The Battle to Reduce Business Interests’ Grip on EU Legislation – Yiorgos Vassalos

European Commission needs to radically reduce corporate lobbyists in its advisory groups – according to Yiorgos Vassalos, of the Corporate Europe Observatory. Law-making in the European Union is under scrutiny and the findings do not look good for democracy. Big business lobbyists have found their way into the heart of the EU legislative process, helping … Read more The Battle to Reduce Business Interests’ Grip on EU Legislation – Yiorgos Vassalos

Catherine Ashton calls on Malaysia to Decriminalise Homosexuality

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, has called on Malaysia to decriminalise homosexual conduct following the acquittal of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, for sodomy. The crime carries a 20 year sentence in the country. Raucous scenes erupted … Read more Catherine Ashton calls on Malaysia to Decriminalise Homosexuality

Nepalese Constituent Assembly Gets Three Month Extension

In the wee hours of Sunday 29th May 2011, Nepal’s major political parties decided to extend the term of the three year old Constituent Assembly (CA) that was scheduled to expire on Saturday at midnight. The assembly has a mandate to carve a new republic and federal statute. As uncertainties remained, tensions ran high from … Read more Nepalese Constituent Assembly Gets Three Month Extension

Carbon Price Controversy A Broken Promise

According to the Australian opposition, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has done a stunning backflip and lied, by announcing there will be a price on carbon, after prominently making an election promise that there will never be a price on carbon. The scheme details were announced last week by Gillard, and will be rolled out from July … Read more Carbon Price Controversy A Broken Promise

Britain Introduces Migrant Worker Limits for Non-EU Citizens

Britain has introduced limits on the number of migrant workers from outside the EU who will be permitted a visa for work in the UK. The measures include: A limit of 21,700 for those coming into the UK under the skilled and highly skilled routes – 20,700 under the skilled route and 1,000 under the … Read more Britain Introduces Migrant Worker Limits for Non-EU Citizens

Australia: National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 has passed through the Australian Parliament granting police the power to enter homes without a warrant, allows the authorities to appeal a bail decision and expands the scope of the crime of “urging violence”. The new legislation expands the range of infractions upon private life that may be … Read more Australia: National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

USA: California to Require Sheaths in Adult Films

On 18th March, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in California succeeded in persuading the state’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health to make a decision on protecting adult film workers’ health through the use of condoms. An advisory panel will convene for its first meeting on Tuesday 29th June to decide the way in which Californian … Read more USA: California to Require Sheaths in Adult Films

EU: Researchers Criticise Airport Body Scanners

The European Commission is proposing a legal framework for the use of full body scanners in order to prevent attempts to smuggle non-metallic explosives on board aircraft. The downside of the proposals is that selected airport staff will see invasive images of passengers, who will be effectively stripped bare. It is possible that legislation may … Read more EU: Researchers Criticise Airport Body Scanners