Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- June 10, 2013

Why Edward Snowden's Flight To Hong Kong Might Be Brilliant -- Benjamin Carlson, Global Post

The NSA whistleblower could exploit a loophole in the Chinese territory's asylum system to buy himself some valuable time.

HONG KONG — There are many reasons why NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's decision to come to Hong Kong could be foolish.

Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States; its government is weak; its foreign policy is dictated by Beijing — no friend of free speech or internet freedom.

But there is at least one reason it could be incredibly shrewd: Hong Kong's asylum system is currently stuck in a state of limbo that could allow Snowden to exploit a loophole and buy some valuable time.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

NSA Whistleblower Is Not Likely To Get Asylum In Iceland -- Adam Taylor, Business Insider

Phone record fury just one sign of how privacy is a thing of the past -- Anita Kumar and Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau

Edward Snowden has blown the whistle on this presidency. You have to wonder: Will Obama see out his full term? -- Damian Thompson, The Telegraph

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden's Claims Are Believable Because We've Heard Them Before -- Paul Szoldra, Business Insider

U.S. to arm Syrian rebels? -- David Jackson, USA TODAY

Syria is bleeding to death and the west stands by -- Nick Cohen, The Guardian

Why Erdoğan cannot make peace with (half of) Turks
-- Burak Bekdil, Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey Could Be the Middle East’s Powder Keg -- Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

Xi Enjoyed Upper Hand -- Joseph A. Bosco, National Interest

China's May Numbers Disappoint, No Remedies In Sight -- Gordon Chang, Forbes

Brotherhoodization of the Opera: Egypt's Assault on the Arts -- Vivian Salama, The Atlantic

Nelson Mandela: Is it time for South Africa to let him go? -- Pumza Fihlani BBC News

We've already let go of Mandela - analyst -- News 24

Analysis: Greece awakens from coma but recovery likely to be anemic -- Harry Papachristou, Reuters

A post-eurozone Europe: Uncompetitive nations should be looking for an exit -- Nita Ghei, Washington Times

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