In 2015, a number of journalists and journalism associations requested access from the Parliament to documents relating to the subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances of Members of the European Parliament (‘MEPs’). Those requests were all refused by the Parliament, as were the confirmatory applications which followed them. The General Court confirms the Parliament’s refusal to grant access to documents relating to MEPs’ subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances.Read more . . .
Five years of devastating civil war and strict economic sanctions have plunged over 80 percent of Syrians into poverty, up from 28 percent in 2010. Ferdinand Arslanian, a scholar at the Center for Syrian Studies at the University of St. Andrews, says that reduction in living standards and aid dependency is empowering the regime.Read more . . .
All the evidence we present in this report shows that Greece not only does not have the ability to pay this debt, but also should not pay this debt first and foremost because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. Hence, we came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious.Read more . . .
What raises particular concern are the attempts to artificially ratchet up the Sunni-Shiite disagreements and use religious differences to achieve political goals, among other things, by imposing schemes on the UN Security Council to approve outside interference.Read more . . .
During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries — roughly 70% of the nations on the planet — according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).Read more . . .
imperially sanctioned violence is not only military in nature. The inherent cruelty and savagery that characterise the global neoliberal system are acutely visible in places like India, where the supposed “miracle” of free trade has led to a situation in which nearly 300,000 farmers have committed suicide after being driven into insuperable debt. But the victims are largely invisible, the dehumanised refuse of empire and the price to be paid for securing corporate profit.Read more . . .
William Blum Official website of the author, historian, and U.S. foreign policy critic. The Anti-Empire Report #130 By William Blum – Published July 12th, 2014 What would a psychiatrist call this? Delusions of grandeur? US Secretary of State John Kerry, … Read more . . .
In place of the need to deepen democratic openness and accountability in EU the Council has entrenched a system of secrecy based on its discretion to decide whether and when to make documents public. The result is that the European legislature – the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament – meet in secret trilogues to decide over 80% of new laws going through the EURead more . . .
Evidence Showing That The USA Is Becoming A Police State By Zack Smith (2006-2007) See: http://home.comcast.net/~plutarch/PoliceState.html … Read more . . .
Finding solutions to a shared problem By Stewart Baker Tuesday, July 22, 2008 WASHINGTON: Illegal immigration is increasingly forcing itself onto the European agenda. President Nicolas Sarkozy recently announced that France will make illegal immigration a top priority for its … Read more . . .
June 29, 2007 U.S. Reaches Tentative Deal With Europe on Bank Data By JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, June 28 ? A new agreement between the Bush administration and the European Union will allow the United States government to continue a once … Read more . . .
The SWIFT-CIA Program: The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing? … Read more . . .
New York Times, June 23, 2006 Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, June 22 ? Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, … Read more . . .
U.S. may invoke 'state secrets' to squelch suit against Swift The Belgian banking cooperative secretly let the CIA comb through millions of financial records as it tried to track terrorists' financing. IHT By Eric Lichtblau Published: August 31, 2007 WASHINGTON: … Read more . . .
Europe's central banks caught in US spy scandal Called to account over post-9/11 snooping By Mark Ballard http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/27/swift_central_banks/ Published Wednesday 27th September 2006 15:06 GMT The European Central Bank (ECB) knew the US was conducting a secret probe of the … Read more . . .
The extention of NATO to domestic repression In the words of NATO: an Alliance for Freedom, “it is urgent for the Atlantic Alliance to organize a series of top-level meetings, not only among foreign and defense ministers, but also among … Read more . . .