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'Cheers to a great British future'?

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'Mister Disloyal': Did Valls just destroy France's Socialist Party?

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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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2017-03-30 Donald Tusk

'Cheers to a great British future'?

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 30.03.17: A "magnificent moment" for some, a stinking pile of manure for others - the British press come to terms with Wednesday's triggering of...

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2017-03-30 Benoit Hamon

'Mister Disloyal': Did Valls just destroy France's Socialist Party?

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 30.03.17: The French press react to the political earthquake set off when Manuel Valls announced he was abandoning his party to support independent...

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2017-03-29 Brexit

Countdown to Brexit: 'The eyes of history are watching'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 29.03.17: Papers around the world react to British Prime Minister Theresa May's letter that will trigger Article 50 and begin negotiations to start...

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2017-03-29 Brexit

'Brexit: Day One'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 29.03.17: French papers focus on events across the Channel. British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a historic letter to trigger Brexit and begin the...

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2017-03-28 Theresa May

'The Russian protest movement reawakens'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 28.03.17: The Daily Mail comes under fire for its sexist coverage of the meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First...

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