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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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2015-08-04 climate change

'How to detect nonsense about climate change'

INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Tues. 04.08.15: U.S. papers react to Obama's Clean Power Plan. The Washington Post shows us 'how to detect nonsense about climate change'. The Jerusalem...

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2015-08-04 Gabon

Gabon President aide detained in Paris

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 04.08.15: A close aide of Gabon's President is arrested by French authorities in Paris on suspicion of money laundering. Liberation lists some solutions to...

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2015-08-03 migrants

'Gulf countries need proof and guarantees'

INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Mon. 03.08.15: John Kerry's visit to Qatar does little to reassure the Gulf press on the Iran nuclear deal. The migrant crisis continues to dominate the...

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2015-08-03 migrants

'The deadly French-English border'

FRENCH PAPERS - Mon. 03.08.15: Migrants top the agenda with a harrowing list of those killed this year attempting the crossing from Calais to the UK. Online petitions are the new...

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2015-07-31 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Indian execution like a 'Hollywood courtroom drama'

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Fri. 31.07.15: Newspaper websites begin to react to an attack that left a Palestinian baby dead in the West Bank. Yesterday's attack on a gay pride march in...

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