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Madoff gets life – but it could be worse

Madoff, the New York based financial fraudster and Ponzi scheme specialist did of course admit 11 counts of fraud, money laundering and perjury. Some might argue that 150 years is too much, but he should be thankful that although the USA clings to capital punishment, it is not as widely used as it is in China.

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Solana waits too long for creation of first multi-national foreign service

His departure is not a surprise after such a long tenure but it comes at an ironical point. Just as he leaves, the EU will take the first concrete steps in its long held plan to establish the infrastructure of its own foreign service.

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University course to serve emerging global civil service cadre

Its aim: to correct what the school sees as a major deficiency at present – the lack of proper managerial skills among those who staff these global bodies. “It appeared to be necessary to guarantee a proper exposure to business practices, planning and managerial techniques to those who are put in charge of international institutions,” said a University of Geneva spokesperson.…

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Swedes' ambitions crippled by EU political appointment delays

The former Portuguese premier received the unanimous “political support” of EU leaders during their recent Summit. This endorsement, you might think, would be enough to confirm the head boy in his position for another term. But no, the presidency job is in the final gift of the European Parliament – and this is where the Swedish calculations have gone wrong.…

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Middle east elections shake up region's peace diplomacy

For despite being on either side of the Middle East, with Beirut and Tehran being as geographically far apart as London and Rome, the results play into the region’s fractious politics. The common ground is Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.…

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International organisations need to keep operating in emergencies

To be sure ‘critical’ staff were temporarily re-housed elsewhere but Commission officials this week were unable to say who these were and how many there were of them. Nor could officials say what specific Commission departments had been out of action.

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Time to make the European elections matter

 

Because, at the risk of sounding patronising, isn’t the point of participating in elections to win, and then use the levers of authority offered in a political system to shape society, the economy and culture?

And European Parliament elections just don’t deliver this.…

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Indian economy's key role in global recovery boosted by Congress victory

The most important aspect of Congress’ re-election has been its much more comfortable position in the new parliament, eliminating the need to seek support from rigid and obstructive communist parties. During the last five years India has moved forward in opening its economy, but the last government’s speed and the level of engagement was restricted due to threats by powerful left-wing allies of necessity.…

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Sri Lanka's victory over rebels may inform counter-insurgency worldwide

In a final brutal battle in the northeast of the island, the group was wiped out from its very root with the killing of the organisation’s leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son and heir-apparent Charles Anthony on Monday. This also marks the conclusion of an era of massive destruction since 1983 which killed more than 100,000, injured scores more and destroyed vast amounts of valuable property across the country.…

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Anti-piracy groups' court victory illustrates lawlessness of Internet

While the founders will get jail time and have been slapped with an enormous
fine, even their imprisonment won’t keep the site out of operation. After a
former raid put the site out of commission for only three days, the founders
scattered servers across Europe, so a raid on any one location will result
in a shutdown of only moments.…

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