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International Developments

? “A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs . . . in cities across Iraq killed at least 32 and wounded dozens”.

? Syria top item at the G8 meetings.  US President Obama and Russian President Putin appeared ‘tense’ after their two-hour meeting.

? “Russia . . .  will not permit no-fly zones . . . over Syria”.

? “Pew Poll: 70 Percent [of US adults] Oppose Providing Arms To Syrian Rebels.”

? Boris Johnson, London mayor: “Don’t arm the Syria maniacs.”

? Outgoing Iranian President “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad summoned to criminal court.”

? Turkey’s “Public Workers’ Unions . . . and . . . Progressive Trade Unions . . . are demanding an end to ‘police violence'” and  called for a one-day strike.  Update:  “Turkish government says it may use army to end protests.”

International Finance

? “Greek court suspends ERT [state] broadcaster closure.”

? “The IOR [Institute for Religious Works, or Vatican Bank for short] is currently seeking recognition from the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering committee . . . that it is fully compliant with international standards on combating money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist financing”, which it hasn’t been for some time.

? “Plans for an ambitious transatlantic trade deal have been launched by the European Union and the United States.”

? “Chevron . . . has a new tool to dismantle a $19 billion judgment it faces in Ecuador”.  Ecuador accuses Chevon’s  predecessor, Texaco, of oil contamination in Lago Agrio.  Chevron blames Ecuador’s Petroecuador.

Money Matters USA

? “[O]wners of 7-Eleven franchises in New York and Virginia created a ‘modern day plantation system’ in which undocumented workers were furnished with stolen identities and forced to work 100 hours a week for a fraction of their wages”.

Surveillance Planet 

? Turkey, South Africa and Russia are po’d about UK spying during the 2009 G20 summit in London.

? 40% of Britons polled said whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero;  45% said he “should be reprimanded”.

? A “trio of former National Security Agency whistle-blowers” say “Edward Snowden succeeded where they failed.”  Video.

? James Clapper’s office said that it “is incorrect” to say that “a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization”, as Edward Snowden claimed.  Update: Snowden addressed that issue  earlier today.

? Emptywheel digs in on CNET’s reporting that NSA “has acknowledged . . . that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls”, and on James Clapper’s assertion that “NSA doesn’t wittingly ‘collect’ data” on millions of us.

? While the government snoops on us, some in the government “have used alternative [secret] e-mail accounts . . . to conduct federal business” so we can’t know what they’re doing.

? How Uncle Sugar dispenses goodies to contractors such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Much $ data, including the amount returned in the form of “lobbying” the Congress which bestowed so much.

? “Apple Inc., said it received 4,000 to 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. officials during the six months ending in May”.

? “‘Quit Google, Facebook’ suggests tech expert as surveillance scandal deepens.”

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.