Nelson Mandela ‘unresponsive’

Nelson Mandela ‘unresponsive and has not opened his eyes for days’ as family is said to be discussing whether to withdraw medical treatment

U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage in leaks about NSA surveillance programs
Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Iceland-Bound Jet for Edward Snowden ‘Could Take Off Tomorrow’
Businessman says he has a Chinese jet on standby in case Icelandic government green-lights asylum

Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Follow-Up
Clearly, there are two sides to this issue. But, in light of the questions that have been raised about Snowden’s conduct–and not just by Jeffrey but by other liberal writers who might have been expected to be supportive, such as Josh Marshall, of T.P.M., and Kevin Drum, of Mother Jones–it’s worth expanding upon a few points.

Skype’s secret Project Chess reportedly helped NSA access customers’ data
Scheme – set up before firm was purchased by Microsoft – allegedly eased access for US law enforcement agencies

Indefinite Surveillance: Say Hello to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014
Passed in 1978, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) set the groundwork for surveillance, collection, and analysis of intelligence gathered from foreign powers and agents of foreign powers, up to and including any individual residing within the U.S., who were suspected of involvement in potential terrorist activity.

Insider Threat: Obama Administration to Crack Down Further on Leakers
Govt Will Punish People Who Suspect Leaks But Don’t Turn Them In

Iceland: ‘informal talks’ about Snowden asylum

Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel … in private

Claire McCaskill: ‘Guardian has an agenda’
Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday called out The Guardian’s reporting on the NSA leaks and Edward Snowden, saying there’s “context that’s been missing” from the coverage.

WikiLeaks: Hastings Said He Was Being Investigated By FBI
Questions persist following the death of Michael Hastings Tuesday, after reports that the award-winning journalist told WikiLeaks the government was watching him.

Understanding the Prism leaks is understanding the rise of a new fascism
It is in popular culture that the fraudulent “ideal” of America as morally superior, a “leader of the free world”, has been most effective.

How the British set out to spy on the world wide web
Project Tempora – the evolution of a secret programme to capture vast amounts of web and phone data

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications
Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal

U.S. training Syrian rebels; White House ‘stepped up assistance’
CIA and U.S. military operatives have been secretly teaching Syrian rebels how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The White House refuses to confirm but says ‘substantial assistance’ is being provided.

US military presence in Jordan expands to 1,000 troops

Rebels demand arms, no-fly zone from ‘Friends of Syria’
Rebel fighters appealed on Thursday to the “Friends of Syria” group which is to meet this weekend to provide them with heavy weapons so they can protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.

In Syrian chemical weapons claim, criticism about lack of transparency
Despite months of laboratory testing and scrutiny by top U.S. scientists, the Obama administration’s case for arming Syria’s rebels rests on unverifiable claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, according to diplomats and experts.

Poll: Support for Intervening in Syria Falls From Really Low to Mind-Bogglingly Low

U.S. officials: Rowhani election shows Iran sanctions are working
U.S. officials hail election of moderate Hasan Rowhani to president as first tangible evidence American strategy is influencing Iran’s nuclear policy. (Notice: Cancel print to read article)

New Iran leader a ‘change in style, not of substance,’ Netanyahu says
Prime minister says Hasan Rowhani won’t change course on nukes; also calls for Israeli ports to be reformed, defends gas export decision

Palestinian Children Tortured, Used As Shields By Israel, UN Says
A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

The Harrowing Impact of America’s Deadly Drone War in Pakistan
A drone strike that killed 42 people is the focus of filmmaker Robert Greenwald’s new video on the American war in Pakistan.

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