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publicintegrity.org – Gerard Ryle – Feb 8, 1:00 PM – Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa, bag men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds and other international
bbc.co.uk – Richard Bilton – Feb 8, 1:00 PM – Britain’s biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned. Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007. They show bankers
theguardian.com – David Leigh – Feb 8, 1:00 PM – HSBC’s Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets, doling out bundles of untraceable cash and advising clients on how to circumvent domestic tax authorities, according to a huge cache of leaked
The gardener, the grapes and the thorns: the backbone of Europe’s future

Populism is now in an orbit of frontal collision with European and national institutions of democracy as developed today, demanding a reinvigoration of ‘popular sovereignty.’

Protest graffiti reading: No Gods, No Masters.

 

A green and pleasant land? The trauma of the British asylum system

The system of asylum in the UK pushes mental fortitude to its limits. 

Protest with signs and placards in MelbourneOur government needs to listen. Flickr/Takver. Some rights reserved.

This article is the product of a Master’s project based on four months researching and writing, and four days with the Harbour Project in Swindon talking to refugees and asylum seekers. At the request of those interviewed, real names have not been used.

 

Greek PM defiant over economic plans

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece says he is sticking to plans to roll back economic austerity and rejecting an extension of an EU bailout.
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DRESDEN, Germany — For months, right-wing demonstrators have been on the march in Germany, stirring fears of a throwback to darker days.

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ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — Larisa Yakovenko survived a direct rocket strike on her single-story Debaltseve cottage. But with the wreckage strewn about and her exit blocked, the 49-year-old woman with a disability was certain she would die from exposure to the cold or starvation, as she lay helpless amid the smoldering rubble.

The ruling French Socialist party narrowly beats the far-right National Front at a by-election seen as a test of President Hollande’s popularity.

Many immigrants reaching Italy’s shores cannot or do not want to be identified, posing a security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorism and criminal infiltration, says Alessandro de Pedys, the Italian Ambassador to Poland.

EU experts have presented a very cautious set of initial conclusions on the reform of the EU budget’s “own resources”, ruling away controversial plans to introduce an EU-wide tax. EurActiv France reports.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid out plans on Sunday (8 February) to dismantle Greece’s “cruel” austerity programme, ruling out any extension of its international bailout and setting himself on a collision course with his European partners at a summit in Brussels later this week.

If Greece is forced out of the eurozone, other countries like Portugal and Italy will inevitably follow and the currency bloc will collapse, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday (8 February), in comments which drew a rebuke from Rome.

Green and Liberal MEPs are resisting the proposal for a pan-European Passenger Name Records (PNR) database in the face of mounting political pressure before a summit this week in which heads of state will press them to adopt the measure urgently.

West ’caused Ukraine crisis’ – Putin

The crisis in Ukraine was caused by the West, says Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he works on Franco-German proposals to end fighting.
Four-way Ukraine summit planned

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they aim to meet in Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine.
Greenspan predicts Greek euro exit

The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, tells the BBC that Greece will have to leave the eurozone.
Ukrainians escape encircled strategic town

Thousands of traumatised people have fled shelling in Debaltseve as warring sides battle for another key city.
On Tuesday February 10 (2015) I will participate in a debate with researchers Marieke de Goede, Francesco Ragazzi, Jolle Demmers, and Julien Jeandesboz to discuss the role of the media, Islamophobia and the temptation of vigilantism in Europe in the aftermath of murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7th of 2015. The debate takes place at SPUI25 in downtown Amsterdam, The Netherlands (this is a debate center operated by the University of Amsterdam).

 

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