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TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister

“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

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Comments of the Week: On the Meaning of Brexit

A roundup of standout reader contributions to stories about the stunning U.K. power move, as well as observations on Hillary Clinton’s potential VP picks and the sit-in on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Help Terrorists Achieve Their Aims

Recoiling from last week’s carnage in Brussels, Americans may be attracted to the “tough” posturing of Trump and Cruz. Yet we know that the leaders of Islamic State welcome such signs of panic.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Belgian X-Ray

Sudden, horrific events in the middle of a presidential campaign provide an X-ray of the instincts and thinking of the candidates. We can see what their priorities are, and pick up clues about their character.

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What Would Effective Counterterrorism Look Like After Brussels? (Video)

The various nostrums proposed by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to counter Islamic State terrorism in Europe and North America (armed police patrols of putative “Muslim neighborhoods,” a Muslim exclusion act, etc.) are of course complete nonstarters.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The West Responds to the Attacks in Brussels; Obama Visits Cuba

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer calls for “old-fashioned” police work in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 31.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Takes Center Stage in New Islamic State Propaganda Video

The terrorist group is using images of the GOP front-runner apparently because of his rhetoric of violence and his inflammatory statements about Muslims.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



Corporate-Dominated Media Highlight Western Victims, Ignore Western Violence, Glenn Greenwald Says

It’s “unjustifiable” and “propagandistic” that coverage of horrifying terror attacks is accorded to Western victims of violence “but almost never to the non-Western victims of the West’s own violence,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Horror Persists, From Brussels to Cuba — Guantanamo, Cuba, That Is

The horror in Brussels is unforgivable. Few can deny, though, that some of the worst policies of the U.S. and its allies serve as recruitment tools for Islamic State and other groups. We need a uniform standard of justice.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: It’s Mountain Time for Presidential Candidates on ‘Western Tuesday’

The news of terrorist attacks in Brussels cast a pall over the presidential primaries and caucuses held Tuesday in Utah, Arizona and Idaho. Update: Clinton and Trump may have taken Arizona, but rivals Cruz and Sanders had major wins in Utah as the latter also took Idaho.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Anti-Muslim Backlash Against Brussels Killings Begins

After terrorists take dozens of lives in the Belgian capital, Donald Trump talks torture, Ted Cruz calls for a crackdown on Muslim neighborhoods and social media is flooded with condemnation of Islam. The group that has claimed responsibility for the massacre, Islamic State, warns of worse to come.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Paris Terror Attack Suspect Is Shot and Captured in Belgium

Salah Abdeslam, one of the most wanted men in the world, had evaded capture for four months as he slipped through the fingers of authorities on several occasions. Now the alleged mastermind of the November massacre of 130 faces extradition to France.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



How One Teenage Girl Was Almost Lured Into Joining Islamic State

Maysa, a teenager from Brussels, smoked, listened to music and was a “ray of sunshine” at school. And some friendly militants almost led her into the clutches of a belligerent cult.

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Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Will Europe Address the Muslims of Its ‘Marginalized Ghettos’?

As authorities search a locked-down Brussels for suspects in this month’s Paris attacks, Belgian-born Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, talks about the pockets of European cities where many migrants live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Brussels Maintains State of Emergency as European Crackdown Grows

Officials tighten security measures in former border-free zone amid terror warnings.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Tsipras Pushes Greeks to Take Bailout Deal

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday continued the diplomatic high-wire act that his country’s economic crisis has obliged him to attempt by working hard to persuade members of the Greek Parliament and the general population to accept the bailout package he was just offered in Brussels.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



EU Bailout Terms Are Designed to Force Syriza From Power

The aim of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU powers in the Greek debt crisis is “apparently to humiliate Tsipras and his government in preparation for its early replacement with a more pliable administration,” writes Seamus Milne, associate editor of The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Two Killed in Belgian Raids Reportedly Were Part of Plot to Massacre Police

A major scheme to kill police officers was foiled in the nick of time, prosecutors said, after counterterrorism raids led to the arrest of 15 suspects in Belgium and France.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



Nationalist Will Creeps Into European Parliaments

The far right took election victories in France, Denmark and Austria among continentwide contests Sunday that produced a record number of parliamentary members who are unfavorable toward the European Union.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Hollande Urges Germany to Reconsider Crisis Response

On the eve of a eurozone summit that will consider a unified continental budget, French President Francois Hollande said that his half of the Paris-Berlin crisis team will insist on an easing of German leader Angela Merkel’s hard push for “austerity and the surrender of national powers to tighten fiscal discipline,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Saving the Euro Might Mean a United States of Europe

European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU’s fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Is Europe Making a Comeback?

Once again, European leaders convened for a eurozone pep rally on Tuesday, meeting up in Brussels to see if their economic resuscitation efforts in recent months are paying off and if Greece will stop hogging all the attention anytime soon.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany Dominates Europe Once Again

Germany, as we all know, is a problem—especially a disproportionately powerful and united Germany. (Update)

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


The Top 8 Badass Protesters Caught on Film

There’s the “Dairy Rioter” and “Flaming Scarf Guy,” and wait till you see the video of the man who earned Cracked.com’s nod as the list-topper for its rundown of “The 8 Most Ridiculously Badass Protesters Ever Photographed.” Check out the footage and get inspired.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Lobbying For Privacy 2.0

If a movie written about Facebook by Aaron Sorkin wasn’t enough, the fast-growing social networking site is in the midst of hiring lobbyists in both Washington and Brussels to push for easing privacy regulations, no matter how well-meaning those restrictions may be, “that would keep people from the beneficial sharing of information.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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EU Leaders Balk at Bush’s New Flight Plan

The skies won’t seem so friendly to Europeans looking to travel to the U.S. soon if President Bush’s list of new security demands is implemented despite the resistance and outrage it has sparked among EU officials, whose countrymen will encounter additional headaches if their leaders don’t get with Bush’s program.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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