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The Roundup for August 19, 2013

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International Developments

? The US “was never keen on the Arab Spring because it was not (and is not) capable of accepting democratic government in nations with Islamic majorities.” Susan Rice, a “supine” media, refusal to call a coup a coup, etc.

? “Egyptian police fired tear gas Sunday in an attempt to free a guard from rioting detainees”.  36 killed.  Update: At least 24 “Egyptian police killed in Sinai ambush at Rafah”.

? Turkey and Qatar supported ex-President Morsi; Saudia Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait “have pledged billions of dollars in aid to the new Egyptian government”–dwarfing US aid. Update: Israel enters the mix, “working closer with Egyptian forces to fight militants in Sinai”.

? “More than 20,000 Syrian refugees cross into Iraq: U.N.”

? “Are American Drones Al Qaeda’s Strongest Weapon In Yemen?”

? Unknown numbers of Afghan children are being held in detention centers, have died in the conflict (including as suicide bombers), have been sexually abused, etc.  And yet, 8.3 million children, 40% girls, are attending school–an unprecedented number.

? “DR Congo unrest: Children freed from militia”.  82 children, “some as young as eight.”

? You’ll be shocked to learn the CIA was involved in the overthrow of the Iranian PM Mohammed Mosaddeq “after he sought to nationalize the Iranian oil industry.”

? “The Finnish minister for culture and sports. . . flew a rainbow flag” at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow.

International Finance

? Finally! Institutional Investors Roundtable “is part of a much broader push by the world’s biggest pension and sovereign wealth funds to reduce their reliance on the Wall Street firms that used to manage almost all their money.”

? Unreal.  “Obama Goes to Bat for Big Tobacco in TPP”.

? “The value of US fuel exports has grown faster than other goods and commodities”; President Obama intends to double that number by 2015.

Money Matters USA

? “[H]ow could the DOJ make zero criminal prosecutions of the elite banksters that caused this crisis”?  What the FBI recognized and warned about in 2004 became a reality in only a few years.

? Detroit bankruptcy: “Judge calls for submissions from those who oppose bankruptcy as he prepares to rule on whether city has proved it is insolvent.”

Surveillance Planet

? On the 9-hour detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow:  The Brazilian government expressed “grave concern”Freedom of the Press Foundation warns of  “Authoritarian Regime” techniques; Amnesty International notes terrorism laws can be used for “petty, vindictive reasons”; and Greenwald himself will now “Publish UK Secrets”.

? Demands for investigations of UK authorities’ detention of David Miranda.  97% of others questioned under Schedule 7 were detained for less than an hour; Miranda was detained for 8 hours and 58 minutes.

? “What the heck were British officials thinking when they detained David Miranda”?  Was this “an act of petty bureaucratic vengeance”?

? “Use of UK terror law to detain reporter’s partner ‘a disgrace’.”

? “Journalists are in legal danger . . . [since the] Obama Administration [thinks] the leaking of classified information to reporters is a problem properly addressed with the Espionage Act.”

? “NSA leaks ended the power of Obama officials to ration access.  No self-respecting journalist believes what they say.”

? The US says the “UK Made Decision To Detain Greenwald’s Partner ‘On Their Own.'” But, there’s this tweet: “Brits gave US the heads up on the Miranda detention”. And, finally, “US was given ‘heads up'” but did not request the detention.

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden “have produced panic in Washington” by “penetrating the machine’s deepest recesses”, placing “the state’s very authority” in jeopardy.

? Andrew Sullivan thanks British PM David Cameron for demonstrating “beyond any reasonable doubt that these anti-terror provisions are capable of rank abuse.”

? Recent WaPo roundup of “Government Spying on Americans” stories.

? How many database queries does the NSA undertake daily?  How many records are accessed by those queries?

? Senate Majority Leader Harry “Leader” Reid (D-NV):  thinks Snowden” is a traitor, and . . .  has hurt our country, and I hope someday he is brought to justice.”

? Are “The UK And US . . .  Preparing To Indict Journalist Glenn Greenwald Over Snowden Leaks”?

Politics USA

? “Top Republicans are increasingly concerned that their unpopularity and incompetence could soon cost them the House.”

? LA Republican Gov. “Bobby Jindal Is Still Very Unpopular”.

? Beleaguered Bob McDonnell, GOP governor of VA, and his wife have lawyers who will be engaged in “separate hours-long meetings trying to convince federal prosecutors” not to charge them with anything.

? Beleaguered Bob Filner (D), San Diego mayor, was not present when City Hall opened this am.

Guns and Drones

? At the recent Unmanned Aircraft Systems conference in DC, “DONTSAYDRONES” was plastered all over the place, as denial and obfuscation rock on.

? “Gabrielle Giffords Gun Control Super PAC Raises $6.5 Million”

? It’s now the law in IL that gun sales be “approved by state police.”

? Two men from the Carolinas busted for running guns to NYC; 17 others involved.

? “7,000 Gun-Loving ‘Patriots’ Living in an [sic] Walled Citadel Built Around an Arms Factory in Idaho–What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

The War on Women

? “More than 100 . . . rallied outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic after a trial date was set in its fight against a state law.”

? An OK judge has temporarily blocked a law requiring females under 17 to get a prescription for the “morning after” pill.

? Eeeeeek. Carly Fiorina as expert on abortion.

Planet Earth News

? Between 1776 and 2011, Youngstown, OH had no recorded earthquake.  Shale fracking commenced, and they experienced 109 earthquakes.

? Future flood losses “in major coastal cities . . . by 2050″.  US and China most vulnerable, with Miami, NYC, New Orleans, Tampa-St. Pete and Boston in danger.

? “Scores dead as floods and rainfall hit [north-eastern] China” while “The worst flooding in 120 years in Russia’s Far East”.  20,000 evacuated.

? Britain’s Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant “needs 90 years for decommissioning after 26 years in operation.”

? “Fossil fuel power plants to be shut down in Germany because they’re no longer competitive.”

Break Time

? Mykonos

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