Taliban Attack and Afghan Move Cast Pall on Peace Talks
Within hours of opening an office in Qatar for peace talks, Taliban insurgents ambushed an American convoy, and the Afghan government broke off talks on military cooperation with the United States.
As Iranians Vote, Khamenei Assails United States
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, lashed out at American skepticism about the outcome of the presidential election.
NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts
An anonymous reader writes "Simply put, the US government has failed in its role as the 'caretaker' of the internet. Although this was never an official designation, America controls much of the infrastructure, and many of the most popular services online are provided by a handful of American companies. The world is starting to sober up to the fact that much of what they've done online in the last decade is now cataloged in a top-secret facility somewhere in the United States. The goal has been to promote internet freedom around the world, but we may have also potentially created a blueprint for how authoritarian governments can store, track, and mine their citizens' digital lives."
If You Think Glenn Greenwald Should Interview Pres. Obama, Sign This Petition
Americans deserve answers about the National Security Agency’s spying practices. I urge readers to sign an official WeThePeople White House petition for President Obama to sit down with the journalist who helped unmask the NSA’s controversial programs: Glenn Greenwald. If the president is serious about his commitment to transparency and open dialogue, he should do a one-on-one interview with one of his most respected critics for a candid discussion. The American people deserve nothing less than a conversation about surveillance that we know will be informed, pointed and civil. “Giving law enforcement the tools that they need to investigate suspicious activities is one thing,” said then-Senator Obama in 2005. “But doing it without any real oversight seriously jeopardizes the rights of all Americans, and the ideals America stands for.” The press is one of the United States’ most cherished institutions of government accountability. If you agree, ask your friends and followers ...
New Mexico wildfire crests peak sacred to American Indians
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Wildfires raged across the western United States on Tuesday, including one that saw flames crest a New Mexico peak that is sacred to Native Americans, while firefighters were getting a handle on a blaze in California.
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