Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega have offered National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. The immediate reaction will be that they are left-wing anti-American countries. This offer disrespects an extradition treaty that the United States has with Venezuela or Nicaragua.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 6, 2013 10:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 5, 2013 10:00 am|
The Austrian daily newspaper, Die Presse, has reported that the United States ambassador to Austria was responsible for making false claims that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane.
|By: EdwardTeller Wednesday July 3, 2013 2:30 pm|
As Bolivian President Evo Morales sits marooned in a Vienna airport on the dawn of July 3rd, 2013, having possibly avoided aerial interception over the Atlantic Ocean by U.S. fighters or missiles, it might be fitting to think about the fate of Iran Ar Flight 655, 25 years ago today (emphases added):
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 3, 2013 11:15 am|
“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution,” under Article 14 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however, that does not apply to individuals who have committed “non-political crimes” or “acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is desperately working to find some country in the world that will grant him asylum. In an airport in Moscow now for over a week, multiple countries have responded to requests but no country has agreed to grant him asylum.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 3, 2013 7:35 am|
Despite promises from the White House that there would be no tampering with flights over Edward Snowden, calls from the Obama Administration led to a flight by Bolivian President Evo Morales being grounded over fears that Edward Snowden was aboard his plane.
|By: Phoenix Woman Sunday March 25, 2012 11:30 am|
One of the interesting things about the widespread depression of the last five years is that it’s hit different places with varying effects. One of the other interesting things is that the places that are doing the best are the ones whose people have told the austerity jackals to bugger off. Yet another of the interesting things is that the establishment media outlets in the US aren’t exactly eager to tell you about these places.
|By: SouthernDragon Thursday December 15, 2011 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews on current topics that may, or may not, be of interest.
|By: emptywheel Sunday June 6, 2010 1:15 pm|
The UN has vague concerns and John Bellinger, former Legal Adviser to the United States Secretary of State during the Bush administration, very specific ones about the way in which we’re using cover of a war on terrorism (which has, after all, been renamed a war against violent extremism, with no specificity to al Qaeda or terrorism) to target people we’ve got no legal basis targeting.