Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tag: Refugee Crisis

Petraeus Redux?

The news that President-elect Donald Trump called in disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus for a job interview as possible Secretary of State tests whether Trump's experience in hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” honed his skills for spotting an incompetent phony or not. Does Trump need more data than the continuing bedlam...

Everyone in Europe Needs to Take a Deep, Calming Breath

We don't yet know how the president-elect will behave in office. Meanwhile, the present state of hysteria could make things worse. “The sky is falling!” exclaimed Chicken Little, in the well-known folk tale, after an acorn fell on the poor fowl’s head, leading to mass hysteria over an imminent apocalypse...

Germany Can Protect the Liberal Order

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin for a farewell visit on Wednesday, German policymakers were scrambling to develop a road map for dealing with the presidency of his successor, Donald Trump. Last week, in a congratulatory note to the president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gently conditioned Germany's...

Europe Wishes to Inform You That the Refugee Crisis Is Over

Greece - Skala Sikaminias is a little beach town on the northern coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. A year ago, rickety wooden boats and dinghies packed with Syrian refugees began plowing into the narrow stretch of beach next to the taverna in the town square. Within days, the flotilla had swelled to vast proportions; as many as 7,000 Syrian refugees were landing on Lesbos every day.

Eurogroup ministers back further bailout loans for Greece

EU finance ministers to release €2.8bn after Athens government carried out required reforms relating to privatising state assets, tax and pensions. Greece is on track to receive €2.8bn (£2.5bn) from its eurozone creditors by the end of October, after an agreement on Monday on the latest instalment of its multibillion-euro...

Prisoners of Europe: the everyday humiliation of refugees stuck in Greece

Europe's migration policies are turning the country into a giant holding pen, with the people trapped in it close to breaking point. At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in...

Is Turkey abandoning NATO or vice versa?

A piece I wrote in October 2014 titled “Is NATO membership shackling Turkey?” was about the Turkish public opinion debate over NATO. Today's article asks whether NATO might find Turkey's membership burdensome. There is a growing perception in Turkey that NATO has been apathetic in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt and hasn't...

Soros Hack Reveals Plot Behind Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Media Manipulation; Cash For Social Justice

In the two days since the Soros Open Society Foundation hack by the DCLeaks collective, several notable revelations have emerged among the data dump of over 2,500 documents exposing the internal strategy of the organization, which expose some of Soros' tactics to influence and benefit from Europe's refugee crisis,...

Turkey-EU clash is now just a matter of time

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's warnings that Turkey's refugee deal with the European Union will collapse if it fails to waive visa restrictions for Turks have become more frequent, almost routine in recent days, signaling a looming and serious crisis in Turkish-EU ties. The emergency rule Erdogan declared after surviving the failed July...

Syria’s Refugee Children Have Lost All Hope

Young Syrians living in Lebanon are attempting suicide in ever greater numbers. TRIPOLI, Lebanon — At a makeshift refugee camp just south of this northern city, a 12-year-old Syrian girl named Khowla sits on a dirty mattress in her tent. The roof is made of blue plastic tarp that does...

Turkey’s secret pact with Islamic State exposed by operative behind wave of ISIS attacks

New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network. The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, widely recognised as...
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How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia. Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is the author of The...

If the Refugee Deal Crumbles, There Will Be Hell to Pay

It won’t just be the millions of refugees that will suffer. Liberal European democracy may be the ultimate casualty. A strange thing happened in the Aegean Sea last month: No refugees drowned. This modest piece of good news was, however, overwhelmed by the calamity in the Mediterranean, where 1,083 refugees...

EU Now More Vulnerable Than Any Time in Its History

A familiar sight returned to the street of Athens this past weekend: Violent protests over spending cuts pushed through the Greek parliament Sunday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a necessary step to receive the latest tranche in a financial bailout worth 86 billion euro ($98 billion). It’s not...

Turkey’s prime minister resigns amid high-level rifts and deepening crises

ISTANBUL - Turkey's prime minister resigned Thursday after a public rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, throwing the country’s politics into turmoil and paving the way for Erdogan to consolidate power at a time of domestic and regional crises. In an otherwise defiant speech in Ankara, the capital, Prime Minister...

The Budding Autocrats of the Balkans

From Montenegro to Macedonia, a new generation of leaders has learned to tell the West what it wants to hear while crushing democracy back home. At first glance, especially compared to other parts of the world, the Balkans seem to be in great shape. The last few years, in particular, appear...

Turkey Has Given Up on Democracy Outside Its Borders, Too

Not too long ago, Ankara was working to promote democracy across its region. But an increasingly authoritarian President Erdogan has lost interest. Turkey’s drift back into authoritarianism has international implications. After losing its parliamentary majority last June, the country’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) recovered ground to win just under 50 percent...

Erik Prince in the Hot Seat

Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services. ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military...

Erdogan’s Epic Europe Trolling

The EU's decision to restart membership talks with Turkey was a major victory for Ankara -- but not for the reason you think. Even amid the wide-ranging criticism of Turkey’s recent refugee deal with the European Union, there’s no denying that many of the demands the Turkish government put forward...

President Erdogan says freedom and democracy have no value in Turkey amid arrests and...

Dozens of activists, politicians and academics have been detained in Turkey as discussions continue over the refugee crisis. The President of Turkey has said democracy and freedom have “absolutely no value” in the country after calling for journalists, lawyers and politicians to be prosecuted as terrorists. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on...

Say No To A Bad Deal With Turkey

Let’s not confuse desperation for legality when it comes to Europe’s proposed refugee deal with Turkey. No one should be under any illusion - the very principle of international protection for those fleeing war and persecution is at stake. Every government in Europe will have to declare its hand this...

Refugees and The Economy: Lessons from History

What can we learn from the Vietnamese, Cuban, Rwandan, and Syrian refugees crisis? As Syrian refugees started to reach the European continent, discussions about the “influx of migrants” dominated media outlets, with very little attention paid to the crisis of the refugees instead of the “refugees crisis.” Some cite national security...

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation

The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead. Razor-wire fences, detention...

U.N. Refugee Chief: Western Leaders Stir Up Hatred for the Stranger, for the Immigrant

In 2011, as the world focused on Egypt’s revolution and looming foreign military strikes in Libya, Syria was but a burgeoning bit of unrest in an otherwise chaotic Middle East. Five years later, the ongoing civil war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels seeking to oust him...

Profits of death: disaster capitalists fan flames of war in Syria

American, European and Russian corporations are the only ones winning from humanitarian disasters of their own making. As a tentative ceasefire continues to hold in Syria, with the next round of peace talks having resumed this week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there might be an end in sight...

Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

Russian president says soldiers should begin pulling out of country as military intervention has largely achieved its aims. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has abruptly declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the six-month military intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news on Monday,...

Is Turkey’s plan to stop flow of refugees legal?

ANKARA, Turkey - The “captain” of the sunken boat was warming himself under a blanket when the Greek coast guard officers grabbed him. They marched him to where the corpses of three of his passengers lay. The guards forced him to kneel down, and one said, “OK, look, eh!” The...

Legality of deal struck between the EU and Turkey over refugees questioned

A senior United Nations official has questioned the legality of the recent deal struck between the European Union and Turkey in keeping refugees away from the bloc. The deal is not only contrary to international law but also puts the refugees at risk of being sent back to a...

EU-Turkey deal could see Syrian refugees back in war zones, says UN

Refugees chief questions legality of agreement to send people back to Turkey without guarantees for their protection. A senior UN official says he is very concerned that a hasty EU deal with Turkey could leave Syrian refugees unprotected and at risk of being sent back to a war zone. Filippo Grandi,...

Welcome to Greece (but Not to Europe)

Europe's efforts to exclude Athens aren’t about migration or debt. They’re about the continent’s deep-seated racism toward its southern frontier state. Last month, Greece found itself once again facing expulsion from the club. Not, this time, from the single-currency eurozone and not (for the moment) from the European Union. This...

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