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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the Take-my-data-and-go-home dept.
c0lo writes: "Reuters reports

(Reuters) Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.

At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance. According to other sources, the construction is scheduled to begin in July.

A joint venture between Brazilian telecoms provider Telebras and Spain's IslaLink Submarine Cables would lay the communications link. Telebras would have a 35 percent stake, IslaLink would have a 45 percent interest and European and Brazilian pension funds could put up the remainder.

So it has come to this"

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:51PM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:51PM (#6632) Journal

    Europe is not looking to "run the world", we learned (the hard way) that conquering other countries and telling everyone what to do is pretty shitty. The world is quite happy running itself. We need co-operation, not authoritarianism. We learned that from WW2, and as a result we've enjoyed an unprecedented period of relative peace within Western Europe, a region that has a history of thousands of years of bitter bloodshed.

    However the US is a young nation, and like all youngsters it refuses to learn from the mistakes of its elders. At this point I'm not even sure they are prepared to learn from their own mistakes. The US is intent on conquering the world, despite it being obvious to absolutely everyone else that it's a really bad idea.

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  • (Score: 1) by xvan on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:57PM

    by xvan (2416) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:57PM (#6835)

    That doesn't hold...

    American (as a continent) nations are, in many cases, older than some European countries. IE. Italy.

    The fact that they had a previous 'history' to the foundation of the current country doesn't mean they didn't had (or have today) any issues developing their national identity.

    The only reason Europe lost it's imperialist edge, was that after WW2 colonialism was exhausted and the US way of economic imperialism made good business opportunities.