London, 23 Jan 2020 - Leading economies and established democracies are increasingly corrupted. The United States are at their lowest score in eight years in the Transparency Corruption Perception Index (CPI), while Canada is now out of the top 10. France and Britain lost positions as well in what the report marks as "worrying signs amongst G7 countries".
The CPI scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. The index lists them on a scale 0 to 100 with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 very clean:
The annual global indicator of public sector corruption issued today (23 Jan 2020) by the NGO headquartered in Berlin, shows four G7 countries score is lower than last year: Canada (-4), France (-3), the UK (-3) and the US (-2). Germany and Japan have seen no improvement, while Italy gained one point.
“The lack of real progress against corruption in most countries is disappointing and has profound negative effects on citizens around the world,” said Patricia Moreira, Managing Director of Transparency International. “To have any chance of ending corruption and improving peoples’ lives, we must tackle the relationship between politics and big money. All citizens must be represented in decision making.”
Bad news: corruption is spreading across Western powers:
US, Canada, UK and France lose ground in Transparency CPI
London, 21 January 2020 - Lords passed 300 to 220 an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill in order to guarantee protection to child refugees in the UK after the country leaves the EU. The 18th cross-party amendment was put forward by Labour Lord Dubs. The amendment specifically aims to maintain the rights of unaccompanied refugee children elsewhere in Europe to be reunited with their family members in the UK. (watch video).
Today's vote signs the fourth defeat to the Tory led majority in two days when on Monday Peers voted in favour of three amendments: the first from Lib Dem Jonny Oates was to ensure EU citizens resident in Britain will be given physical document showing they have a right to live in the country, passed 270 votes to 229.
Lords' last victory before their exile?
Peers inflict fourth defeat on Tories who want to send the Upper House outside London
Unregulated Beijing gives Trump hope
as EU 'Green Deal' makes Paris Agreements a must for trade
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen /Photo © EU Commission 2020
US President Donald Trump /Photo © whitehouse.gov 2020
Brussels, 16 January 2020 - It’s incredible how timely US, China and EU have set their, respective, future trade policies and agreements.
While Trump was shaking hands with Chinese vice premier Liu He in Washington, ending the war tariffs started in 2018, von der Leyen was in Strasbourg announcing the Green Deal, a set of commitments to ending CO2 emission by 2050 which will soon will be enshrined into law.
On the trade chapter of the document outlining the Green Deal, it is clearly stated that “the EU’s most recent agreements all include a binding commitment of the Parties to ratify and effectively implement the Paris Agreement. The Commission will propose to make the respect of the Paris agreement an essential element for all future comprehensive trade agreements”.
London, 21 Dec. 2019 - The Home Office knows well that it's enough to check the National Insurance Number to get confirmation a person is resident in the UK from more than five years. Contributions show if one is active or not.
The request of continuity of contributions for granting settled status is a useless measure of vexation Tories used to gain votes. Now that they have obtained an overwhelming majority using a set of anti immigration propaganda and blaming the bloody French, Italian, German and primarily the East Europeans for stealing British jobs, time has come to leave the EU citizens in peace and follow the good path indicated by the Labour Movement for Europe: "EU Citizens In UK Should Automatically Be Given Right To Stay"
The petition is on. Thousands of signatures per hour. The officials might question the request of changing the application system into a simple registration in due course, as this could create imbalances...
Give EU citizens automatic right to stay
Labour for Europe launches the petition
London, 11 December 2019 - There's not a more appropriate time to talk about Shout Out UK than over these troubled days of General Elections. Matteo Bergamini is founder and CEO of the London based organisation giving young people the tools they need to shape their future with a responsible and informed use of media and understanding of their connections with political systems.
Matteo has a lot to tell: from the 700 British schools hosting Shout Out UK's political literacy courses to this week's Daily Mail journalist attack to the video realised with Drillminister 'No vote no voice. #RegisterToVote': "the clip shows a man with an over sized pencil ticking a box showing to use the power of the vote - he explains - now the Daily Mail, for some bizarre reason, constructed as he is stabbing someone. We put out responses online and we got a ton of supporting comments".
Many, Bergamini says, suggested that the Daily Mail's journalist comments were racially motivated therefore "they should be ashamed of this".
Learning to change our future with a big pencil.
Bergamini tells about Shout Out UK, politics and media literacy and why Daily Mail did not like the video 'No vote no voice'
London - Crisis is a charity where people believe homelessness can be ended.
Its CEO Jon Sparkes launched an appeal for a cross-party manifesto along with the main British homeless charities, to ask all politicians to agree a common policy to tackle the issue. All parties during this extremely competitive electoral campaign, have pledged to build hundreds of thousands new homes per year.
"On its own the delivery of lots of new houses won't end homelessness, but as part of a package of interventions is hugely important. Our research says that England and Wales need 90.000 new social homes per year for the next 15 years", - Sparkles says - but this needs to be alongside other measures. With Shelter, Depaul, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, St. Mungo's, we asked several things in this elections: building social homes, change to housing benefits to ensure these meet the cost of housing, proper funding of homeless prevention services and regulation of private renting sector".
Ursula von der Leyen, elected President of the European Commission. the new European Commission will officially take up its duties on 1 December 2019. (Photo Copyright © EU Commission)
London 27 Nov. 2019 - The fact that the election of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen does not appear on UK media front pages gives us an idea of the level of isolation Britain is currently in. That's the consequence of an involution spiral of politics exasperated by an electoral campaign where chances of alliances and convergences look impossible; all this makes what happens in the continent nearly irrelevant.
None of the opposition parties commented today, while election was ongoing in Strasbourg, the EU infringement procedure against British government following Boris Johnson's refusal to nominate a commissioner; an absolutely meaningless choice from the PM because, in case of exit from the EU, the nominee would only have lasted two months.
It's all part of his 'get Brexit done' propaganda: a ready to go replacement to Farage's extremism and the occupation of the leavers margins from the Labour Party where Corbyn pledged his neutrality in case of second referendum right to keep a tight grip with lefty Brexiters and eurosceptics.
What's happening in the EU is not in the news,
but Britain will have to cope with that sooner or later
Paolo Gentiloni, new EU Commissioner for tax and Economic Affairs VIDEO © EP European Union
London 14 November 2019 - "The government is fighting this process (of justice) because the assassination of my mother cannot be disentangled from the corruption she was reporting on, people in power in Malta know this". Matthew Caruana Galizia talks about how the public inquiry into the murder of his mother risks to be hampered.
The Maltese government launched a public inquiry on the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last 19 September.
"Any investigation designed to uncover the truth about my mother will also uncover the truth about corruption at high levels of government. So you can understand the sort of criminal motivation for preventing or stopping any mechanisms designed to deliver full justice for the assassination".
A living lesson of freedom of speech himself, Mathew Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist as well, answered questions from Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau director for Reporters Without Borders.
"Our duty is to take lessons from this - he said - from what was done to my mother and this can only come out of the process of a public inquiry where we investigate how my mother's murder could have been prevented how people in public office failed their duty to prevent that murder, what can be changed to stop this from happening again", said the son of the murdered reporter.
Richard Allan VP of Policy Solutions at Facebook answered many questions about media regulation and preventing foreign interference during elections while speaking in the panel, moderated by Rasmus Nielsen director of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and touching the bleeding wounds of media and information crisis.
Freedom of speech and fake news debates shake the public of Thomson Reuters Foundation Conference
Caruana Galizia' son: 'criminal motivations to try to stop the murder inquiry'
London, 23 Sept. 2019 - “London’s diversity is a key part of what makes our city so special. We have seen how EU Londoners have helped define our capital for generations and I’m proud to host a celebration in their honour at City Hall".
In a climate of growing uncertainty and widespread hostileness, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opened City Hall to EU citizens because 'We are all Londoners'.
The event 'celebrating our European culture and communities’ hasn't been just a Saturday of solidarity with millions deprived of citizenship and political rights, but also a way to understand EU citizens from different countries must stick together, integrate each other more as the tougher challenges for them might have still to come.
Foreign languages tutors were all around: from 5 years old onward there's always the chance to learn.
But the most relevant part has been the free legal advice on Settle status provided by the New Europeans: many are still dubious as to whether taking the risk to be turned down and might remain in the shadow of the illegal status preventing them to find work as said by Barbara Drozdowicz, ceo of the East European Resource Centre while speaking of the impact of Brexit on EU Londoners.
'We are all Londoners': one day in City Hall to understand
EU citizens must stick together and integrate more
Riccardo Noury, Amnesty International Italy spokesperson, talks days before the second hearing of Carola Rackete, scheduled next 18 July in Agrigento, Sicily. The conversation on the root causes of growing hate against NGOs involves Italian politics of business and interests prevailing over peoples' rights, a regime-style strategy of progressive abolition of the chance to even ask questions to politicians delivered trough one-way posts on social media and the consequent progressive marginalisation of reliable sources of information.
Rome 10 July 2019 - Challenging far-right populism is tough job. It takes courage, consistency, hard work, and the skills to oppose hate speech, to replace fake information and propaganda with fact-checked reality, with the truth. Riccardo Noury tells us about an organisation working on the frontline now in support of Carola Rackete, the German captain of the migrants rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 who dared to break Salvini's 'closed harbours' laws.
Previously acquitted from house arrests by magistrates, her case might set a legal precedent. She is charged with resistance to a warship for having rammed the Italian coastguard patrol boat while docking without authorisation at the Lampedusa pier. By not confirming her arrest, an Italian magistrate in Agrigento opened a way out of the anti-migrants Decreto Sicurezza.
In an exclusive interview to Talk Europe, Noury explains how Rackete is the point of convergence of a radicalisation of politics poisoning Italian society split into pro and against NGOs by a constant propaganda spreading on social media hate speech and criminalising those who help migrants, those who save lives at sea.
Debunking hate speech. A talk with Riccardo Noury on the root causes of the human rights crisis in Italy where Amnesty is supporting Sea-Watch 3 captain Rackete
and fighting far-right 'social' propaganda.
Video - European Parliament Plenary Sitting 2018: for the first time MEPs discuss measures to tackle poverty, 118 million citizens, nearly a quarter of total population. No decisions have been made as yet.
Brussels, 27 May 2019 - 'Poor', not ‘divided’, is the word explaining the far-right parties surge and, more widely, what is happening in Europe. You might say, along with mainstream media, that UK, France, Italy after these EU elections are more divided countries, but division reflects democratic dynamics and different/opposite positions (whether on Brexit, immigration, single market).
The actual divide we should be concerned about, instead, is not a consequence of views on EU, but of the growing wall separating one increasingly restricted and interconnected elite from the rest of the society in which middle class political influence, economic impact and social mobility are quashed.
Middle classes across the EU 28 are increasingly poor; overall the Union counts 118 million citizens in poverty, and those who are slightly above the narrow criteria set to define poverty line are not counted, therefore they are many more. Contract in its specific form of job contract and tenancy agreement is disappearing, that means the social contract itself is broken, therefore the role of trade unions keen to protecting only slices of societies protected by contracts, is over. On the basis of these facts, why voters in the UK should back the Labour Party and its traditional ally Unite the Union, and maintain a damaging status quo ?
The new Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, or 'opt-out’ bill prescribes 'If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die'. The law will come into force from spring 2020.
This corresponds to silent assent, which we consider immoral and dangerous
The law de facto void the green option as automatically you will be registered as donor. You will be only able to opt out
It is also incorrect and coercitive to state: after your death
"Choose this option to record a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register NOT to donate your organs and tissue after your death. Please tell your family about your decision".
London - “If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die”. These are the words published on NHS site announcing the new law by which we all are organ donors unless we declare the opposite.
We all should be ashamed of the country we live in and concerned about the new law coming into force from spring 2020: “all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system or presumed consent. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law', probably to soften the actual dramatic impact of the silent assent which makes you an organ donor without your consent.
Everybody has to get informed about the fact in order for an organ to be transplanted the donor has to be still alive, that means in a coma, brain dead or judged by medics as dying, therefore the words "when you die" to encourage unaware people to agree to donation are a blatant and dangerous lie.
This new scandalous law which got Royal Assent last March 15 2019 as Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19, or 'opt-out’ bill, betrays the will and dignity of the human and of the right to life of the person.
Did you know you're an organ donor unless you opt out?
The shameful new law tells you the organs being taken 'after your death',
but this is a lie.