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  • NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies

    by Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin
    Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than has been previously disclosed.
    The documents, published last week by The Intercept, describe “contractual relationships” between the NSA and U.S. companies, as well as the fact that the NSA has “under cover” spies working at or with some U.S. companies.
    While not conclusive, the material includes some clear suggestions that at least some American companies are quite willing to help the agency conduct its massive surveillance programs.
    The precise role of U.S. companies in the NSA’s global surveillance operations remains unclear. Documents obtained by Edward Snowden and published by various news organizations show that companies have turned over their customers’ email, phone calling records and other data under court orders. But the level of cooperation beyond those court orders has been an open question, with several leading companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, asserting that they only turn over customer information that is “targeted and specific” in response to legal demands.

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  • : French press review 21 October 2014

    : French press review 21 October 2014 0 Local political squabbles dominate this morning’s French front pages. There’s the on-going Aubry affair, provoked by criticism of government economic policy by Martine Aubry, the mayor of the northern French city of Lille and a very popular socialist figure. Standard Source: Source

  • : African press review 21 October 2014

    : African press review 21 October 2014 0 Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will be robust over the next twelve months, according to the International Monetary Fund. But energy supply problems, strikes, and weak global and domestic demand will limit South Africa’s share of that growth. Standard Source: Source

  • FRANCE/RUSSIA: Russia will remember De Margerie with greatest warmth, says Putin

    FRANCE/RUSSIA: Russia will remember De Margerie with greatest warmth, says Putin 0 In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, the Russian President said he was "shocked by the news" after the jet carrying Christophe De Margerie crashed into a snow plough at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, killing all on board. Christophe de Margerie died [...]

  • FRANCE/AFRICA: French researchers develop quick Ebola diagnosis device

    FRANCE/AFRICA: French researchers develop quick Ebola diagnosis device 0 The new tool, developed by France’s Atomic Energy Commission, could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes. The new device could become available in Ebola hit countries by October end for a clinical trial Reuters/Josephus Olu-Mammah Standard Source: Source

  • : French press review 18 October 2014

    : French press review 18 October 2014 0 The French press looks to Africa today. There’s a glimmer of hope about the fate of Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls and its fight with Ebola is praised. Protests erupt in the Central African Republic. Mozambique is judged a fragile Eldorado. In France there are reactions to changes in [...]


  • Tower of Power’s Tommy Politzer – Golf Digest # 10 out of 100 Rock and Roll Golferstommy

    By Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Special Contributor to the Herald de Paris HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) –  For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, this dynamic and trend-setting band has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold-out crowds as [...]

  • FRANCE – KAZAKHSTAN – RUSSIA: Kasparov ready to testify against Kazakh oligarch’s extradition from France to Russia

    0 Chess legend Garry Kasparov says he hopes to testify in a French court on Friday against the extradition of Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia. Handing the former banker over to Moscow would be a “gross violation of [Ablyazov’s] rights”, he said. Garry Kasparov (R) and Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov’s daughter Madina at the [...]


    MURRAY CHASS –  This is a tale of two general managers: (Which would be more likely to be fired; which would be more likely to stay with a new contract?) General Manager Team A Has operated payrolls totaling $433 million the past two seasons Has failed to make the playoffs the past two years —————————————————————————————————- [...]