AMERICA DEFINES ITSELF BY MAKING RUSSIA ITS “OTHER” – INTERVIEW

August 29, 2013

From Russia Direct interview with Russian historian Victoria Zhuravleva:

RD:  As you write in your book, the U.S. tried to find its national identity and later to overcome its national identity crisis by opposing itself to the “Other” (Russia) and coming up with simplistic stereotypes. What is going on with the U.S. now in this respect? …

V.Z.: I don’t think that it is an identity crisis; it’s rather a long-term trend in Russian-American relations and the American perception of Russia. It fits with the U.S. concept of its messianic role in the world and to the ancient liberal-universalist myth about Russia. Among ideas of this myth are two: that Americans are responsible for the process of reforming Russia and that the Russian people are waiting for help from overseas (the romantic Russian “Other”). … (link below)

http://russia-direct.org/content/how-myths-about-russia-embrace-us-identity

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FACEBOOK: GOVERNMENTS DEMANDED INFO ON POLITICAL ACTIVISTS & PROTESTERS

August 27, 2013

Report: “Classified documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper recently revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) paid millions of dollars to keep tech companies – including Facebook – cooperating with the US government. US federal law allows the government to demand Facebook data without a warrant, and companies must fight such requests in secret court hearings if they deny them. Facebook provided user data in response to about 60 percent of such requests, AP reports. And out of all US government information requests, the social networking service released some data [from] about 79 percent of the user accounts in question…” (Link to report below)

http://rt.com/usa/facebook-government-demand-information-066/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

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‘I WON’T BE KEPT OUT OF MY COUNTRY FOR DOING JOURNALISM’ – GREENWALD

August 27, 2013

From Truthout interview with Glenn Greenwald, journalist who writes details of Edward Snowden’s NSA whistleblower leaks — 

“What is Glenn Greenwald’s prediction on the historic legacy of all this?

“GG: …I think it will be seen as the moment that the United States showed its true face to the world in terms of attacks on journalism and their desire to punish anyone who brings transparency…” (Link to Truthout interview below)

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18402-i-wont-be-kept-out-of-my-country-for-doing-journalism-exclusive-glenn-greenwald-truthout-interview

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BRITISH ACTOR CUMBERBATCH (SHERLOCK) PROTESTS ATTACK ON CIVIL LIBERTIES

August 25, 2013

One of Benedict Cumberbatch messages to the British government – “Schedule 7 Prior – is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror…..?” — over the use of anti-terror laws to shut down freedom of the press – (link below to Upworthy story) …

http://www.upworthy.com/we-love-this-british-actor-we-love-him-even-more-after-he-held-up-these-bits-of-paper-2?c=ufb1

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GUARDIAN DESTROYS ITS OFFICE’S SNOWDEN FILES IN SYMBOLIC MOVE

August 21, 2013

The Guardian’s symbolic destruction of Snowden files after British government threats against the newspaper — (link below)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/nsa-snowden-files-drives-destroyed-london

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‘A FAILED ATTEMPT AT INTIMIDATION’ — GLENN GREENWALD

August 20, 2013

From Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian — 

At 6:30 am this morning my time – 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US – I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a “security official at Heathrow airport.” He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been “detained” at the London airport “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.”

David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on the NSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning on British Airways, flying first to London and then on to Rio. When he arrived in London this morning, he was detained… This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. … (link follows)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsa

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EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK; NUMBERS OF CHURCHES SET ABLAZE – REPORT

August 19, 2013

From report: “…Nearly 40 churches across Egypt were looted and set ablaze, while 23 others were severely damaged in attacks over the last several days. It remains unclear who is behind the attacks, with both the Muslims Brotherhood and extremists being blamed … Christians account for only 10 percent of Egypt’s 90-million strong population. Attacks on Copts dramatically increased following the Arab Spring uprising almost three years ago, which brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power….” (link below)

http://rt.com/news/egypt-christian-churches-muslim-662/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

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