The Associated Press reports the CIA has decided to restrict “spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States.” The revelations on top secret NSA surveillance from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have also played a role in the CIA’s decision.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 19, 2014 4:59 pm|
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 9, 2014 11:12 am|
Though Google may have US officials on the end of a string it is facing serious pushback in Europe. Calls for the search monopoly to be broken up and more heavily regulated have been voiced from high government officials as the company that once claimed the motto of “don’t be evil” is seen as a creeping threat to civil liberties and an open market for competition.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday August 4, 2014 7:56 am|
Nearly unique among nations, the U.S. broadly imposes extraterritoriality– in the case, the enforcement of U.S. laws in other, sovereign nations.
|By: DSWright Monday June 23, 2014 2:57 pm|
Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Foreign Minister, in an unguarded, candid, and theoretically private conversation revealed he thinks the Polish-American alliance is “bullshit.” A secret recording of Minister Sikorski talking to Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski reportedly contains audio of Sikorski saying “The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It’s bullshit.”
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday June 10, 2014 6:45 am|
Four major pipelines pass through Ukraine transferring gas from Russia’s Great North to the European market. At the crossroads of the pipelines, Ukraine has benefitted from cheap, plentiful Russian gas that has helped fuel the prosperous industrial provinces of ethnic Russian east Ukraine.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:30 am|
I guess being affiliated with the kind of politics that led to the two biggest wars in history and mass genocide only takes a few generations to have the stench fade away.
|By: danps Friday May 23, 2014 1:56 pm|
One of the more memorable turns of phrase I’ve heard in the past few years came during the effort to unionize an Ikea plant in Virginia. In the same way that Mexico became an attractive location for American capitalists because of lower wages and less stringent environmental standards, some European employers began finding America more to their liking.
|By: Peterr Saturday November 16, 2013 9:13 am|
Last June, President Obama was blunt at a press conference in Berlin: “We do not use Germany as a launching point for unmanned drones to go after, as a part of our anti-terrorism activities.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) and Norddeutsche Rundfunk (North German Radio, which despite the name, is also a television operation) have teamed up to look into this claim, and they beg to differ. A lot.
They ask a lot of tough questions, and turn the cameras on the spies themselves.
|By: Robert Kuttner Sunday August 18, 2013 1:59 pm|
By now, it’s been thoroughly proven by events that austerity policies backfire. Cut public spending in a deep downturn, and you only worsen the slump. Europe is the more extreme version of the proof, but even the United States, which is technically out of recession, faces a needlessly slow recovery. We’ve reduced deficits by slashing spending, raising taxes, and making sequester deals, but the supposed reward in the form of restored business confidence never arrives. Austerity, as Mark Blyth writes, neither restores growth not reduces the debt ratio, because slow growth (and in some cases negative growth) makes the debt loom that much larger.