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News digest: 7 February 2013
court to rule on protesters' deaths (Balkan Insight):
"The Tirana District Court is expected to rule on Thursday
on charges against two former Republican Guard officers, accused
of the murder of three protestors in the 2011 riots"
one refugee deported (Austrian Times): "One of
the four refugees who had been taken into custody pending deportation
has now been deported to Hungary. The asylum seekers staying
at the church "Votivkirche" in Vienna said that they
takes part in pan-European immigrant smuggling operation
(SETimes.com): "Officials are hailing the results of
a European-wide operation against human trafficking, which resulted
in more than 100 arrests and included the participation of 10
nations." See also: Succesful
action against people smuggling & illegal immigration
(Europol press release)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Lower
house not to reject presidential amnesty (Prague Daily
Monitor): "The Czech senior opposition Social Democrats
(CSSD) Tuesday for the second time failed to push through the
proposal that the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament,
deal with the presidential amnesty and reject some of its provisions"
and Israel research crime-stopping drones (EUobserver):
"The EU and a large Israeli military contractor are co-funding
research to build drones that can stop moving boats and cars"
crime and justice measures of 'real importance' says Starmer
(Law Society Gazette): "Failure to opt back in to
EU criminal justice measures will hamper the UKs ability
to prosecute cross-border crime, making procedures uncertain,
cumbersome and fragmented, the director of public prosecutions
told peers today"
proposes new cybercrime reporting rules (BBC News): "Over
40,000 firms, including energy providers, banks and hospitals
could be required to report cyber-break-ins under new rules proposed
by the EU"
debates state of democracy in Bulgaria (EurActiv): "The
European Parliament debated for nearly two hours yesterday (6
February) the state of democracy in Bulgaria, a country described
as the "weak link" in the EU and a threat to European
values across the continent"
calls for Mali handover to UN troops (France 24): "French
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that France
wanted a United Nations peacekeeping force to replace French
forces deployed in Mali by April, incorporating troops offered
by West African nations." See also: France
action in Mali is real war, says Le Drian; Mali
future debated at Brussels meeting (BBC News) and Romania
to Join EU Force in War-Torn Mali (Balkan Insight)
clash with police in France (euronews): "In France,
hundreds of steel workers scuffled with police near the European
Parliament in Strasbourg. They are angry at plans to lay off
workers at several Arcelor Mittal plants across the country.
Missiles were thrown and the police responded with tear gas and
pepper spray. At least one protestor has been taken to hospital"
Philosopher and the terrorist: When Sartre met RAF leader Andreas
Baader (Spiegel Online): "Jean-Paul Sartre's
meeting with RAF leader Andreas Baader was long considered to
be one of the philosopher's great missteps. A transcript of the
meeting, which has only now been released, shows the Nobel laureate
actually wanted to persuade him to stop murdering people"
illegal immigrants cross the Evros (Greek Reporter):
"An ongoing government sweep to round up illegal immigrants,
Operation Xenios Zeus, has also deterred them from trying to
enter Greece across the Evros River on the Turkish border, Greek
police said." See also: Arrests
of illegal migrants on Evros border plunge over last 6 months
panel votes to lift immunity of far-right deputy (Ekathimerini):
"Parliaments ethics committee on Tuesday voted
in favor of lifting Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiariss immunity
for prosecution in connection to an incident last year when he
attacked two lawmakers on live television"
In Greece, being a citizen and a human being is a felony!
(Yper Kapetanopoulou): "We demand all the unjust
charges to be withdrawn, and justice to be reestablished for
Petros Kapetanopoulos as well as democracy. The whole Greek society
should demonstrate against fascism in uniform acting against
human rights by any kind of torture, molestation or humiliation.
To have lawyers, UN, Amnesty international as well as all those
who support human rights to bring to justice all those who dare
to act in any arbitrary and fascist way just because they wear
the uniform of power. These are issues that matter not only to
Greece but also to the international community"
asks for amendments to citizenship law (Ekathimerini):
"Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday asked Deputy
Interior Minister Haralambos Athanassiou to proceed with a string
of amendements with regard to a law allowing second-generation
migrants to apply for Greek cirizenship in order for the legislation
to comply with a Council of State ruling as well as with European
demands action over claims school boy was attacked by ultranationalists
(Ekathimerini): "Opposition party SYRIZA on Tuesday
demanded action from local authorities and schools to protect
students from hate crimes following allegations that a high-school
boy was stabbed in the face on Monday as he arrived at his school
in the southern Athenian suburb of Palaio Faliro"
seamen end strike, return to work (Greek Reporter): "Reluctantly
obeying a civil mobilization order issued by the government,
striking Greek seamen went back to work on Feb. 6 rather than
face the prospect of being jailed and even losing their jobs.
For the second time in two weeks as he did with striking
Metro workers Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued the
order which had been used only 10 times since the fall of the
ruling military junta in 1974." See also: Greece
orders seamen back to work on 6th day of strike (BBC
protest against civil mobilisation at Piraeus (Demotix)
ponders civil mobilisation as sailors extend their strike
PM says 'sorry' for laundries abuse (Al Jazeera): "Ireland's
prime minister has offered sympathy after an official report
held the state responsible for sending many women and girls to
the institutions collectively known as Magdalene Laundries, where
they were subjected to a harsh regime of intimidation, prayer
and unpaid work." See also: Girls
were sent to laundry for not having train ticket and
long days of high-class laundry' and prayer recital (Irish
of anti-usury association sets himself on fire (Gazzetta
del Sud): "Doctors said that the founder of anti-usury
association SOS Racket Frediano Manzi was in stable condition
after he was hospitalized for self-inflicted burns on Tuesday.
Manzi set himself on fire in front of a central Milan police
station after depositing documents and a letter explaining that
he was going to commit suicide in the name of "all victims
of usury". Physicians said that Manzi suffered burns on
his arms and torso"
Napolitano says Italian prisons 'unconstitutional' (Gazzetta
del Sud): "Italian President Giorgio Napolitano strongly
denounced Italian prison conditions on Wednesday calling them
"unconstitutional" during a visit to the San Vittore
prison in Milan"
graffiti covers walls of Dolomite resort town Cortina (Gazzetta
del Sud): "Police in the northern Dolomite resort of
Cortina D'Ampezzo are investigating a slew of racist graffiti
that appeared throughout the town the night between Tuesday and
who escaped detention jailed for two years (Times of
Malta): "A Tunisian migrant who escaped from Hal Far
detention centre and was re-arrested yesterday, has been jailed
for two years"
attack extradition decision postponed (Dutch News): "A
decision on whether five youths wanted in connection with an
attack in Eindhoven can be extradited from Belgium was postponed
on Tuesday afternoon"
doctors vote in favour of digital patient record system (Dutch
News): "The national family doctors' association LHV
voted in favour of supporting the new digital patient record
system at a meeting of branch organisations in Utrecht on Tuesday
night." See also: Opposition
to digital patient records mounts, court case to go ahead
tip hotline helps solve over 1,000 crimes, prevents 116 more
to use more decoy bikes to catch thieves and buyers (Dutch
News): "The police are going to use more decoy bikes
fitted with a track and trace system in an effort to catch bike
thieves, free newspaper Spits reported on Wednesday"
police used 'confession-friendly' interrogation techniques
(The Foreigner): "Police interrogators deliberately
employed controversial FBI-inspired methods to get interviewees
to confess, a new article reveals"
plans overhaul of constitution (Balkan Insight): "Romania's
centre-left coalition, the Social Liberal Union, USL, has announced
the setting up of a commission tasked with changing the constitution"
CIA rendition probe lists Romania detention (Balkan Insight):
"Some 54 countries, including Romania and Poland, assisted
in the CIA's secret detention and rendition programme in the
years after 9/11 terrorist attacks, a new human rights report
looks to toughen laws against spying (The Local): "Counter-espionage
laws in Sweden need to be strengthened, with a particular focus
on refugees reporting back to their home countries, government
investigators stated on Wednesday"
refugee greeting takes Sweden by storm (The Local): "A
small-town shopkeeper's folksy Facebook greeting to newly-arrived
Syrian refugees kicked off a big-time media frenzy that continues
to reverberate, making Bo Oskarsson of Kaxås our pick for
Swede of the Week"
minister's asylum stance 'wrong' (The Local): "Prime
Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has distanced himself from Migration
Minister Tobias Billström about the need to reduce the "volumes"
of foreigners coming to Sweden, explaining the Moderates' policy
review stems from different concerns"
Puts Protests Behind (Inter Press Service): "Barbed
wire and safety fences are dismantled, the police and army are
withdrawn and freedom of movement is restored. The 43rd annual
meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ended last month with
negligible protests against the global leaders"
to announce closer military cooperation with Libya (The
Guardian): "Britain will announce it is has agreed closer
military co-operation with Libya, as well as establishing new
defence links to Somalia and Burma, as the armed forces begin
a significant shift in strategy"
crime really falling? Or are the police just failing to report?
(The Justice Gap)
Richardson: the mystery of the protester who was not who he claimed
(The Guardian): "The mother of the real Rod Richardson,
who died at two days old, fears an officer assumed his identity
to pose as an activist." See also: Brother
of boy whose identity was stolen by police spies demands apology
spies stole identities of dead children (The Guardian)
raid disrupted by Anti Raids Network (Indymedia): "On
Saturday night, approximately 6-7 UKBA officers and around 4
police officers rushed into a West African restaurant at 8.55pm.
The raiding party arrived in one white van and one silver van,
licence plate BP55DCU. But this time the operation wasnt
going to take place in silence"
using Saudi base for drone assassinations in Yemen (The
Guardian): "The CIA is secretly using an airbase in Saudi
Arabia to conduct its controversial drone assassination campaign
in neighbouring Yemen, according to reports in the US media."
See also: White
House silent over CIA drone reports as pressure builds on Brennan
newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security
debate (The Guardian)
the Obama way (Al Jazeera): "Through utilisation
of the federal No-Fly list, authorities are increasingly subjecting
individuals to de facto exile"
House to release legal rationale for killing of US citizens with
drones (The Guardian): "The White House has bowed
to demands from Congress to release its legal reasoning for the
killing of US citizens by armed drones in an attempt to ease
pressure on John Brennan, the architect of the drones strategy,
at his Senate confirmation hearing as CIA director on Thursday."
uses Tony Blair defence to justify drone killings (The
Obama transformed an old military concept so he can drone Americans
(Wired) and Obama's
memo on targeted killings is a drone strike on the law (Wired)
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