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  • Following the 9/11 attacks, South African spies were flooded with requests related to al-Qaeda, despite their own intelligence gathering and analysis telling them that they faced minimal direct threats from such groups, and that the main threat of violence on South African soil came from domestic far-right groups.
  • The Spy Cables also reveal that in many cases, intelligence agencies are over-classifying information and hiding behind an unnecessary veil of secrecy.
Feb 24, 15

As James Baldwin put it, “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

  • Let’s put it this way: it is an absurd demand. Maybe this Greek government might agree to it; if so they will fall and something much more radical will take its place.
  • The Greek electorate is not going to stand for this. If Europe isn’t about democracy, what’s it about?
  • Other European countries, first of all the Germans, they’ve been telling their electorate that it’s all about lazy, irresponsible southern Europeans. And they’ve never really leveled with them about the fact that yes, there was a lot of bad behavior in Greece but, you know, this is a shared European problem.

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  • But my sense is that there’s a new form of issue-dodging packaged as seriousness on the rise. This time, the evasion involves trying to divert our national discourse about inequality into a discussion of alleged problems with education.
  • But what I keep seeing is people insisting that educational failings are at the root of still-weak job creation, stagnating wages and rising inequality. This sounds serious and thoughtful.
  • Furthermore, there’s no evidence that a skills gap is holding back employment.

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