International Developments

? Danger x 2?  “Saudi Arabia regards the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria’s civil war war as dangerous”, and  thinks other countries should get involved by offering the rebels military aid, too.

? “The U.S. military is quietly deploying more than 400 U.S. soldiers trained in riot control to Egypt”, part of a “peace keeping” effort concerning Israel.  Last Friday we learned 700 US troops remain in Jordan.

? The Taliban has “attacked security forces near the presidential palace in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul.” Update:  They attacked CIA headquarters.

? The Council of Europe has accused Russian authorities of a cover-up in the death of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky who “died in a Moscow prison after he was arrested while trying to expose tax fraud”.

International Finance

? Citibank is banking on making a gazillion bucks in oil-rich Iraq by 2050.

Money Matters USA

? OUR Walmart activists appeared at Yahoo! headquarters yesterday to protest the firing of 11 Walmart workers who were on strike.  Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, is on Walmart’s board.  Five protesters were arrested.

? “The national UPS Freight Contract has been overwhelmingly rejected by rank and file Teamsters” since it sets up a two-tier arrangement resulting in some drivers having “nonunion wages and conditions”.

? Consumer confidence jumped from 74.3 in May to 81.4 in June, indicating more optimism “about the economy than . . . since the Great Recession”.

? Penny Pritzker to Commerce.

Surveillance Planet

? “Germany blasts Britain over GCHQ’s secret cable trawl.”

? “Putin says Snowden at Russian airport, signals no extradition”, though he did say Snowden “was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible.”

? “Anger at U.S. complicates efforts to capture Snowden.”  “China, Russia and Ecuador all have extended him assistance in what analysts say is a rare chance for payback over unwelcome U.S. policies.”

? What pay-back might Ecuador expect?  The US “could decrease the size of the embassy staff, maybe cancel educational and cultural stuff,” and that’s about it.

? “It’s pretty astonishing that our government can figure out a way to vacuum up our every phone call, email and text message, but can’t get its hands on Snowden”.  John Oliver underscores that point.

? John Kerry, US Secretary of State, on the dangers that Edward Snowden may have caused.

? “The NSA Has No Idea How Much Secret Data Edward Snowden Took, And That Has Them Very Worried.”

? Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) wrote the National Security Agency, accusing it “of publicly presenting ‘inaccurate’ information about the privacy protections on its surveillance on millions of internet communications.”  They can’t “publicly identify the allegedly misleading” info, though, since that’s officially  secret.  Emptywheel has more. [cont’d.]

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Dan Wright

Dan Wright

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