Daily Archives: April 9, 2016

The Money Go-Round

by Bruce K. Gagnon
The Panama Papers leak is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to global tax havens.
I want to see some names of leading western politicians….why were they not released?
The United States government is behind the recent tax avoidance-related leak known as the Panama Papers, in order to target Russia and President Vladimir Putin, renowned whistleblower group WikiLeaks claimed early Wednesday.
WikiLeaks say the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project or OCCRP, “which targets Russia and (the) former USSR,” receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development or USAID and that U.S. hedge fund billionaire George Soros was behind the leak.

France | ‘Still no fear’: Tear gas, firecrackers & stones at anti-labor reform rally in Paris

Tear gas was deployed against a massive rally in Paris denouncing recently proposed labor reform. Two RT crews got caught in the turbulence. Protests have recently swept the whole France with Saturday rally in Rennes also taking a violent turn.
Hundreds of protesters were seen marching through the streets of Paris, some of them setting off firecrackers. At some point, police fired tear gas and RT France correspondent Kyrill Kotikov-Convenant, who was there live-feeding the event through Periscope, got caught up in the smoke.
Later, a standoff between rows of riot police and hooded youngsters took place in central Paris, with each side taking turn to advance on the other. The hooded protesters were throwing stones at the police, who responded with more tear gas.
An RT UK crew was caught up in the violence as camerawoman Hulya Sen sustained an injury to her leg.
“She was filming and she says some kind of explosive device was thrown and it exploded near her foot and she has a bleeding leg,” RT’s Anastasia Churkina reported from Paris.
Churkina said that Hulya was all right. The explosive device was apparently thrown by a protester, she added.
The protest in the French capital started on Place de la Nation, the same spot where previous anti-labor rallies took place. A heavy police presence has been reported in the area.
“Still no fear” and “Democracy, where are you?” were written on demonstrators’ banners.
Other banners read “For life without war” and “Stop the [labor reform] project.”
From 2,000 to 8,000 people took to the streets of the French capital, AFP reports citing the rally organizers.
Students have been repeatedly rallying against labor law reforms recently proposed by Labor Minister Myriam El Khomri. The French authorities are desperately trying to battle high unemployment in the country, and have suggested cutting overtime pay for work beyond 35 hours.
The proposed reform states that employers would pay only 10 percent of overtime bonus, instead of the current 25 percent.
The protest, held under the hashtag #LoiTravail (Labor Law), was partially organized by a Facebook group called ‘Loi travail: non, merci’ (Labor reform: No, thanks).
About 15,000 people took to the streets of Toulouse, according to local press. In Nantes demonstrators broke windows of a local shop and set it on fire; tear gas was also deployed.
In Rennes in northwest France the protest also turned violent. At least 22 demonstrators and two police officers were injured during clashes. Police deployed tear gas against the rally.

Belgium | Why is Belgium managing the recent fractures so badly?

David Van Reybrouck

Few countries in the European Union have such a large gap between native students and those of foreign origin, than Belgium does. There are few countries in the European Union where people of immigrant background  (called “allochtones”, allochthonous) have as much trouble finding work. No other European country has provided so many fighters to Syria as Belgium. Didn’t we know this?