What Was Edward Snowden Doing in India?

Foreign Policy, 13.1.2014.

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Nearly three years before he revealed himself as the source of leaked documents about NSA surveillance, Edward Snowden traveled to New Delhi, India. There, he spent six days taking courses in computer hacking and programming at a local professional school, according to school officials and people familiar with Snowden's trip.

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Why Putin’s Defense of “Traditional Values” Is Really a War on Freedom

Foreign Policy, 3.1.2014.

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The Center for Strategic Communications, a Kremlin-linked think tank, has bestowed a new title on Russian President Vladimir Putin: It's calling him "World Conservatism's New Leader." Putin, according to the report, is the most influential world figure resisting the global onslaught of multiculturalism, radical feminism, and homosexuality, all foisted upon an unsuspecting world by the "ideological populism of the left."

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The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

Robert M. Gates, The Wall Street Journal, 7.1.2014.

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All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout the executive branch.

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Progress towards meeting the economic criteria for EU accession: the EU Commission’s 2013 assessments

European Commission, Occasional Papers 166, December 2013

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In this Occasional Paper the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs brings together into a single document the economic chapters of the 2013 European Commission's Progress Reports, i.e. the Staff Working Documents for each candidate country and potential candidate for EU accession. The Commission prepared reports for the five candidate countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey as well as for the three potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. The European Commission adopted the Progress Reports on 16 October 2013.

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