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Merry Christmas, Romania

December 23, 2010

Today, 23 December, a 43-year old man jumped from one of the balconies of the Romanian parliament, during a session.

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Frontex 2: Rising into the heart of European security politics

November 23, 2010

The anxiety of the voice on the other side of the line intensifies when it becomes clear that this phone call is about Frontex. “We have no clear picture who controls them and what is the extent of responsibility Frontex ought to take” says Franziska Keller, Member of the European Parliament with the alliance of Greens/European Free Alliance.

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Severe Cuts Prove Romanian Government’s Weakness

May 28, 2010

by Claudia Ciobanu first published on Socialist worker

http://socialistworker.org/2010/06/01/victims-of-romanian-crisis

The Romanian government plans to cut 25 percent of salaries of state employees and 15 percent of pensions and state assistance (including unemployment benefits and mothers’ allowances). Romanian President Traian Basescu announced the cuts in early May, after negotiations with the IMF delegation. In a final assault against common sense and decency, the government is invoking “national security” concerns to legally justify the pension cuts.

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Why Nick Clegg? The Dilemma of the British Left

April 24, 2010

For Romanian speakers only, http://www.paralele-paralele.com/2010/04/guest-post-de-ce-clegg-dilema.html
It’s a guest post about the Clegg/Brown choice among the British left, published in a blog that supports Cameron. Full text below.

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Glamour Gulag (about a book by Vasile Ernu)

April 21, 2010

Claudia Ciobanu

“The Last Heretics of the Empire” is a good criticism of totalitarian systems, from our communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, to capitalism; drawing parallels between these two is still uncomfortable for an Eastern European audience, yet the rising popularity of the writer, Vasile Ernu (born in the Soviet Union but having studied and working in Romania), is a sign that perhaps we are ready to become more analytical.

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The State of Climate Change Talks (Bolivian Perspective)

April 10, 2010

http://unfccc2.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/100409_AWG/play.php?id_kongresssession=2608

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The Robin Hood Tax

February 18, 2010

a tiny tiny tax on some financial transactions with money going to boosting national budgets, for international aid and action against climate change.

a fun promo video for a simple idea here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzZIRMXcxRc

and the petition to support it here https://secure.avaaz.org/en/robin_hood/?rc=fbp&pv=1

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Spanish Policemen Go Against “Preventive Detention” of Migrants

February 17, 2010

Time for some good news in this blog. Read this interview with a Spanish Police union leader (apparently including half of the police force in the country) on why the police force should reject the new regulations for “preventive detention” of migrants.

http://www.ecre.org/files/ECRE_INTERVIEW_SUP.pdf

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POLICE DECLARE WAR OF ATTRITION ON CALAIS MIGRANTS

January 22, 2010

– Fifty police officers in riot gear crack down on peaceful protest by
migrants demanding respect for basic rights

– Officers declare orders to destroy all migrant shelters in the area

– Escalation in repressive tactics leave migrants with nowhere to go

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What Happens After Copenhagen (by Nitin Sethi, from Times of India)

January 11, 2010

The high-octane Copenhagen climate talks may have ended but
global negotiations are going to get into a greater frenzy in 2010. To be
on top of the game, the BASIC four countries — China, India, South Africa
and Brazil — are going to meet in January itself to sort out common
positions ahead of the frenzied formal talks that are bound to run through
the year.
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