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The end of Atlanticism: has Trump killed the ideology that won the cold war? | News | The Guardian
"special relationship" - The foreign policy establishment has been lamenting its death for half a century. But Atlanticism has long been a convenient myth // Atlanticism has never had a very stable meaning. For one thing, the US and Europe have not always considered each other natural political partners. For most of American history, there hasn’t even been a unified “Europe” to partner with. [...] Advertisement

In 1973, Henry Kissinger, himself a transatlantic refugee, launched a “Year of Europe” tour to try to save the relationship in the name of containment, preventing the further growth of the Soviet Union. Speaking as Nixon’s national security adviser, he asked whether the Atlantic community could thrive as the memory of the second world war began to fade. As the “rigid divisions of the past two decades diminish, new assertions of national identity and national rivalry emerge”. He argued that Americans should continue to support European unity. “If we permit the Atlantic partnership to atrophy … we shall miss our historic opportunity for even greater achievement.”
Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  Brexit  Atlanticism  foreign  policy  affairs  diplomacy  USA  UK  Germany  Europe  China  Russia  history  coldwar  special  relationship  myth  nationalism  Kissinger  politics  foreignaffairs  Interventionism  Iraq  Afghanistan  nuclear  deterrent  G-Zero 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
(1487) Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats - YouTube
keeping in a permanent state of alarmingness/ "permanent war footing" / readiness preparedness: China South Sea (China) w Japan as Allie. // vs Russia. // Middle East. // Kovalik's new book is "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia." --- MANUFACTURING CONSENT - PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT HYPERNORMALISATION
USA  War  Military–industrial  complex  Russia  China  Japan  Middle  East  ISIS  Saudi  Arabia  Yemen  Iraq  Afghanistan  Putin  Syria  Ukraine  Libya  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  book  conflict  humanity  Chomsky  Manufacturing  Consent  Hypernormalisation  NATO  Crimea  Perception  Management  foreignaffairs  foreign  affairs  North  Korea  policy  cyberwar  Cold  2.0  ColdWar  history  west  UN  cyberattack  Nuclear  Arms 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Türkei-Referendum: Deutschland muss Farbe bekennen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dass es ausgerechnet viel ausländisches Kapital war, das den Erdogan-Aufschwung in seiner vergangenen, soliden Phase überhaupt erst ermöglicht hat, wird er freilich geflissentlich verschweigen.
Turkey  authoritarianism  Erdogan  foreign  relations  foreignaffairs  Germany  European  Union  Religion  Kurdish  Islam  Muslim  Kurds 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Theresa May’s world: trading on fantasy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
[ sacrifice west values for pennies ] The prime minister and senior colleagues have fanned out across the world trying to prove that trade deals with illiberal regimes can compensate for a hard Brexit. They are wrong &! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/liam-fox-meets-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte
Brexit  Theresa  May  David  Davis  BoJo  Boris  Johnson  Liam  Fox  Saudi  Arabia  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  WTO  trade  teal  free  foreign  relations  foreignaffairs  affairs  diplomacy 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Trump Has No Foreign Policy - POLITICO Magazine
There's no such thing as a Trump Doctrine, folks—just an incoherent mess.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  GOP  Republicans  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  affairs 
february 2017 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
Trump gives National Security Council seat to ex-Breitbart chief Steve Bannon | US news | The Guardian
President also gives Priebus access to sensitive meetings while partially excluding defense chiefs and requesting strategies to defeat Isis // In a further sign that the White House intends to centralise decision-making in a small group of rightwing ideologues around Trump, it was announced that Steve Bannon, the former executive of the Breitbart rightwing news website, would be taking part in national security principals meetings, which make key decisions on defence and foreign policy, but that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of joint chiefs of staff would not automatically attend. [...] “The appointment of Mr Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/republicans-call-trumps-muslim-ban-a-self-inflicted-wound
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Steve  Bannon  Reince  Priebus  far-right  right-wing  Nationalism  Patriotism  Rechtsruck  Rechtsextremismus  USA  alt-right  neo-Nazi  foreign  affairs  policy  foreignaffairs  UK  European  Union  NATO  War  on  Terror  ISIS 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying | Opinion | The Guardian
this hasty visit smacks of desperation // He will have seen May as that most desperate of creatures: the housebuyer who rashly sold her old house before she had found a new one. Having tossed away Britain’s keys to the European single market, she will soon be homeless – and Trump knows it. For all the niceties – May’s shrewd deployment of a royal invitation for a state visit and her compliment to the president on his “stunning election victory”, flattery which saw Trump glow a brighter shade of orange – he will have seen May as a sucker who needs to make a deal. And he will look forward to naming his price.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Theresa  May  Brexit  trade  deal  European  Union  foreignaffairs  foreign  relations  NHS  Tories  2020  nasty  party  Conservative  Privatisation  TTIP  Austerity 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
The Era of American Global Leadership Is Over. Here’s What Comes Next | TIME
G-Zero Book // it has become unavoidably obvious that the transition toward a leaderless world is now complete. The G-zero era I first predicted nearly six years ago is now fully upon us. No matter how long Trump remains in the White House, a crucial line has been crossed. The fallout will outlive his presidency, because Trump has proved that tens of millions of Americans like this idea.
G8  G7  G20  world  police  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  foreign  policy  affairs  foreignaffairs  book 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
The War Nerd: Here’s everything you need to know about “too extreme for Al Qaeda” I.S.I.S. | PandoDaily
As the Scriptures remind us, “Do not believe the hype.” The hype of the moment is ISIS, the Sunni militia that just drove the so-called Iraqi Army out of Mosul, Tikrit, and other Iraqi cities. This is one of those dramatic military reverses that mean a lot less than meets the eye. The “Iraqi Army” routed by ISIS wasn’t really a national army, and ISIS isn’t really a dominant military force. It was able to occupy those cities because they were vacuums, abandoned by a weak, sectarian force. Moving into vacuums like this is what ISIS is good at. And that’s the only thing ISIS is good at. +++ http://pando.com/2014/06/17/isis-uses-social-media-to-say-dont-fuck-with-us/ +++ For what is NSA and CIA and Pentagon good for? Isn't that something that foreign service should have had a tap on? +++ and then those words after years of not acting on the rise of ISIS in Syria; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27898724
ISIS  Iraq  Syrien  Syria  USA  Europe  Russia  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  foreign  affairs  diplomacy  unknown  unknowns  complexity  unintended  consequences  blackswan  NSA  CIA  World  Police  UK  MI6  GCHQ  BND  Germany  Middle  East 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit | PandoDaily
Pierre Omidyar. The role of Omidyar Network in so many major events of the past week — helping elect India’s ultranationalist leader Narendra Modi; co-funding Ukraine regime-change NGOs with USAID, resulting in a deadly civil war and Monday’s election of Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko; and now, this week’s first-ever sit-down TV interview with Edward Snowden, through an arrangement between NBC News and Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media — shows how these contradictions are coming to the fore, and shaping our world. [...] Muhammad Yunus failed to dissuade Omidyar: "Let them make money—but why do you want to make money off the poor people?” [...] “Omidyar views the fund as a way of testing his theories about commercializing the sector. ‘It’s really the demonstration impact I’m looking for, primarily,’ he said.” << Billionaires Playground. Rarefied People.
Pierre  Omidyar  Narendra  Modi  neoliberal  Omidyar  Network  far-right  Ukrain  Ukraine  Edward  Snowden  NSA  First  Look  Media  Whistleblower  Glenn  Greenwald  neoconservatives  neoconservatism  Politics  NGO  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  diplomacy  foreign  affairs  G  Zero  US  national  security  state  USA  Hernando  de  Soto  property  rights  vested  interest  national  interest  interest  groups  conflict  of  interest  microfinance  microfinance  lending  India  2014  ethics  governance  morals  rarefied  Super  Rich  1%  Muhammad  Yunus  Commanding  Heights  eBay  Wikileaks  Julian  Assange  fiduciary  responsibility  PayPal  corporatism  corporate  governance  freedom  of  press  freedom  of  expression  Silicon  Valley  Sociopath 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
The Snowden affair: The perils of whistleblowing - YouTube
See very last part of the discussion: Stasi Officers Interview 'it is naive to think that this intelligence will not be used (abused) for other purposes.' ... ie throwing off other foreign state officials that have done wrong, and USA, the West wants to have removed for a more Western leaning replacement. ... Let's say Erdogan. Stuff got on the internet about him and his family; bribery, taxevasion, corruption etc. leading up to local elections. ... That is just a coincidence. right!? just serendipity. + NSA Whistleblower - Jesselyn Radack & Thomas Drake | London Real :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEq42BDBVWk + Annie Machon - Whistleblower | London Real :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7U-lv0uAbY
Edward  Snowden  Whistleblower  Julian  Assange  Jacob  Appelbaum  surveillance  surveillance  state  Orwellian  cyberespionage  espionage  corporate  espionage  cyber  espionage  patriotact  Patriot  Act  patriotism  USA  presidency  barackobama  gwbush  governance  oversight  transparency  accountability  democracy  Career  Politicians  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  GCHQ  NSA  BND  G  Zero  surveillance  disarmament  espionage  disarmament  Wikileaks  Book  Bradley  Manning  Chelsea  Manning  First  Amendment  Constitution  Intelligence  Agency  Zero  Sum  Game  War  on  Terror  9/11  toobigtofail  history  Stasi  Erdogan  Turkey  neoconservatives  neoconservatism  diplomacy  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  UK  G8  Germany  Angela  Merkel  davidcameron  Thomas  Drake  Jesselyn  Radack  Annie  Machon  encryption  Five  Eyes  ECHELON  Europe  PRISM  XKeyscore  Backdoors  Privacy  human  rights 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
Interview mit Dmitrij Trenin zur Krise auf der Krim - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Moskau handelt auf der Krim schnell, hart und ohne Rücksicht auf den Westen. Putin wolle Fakten schaffen, sagt Dmitrij Trenin vom Moskauer Carnegie-Center. Zur Ukraine habe Putin kein Vertrauen mehr - und sein Image in Europa sei ihm egal. + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/krise-in-der-ukraine-obama-droht-putin-a-956402.html "Jegliche militärische Intervention in der Ukraine wird ihren Preis haben": Nie zuvor hat US-Präsident Obama seinen russischen Amtskollegen Putin derart scharf angegriffen. Dabei sind Obamas Optionen begrenzt, er braucht den Kreml als Partner zur Lösung internationaler Krisen.
Putin  vladimirputin  Ukrain  Ukraine  diplomacy  Europe  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  Politics  Career  Politicians  history  barackobama  presidency  USA 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier bei John Kerry in den USA - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Steinmeier hat sich aber damit abgefunden, dass es kein "Sorry" oder gar ein No-Spy-Abkommen mehr geben wird. Folglich wollte er als erster Gast der neuen deutschen Regierung wenigstens einen angemessenen Ton finden, um sich trotz Kritik wieder langsam anzunähern. Einfach, das war Steinmeier schon vor Abflug klar, war die Mission Neustart nicht. Erst vor einigen Tagen kam heraus, dass die US-Dienste nach den Snowden-Enthüllungen zwar vielleicht nicht mehr das Handy von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel anzapfen. Offenbar aber hat die NSA zur Informationsgewinnung im Berliner Regierungsviertel noch immer 320 einflussreiche Deutsche im Visier der technischen Abschöpfung. Besonders pikant: Einer von ihnen soll Innenminister Thomas de Maizière sein, einer der wichtigsten deutschen Minister und engsten Vertrauten der Kanzlerin.
NSA  cyberespionage  surveillance  state  surveillance  Orwellian  USA  presidency  barackobama  Germany  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  diplomacy  Angela  Merkel  espionage  Edward  Snowden  PRISM  XKeyscore  GCHQ  UK  domestic  affairs 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
ISIS: In Irak und Syrien bauen die Extremisten am Gottesstaat - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Islamischer Staat im Irak und Syrien" (ISIS) + Ursprünglich wurde ISIS im Irak mit der Unterstützung der Zentralführung al-Qaidas gegründet. Allerdings hat sich der ISIS-Chef Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi inzwischen mit Qaida-Chef Aiman al-Sawahiri verstritten. + http://www.orsm.net/php/showme.php?file=/images/christian-persecution.jpg
Syrien  Syria  Islam  Islamic  Law  Islamic  Extremism  Iraq  ISIS  Religion  unintended  consequences  G  Zero  complexity  al-Qaida  Abu  Bakr  al-Baghdadi  Aiman  al-Sawahiri  presidency  barackobama  hisotry  War  on  Terror  terrorism  Libanon  Middle  East  Jordan  Israel  Palestine  Jerusalem  diplomacy  G8  foreign  policy  foreignaffairs 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
Heute in den Feuilletons vom 24.10.2013
"It is clear from the trove of documents leaked by Snowden that the only protection against NSA or GCHQ intrusion is membership of Five Eyes: the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. New members do not seem to be welcome, and the lesson is that outside that tight circle, it does not matter how senior you are, and how close a friend you think you are to Washington or London, your communications could easily be being shared among the handful of white, English-speaking nations with membership privileges." + http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/merkel-nsa-phone-allies-enemies
NSA  Wikileaks  cyberespionage  foreign  policy  UK  cablegate  foreignaffairs  GCHQ  USA  espionage  barackobama  Edward  Snowden  G  Zero  presidency  diplomacy 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
Kommentar zur Handy-Affäre: Merkels Wut, Obamas Versagen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Barack Obama hat bislang den Eindruck erweckt, der Gute im miesen Spiel rund um die Sammelwut der US-Geheimdienste zu sein. Es ginge den USA bei allen Überwachungsmaßnahmen allein um Terrorbekämpfung, lautete das Mantra, mit dem das Ausland besänftigt werden sollte. Alles Bluff: Fast täglich kommen neue Enthüllungen über Abhörangriffe auf "befreundete" Nationen ans Licht: Frankreich, Mexiko, Deutschland. Wie lang ist die Liste noch? + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/neue-spaehvorwuerfe-gegen-usa-bundesanwaltschaft-wird-aktiv-a-929770.html + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/spaehvorwuerfe-gegen-usa-gabriel-stellt-freihandelsgespraeche-in-frage-a-929747.html + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/usa-unter-spaeh-verdacht-hollande-und-merkel-vereint-im-zorn-a-929681.html + http://www.spiegel.de/video/obama-und-das-handy-der-kanzlerin-usa-unter-spaeh-verdacht-video-1304374.html
NSA  cyberwar  angelamerkel  Wikileaks  cyberespionage  foreign  policy  Orwellian  State  Whistleblower  cablegate  Angela  Merkel  foreignaffairs  cybersecurity  surveillance  espionage  barackobama  G  Zero  Edward  Snowden  cyberattack  presidency  diplomacy 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
David Cameron wirft Guardian Gefährdung der nationalen Sicherheit vor - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Chefredakteure der führenden Zeitungen und Zeitschriften der Welt, darunter "New York Times", "Washington Post", SPIEGEL, "FAZ", "SZ", "Le Monde" und "El País", sprangen daraufhin dem "Guardian" bei. In schriftlichen Stellungnahmen lobten sie die Veröffentlichung der Geheimdienstdokumente von NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden als Dienst an der Demokratie.
Wikileaks  Career  Politicians  Politics  Whistleblower  davidcameron  Edward  Snowden  The  Guardian  democracy  NSA  Tempora  domestic  affairs  trust  foreign  policy  Orwellian  State  UK  confidence  GCHQ  foreignaffairs  cablegate  PRISM  Glenn  Greenwald  history  trustagent  surveillance  Toff  GeorgeOsborne 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
Brazilian president Rousseff: US surveillance a 'breach of international law' | World news | theguardian.com
Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country's strategic industries. Rousseff's angry speech was a direct challenge to President Barack Obama, who was waiting in the wings to deliver his own address to the UN general assembly, and represented the most serious diplomatic fallout to date from the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
NSA  cyberwar  Wikileaks  cyberespionage  foreign  policy  foreignaffairs  PRISM  USA  espionage  barackobama  Brazil  Edward  Snowden  presidency  diplomacy 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria - NYTimes.com
Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed on Syria in the New York Times today. He takes a few jabs at the United States but generally pleas for upholding the UN’s veto on acts of war. It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
USA  vladimirputin  barackobama  Syria  foreign  policy  Russia  foreignaffairs  presidency  diplomacy 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Krieg+in+Syrien:+Die+militärische+Intervention+kommt+zu+spät+-+SPIEGEL+ONLINE+-+Nachrichten+-+Politik
Plötzlich will Amerika in den Syrien-Konflikt eingreifen, aber das Vorhaben wirkt wenig durchdacht: Wie die Strafaktion ablaufen wird und welche Ziele dahinter stehen, bleibt unklar. Das passt zum diffusen Umgang des US-Präsidenten mit den Konflikten in Nahost. + http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/schlag-gegen-assad-wie-ein-angriff-auf-syrien-die-oelversorgung-trifft-a-919133.html
Egypt  barackobama  Nahost  oil  price  shock  Syria  foreign  policy  Libya  middle-east  foreignaffairs  geopolitics  presidency 
august 2013 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
▶ Breakingviews: Fracking foreign policy - YouTube
Aug. 28 - Rob Cox and Christopher Swann discuss how hydraulic fracturing in America may alter the country's approach to the Middle East.
Politics  energy  security  Syria  economic  history  foreign  policy  Libya  foreignaffairs  middle-east  geopolitics  history  USA  OPEC  energy  dependency  petrodollar  petrodollars  fracking 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
SocGen's Shocking Oil Forecast: $150 Upside; $125 Base Case Following Syrian Attack "Within A Week" | Zero Hedge
Our geopolitical analysis indicates that the question is not whether there will be a military action against Syria. The questions are “who?”, “what?”, and “when”? The coalition being assembled reportedly includes the US, the UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan. A range of options prepared by the Pentagon months ago has been under consideration.
Iran  oil  price  shock  Syria  foreign  policy  Russia  foreignaffairs  geopolitics  middle-east 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Pressing Issues: What Manning Revealed
-U.S. pressured the European Union to accept GM — genetic modification, that is. -New York Times: “From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier.” -U.S. used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at last year's crucial climate conference in Copenhagen.
COP15  Wikileaks  Bradley  Manning  cyberespionage  climate  science  foreign  policy  GMO  crop  Afghanistan  foreignaffairs  climatechange  cablegate  climate  change  USA  GMO  espionage  barackobama  geneticallyengineered  book  tunisia  Chelsea  Manning  presidency  diplomacy 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Geheimdienst-Skandal: Cameron-Regierung gegen "Guardian" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bislang konnten sich die Mächtigen in Westminster in großen Teilen darauf verlassen, dass sich Journalisten der Staatsräson beugen, wenn es um Belange der Geheimdienstarbeit ging. [...] Für die Briten jedenfalls bietet sich jetzt eine gute Gelegenheit, ihr allzu entspanntes Verhältnis zu ihrem Geheimdienst zu überprüfen.
journalism  davidcameron  surveillance  state  Tempora  Politics  domestic  affairs  Orwellian  Edward  Snowden  UK  foreignaffairs  GCHQ  Glenn  Greenwald 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Russia and the IOC agree: Athletes and spectators shouldn’t be openly gay at the Olympics.
Russian Interior Ministry confirmed: Openly gay people attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including athletes, will be arrested under the country’s draconian new anti-gay law. The International Olympic Committee’s response to gay people? We mean it: Stay in the closet. + http://www.dailystarsunday.co.uk/news/latest-news/331763/David-Cameron-snubs-Stephen-Fry-s-anti-gay-Olympic-plea >> IOC is writing on thing in its charter. And doing the opposite. Value comes from action, not from words & charters. I.O.C. is the latest example. Same with FIFA and the World Cup in Qatar. Sport is a image of Society. How this plays out is a not just a step backwards it's a display of 'looking away' because it doesn't affect me. The word coward doesn't even encompass what is happening. Germany talks Zivilcourage. It's hypocrisy on all sides of the table. Politicians have no guts to take a stand. To boycott what is wrong. To make a dent in the universe.
DFB  angelamerkel  human  rights  vladimirputin  FIFA  Transphobic  Politics  racial  discrimination  Transgender  I.O.C.  Europe  Homophobia  accountability  barackobama  Machtspiele  political  folly  hypocrisy  Machtgehabe  LGBT  transphobia  homophobic  discrimination  society  Putin  Zivilcourage  domestic  affairs  Religion  political  error  foreignaffairs  Olympics  hate  crime  history  USA  civil  rights  bigotry  hate  speech  Sport  Russia  Germany  presidency  inequality 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Lavabit: Mail-Anbieter stellt Dienst ein - SPIEGEL ONLINE
... when it was about Wikileaks - US Politics pressured all companies ie Visa and Mastercard and Banks and PayPal to free Wikileaks assets and transactions for donations. ... now they do the same with companies that are about Private, Secure Communication.
NSA  Wikileaks  domestic  affairs  privacy  Orwellian  State  foreignaffairs  PRISM  USA  surveillance  Silent  Circle  barackobama  Silent  Mail  Lavabit  War  on  Terror  Edward  Snowden  Julian  Assange  presidency 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
US-Geheimdienst NSA: Assange nennt Obamas Reformpläne Sieg für Snowden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Assange wirft der US-Regierung in ihrer Haltung zu Snowdens Asyl in Russland Scheinheiligkeit vor: "Amerika bietet Dissidenten, Whistleblowern und politischen Flüchtlingen Asyl an, ohne den Widerstand anderer Regierungen jederzeit zu berücksichtigen."
NSA  Politics  domestic  affairs  foreign  policy  Orwellian  State  UK  GCHQ  foreignaffairs  PRISM  Asylum  surveillance  USA  barackobama  hypocrisy  Edward  Snowden  Whisteblower  Russia  BND  Germany  Julian  Assange  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!
NSA  Wikileaks  Tempora  Ecuador  domestic  affairs  feigned  innocence  foreignaffairs  United  States  Constitution  PRISM  Asylum  Glenn  Greenwald  USA  barackobama  hypocrisy  Edward  Snowden  Whisteblower  Julian  Assange  presidency  diplomacy 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - GCHQ use of Prism surveillance data was legal, says report
UK press and media has been mute about it all. Maybe because USA put a lot of pressure on UK because of the Julian Assange debakel? UK is more of an ally to USA than Germany to USA.
NSA  Wikileaks  Politics  domestic  affairs  Orwellian  State  UK  GCHQ  foreignaffairs  PRISM  davidcameron  surveillance  USA  barackobama  Edward  Snowden  Whisteblower  Julian  Assange  presidency 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Edward Snowden in Moskau: Der Whistleblower am Flughafen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
So ist das Kalkül des Kreml im Fall Snowden: dass neben Amerikas Verfehlungen Russlands eigene Sünden verblassen.
USA  espionage  Edward  Snowden  Russia  foreignaffairs  diplomacy 
june 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Snowden 'arrives at Moscow airport from Hong Kong'
Russian state news agency RIA Novosti said a car from the Ecuadorean embassy in Moscow, bearing a national flag, was seen at the airport just as the plane arrived. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London after being granted asylum last year. Wikileaks has issued a statement saying that it has helped to find Mr Snowden "political asylum in a democratic country". --- On Saturday, the White House contacted Hong Kong to try to arrange his extradition. But the territory's administration, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the documents submitted by Washington did not "fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law".
Cuba  Hong  Kong  Wikileaks  Ecuador  julianassange  UK  foreignaffairs  PRISM  surveillance  state  USA  barackobama  Venezuela  Edward  Snowden  Russia  Whisteblower  Julian  Assange  presidency  China 
june 2013 by asterisk2a
Whistleblower Snowden wirft NSA Hacker-Angriffe auf China vor - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Weltweit gab es laut Snowden mehr als 61.000 Cyber-Attacken durch den amerikanischen Geheimdienst. Viele der Angriffe hätten auf Server abgezielt, von denen dann Daten einzelner Rechner abgefischt worden seien. Snowden erklärte, er habe "die Scheinheiligkeit der US-Regierung" entlarven wollen, die entgegen ihrer Behauptungen auch zivile Infrastruktur überwachen würde. Das große persönliche Risiko habe er auf sich genommen, um der Weltöffentlichkeit zu helfen, "egal ob diese Öffentlichkeit amerikanisch, europäisch oder asiatisch ist". Um dieses Geheimnis zu schützen, schrecke die US-Regierung auch nicht vor Einschüchterungen zurück. Snowden behauptete, Washington habe auch auf Hongkong diplomatischen Druck ausgeübt, um seine Auslieferung herbeizuführen.
NSA  cyberwar  domestic  affairs  cyberespionage  foreign  policy  foreignaffairs  PRISM  cybersecurity  USA  barackobama  Edward  Snowden  cyberattack  China  presidency 
june 2013 by asterisk2a
Auswärtiges Amt ändert Reisehinweise für Russland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Außenminister Guido Westerwelle sei über die Entwicklung "sehr besorgt", hieß es in der Mitteilung des Auswärtigen Amtes. "Die bewusste Stigmatisierung und Strafandrohung gegenüber gleichgeschlechtlichen Beziehungen darf in einer modernen und dem Anspruch nach demokratischen Gesellschaft keinen Platz haben", so Westerwelle. In diesem Zusammenhang änderte das Auswärtige Amt auf Veranlassung des Ministers den Text seiner Reisehinweise für Russland. Die Rechtslage und mögliche Strafen werden nun explizit erwähnt. Konkret schreibt das Amt (Auszug): "Durch das Gesetz drohen auch Ausländern bei Weitergabe von Informationen, öffentlicher Demonstration und Unterstützung von Homosexualität Geldstrafen in Höhe von bis zu 100.000 Rubel (rund 2300 Euro), bis zu 15 Tage Haft und die Ausweisung aus der Russischen Föderation."
United  Arab  Emirates  human  rights  homophobic  Putin  Politics  society  domestic  affairs  Religion  Dubai  Homophobia  foreignaffairs  LGBTQ  UAE  Abu  Dhabi  Russia  culture  LGBT 
june 2013 by asterisk2a
Lieferung von Raketensystem: Russland soll Assads Flugabwehr stärken - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Moskau plant offenbar den Verkauf eines modernen Luftabwehrsystems an das Regime in Syrien. Mit der S-300-Anlage könnten die Assad-Soldaten auch eine westliche Luftintervention effektiv kontern. Wann die Raketen geliefert werden sollen, ist noch offen.
Syria  foreign  policy  Russia  foreignaffairs 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Ein Jahr Putin: Die Rückkehr des Rudelführers - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Er lässt die Opposition drangsalieren, sperrt Kritiker weg und legt sich mit den USA an: In den vergangenen zwölf Monaten seiner dritten Amtszeit hat Putin das Land mit Härte regiert - und gleichzeitig wichtige Reformen verschleppt. Sein Kurs schürt Sorgen im Ausland und beim russischen Bürgertum.
vladimirputin  Putin  Politics  domestic  affairs  foreign  policy  Russia  foreignaffairs 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
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