For any national leader in the Euro Zone who wishes to cling to his or her job, there are four basic rules of survival:
- Always be nice to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Never call – or even threaten to call – a national referendum on any issue.
- Never criticize or call into question the actions of the Troika, or any of its three constituent members, the European Commission, ECB, and IMF.
- Never mention – or even entertain – the idea of exiting the euro.
But today (or should I say yesterday, or the day before yesterday…) the youngest ever Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, veered dangerously off-message: he broke rule number three…
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Observers warn that government reaction in wake of Charlie Hebdo killings reminiscent of post-9/11 fear campaign
Dieudonné, the controversial French comic pictured here in 2007, was arrested Wednesday morning for a Facebook post mocking the Charlie Hebdo attack. (Photo: Alexandre Hervaud/cc/flickr)
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week and just days since the historic Paris unity rally when world leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder and declared their support for freedom of speech, French authorities have arrested 54 people on charges of “glorifying” or “defending” terrorism.
The French Justice Ministry said that of those arrested, four are minors and several had already been convicted under special measures for immediate sentencing, APreports. Individuals charged with “inciting terrorism” face a possible 5-year prison term, or up to 7 years for inciting terrorism online. None of those arrested have been linked to the…
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CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.
CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media…
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