December 2013 Archives

December 21, 2013

Is South Sudan Really a State?

Editorial, the Guardian: “South Sudan: not yet a state.” Publication says “Control of the bureaucracy and armed forces is a matter of constant contention for different tribal groups and their leaders.”

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The Political Conflict in South Sudan

allAfrica has aggregated many informative articles on the escalating conflict in the newly formed African nation of South Sudan, between political and ethnic rivals. There is a lot of oil in South Sudan, and when there’s oil there is conflict. Highly recommended.

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December 20, 2013

GCHQ, NSA Spying on EU, Israel and Germany

Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark, writing in the December 20, 2013, edition of Der Spiegel Online, explains how how Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spy agency “monitors Germany, Israel and the European Union.”

The Journalists write: “Documents from the archive of whistleblower and former NSA (National Security Agency) worker Edward Snowden show that Britain's GCHQ signals intelligence agency has targeted European, German and Israeli politicians for surveillance.”

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