Surveillance/War on Terror
Mother Jones published what I think is an excellent article on this year’s revelations about the NSA’s spying practices. Basically, they make the point that even with this absurd amount of data collection, which has ostensibly been mostly to enhance U.S. national security and foreign policy making, those continue to be areas where the administration is basically flailing. For instance, accessing the vast majority of electronic communications in the world failed to give the U.S. government any inkling that the Arab Spring might occur, and that was a major change in what is generally thought to be the main theater of American intelligence interests.
Buzzfeed did a longform article profiling David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke many of the Edward Snowden leaks. Miranda was detained under Britain’s Terrorism Act while carrying documents for Greenwald. Some commentators have claimed that he was duped into doing so and somehow betrayed by Greenwald. This piece seeks to disprove that argument.
Russian dissident and Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, whose whereabouts were unknown for 26 days, has been “found” (presumably the Russian government knew where she was, just not her lawyer or husband) in a prison hospital in Siberia, where she was transferred following the publication of her open letter about the conditions of her Russian prison.
As Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, a deadly cyclone struck the Puntland region of Somalia.
Sort of related: Truthout explains the role women farmers are playing in sustainable farming in the U.S.
A Salon columnist takes down the New York Times’s treatment of nuclear negotiations with Iran. This is a very good and pretty short piece.
Former military strongman Pervez Musharraf has been charged with treason for suspending the country’s constitution during a state of emergency in 2007 and for his attempts to fire members of Pakistan’s top court. He is the first former military ruler in Pakistan’s history to be face trial for offenses committed while in office.
Former Chilean President Michele Bachelet won a majority of the votes in the national election out of a field of nine candidates, but not quite enough to avoid a runoff.