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The latest treason from the Danish government

by JakeS Wed Mar 10th, 2010 at 06:19:55 AM EST

When a European government's policies are dictated from Beijing or Moscow, we call them "collaborators" and other, less savoury, things.

When a European government's policies are dictated from Washington, we don't call it anything, because we don't aren't supposed to hear about it until we are presented with a fail accomplis.

Why has this country's voting rights in the European Union not been revoked? For that matter, if you raided their computers, there is little doubt that you'd find evidence that they have been selling internal EU negotiation strategy papers to foreign powers. I don't think they even got a good price.

So why are these Quislings, Petains and Benedict Arnolds not being indicted for espionage?

- Jake

What, an EU government taking orders from the US? Unheard of!

Counterpunch: The USA, New Europe and Kosovo by ANDREJ GRUBACIC and ZIGA VODOVNIK (February 2 / 3, 2008)

Let us start with the "Slovenian scandal" which we recognize as a new colonial model. In one of our previous articles we suggested a possible explanation of the nature of American interests in the Balkans. We believe that our conclusions are further confirmed by the events in Slovenia, which, to remind our readers, today holds presidency of the European Union. European leaders woke up to an unpleasant surprise the other day, a leak of an internal document of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MZZ). This document, published in the Slovenian daily Dnevnik and the Serbian daily Politika, reveals content of a meeting between representatives of MZZ and representatives of the US State Department and National Security Agency (NSA),that took place on 24 December 2007 in Washington D.C. Slovenia's willful following of various exotic orders coming not from Brussels (the Senate) but from across the Atlantic (the Emperor), is already a well-known fact in the diplomatic hallways of Europe. But recent developments directly connected with orders and promises that were revealed in this leaked document, can mean the final transfer of our horse to the stable of New Europe, a group of states whose foreign policy is dictated by servile obedience to the United States. This, of course, also means the official end to all illusions about the credibility and importance of the Slovenian Presidency in the EU.


The document, with the official markings VWA070767, reveals that the main topic of the meeting between high officials from Slovene MZZ, the State Department, and NSA, has been Slovenia's role during its Presidency of the EU in organizing support for international recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence. But the document also reveals other very important and interesting facts about the US involvement in, and planned actions concerned with, the future status of Kosovo. ...


Now, this document itself is, for understandable reasons, a serious international scandal. The reactions from the mainstream press and EU officials are unanimous in calling it a "spectacular blunder". It clarifies, to the point of truism, the intended role of the New Europe in American imperial design. It provides us with irrefutable evidence of American meddling in the affairs of the European Union. More importantly, it discloses the true nature of US politics of humanitarian intervention (which we propose calling humanitarian imperialism). The document casts a very humiliating picture of the role of Slovenia, as well as other New European Balkan states, in the new colonial system.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 10th, 2010 at 06:26:16 AM EST
What happened?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Mar 10th, 2010 at 08:01:14 AM EST
Short version: The RIAA want to make ISPs responsible for the traffic on their network, and make website hosts responsible for third-party content on their sites. I probably don't need to elaborate on why this is an execrable idea. To that end, their wholly owned subsidiary, the US State Department, has been pushing for a "trade" treaty to implement their demands. The US demands that these negotiations be conducted in secret. The majority of the European Union is claims to be opposed to this secrecy clause.

The Danish government toes the RIAA line, rather than cooperate with its fellow Europeans. To put this into perspective, imagine what would have happened if, say, Montana had been discovered to be playing on Canada's team during the NAFTA negotiations...

Money quote (courtesy of GoogleTranslate):

Denmark blocks

The confidential meetings on Trade Treaty ACTA - the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - has since 2008 been held outside of the ordinary parliamentary system of alternating capitals across the globe. Last meeting was in Mexico in January attended by representatives from 39 Western countries. A preferred line draft is scheduled to> be ready in the course of 2010.

Most European countries are seeking greater openness about the negotiations. But it does not Denmark. Michael Geist has obtained a leaked document from the Dutch a meeting of the EU, which shows that Denmark will keep negotiations secret.

'Hitherto it has been secretly which countries are opposed to publication. It is no longer. The documents show that the Dutch consider Denmark to be the least flexible country over the issue of greater transparency, "says Michael Geist.

It requires agreement, if the EU should set itself up against U.S. demands for greater openness. Danish People's Party are outraged at the government's position.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Mar 10th, 2010 at 01:38:40 PM EST
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...and all this while trying to get twitter to the arab countries they want destabilised.

getting your wires crossed like this is patent nonsense, but it's daily fare lately.

the hypocrisy about nuclear power and iran comes to mind...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Mar 11th, 2010 at 05:24:50 AM EST
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Headline: Great Powers Agreements Network's new constitution in secret

Sub-head: Denmark will keep secret negotiations on the Internet new constitution - Anti-Piracy Treaty ACTA. The Treaty could lead to surveillance, paranoia and far-reaching restrictions on the web



by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Mar 10th, 2010 at 10:52:03 AM EST

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