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Edward Snowden asylum: countries approached and their responses

The NSA whistleblower has made 21 applications for asylum worldwide as he flees the US – with little success

Haroon Siddique

Tuesday 2 July 2013 07.02 EDT

Edward Snowden has made 21 applications for asylum. Photograph: The Guardian/Reuters

According to a statement from WikiLeaks, the US whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in a total of 21 countries. 

Snowden, who has been charged under espionage laws in the US after leaking top-secret documents on US surveillance programmes, has been trapped in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since 23 June after flying in from Hong Kong. 

He has yet to receive a positive response to his applications for asylum. Some countries have yet to respond but a number have already rejected his request.


No. The interior minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, said Snowden would have to submit his request for asylum while on Austrian soil. But she added that he would not be deported if he arrived in Austria because "there is no inte…

En fotos: conozca el avión presidencial de Bolivia, que aterrizó de emergencia en Austria

Publicado el 02 de jul de 2013 7:51 pm |

Foto: Sibci

(Caracas, 02 de julio – Noticias24).- El Falcon 900 EX EASY, avión presidencial de Bolivia, ha sido construido en base de aleaciones de aluminio de alta resistencia y cumple con requisitos de tolerancia a la fatiga y daño de material.

Dotado de tres motores a turbina con un empuje de 5.000 libras cada uno, la aeronave cuenta un inversor de empuje (reversa), además de un sistema hidráulico, con potencia para operar los controles de vuelo y el tren de aterrizaje.

Los frenos y el inversor de empuje tienen sistemas hidráulicos independientes. La aeronave ha sido implementada de un sistema de generación eléctrica con adición de baterías de seguridad que, en caso de colapso eventual del sistema primario, suministra energía durante 73 minutos de vuelo, lo que lo exime, incluso, de apoyo externo desde tierra.

La seguridad redoblada de la aeronave, que incluye un mecanismo de protección contra hielo y lluvia intensas, le permite aterrizar en esce…

A Plane Carrying The Bolivian President Was Rerouted After Suspicions That Edward Snowden Was On Board


JUL. 2, 2013, 6:52 PM

APPresident Evo Morales

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's foreign minister says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

David Choquehuanca has denied that Snowden was on the plane, saying "we don't know who invented this lie, but we want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales."

Bolivia's foreign minister said Tuesday that both France and Portugal canceled authorization for the plane to enter their airspace.

Morales traveled to Russia over the weekend and from Moscow said he would consider an asylum request from the NSA leaker.

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UK’s quarantine department destroying all shipments of Pakistani mangoes

By Farhan Zaheer
Published: July 3, 2013

Industry officials say that the UK’s quarantine policies are getting stricter every year, and Pakistan faces serious damage to its exports if it fails to control fruit diseases, including fruit flies. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Pakistani mango exporters are facing serious problems in the United Kingdom, where the quarantine department is disposing off almost all consignments from Pakistan because of the presence of fruit flies.

The situation has deteriorated to the point that many exporters have halted shipments of mango to the UK, fearing more losses if the situation persists.

“The Government of Pakistan and the concerned ministries have to immediately take notice of this situation because it is hurting the country’s name. We have to control the presence of fruit flies in our shipments, otherwise Pakistani fruits could face a complete ban in Europe,” Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association (PFVA) Chairman Waheed Ahmed toldThe Express Tribune…

MOL Comfort’s Bow Section Breaks Free from Tow


ON JULY 2, 2013

Fore section of MOL Comfort pictured shortly after breaking apart July 17. Image credit: MRCC Mumbai

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced this morning that the fore section of the MOL Comfort has broken free from it’s towing wire while in “adverse” sea conditions.

It’s a bit of a setback for the salvors, however considering the situation, it’s perhaps not all that unexpected.

I spoke with veteran tugboat sailor Paul Berdy this morning to get a bit of perspective. 

 He notes that, “When you make up the tow from a salvage operation, the tow points don’t actually exist, so you’re kind of shooting from the hip. It’s not like you have ABS-inspected towing bits installed on the vessel, so you’re rigging on the spot to make this happen.”

Photo taken June 26 approximately. Image (c) Captain Svend Degn

MOL didn’t mention how or where the towing wire became disconnected, but Berdy brings up a valid point. 

The fore-part of the MOL Comfort is being pulled from it’s stern, if…

Portugal niega aterrizaje a avión de Morales por "sospechas" sobre Snowden

CASO SNOWDEN | La aeronave venía de Moscú

El canciller David Choquehuanca dijo que poco después también recibieron una notificación de Francia prohibiéndole sobrevolar su territorio.

Edward Snowden ha solicitado asilo a varios países (AP)

martes 2 de julio de 2013 05:38 PM

La Paz.- Portugal revocó hoy el permiso de aterrizaje para repostar del avión del presidente Cocalero de Bolivia, Evo Morales, ante las "sospechas infundadas" de que el extécnico de la CIA Edward Snowden pudiera viajar a bordo de la aeronave, denunció el ministro de Exteriores boliviano, David Choquehuanca.

En una rueda de prensa convocada de urgencia, el canciller negó tajantemente que Snowden esté volando hacia Bolivia en el avión de Morales, quien finalmente pudo aterrizar en Viena, y criticó que se haya cometido "una injusticia sobre sospechas infundadas", informó Efe.

Choquehuanca dijo que media hora antes de aterrizar para repostar en Lisboa a su regreso de un viaje a Moscú, las auto…


The Jekyll Island duck hunt that created the Federal Reserve

By Tyler E. Bagwell

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In October of 1907 several banking firms, starting with the Knickerbocker Trust Company of New York, collapsed as depositors withdrew funds for fear of unwise investments and misuse of money. Lines of people waited in front of the Knickerbocker to close their accounts. Days later, the Trust Company of America had droves of depositors removing their money. Then, shortly thereafter, a run took place at the Lincoln Trust Company. 

Across the country apprehension that the panic would continue to spread occurred. 

In the fall of 1907 the United States was in a recession, it's banking system lacked a lender of last resort mechanism, and an intricate network of directorships, loans, and collateral bonded the fate of many financial institutions together.

Several banking leaders including Jekyll Island Club members George F. Baker, president of the First National Bank, and James Stil…


Alphaliner: Maersk Line can't keep up

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Photo: Maersk Gruppen


New container ships are flooding into the global seas, but the fleet growth of the industry's largest carrier - A.P. Moeller-Maersk's Maersk Line - is the lowest among the major players.

Published 02.07.13 at 15:17

Maersk Line can't keep up with its rivals when it comes to container fleet size. These days, new container ships are flooding into the world's seas, but the fleet growth of the industry's largest carrier, A.P. Moeller-Maersk's Maersk Line, is the lowest among the major players, according to data from analyst Alphaliner, which has reviewed the growth of each carrier's fleet capacity during the last 12 months.

Maersk Line's fleet only increased by 22,900 teu, to 2.63 million teu, corresponding to less than 1 percent, while growth rates were muc…

Ecuador walks away from trade pact with the U.S.

07/02/2013 10:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

The government of Ecuador appears willing to walk away from preferential trade access to U.S. markets for mangoes and other agricultural commodities over a blowup over the search for a fugitive from the U.S.

Potentially doing harm to their own fresh produce exporters, Ecuador’s leaders said June 27 that the country would unilaterally back out of a trade pact with the U.S.

Ecuador’s leftist government has been under fire from several U.S. lawmakers for considering the request of granting refuge to American Edward Snowden. Members of Congress threatened to drop Ecuador from a preferential trade pact later this summer when it is up for renewal.

Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency now believed to be in Russia, is being sought by U.S. authorities for leaking sensitive national security secrets.

Quoted by in the Quito-based newspaper El Comercio, Ecuador’s Minister of Communications Fernando Alvarado said that the country “doesn’t trade i…


30 June, 2013

Update (No. 16): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort

TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 30, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.

1. Vessel

The fore part is located near 16’46”N 67’55”E. The weather in the area is still adverse.

2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.15))

The fore part is being towed stably with majority of cargo aboard.

3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls

We have contracted with a salvage company to rescue the cargo and hulls. We are towing the fore part in a west-northwest direction. As already reported, the aft part sank on June 27. We are keeping the patrol boats in the area to monitor where the aft part sank, while neither oil leakage nor floating containers are visible.

4. Oil leakage (No change f…


Barack Obama ends Africa tour with wreath-laying alongside George W Bush

US president and his predecessor honour victims of the 1998 US embassy bombings, while their wives encourage African first ladies to spark change

Associated Press in Dar es Salaam

Tuesday 2 July 2013 06.59 EDT

Barack Obama and George W Bush at a memorial honouring the victims of the 1998 US embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush found common ground in east Africa on Tuesday when they honoured the victims of a terrorist attack a world away from home.

The US presidents made a brief appearance together at a monument to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where Bush coincidentally happened to be as Obama wrapped up a weeklong tour of the continent.

While the two men did not say anything publicly, their wives engaged in a warm and chatty joint appearance at a summit on African women.

Initially the two m…


Young, qualified and jobless: plight of Europe's best-educated generation

Twentysomethings missing out on the homes, pensions, independence and confidence that come with steady employment

Jon Henley in Thessaloniki, Bologna and Málaga
The Guardian, Monday 1 July 2013 12.43 EDT

Protesters in Madrid stage a demonstration over the economic crisis that has left millions unemployed, with young people particularly hard hit. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

"All your life," says Argyro Paraskeva, "you've been told you're a golden prince. The future awaits: it's bright, it's yours. You have a degree! You'll have a good job, a fine life. And then suddenly you find it's not true."

Or not so suddenly. Paraskeva left Thessaloniki University five years ago with an MSc in molecular biology. Beyond some private tutoring, paid essay writing ("I'm not proud. But a 50-page essay is €150") and a short unhappy spell in a medical lab…