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April 2014

UK 'e-borders' programme unable to help track immigration - Government ministers admit flagship £500m programme cannot replace existing methods of estimating net migration (Guardian, link)

UK: Anti-Fascist Five walk out of court vindicated (Defend the Right to Protest, link)

BASQUE COUNTRY: Massacre in Vitoria (link) and Film (link): Looks at a massacre in the Basque Country in March 1976 (after Franco's death but before 'democracy'), which occurred when pretty much an entire town went on strike to demand at first better wages and working conditions, and subsequently freedom of association, expression etc. Five people were killed by the police, but no one has ever been punished, and the people of the town only managed to put up a memorial recently - all their other attempts were stopped by the police, who benefitted from an amnesty when the fascist system collapsed.

CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel - Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF's 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Guardian, link)

Why is Europe failing to protect its Roma population from hate crimes? (New Statesman, link)

Top Greek official resigns over Golden Dawn video (Channel 4 News, link)

Morocco asks Spain for funds to help with on-the-spot deportations of migrants (El Pais, link)

Artists launch anti-drone campaign with giant poster of child in Pakistan (AllVoices, link)

South East European police forces establish good cooperation (, link)

Workplaces using private eyes to tail employees (Copenhagen Post, link)

Serious rise in number of self-inflicted prison deaths: Toll reaches 29 so far (Inquest, link)

Illegal detentions of protesters in Belgium during the visit of Chinese president (FIDH, link)

USA-NSA: Has the NSA Been Using the Heartbleed Bug as an Internet Peephole? (WIRED, link)

'Spy for us or we won’t let you become French' (The Local, link): "A young Russian-born student named Anna, desperate to gain French citizenship has become the centre of a scandal in France, after alleging police tried to blackmail her into spying on members of France’s anti-gay marriage movement or face the prospect of being deported."

Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land (Yahoo, link)

March 2014

UK: Neo-Nazi who plotted to blow up Mersey mosques branded "evil" by judge (Liverpool Echo, link)

FRANCE: President François Hollande to fire PM after local election rout with far right on the move (Independent, link)

UK: Neo-Nazi who plotted to blow up Mersey mosques branded "evil" by judge (Liverpool Echo, link)

UK: Charities could be 'silenced' by data protection law, warns lawyer (Civil, link)

Good bye Schengen: Get your passport when traveling from Poland to Germany (TN, link)

Danish government plans to create a Center for Cybersecurity with privacy-invasive powers (EDRI, link)

Italy Closes Its Eyes to Sealed Mouths (IPS, link): "“We walk inside an area that is 128 steps long and seven-and-a-half steps wide. This is the path they made for us: two metres of bars over our heads, and upon the bars, two metres of plexiglas. We are like canaries in a cage, like birds of different races all in one cage."

Sea Swallows the Stories of Africans Drowned at Ceuta (IPS, link): "“Who will speak for them now? Who will tell their stories to their families in Cameroon or Ivory Coast?” asked Edmund Okeke, a Nigerian, about the 16 migrants who died while trying to swim to the shore of the Spanish city of Ceuta from Morocco. The victims were driven back with rubber bullets fired by the Spanish Guardia Civil (militarised police) from the beach of this Spanish enclave in north Africa, on Feb. 6."

SWEDEN: From boots to suits: Sweden Democrats' extreme roots (euobserver, link)

GREECE: On Location: Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut (Global Post, link)

Russian anger at SS veteran reunions in Baltic states (Voice of Russia, link): "In this Talking Point, Dr Marcus Papadopoulos argues why Russia is right to be furious over US and EU indifference to the fact that the governments of the Baltic States of Estonia and Latvia, both members of the European Union and NATO, have sanctioned SS veteran parades on their soil."

Hacking Team Spy Software Identified on US Servers (Corpwatch, link) and: Italian spyware firm relies on U.S. Internet servers (Washington Post, link) also: Hacking Team’s US Nexus (link)

UKRAINE: Neo-Nazis Pour Into Kiev: A stream of European jihadists have traveled to Syria to wage holy war. Now a group of European neo-Nazis are traveling to Ukraine to save the white race (The Daily Beast, link)

Slovakia to help Croatia with Schengen border (, link)

February 2014

SCOTLAND: Social landlord agrees immigration deal with the Home Office (, link): "Scotland’s largest housing association has become the first landlord in the UK to sign a deal with the Home Office to identify illegal migrants who apply for housing."

EU: 'Antici protocols' shed light on EU crisis summits (euobserver, link)

CoE: Police abuse – a serious threat to the rule of law (link): "Far too often, police officers in many European countries resort to excessive use of force against protesters, mistreat persons in detention, target minorities and otherwise engage in misconduct. This undermines public trust in the state, social cohesion, and effective law enforcement, which rests on cooperation between police and local communities."

Statewatch News Digest: 20 February 2014 (112 items)

EU to probe Spain over rubber bullets fired at migrants (BBC News, link)

Beirtear na IMSIs: Ireland's GSOC surveillance inquiry reveals use of mobile phone interception systems (PI, link)

January 2014

Leaked official document records 330 drone strikes in Pakistan (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, link) and: Get the data: Pakistani government’s secret report on drone strikes

UK: Labour calls on government to apologise over miners' strike - Move follows release of Whitehall papers showing deployment of troops was considered at height of mid-80s dispute (Guardian, link) and Cabinet papers reveal 'secret coal pits closure plan' (BBC News, link)

Statewatch News Digest: 27 January 2014 (90 items)

UK: Hungarian fascist group Jobbik on the run in London (Channel 4 News, link)

Judicial Review of Migrant Detention in Europe: In Search of Effectiveness and Speediness (Oxford Human Rights Hub, link)

IRELAND: Irish president urged to free ailing peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy - Pardon sought for elderly playwright jailed for refusing to stop protests over US military flights at Shannon airport (The Observer, link)

DENMARK: Thorning-Schmidt denies withholding information in Danish spying scandal (European Voice, link): "Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark, has denied any wrongdoing in a spying scandal that led to the resignations of the country's justice minister and head of the domestic intelligence service. However, she is likely to be given an official parliamentary reprimand."

EU: Jobs not lifting Europeans out of poverty, commission warns (euobserver, link)

UK: Millions of passwords and email details stolen in Germany (BBC News, link)

Canada's government-sponsored law-breakers 'push the border out' (, link)

UK: NHS patient data to be made available for sale to drug and insurance firms - Privacy experts warn there will be no way for public to work out who has their medical records or how they are using it (Guardian, link)

EU: Immigration study reaches some surprising conclusions (ekathimerini, link): "Future historians will likely look upon 2011 as the watershed year for the mass exodus of young Greeks abroad. The preliminary results of a study conducted by the European University Institute (EUI) ... from the crisis-hit nations of Europe’s south and Ireland, has confirmed many suspicions and revealed unpleasant truths too."

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