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US vexed Swiss will support peace not peacekeeping or peace enforcement

In a Dec 2, 2008 diplomatic cable released by Aftenposten, the US ambassador to Switzerland reports that US-Swiss relations "lack the natural intimacy and trust" because, he laments:   "U.S. and Swiss soldiers never fought side-by-side in a war, no Swiss town felt an emotional bond to the U.S. for a past liberation or economic assistance program," which creates the vexing obstacle that the Swiss Army won't lend their knives to NATO or other USG non-multilateral projects:   "The Swiss military is limited by law to participating only in peace support operations (PSOs) -- as opposed to peacekeeping or peace enforcement --" I'll interrupt here to highlight the distinction which the historically-neutral, tri-lingual, direct-democracy Swiss nation makes, perhaps like the Inuit and their fabled hundred words for snow. Americans are sold only one kind of peace, which has to be kept and enforced. We have only one word for peace and it's not peace.

Wikileaks Cablegate on 2008 Olympics: US rats on Dutch radio avoiding IOC & Chinese censors via complex intertubes

Aftenposten's monopoly on unleaked-by-Wikileaks-leaks went comparatively stale this weekend for American readers at least, but there was this nugget in a Beijing Olympics "Situation Report." The last item of an August 21, 2008 diplomatic cable told how a Dutch pirate radio operation was able to circumvent Chinese censors and an International Olympic Committee exclusivity contract. By reporting "Radio 538 is using a complex system of ISDN telephone lines," the US embassy was less ratting out the Dutch than revealing its own misunderestimation of Chinese internets and/or intertubes. 22. (U) Dutch Radio Station Evades Censors: The Dutch commercial broadcaster Radio 538 on 08/19/2008 continued to defy both the Chinese censors and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by broadcasting live from Beijing during the Olympic Games, according to a Dutch radio report. Officially, the only Dutch broadcaster registered to broadcast from Beijing during the Olympics is public broadcaster NOS. Unlike officially registered broadcasters, Radio 538 is not required to send its feed through the Olympics Broadcast Center, where Chinese authorities could theoretically censor its output. Instead, Radio 538 is using a complex system of integrated service digital networks (ISDN) telephone lines to transmit its broadcasts out of Beijing and to foil authorities´ attempts to block its transmissions. Radio 538´s connection with its Beijing studio has been down for only 20 minutes on one day since the beginning of the Olympics, according to the Dutch radio report. For the regularly appended list of USG cables released exclusively in Norway, check this Aftenposten link. For a daily summary written for an English audience, check Views and News from Norway.

AFTENPOSTEN exclusive Wikileaks cache reveals US collaborators

Norway's AFTENPOSTEN newspaper claims to have received the entire cache of Cablegate diplomatic cables. So far they've restricted themselves to releasing correspondence relating to US-Norwegian relations, revealing particular Norwegians doing America's bidding, from those with "strong pro-US instincts, to another considered by "some very senior U.S. officials" to be "weasily." From the cable about weasily Norwegian Ministry of Defense State Secretary Espen Barth Eide who's played a key role in keeping Norwegian troops in Afghanistan and tried to manipulate his Government to support US machinations in Haiti, these misgivings: Senior Norwegian officials, with strong pro-U.S. instincts, have also told the Embassy in private that Barth Eide is not to be relied upon to promote U.S. priorities. One key test of Barth Eide´s inclinations will be the MOD recommendation on which fighter plane to purchase, the Joint Strike Fighter or the Saab Gripen. News as well to Norwegians is a cable about Oslo's regional governor collaborating with US plans to move/expand its embassy which had been meeting with severe resistance from the public. Although the AFTENPOSTEN is published in Norwegian, the cables are being reprinted in their original, Here's a listing of what's out so far: Dokumentene fra USAs ambassader OSLO REGIONAL GOVERNOR OFFERS SUPPORT FOR NEW AMERICAN EMBASSY PROJECT  (15.12 2010) NORWAY: A POTENTIAL HAVEN FOR WAR CRIMINALS? (15.12 2010) ESPEN BARTH EIDE, POWER IN NORWAY´S MOD AND RISING STAR IN THE LABOR PARTY  (16.12 2010) RISING NORWEGIAN ANTI-SEMITISM AFFECTING ITS ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST? (15.12 2010) 13.2.2009: CONSTRAINTS ON NORWAY´S MIDDLE EAST ROLE? (15.12 2010) NORWEGIAN LAWYERS SUE ISRAEL FOR WAR CRIMES ABUSES (15.12 2010) NORWAY WILL NOT PUBLICLY SUPPORT UN 1267 KREKAR DESIGNATION (15.12 2010) GOJ TO APPROACH DUTCH TO ASK THAT MULLAH KREKAR NOT BE EXPELLED TO NORWAY (15.12 2010) MULLAH KREKAR CASE: STATE OF PLAY IN JORDAN (15.12 2010) OSLO NEC - THE HIGH COSTS OF FREEZING THE PROJECT (15.12 2010) 21.5.2003: Tigers issue hard-edged letter demandinginterim structure in north/east (19.12 2010) 11.2.2009: Norwegian FM Stoere: The world at his feet (15.12 2010) 16.6.2003: Tensions notch up over sinking of Tamil Tigership and latest slaying of a Tiger opponent (19.12 2010) 15.7.2003: Tigers still refusing request from monitors tovacate forward base (19.12 2010) 11.8.2003: LTTE base issue; Tigers get ready for Paris meeting (19.12 2010) 4.11.2003: Provoking political crisis, President fires three key ministers and suspends Parliament (19.12 2010) 23.10.2003: President demands removal of chief monitor, but it is not clear how far she wants to push matter (19.12 2010) 5.11.2003: President Affirms Commitment to Negotiated Settlement and Cease-fire (19.12 2010) 12.11.2003: Sri Lanka update: No resolution in "cordial" President-PM meeting; Norwegians here to meet all sides (19.12 2010) 17.11.2004: Possible ways forward in political standoff between Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister (19.12 2010) 6.3.2004: Ignoring orders of LTTE leadership, rebel commander remains ensconced in east (19.12 2010) 9.6.2004: Recent meetings show the way forward for Sri Lanka peace process is troubled (19.12 2010) 15.4.2004: In meeting, Norwegian Ambassador reviews recent discussion with President on peace process (19.12 2010) 17.6.2004: Talks about Talks in Stasis while Norwegians Ponder Next Moves (19.12 2010) 23.6.2004: Norwegian peregrinations for peace (19.12 2010) 20.4.2004: Norwegian envoy Solheim finds GSL and LTTE committed to peace process (19.12 2010) 6.12.2004: "Low key" Norwegian visit to Wanni (19.12 2010) 29.11.2004: Norwegians concerned by JVP-orcheastrated campaign against them (19.12

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