All in play in the New Great Game

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption
In room-size metal boxes ­secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.

US spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

Demand An Unconditional Pardon for Edward Snowden

Dear Congress: don’t sabotage our chance to end the cold war with Iran
The US has hardly been free of fault in its dealings with Iran. If Congress imposes more sanctions, it will be a step backward

All in play in the New Great Game
The big story of 2014 will be Iran. Of course, the big story of the early 21st century will never stop being US-China, but it’s in 2014 that we will know whether a comprehensive accord transcending the Iranian nuclear program is attainable; and in this case the myriad ramifications will affect all that’s in play in the New Great Game in Eurasia, including US-China.

‘Chance of a Century’: International Investors Flock to Tehran
Since the West reached a landmark deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program late last year, many Iranians are hoping for an end to sanctions. Western companies are also gearing up to do big business.

Al Qaeda militants seize areas of two Iraqi cities
Iraqi security forces and tribesmen on Thursday battled against militants linked to Al Qaeda who seized parts of two Sunni-majority cities after days of violence that erupted after a year-old protest camp was removed.

42 Killed, 69 Wounded in Iraq Bombings, Shootings

‘One in four US drone deaths in Pakistan are civilian’, report suggests

India has become a dystopia of extremes. But resistance is rising
Neoliberalism has failed the vast majority of India’s people. But the spirit that gave the nation independence is stirring

Chief of DR Congo troops fighting Ugandan rebels killed
The commander of Congolese government troops fighting Ugandan Islamist rebels in the restive east of country has been killed in an ambush, the government said.

Panama seeks international help in canal fight

Iraq slides toward civil war
Heavy fighting erupted Thursday between Iraqi government troops and Sunni militants who seized large parts of Fallujah and Ramadi, two cities in Iraq’s western Anbar province that were at the center of the armed resistance to the US occupation a decade ago.

Egypt Gone Bad
This past week the confrontation between Egypt’s ruling regime and the country’s Muslim Brotherhood intensified. In an act that should make anyone familiar with this ongoing struggle sit up and shake their head, the “military-backed government” in Cairo declared Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization.”

‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression
American Jews are expected by the Israeli government and by its American lobbying arms, such as AIPAC, to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but also any against criticism whether from abroad or within the American Jewish community.

Yuppie Prohibition League Denounces Pot Legalization
With all the other nonsense going on in this country, it’s amazing (but of course expected) that anyone with other things to do would find the time to denounce Colorado’s legal marijuana experiment.

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