Putin's military build-up - BBC News
With some 24 strike- and close-support aircraft and about a dozen attack helicopters on the ground at its new airbase outside Latakia, Russia is poised to be able to make a significant impact on the fighting in Syria if it so wishes.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Russian vetoes are putting UN security council's legitimacy at risk, says US | World news | The Guardian
Exclusive: Warning over body’s failure to act on Syria and Ukraine comes on top of wider criticism of its structure and the permanent members’ veto rights --- &! bit.ly/1FgDo6m - Watch United Nations power brokers – including the Russian, UK and US representatives to the UN – discuss its failings and how to fix them
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pigs to peerages: Lord Ashcroft’s act of revenge shows British politics at its venal worst | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
Cameron’s use of the House of Lords to reward aides, cronies and donors might leave even Tony Blair astonished. Why not just sell off titles to fund political parties? [ ie also Michelle Mone, supporter of the No Campaign, got peerage and job at DWP as start-up czar; getting unemployed people to start businesses (self-employment). ] //&! Billionaire Tory donor alleges Cameron conspired to mislead public before 2010 election over knowledge of Ashcroft’s non-dom status - bit.ly/1KrdcET - accepting donations from tax avoiders/evaders is best practise nowadays. //&! So Cameron was young and reckless. Lucky he wasn’t young, reckless and poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg //&! How do you deal with a story like #piggate? A spin doctor’s view - bit.ly/1QvIiNl //&! Live Feed Day 2 - bit.ly/1Ktcyqq - "White House [thinks] it had been “fucked over” on both Libya & Syria." Cameron not getting the votes for full military intervention. [...] Gaddafi’s weapons moved south, arming Boko Haram [in Nigeria].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Egon Krenz: der Kalte Krieg war nie zu Ende by Sputnik Deutschland
Europa ohne Russland geht nicht. USA sieht nicht gern das Europa/Deutschland gut mit Russland sind. [...] Die idee des kommunismus ist nicht tod zu kriegen. [...] Der kapitalismus kann nicht das letzte wort gehabt haben. [...] AIIB & BRIC (+South Africa) - ohne USA, ohne EU (ja nicht alle, Germany in AIIB)! // TTIP und co. schliesst BRIC aus. Punkt!!! USA will sich wirtschafts and und politische macht sichern mit TTIP und TPP before es zu spaet ist. // battle of ideas. battle to capture parts of new world, global trade and economy, future generations (emerging middle class).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
ECFR's World in 30 Minutes: Refugee Crisis by ECFR
&! EU East - West divide on refugee crisis? - bit.ly/1iyR1Ut //&! [Instability in Libya contributes to the migration crisis - bit.ly/1Qs2Upt - also mentions Lybia - bit.ly/1NG5cCq "crisis everywhere" europe is engulfed and involed in their own crises: sovereign debt, refugees, brexit, grexit, Brussels, political crisis, low growth (deflation fear) ... // &! bit.ly/1OJNA9n - The 550 million dollar program launched last year to train moderate Syrian rebel forces did not bring any results. According to the White House "he [ POTUS] had never believed in the strategy, anyway". &! bit.ly/1JjNy0O &! bit.ly/1QG0bti - 'Europe is responsible for the current refugee crisis, because it supported the West’s aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East. Such a statement was made by Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with Russian media outlets.' // [ EU seems 2be fucked bc only NATO soldiers on ground will work. who will bite bullet first? & also HAVE TO cooperate w Assad-Regime. ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What has the United Nations ever done for women? | World news | The Guardian
bit.ly/1L2mR6W - Two decades after Beijing declaration on gender equality, women’s economic opportunities and working rights still widely subject to restrictive legislation
gender  inequality  gender  pay  gap  FGM  Forced  Marriage  domestic  violence  United  Nations  UN 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Who are the 'left behind children' around the world? - BBC News
bbc.in/1JbKftS - What is the UN Convention on Rights of the Child? - Since 1990, children around the world have been promised rights which countries in the United Nations agreed to protect. This means that governments all around the world have promised that they will provide children with what they need to live a safe and happy life, and that children should have a say in the big decisions that affect them.
China  migration  economic  history  United  Nations  UN 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
AT&T has 'extraordinary, decades-long' relationship with NSA – report | US news | The Guardian
New York Times and ProPublica cite newly released NSA documents Telecoms giant assisted with ‘wiretapping United Nations headquarters’ << in ny, isn't that some kind of international territory? "The site of the UN Headquarters has extraterritoriality status. This affects some law enforcement where UN rules override the laws of New York City, but it does not give immunity to those who commit crimes there."
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather' | Environment | The Guardian
Poorer countries will be hit most by falls in production for major crops but UK and and US will also be exposed to resulting instability, says taskforce [...] [ 5-7% of production shortfall of main staples ] Such a shortfall in production could leave people in developing countries in “an almost untenable position”, with the US and the UK “very much exposed” to the resulting instability and conflict, said co-author Rob Bailey, research director for energy, environment and resources at Chatham House. [...] “The food system is increasingly under pressure because demand is growing and our ability to supply it is much more constrained. On top of that we have climate change affecting where we can grow things. “If we are coping with demand increases by sustainable intensification but then suddenly we have a catastrophic year and lose a significant chunk of the world’s calories, everybody will feel it.” [ global and national security threat ] &! bbc.in/1IQl3ZS
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion' | Law | The Guardian
The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revealed that medical professionals lied and covered up their extensive involvement in post-9/11 torture. The revelation, puncturing years of denials, creates the potential for leadership firings, loss of licenses and even prosecutions. For more than a decade, the American Psychological Association (APA) has maintained that a strict code of ethics prohibits its more than 130,000 members to aid in the torture of detainees while simultaneously permitting involvement in military and intelligence interrogations.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Russia vetoes UN move to call Srebrenica 'genocide' - BBC News
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/srebnica-russland-blockiert-uno-resolution-zu-massaker-a-1042719.html - Tausende Muslime sind beim Massaker von Srebrenica umgebracht worden. Eine Resolution zum 20. Jahrestag sollte den Völkermord verurteilen - doch Russland hat den Entwurf im Uno-Sicherheitsrat gestoppt. [...] Die Ablehnung des russischen Botschafters war die einzige Gegenstimme bei zehn Stimmen für das Papier und vier Enthaltungen. Angola, China, Nigeria und Venezuela enthielten sich bei der Abstimmung über den Resolutionsentwurf. Moskau stört sich vor allem an dem in dem Text verwendeten Begriff "Völkermord", es hatte sein Veto bereits am Dienstag angedroht.
genocide  Russia  vladimirputin  Putin  NATO  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  history 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Charlie Rose | charlierose.com - Jim O’Neill talks about post-antibiotic era
talks about heading review of post-antibiotics era :: 10m ppl dying per year. global economic cost (loss) $100trn globally - by 2050. medically back to the middle ages! // abuse of antibiotics in industrial farming and agriculture - live stock. - for profit only. no economic interest. no stakeholder in the long-term future. // it is the simple big issues where you have to but your head down //
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Koch brothers’ cash will wash over California, experts say - SFGate
The Billionaire Boys’ Club - Charles and David Koch are putting $900 million into the 2016 race. How they can make, break, or reshape Republican politics. &! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time | The Verge
The issue before the Supreme Court is whether "a true threat" requires finding that the threatener subjectively intended to be threatening. Elonis is arguing for a subjective intent requirement, claiming that his posts were meant as rap lyrics and not as threats, while the prosecutors are arguing for an "objective" standard—a threat counts as a threat if a "reasonable person" would think the statement is a threat. The government is arguing that it’s enough to use an objective standard, with an exception for "idle or careless talk, exaggeration, something said in a joking manner or an outburst of transitory anger." However, when it comes to the Internet, where context or tone may be more difficult to perceive, this objective standard has obvious drawbacks [...] [UK has] law that forbids electronic messages that are "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character," [...] "with the intent to intimidate." [...] "[...] most likely to inspire fear of bodily harm."
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data - The Washington Post
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program. /// via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8305925 The documents, roughly 1,500 pages worth, outline a secret and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle by Yahoo to resist the government’s demands. The company’s loss required Yahoo to become one of the first to begin providing information to PRISM, a program that gave the NSA extensive access to records of online com­munications by users of Yahoo and other U.S.-based technology firms. +++ http://pando.com/2014/09/12/the-government-threatened-to-fine-yahoo-250000-per-day-if-it-didnt-participate-in-prism/ +++ Documents - http://bit.ly/1DbJosI
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
ISIS, the Yazidis, Kurdistan, and the Threat of Massacres in Iraq
http://www.reddit.com/r/TrueReddit/comments/2cse4r/as_the_world_focuses_on_gaza_a_genocide_may_take/ - "Prince Tahseen Said, “the world leader of the Yazidis,” has issued an appeal to Kurdish, Iraqi, Arab, and European leaders, as well as to Ban Ki-moon and Barack Obama. It reads: “I ask for aid and to lend a hand and help the people of Sinjar areas and its affiliates and villages and complexes which are home to the people of the Yazidi religion. I invite [you] to assume [your] humanitarian and nationalistic responsibilities towards them and help them in their plight and the difficult conditions in which they live today.” It’s hard to know what, if anything, is left of the humanitarian responsibilities of the international community. The age of intervention is over, killed in large part by the Iraq war. But justifiable skepticism about the use of military force seems also to have killed off the impulse to show solidarity with the helpless victims of atrocities in faraway places.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Civilian Death Toll in Ukraine reaches 800, over 2,000 wounded. These deaths "have gone virtually unnoticed by the outside world." : worldnews
+ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28632287 An attack that killed 10 people at a UN-run Gaza school was a "moral outrage and a criminal act", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. It constituted a "gross violation of international law", Mr Ban said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was appalled by the "disgraceful" shelling.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Interview with Former UN Peace Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi - SPIEGEL ONLINE
USA World Police no more. [...] ISIS - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. [...] SPIEGEL: What is your prediction for the future of Syria and the region? Brahimi: Unless there is a real, sustained effort to work out a political solution, there is a serious risk that the entire region will blow up. The conflict is not going to stay inside Syria. It will spill over into the region. It's already destabilizing Lebanon, there are 1.5 million refugees in the country; that represents one third of the population. If it were Germany, it would be the equivalent of 20 million. It is destabilizing because ISIS | SPIEGEL: the most radical and brutal armed opposition group, which seeks to establish a militant Islamic state | Brahimi: is active in both Syria and Iraq already, and Jordan is really struggling to continue resisting. Even Turkey! According to a senior Iraqi official, ISIS has carried out 100 operations in Syria and 1,000 operations in Iraq in just three months. | YT v=XDFi1lno1bs
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Syrien-Einsatz: Britisches Parlament blockiert Einsatz in Syrien - SPIEGEL ONLINE
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-29/uk-rejects-syria-military-strike-obama-willing-go-it-alone "More importantly, the "people" in the UK actually had a voice, which is more than can so far be said about developments in the US. And speaking of the US, the NYT reports that even as the Syrian war "option" is slowly being shut out for staunch US allies (except for France of course), that Obama is "willing to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria even while allies like Britain are debating whether to join the effort [ZH: and have now voted against it] and without an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council" citing senior administration officials." + Pushback on Syria (Doug Bandow) /watch?v=knCUxNj0wQI
Constitution  Politics  Syria  foreign  policy  UK  geopolitics  foreignaffairs  United  Nations  Security  Council  USA  davidcameron  barackobama  NATO  democracy  presidency 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Interview mit Snowdens russischem Anwalt Kutcherena - SPIEGEL ONLINE
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Haben die Amerikaner Kontakt zu Ihnen aufgenommen? Kutscherena: Die Botschaft hat mich angerufen, sie wollen ein Treffen. Was mich verwundert: Es gibt bis heute kein offizielles Auslieferungsgesuch von Seiten der USA. Ich wiederhole: Amerika hat kein Auslieferungsgesuch gestellt! Und Amerika hat nicht verlautbart, dass Snowdens Vorwürfe nicht stimmen. Snowden hat der Welt die Augen geöffnet. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Russland hat einen riesigen Geheimdienstapparat. Abgehörte Telefonate Oppositioneller tauchen schon mal in der Kreml-nahen Presse auf. Ist der demonstrative Einsatz für Snowden nicht scheinheilig? Kutscherena: Ich bin für Ehrlichkeit. Die Amerikaner predigen von der Kanzel, dass sie die Verfassung schützen. Der Mensch steht dort an erster Stelle, seine Rechte und Freiheiten sind unantastbar. Natürlich erlauben die Gesetze auch Spezialoperationen und Einschränkungen, etwa im Kampf gegen Terroristen. Aber doch nicht in solcher Masse!
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
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