"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sunday Round-up

It's a bit of a mish-mash this week - and very late!

EU 2100: Infinity & Beyond
"EU needs a life-time horizon to reinvent itself,reshape humans and heal societal and institutional structures in which they operate. The objective would be to make the world a better place to live and work. Accordingly, a EU 2100 Strategy is being proposed, serving as gateway between two worlds: one in which every nation is given a place, and the other, in which each nation creates its own, within a globalized, cooperative and friendly environment. The passage from domination and exercise of force to global governance, the force of arguments and principles, is smooth and deliberate."

"...“empowering people” is a coin with two faces. The ugly one has been exposed by the Swiss, in a misdirected burst of electoral pique, banning the construction of new minarets...Enhanced information and empowerment of the populations could generate positive emulations, provided that detrimental cultural heritage is filtered."
From the European Institute of Romania, one of a vast network of European think-tanks (which includes The Federal Trust for Education & Research), which receives backing and financial support from the European Commission.  (Note that the thoughts on the EU 2100 project is online at the EC website, ec.europa.eu).

More interesting EU think tank .pdfs HERE

CEPOL accounts 'now in order'  (European police training college based at Bramshill).
Sarkozy wants EU to regulate commodities markets  "Sarkozy has a three-pronged agenda for France's G20 presidency, including tackling volatility in commodity prices, exploring changes to the world monetary system and reforming global economic governance."
America pokes its nose in  ",,,speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Susman signalled that Washington wants a clearer British commitment to remain in the EU, saying "I want to stress that the UK needs to remain in the EU.  "The US does not want to see Britain's role in the EU diminished in any way.  The message I want to convey today is that we want to see a stronger EU, but also a stronger British participation within the EU. "

In other news:

Latest on Egypt's Jasmine Revolution
Robert Fisk in Cairo
Thousands escape jail, including Muslim militants
Looters steal mummies
Two and a half years for a life
Commons security pass for iEngage extremist sympathiser sparks MPs walk-out
Lord Ahmed blames first-cousin marriages for Muslim rape/drugs gangs
Thief Chaytor fast-tracked to open prison
Birbalsingh under attack
British judges over-protecting human rights of criminals
The unacceptable face of student radicalism
Third of English unis ready to charge max. £9k pa
Another think-tank tells us what to eat
Back-door water rationing 
Insurance premiums, sex and pensions
Reform of police gives victims right to sue
'Fragile' Clegg  needs lots of rest - packs up early
In defence of Keys & Gray - Hitchens has it right
UK arms dealers charged  by US
Afghanistan re-building in chaos
Former Army Intelligence Officer lacked intelligence
 'No to AV' funding sparks row
The three main parties plan for 2015
American Kraft boss again refuses to attend MPs' inquiry

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