31 December 2008
Cover story: EU agrees US demands to re-write data protection agreement: Having got its way in a series of EU-US treaties on justice and home affairs cooperation, the USA is now seeking to permanently circumvent the EU’s “problematic” privacy laws.
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Vol 18 (4), October-December 2008
EU agrees US demands to re-write data protection agreement by Tony Bunyan
Having got its way in a series of EU-US treaties on justice and home affairs cooperation, the USA is now seeking to permanently circumvent the EU’s “problematic” privacy laws.
ITALY: Making sense of the Genoa G8 trials and aftermath by Yasha Maccanico
This article seeks to identify some of the key points for understanding the outcome of the trials involving demonstrators and police officers in relation to events during the G8 summit in Genoa in July 2001, and to investigate the implications for public order policing and the right to demonstrate.
UK: The shake-up in UK immigration control by Frances Webber
With a budget of over £2 million and more than 25,000 staff, the new UK Borders Agency will have a host of powers to enforce yet more draconian immigration legislation.
EU-TURKEY: Virtual walls in the South East: Turkey on its way to Schengen by Emre Ertem
The EU will only grant freedom of movement to Turkish workers when Turkey fulfils the criteria of the Schengen acquis. To facilitate EU accession, Turkey is therefore trying to close its south-eastern borders to unwanted immigration. Amongst other developments, Turkey is planning "reception points" for around 5,000 asylum seekers and is creating a new paramilitary border police force.
SPAIN: Reports detail abuses committed by police forces in demonstrations, prisons and against migrants by Yasha Maccanico
Social movements and people in detention are often on the receiving end of police violence and brutality at the hands of the Spanish state.
GERMANY: Permanent state of prevention (pre-emption) by Katrin McGauran
Reform of the Federal Police Authority is the latest in a series of legal, institutional and technological developments underpinning Germany’s increasingly authoritarian “security architecture”.
UK: Joint Committee on Human Rights enquiry into policing and protest by Max Rowlands
As the right to protest in the UK is steadily eroded, civil libertarians, trade unionists and journalists put their concerns to parliament.
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Vol 19 (1): SIS II in crisis; police remote access to computers; forgotten casuaties of the Iraq war; deaths at EU-Morocco borders
Vol 18(3), July-September 2008: Remote computer searches; racism in Italy and Germany; "War on Terror" and the targeting of activists; abuse of asylum-seekers in UK
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