and discontent: coalition
government extends "slave labour" welfare policy by Chris
Under the government’s
Work Programme, unemployed people must work for free for private
companies such as Tesco and Primark or face losing their benefit
payments. These companies manage the programme “without prescription
from government” and are given access to sensitive personal data. The
government is determined to bolster the number of people involved in
the scheme. Disabled people have been increasingly targeted for
enrolment and the government’s Universal Credit welfare plan will see
thousands of individuals become eligible for referral.
'em all out? Anti-politics and post-democracy in the European Union by Leigh
se vayan todos!” (“Kick ‘em all
out!”) - A popular slogan on mobilisations against the
entirety of the
Argentine political class during the country’s 2001 economic crisis;
statesman Georges Clemenceau
said war was too important to
leave to the generals. I’m beginning to think Europe is too important
to leave to the politicians” - European commissioner
Het Financieele Dagblad (8 February 2013)
policies also cut
rights and liberties in Spain
by Peio M. Aierbe
austerity policies implemented in response to what has generically come
to be called “the crisis” have a stated objective: to prune the social
gains that have been won over time. Fear is being used to coerce the
population into accepting these cuts. This pruning process has affected
practically every sphere of political, economic and social life to the
extent that many citizen’s rights and liberties have been lost.
the Italian crisis to impose control: a shift towards a fiscal
surveillance state? by
“technical” government has introduced passports for small children,
limits on cash transactions, compulsory bank accounts and the
“redditometro” (income-meter) to counter tax evasion.
||Golden Dawn and the deafening
of Europe by Jerome
With a neo-Nazi party on the rise in
Greece, it seems that even a Weimar-like scenario might be tolerable
for EU leaders insisting on further austerity.
||Collective punishment and pre-emptive policing
in times of riot and resistance
by Nick Moss
Anti-austerity protests and the
revolts of August 2011 have led to the introduction of increasingly
draconian forms of policing. Individuals involved in these
demonstrations face severe collective punishments by the courts for the
combined effect of what is done en masse.
Belgian ‘municipal fines’ cause growing dissent by Kees Hudig
been issued for an array of bizarre “offences” and have been used to
target individuals involved in organising political protests.
the state learned lessons from the deaths of children and young people
in prison? Prison Reform Trust and INQUEST
Business – A quoi servent les contrôles migratoires?
business – What is the point of migration controls?] Claire
research sources covering civil liberties, immigration and asylum, law,
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