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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.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

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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2015-07-28 Turkey

'Turkey's messy war explained'

INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Tues. 28.07.15: We break down who Turkey is fighting against and why it's changed its policy in Syria and Iraq, with the help of Turkish paper Hurriyet and...

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2015-07-28 forest fire

Thousands evacuated amid forest fires

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 28.07.15: Forest fires grip southern France, causing thousands of holidaymakers to be evacuated. Meanwhile, new unemployment figures may not paint as happy...

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2015-07-27 Hurriyet

Turkey must distinguish between IS group and the PKK, says Washington

INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Mon. 27.07.15: Newspapers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US react to Turkey's new strategy against IS group. The Wall Street Journal focuses on the...

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2015-07-27 Tour de France

'I would never trample on the Yellow Jersey'

FRENCH PAPERS - Mon. 27.07.15: Briton Chris Froome's victory at the Tour de France is dominating the front pages in France. But it's not all celebratory, as suspicion around...

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2015-07-24 Barack Obama

#SomeoneTellCNN

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 24.07.15: Papers across the world focus on US President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya, his father's birthplace. Papers there wonder what's in it for...

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