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EuroParliament Prez: Christians ‘Not Safe In Our Continent’

In a high-level meeting on religious persecution in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament (EP) said that Europe cannot afford to continue ignoring the fate of Christians, who are “clearly the most persecuted group” in the world.

In Wednesday’s meeting, EP President Martin Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is “undervalued” and does not receive enough attention, which has also meant that it “hasn’t been properly addressed.”

Schulz’s concerns were echoed by EP Vice President Antonio Tajani, who warned that Europe sometimes “falls into the temptation of thinking we can ignore this task,” referring to the protection Christians throughout the world who suffer persecution.

Speakers cited the work of Open Doors, a human rights organization that monitors the persecution of Christians, noting that 150 million Christians worldwide suffer torture, rape and arbitrary imprisonment. Christians in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea and Nigeria are among those hardest hit.

The Open Doors report for 2015 found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”


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Martin Schulz, the head of the European Parliament

The head of the European Parliament has demanded that the United States provide full clarification over a report disclosed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden alleging that Washington spied on EU offices.

Martin Schulz said on Saturday that the revelation would have severe impacts on the ties between the EU and the US if proven true.

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations,” Schulz stated.

German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that the leaked documents showed that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington, New York and Brussels.

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Der Spiegel: “If these reports are true, it’s disgusting.”

“The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies. We must get a guarantee from the very highest level now that this stops immediately,” said Asselborn.

Former US defense analyst Wayne Madsen told Press TV on Saturday that some European countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Britain, have secret agreements with Washington to hand over the private data of their citizens to the National Security Agency.

Snowden is currently in a transit zone at Domodedovo International Airport in the Russian capital, Moscow, after the United States revoked his passport to prevent him from travelling further. Snowden has asked Ecuador for asylum.

In the beginning of June, Snowden leaked documents, which revealed that the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been secretly gathering information of American citizens and other people all around the world.


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US reportedly bugged EU offices, computer networks, according to Der Spiegel magazine


The United States has been accused of bugging European Union offices and accessing EU computer networks, according to secret documents cited in German magazine Der Spiegel.

The allegations are based on a “top secret” document from the National Security Agency (NSA), dated September 2010, that was allegedly stolen by fugitive Edward Snowden.

The document, which has been seen in part by Der Spiegel journalists, is said to outline how the NSA listened to conversations and phone calls by bugging EU offices.

It also details how the agency spied on internal computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations.

Without citing sources, the magazine also reported that security officers at the EU had noticed several missed calls and traced them to NSA offices within the NATO compound in Brussels more than five years ago.

A spokesman for the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence had no comment on the story.

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, says if the report is correct it will have a “severe impact” on relations between the EU and the United States.


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