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International Developments

? A pretext for arming Syrian rebels.

? “Arab Islamist rebels, Kurds clash in northern Syria”.

? The US-Taliban peace meeting has been cancelled.

? In its hurry to depart Afghanistan, the US will leave  $7bn worth of equipment, including “170 million pounds . . . of vehicles and other” stuff they’ve destroyed.

? He took office just two weeks ago, and now the Palestinian prime minister has resigned.

? “Somalia’s al-Shabab militants in ‘deadly feud'”.

? Major UK Supreme Court rulings:  1) “families of British soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the U.K. government for negligence” under certain circumstances; and 2) the government should not have “imposed sanctions on the Iranian private bank over alleged links to Tehran’s nuclear programme.”

? “Wikileaks Says It Is Working to Negotiate Asylum in Iceland for Snowden.”

International Finance

? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is “deeply concerned” about the secrecy surrounding the TransPacific Partnership, so voted “No” on the confirmation of Michael Froman as US Trade Representative.  She was joined by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Carl Levin (D-MI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

? “600 corporate advisors have access to [the TransPacific Partnership draft agreement] text, while the public, Members of Congress, journalists and civil society are excluded.  A rundown of six major areas in which we’ll be affected.

Money Matters USA

? “Thirty years ago, the old deal that held US society together started to unwind, with social cohesion sacrificed to greed.  Was it an inevitable process–or . . . engineered by self-interested elites?”

? “How Republicans Made America A Top Poverty Creator”.

? CISCO has $50bn in profits offshore and can’t bring the money back to the US, according to its CEO, because “The U.S. tax system is broken” which means he’d have to pay taxes on that $50bn.

After Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about “easing back on  . . the stimulus later in the year,” heebie-jeebies ensued. Yves Smith: “Bernanke Kills Fed Credibility and the Confidence Fairy in One Shot”.

Surveillance Planet

? Glenzilla has published “the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant:  Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communication.”

? “[T]he Bush-Cheney administration began [domestic] surveillance at least 7 months prior to 9/11″, bypassing the FISA court.  AT&T, Verizon and Bellsouth, apparently, agreed to participate. [cont’d.]

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

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