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"Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of US intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country." [editor's note: What's most interesting to me is Putin's response -- unlike American politicians ("whatevah -- we do what we want"), for some reason he felt constrained to at least pretend to a respect for rule of law - TLK] (04/18/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:40 pm
"Nations involved in the Ukraine crisis pledged an easing of tensions Thursday, opening a possible path toward resolving Ukraine’s future without further Russian military intervention. US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union issued a joint declaration after hours of talks Thursday in Geneva, agreeing on the need to end violence, to disband 'illegal armed groups,' and for Ukraine to undertake sweeping constitutional reforms. Secretary Kerry framed the deal as a start down the path of de-escalation, but said the test will be whether the 'words on a paper' are matched promptly by deeds on the ground." (04/17/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:38 pm
"At least 106 were killed today in Iraq, and another 73 people were wounded. Over half the fatalities were militants, but security forces and civilians were also harmed. ... A suicide bomber attacked an army base in Mahallabiya at the start of an attack that left 12 soldiers killed and 15 wounded, while another eight militants were killed." (04/17/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:36 pm
"An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards. A spokesman for the Faryab provincial government, Ahmad Jawad Dedar, said on Friday that the breakout took place the previous night. A fourth inmate who was also trying to escape was killed in a shootout with security forces." (04/18/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:34 pm
"Militants opened fire on a security forces convoy on Frontier Road. The attack left a security forces vehicle badly damaged claiming the life of a security officer and injuring two others. The injured have been shifted to CMH Peshawar." (04/18/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:32 pm

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"The stark fact is that Ukraine is not a place over which the U.S. and NATO should be ready to go to war, and nothing short of going to war will change its fate." (04/17/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:39 pm
"Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through Obamacare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend." (04/16/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:37 pm
"It’s intriguing to see the progressive Left uniting against drug prohibition. They’re not with us in spirit, nor should they be, but they’ve laid the groundwork for its critique, and in a way that is sewn with the same threads of our passing commonalities. Many hold that only 'hard' drugs should be combated with force and other 'safe' drugs regulated in their consumption. This is certainly disappointing, but we, the decentralist Left, can exploit this opportunity." (04/16/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:35 pm
"The state is driven by the notion that it can commit immoral acts to achieve moral ends. Absent terroristic styles of governance, it has no authority to exact the shaping of society it desires. Terrorism is the politically motivated threat or use of violence against innocents and non-combatants." (04/18/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:33 pm
"An 'accidental American' is a person who lives in Canada (or another non-U.S. nation) and holds dual citizenship, whether or not he knows it. For example, it includes every Canadian child born to an American parent even if he never sets foot on U.S. Soil. America requires citizens living abroad to file tax forms on the money they earn and to report foreign bank accounts as well as other assets. The foreign income is usually considered taxable by the IRS. But, even if no taxes are owed, the possible penalty for not reporting is $10,000 per undisclosed asset per year." (04/17/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:31 pm

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