Polish Security Services Raid Magazine Offices After Publication Of Secret Recording Transcripts

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 1:59 pm

So much for press freedom. After Polish weekly magazine Wprost published transcripts from a secretly recorded conversation by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski their office was raided by Polish security forces looking for the recordings. A prosecutor along with armed state security agents raided Wprost’s offices and seized records. According to the editor of the magazine “physical force” was used in an attempt to seize his laptop.


Israel’s ‘Trigger Happy’ Ways

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 6:00 pm

From Alex Kane at Mondoweiss:
“The immediate cause of the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, which featured rockets and mortars fired into Israel and air attacks on the coastal enclave, occurred over the last two days. But the roots of the latest fighting are Israeli violations of the November 2012 truce between Hamas and Israel, and the years-long blockade and occupation crippling the Gaza Strip.”

In David Miranda’s Case, UK Security Services Argue Traveling With Secret Documents Is ‘Terrorism’

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 10:30 am

Security services in the United Kingdom have accused David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, of being “involved in espionage activity” when he traveled from Berlin to Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil, where he lives with Greenwald.

British Prime Minister Endorses Parliamentary Investigation into Guardian for Publishing Snowden’s Leaks

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 11:34 am

During prime minister’s questions, a half-hour period where the British prime minister takes questions from members of the House of Commons, David Cameron escalated the British government’s attacks on press freedom in the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures.

MENA Mashup: Putin, Rohani, Syria, and Turkey

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 8:00 pm

I always hate to see a good man forced to eat crow.

Death Toll Continues to Climb in Algeria

By: Monday January 21, 2013 6:47 am

In what may be a case study on how not to handle a hostage crisis, the death toll from the Algerian government’s raid on the BP natural gas plant has risen.

News Roundup from September 3, 2012

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster rounds up news articles from all over, including links to stories about VP Biden, Nancy Pelosi, no water bottles in, poor people, Wisconsin jobless, war on women, Secret Service U-haul, are you better off?, Romney’s deferments, Apple vs consumers, state tax revenues, Greece out of Euro, David Cameron, George Osborn is Paul Ryan, Kruds vs Turks, Syria, Egypt vs women, and much more.

Apologizing for America, and Why

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s fitting, really, that Mitt Romney’s first significant experience in the Old World involved riding a bicycle, since his latest seems to require a helmet, with or without the bike. One thing we do know is that a gangly, draft-dodging 20-year old yammering about Golden Tablets and whatnot is considerably less newsworthy (and funny) than a presidential candidate (!) making an even bigger ass of himself, once the charm of youthful earnestness has long since been so utterly trampled under the stomping hooves of arrogant, plutocratic cluelessness. If he had any sense, Romney would try one of two things: A) Get his act together, or B) Make the trip onto a comedy tour, before it’s too late.

Ex-Barclays CEO Diamond Testifies Before Parliament in Libor Scandal

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 11:42 am

There’s a closely watched Parliamentary hearing with Bob Diamond, the former CEO of Barclays Bank who resigned after the scandal of bank employees rigging the benchmark Libor inter-bank lending rate. It’s been fairly explosive, as Diamond accused Paul Tucker, deputy governor of the Bank of England, of essentially encouraging Barclays to manipulate the Libor rates, to make their financial situation look less dire.

The Emerging LIBOR Scandal: Will Britain’s Reaction Put the US to Shame?

By: Monday July 2, 2012 1:30 pm

Along with Barclay’s Bank, sixteen other major financial institutions are implicated in the scandal. In the simplest terms, Barclays admitted to manipulating the inter-bank lending interest rates to cash in on derivatives and also mask weaknesses in its balance sheet. But the LIBOR (which stands for London Inter Bank Offered Rate) is used as a benchmark lending rate all over the world. Adjustable-rate mortgages were calculated using the LIBOR. The exposure on this could be enormous.

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