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by Bjinse on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:10:53 AM EST
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There's one week to go until an EU committee votes on a plan to "transform the internet into a tool for surveillance and control," that will permanently cement the place of American internet giants like Google and Facebook, freezing out smaller internet companies (and even large nonprofits like Wikipedia) who lack the tens of millions of dollars that complying with the rule will require.
by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 03:05:26 PM EST
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DMC-concern, now?
< wipes tears >
sorry. The actual headlines are funny enough. But I just traveled
one: "the filtering systems can easily be abused by rightsholders"

two: "the worst internet proposal I've seen outside of China/North Korea/Iran and if the committee votes in favour of it, the European Parliament is extremely likely to pass it into THE LAW OF 28 COUNTRIES ..."

three: "And since every member state will get to make its OWN RULES for quotation and linking ..."

four: links deep to the punchline: EPP.org | "Scholars also doubt the legality of Article 13; for example, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ..."
and no sign of the text of Art 13, amended. PLUS I was expecting, yanno, oppo to surveillance tech export to CHINA/NORTH KOREA/IRAN, maybe Israel.

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"As I mentioned, the concept of sovereignty is not well understood."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 04:37:39 PM EST
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on the other hand, state of NY contemplates A08155
Establishes the right of privacy and the right of publicity for both living and deceased individuals; provides that an individual's persona is the personal property of the individual and is freely transferable and descendible; provides for the registration with the department of state of such rights of a deceased individual; and that the use of a digital replica for purposes of trade within an expressive work shall be a violation.
Disney, NBCUniversal, MPAA say the new bill is potentially unconstitutional
A letter written by Lisa Pitney, vice president of government relations at Disney to the New York State Senators, said: "If adopted, this legislation would interfere with the right and ability of companies like ours to tell stories about real people and events. The public has an interest in those stories, and the First Amendment protects those who tell them."
Forget them. This path takes a simple photo release to a level of liability ... that could freeze several social media platforms overnight.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 04:56:41 AM EST
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former MI-5 officer Annie Machon explains "Stasi-like methods"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 04:47:42 PM EST
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Even [!] Lithuania Thinks the UK has Gone Too Far with its Good ol' Slavery
The public prosecutors office in Klaipeda has recently finished an investigation of numerous instances of human trafficking slavery and filled all related documents to the Lithuanian court, notes BaltNews Among the accused one can come across a married couple from the United Kingdom and a Lithuanian resident, who deceived into believing that he could assist them in emigrating to the UK, only to sell them latter on into slavery to his above mentioned English accomplices.

Those successfully tricked were smuggled to the UK, without any command of English and no resources to support themselves with. With no social guarantees, long night shifts, with no rest to enjoy, had wages than were far inferior to those that are described as minimal in Britain. Kept in slams [sic], with no medical assistance to right [sic] home about, some of those modern slaves received no pay at all.

UK to EU, SOS
The New Poverty - How austerity worked to impoverish millions and leave millions more close to crisis by Padraic X. Scanlan, author of Freedom's Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 06:00:36 PM EST
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Gib resolution in US Congress continues to garner support
A resolution tabled before the United States House of Representatives recognising the right of the people of Gibraltar to determine their own future now has 47 supporters
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Congressman and long-time friend of Gibraltar, George Holding [R-NC], tabled the Resolution before the lower chamber of the US Congress, and states that the views and rights of Gibraltarians should always be imperative in any discussion of Gibraltar's status as a British Overseas Territory.
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"The members of the Gibraltar-American Council deeply believe in Gibraltar's right to self-determination, they believe in the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the US, they understand how significant Gibraltar's role is and contributions are to that special relationship."
< wipes tears >

Take a number, laddies!


H.Res.199 - Recognizing the self determination of Gibraltar to determine its status as a British Overseas Territory.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 09:38:29 PM EST
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Must be some great lobby group getting all the attention ... who is paying for the Gib legislation and write-up?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 10:20:40 PM EST
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apart from "Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a Tobie Roosevelt"?

tsk.

The story mentions the "Gibraltar-American Council in New York" as if a harmless look [2017], [2015], [2011] for a neighborhood civics club.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 10:43:48 PM EST
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Self-determination ... so after Brexit we'll refer to Gibraltar simply as the Rock? Hard border with Spain as Gibraltar remains a British Overseas Territory in the interest of the United States.

Government welcomes US Resolution supporting and thanking Gibraltar - Dec. 2014

The Resolution is sponsored by Republican George Holding and it is signed by seven other Congressmen from the Republican and the Democratic parties.The title of the Resolution is "Recognizing the self-determination of Gibraltar to determine its status as a British Overseas Territory". It acknowledges Gibraltar's status as a British Overseas Territory and the two referenda in 1967 and 2002 where the people of Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to retain their links with the United Kingdom.

The Resolution (H. RES. 738) also highlights the value of Gibraltar to the military interests of the western world and it refers to the fact that the United States made use of Gibraltar during its first military intervention in 1801 against the Barbary States. There is special mention made of the role that Gibraltar played during the Second World War when General Dwight Eisenhower used Gibraltar as his headquarters to plan the liberation of North Africa.

"The United States honours the contribution that Gibraltar has made to advancing United States security interests in the Mediterranean region since 1801 and extends its deepest appreciation and thanks to the Government of Gibraltar and its citizens," declares the Resolution.

It adds that the views and rights of the Gibraltarians should always be imperative in any discussion of Gibraltar's status as a British Overseas Territory.

Gibraltar - The Principle of Self-determination | Sept. 2013 |

Gibraltar has its own democratically elected Government, fully independent from UK Government, and Gibraltar's 2006 Constitution affords Gibraltar full autonomy for its internal affairs.  The people of Gibraltar are proud British citizens, with their own uniquely Gibraltarian identity and culture - and their own language.

They have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain British, most recently in the 2002 referendum where over 98% of people voted in favour of remaining British.  The UK respects that.  We will not enter into negotiations on British sovereignty over Gibraltar without their consent.

With the Government of Gibraltar we have worked throughout to maintain good neighbourly relations with Spain.  We know that thousands of Spanish workers commute to Gibraltar every day for work.  In fact Gibraltar contributes one in six jobs in the local region.  Spain's actions are affecting the daily lives of its own citizens as well as Gibraltarians.

We want to see any disputes over Gibraltar with Spain tackled through dialogue.  But the Spanish Government rejected the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue, which had been successful for a number of years and had led to benefits for communities on both sides of the border. The UK and Gibraltar remain strongly committed to trilateral talks in the long term. We have made the offer of ad hoc talks, involving all relevant parties without getting hung up on formats, but this must be with the involvement and consent of the Government of Gibraltar.

The people of Gibraltar, like the people of the Falklands, have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty and we will respect their right of self determination - a right enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

For the people of Gibraltar, day by day, this is not about sovereignty, however - it is about free movement.  The free movement of persons within the territory of the European Union Member States is a fundamental right guaranteed to EU citizens and their family members by the Treaties.

David G. Liston partner at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, PLLC.

Related post ...

US Marines On the Shore of 'Montezuma and Tripoli'

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 07:23:00 AM EST
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The people of Gibraltar, like the people of the Falklands, have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty and we will respect their right of self determination

They also voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. Will they respect that?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 07:46:11 AM EST
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There is this joke about self-determination: "They" is a Gibraltar gov organist named the Chronicle.

For the past 2 years Gib gov PR presented itself as UK unionist, DUP-lite talking points. All the "same-deal or no-deal" shadow boxing without a "sovereign" gov, just one part-time MP, and none of the idiotic belligerence about border surveillance.

No common cause with UK "devolved" gov and disrespected constituent Remainers -- not even in NI!

No GFA-like wedge dividing Tory gov and Gib gov. Gib gov rejects EU member patron ES (substitute threat of ES hostile "annex" and ritual allegiance to US piracy for bi-lateral "state-craft").

No invisible UK-EU border for the "too wee" pennisula.

No US AID. No EU aid.

So. Gib delegations for "recognition" are left agitating UK for special travel reimbursements.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 01:27:10 PM EST
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This passage attributed to Gibraltar functionaries affords lessons in literacy, psychology, and public policy.

Did the US Congress pass H.Res. 738, introduced by Mr Holding, 2014? No.

Did the US Congress pass H.Res. 110, introduced by Mr Holding, 2015? No.

Has the US Congress passed H.Res. 199  with significant revision of the earlier drafts introduced by Mr Holding, 2018? No.

  1. govtrack.us is an unreliable reference. This URL does not retain complete records of US federal business. Recording is the function of the Library of Congress (thomas.gov or congress.gov), National Archive and Federal Register(archive.gov).
  2. Do not rely on Gibraltar's politicians to read, interpret, or translate any document for you. Reportedly several have relied on Tory functionaries --no matter where they are stationed-- to translate, propound, or restate documents such as binding contracts into summaries.
  3. The US federal government is neither a political division of the UK nor signatory to European Union binding treaties. EU gov does not recognize "pirate guidelines" in the statutory body governing member-states' duties and obligations. Ergo, resolutions offered by any representative of US constituency yet enacted convey neither color no force of law on the EU (absent surety no less than USD 5M, five and twenty stacks, until further notice, perhaps).

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"no other EU jurisdiction at all can boast such a clear and unequivocal statement of continued market access post Brexit" - Picardo
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EC Draft Withdrawal Agreement (pdf) FEB 2018
1. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or in Union law made applicable by this Agreement, any reference in this Agreement to the United Kingdom or its territory, shall be understood as referring to:
(a) the United Kingdom;
(b) the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus to the extent that Union law was applicable to them before the date of entry into force of this Agreement;
(c) the overseas countries and territories listed in Annex II to the TFEU having special relations with the United Kingdom3 , where the provisions of this Agreement relate to the special arrangements for the association of the overseas countries and territories with the Union.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 05:21:04 PM EST
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yanno, I just can't think of a proper song of jubilation to commemorate this event. Halp me.
Greece and Macedonia strike deal on name dispute
"Republic of Northern Macedonia"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 08:29:48 PM EST
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Shouldn't that be "Greece and Northern Macedonia strike deal"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 07:35:24 PM EST
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No, that should be "Greece and the republic formerly known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia strike deal"

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 09:28:09 AM EST
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Or rather "The Hellenic Republic and the republic formerly known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia strike deal".

What will a Macedonia salad now be called?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 09:32:08 AM EST
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Am just reading Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov won't sign off the deal with Greece. The Greek government faces troubles of its own. Time for Putin to step in.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 09:15:24 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 03:34:01 PM EST
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#SupportYoungFathers#FreeSpeech #HumanRights
The Ruhrtriennale festival is threatening to cancel the 18 August performance by the Scotland-based band Young Fathers unless they publicly renounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.
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It appears that Young Fathers is being targeted because it is one of a number of acts that withdrew from last year's Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin, over that festival's acceptance of sponsorship from the Israeli embassy.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 10:18:04 PM EST
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Italy sends migrant convoy to Spain, has words with France
"There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government's behavior with regard to this dramatic humanitarian situation," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux quoted Macron as telling his cabinet.

Gabriel Attal, a spokesman for Macron's party, went further, telling Public Senat TV: "The Italian position makes me vomit."

France approves controversial immigration bill
The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally. ... The bill passed by 228 votes to 139, with 24 abstentions, after more than 60 hours of debate over the weekend and hundreds of amendments. ... One of the most significant changes is that failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation can be [detained] up to 90 days, double the existing period of 45 days. The government had initially aimed for a 135-day period.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:05:04 PM EST
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Meanwhile, the Spanish government and the city of Valencia agreed to receive the ship, while the French government sat on its hands.

 Foreign minister Le Drian stuck his neck out by claiming Valencia was the closest and safest port...

Actual distances from the Aquarius :
Ajaccio (Corsica) : 538 nautical miles
Marseille (France) : 670 nm
Valencia (Spain) : 762 nm

The territorial government of Corsica offered save harbour (as had Naples and several other Italian port cities). The crew of the Aquarius knew they would be turned away by the Italian coastguard, in violation of international law; they apparently didn't want to test the French coastgard. Valencia it is.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 10:48:03 AM EST
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What are the distances to Palma di Maiorca and Piraeus?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 10:56:21 AM EST
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Palma is out of the question. It's full up with German refugees at this time of year.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 09:29:53 AM EST
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With all the brouhaha in the French media about the Aquarius being pushed away from Italy by Salvini, and the complete silence of the French government - until Spain agreed to receive the ship, you could almost have forgotten the existence of a European country, located somewhere between Spain and Italy, with an extensive Mediterranean seaboard. Funny that.
by Bernard on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 06:55:22 PM EST
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as had Naples and several other Italian port cities

One  of which was Palermo. With good reason.

There was a time when the door to Ruben's store had to stay permanently shut, even during opening hours.

Originally from Bangladesh, in 2002 he opened a money-wiring store on Maqueda street, one of the main arteries in Palermo's city's historic center and one of its most diverse. Amid crumbling facades and historical palaces tourists stop to admire, in this stretch of the road the omnipresent souvenirs are sold alongside Asian saris and North African spices.

It is here that 11 shop owners, 10 Bangladeshi and one Tunisian, decided to challenge a system of street crime and extortion against them and other local merchants by a local mafia group by breaking the silence on what was happening.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 01:06:58 PM EST
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"We have always encouraged collective efforts to report, because more people means fewer risks."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 06:40:36 PM EST
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Occupied
"There are no American bases on Norwegian soil," she said, adding the decision had broad parliamentary support.

Oslo will ask Washington to send 700 Marines from 2019, compared with 330 presently. The additional numbers will be based closer to the border with Russia in the Inner Troms region in the Norwegian Arctic, rather than in central Norway. ... In addition the U.S. want to build infrastructure that could accommodate up to four U.S. fighter jets at a base 65 km (40 miles) south of Oslo, as part of a European deterrence initiative launched after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:09:28 PM EST
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Having been completely silent during the Aquarius crisis (lest someone suggest to send the ship to Marseille?), the French government, and Macron, now have a brilliant idea: trading barbs with the Italian government and its Lega Minister:

EU migration row boils over as Italy and France trade insults

France and Italy have traded insults, rifts have widened in Germany's ruling coalition and Austria has called for an "axis of the willing" to take action as a simmering row over how Europe should handle irregular migration finally boiled over.

Angrily rejecting French criticism of its immigration policies, Italy summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday and cancelled a planned meeting between the Italian economy minister and his counterpart in Paris.

A day after the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said Rome had acted with "cynicism and irresponsibility" in turning away a migrant rescue ship, Italy's hardline new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said it had "nothing to learn from anyone about generosity, voluntarism, welcoming and solidarity."

Living in glass houses, and all that...

by Bernard on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 08:27:30 PM EST
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Italy threatens to block CETA ratification
"It is not just a position of the sovereignist Lega party, doubts about this agreement are common to many of my European colleagues," underlined Centinaio, who belongs to Lega.

The European Citizen's Initiative Stop TTIP-CETA managed to collect more than 3 million signatures against both free trade agreements and thousands took to the streets to protest the deal around Europe.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 06:24:59 PM EST
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The M5S have claimed that they are neither left nor right, something that made me immediately think of Mussolini. They've made that very clear now, by voting to name a street in Rome after Giorgio Almirante. (The mayor has vetoed the decision)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 08:40:01 AM EST
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Stack the logs high.

Rupture or Deliverance - Three Scenarios - Spiegel Online

Separate meetings of CDU and CSU MPs, verbal attacks on Merkel... CDU MPs gave Merkel a 14 day deadline to find a solution until the EU council meeting.

Everything that had been boiling since the refugee crisis in 2015 is breaking out four months ahead of the elections in Bavaria.

Scenario 1: Rupture

If there is no agreement between Merkel and Seehofer then there could be a showdown next week. Seehofer could give order to reject refugees at the border... [Merkel] would fire her minister, the CSU ministers would leave the cabinet. The coalition would no longer have a majority. ... Or maybe the Greens replace the CSU? ... the most unlikely scenario. Seehofer and Merkel will do everything to avoid it.

Scenario 2: Compromise buys Time

Seehofer will order to start preparing for rejections. Preparations would not be completed until the 28th when the EU summit will start. That's just the two week deadline... A compromise would only stabilize the coalition for the short term. ... hardly last until 2021.

Scenario 3: Deliverance

unrealistic... Merkel and Seehofer find a way to compromise and deescalate.

This has been brewing for a long time. I don't see how Merkel will last the whole term. CDU chancellors have always been deposed or overstayed their welcome.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 12:55:47 AM EST
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