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August 27 2013

Une introduction à l'« Orient compliqué » : A Short Guide to the Middle East : letter to the editor…

Une introduction à l’« Orient compliqué » :

A Short Guide to the Middle East : letter to the editor published in the Financial Times

http://now.msn.com/a-short-guide-to-the-middle-east-letter-to-the-editor-published-in-the-fina

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That whole Middle East deal sure can be confusing. Thankfully, in this concise and clearly articulated letter to the editor published in the Financial Times, Mr KN Al-Sabah, of London, lays it all out in a way anyone can understand. In full, his letter, entitled “A Short Guide to the Middle East,” read:

Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad!
Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi.
But Gulf states are pro Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood!
Iran is pro Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood!
Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the US!
Gulf states are pro US. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states!
Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day.

#Proche-Orient #Golfe #US #géopolitique

June 28 2013

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked NSA spying

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked #NSA spying
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/12/obama-administration-convinced-eu-to-drop-measure-that-would-have-bl

Senior officials in the Obama administration successfully lobbied the European Union's executive body to drop an “anti-#FISA clause” from its privacy legislation over a year ago, the Financial Times reports. That measure, if adopted, could have blocked the U.S. requests for European citizens' computer and telephone data that are made as part of the just-revealed PRISM program.
The measure was dropped from consideration in January 2012, after debate within the European Union, according to the British newspaper.

ha ha ha #surveillance via @vincib

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