Statewatch: Call for expressions of interest

19 July 2021 — Statewatch

State databases, biometrics, policing and migration control

As part of our ongoing work on the development and deployment of biometric technologies for policing and migration control, we are organising two workshops in October this year.

These training and collaborative learning sessions will involve:

  • Teaching about EU databases and information policy in the field of policing and migration;
  • Learning from others working on similar and related topics; and
  • Discussion of relevant issues with peers in the field.

To find out more and to express your interest in attending, please see our call, available in:


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Statewatch News 18 June (Issue 12/21, also available as a PDF)

18 June 2021 — Statewatch

Statewatch News 18 June (Issue 12/21, also available as a PDF)

Global call to ban public biometric surveillance

As public and private sector institutions push ahead with the development and deployment of remote biometric surveillance systems – currently best-exemplified by facial recognition technology – opposition is increasing.

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Resisting Water Privatization in Europe: Key Reasons for Success

16 June 2021 — Socialist Project

In the wake of the global financial crisis, water services have come under renewed neoliberal assault across Europe. At the same time, the struggle against water privatization has continued to pick up pace; from the re-municipalization of water in Grenoble in 2000, to the United Nations declaration of water as a human right in 2010.

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Their wars, our lives: The return of anti-militarism

9 June 2021 — Peoples Dispatch

An anti-militaristic spectre is haunting Europe: trade unions, social movements and political organizations are mobilizing against war and against the next NATO summit in Brussels.

by European Secretariat of the International Peoples’ Assembly

September 5-6, 2015, Helsinki, international conference “Nato and Russia in the Baltic Sea Area” organized by “No war-No Nato” committee

On June 14, 2021 NATO will hold a “Summit of Allied Leaders” at its headquarters in Brussels. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenber, the meeting “is a unique opportunity to reinforce NATO as the enduring embodiment of the bond between Europe and North America.” The summit will follow a “Group of Seven” (G7) meeting of leaders in the UK from June 11-13.
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The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow

30 May 2021 — Monthly Review

By Alain Badiou

Illustration of the Paris Commune from Cassell's History of England

Illustration of the Paris Commune adapted from the century edition of Cassell’s History of England, (ca. 1900)

Alain Badiouis a French philosopher, formerly chair of philosophy at the École normale supérieure and founder of the faculty of philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. He is the author of numerous books and essays.

This essay is adapted and updated from Polemics, translated by Steve Corcoran (London: Verso, 2006). The new sections have been translated by James Membrez.

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The double standards of the Pratassevich affair

25 May 2021 — Voltaire Network

US President Joe Biden and the EU heads of state and government strongly condemned the arrest of journalist Raman Pratassevich in Belarus.

The Ryanair aircraft, passing through Belarusian airspace while transporting him from Greece to Lithuania on 23 May 2021, was grounded in Minsk after a false bomb threat. The journalist was then arrested for inciting anti-government protests last year.

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EU States Combined to Force Down Snowden Flight

24 May 2021 — Craig Murray

The USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Austria combined to force down President Evo Morales’ jet in Vienna in 2013 after the CIA falsely reported whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board. The monumental cynicism of these nations in sanctioning Belarus for a directly comparable action is sickening, even by the standards of western hypocrisy. Indeed, to force down a Presidential jet covered by diplomatic immunity is a greater offence to international law than Belarus forcing down the Ryanair flight.

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Statewatch News 21 May 2021 Issue 10/21

21 May 2021 — Statewatch News

(Issue 10/21, also available as a PDF)

Vacancy: Finance and Administration Worker

We are looking for a Finance and Administration Worker to play an active role in our small team, in a committed but relaxed working environment. You will be responsible for maintaining our financial and administrative procedures, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, contributing to fundraising applications and ensuring the smooth running of the office and the organization.

Find out more here.

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Statewatch News 7 May 2021

7 May 2021 — Statewatch News

(Issue 09/21, also available as a PDF)

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EU: Detention at the borders to increase “voluntary” removals

As part of its ongoing drive to increase the removal of migrants from EU territory, the European Commission unveiled a new strategy on “voluntary” return and reintegration at the end of April.  The document states the use of detention “can increase the uptake of voluntary returns at early stages of the return process.” In particular, the proposed introduction of “border return procedures” – which could introduce mandatory detention of up to 10 months – is seen as key.

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