Wikileaks founder loses extradition appeal Decision by UK supreme court means Julian Assange can be sent back to Sweden, where he faces sexual-assault charges. Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, has lost his appeal at the supreme court in London against extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations. The judges ruled with a majority of [...]
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Wikileaks founder loses extradition appeal Decision by UK supreme court means Julian Assange can be sent back to Sweden, where he faces sexual-assault charges.
The triumph of nationalism How extremist and nationalist forces are growing across Europe in the face of financial crisis and growing xenophobia.
Geert Wilders‘ rejection of Dutch austerity measures caused the government of the Netherlands to fall [AP] The triumph of nationalism How extremist and nationalist forces are growing across Europe in the face of financial crisis and growing xenophobia. London, United Kingdom - “The battle for France has just started”, declared a triumphant Marine Le Pen after her impressive [...]
JP Morgan: justice department opens investigation into $2bn trading losses Chief executive Jamie Dimon sees off attempts by shareholders to strip him of his role as chairman – but pressure is mounting
JP Morgan protesters attempt to make their voices heard outside the shareholders’ meeting in Tampa. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images JP Morgan: justice department opens investigation into $2bn trading losses Chief executive Jamie Dimon sees off attempts by shareholders to strip him of his role as chairman – but pressure is mounting The US justice department [...]
Hundreds of Thousands March Against Austerity in UK Public workers, including 20,000 off-duty police officers, protesting pension and benefit cuts – Common Dreams staff
Hundreds of Thousands March Against Austerity in UK Public workers, including 20,000 off-duty police officers, protesting pension and benefit cuts – Common Dreams staff Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are taking part in a UK-wide strike to protest proposed government austerity that has taken aim at their pensions and benefits. Public sector workers [...]
Not enough is being done to combat malnutrition With malnutrition responsible for the deaths of thousands of children, much more high-profile investment is needed.
Malnutrition is the underlying cause for at least a fifth of maternal mortality and more than a third for child deaths [AP] London, United Kingdom - Tanzanian nutrition expert Professor Joyce Kinabo last week gave a speech to health campaigners from around the world, calling on them to focus on nutrition if they want to save [...]
François Hollande, France’s Tony Blair? by PHILIPPE MARLIERE François Hollande, the socialist candidate in the presidential race, wants to be seen by the public as the “Mr. Normal” of French politics: calm, measured and reassuringly honest. In short, he wants to be seen as Nicolas Sarkozy’s antithesis. Hollande’s “normality” is reflected [...]
Fracking: A dehydrated UK, watered only by capitalism When the UK’s water infrastructure is already in severe drought, why is fracking even being considered?
UK residents worry that the water consumed in fracking is going to make a severe drought even worse [AP] London, United Kingdom - Fracking: environmental and human destruction at its very worst. Groundwater contamination, billions of gallons of fresh water squandered, small earthquakes, toxic air emissions, reports of radiation, and not even tap water going up in [...]
Islamophobia: Europe’s new political disease The rise of the counter-jihad movement threatens communal harmony as much as so-called ‘militant Islam’, says author.
Europe has been recently undergoing a wave of Islamophobic hysteria the past few years [AFP] London, United Kingdom - A new wave of anti-Muslim intolerance and antagonism is sweeping Europe. The far right political gains seen in some parts of the continent are alarming. Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and extreme right parties seem to be cashing in [...]
Greece: Civil war, but not as you know it As the economic situation in Greece worsens, so too does its political climate.
Loverdos is a minister for so-called Social Solidarity – hardly what one would expect from his issuing of compulsory health certificates for all migrants, says the author [AP] London, United Kingdom - On April 1, 2012 two ministers of the Greek coalition government held a joint press conference: Michalis Chrisochoidis, minister for Citizen Protection (administering the [...]
London 2012′s stupendous insanity leaves sport as an also-ran Rooftop rockets, uncontrolled consumerism and out-of-touch elites are at the rotten heart of this hugely wasteful Olympics John Harris
A view of the London Olympic Stadium during a Gold Challenge event in April. Photograph: Pa Wire/PA London 2012′s stupendous insanity leaves sport as an also-ran Rooftop rockets, uncontrolled consumerism and out-of-touch elites are at the rotten heart of this hugely wasteful Olympics John Harris guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 14.00 BST Article history And so it [...]
‘It’s rather surreal’ … residents react to plan for roof rockets during Olympics Inhabitants of gated complex in east London fear presence of high velocity missiles will make them target for terrorism
The Bow Quarter complex has been chosen to host the missiles. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP It would make an arresting addition to any estate agent’s particulars. From next week a gated apartment complex in east London will be able to boast not just landscaped gardens and sparkling fountains but also a battery of rooftop surface-to-air missiles. The Bow [...]
David Cameron and the offshore connection Questions about links between Britain’s rulers and the obscure world of offshore finance signal a need for transparency.
The Prime Minister’s father allegedly held directorships in companies registered in tax havens [GALLO/GETTY] London, United Kingdom - Last weekend, the Guardian reported that the British prime minister‘s father, Ian Cameron, held directorships in companies registered in tax havens. These companies were created soon after then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher relaxed capital controls in 1979. They were the foundation of [...]
link http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Rupert-watch–signaling-t-by-Michael-Collins-120422-72.html Michael Collins is a writer in the DC area who researches and comments on the corruptions of the new millennium. His articles focus on the financial manipulations of The Money Party, the abuse of power by government, and features on elections and election fraud. His articles can be found athere. His [...]
Cameron family fortune made in tax havens Revealed: David Cameron’s father built up legal offshore funds in Panama and Geneva
David Cameron‘s father set up offshore investment funds which explicitly boasted of their ability to remain outside UK tax jurisdiction. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Ed Howker and Shiv Malik guardian.co.uk, Friday 20 April 2012 22.01 BST Article history The Jersey, Panama and Geneva connection Ian Cameron’s will David Cameron‘s father ran a network of offshore investment funds to help [...]
Why nations fail A new book highlights the role of politics in prosperity – a point that Europeans and Americans ignore at their peril.
Protests in Egypt last year toppled a regime which provided little for its people [Reuters] London, United Kingdom - In their recent book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson set out to do away with some of the myths that still bedevil development economics. In a wide-ranging historical [...]
Metropolitan police accused of racism against off-duty firefighter Edric Kennedy-Macfoy says he was abused, assaulted and shot with a stun gun when he tried to help officers
Edric Kennedy-Macfoy’s complaint is the 10th case involving alleged racism known to have been referred to the police watchdog in three weeks. Photograph: Casey Moore Metropolitan police accused of racism against off-duty firefighter Edric Kennedy-Macfoy says he was abused, assaulted and shot with a stun gun when he tried to help officers Paul Lewis guardian.co.uk, Thursday [...]
Julian Assange’s lawyer ‘prevented from boarding flight at Heathrow’ Jennifer Robinson says she was told she was on a ‘watch list’ and would need official approval to return to her native Australia
Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP A lawyer for the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has said she was stopped at Heathrow airport and told she was on a watch list requiring official approval before she could return to her native Australia. Jennifer Robinson said a member of airport security told her she [...]
Leveson inquiry: Rupert and James Murdoch to give evidence next week News Corp chairman will face phone hacking questions on Wednesday, while his son will appear on Tuesday
Leveson inquiry appearance … News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch is scheduled to answer questions on Wednesday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Rupert Murdoch is to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking and media ethics next week, with a day and a half set aside for the News Corporation founder. Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp, is [...]
Nuclear hopes fade with the end of Bulgaria’s Belene Cancellation of the plant is a blow to European nuclear plans, but new energy strategies are being developed.
The cancellation of a nuclear plant in Bulgaria is another blow to European nuclear energy plans [REUTERS] London, United Kingdom - Bulgaria has finally abandoned the building of a second 2GW nuclear power plant by the town of Belene on the banks of the River Danube. The building started more than 30 years ago and successive [...]
Salah case exposes the questionable tactics of Britain’s pro-Israel lobby Despite Salah’s status, May made a partial and callous decision to exclude him from the UK, seeing in him a threat.
“Like many Palestinians, Sheikh Raed Salah feels that he does not have any other option but to struggle for justice,” writes Ismail Patel [EPA] London, United Kingdom - The circumstances surrounding Home Secretary Theresa May‘s decision to issue an exclusion order against Sheikh Raed Salah is a cause for great concern. It is unacceptable that the [...]
Stock market panic selling led to shares falling across the world with the FTSE100 down 128 points. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian European stock markets rocked by panic selling as debt crisis reignites Investors demanding high premiums for holding Italian and Spanish bonds as fears of double-dip recession grow Heather Stewart, Larry Elliott and Giles Tremlett in Madrid [...]
Riots may be controlled with chemicals Police look at firing chemical irritants at rioters in search for ‘less lethal’ weapons, such as plastic bullets, to deal with civil disorder
Riot police are seen in front of fires during a demonstration against government spending cuts in London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Ima Riots may be controlled with chemicals Police look at firing chemical irritants at rioters in search for ‘less lethal’ weapons, such as plastic bullets, to deal with civil disorder Ben Quinn guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 [...]
The Seeds of a Quiet Economic Revolution: A Review of Gar Alperovitz’s “America Beyond Capitalism” Friday, 06 April 2012 10:17By Maria Armoudian, Truthout | Book Review
(Image: Democracy Collaborative)It is not news that Americans overwhelming disapprove of the job Congress is doing. And likely, it’s not surprising that two-thirds of Americans told a London-based firm, Absolute Strategy Research, that they believed that the economic system in the US is not working for most Americans and is unfair. But might these beliefs [...]
Virgin employee quits after claims she sent celebrity flight details to paparazzi Emails indicate Virgin Atlantic supervisor passed information about eight celebrities to Big Pictures agency Interactive: the celebrity flight details listed in the email
Solicitors for Sienna Miller say they are taking legal instructions over the alleged leak by a Virgin Atlantic employee. Photograph: Rex Features Virgin employee quits after claims she sent celebrity flight details to paparazzi Emails indicate Virgin Atlantic supervisor passed information about eight celebrities to Big Pictures agency Interactive: the celebrity flight details listed in the email [...]
Austerity vs solidarity: Democratic legitimacy and Europe’s future Across the EU, there is an outcry – including from economists – about the potential damaging effects of austerity plans.
After Greece, there are signs of rising protests across EU societies [EPA] London, United Kingdom - German sociologist and influential European thinker Ulrich Beck recently highlightedthat one of the most (problematic) prevailing contemporary tendencies is to elevate Germany‘s “culture of stability” to “Europe’s guiding idea”. While it is necessary that some states take a more conscious and [...]
‘The riots haven’t changed a thing’ As an official report into the 2011 London riots is released, an angry, troubled generation is being ignored.
The unrest spread to several London boroughs over five nights of rioting [Al Jazeera] London, United Kingdom - Daniel, an 18-year-old from Newham, in London’s east end, has one regret.“I wish there was more time. More time to have shown them what I really could do.” I asked him: “And what exactly did you do?” [...]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: diplomatic immunity’s greatest hits Former IMF head joins an illustrious collection of miscreants who claimed the status to get out of trouble
In invoking diplomatic immunity, Dominique Strauss-Kahn joins a rogues’ gallery of accused international reprobates. Photograph: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP Dominique Strauss-Kahn: diplomatic immunity’s greatest hits Former IMF head joins an illustrious collection of miscreants who claimed the status to get out of trouble From petty thieves and fine-dodgers to drunk-drivers and outright murderers, “diplomatic immunity” has [...]
Injured student protester faces trial for violent disorder Alfie Meadows, who had brain surgery after anti-fees demonstration, claims he was struck by police truncheon
Alfie Meadows at his home in Brixton after brain surgery follow the anti-fees demonstration in December 2010. Photograph: Graeme Robertson Sandra Laville guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 March 2012 12.08 BST Article history A philosophy student who claimed he suffered head injuries from a policebaton during the anti-fees protest in London faces trial on Monday for violent disorder at the demonstration. Supporters of [...]
Iran sanctions bring unintended, unwanted results 23 Mar 2012 17:33 Source: Reuters // Reuters * Sanctions drive up oil prices, hurting global economy * Heightened economic pressure could make Iran more volatile * Little evidence Tehran deflected from nuclear programme By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) [...]
Rebekah Brooks questioned by police The former News International chief executive attended Milton Keynes police station to answer police bail dating back to her arrest in July of last year
Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, has been questioned at Milton Keynes police station. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, has been questioned at Milton Keynes police station by police officers investigating alleged phone hacking at the News of the World and alleged corrupt payments made to public officials. [...]
The UN’s chequered record in West Papua In the 1960s, West Papuans were sacrificed in the name of Cold War politics – and the UN did nothing about it.
Last December, police arrested West Papuans who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from Dutch rule [Reuters] London, United Kingdom - Thousands have taken part in rallies across West Papua and in Australia to mark the UN Secretary-General’s (UNSG) visit to Indonesia, calling on Ban Ki-moon to revisit UN mistakes that lead to the [...]
A worldwide problem: Student arrested for filming buildings wins police payout Metropolitan police asked to reinvestigate complaint after woman is offered out-of-court settlement
It will not take long for crude interventions and arrests by police become a daily occurrence in all the so called major democracies. As soon as a small group in a democracy are given privileges and the right to use these privileges against their fellow citizens abuse follows. The first reason for this is that the elite are [...]
Neville Thurlbeck, former News of the World chief reporter, arrested Operation Weeting officers re-arrest former NoW chief reporter, this time on suspicion of intimidation of a witness
Former NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been re-arrested by Operation Weeting officers investigating phone hacking. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter of the News of the World, has been arrested on suspicion of intimidation of a witness. He was arrested by appointment at a central London police station at 4pm on Wednesday by [...]
Goldman Sachs director quits ‘morally bankrupt’ Wall Street bank Greg Smith resigns as executive director of Goldman’s European equity derivatives business after devastating attack
An Occupy protester makes their views known on Goldman Sachs. Photograph: Dan Dennison/Rex Features Wall Street banking group Goldman Sachs, has received a severe blow to its reputation when one of its bankers announced his resignation in the New York Times by declaring his employer of 12 years “morally bankrupt”. Questions were immediately raised about the relationship between [...]
Rebekah Brooks among six arrested in phone-hacking investigation Former Sun editor held by Operation Weeting detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
Rebekah Brooks, the fomer Sun and News of the World editor, was among six arrested today in Operation Weeting‘s phone-hacking investigation. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Rebekah Brooks is among six people arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, as part of the investigation into phone hacking. The [...]
On the front lines with female journalists Practising journalism carries inherent risks, but female journalists still have to deal with gender-specific issues.
Female journalists have made huge strides in recent years, but continue to face gender-specific risks [EPA] London, UK - Our job as journalists carries with it an inherent risk that affects us all, irrespective of our gender or ethnic background, because we go to places and events that people are trying to get away from: disaster [...]
Who’s Next? Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year Almost 50,000 households across England accepted as homeless as repossession rates and unemployment rise
Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year Almost 50,000 households across England accepted as homeless as repossession rates and unemployment rise The use of B&B accommodation to house homeless families is up 37% on the previous year. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian The number of people officially classed as homeless in England has jumped [...]
“You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.” - Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Lecture Related articles The World War on Democracy By John Pilger (ikners.com) Daily [...]
In the UK, the unions can win Britain’s trade unions have been kept on the margins for too long – but they have the ability to make a comeback.
In the United Kingdom, organised labour groups boast over six million members [EPA] London, United Kingdom - Organised labour is by far the biggest social movement in Britain, with more than six million members. But, as the author and journalist Owen Jones noted last week, “the political and media establishment treat them as though they have [...]
Police are linked to blacklist of construction workers Security services ‘gave data to clandestine organisation funded by major names in building industry’
Labour MP John McDonnell said he would be demanding a debate in parliament on what he described as collusion. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian The police or security services supplied information to a blacklist funded by the country’s major construction firms that has kept thousands of people out of work over the past three decades. The Information [...]
Police apologise to Mark Duggan’s family for not telling them of his death Met apologises for failing to tell Duggan’s family that he had been killed in the incident that triggered last summer’s riots
Mark Duggan, who was killed by Met police officers last August. Photograph: Rex Features The Metropolitan police has apologised to the family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting triggered last summer’s riots, for failing to inform them of his death. The apology was revealed after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) upheld a complaint by the family that neither the Met [...]
Britain leads dash to explore for oil in war-torn Somalia Government offers humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in country’s future energy industry
Engineers and visitors tour an exploratory well in Somalia‘s semi-autonomous Puntland region. Photograph: Reuters Britain is involved in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country’s future energy industry. Riven by two decades of conflict that have seen the [...]
Somalia. The new crying game. All tears no action. All hope no intention. Another capital fraud and no one cares.
Saving Somalia: A wasted effort? We ask how serious world leaders at the London conference are in tackling problems facing the war-torn African state. An international conference on Somalia has taken place in London on Thursday, with representatives from 40 countries attending. “We cannot exclude any kind of an attempt at [...]
Leaders gather for eurozone crisis summit Greek debt deal still up in the air as EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss ways to promote growth and create jobs
. Greek PM Lucas Papademos has been holding talks with private investors to clinch debt-swap deal [Reuters] European leaders are set to meet in Brussels, the Belgian capital and de facto capital of the European Union, for a fresh round of talks aimed at tackling the eurozone debt crisis, with Greece‘s precarious financial future at the top of [...]
The Santa María II belongs to Lota Protein, owned by the Koppernaes Group in Norway, which has waged a 21-month legal war with eight powerful groups that own rights to 87 percent of jack mackerel in Chilean waters. Juan Pablo Figueroa Lasch/ICIJ With government backing, a handful of powerful Chilean families have [...]
The worldwide public realizes there is something deeply wrong with today’s world economic system Sunday Observer Editorial
We Can Now See the True Cost of Globalization The worldwide public realizes there is something deeply wrong with today’s world economic system Sunday Observer Editorial When Karl Marx called for the workers of the world to unite, it seems unlikely he had in mind an iPhone boycott. But suggestions for just such a campaign [...]
“There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.” — Banksy “Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for. ” — Banksy “Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.” [...]
Climate scientists back call for sceptic thinktank to reveal backers Leading experts lend support to Freedom of Information request concerning climate sceptic foundation chaired by Lord Lawson
Unless those who pollute the most have had a remarkable attack of conscience it would come as no surprise if any investigation of those backing lunatic climate deniers were from the polluting group. The easiest way to see where they may be is to just follow the profits to the hands of elite and you [...]