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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 28, 2016 2-Year Panel on Benghazi Ends, Finding No New Fault by Clinton
QUOTE: the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. The 800-page report, however, included some new details about the night of the attacks, and the context in which it occurred, and it delivered a broad rebuke of government agencies like the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks...
New York Times Feb 28, 2015 Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov
QUOTE: About two weeks before he was shot and killed in the highest-profile political assassination in Russia in a decade, Boris Y. Nemtsov met with an old friend to discuss his latest research into what he said was dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin... he wanted to publish the research in a pamphlet to be called “Putin and the War,” about President Vladimir V. Putin and Russian involvement in the Ukraine conflict
New York Times Jul 11, 2014 Civilian Deaths in Gaza: Is Israel killing indiscriminately? A closer look at the evidence and context.
QUOTE: let’s focus on the narrower question of how to minimize civilian deaths, now and in future conflicts. How bad is this war compared to others? Are Israel’s attacks indiscriminate?
Slate May 31, 2014 In Ukraine War, Kremlin Leaves No Fingerprints
QUOTE: The Cold War-style standoff over Ukraine may have subsided for now. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has drawn his troops back from the border and has promised to work with Ukraine’s new government. But the shifting reality here in eastern Ukraine suggests the crisis has simply entered a new phase. In contrast to Crimea, which was seized by Russian troops in unmarked uniforms this spring, eastern Ukraine is evolving into a subtle game in which Russian freelancers shape events and the Kremlin plausibly denies involvement.
New York Times Sep 30, 2013 Snowden says his “sole intention” was to prompt national security debate: Whistleblower advocate reads statement on Snowden's behalf before EU committee.
QUOTE: “I thank the European Parliament and the LIBE [Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs] Committee for taking up the challenge of mass surveillance,” said Jesselyn Radack, who read the statement for Snowden.
Ars Technica Sep 26, 2013 Qatar World Cup construction 'will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead': Exclusive: International Trade Union Confederation claims about 12 labourers will die each week unless action is taken
QUOTE: Qatar's construction frenzy ahead of the 2022 World Cup is on course to cost the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers before a ball is kicked, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has claimed....The annual death toll among those working on building sites could rise to 600 a year – almost a dozen a week – unless the Doha government makes urgent reforms, it says.
Guardian Unlimited Sep 15, 2013 The Banality of Systemic Evil (THE STONE)
QUOTE: Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them. I would also argue that that moral principle has been clearly articulated, and it may just save us from a dystopian future. In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolph Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system....A good illustration of this phenomenon appears in “Moral Mazes,” a book by the sociologist Robert Jackall that explored the ethics of decision making within several corporate bureaucracies.
New York Times Mar 13, 2013 Death to Whistle-Blowers? (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Private Manning still faces trial on the most serious charges, including the potential capital offense of “aiding the enemy” — though the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty in this case, “only” a life sentence. If successful, the prosecution will establish a chilling precedent: national security leaks may subject the leakers to a capital prosecution or at least life imprisonment. Anyone who holds freedom of the press dear should shudder at the threat that the prosecution’s theory presents to journalists, their sources and the public that relies on them.
New York Times Feb 20, 2013 Trial Offers Rare Look at Work of Hezbollah in Europe
QUOTE: less than two weeks after he was taken into custody, a bomb blew up alongside a bus at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver — an attack similar to the one he seemed to be planning, experts say, and one that the Bulgarian authorities later tied to Hezbollah.....significance for the European Union, which has thus far resisted following Washington’s lead in declaring the group a terrorist organization.
New York Times Feb 23, 2012 World shouldn't stay silent in face of Syrian regime's brutality
QUOTE: The very fact that an indigenous internal struggle for democracy could emerge in one of the worst police states in the Arab world and be sustained for so long is both mind-boggling and inspiring. The heroic struggle in Syria today represents the best of the human spirit. It is fundamentally about the most basic political value we take for granted in the West, the right of a people to self-determination.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 11, 2011 Arms and the Corrupt Man
QUOTE: Governments protect corrupt and dangerous arms dealers as long as they need them and then throw them behind bars when they are no longer useful.
New York Times Sep 03, 2011 Turkey to challenge Gaza blockade at International Court of Justice: Turkish announcement appears to rebuff attempts by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon to end its row with Israel
QUOTE: Turkey is to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice....Ban said today that the two countries should accept the recommendations of a UN report that... Israel had used "excessive and unreasonable" force to stop the flotilla approaching Gaza, but that it was justified in maintaining a naval blockade on the Palestinian enclave.
Guardian Unlimited Jul 25, 2011 Question of Birth Becomes One of President’s Power
QUOTE: In 2002, [Congress] directed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents ask. President George W. Bush signed that bill...But Mr. Bush also said he would not obey it.
New York Times Jul 23, 2011 Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear
QUOTE: compared with countries like China and Russia...the ISI’s operations here are less extensive and less sophisticated... Even so, officials and scholars say the ISI campaign extends to issuing both tacit and overt threats against those who speak critically about the military.
New York Times Jul 18, 2011 Are some countries abusing Interpol?
QUOTE: Some of these nations are using Red Notices to pursue political opponents or economic targets, according to a five-month investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Because of the way Interpol is structured, there can be little recourse for those who are unjustly targeted.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 09, 2011 South Sudanese celebrate the birth of their nation
QUOTE: South Sudan's sovereignty officially breaks Africa's largest nation into two, the result of a January referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters. The referendum was part of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war pitting a government dominated by Arab Muslims in the north against black Christians and animists in the south.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 18, 2011 Is Omar Hassan al-Bashir Up to Genocide Again?
QUOTE: As is the case in most violent conflicts across the globe, civilians (men, women, children babies, elderly) suffer most grievously. This is particularly true in Sudan because of Bashir’s propensity for targeting an entire population of a region and not just those engaged in fighting his troops.
New York Times Jun 17, 2011 U.N. council passes gay rights resolution
QUOTE: In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 31, 2011 Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War
QUOTE: The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.
New York Times May 31, 2011 ‘Frozen Conflict’ Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Begins to Boil
QUOTE: Since the early 1990s, Azerbaijan has been trying to regain control of Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian enclave within its borders, and secure the return of ethnic Azeris who were forced from their homes by war. A cease-fire has held since 1994...
New York Times May 23, 2011 In Europe, Rifts Widen Over Greece
QUOTE: Fissures among Europe’s currency partners are becoming even deeper and more widespread than was previously evident, raising new doubts about whether the group can resolve the regional debt crisis that has simmered for more than a year.
New York Times May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan
QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.
New York Times Apr 28, 2011 U.S. Envoy Sees ‘Backsliding’ of Human Rights in China
QUOTE: United States was worried by “a serious backsliding” of freedoms in China and at loggerheads with Beijing officials over many aspects of the issue.
New York Times Apr 17, 2011 Victor Toro, Tortured in Chile, Fights Deportation
QUOTE: A well-known advocate for immigrants and the needy in New York, Mr. Toro has been in and out of immigration court for nearly four years, unsuccessfully battling a deportation order and trying to win asylum.
New York Times Feb 25, 2011 Huawei Calls on U.S. to Investigate Accusations
QUOTE: ...Huawei complained that its push into the United States had been undermined by false allegations and mistaken suspicions that the company had close ties with the Chinese government and the military and that the privately owned company did not respect intellectual property rights.
New York Times Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...
New York Times Jan 13, 2011 For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly
QUOTE: Hezbollah and its allies acted on longstanding threats Wednesday to bring down Lebanon’s national unity government in a dispute over a United Nations-backed tribunal, which is expected to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination of a former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.
New York Times Dec 23, 2010 U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations
QUOTE: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism...At the behest of a host of companies — from Kraft Food and Pepsi to some of the nation’s largest banks — a little-known office of the Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 licenses for deals...
New York Times Dec 14, 2010 To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules
QUOTE: Chinese companies acquire the latest Western technology by various means and then take advantage of government policies to become the world’s dominant, low-cost suppliers. It is a pattern that many economists say could be repeated in other fields, like high-speed trains and nuclear reactors, unless China changes the way it plays the technology development game — or is forced to by its global trading partners.
New York Times Dec 11, 2010 Climate Talks End With Modest Deal on Emissions
QUOTE: The package known as the Cancún Agreements gives the more than 190 countries participating in the conference another year to decide whether to extend the frayed Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement that requires most wealthy nations to trim their emissions while providing assistance to developing countries to pursue a cleaner energy future.
New York Times Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy
QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
New York Times Jun 24, 2010 Talks on reducing whale hunting break down
QUOTE: Three years of talks aimed at reducing whaling activity by Japan, Norway and Iceland broke down Wednesday, leaving management of the population of the world's largest animals essentially in the hands of whale hunters.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2010 To Save Africa, Reject Its Nations
QUOTE: Buttressed by the legality and impunity that international sovereignty conferred upon their actions, too many of Africa’s politicians and officials twisted the normal activities of a state beyond recognition, transforming mundane tasks like policing, lawmaking and taxation into weapons of extortion.
New York Times Jun 02, 2010 New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say
QUOTE: The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area....Since the botched raid that killed nine activists on Monday, the Israeli government has said that the blockade was necessary to protect Israel against the infiltration into Gaza of weapons and fighters sponsored by Iran.
New York Times May 27, 2010 South Korea’s Collective Shrug
QUOTE: Most people now accept North Korea’s responsibility for the sinking that killed Mr. Mun and 45 other sailors....[South Koreans'] urge to give the North Koreans the benefit of the doubt is in marked contrast to the public fury that erupted after the killings of two South Korean schoolgirls by an American military vehicle in 2002...
New York Times May 23, 2010 Korean Tensions Grow as South Curbs Trade to North
QUOTE: Tensions escalated sharply Monday on the Korean peninsula, as South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said that his nation would cut nearly all trade with North Korea, deny North Korean merchant ships use of South Korean sea lanes and ask the United Nations Security Council to punish the North for what he called the deliberate sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago.
New York Times May 16, 2010 Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture
QUOTE: Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal. The fighting continues until scores are settled and the combatants are exhausted. It's the mechanism of conflict resolution that's intriguing, in terms of U.S. strategy. Reconciliation begins with a process of repentance...
Washington Post Apr 30, 2010 The Bitter Pills in the Plan to Rescue Greece
QUOTE: Racing to secure financial aid and avoid a debt default, the Greek government has agreed to austerity measures totaling 24 billion euros (about $32 billion) that will include cutting some workers’ pay and some public sector jobs as well as opening up parts of the economy, Greek officials said Friday.
New York Times Apr 04, 2010 How to use Afghan culture to devise a political strategy -- and exit
QUOTE: a precept of military strategy to explain his mission: "The object of war is a fair peace." Lamb argues that the first hints of how this war will end can be seen in a loose and sometimes inchoate process of signaling that involves the various Afghan parties to the conflict, the neighboring countries such as Pakistan and the U.S.-led coalition.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2009 No Parade for Hans
QUOTE: The German men and women in Afghanistan set off for war without the support of the populace, and they know that when they return there won’t be crowds cheering in the streets, ready to make heroes of them. Germany has turned its back on hero worship. The soldiers fight alone.
New York Times Sep 20, 2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leaves Abused Workers in Shadows
QUOTE: A July 2008 Government Accountability Office report identified 42 cases of abuse by diplomats over an eight-year period but emphasized that the actual number was probably higher.
Washington Post Sep 02, 2009 Report Details Misbehavior by Kabul Embassy Guards
QUOTE: Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a "significant threat" to security at a time when the Taliban is intensifying attacks in the Afghan capital, according to an investigation
Washington Post Aug 21, 2009 In South Korea, Freed U.S. Journalists Come Under Harsh Criticism
QUOTE: in South Korea, human rights advocates, bloggers and Christian pastors are accusing them [the two freed U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, freed from North Korea] of needlessly endangering the very people they tried to cover: North Korean refugees and the activists who help them.
New York Times Aug 10, 2009 Refugees' plea to US forces in Iraq: protect us: Human rights lawyers say the US should intervene to safeguard the Iranians at Camp Ashraf, which was raided by Iraqi security forces July 28.
QUOTE: Human rights lawyers for a group of Iranian refugees living in Iraq who appear to have been brutally beaten by Iraqi security forces last month want the US military to intervene on their behalf.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 07, 2009 Corrupt Democracy in India
QUOTE: new reports documenting the pervasive abuses committed by the Indian police are providing firsthand evidence not only of warrantless arrests... but also the complicity of parties and political leaders who have turned police and paramilitary forces in a number of [Indian] states into bodyguard agencies and private armies.
Nation Jul 31, 2009 U.S. Criticized for Extraditing Minor Colombian Drug Suspects
QUOTE: A range of critics -- defense lawyers, analysts and even a former American ambassador who once strongly advocated extradition here -- are questioning a policy that they say has gone beyond targeting drug kingpins to scooping up players on the periphery of the narcotics trade
Washington Post Jul 31, 2009 As Iraq war ends, why isn't the US in on more business deals? Countries that opposed the American intervention now top the list of those probing economic opportunities in post-Hussein Iraq.
QUOTE: Iraq is signing billions of dollars in contracts with foreign firms to help rebuild the country, while private companies are forging partnerships with Iraqi businesses to provide the country with a lengthy backlog of needed goods. But Americans are largely absent from the bidding and the dealmaking, according to Iraqi officials.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 23, 2009 How to stay in charge: A special report on the Arab world
QUOTE: director of the Almishkat Centre for Research and Training in Cairo, Mr Fergany is no less furious with the Arab regimes, which he accuses of doing everything in their power to obstruct democracy and social justice. In most Arab countries, he says, the political order is oppressive and democracy a sham, a hollow system incapable of accommodating the vitality of the people.
Economist Jul 22, 2009 Rights Group Accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘Gross’ Abuses
QUOTE: The human rights group Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of using its campaign against terrorism as a facade for “a sustained assault on human rights...”
New York Times Jul 08, 2009 Treaty Conveys Little Power to Break Swiss Bank Secrecy
QUOTE: A new treaty touted as helping U.S. law enforcement crack Swiss bank secrecy may do little to help authorities achieve a prime objective: exposing tax evaders.
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