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From the same people who brought you the "National Security Agency Spies on Foreigners" shocker, we now have the "Canada Is Secretly Devious" spectacle. Apparently it's a shock for some people -- namely, journalist Glenn Greenwald, the buddy of NSA contractor turned Russian defector Edward Snowden -- to discover how the world has always worked. I'm truly sorry (as we native Canadians tend to be), but color me unfazed and maybe even slightly miffed.
Over a year ago, I sent my fingerprints for a standard foreign background check to the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., along with a money order. Both promptly disappeared, never to be seen again. A personal survey of those around me suggested that this was standard operating procedure -- which is why I suspected that America wouldn't exactly implode if this kind of federal "service" level was formally kneecapped. Still, in shock there also lies opportunity.
Boy, was that ever painful, watching Russian President Vladimir Putin attempting to pry U.S. President Barack Obama's fingers off the Tomahawk missile trigger and convince him not to go ahead with an attack that Obama most likely didn't want to launch in the first place.
You're probably thinking that there are better things to watch than the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly -- like maybe something featuring narcissistic birdbrains or pretentious toddlers.
It's heartbreaking that America is mourning the victims of yet another horrific shooting massacre -- this time as the result of a former Navy reservist opening fire in the Washington Navy Yard complex, killing 13 people (including himself) and injuring several others.
As the world now mulls Russia's proposal for Syria to place its chemical arsenal under international control, what have we really learned so far?
It's like we're living in some kind of alternate universe where traditional paradigms have evaporated around the Syrian conflict.
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the reported chemical weapons attacks in Syria this week, it was like watching a bad Stanley Kubrick movie cross between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Spartacus." As in, "I, Spartacus, would like to claim full responsibility for the battles and woes in everyone's backyard."
President Obama has demonstrated leadership qualities ranging from poor to nonexistent. But is a president who lacks visible leadership qualities really such a bad thing? Or is he lazy like a fox?
There's a grade-school-level international game being played.
Major media outlets have featured him as representative of a new generation of "patriot hackers." He sent an old laptop to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., where it's now on display.
A cheat sheet that you can carry around during the summer cookout season to help you strike up conversations with friends about some topics worth worrying about.
Russian President Vladimir Putin cares a lot about what you think -- about NSA contractor-turned-defector and Russian asylum seeker Edward Snowden, and pretty much everything else -- to the point of spending $300 million of state funds last year on the external audiovisual service RT, designed primarily to spoonfeed the Kremlin worldview to a global audience.
Snowden is way out of his depth in this house of mirrors, and increasingly he has something in common with Putin's usual summer wardrobe: They're both at risk of getting doffed.
In January, Egyptian newspapers reported that the commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, had traveled to Cairo that month to meet with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's aides about setting up a spy service that would answer to Iran and circumvent the Egyptian military.
Either the representatives of these nations are experiencing amnesia, or they're straight-up hypocrites.
I'm sure the Russians are making Snowden comfortable during this little stopover, offering our reluctant hero a shoulder on which to cry and spill out all the secrets in his little heart.
When it comes to our country's enemies, Intelligence collection and law enforcement are not separate entities.There, the life of an average citizen can be deemed to be worth no more than the price of a bullet. Snowden's amateurism has just given these regimes more ammunition.
What's truly tiresome is this growing culture of conspiracy whereby everything that the government does is an evil plot against average Americans. Why are we always looking out for the imaginary Adolf Hitler whom conspiracy cranks believe is lurking in the soul of every elected authority?
To believe the media narrative, the "Arab Spring" has arrived in yet another Islamic nation -- Turkey this time -- snowballing at record speed from a single protest over the fate of trees under an urban-development plan. This simplistic explanation might have more merit if Turkey wasn't the staging ground for Western interests in Syria.
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