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EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014

"Breathtaking" EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year
A new report by the EU Commission says that the scale of corruption in the EU is massive. They say it costs the EU around £100 billion every year, but acknowledged the true levels were probably higher. We spoke to Michele Circone, a home affairs spokesman for the European Commission.

Hackers sue Merkel and entire German government over NSA spying
Europe's largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens' privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Kerry Seeks to Calm German Anger at NSA Reports
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that relations with Germany have gone through a "rough patch" recently because of revelations about NSA spying, but insisted that the two countries can put the episode behind them.

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

Judges Poised to Hand U.S. Spies the Keys to the Internet
How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites? It's one of the mysteries yet unanswered by the Edward Snowden leaks. But we know that so-called SSL keys are prized by the NSA – understandably, since one tiny 256 byte key can expose millions of people to intelligence collection. And we know that the agency has a specialized group that collects such keys by hook or by crook. That's about it.

U.S. General says more Marines could be based throughout Africa
Marine units that specialize in crisis response could be based in Africa in coming years as military leaders work with host nations that have shown interest in the U.S. posturing troops in their countries, according to a top general in the region.

The Menace of the Military Mind

Poland and Lithuania Haunted by Their Involvement in Hosting CIA Torture Prisons

New details from peace talks: Americans offer parts of Negev to Palestinian refugees
In latest leak from peace talks, report claims US suggests Palestinians get swaths of Negev land in return for settlement blocs. Offer meant to satisfy West Bank Arab leaders, who will be expected to give up idea of having right of return

John Kerry labelled 'anti Semite' for warning of possible boycott of Israel
US Secretary of State has been labelled an 'anti Semite' for warning of a possible economic boycott if Israel fails to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians

US warns Israel over apparent distortion of John Kerry statements
State department says it expects all parties in Middle East peace talks to portray accurately secretary of state's comments

Iran says serious about long-term nuclear deal
Iran's foreign minister said Sunday his country is prepared to move ahead in negotiations over its nuclear program, assuring Western diplomats that Tehran has the political will and good faith to reach a "balanced" long-term agreement.

'Military action likely' if Iran talks fail, US spokeswoman says
A resolution to the nuclear dispute with Tehran, should current diplomatic efforts fail, "is likely to involve military action," US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday.

France sees Iran opportunity if sanctions are lifted: Moscovici

The Year of Iran: Tehran's Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014
In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America's hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own revolutionary course toward participatory Islamist governance and foreign policy independence.

After Failed Geneva Talks, US Steps Up Threats Against Syria
In the wake of last week's failed talks in Geneva, Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed "humanitarian" concerns.

26 killed in Syria regime barrel bomb raids on Aleppo

Why Al-Qaeda Kicked Out Its Deadly Syria Franchise
After a protracted turf battle, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria finds itself on the outs. That will likely make things even more dangerous

Activists: Car bomb in Syria killed al-Qaida rival
A twin car bombing near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed a senior leader of an Islamic rebel brigade opposed to an al-Qaida-linked faction, activists said Sunday.

Preparation fire: Iraqi army kills 50 militants in Fallujah artillery, air strikes

Iraqis seek political solution to avert army attack on Falluja

New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists
Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.

Prelude to a Crash
The Fed's easy money policies have pushed margin debt on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to record levels laying the groundwork for a severe correction or another violent market crash.

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