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Obama administration spied on German media, government – CNNPolitics.com

On Thursday, the German government’s intelligence coordinator, Günter Heiss, testified before a parliamentary investigative committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, focused on the activities of the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying on Germany and the knowledge and/or role of German intelligence, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND.That the NSA was spying in German officials is not […]

Fine Gael stance on Neutrality ‘bizarre’ – Lynn Boylan MEP | Sinn Féin

“The report recommends possible mobilisation of European naval and airspace assets to the Black Sea and calls on NATO to continue to develop its cyber and missile defence capabilities. It also urges the Commission to support the Member states to increase their defence budget to 2%. “Fine Gael abstained from voting on many amendments concerning […]

▶ WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents – YouTube

“The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.” Remember NATFTA? […]

Norway must be prepared for possible terrorist attacks: intelligence service – Xinhua | English.news.cn

The experience those foreign fighters gained from their war lowers the threshold for violence when they returned home, the PST chief said, adding that their peers who do not travel could also pose a threat. The PST still considers extremism as the biggest threat to Norway and the country must be prepared for possible terrorist […]

Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker who punched female MP acquitted | GlobalPost

The neo-Nazi activist had first thrown a glass of water at a lawmaker from the radical left Syriza party who was also participating in the debate. When Kanelli, who had been sitting next to him got up to protest, he turned towards her, slapped her twice and then threw a punch before leaving the studio. […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

As Germany Stands Firm Against Attempts to Scale Back Austerity in Greece, What’s Next for Syriza? – In These Times

Since winning the country’s election on January 25, Syriza has been on shaky footing. First, they inherited a country running out of money, a bailout agreement on the brink of expiring and a humanitarian crisis. They won largely by campaigning against all of the above. Second, they needed to form a coalition in order to […]

I was radicalised by a neo-Nazi group. It could just have easily been Isis | James Fry | Comment is free | The Guardian

The confusion that had been my constant companion, now viewed through this extremist lens, had suddenly become both figuratively and literally black and white. No longer was I to blame for anything. I didn’t need to look at my part in my own downward spiral, as teachers, family members and police kept telling me. All […]

FOCUS | French Government’s Response to Paris Shooting Echoes U.S. Response to 9/11

The French lawmaker’s lone stance was reminiscent of U.S. senator Russ Feingold’s solitary vote against the Patriot Act, accompanied by his prescient warning about how the act would allow the government to “compel the disclosure of the personal records of anyone.” Following the Paris murders, there has been discussion in France about creating its own […]

Nederlandse luchtaanval op rebellen Mali | Buitenland | de Volkskrant

In een verklaring benadrukt Minusma dat er eerst waarschuwingsschoten zijn gelost in de richting van het voertuig van waaruit de beschieting op de blauwhelmen werd geleid. Toen daar niet op werd gereageerd en de beschietingen doorgingen, maakten de gevechtshelikopters het voertuig onschadelijk. Minusma betreurt dat er niet werd gereageerd op de waarschuwingsschoten en dat gevechten […]

I CARE – – French caricaturists target German Pegida marchers

12/1/2015- “We refuse to let Pegida profit from the memory of our colleagues”, a spokesman for the cartoonists told DPA. Organizers of the Pegida marches – an acronym for “Patri-otic Europeans against the Islamization of the West” – have leapt onto the Paris attacks as a chance to boost their numbers. They called on participants […]

Swiss Government forced to reveal destinations, cost of surveillance exports | Privacy International

The decision by the Federal Information and Data Protection Commissioner comes on the heels of consistent pressure from Privacy International, Swiss journalists, and several Members of Parliament on policymakers, government officials, and companies in Switzerland over the past year and a half. The commissioner’s decision was the result of a FOI challenge filed against the […]

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