"Corruption at every level" in Russia?
Again and again, U.S. politicians talk, especially Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, from the successful "new start" in relations with Russia. But behind the scenes it looks quite different. Because of the confidential Wikileaks dispatches show that American diplomats have placed on the leadership in Moscow deep mistrust and characterize Russia even as a "mafia state" with authoritarian and criminal structures, which - as the New York Times "-" high centralized, sometimes brutally and irrevocably corrupt and cynical "is. And: there is little hope that Russia is democratic or evaluated for the West will be reliable, the newspaper in its possession, U.S. memoranda.
The information published in media like the New York Times and Washington Post followed on an interview broadcast on the eve of the CNN veteran Larry King with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who made his outrage at the revelations Wikileaks no secret. Putin has said the end of the talk-show appearance suspect that Wikileaks deliberately used for political purposes and it is so assumed Putin indirectly, could also be a conspiracy of the West.
No freedom of expression in the Horn of Africa
Jamming - this is called intentional jamming system and critical of the regime's international broadcaster. This affects how the German wave transmitter or the British BBC. There are many examples of Jamming: the Second World War Nazi Germany, the disturbing signal of the British BBC, the Cold War the Soviet Union Jam attacks on Western channels were the norm. Today, Iran interferes as the Farsi-program of the Deutsche Welle, and Ethiopia will prevent the Amharic program of the DW reaches the people in the Horn of Africa. While the Ethiopian government has vehemently denied in the past, disruptive, it has for the first time the jamming of foreign channels approved officially.
Guerrilla war against Chinese censorship
Since Monday, customers will Google's Chinese site to access its portal in the Special Economic Zone Hong Kong. Presumably, however, is the only solution on time. While in Hong Kong subject to the strict censorship laws of the Chinese mainland, but the Chinese censors are so good they can prevent the diversion works on google.com.hk smoothly. In the end it's like always censors and bloggers are in a race in the world wide web.
Insights into complex relationships
The recent visit of the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, the chief mediators in the peace process after Washington has made no hope of a relaxation in relations between Israelis and Palestinians. While Benjamin Netanyahu was in the U.S., the mayor of Bremen and President of German Federal Minister Jens Böhrnsen then traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank. He has been my experience that the more we know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the more complicated it becomes.