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Trump's tax plan is 'too thin and too late'

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Trump's tax plans: A 'home run' or 'laughable stunt'?

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IN THE PAPERS

'It's War!' Le Pen and Macron in showdown at Whirlpool factory

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French presidential election: Posters and political spin

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

Macron and Le Pen battle it out to woo blue-collar workers

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THE DEBATE

France's Undecided: Anti-Le Pen vote no longer a given (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

France's Undecided: Anti-Le Pen vote no longer a given (part 2)

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LGBT survivors of torture in Chechnya speak out

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

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IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-07-03

Grim news and alarming psychoanalysis

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apologises...to Turkey for shooting down a fighter jet. Also, Human Rights Watch investigates Syian torture centres. And there’s speculation about criminal prosecution of the Barclays bankers who rigged interest rates. For one paper that would not be enough, given the distorting effects that unconstrained power has on the brain activity of those running a virtually unregulated banking industry.

Human Rights Watch has investigated two dozen torture centres across Syria, and The Brisbane Times highlights witness accounts in which we read of stapled chests and electric shocks.

In the UK, the Barclays bankers responsible for rigging inter-banking rates could be prosecuted for criminal behaviour. The Independent argued the Chairman’s head should not have rolled though, as interest rate manipulation would have been below his level of oversight. CEO Bob Diamond should be the one to go. (Someone was listening, as Diamond has since stepped down).

In an essay on The Psychology of Greed, the Guardian cites studies which look into the effects of power on the human brain. Bank bosses are more powerful than most elected officials – particularly after decades of deregulation, and holding onto power changes brains by boosting testosterone, which increases the dopamine in the brain's reward systems.

While moderate amounts encourage people to be more strategic and bolder, the logic goes, extreme forms distort personalities, making them egocentric, unempathetic and greedy for financial, sexual and material rewards.

All the while, the excess of unchecked power dulls their perception of risk, even when a storm is brewing.

By Kyle G. Brown

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2017-04-27 Donald Trump

Trump's tax plans: A 'home run' or 'laughable stunt'?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: It's the classic divide: the left-leaning press rip apart Donald Trump's tax reforms, but the conservative press call it a 'home run'....

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2017-04-27 Emmanuel Macron

'It's War!' Le Pen and Macron in showdown at Whirlpool factory

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: "It's war": that's how the papers are reporting an epic photo op showdown between presidential hopefuls Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel...

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2017-04-26 French Presidential Elections 2017

Marine Le Pen, a 'normal' candidate?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, April 26: Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen continues her aggressive campaigning by courting those who may abstain from voting in the...

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2017-04-26 Emmanuel Macron

Booed in Berlin: Ivanka Trump criticised for comments at women's summit

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, April 26: Does Emmanuel Macron's party lack maturity? The international press looks at the challenges ahead of France's May 7 presidential...

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2017-04-24 French Presidential Elections 2017

French press review: Macron 'a step away' from Elysée Palace

The French papers weigh in on Sunday's presidential election results. Le Parisien headlines on the "Macron Sensation", as the centrist presidential candidate secures his place in...

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