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New Zealand: Antifluoridation presentations ‘of the highest calibre’

Voxy – The New Plymouth District Council has heard two full days of presentations on fluoridation, supporting some 4000 pages of written submissions. Around 90% were against fluoridation. Opponents came from all walks of life. Wide-ranging academic credentials included dentistry, medicine, psychiatry, physiology, biophysics, chemical engineering, law, and chemistry. Read article

Bulgarian rally links Roma to organised crime

BBC – The demonstrators said they were against corruption and organised crime, which they linked to Bulgaria’s Roma or gypsy ethnic minority. There have been protests and sporadic violence since the death a week ago of a youth hit by a car driven by relatives of a Roma clan boss. Read article

Greece to miss deficit targets despite austerity

Reuters – Greece will miss a deficit target set just months ago in a massive bailout package, according to government draft budget figures released on Sunday, showing that drastic steps taken to avert bankruptcy may not be enough. Read Article

Internet firms co-opted for surveillance

Reuters – Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said this week. Although such companies try to keep their users’ information private, their business models depend on exploiting it to sell targeted advertising, and when governments demand they hand it over, they have little choice but to comply. Read Article