Sep 05 2013
Uprising’s Thursday guest expert Arun Gupta, Independent Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent, analyzes today’s news headlines:
President Obama backs for the first time, the need to set limits on the NSA spying abilities. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, President Barack Obama acknowledged that today the “risks of abuse are greater than they have been in the past.” Obama is facing severe pressure from US allies in Europe and elsewhere, even from political leaders who are outraged at revelations that they are being surveilled by the US government. Click here for a Guardian article about the story.
President Obama was in Stockholm en route to Russia where he has just arrived for the 2-day G20 summit. His presence on Vladimir Putin’s territory could make for a tense 48 hours as political clashes between the US and Russia over a military strike on Syria will surely dominate. Click here for a Washington Port report about the story.
Even though news from Syria is dominating headlines these days, the situation in nearby post-revolution Egypt remains grim. Egypt’s Interior Minister this morning survived an assassination attempt when two went off while he was traveling by road. The LA Times surmises that “the attack could mark what some fear is the beginning of a low-grade insurgency.” Click here for an LA Times article about the story.