Obama panel recommends NSA overhaul

Deutsche Welle, 18.12.2013.

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A panel set up by US President Barack Obama to examine the vast surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has recommended an overhaul. It includes new criteria for surveillance of foreign leaders.

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Gas Politics After Ukraine

Foreign Affairs, 17.12.2013.

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In the wake of the European Union’s failure to conclude an association agreement with Ukraine, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is losing its touch in the former Soviet Union. It isn’t. This week, EU leaders signed a deal with Azerbaijan to build a pipeline for importing gas from Azerbaijan into Europe.

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NSA ruling fallout hits White House

Politico, 16.12.2013.

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In legal terms, a federal judge’s decision Monday questioning the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s massive call-tracking program seems almost certain to have no practical significance.

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Surveillance: Cozy or Chilling?

Noam Cohen, The New York Times, 14.12.2013.

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LAST year, two literal-minded Supreme Court justices were considering whether police officers needed a warrant before placing a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s S.U.V. when they ended up having a rather fanciful argument: What would the founding fathers make of a GPS device, anyway?

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The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War

Margaret MacMillan, Brookings, 14.12.2013.

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Earlier this year I was on holiday in Corsica and happened to wander into the church of a tiny hamlet in the hills where I found a memorial to the dead from World War I. Out of a population that can have been no more than 150, eight young men, bearing among them only three last names, had died in that conflict. Such lists can be found all over Europe, in great cities and in small villages. Similar memorials are spread around the globe, for the Great War, as it was known prior to 1940, also drew soldiers from Asia, Africa, and North America.

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CEAS joins the celebration of Deceber 10 - The Human Rights Day

Belgrade, 10.12.2013.

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From the Human Rights Watch:

New York – The top of the Empire State Building will turn a bright blue to honor Human Rights Watch on December 10, 2013, the international day to celebrate human rights around the world. The Empire State Building decided to use blue lights in recognition of Human Rights Watch’s 35 years of work worldwide to protect and promote human rights.

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