Reuters – China, setting out its stall for the next global financial summit, wants the International Monetary Fund to get tougher with developed countries that let their economies run off the rails.In a position paper prepared for the April 2 meeting in London of the Group of 20, China calls for more power for developing countries in the IMF and World Bank and issues a warning against investment protection. Read Article
Daily Telegraph – The evidence is growing by the week that the Government is creating a surveillance state. It was confirmed yesterday that a database containing the international travel records of all citizens is being compiled; and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is drawing up plans to keep similar details of every phone call and email that is sent. In addition, the records of all children are to be held on a system called ContactPoint, a national ID database is currently being developed, all health records currently held by GPs will be centrally available and a database of DNA profiles, ostensibly for criminals, is being built by stealth. Meanwhile, the ubiquitous CCTV cameras in every public space make personal privacy increasingly hard to maintain. Even in the name of countering crime or combating terrorism, why should the state know where you are going, where you have been and whom you call while watching everyone’s movements on camera? Read Article
The Historian – If you don’t live in the UK and think “so what, it isn’t like that here”, just bear in mind this transition has taken less thaan a decade and with barely a whimper ofÂ serious protest against the erosion of freedoms and democracy….and it can happen just as quickly with you.
The Times – Every baby born a decade from now will have its genetic code mapped at birth, the head of the world’s leading genome sequencing company has predicted. A complete DNA read-out for every newborn will be technically feasible and affordable in less than five years, promising a revolution in healthcare, says Jay Flatley, the chief executive of Illumina. Only social and legal issues are likely to delay the era of “genome sequences”, or genetic profiles, for all.Â Read Article
The Historian – A brave new world, or slavery?
Daily Mail – A secret police intelligence unit has been set up to spy on Left-wing and Right-wing political groups. The Confidential Intelligence Unit (CIU) has the power to operate across the UK and will mount surveillance and run informers on “˜domestic extremists’. Its job is to build up a detailed picture of radical campaigners. Read Article
Daily Mail – Tony Blair is poised to become the first President of Europe after it was confirmed that French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is determined to help him win the post. A senior aide to President Sarkozy told a private gathering of senior British and French politicians that he is to tell fellow EU leaders that Mr Blair is the only man who can help Europe stand up to the rest of the world. Read Article
The Independent – David Miliband is criticised by a high-powered Commons committee today over claims that he “washed his hands” of alleged sexual abuse of Iraqi women at the British embassy in Baghdad. Read Article
Daily Mail – Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a fortnight into Obama’s presidency, the gloss is off already. Looks like the new president has come out as what he was all along: a Chicago Democrat politician surrounded by cronies who’ve been failing to pay their income tax. Read Article
The Times – THE government is building a secret database to track and hold the international travel records of all 60m Britons. The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details for all 250m passenger movements in and out of the UK each year. The computerised pattern of every individual’s travel history will be stored for up to 10 years, the Home Office admits. Read Article