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Mass squatter eviction in Rome causes riots

Riot police have dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes which are the latest to come in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured on Wednesday as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in. An AFP photographer saw between 100 and 150 officers then entering the building – a former state-owned insurance agency – and escorting the residents out, nine days after the occupation began.

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Violent clashes with Roman squatters

Riot police have dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes which are the latest to come in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured on Wednesday as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in.

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PORTRAIT OF A MALAY LEADER? Sack Shahidan for his FILTHY, UGLY, RACIST comments

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Shahidan Kassim’s suggestion for Malaysians to vote along racial lines is downright filthy, ugly racism and he should be immediately sacked from office for making such an incredulous statement.

At a time when the whole globalized world is trying to put a stop and have racism come to an end, Shahidan is going in a regressive direction, trying to take Malaysia back into the Dark Ages with his cave man mentality.

The proposal by him in the Dewan Rakyat is that the principle of equal legislative representation of “one person, one vote” was not suitable for Malaysia unless it was implemented in accordance with the country’s multi-racial composition.

A local daily reports what he said: “Let the Chinese vote for the Chinese to represent the 23 per cent Chinese in the country. Let the Indians vote for the Indians, there are seven per cent of Indians. This will resolve all the existing racial problems. Everyone will be happy, we will rule in peace and harmony.”

Later at a press conference in the parliament lobby, he told reporters: “But now we can’t (be happy) because the Chinese are only 23 per cent of the population but they control 40 seats in the Dewan Rakyat but they couldn’t have got 40 seats except if they did it in a bad way, by deriding others.”

This was the clearest indication yet of the pot shot Shahidan took at the Chinese community for their hard earned victory in Parliament of using bad mouthing and bad, unethical ways to secure their wins especially through the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

There can be no way that Malaysians should tolerate his mode of racism as the saying goes: “A little knowledge in the hands of a fool is a dangerous thing.”

Shahidan’s foolish suggestion is against the spirit of democracy

This is the New Millennium and globalization is in full swing. It is not the time for Shahidan and the BN (Barisan Nasional) government to play or toy with the racial card as Malaysians of all walks of life are sick and tired and fed up with the ugliness of racism.

Racism must come to an end as nowhere in the world now is racism tolerated. But Shahidan sees it necessary to stoke racial tensions to be seen in favor of the ultra Malay chauvinism of BN leaders.

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March 23, 2014 Anti-austerity protesters smash the rear window of a Spanish police car during clashes in Madrid yesterday. The so-called ‘Dignity Marches’ brought tens of thousands to the capital, Reuters witnesses calculated, in support of more than 160 different causes – employment, housing, health and education and an end to poverty amongst them.

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Tens of thousands march in Madrid

Tens of thousands have descended on Madrid, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long ‘march for dignity’ to protest draconian austerity policies.

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Czech press survey – March 13

Prague – The developments in Ukraine is changing some Czech priorities and even though the Russian army will not occupy the Czech Republic, energy security gains new importance, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today. Last year, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and Public Affairs (VV) worked out a bill on the ban on analysing of Czech shale gas supplies, Petracek points out. He says shale gas is unpopular among the population also because of the hydraulic fracturing process as the hydraulic technology was used in the country for uranium mining under the communist regime.

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Israel settler population grows over 4%

File photo shows illegal Israeli settlement units on the outskirts of al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the occupied West Bank.

Official figures show the population of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank increased by 4.2 percent last year, as Tel Avivs talks with the Palestinians falter over the regimes illegal settlement activities.

According to figures released by Israels interior ministry, the number of settlers living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank rose to 375,000 in January 2014, up from 360,000 at the same time the year before, AFP reported on Thursday.

On March 3, data released by Israels Central Bureau of Statistics showed that the Tel Aviv regime began work on 2,534 settlement units in the year 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012.

The new figures come as the US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached a deadlock as Tel Aviv turns a cold shoulder to international calls for a halt in its illegal settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Since the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in July 2013, Tel Aviv has announced plans for building several thousand new settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Last week, US President Barack Obama criticized the Israeli regimes illegal settlement activities and said, We have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time.

Acting Palestinian authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas, has threatened to take diplomatic and legal action against the cancer of Israels illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.

More than half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since Israels occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

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U.N. rights envoy points to apartheid in Palestinian areas

Reuters A Israeli policeman scuffles with a Palestinian as he sits on the floor during clashes after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip appear to amount to apartheid due to its systematic oppression of the Palestinian people and de facto expropriation of their land, a United Nations investigator said in a report.

Richard Falk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that Palestinian rights are being violated by Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian territory and “ethnic cleansing” of East Jerusalem.

Gaza, despite the disengagement of Israel in 2005, remains “occupied” under an unlawful Israeli blockade that controls borders, airspace and coastal waters, and especially hurts farmers and fishermen, he said. The humanitarian situation in the Hamas-ruled enclave is dire amid fuel shortages, he added.

U.N. member states should consider imposing a ban on imports of produce from Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Falk said in his final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council after serving six years in the independent post.

In a section entitled “acts potentially amounting to segregation and apartheid”, he analysed Israeli policies, including “continuing excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” and unlawful killings that he said are “part of acts carried out in order to maintain dominance over Palestinians”.

Palestinians in the West Bank are subject to military laws, while Jewish settlers face a civil law system, he said. Israel also violates their rights to work and education, freedoms of movement and residence, and of expression and assembly, he said.

Ten years ago the U.N.’s International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s separation wall inside the West Bank is illegal, he noted. Israel says it is a security barrier.

“It seems incontestable that Israeli measures do divide the population of the Occupied Palestinian Territory along racial lines, create separate reserves for Palestinians and expropriate their land,” Falk wrote in his 22-page report.

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CME Hikes Turkish Lira, Nat Gas Margins

Once upon a time, the only CME margin hike releases the investing population cared about were those for gold (because no matter how high the E-Mini went, the CME never seemed too bothered). Now, the CME has more “important” things to worry about – such as preventing the “heating bill shock” that will come in February when the majority of the population opens their electricity and heating statements for January (sorry, there goes the discretionary retail spending cash). And of course, the ongoing deterioration of the emerging markets, in this case led by Turkey and the absolute collapse in the Turkish Lira. Which is why about an hour ago, the CME decided to hike both TRY (to both the USD and EUR) and Nat Gas margins, by 14 and 20% respectively. Will this normalize some of the vol seen around these products on Monday remains to be seen. Oh well, if not – the CME can just hike some more the same day, until it gets the desired outcome.

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Americans Self-Identifying as ‘Liberal’ on the Rise

(AP)The amount of people in the United States who self-identify as “liberal” has climbed to its highest level in two decades, according to a poll released Friday by Gallup.

“Americans’ perceptions of their political views if not the views themselves are undergoing unmistakable change,” Gallup reports, “contributing to greater political polarization in the country.”

The shift comes mostly from Democrats, which Gallup suggests are increasingly leaning left. For the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1992, a “plurality of Democrats consider themselves to be politically liberal, whereas a decade ago, Democrats were most likely to say they were moderate.”

While conservatives still make up the majority of U.S. residents, the “conservative advantage” came down 15 percentage points in 2013 when liberals overall rose to 23% of the population and conservatives maintained their numbers at 38%. Those who identify as moderate decreased 9 points since 1992, with 34% now identifying in 2013.

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When Gallup began asking about ideological identification in all its polls in 1992, an average 17% of Americans said they were liberal. That dipped to 16% in 1995 and 1996, but has gradually increased, exceeding 20% each year since 2005. [...]

The shift toward greater liberal self-identification has been led by Democrats. Currently, 43% of Democrats say they are liberal, a nearly 50% increase from 29% in 2000. Over the same period, the percentage of Democrats identifying as moderate is down to 36% from 44%, and conservative identification is down to 19% from 25%.

Within members of the Republican Party, 70% have consistently described themselves as conservative over the past several years, while 23% identify as moderate and 5% call themselves liberal.

Independents, who hit a record-high of 42% of Americans in 2013, on the other hand, are increasingly calling themselves conservative as members of the Republican party increasingly shift to the Independent label.

However, as Gallup reports, “If the trends in Democratic self-identification continue,” the gap between those who identify as conservative and liberal “will likely continue to shrink over time.”

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