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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 18 March

by afew Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 05:01:25 PM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:04:41 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Opinion / Why do MEPs fear electoral reform?

By Andrew Duff

BRUSSELS - Against expectations, this week the European Parliament again flunked a vote to reform its own electoral procedure. Despite strong backing from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, the key element of the reform, which is the creation of a pan-European constituency, proves too controversial.

Under my proposals, 25 MEPs would be elected for a pan-European constituency. The transnational lists would be composed of candidates of at least nine nationalities drawn up by the European political parties. They would not favour any specific nationality. MEPs for the pan-European constituency would be directly accountable both to the European political parties and to the electorate (much like any other MEP).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:50:16 PM EST
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Moldova elects new president | European Voice
Pro-EU coalition government breaks three-year deadlock as Nicolae Timofti is elected president.

Moldova's parliament has elected Nicolae Timofti as the country's new president, ending a deadlock lasting nearly three years.

Timofti, a judge, had been nominated by Moldova's ruling pro-European coalition and was the only candidate for the president's office.

He received 62 votes in the 101-seat assembly today (16 March). The opposition Communists, in power until three years ago, boycotted the vote.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:51:54 PM EST
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Van Rompuy criticised for 'weak personality': theparliament.com
One of the candidates in the French presidential race has criticised European council president Herman Van Rompuy.

François Bayrou, of the centrist MoDem party, said he believed that Van Rompuy had recently been given a second term "because of his weak personality".

The French presidential contender claims that only one per cent of Europeans would be able to name Van Rompuy if they were quizzed about the former Belgian prime minister.

In an interview with the leading French daily Le Monde on Sunday, Bayrou said, "That's the reason why he was chosen, so as not to put Nicolas Sarkozy or Angela Merkel in the shade."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:54:44 PM EST
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The Local - One in five gays plans to vote for far right party

A survey revealing the voting intentions of different groups in France has shown some of the sharp divisions in party preferences.

Data compiled by the prestigious Sciences-Po university and published by weekly magazine L'Express looked at the voting plans of a range of groups including civil servants, gay people and Muslims.

Latest opinion polls suggest put President Sarkozy and his Socialist rival, François Hollande, ahead of other candidates. Each is polling around 27 percent of first round votes.

Behind them sit Marine Le Pen of the Front National, polling around 17 percent, and centrist François Bayrou on around 13 percent.

The new survey shows that 78 percent of gay people plan to vote and around half will opt for Socialist Hollande.

After that Nicolas Sarkozy can expect 21 percent of the gay vote, lower than his national score.

However, Front National leader Marine Le Pen performs better among gay people than nationally, capturing 19 percent of the vote.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 02:55:21 PM EST
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Too many gays are suckers for beefy men in uniform, who the National Front pretend to be about

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:28:20 AM EST
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Are those numbers all that different to the rest of the population?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 08:51:00 AM EST
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I still like a woman with a pretty face so I won't criticize.

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 Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 08:51:14 AM EST
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Unions condemn regional changes to public sector pay | Society | guardian.co.uk

Plans by chancellor George Osborne to pay lower salaries to public sector workers in poorer parts of the country have been condemned as "cruel" and "grotesque" by union leaders.

Civil servants could be moved to regional pay deals from as early as next month under budget proposals to be announced next week.

The chancellor will argue that public sector pay should mimic the private sector and be more reflective of local economies. He intends to start the process in three Whitehall departments in the coming financial year, as part of a phased introduction.

Critics say the move will entrench economic divisions between north and south and depress regions of the country already struggling in the economic downturn.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:12:07 PM EST
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Europe's German agenda - The Local
The economy is in shambles, people are taking to the streets in angry protest, and the government is on the verge of collapse after passing unpopular yet necessary austerity measures.

But this is not Greece in 2012 - it was Germany a decade ago.

Contending with the worst economic downturn since 1993, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder came up with a package of labour and welfare reforms he called Agenda 2010. Deeply disliked at the time, it's now widely credited as the reason why Germany is in considerably better shape than the rest of Europe.

In particular, it helped increase Germany's competitiveness by making its labour market more flexible and living on the dole less attractive. But the Greeks, Italians and Irish now railing against the supposedly callous Germans for living it up while demanding their neighbours implement tough austerity measures appear not to be aware of just what it was like here ten years ago.

Dubbed the "sick man of Europe" at the time, Germany's economy stagnated as eurozone economies like Spain, Ireland and Greece flourished. While their fellow Europeans gorged on cheap credit which fuelled a building boom and property bubble, glum Germans took to the streets to protest against rising unemployment and welfare cuts.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:13:11 PM EST
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What a preposterous comparison, Greece (and the rest of europe once greece collapses) now and Germany then face completely different economic problems that needs entirely different answers

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:31:11 AM EST
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Cabinet moves to eliminate 24 public corporations | In english | EL PAÍS

The Cabinet announced on Friday the elimination of two dozen public corporations as part of the government's ongoing effort to reduce spending at the central level.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that among the agencies that will be eliminated is the Corporation for Public Rents, an agency that helped Spaniards find rental properties.

The government will also begin liquidating 13 other state-owned corporations, withdraw its minority participation in 35 firms, and merge or eliminate nine foundations, including one created to organize celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of America -- which was in 1992.

"The government has to put things in order and it is doing so," she said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:29:50 PM EST
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Wards Auto:Spain Could Be Biggest Loser in GM-PSA Alliance

MADRID - While French and German unions worry about the labor consequences of the recent General Motors-PSA Peugeot Citroen alliance, Spanish unions are preparing to protest against the economic cuts and labor framework of the new Spanish government, missing the fact they could be among the biggest losers in the auto makers' recent deal...

....because the French, German and U.K. governments and their respective automotive unions have infinitely more weight in decisions of foreign auto makers' plant closings than do their respective colleagues in Spain, the high risk for the Spanish factories cannot be overstated.

Yet, even the worst scenario - the loss of more than 15,000 jobs - would be a drop in the bucket for a country like Spain, which at the moment has 5.3 million people unemployed, representing 22.9% of the active population, and is facing as many as 6 million jobs lost by the end of this year.

15,000 jobs a drop in the bucket? The macroeconomic effect of losing that many well-paying auto jobs aside, I imagine that the loss of three major assembly plants would send a number of suppliers under.  Once you include those knock on effects, I imagine that the real toll is a multiple of that 15,000.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 02:26:07 AM EST
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Must. Continue. Austerity. There is no alternative

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:32:23 AM EST
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If it kills us!

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:46:28 AM EST
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Who're the "us"? The wealthy are having a ball and they call the shots.

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 Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 08:53:45 AM EST
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Doctors bid to unseat 50 MPs in revenge over NHS bill - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

n unprecedented coalition of nearly 250 doctors launches a campaign today to unseat Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs at the next election in revenge for their backing of the controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

On the eve of the embattled legislation's final hurdle in Parliament, scores of GPs, consultants and other NHS doctors have signed a letter to The Independent on Sunday condemning the Bill as an "embarrassment to democracy" and pledging to stand as candidates against MPs who backed it.

Nick Clegg and other senior Lib Dems will be specifically targeted on polling day in 2015, as well as those in marginal seats, for betraying the wishes of activists at last week's spring conference who called for a last-minute rethink of the reforms.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 11:41:04 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:05:07 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Headline News / No trade war with China, EU presidency says

BRUSSELS - Business between the EU and China is running as usual, despite highly-public trade differences between the two economic powerhouses, the Danish trade minister has said.

"I wouldn't say that [EU-China trade relations] are deteriorating, I think they are just more in the open now," Pia Olsen Dyhr, whose country currently holds the rotating EU chairmanship, told EUobserver in an interview on Thursday (16 March).

Her comments come two days after the EU joined the US and Japan in a fresh complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over China's restrictions on the export of so-called rare earth elements, used in the manufacture of high-tech devices.

"China has been a member of the WTO for 10 years now and some member countries are testing how it is implementing the rules," she said. "That is why we see these cases arising. In the beginning they had a transition period but that is running out."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:50:53 PM EST
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The Local - Foreign millionaires fled Zurich after tax change

The region of Zurich, the home of Swiss banking, has lost nearly half its foreign millionaires two years after scrapping special tax breaks, official figures published on Friday showed.

Of the 201 foreign residents who benefited from the tax breaks which the canton scrapped in early 2009, 97 have decamped to more favourable tax regimes, the region's tax services department said.

Those departures represent a loss of 12.2 million Swiss francs ($13 million) in tax revenues last year, however that figure is more than recouped by the higher tax bills charged to the high-earners who decided to stay on.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:17:19 PM EST
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Yea, all those parasites are now bleeding the UK to death. And too many of all three parties in Parliament think that represents success

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:33:55 AM EST
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An Assault on Multilateral Trade Negotiations - IPS ipsnews.net
GENEVA, Mar 17, 2012 (IPS) - India, Brail, and South Africa, the international grouping for promoting international cooperation among the three countries known as IBSA, along with China and several other developing countries, have denounced the ongoing attempts to craft an exclusive, plurilateral agreement to liberalise trade in services without concluding the multilateral trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization.

The plurilateral initiative, say trade envoys from the IBSA bloc, is likely to cause irreparable damage to Doha trade negotiations in particular, and the WTO in general. The Doha negotiations aim to achieve reforms of the international trading system through the introduction of lower trade barriers and revised trade rules. Besides, the negotiations were launched for providing developmental dividends to developing countries for integrating into the global trading system.

In sharp contrast, the proposed plurilateral agreement for services, which aims to seek WTO commitments for the 16 countries part of the initiative, will turn the clock back for providing the much-promised developmental gains from the poorest and developing countries.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:59:31 PM EST
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Norway Faces Housing Bubble as Krone Steals Policy Agenda - Bloomberg
The country may already be in a housing bubble, according to Robert Shiller, the co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller (SPCS20) home- price index who predicted the U.S. subprime mortgage crash. Policy makers should "start worrying now," Shiller said in an interview in Copenhagen in January. Norway's Financial Supervisory Authority this week told banks to build up their capital buffers to prepare for increased losses as low central bank rates continue to fuel credit-market imbalances.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:12:13 PM EST
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Taxman denied more than £1bn as rich and famous register their properties abroad | Mail Online

The country is missing out on more than £1bn in tax as the rich and famous have registered thousands of their exclusive properties into offshore companies, it has been revealed.

Town houses, mansions, vast country estates and castles are among the 94,760 properties which have been placed offshore, according to the Land Registry.

The tax dodge involves transferring ownership of a property to an off-shore company so when it comes to be sold the buyer purchases the company as a whole assuming de-facto ownership of the property.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 11:25:42 AM EST
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this needs attention more than the 50% tax rate.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 12:53:55 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:05:27 PM EST
US must clarify destination of arms headed to Egypt: Amnesty

Egypt denied on Friday a US arms shipment headed to the Suez Canal would be unloaded in the country, after rights group Amnesty International warned that Egyptian security forces could abuse the weapons.

The London-based human rights group had demanded on Thursday that the shipment not be offloaded in Egypt, where dozens of protesters have been killed in confrontations with soldiers and police in recent months.

But the US Navy said the shipment would not be offloaded in Egypt, without clarifying its final destination, the London-based organisation said in a subsequent statement.

The Egyptian embassy's defence attache in Washington also denied the shipment was meant for Egypt, saying it was destined for an "Asian country" through the Suez canal, the official MENA news agency reported on Friday.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:09:56 PM EST
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Iran: what if nothing happens? - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Amidst official statements, media interviews and op-eds variously predicting that America will bomb Iran, or that America will negotiate with Iran, or that Israel will bomb Iran, or that Iran will close the Straits of Hormuz, or that the Iranian economy will collapse, or even that the regime will collapse, I do not recall reading, hearing or seeing anyone say that nothing will happen this year.

As I rolled this idea around in my head I was astonished at how much easier it was to argue that the main actors in this drama would do nothing this year, rather than to argue that they would do something.

Let's start with America.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:47:03 PM EST
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Well, I think Netenyahu has been surprised by his inability to get Obama to jump onto the "Attack Iran" bandwagon. He's been awful quiet since his trip to DC.

So, it's entirely possible that nothing will happen this year with regard to Iran. Which means Israel will have to find somebody else to kick around. So that'd be another attack on Gaza sometime in May, just before the elections

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:41:05 AM EST
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Theoretically Obama controls our military and a gambit with Iran would be iffy in an election year. Expect calm waters here.

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 Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 09:08:06 AM EST
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China exerts rare public pressure on North Korea over missile plan | Reuters

(Reuters) - China put rare public pressure on ally North Korea over the reclusive state's plan to launch a long-range rocket which is raising tension in the region and could scupper a recent aid deal with the United States.

The announcement of the launch immediately threw into doubt recent hopes that the new young head of the family dynasty ruling North Korea was ready open up more to the international community.

Experts said the planned launch is clearly a ballistic missile test, banned by U.N. resolutions, and would be in line with North Korea's long practiced diplomacy of using threats to regional security to leverage concessions from the international community, and the United States in particular.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:50:17 PM EST
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China is experiencing economic problems and really can't afford to have trouble from N Korea right now.

Korea is run by the generals these days, the current Kim is just a figurehead to whom everyone pays lip service but with no real power. Kinda like the Queen of England

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:45:18 AM EST
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Twin car bombs kill dozens in Damascus - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

At least 27 people have been killed and 97 others wounded in a pair of explosions in Damascus, the Syrian health minister has said.

State television blamed "terrorists" for the Saturday morning explosions and reported that vehicles packed with explosives had been used. The blasts targeted buildings belonging to a customs office and air force intelligence.

Most of the casualties were civilians, state television said. The channel broadcasted interviews with Syrians who blamed the attack on the United States and Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who they said had sent terrorists.

The attacks come two days after the one-year anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:54:44 PM EST
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Former Gaddafi spy chief held in Mauritania - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libya has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi was arrested in Mauritania, government spokesman Nasser al-Manee said.

"[Senussi] was arrested this morning in Nouakchott airport and there was a young man with him. We think it is his son," Manee told a news conference on Saturday, adding that he was carrying a passport from Mali.

"Calls are under way by Libyan authorities to request his extradition," Manee said.

The government "is ready to receive Abdullah Senussi and to detain him in a Libyan prison and to give him a fair trial in Libya," he added.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Fadel, reporting from the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, said Senussi arrived on an Air Morocco flight from Casablanca on a forged Malian passport and is now under police interrogation in Mauritania.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:55:36 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:05:51 PM EST
Earth out of balance: The challenge of controlling corporate greed | Grist
When David Rothkopf came to Grist's hometown of Seattle in 1999, he was a member of President Clinton's commerce team, here to spread the gospel of free trade at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting. You may recall that the delegates didn't get the warm welcome they might have imagined.

...Rothkopf still looks comfortable in a really nice suit -- but at times he sounds weirdly like Noam Chomsky. "Corporations were given rights by people to serve society," he told us, "and the moment they stop serving society, those rights can and should be revoked."

What happened to this guy? Here are a few excerpts from our conversation that shed a little light on that question -- and on a lot of other things happening in the world today:

On why he's changed his tune on free markets:

As I watched, particularly during the last 10 years, I saw a bunch of alarms go off ...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:04:27 PM EST
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list | Grist
Okay, we don't want to beat a dead horse here -- like, say, the way certain organizations kept harping on the Climategate non-scandal -- but allow us just one more instance of pointing and laughing at the Heartland Institute's gross hypocrisy. When we last left our intrepidly two-faced heroes, they were wounded to the core by the fact that climate scientist Peter Gleick had posed as a board member in order to obtain internal documents. Now it turns out the denialist think tank did basically the same thing to Greenpeace.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:06:21 PM EST
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Neglecting role of women in agriculture increases food insecurity

As developing countries battle multiple threats to food security-soaring prices, crop-crushing weather extremes and dramatic population growth-agriculture experts gathering in New Delhi this week warn that efforts to boost food production and reduce malnutrition risk failure if they continue to ignore the important role of women farmers around the world.

"The global sidelining of women farmers puts our food security at great risk," said Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary for the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), one of the sponsors of the first-ever Global Conference on Women in Agriculture, which is part of GFAR's Gender in Agriculture Partnership program.

"In holding this meeting, we are spurring collective action from all quarters of the agriculture field, whether from farmers' groups or national agricultural research systems, universities or NGOs, to empower women farmers."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:09:10 PM EST
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Australia unworried by tycoon's legal threats

Australia on Thursday dismissed threats from mining tycoon Clive Palmer to mount a High Court challenge to the nation's new pollution tax, saying he had "more money than sense".

Palmer, Australia's fifth-richest person, said he had received legal advice over the government's Aus$23-a-tonne carbon emissions levy, which is due to take effect on July 1.

"We think it's unconstitutional. You can't really tax carbon," he told ABC television. "The grounds (for the challenge) are set out in legal advice and they'll be coming in the High Court."

But Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the government set policy that was in the national interest and served everyone, not just a "privileged few".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:21:06 PM EST
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US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert - news - The Ecologist
The West is exporting diabetes and heart disease to poor countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets warns UN advisor Olivier De Schutter

While obesity is firmly embedded in countries like the US, UK and Europe with as much as 40 per cent of the population classified as obese, the rates are set to rise in poorer countries previously unaffected by the obesity epidemic.

In these countries, traditional healthy diets, made up of grains, beans, vegetables, fresh fruit and animal products are being replaced by more processed and junk foods high in saturated fats, salt and sugar.

According to a report from UN food advisor Olivier De Schutter, the shift has reduced the opportunities for local farmers to sell their produce, who lose out to agribusiness giants dominating the global trade in unhealthy foods.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:24:05 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:06:17 PM EST
BBC News - Thatcher files: Secret Murdoch meeting detailed in archives

Margaret Thatcher had a secret meeting with Rupert Murdoch at Chequers weeks before his 1981 purchase of the Times newspapers, newly released files show.

A note by her press secretary Bernard Ingham says the prime minister thanked Mr Murdoch for "keeping her posted".

But the contentious issue of whether to refer the bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission was not raised.

The official history of the Times had stated there was no direct contact between the pair at that stage.

The papers are being released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:53:05 PM EST
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Argentina under fire for muzzling press

Argentina is facing new accusations it reached a low in trying to control the media and suppress dissenting voices.

Spanish journalist Alberto Padilla, a former CNN reporter, says an Argentine television channel received government orders to suspend a program minutes before he was to go on air for a live interview.

An order to stop the program came directly from Argentine Federal Planning and Public Investment Julio Miguel de Vido, Padilla said in comments widely published and broadcast in the non-government media.

The broadcast suspension order Tuesday apparently had more to do with what preceded the planned interview on the C5N channel than with Padilla himself, the reports indicated.

Channel presenter Marco Longobardi was interviewing former government minister Alberto Fernandez, a critic of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, when the transmission was interrupted in the middle of a follow-up question.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:20:12 PM EST
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Pussy Riot vs. Orthodox Inquisition - English pravda.ru

The notorious "Pussy Riot" case takes a very unpleasant turn. The arrest of Mary Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova - the members of the punk girl band - has led to unexpected results. Russian "liberals" started begging the West to recognize the women the "prisoners of conscience," whilst the Russian Orthodox Church had to see too much dirt flying in its face.

The controversy about the infamous performance of the punk girl band at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior continues in Russia for three weeks already. Two participants of the band were arrested. The court refused to release them despite all petitions. The hooligan action, which the girls arranged, can cost the women a prison term of several years. One may only wonder, whether they  were aware of what they were doing as they started dancing in front of the altar at Moscow's iconic cathedral.  Are they surprised with what has been happening to them now, after the "show?"

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:38:23 PM EST
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Third Suspected Pussy Riot Member Detained | News | The Moscow Times
Police have detained a third member of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot, whose members have been targeted by law enforcement for their participation in an unsanctioned performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral last month.

Police called in Irina Loktyeva for questioning Thursday as a witness in the case, then during her interrogation told her that her status was being changed to that of a suspect, her lawyer Nikolai Polozov told Interfax.

Loktyeva has been charged with hooliganism, the same offense that suspected group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who have been held in detainment since early this month, are accused of. The charge carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:39:09 PM EST
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Taliban Face the Music in Pakistan - IPS ipsnews.net
PESHAWAR, Mar 17, 2012 (IPS) - Not so long ago, Gul Pana's pursuit of a career as a professional singer in Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) province would have invited certain death at the hands of the Taliban.

But times have changed in KP, and Gul is glad that the present provincial government has picked up enough courage to stand up to the Taliban's terrorism and promote music and other cultural programmes.

"I enjoy music and, at the same time, I am able to earn money for my family through singing," the pretty young diva tells IPS. "The people cannot be kept away from listening to songs."

Cultural activities were unthinkable in KP as long as the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) or United Council of Action - an alliance of religio-political parties - ruled the province from 2002 to 2008 with backing from the Taliban militia.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 03:58:11 PM EST
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Wage Theft Law Targeted For Repeal By New York GOP

Republican lawmakers in New York state are working to undo a 2010 anti-wage theft law that labor activists hailed as a landmark piece of legislation protecting workers from dishonest employers.

The law, called the Wage Theft Prevention Act, ramped up the penalties against employers who fail to pay workers what they are owed and also criminalized retaliation against employees who lodge complaints about pay. The law went into effect last spring.

Republicans in the GOP-led state Senate passed a bill last week that would nullify a portion of the law, and on Monday they approved a budget and jobs plan that recommends repealing the law entirely. Several legislators have argued that the law's requirements -- in particular, that employers provide detailed wage statements to workers each year -- are too onerous on businesses and stifle job growth. The Democratic-controlled State Assembly has not taken up the measures yet.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:06:39 PM EST
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Business Insider: The Pork Eating Crusader Patch Is A Huge Hit With Troops In Afghanistan
Exhausted from how they feel they're being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels, and offer translation in local dialect.

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Military.com tracked down Clayton Montgomery at Mil-Spec Monkey, a large online seller of infidel gear, who says his most popular item by far is the "Pork Eating Crusader Patch."

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There is the Infidel Zippo advertised as: "This one is small enough to hold some personal meaning and not be in-your-face to everyone you meet. It's perfect for pulling out at just the right moment to get the full effect."



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:56:38 AM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 06:35:20 AM EST
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Yea, spot on.

Absolutely devastating analysis

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 07:11:31 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 01:06:43 PM EST


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