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by In Wales Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:25:41 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:15:10 AM EST
British ministers warn EU cuts could isolate the UK | News | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

A day after British Prime Minister David Cameron's own party defied him over not enforcing EU budget cuts, British ministers say the real test for the EU budget is yet to come.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, pictured above on the right, warned on Thursday that the decisions of the rebel lawmakers in parliament could leave Britain isolated in the EU or outside it altogether.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:15:41 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Cameron defeated in EU budget freeze vote

BRUSSELS - British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an important defeat in parliament on Wednesday (31 October) when opposition Labour party MPs sided with eurosceptics in his own Conservative party to demand a reduction in the EU budget

MPs voted by 307 to 294 in favour of a Tory-rebel amendment calling for the 2014-2020 EU budget to be "reduced in real terms."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:36:11 PM EST
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Lot's of noise about vetos.

Netherlands we knew about: Austerity Now!
Denmark: Not sure why?
Sweden: Seems a bit like the UK - "We're doing not so bad and are not in the Euro anyway, so sucks to be you."

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:17:54 AM EST
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Fog in Westminster, europe cut off

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:06:20 AM EST
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Politicians, migrant community reflect on NSU murders | News | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

A year after a scandal involving murders allegedly committed by a neo-Nazi terror cell came to light, politicians and immigrant group leaders say much needs to be done to make sure this never happens again.

The chairman of the parliamentary committee looking into the work of police who investigated the series of murders now attributed to right-wing extremists told a press conference in Berlin that major changes were needed, to ensure that this could not happen again.

"What we have here is a problem of structure and mentality," Sebastian Edathy, a Social Democrat member of the Bundestag said. "If the structures aren't changed, things won't get better," he added.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:16:16 PM EST
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Lip service paid.

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:18:24 AM EST
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Greek journalist on trial for publishing 'Lagarde list' | News | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

A journalist has gone on trial for publishing the names of thousands of Greeks who allegedly have Swiss bank accounts. The prominent journalist is charged with violating data privacy laws.

Costas Vaxevanis made no comment to reporters as he arrived at the Athens court at the start of the trial on Thursday. Following a brief appearance on Monday, though, the 46-year-old television journalist, who now publishes a magazine, insisted that he was innocent.

"I was doing my job in the name of the public interest," Vaxevanis said outside of the court. "Journalism is revealing the truth when everyone else is trying to hide it."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:17:34 PM EST
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Journalist on trial for Swiss bank account revelations - JUSTICE - FRANCE 24

A Greek investigative journalist went on trial on Thursday for publishing names from an alleged list of Swiss bank accounts that the government is accused of failing to investigate properly.

Costas Vaxevanis, a 46-year-old veteran television journalist who now publishes a magazine, insists he was doing his job while ministers responsible for vetting the list for possible tax evasion did nothing for two years.

"We will endure this. Will they?" Vaxevanis tweeted ahead of the trial.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:42:02 PM EST
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Guardian - Greek editor Kostas Vaxevanis acquitted over Swiss bank list

Kostas Vaxevanis hates being the centre of attention. On Thursday moments before taking the stand in one of the most sensational trials to grip Greece in modern times, the journalist said he was not in the business of making news. "My job is simply to tell the news and tell it straight," he averred. "My job is to tell the truth."

Truth in the case of Vaxevanis has been a rollercoaster that has catapulted the 46-year-old from relative obscurity to global stardom in a matter of days. But , after a hearing that lasted almost 12 hours - with a three-member panel of judges sitting stony-faced throughout, he was vindicated: the court found him not guilty of breaking data privacy laws by publishing the names in Hot Doc, the weekly magazine he edits, of some 2,059 Greeks believed to have bank accounts in Switzerland.

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations," Vaxevanis said, citing George Orwell, before observers packed into the crammed courtroom broke into applause. "As such it was my duty to reveal this list."



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:09:42 AM EST
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Portuguese journalists unite in face of job cuts | Europe | DW.DE | 01.11.2012
In crisis-hit Portugal, the media sector is taking as much of a battering as any other, with record job losses this year so far. What does this mean for the future and quality of journalism in Portugal?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:22:16 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Defence / Military chief: EU becoming 'marginal' in Asia-centric world

BRUSSELS - EU countries must share military resources or become "marginal" powers on the world stage, a Swedish general has said.

Hakan Syren issued the warning after chairing a regular meeting of EU military commanders in Brussels on Wednesday (31 October).

"We have shrinking budgets and we have changing responsibilities. It was shown in the Libya conflict ... I would say there's a new world out there," he told press.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:36:48 PM EST
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Independent - Hammond: Europe must stop relying on America

Could there be a bit of special interest campaigning here ? The white mans burden aka Europe's weapons manufacturers, needs your support

European nations must stop relying so heavily on the United States for global security and must take on more responsibility in their "own back yard", the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today.

European countries must also be "prepared, if necessary, to take a bigger role in relation to North Africa and the Middle East", Mr Hammond said, in comments likely to be picked up with interest abroad.

"With the United States reflecting, in its strategic posture, the growing importance of the developing strategic challenge in the Pacific, the nations of Europe must find the political will to take on more responsibility for our own back yard, and fund the capabilities that allow us to do that," Mr Hammond told defence chiefs and military contractors at the Chief of the Air Staff's Air Power Conference 2012, organised by the Royal United Services Institute.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:21:41 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Corruption reigns in Kosovo despite EU millions

BRUSSELS - The almost €700 million in EU funds spent in Kosovo between 2007 and 2011 to improve the rule of law and rein in corruption have produced dismal results, an EU auditing body said this week.

A lack of co-ordination between the EU and the US, unqualified EU staff and weak anti-corruption bodies in Kosovo are among some of the findings in an investigation conducted by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:37:07 PM EST
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French children to learn gay issues at primary school - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
French Minister for Women's Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on Wednesday unveiled wide-ranging plans to fight homophobia in France that include teaching primary school children about issues affecting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:40:54 PM EST
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Although I have a story/opinion to post I will refrain because the content would get me banned from ET forever.

That is all.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:52:19 PM EST
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BBC News - 'Bedroom tax': Wales benefit change homelessness fears

The body representing tenants in Wales is warning that up to 4,000 people could be forced into homelessness over "bedroom tax" housing benefit changes.

Housing association and council tenants of working age will see benefits cut if they are deemed to have spare bedrooms.

From April it means a 14% cut for one spare room and 25% if they have two.

The UK government says such tenants should contribute to rent if a home is bigger than needed, but the Welsh government is "extremely concerned".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:57:04 PM EST
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Teh market, of course, will instantly provide a replacement home with the exact number of bedrooms called for. This is because markets do efficient allocation of resources, well-known fact.

It's like jobs and skills. If only people would trust the market with their measly lives, skills-matching would happen in a trice.

In other news, the Tories are on a class hatred jag that makes Margaret Thatcher look like a novice.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 01:27:33 PM EST
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Ridiculous! They are going to tax poor for having spare underwear...This is rapidly becoming madness. Why anyone would rent bigger home then needed and pay more? I suppose government is just giving a portion of rent to those in needs and with low income, so people are still paying big part of it. And who is to decide what one needs? It's easy to bash helpless people and humiliate them where ever they can.
Find a job! Find a job! -they are screaming. Where is a bloody job? I would make compulsory for government to find them a job and the one with decent pay so they do not need bloody benefit for accommodation.
by vbo on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 06:37:00 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing> Spanish foreclosure crisis coming to a head (02.11.2012)
In Spain, the wave of foreclosures of residential homes is coming to a head; the Spanish government is considering help to the poorest families, but wants to avoid passing legislation to control the process; opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba says Spanish banks should pass on the cheap and ample ECB funds to their struggling mortgage customers; Spanish judges and prosecutors are accusing banks of swamping the legal system with foreclosure cases; the latest data show that a quarter of a trillion euros had left the Spanish banking system before the OMT announcement; Greek parliament to vote on reforms next Wednesday and the austerity package Sunday, Nov 11; Six Greek Socialists threaten to vote against reforms; this would leave the government coalition with a majority of only 153 votes in the 300 seat Parliament; Greek editor cleared of charges over publishing Lagarde list of alleged tax evaders after 10 hours high profile trial; Financial prosecutors now want to know whether any politicians should face criminal charges for not using the so-called Lagarde list;  ahead the Financial Stability Board says Commerzbank and Dexia are no longer systemically relevant from a global perspective; the four most dangerous banks are Deutsche, HSBC, Citigroup and J.P.Morgan Chase; Italian unions are kicking off a season of big strikes in protest against the 2013 budget; Pierluigi Battista says parties are the root cause of political indifference in Italy; Alberto Orioli says the three key issues for Italy's competitiveness are the labour tax wedge, policy to tackle payment delays, and anti-corruption measures; the Swiss Central Bank must have engaged in a firesale of euros, as it managed to reduce the euro's share in official reserves from 60% to 48% in just three months; Mark Schieritz does the math on bond repurchases and finds the effect will be peanuts - even under a benign set of circumstances; Dawn Holland and Jonathan Portes, meanwhile, have run their own multiplier simulation, and find that they are very, very large.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 03:23:04 AM EST
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de Grauwe and Ji: TARGET2 as a scapegoat for German errors (Vox EU, 2 November 2012)
These current account surpluses did not lead to TARGET2 claims during the bubble years because the counterpart of these surpluses were increasing claims held by (mainly) German banks against the other Eurozone countries.
  • Somewhat like a car company that lends consumers the money to buy their cars, the German banking system was lending the money to other Eurozone countries to allow them to buy surplus German products - a highly risky affair.
In the parlance of balance of payment statistics the current account surpluses were offset by capital outflows of equal magnitude. As a result, TARGET2 balances did not move.
  • This created the illusion that no risk was involved; in fact the risks were increasing every year.
The build-up of net foreign claims (loans) that were the counterparts of increasing current account surpluses created a huge risk for Germany. It should have been obvious that the debtor countries could get into payment difficulties as they were piling up debt made possible by the loans of German banks. Yet the TARGET2 claims were not moving during these years, hiding the significant increase in risk exposure of Germany.

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Hans-Werner Sinn makes the point that had the ECB not been as liberal in providing financial assistance to peripheral Eurozone countries, the latter would have had lower deficits and thus Germany lower surpluses (Sinn 2012). But this effect must be small. Here are some numbers.

  • Since the start of the Eurozone, Germany accumulated €665 billion of current account surpluses against the rest of the Eurozone.
  • Only €127 billion was accumulated since the end of 2009 when the TARGET2 balances started to surge.

The largest part of these net foreign claims was built up prior to the debt crisis.
  • Surely it must have been Germany's choice to accumulate these balances.
We guess that Hans-Werner Sinn will not want to contend that peripheral countries and the ECB somehow coerced Germany into accumulating current account surpluses prior to the debt crisis.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:06:20 AM EST
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They guess wrong - the whole German narrative on this is that they did everything out of altruism,
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:02:26 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:15:23 AM EST
Germany pushes for free trade with India | Business | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler has urged India to reconsider its reservations about a free trade zone with the European Union. The topic is high on the agenda of a German industry meeting in New Delhi.

German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler on Thursday once again threw his weight behind the idea of a free trade zone between India and the European Union. He said on the fringes of an Asia Pacific conference in New Delhi that such a zone would be desirable.

But he admitted that talks about the creation of a free trade zone had yielded little results since negotiations started six years ago.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:16:31 PM EST
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On the plus side, India has it's own currency, so it wouldn't get shafted by the ECB to further German prosperity.

On the negative side, it's really hard to see what India gains from the details of the European proposal. In particular there's no value to India in reducing tariffs on the automobile and engineering sectors Germany is targeting. It would devastate the ecosystem of parts firms around Pune and massively reduce technology transfer into the country.

Worth noting that Rösler complains about corruption levels without mentioning that German firms are near the top of the list of foreign firms who will pay bribes in India.

I'm also annoyed how high German government hypocrisy about corruption has become - public pronouncements about morality don't match the actions of firms and embassies in general and even the government's negotiating stance over arms deals...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 05:00:18 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 05:59:34 AM EST
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Germany is desperate for greater access to export markets outside the EU, since the EU economy is contracting.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:49:14 AM EST
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When policies purposely intended to cause economic contraction are imposed, economies contract.  Under a contracting economy disposable income contracts.  Under conditions of contracting disposable income consumer and business purchasing contracts.  When consumer and business purchasing contracts businesses producing goods and services see their sales contract.

The German financial PTB decided to impose Austerity and now the German manufacturers are discovering they can't maintain their sales to people who don't have any money.  Thus, the economic contraction they imposed is feeding back to Germany.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 11:33:53 AM EST
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You "reality-based" people are so boring, with your "logic" and your "facts" and your "foreseeable consequences" and your "entirely predicable".

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 11:44:16 AM EST
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Free Trade is an unchallengeable basic right for corporates these days and expect government agencies to accommodate it.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:30:26 AM EST
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Clearly they don't read the New Statesman ("India - The economic miracle implodes").

Or maybe they do, and just want cheap labour.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:35:39 AM EST
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No, problem. So long as we get free movement of people as well.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:36:39 AM EST
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Germany was almost the only country to restrict free movement of workers from the "new member states" from the full 7 years after 2004. Other countries usually lift the derogation after 2 or at most 5 years.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:38:32 AM EST
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Yeah. I was envisaging the conniptions the idea that free movement to and from India would give the Germans.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:04:59 AM EST
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We need free movement of capital, goods and services, but people should stick to their own, you know? Multiculturalism has failed.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:08:52 AM EST
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All depends on what you mean by "culture".

Various naive ideas didn't help:

  • "people want the same things, really"
  • "obviously we have made the best choices, people will adapt when they get here"
  • "there are two kinds of people: either you like kebab or you're a Nazi"

It would have been better to look at the basics:
  • "obey the law"
  • "don't be conspicuous / don't make a mess / shut up after 9 pm "
  • "apply this equally and without prejudice"

Middle class liberals have been good at inviting immigrants to live in working-class neighbourhoods.

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:36:19 AM EST
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Well, the German Federal government is officially looking for immigrant workers, at least skilled workers. They show Asian people on their home page as illustration (not people from the Indian subcontinent, though).

Foreign Skilled Workers on the German Labour Market - Prospects in Germany - Working - Make it in Germany

In future, certain sectors of the labour market will need to intensify their recruitment of skilled workers. Employment opportunities will continue to increase, particularly in the healthcare, engineering, IT, and many other commercial and technical sectors.
by Bernard on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 01:40:55 PM EST
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German chemical industry changes into reverse gear | Business | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

Chemicals producers in Germany are facing an uphill battle to compensate sluggish business in Europe which is in the grip of a protracted sovereign debt crisis. The industry will see a marked drop in output this year.

Germany's export-oriented chemical companies are being forced to decrease their output levels as the eurozone debt crisis sees demand steadily declining in many nations of the 17-member single-currency bloc.

The German Federation of Chemical Industry (VCI) said on Thursday it expected production in the sector to drop by three percent in 2012 year-on-year.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:18:17 PM EST
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Yeah right...force them in to the debt and  austerity, make them poor  and then expect that they will buy your products...
Is there anybody there capable of thinking? Oh they have a solution...now they will go to India/ Asia. Where are they going next with their oh so great system of impoverishing everyone on earth?
by vbo on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 06:47:46 PM EST
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Is there anybody there capable of thinking?

No.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:24:44 PM EST
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Just because you don't like their thoughts doesn't mean they can't think. You want non-thinking ... women who vote for Willard.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:30:23 AM EST
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Arab post-rebellion economies are struggling | World | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

The Arab Spring forced four heads of state out of power since 2011. Egypt now has a democratically-elected government. But what does the Arab Spring mean for the economies of these countries?

The rebellions in the Middle East and North Africa have much more to do with politics than economics. Countries such as Egypt were not socialist planned economies.

"Compared to international standards, Egyptian banks are in good order," said Volker Perthes, director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. "But they have only given credit to some 30 families that had good contacts with the regime."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:19:47 PM EST
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Oh noes, the people are free, but the bankers are poor. Don't these people understand our priorities ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:41:13 AM EST
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McDonald's hits back at French MP's damning report - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

In 1999, French sheep farmer and activist José Bové won national and international attention for taking the fight to US-based hamburger giant McDonald's. That year, Bové and his farmer's union comrades dismantled a McDonald's under construction in the small town of Millau, in southern France, to protest US-imposed tariffs on Roquefort cheese.

That action made Bové a hero of the worldwide anti-globalisation movement that views international corporations like McDonald's as the enemy of small, locally-owned and run businesses.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:44:03 PM EST
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Tony Blair's companies agree to pay interns | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Tony Blair will pay interns working in his profit-making businesses, his private office has told the Guardian.

The sudden change in policy comes less than a week after it was revealed that the multimillionaire former prime minister had been using unpaid "volunteers" in his office for three months at a time and a day after the Guardian published details of a possible investigation by HMRC, which enforces the minimum wage.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:47:20 PM EST
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Scum!In stead of facing war crimes in Hague he is free to exploit who ever and what ever he wants.
When and HOW exactly he became multimillionaire , does anybody knows?
Of what I found on net his family was not wealthy...
by vbo on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:05:57 PM EST
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Could be summarised as "speaker's/consultant's fees". Or "sinecure," your choice.

He is a senior advisor at investment bank JP Morgan (salary estimates range between £500,000 and £2.5m) and advises the Swiss insurance firm Zurich Financial Services on climate change issues for a reputed £1m a year, not to mention his consulting role with luxury goods firm LVMH. And he was said to have been paid an estimated £1m for writing a report for the government of Kuwait on the future of the oil-rich state.

More in the Telegraph:

It is a confusing mix of business, politics and philanthropy that is administered by a complex system of companies, operating out of plush offices in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair in central London.

On speaking fees:

Blair has been active on the after-dinner speech circuit. Signed to the Washington Speakers Bureau for £500,000, Blair typically commands up to $250,000 for a 90-minute speech.
[...]
On top of this, Blair receives £84,000 of taxpayers' money to run a private office, and he is also entitled to draw a pension of £63,468.
[...]
The true figure for Mr Blair's wealth is impossible to pin down. He has set up a complicated web of companies through which he channels his earnings without having to declare them publicly.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:49:06 AM EST
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Tony Blair advises the Swiss insurance firm Zurich Financial Services on climate change issues for a reputed £1m a year?

He must have some unpaid interns with geophysics degrees writing the reports for him...

Either that of Zurich is paying through the nose for a load of poppycock.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:52:10 AM EST
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either that, or they have an agenda to push on climate change, and he's paid as an agent of influence.

Or it's money-laundering for some long-standing political kickback?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:11:17 AM EST
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BBC News - Comet retailer to go into administration

About 6,500 retail jobs are at risk after electrical chain Comet confirmed that it would be put into administration next week.

Private equity firm OpCapita, which owns the 240-store business, has lined up restructuring specialist Deloitte to act as administrator.

OpCapita bought Comet last year for £2, but the business has struggled from the downturn in consumer spending.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:53:17 PM EST
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I feel that, in order to beat Amazon etc, these stores should offer a better after-sales service.

The current m.o. is to front load advice and then, as soon as the mug customer (lol) has signed up, they forget them. Their guarantees have nasty little clauses to render them worthless and if you have a complaint you can scream to your hearts content at some person in Mumbai who is entirely powerless to help.

And so people buy online.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:50:33 AM EST
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Once bought a laptop a week before that company went into administration. Bad timing.

Turns out working retail isn't as bad as it gets:
Mother Jones - Pity the Elf Slaves of Online Shipping

There's a longer version, but I literally haven't been able to bring myself to read past the first page. (I still buy online.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 10:01:41 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:15:33 AM EST
Westerwelle pledges German solidarity with Mali | News | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has arrived in Mali for talks about European efforts to help the country's weak interim government. The visit comes amid talks of an African-led military intervention in Mali.

Westerwelle began his trip in Senegal late Wednesday, and travelled on to Mali's capital Bamako Thursday. He is scheduled to meet leaders of Mali's transitional government, which is under mounting pressure to regain control of nearly two-thirds of the country from Islamist insurgents.

The al Qaeda linked insurgents used a power vacuum created by a military coup in March to gain control over the north.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:16:48 PM EST
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Mali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On 22 March 2012, a group of junior soldiers seized control of the country's presidential palace and declared the government dissolved and its constitution suspended.[11] On 6 April 2012, rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) declared the secession of a new state, Azawad, from Mali.[12] Shortly after, the MNLA were sidelined by Islamist groups associated with Al-Qaeda, and dropped their demands for secession. Mali is currently being led by an interim government led by former Prime Minister Dioncounda Traoré. Plans to re-take the north with international assistance are being formulated, after which the interim government plans to hold the long-delayed national elections.

And the west has such a good record on surpressing islamic rebellions.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:53:47 AM EST
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and so the whack-a-mole anti-al Qaeda circus moves on to another country for us to bomb and plunder for the exclusive enrichment of our arms manufacturers.

Tremble O Mali, for we are coming to save you for democracy

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:54:14 AM EST
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Obama to return to campaign trail following 'superstorm' | News | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

The US president is set to officially resume the election campaign this Thursday after three days off the campaign trail due to a storm that severely disrupted life in the New York region.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to address campaign rallies in the states of Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado on Thursday, a day after visiting New Jersey, one of the states hardest hit by the high winds and heavy rains of what has been dubbed a "superstorm."

"You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. We are going to be here for the long haul," the US president told a group of evacuees at a makeshift shelter in the New Jersey town of Brigatine.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:17:43 PM EST
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Tunisians frustrated by political situation | World | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

One year has passed since Tunisia held its first post-Arab Spring elections last October. But the enthusiasm has given way to frustration. The government fears failure, and the opposition hopes to seize an opportunity.

"Get rid of the militia," the protestors on Tunis' main promenade Avenue Bourguiba call. Several thousand demonstrators gathered in front of the Interior Ministry last week to vent their anger. They were calling for the resignation of the interior minister at the same spot where a major demonstration took place on January 14, 2011 - shortly before dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:19:22 PM EST
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'France will repress anti-Semitism', Hollande tells Netanyahu - DIPLOMACY - FRANCE 24

French President François Hollande vowed on Thursday that France would battle "relentlessly" against all forms of anti-Semitism in order to protect Jews living in the country. Hollande made his commitment at a memorial service in Toulouse for the four Jewish victims of al Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohammed Merah, where he was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   The service took place at Ohr Torah school where Merah shot dead three children and a rabbi outside the gates as they arrived on the morning of March 19. Merah also killed three French soldiers in a deadly shooting spree before being killed in a dramatic shootout with police.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:38:23 PM EST
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Two arrested after Halloween shooting at California university - USA - FRANCE 24

Two men have been arrested for the Halloween shootings of four people on the University of Southern California campus, authorities said on Thursday.

The shooting occurred around 11:45pm Wednesday outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, where about 100 people had gathered for a party hosted by a student organization.

USC police Capt. David Carlisle said two men outside the holiday party were arguing shortly before midnight when one pulled a gun and opened fire.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:41:34 PM EST
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With all of the mayhem occurring in the world, why is this noteworthy?

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:54:31 PM EST
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Yeah...we are so used to shootings in USA...it's not even news...
by vbo on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:09:53 PM EST
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Dishearteningly accurate

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:27:58 PM EST
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This is not the worst example of america centric news. I remember a decade or so when Swedish tv reported on a burning warehouse in California for a couple of days.

Guess big newsorganisations need one reporter in DC/New York to cover politics and business and one in California to cover tech and entertainment. And if you have a reporter there they have to report something.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:47:14 AM EST
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New York restores partial subway service as east coast limps back to work | World news | guardian.co.uk

The hurricane-battered US east coast began slowly to get back on its feet on Thursday, with the New York City subway restoring partial service and cities across the area counting the cost of the storm.

The number of people who died as a result of Sandy has reached 74 with many more feared missing. About 5m people were still without power, and in many high-rise buildings in New York, there is no running water because of the lack of power to pumps.

There were chaotic scenes in New York as commuters battled to get into work, with the restoration of only a limited subway service and the continued closure of a number of connections into Manhattan.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:46:05 PM EST
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Burdens of Storm's Damage Ease Slightly - NYTimes.com
Subways, railroads and buses started to roll again, cars jockeyed for passengers, and even air travel eased slightly on Thursday as New York City and regional transportation systems began to recover from some of the gridlock and paralysis brought on by Hurricane Sandy.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:52:21 PM EST
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Getting the feeling Timothy Egan isn't a Romney guy:
NYT - Egan - The Morning After

President-elect Willard M. Romney -- congratulations!
[...]
Turns out, you really could write off 47 percent of Americans, the moochers and victims.
[...]
You've promised to accomplish 15 different tasks on Day 1; let's sort them by priority. The Affordable Care Act is gone [...] All you 20-somethings on your parents' health plans, all you sickly types with pre-existing conditions that you expect the insurance companies to cover, no more Obamacare for you. The ride is over, even if it means leaving 72 million Americans without health insurance
[...]
On to China, and a trade war. [...] watch for the stock market to crash and the Chinese to retaliate, setting off a domino effect that would rattle a very fragile global economy. Well, heck, they started it.
[...]
Supreme Court: at long last, here comes the revenge of Robert Bork, your top adviser on the Supremes.
[...]
Math is not your strong point. You promised a tax cut [...] costing upward of $5 trillion, and an increase in defense spending of $2 trillion over the next decade, plus putting $716 billion back in Medicare from Obamacare savings -- all while bringing the deficit under control. You can't just say, "Of course they add up!" again, and make the numbers whole. That only works on TV.
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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 10:08:09 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:15:48 AM EST
Ash dieback: Forestry companies blame 'chaotic' import system | Environment | The Guardian

Nurseries import hundreds of thousands of potentially diseased ash trees into Britain every year because the grant system that funds most commercial tree planting is unpredictable and chaotic, leading forestry companies have claimed.

Growers are also sceptical that the government ban on imports of ash trees to prevent the spread of the fungus that causes ash dieback will be effective, because they say it is not extensive enough.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:49:21 PM EST
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UK governments are actively opposed to biosecurity. The free market knows best. Hence mad cow disease; hence the unwillingness to control bovine tuberculosis.

The market will provide = survival of the fittest.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 06:46:53 PM EST
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They are too besotted with de-regulation. The idea of having import controls on anything except people offends them

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:57:42 AM EST
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Coalition's windfarm dispute shakes renewable power investors | Environment | The Guardian

Investment in renewable power worth tens of billions of pounds to the UK economy, capable of creating thousands of new jobs, has been thrown into doubt by another coalition dispute over energy policy, ignited by the Tory energy minister's rejection of new windfarm developments.

David Cameron was forced to intervene on Wednesday by insisting that the coalition's energy policy was intact, despite remarks by his newly appointed minister that suggested an abrupt end to new onshore wind turbine construction - contradicting the government's supposed support for renewables.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:49:48 PM EST
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New nuclear reactors could be eligible for subsidies, says minister | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The nuclear industry could get subsidies from the taxpayer to build new reactors, the new energy minister has said, despite opposition in the coalition agreement and repeated assurances to the contrary.

John Hayes told MPs on Thursday that new nuclear power would not receive specific government subsidy but could be eligible if other forms of electricity generation also benefited from the scheme.

The Conservative minister's admission during energy questions in the House of Commons appears to back up a long-held suspicion that the government's proposed scheme to offer a guaranteed minimum price for new low-carbon energy to encourage companies to build new capacity - known as Contracts for Difference - would become a backdoor subsidy for the expensive nuclear industry.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:50:15 PM EST
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Taking on a junior minister who is determined to reverse that policy was possibly not the brightest of options.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 06:16:00 AM EST
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You really think he was shooting from the hip? Loose cannon?

I suppose it's possible, but I think he's just being clumsy about executing his brief : guard-dog over his libdem minister, keeping him bailed up and on the defensive, pushing him to resignation perhaps, watering down wind policy certainly.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 07:15:38 AM EST
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There's a link to an anti-wind character who was "running" in a by-election. After this statement, he declared victory and withdrew from the race.

http://zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/delingpole-corby-campaign-that-never-was.html

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 11:05:35 AM EST
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I don't think Cameron needs a junior ministerial guard dog if he wants to keep a Lib-Dem in check. They're pretty much in check anyway...

If the idea is to rattle investors, why hasten to reassure them that there is no change in policy?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 11:30:14 AM EST
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It's quite obvious that the anti-renewable hysteria in the UK is out of control.

Simon Jenkins has another ridiculous anti-wind essay in the guardian today (not linking, it's rubbish).

As I've always argued, the fossil and nuclear industry in the UK regard energy provision as a zero sum game; so the more renewable energy there is, the less for the polluters. So they will attack, attack, attack. It is no longer possible to have a conversation on the subject in the UK because, just as with the subject of the EU, there is so much dis-information around. Every fact you have is countered with a deluge of lies.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 10:02:41 AM EST
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Nomad, we're now officially beyond science, because it's about perception?



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:11:46 PM EST
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Nothing to do with Bloomberg being the mayor of New York City?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:53:32 PM EST
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reminded me of this

Jackson Browne record

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 04:57:56 AM EST
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sorry this




It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 04:59:33 AM EST
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NYT - TIMOTHY EGAN - Nature Votes Last

A catastrophic storm has no feelings, no fury, no compassion and certainly no political position.
[...]
When the seas rose earlier this week, swamping the world's greatest city and battering a helpless state, the turbulence of the elements washed away the sand castles of politics.

Climate change is to the Republican base what leprosy once was to healthy humans -- untouchable and unmentionable.
[...]
There's no consensus on this specific storm. But virtually every reputable atmospheric scientist who is not tied by money to an oil or coal company says that this week's storm is a picture of what's to come, if not already here.
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(I'm not a regular read of Egan, is this how he always writes?
"Sand castle of politics"?

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:52:30 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:16:01 AM EST
German rower allowed to join military | Germany | DW.DE | 01.11.2012

After causing a furor at the London Olympics, a German rower was accepted into the Bundeswehr's sports promotion program. Critics said her boyfriend's contacts to far-right neo-Nazis made her unfit to represent Germany.

The case dominated German headlines in August: During the London Olympic Games, German rower Nadja Drygalla was found to be in a relationship with a former member of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD). In 2011, her partner, Michael Fischer, ran for a seat in a state parliament as an NPD candidate. The discovery set off a debate over whether Drygalla was an acceptable choice to represent Germany at the Olympics.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:20:40 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Social Affairs / EU to Poland: artists should be free to 'shock'
BRUSSELS - The European Commission has said that Poland's prosecution of a rock group for "blasphemy" is out of tune with European values.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:37:32 PM EST
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Philippine street kid a global inspiration - FRANCE 24

AFP - Cris Valdez began life unwanted by his parents and was soon scavenging in a Philippine rubbish dump, an unlikely start for a boy now hailed as an inspiration for children around the world.

Valdez, 13, won this year's International Children's Peace Prize for his work as head of a charity organisation that educates and hands out gifts to thousands of youngsters in his poverty-plagued hometown.

South African human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu gave Valdez his award at a ceremony in the Netherlands in September, declaring him a "voice for the voiceless" and a "true inspiration".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:39:06 PM EST
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wow, that's truly amazing

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 10:14:28 AM EST
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Yemen's swap marriages: a recipe for disaster - FRANCE 24

AFP - The deal is simple: I marry your sister and you marry mine. No dowry necessary. But if one marriage fails, the other must end as well.

Such is Sheghar, or swap marriage, a widely practised tradition in impoverished Yemen. Beyond tying the knot between two people, it links the future of two families in a potentially disastrous arrangement.

In a country where child marriages remain customary, swap marriage is also rife, particularly in rural areas of the Arabian Peninsula nation, despite the often destructive consequences of the practice.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:40:16 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:16:15 AM EST
BBC News - Trick-or-treat children given cocaine in Oldham

Children were handed packets of cocaine instead of sweets on a Halloween trick-or-treating trip, Greater Manchester Police have said.

Police were called after children found the class A drug among bags of sweets after visiting Mendip Close, Royton, at 19.50 GMT on Wednesday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:54:13 PM EST
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They should have given the number of the house as well.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:29:21 PM EST
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I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2012 at 08:27:36 PM EST
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Obama and Romney make young girl cry (VIDEO) | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

After months of buildup leading to the presidential election in November, 4-year-old Abigael Evans has had enough.

The Fort Collins, Colo., girl broke down in tears after listening to yet another report on the radio about the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a local NBC TV station reported.

"I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney," said the sobbing girl, who lives in a battleground state.

She's probably not the only one.

With videoclip.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 09:40:10 AM EST
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