Posts Tagged ‘EU’

Euro Gypsies: ‘The Right to Roam’

January 16, 2013

Unwanted, marginalised, defiant – the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe.

In France and Italy they have been thrown out in their thousands – accused of illegally overstaying their welcome and blamed for increases in crime.

They say that in their countries of origin they are victims of discrimination – a minority with few opportunities.

They are now taking advantage of European Union laws that allow freedom of travel to all European citizens – looking West to find a better life, yet reluctant to adapt to Western ways.

The Roma issue has now been forced on EU policy makers – they have to find a balance between the growing hostility and the rights of the Roma.


Engineered Chaos: Swedish Teens Riot Over Paedophile Instagram Account

December 18, 2012

21st Century Wire says… As we can now see, Facebook and other social networking giants will be playing their specific roles in the coming internet chaos and clampdown – by merging online applications and thus enabling mass invasion of privacy, virtual problem-reaction-solution scenarios can spark new outrage and be used by regulators and professional trolls (see below) to engineer new Hegelian outcomes designed to target normal users – and hit out at other free speech further down the line. No one asked for Instagram to be part of Facebook (originally designed as a private social network) and it’s data munching capabilities – it just appeared out of nowhere, and is being used to foment yet another new crisis. Why can’t Facebook just protect its users’ personal data instead? 

Oh, and surprise, surprise – this story also appeared in the Mainstream News on the very same day – about how Facebook’s new policies allowing Instagram to use children’s photos and data, via its photo-sharing service that Facebook bought in August, “could be exploitative”… really?

And we also found this story about the corporate clampdown on privacy for social networks, also on the same day (yesterday) – so work it out where you think Facebook and the digital cartels are heading – and who they are coordinating their efforts with. We believe free speech online is the ultimate target of this progression.

Watch this space…

Foreign Policy
Elias Groll

Rioting broke out in the southern Swedish city of Gothenburg today over an Instagram account that posted photos of local underage boys and girls alongside sexualized captions.

Hundreds of students descended on a high school in Gothenburg, where it was thought the individual behind the account attended, resulting in a large (by Swedish standards anyway) police deployment to break up the crowd. When police arrived, students threw bottles and rocks. According to reports on Facebook, the students had gathered at the school to beat up a girl thought to be behind the account.

What began as an apparently isolated incident at the high school, Plusgymnasiet, quickly spread around the city as angry teens left the school and headed to the city’s center. In total, 27 teens have been taken into custody. The school will be closed tomorrow after a Facebook page was posted encouraging students to continue to attack it.

Swedish police attempt to calm social unrest following Facebook’s dodgy enabling of Instagram abuse.

The fracas began after a request for photos of “sluts” generated hundreds of photo submissions. The instagram user, whose account has been suspended, posted the photos alongside lewd comments, setting off a firestorm among local teens. The account posted about 200 photos since its launch Monday and described the subjects of the photos as “sluts” and “whores” and also included information about their alleged sexual activities. Some of those whose photos were included were as young as 13.

This isn’t the first time this year that a firestorm of criticism has erupted over non-consensual photos of teens posted on the internet. Reddit, the popular link aggregator, was forced to shut down a section of its website called “jailbait,” which was devoted to user-submitted photos of sexualized teens. The ensuing debate over privacy on the internet became crystallized in the controversial online persona of Violentacrez, who started the jailbait section. Gawker outed the man behind the account as Michael Brutsch, a 49-year-old software programmer.

The news out of Gothenburg comes on the heels of an announcement by Instagram that they are overhauling their user agreement to allow the service to use users’ photos for commercial purposes without their consent. My guess is they probably won’t be using these photos.

Not So Noble, Or Peaceful: EU Nobel Peace Prize Disappointment

December 10, 2012

The European Union’s three presidents are in Oslo to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of the group. It’s being given to commend the EU for fostering peace. But not everyone agrees – hundreds marched through the Norwegian capital in protest. RT’s Peter Oliver looks at why many believe the EU doesn’t deserve the prize, and why the whole Nobel institution may need a rethink.

Amsterdam Plans To Relocate Troublemakers To ‘scum villages’

December 5, 2012

The Washington Post
 Caitlin Dewey

In a move that sounds straight out of Orwell, Amsterdam allocated 1 million euros last week to a plan that would relocate trouble-making neighbors to camps on the outskirts of the city, the BBC reports.

The “scum villages,” as critics have called them, would lie in isolated areas and provide only basic services to their unwilling residents. According to details of the plan reported by Der Spiegel and the BBC, residents will live in “container homes,” under the watchful eye of social workers or police. The residents themselves might not make very good company. According to the BBC, they’ll include families that engage in repeated, small-scale harassment, like bullying gay neighbors or intimidating police witnesses.

If this reads a little like ghettoization, you’re not the only one to notice. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has already faced a number of questions about the fairness of the plan, as well as the fear that crowding troublemakers together will simply breed more trouble. Most alarming, however, are the parallels to a plan proposed by far right-wing politician Geert Wilders last year.

Under that plan, Dutch paper de Volkskrant reports, repeat offenders (and their families, if minors) would relocate to container compounds in isolated areas. Residents could only return to society after a proven period of work or study. At the time, Wilders called his proposal a way to “put all the trash together and leave normal people alone,” according to a translation by Der Spiegel. But Wilders’s definition of “normal people” has concerned many observers, including Holland’s Public Prosecution Service — it charged him with several counts of inciting hate and discrimination against Muslims in January 2009.

Amsterdam city officials are, unsurprisingly, disavowing any similarity between their plan and Wilders’s. It’s already drawing comparisons to a gentler assisted-living program in Denmark, which lacks — through design or better PR — the dystopic overtones of the “scum villages.”

“Usually people are scared to report problems for fear of intimidation,” city spokeswoman Tahira Limon told the BBC. “It’s an upside down world and we want to change it so the people who cause the problems are moved.”

Thousands of Spanish police officers march against austerity

November 20, 2012

Oped News
Scott Baker

This piece was mostly supplied by one of my colleagues in the public banking movement here in the U.S. but it shows how things are reaching the final breaking point in Spain, and perhaps all of Europe. 

When the police – 5,000-6,000 in this case – start striking over working conditions, like a 22% cut in pay, the end for the regime is not far behind.  We’ve seen this most recently in Russia (with the fall of the ex-Soviet Union) , Tunisia, Egypt, etc.  The 1% governs only with the protection of the police in situations like that of Spain, and that protection is now very much in doubt.

However, as I said in an earlier article about Europe , such an overthrow will not necessarily lead to a better outcome.  It could lead to tyranny, again, something Spain is familiar with, under Franco.  See my previous article for a simple but workable solution.

“Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians,”  read one banner. When state security forces start to bail, the handwriting is on the wall. Lots of nervous bankers in Europe today.

Around 5,000 Spanish police officers marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest government austerity measures, including frozen pensions and the elimination of their Christmas bonuses.

Officers travelled from across Spain to take part in the demonstration which was called by the nation’s main policing union.

Protesters blew whistles, shouted slogans, and carried anti-austerity banners as they marched through the city centre to the interior ministry.

“Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians,” read one banner.

The Spanish government has imposed harsh spending cuts aimed at saving 150 billion euros between 2012 and 2014. The move has been met with anger and protests from hundreds of thousands of Spanish citizens.

The austerity measures are in exchange for a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros from the EU to help the country’s stricken banks.

“The problem is they take from us to give to others, like the autonomous regions and the banks,” 33-year-old police officer Antonio Perez told AP.

But it’s not just their pay the police are worried about.

A spokesman for Spain’s Unified Police Union, Jose Maria Benito, said the cuts will affect the nation’s security, adding that working conditions have become more precarious and law enforcement equipment was no longer up to standard.

We are here to tell the government that security has to be its priority”in socially convulsive times, we need an adequate police response,” Benito told AP. He added that 15,000 workers who have left the force were not going to be replaced.

“Each year, between 1,500 and 2,000 police officers retire and 125 are recruited, which means in three or four years, there will be more insecurity and crime in Spain,” the union’s general secretary Jose Maria Sanchez Fornet said in a speech.

The rally comes just three days after an anti-austerity strike in Spain rolled out across the EU — hitting Portugal, Italy, Belgium, and Greece.

Furry Over Poland Claims of Explosives on 2010 Presidential Plane Crash – Key Witness Found Hanged

November 1, 2012

The plane crash that killed Poland’s president and more than 90 other people was not an accident—at least for a little while.

A Polish newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, reported that traces of explosives were found in the plane’s wreckage, including enough evidence of TNT and nitroglycerine on 30 seats to jolt a detection device “off the scale.” The claim provoked a public uproar as well as condemnation from the Polish government, whose official inquiry concluded the accident was just that and that no foul play was involved.

Shortly after publishing its story, the newspaper issued a partial retraction that said the findings of explosive residues were not as definitive as it had initially reported. Soil, perfume or everyday objects are no different than TNT in how they would cause the explosives detectors to respond, professed the newspaper. Another theory it offered is that the equipment may have sniffed out some old World War II bombs and shell casings that had been lying around the area for over six decades.

The plane carrying President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others crashed in 2010 on approach to Russia’s Smolensk North Airport, which was shrouded in a thick fog.

Conspiracy theories surrounded the accident even before the controversial story. A flight engineer, Remigiusz Mus, who flew into the airport before the crash, claimed Russian air traffic controllers allowed his plane to descend to a low altitude before landing, which contradicted an official investigation by the government.

Mus was scheduled to testify before a parliamentary investigation. But his body was found over the weekend hanged in his house in Warsaw, presumably a suicide. Antoni Macierewicz, head of the parliamentary commission investigating the case, urged that the only other surviving witness, Artur Wosztyl, be placed in protective custody.

Another bizarre tragedy occurred in January 2012, when a Polish prosecutor working on the case inexplicably shot himself in the head during a press briefing.

Source: All Gov

Most voters want Britain to leave EU: Support for PULLING OUT at highest level for 30 years

October 24, 2012

Editor’s Note: Of course, what they are not telling us is that the master plan is to fold Britain into a new EU ‘super state’, where Britain will become part of a ‘Region’ within the new EU. And you will not be able to vote on that one! All part of their brave new world order. It matters not who is in power – Labour enabled  it and the Conservatives will progress the same agenda. That’s how it works.

Glen Owen
Daily Mail

Support for Britain pulling out of the European Union is at its highest level for 30 years, a Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum on leaving the EU was held tomorrow,  51 per cent say they would vote to leave, while just 34 per cent would opt to stay.

It means support for a pullout is at its most buoyant since the early Eighties, during Margaret Thatcher’s first term in Government, when nearly two thirds of voters wanted to leave the Common Market.

Over half of those surveyed said they would vote to leave the EU (flag pictured) while just 34 per cent would choose to stayOver half of those surveyed said they would vote to leave the EU (flag pictured) while just 34 per cent would choose to stay

The Survation poll findings have emerged as David Cameron prepares to announce that he is in favour of a referendum on membership – and the EU plans to mount a multi-million pound pro-Brussels propaganda offensive to counter hardening Eurosceptic sentiment.

On Tuesday, MEPs will vote in the European Parliament for a campaign to designate 2013 ‘Year of European Citizens’, backed by a 1.75 million euros marketing budget to ‘raise awareness’ of the benefits of EU membership.

The planned publicity blitz was last night described by critics as a softening-up exercise before the expected referendum campaign.

David Cameron (pictured) is preparing to announce that he is in favour of a referendum on membershipDavid Cameron (pictured) is preparing to announce that he is in favour of a referendum on membership

Support for the ‘out’ campaign has jumped over the past year, from an average of 41 per cent, as the damaging effects of the eurozone economic crisis have strengthened the hand  of Brussels’ opponents.

Downing Street sources indicated last week that the next Conservative manifesto will contain a pledge to negotiate a clawback of powers from the EU, followed by a public vote on the result. It follows last week’s revelation that Education Secretary Michael Gove wants the UK to pull out of the EU unless we can renegotiate the relationship – a significant development given Mr Gove’s political and personal links to the Prime Minister.

Education Secretary Michael Gove (pictured) wants the UK to pull out of the EU unless we can renegotiate the relationship
Education Secretary Michael Gove (pictured) wants the UK to pull out of the EU unless we can renegotiate the relationship

Tim Aker, from the anti-EU group Get Britain Out, said: ‘The EU should not be using our hard-earned cash to promote the so-called benefits of EU membership,’ he said. ‘The EU should stand back and let the British people decide’.

Nigel Farage, the leader  of UKIP, said: ‘Spending taxpayers’ money on self-promotion is appalling and  yet another reason why  we need a referendum  on our membership’.


October 18, 2012

Go to Facebook and show your support…

It’s an outrage, and if you let this go by without a fight, and media can be shut down for made-up reasons.

Are we in Nazi Europe now?

Protesters Dressed as Nazis parade through an Athens ruled by Brussels banksters, giving Nobel Peace Prize to EU is beyond satire

October 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: The Nobel Peace Prize has been a ridiculous joke for a number of years now – most notably when the elite committee awarded Barrack Obama the prize in 2009 before he even got started as President (they claimed it was to ‘encourage him’ to deserve their pre-award), but it’s latest gaff has signaled its dive off the edge of reality – proving that the Nobel Institute exists to shape public perception, and has no relation to what is actually happening in the world. One would expect the EU to return the award, and give it someone more deserving, but will it? Of course not, no one does such things these days – they will take it and run. It is a corrupt institution. What an embarrassment to humanity in the year 2012.

Max Hastings
Mail Online

The Nobel Peace Prize is the sacred elephant of the liberal establishment. It is sometimes awarded to good people who have done great things, but equally often to unworthy recipients as a gesture of pious hope.

The world applauded when it was presented to Martin Luther King in 1964, to Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991, to Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk two years later.

Sensible people sighed when the prize went to Henry Kissinger and Viet Cong leader Le Duc Tho in 1973, who stitched up a charade of a Vietnam peace deal as a figleaf for surrendering the country to the Communists; to Egypt’s leader Anwar Sadat and his Israeli counterpart Menachem Begin in 1978 for their Middle East deal which brought no lasting peace; and to Barack Obama in 2009 for his commitment to ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which are still mired in bloodshed.

In all these cases — and many more besides — the Nobel Committee was obviously seeking to say to the winners and to the world: ‘We welcome what you are attempting to do, and hope that giving you the Prize will make you try even harder for the cause of peace.’

These are the sort of decent, woolly-minded sentiments that country vicars unleash on their flocks every Sunday. But the consequence is that too many Nobel Laureates are honoured for aspirations rather than achievements, for proclaiming objectives which go unfulfilled, or for displaying an illusory semblance of virtue.

Switched-on Greeks demonstrate the true nature of the bailouts and austerity forced upon them by the bankers in Northern Europe.

However, this year, the 93rd in which the award has been made, the committee has surpassed all previous follies and travesties. The peace prize has been given to the European Union. The award, it is said, recognises six decades of commitment to the advancement of peace, reconciliation and human rights.

If the judges think the EU is a worthy winner on these criteria, we might start fantasising about the other candidates who probably crossed their minds.

Presumably somebody spoke up in favour of Russia’s brutal Vladimir Putin. There must have been a strong lobby for Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, for her splendid diplomatic efforts on behalf of Las Malvinas.

The Beijing government cannot have gone unnoticed, for its doughty efforts to start a war with Japan in the East China Sea.

A good case might be made for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, for promoting harmony among his six wives. There might well have been some especially deserving leader of the Taliban who attracted the interest of the Nobel Committee.

But, in the end, the winner obviously had to be the EU. If one is going to have a laugh, one might as well make it a big one.

After all, the judges could take into account rioting in the streets of Greece, Italy and Spain in protest against eurozone austerity measures.


The Ben Fellows Radio Show with guest Patrick Henningsen

October 3, 2012

Great conversation as Ben Fellows welcomes guest Patrick Henningsen from the 21st Century Wire, covering a range of topics including the media, online gaming, society, Common Purpose, the EU, Middle East developments and the online information revolution.