BBC, December 3
Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.
It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.
Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue [...]
Protesters angry that leaders refuse to sign an EU trade agreement are calling their demonstration a ‘revolution’
Al Jazeera America, December 1
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over [...]
It’s amazing that the United States government continues functioning. The lunacy of Congress over the shutdown and debt ceiling was compounded today when idiot in chief, House Speaker John Boehner, announced that the Republicans would be back at it with their nonsense when the debt ceiling needs to be raised in mid January. This is [...]
There’s this whole foofaraw this week about the US intelligence community gathering 70 million private phone calls in a month. In France.
Reuters, October 4
Berne — Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs — [...]
CBC, By Margaret Evans, October 2
Expensive. Ineffective. Undemocratic. Elitist.
Sound familiar? That’s the battle cry of Irish abolitionists who believe they’re en-route to seeing the country’s upper house — that’s right, the Senate, or Seanad as it’s known here — voted out of existence in a national referendum on Friday.
Opinion polls are behind [...]
New York Times, by Alison Smale & Melissa Eddy, September 22
Berlin — Chancellor Angela Merkel scored a stunning personal triumph in Germany’s national elections on Sunday, as voters handed her a clear validation of her leadership — and an all but certain third term — by giving her conservative party its best showing in [...]
BBC, September 20
The outgoing government in Norway has buried [ar, ar!] much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays.
The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued.
It said it remained committed to research into [...]
(AFP) – The French senate has approved a proposal to ban beauty contests for girls under 16 to prevent what a parliamentary report called the “hyper-sexualisation” of children.
The proposal was backed by 196 lawmakers on Tuesday evening and 146 opposed it. It will now become law after being passed in the National Assembly.
(BBC) – Engineering officials in Italy say they have succeeded in lifting the cruise ship Costa Concordia free of rocks, 20 months after it ran aground.
Efforts to right the ship, one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever undertaken, are continuing through the night.
The vessel has been detached from rocks and [...]
The “slam dunk” intelligence that the Obama administration touted to justify its planned attack on Syria is falling apart. McClatchy broke this story about German intelligence overhearing President Bashar al-Assad turning down requests for chemical weapons use. Investigative reporter Robert Parry reports that insiders say the president’s case is so weak, the White House dare [...]
Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling. Spiegel Online – The fact is that the Merkel administration is forcing its controversial crisis agenda [...]
From June 2012, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Tragic Decline of Gibraltar’s Spanish Neighbor.
Now things are getting worse. Anglo-Spanish relations deteriorate…
(BBC) – Italy’s former PM Silvio Berlusconi has broadcast an angry video message after his prison sentence for tax fraud was upheld by the country’s highest court.
Berlusconi said he was the innocent victim of “an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality”.
The court also ordered a further [...]