Headlines of note for July 2013
As the domestic U.S. press obsessed over the George Zimmerman trial (covered by us as exemplary of a much bigger story: President Weatherman II), Anthony Wiener's again errant wiener, and the new runt of the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha (future George VII? -unless Charles III suffers the fate of the first Charles that preceded him and the people of Albion have the good sense to make it permanent this time!), something that went virtually unreported strikes us as a watershed. Former president Jimmy Carter declares the republic dead, in German...
Der Spiegel: NSA-Affäre - Ex-Präsident Carter verdammt US-Schnüffelei
"Amerika hat derzeit keine funktionierende Demokratie" : America has at this time no functioning democracy.
Royals abdicating like little beelzebubs...
Independent: ‘I am old and sick’ - Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of son Prince Philippe
Reuters: Qatar's emir hands power to son in unusual Gulf abdication
Elizabeth II next..?
The Hallett Report: The Abdication of ‘Queen’ Elizabeth II
Egypt in a pharonic shuffle...
Xinhua: Egypt's ousted president facing espionage, jailbreak charges
New English Review: Is Egyptian Gen. Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi the “new Nasser”?
This should give pause...
Cumberlink: Egypt's army chief studied at War College in Carlisle
A tale of two fugitives... For one Edward Snowden, wanted in the US, a head of state is barred passage through the airspace of vassal nations at the whiff of a rumor that he was harboring the fugitive...
Reuters: Morales back in Bolivia after plane drama over Snowden
For another, wanted in Italy, one Robert Seldon Lady is quietly ushered back to the U.S. upon arrest in Panama, INTERPOL extradition warrants notwithstanding...
IntelNews: Panama arrests ex-CIA chief of station wanted by INTERPOL
AP: Panama sent ex-CIA officer to US, not Italy
Having hacked a U.S. drone...
Cryptome: Iran Report on Downed Sentinel Drone RQ-170
Hongpong: Mysterious Parastoo apparent Iranian hacker group claims UAV flight inside USA; Redhack Turkish hackers on the Move, accused "cyber terrorist organization"
...brings us to question the cause of these incidents...
Star-FL: Unmanned drone crashes in Gulf
WJHG: US 98 at Tyndall Blocked Due to Drone Crash
...or a case of vigilante rebellion? -Where elsewhere, others are pursuing a legal route...
XRepublic.tv: Colorado town considers licensing bounty hunters to shoot down drones
We predicted this...
Maghreb Confidential: Libya soon a failed state?
Not to mention Iraq...
Antiwar: Conflicting Reports on Baghdad Jailbreaks; 105 Killed in Multiple Attacks
Still working on Syria...
Shabab Libya: Comrades in Arms: How Libya sends weapons to Syria’s rebels
But are cooler heads prevailing, finally...?
The head of Saudi intelligence failed to get a firm guarantee on arming Syria’s rebels from either the French president or his European counterparts.
Obama's war against whistle-blowers and journalism continues...
DC Clothesline: Who Broke Into The Law Offices That Represent State Department Whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn?
Secrecy News: Appeals Court Rejects Reporter’s Privilege in Leak Case
Corbett Report: Crashes of Convenience - Michael Hastings
RT: Hacker dies days before he was to reveal how to remotely kill pacemaker patients
Fears of revelation of kiddie porn network with Nicholas Negroponte at the center of it? In a rare move by a non-governmental institution, MIT blocks FOIA request...
Wired: MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File
Able Danger: Public Announcement for Activists Being Framed With Child Porn - Protect Yourself - Verify All Emails - Secure Your Laptop Computers
NYTimes: Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens’
ActivistPost: US Military, Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists and Independent Scientists, New Investigation Alleges
RealNewsNetwork: Wikileaks Cables Reveal State Dept. Promoting GMOs Abroad
But it isn't working...
DW: Monsanto to drop all requests for new GM crops in EU