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2018年08月10日

Secret US Embassy Cables

Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.

The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.

The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.

The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.

This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments -- even the most corrupt -- around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.

The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of "The Iraq War Logs", the world's previously largest classified information release).

The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.

301....Keeping Warm

Well hello out there! It has been awhile. I don’t think I’ve ever been away from my little blog for as long as I have. My last post was in October 2016 …

But I’ve been thinking about this space for some time and how I feel like it’s time to come back.So here I am.

During the Christmas season, after Christmas Eve, December 26th is my very favourite day. It’s the day I sit around in my pyjamas and enjoy the quiet calm after the seasonal storm.

Don’t get me wrong. I adore Christmas and all that comes with it … including the crazy shopping, the dishes, the dry hands from washing all the dishes, the chocolate, the wine, the gatherings … it’s all wonderful.

But on the 26th, I enjoy the quiet. On the 26th, we curl up, watch movies, drink warm drinks, and enjoy the peacefulness.

Today, I took a bit of time to quietly go into the kitchen and bake something for me. A lot of butter, flour and eggs passed through our kitchen in the days leading up to Christmas. I baked my seasonal favourites and happily gave them away as gifts and tokens.

But today I baked for me and I decided to make this Almond Puff Loaf from King Arthur Flour. Buttery, soft, sweet, smothered in apricot jam and almond-flavoured icing … all the things I love.

More than anything I loved being in the quiet kitchen with the wintery light coming in from the window, quietly mixing and baking.

My photography skills are rusty to be sure and it was kind of dark when I took these pictures but what joy I got from doing this again.

I’m glad to be back.


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