Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2012 12:26 UTC
Legal "Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media. In short: every law proposal, every ordinance, and every governmental report hostile to the net, youth, and civil liberties here in Sweden in recent years have been commissioned by the US government and industry interests." How such prestigious nations with such long and proud histories, like Sweden, The Netherlands, and so on, can succumb to pressure from a former colony is beyond me. We should know better.
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by UglyKidBill on Sun 5th Feb 2012 15:11 UTC in reply to "RE: ???"
UglyKidBill
Member since:
2005-07-27

[...] What you're not getting is that the blokes in the old continent are getting quite fed up with the US policy of behind the doors lobbying.

In our democracies, new laws are subject to public debate unlike ACTA and other US horror stories. In the past few years, the land of freedom and democracy, has only tried to circumvent the will and sovereignty of the people of other countries that it calls friends.
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But after some "debate" everthing, some way or another, is either accepted, or ovelooked, or silently condoned... to follow your examples: France´sthree strikes law, Spain´s Sinde law and Irak support, Britain irak support and a fragging citizen extradition (WTF!!!).

Europe is going that same way, it´s just they are still at the "massaging peoples brain" stage.

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by chemical_scum on Sun 5th Feb 2012 18:23 in reply to "RE[2]: ???"
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

So to is Canada under the now majority government of the (neo)-Conservative right wing extremist prime minister Harper.

He is now trying very hard to follow the US instructions on the destruction of freedom and free speech on the internet as well as threatening to destroy our pension rights.

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by kristoph on Mon 6th Feb 2012 06:24 in reply to "RE[3]: ???"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

On the bright side the CAD is kicking ass, the resources sector of the economy is booming, the financial sector is rock solid, the job picture (versus historical trends) is pretty good, the Canadian GDP growth is wiping the floor with those of most first world economies, the energy sector continues to expand, and there are all sorts of other awesome things going for you guys.

So, yeah, Harper is a bit a nut but Canada is doing pretty well under his watch - which is probably why he keeps getting re-elected Let's be honest though, Chrétien was a bit of a nut too - albeit a liberal one - so this sort of like a Canadian trend. ;-)

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by lucas_maximus on Mon 6th Feb 2012 11:53 in reply to "RE[2]: ???"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Do you guys have a problem spelling Iraq?

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by UglyKidBill on Mon 6th Feb 2012 18:13 in reply to "RE[3]: ???"
UglyKidBill Member since:
2005-07-27

Do you guys have a problem spelling Iraq?

Has it occurred to you it is not written "Iraq" even in their own language?...

↑ Cfr. Ortografía de la lengua española, Madrid, Espasa, 2010. ISBN 978-84-670-3426-4
[...] se documenta desde antiguo en español la forma Irak, mayoritaria en el uso y preferible a Iraq, pues evita la anomalía que supone en nuestro sistema gráfico el uso de la letra q fuera del dígrafo qu, y presenta una k final que es hoy normal en muchas voces procedentes de otras lenguas.
Ortografía de la lengua española, 2010, pág. 115. § 6.2.2.4.2.2 Uso de la letra q para representar el fonema /k/

Ref:
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq#cite_note-1

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by d3vi1 on Mon 6th Feb 2012 19:33 in reply to "RE[3]: ???"
d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

Not usually. In most languages, like my own native Romanian it's actually spelled Irak.
But hey, I don't have an entire press department at my disposal to correct my spelling. Even with a press department, G.W. still managed to rename nuclear as nucular.

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