MOSCOW — The net of rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened Tuesday when a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela’s offer of political asylum, then deleted the posting a few minutes later.
Following his visit to Paris, France earlier this week, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson visited Dusseldorf, Germany on Wednesday, before taking off for Berlin. Secretary Bryson is in Europe this week to meet with government and business leaders, reaffirm the United States’ commitment to lowering trade barriers, and encourage European businesses to invest in the U.S.In the morning, Secretary Bryson led a roundtable discussion with key members of the U.S. and German business community, including representatives from UPS, FedEx, and the American Chamber of Commerce, among others, as well as the Economics Minister of North Rhine Westphalia. The group discussed successes and challenges in trade and investment, as well as opportunities for continued cooperation and public-private partnerships, such as the Commerce Department partnerships with FedEx and UPS, to promote exports and build greater awareness of Commerce programs and initiatives to help small businesses. Secretary Bryson took the opportunity to encourage further German investment in the United States, highlighting the attractiveness of the investment climate and resources for potential investors, including SelectUSA, the first coordinated effort by the U.S. government to attract new business investments to America.
Drugs are illegal ... except on the internet. Or rather, drugs are illegal on the internet but the ingredients that make them are not. And they're widely available. A lot of them can be made pretty easily in your kitchen with ingredients you can buy online.
Yves here. Varoufakis gives a high-level overview of the political and economic constraints on Merkel in dealing with the festering Eurocrisis. While many of the political issues have received decent coverage in the English language press, the nature and severity of Germany’s economic challenges have gotten scant notice.
By Yanis Varoufakis a professor of economics at the University of Athens. Cross posted from his blog
The French government spies on its own citizens in the same way as the United States, it was claimed Thursday.
All phone calls, emails, text messages, faxes and internet searches are monitored by the French security services — the Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (DGSE), according to a report in the French newspaper Le Monde. The practice is illegal.
Ad tech firm Criteo has priced its initial public offering and will begin trading imminently. You know who that's good news for? Greg Coleman, the company's president. What's funny is that this is hardly the first time Coleman has cashed-in at an Internet company.
A while ago, we asked our readers to "fix" Reddit for us. While we love the site — and its mindbogglingly massive audience (70 million users per month) — we're often baffled by its arcane, finicky navigation.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan — World powers began a new round of high-level talks with Iranian officials Tuesday, trying to find a way out of a years long tussle over Tehran’s nuclear program and its feared ability to make atomic weapons in the future.
Few believe the latest attempt to forge a compromise will yield any major breakthroughs, but negotiators are optimistically casting it as a stepping stone toward reaching a workable solution.