03 Dec

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Julian Assange US embassy cables

Whoever leaked US embassy cables is ‘unparalleled hero’, says Julian Assange

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief gives exclusive Q&A to, hailing soldier accused of leaking 250,000 confidential diplomatic dispatches

Full coverage on WikiLeaks and the US embassy cables






Leaks reveal US doubts on Karzai

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal US concerns over President Karzai’s character and rampant corruption in his country.
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2010 09:49 GMT


WikiLeaks: Curbing Korean chaos

Mark Seddon 03 Dec 2010 14:40 GMT
Drawing quick fire conclusions on the basis of leaked cables could lead to an escalation in regional tension.

What will the Arab public think?

WikiLeaks ‘Embassy Files’ reveal gulf between Arab leaders and their constituencies.

By Lamis Andoni

Opinion Most Arab leaders want the US to tackle Iran, even to wage a war against the country, but evidently do not say so publicly for fear of Arab public opinion and reaction.Confidential cables by American diplomats in the region, revealed by WikiLeaks, expose weak and fearful Arab leaders who are dependent on US protection against real and imagined fears over Iran’s potential possession of nuclear arms and its influence in the Arab world


McCain challenges gays in military

Friday, 3 December 2010

A leading Republican senator yesterday claimed a US military study on gays was flawed and that letting them serve openly would be dangerous in a time of war……………………………….


CIA drew up ‘spy list’

Friday, 3 December 2010

A wish list of information that the US State Department was asked to find out about on Ban Ki-moon, the general secretary of the United Nations, and was described as a “spy’s shopping list” was drawn up by the CIA, it was claimed. Information demanded by the list included data such as credit card numbers…………………………


Yossi Melman: Mossad, MI6, the CIA and the case of the assassinated scientist

Three events – not seemingly related – took place yesterday. The leaking of State Department documents, many of which deal with the world’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme; the mysterious assassination in Tehran of a top Iranian nuclear scientist and the wounding of another, and the appointment of Tamir Pardo as the new head of Mossad, Israel’s foreign espionage agency……………….


PatrickCockburn: What Afghans will do to get friends out of jail

The main prison is Kabul is Pol-i-Charkhi, a forbidding-looking place off the Jalalabad road in the east of the capital, which was shrouded in smog yesterday. It has a grim reputation, built in the 1970s and used by the communist government as a place of torture and execution.

I was inside it once just after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 when there was briefly nobody in its cramped cells and holding pens. Assuming it has not changed much, it is easy to see why Afghans are eager to get relatives, friends and associates out of the place


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