It was a story that we have heard many times before, a grim and bitter tale of British taxpayers fleeced of their hard-earned cash by cunning dark-skinned folk, a story calculated and carefully framed to produce head-shaking, hysterical laughter of the 'lunatics-have-taken-over-the-asylum' variety...
Like everything about this amazing case, Edward Snowden's attempt to claim asylum has become an enormous story in itself. Reportedly still holed up in the "transit zone" of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden's WikiLeaks-assisted efforts to seek a place of political refuge are proving to be as fraught as you might expect in this increasingly strange affair.
In this context it might seem strange that IKEA, famous for affordable home furnishing, has a role to play. Yet, for the past two years, the IKEA Foundation has been driving a unique collaboration with a team of Swedish designers and UNHCR to design a better refugee shelter for the millions of children and families forced to flee their homes every year.
Next week on Thursday 6 June the world's largest security firm G4S, will hold its annual general meeting in the City of London. A large coalition of groups, including several refugee rights organisations, has called for a to be held outside the event, in protest of G4S's varying and widespread human rights abuses.