Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tag: Refugees

Over the Line: Bulgaria Welcomes Refugees With Attack Dogs and Beatings

Abdul Bashir was resting when the police dogs came. He and 11 others were in the dense mountainous forest that joins Turkey and Bulgaria. They had just crossed to the Bulgarian side, for the second time in a month, stepping over the low-hanging wire that divides the two countries. The dogs came out of the woods behind them. Abdul Bashir saw one attack a man in his group, biting his shoulder and dragging him across the ground. The man was bleeding.

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.

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has abandoned talks with the Russians on Syria. Meanwhile, in a supposedly unrelated part...

EU signs deal to deport unlimited numbers of Afghan asylum seekers

Plans for dedicated reception terminal in Kabul, but experts warn that violence and instability in Afghanistan make deportations unsafe. The EU has signed an agreement with the Afghan government allowing its member states to deport an unlimited number of the country’s asylum seekers, and obliging the Afghan government to receive...

EU’s secret ultimatum to Afghanistan: accept 80,000 deportees or lose aid

Memo leaked in advance of Brussels aid summit reveals EU plans to make assistance to Afghanistan ‘migration sensitive’ despite security concerns. When international donors and the Afghan government convene in Brussels next week, the EU secretly plans to threaten Afghanistan with a reduction in aid if the war-torn country does...

Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda

ALEPPO, Syria — Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and “Syrian state-generated” violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives. The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that...

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...

Inside the Syrian Dust Bowl

The Assad family’s favorite international development organization tried to turn Syria into an agricultural powerhouse. Its failure sparked a civil war. On July 15, 2012, Mahmoud Solh at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) received the news he’d long been dreading: Syrian rebel fighters had...

Is Turkey falling into its own Syrian trap?

The sentiment in Turkey is that, with "Operation Euphrates Shield," the country has made a thunderous return to the Middle East. But in a topography where nobody knows who is fighting who and what will tomorrow's alliances look like, there are serious traps awaiting Turkey. During the first week of the operation,...

A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it is time the world woke up

Homes flattened by air strikes. Boys killed by discarded cluster bombs. Babies dying in incubators. This is Yemen in 2016. MEE sent Peter Oborne to survey the devastation. SANAA - The humanitarian calamity in Yemen entered a terrifying new phase of horror this month as air strikes on the capital...

Turkish tanks in Syria: Why Ankara is doing this

The suicide bombing in Gaziantep is one manifestation of a complex and brutal war that Turkey is now confronting with military force. More than a month after the coup attempt of 15 July, Turkey is still reeling from the blow which some Turks compare to 9/11 in terms of the...

Turkey PM: Russia can share Incirlik airbase with US if necessary

But Moscow doesn’t need key facility used by US-led coalition to launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, says Binali Yildirim. Ankara has given Russia the go-ahead to use its Incirlik air base for operations in Syria, though no official request from Moscow to use the strategic military facility has...

Turkey’s Erdogan Can’t Afford Abrupt Pivot Into Putin’s Embrace

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be shunning the West, by picking Russia as his first overseas destination since surviving a coup attempt and calling Vladimir Putin his “dear friend” during the visit. Symbolism aside, Turkey is too intertwined with its old allies to drop them. Trade between Turkey and...

Jordanians worry over new Syria front

Jordan's pundits reacted swiftly to statements made by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on July 26 that the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) is planning to open a new front in southern Syria in addition to its ongoing offensive in the north of the war-torn country. Most...

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...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

The Immigration Crisis Is Tearing Europe Apart

Fear of terrorism, Muslims, and refugees is driving the parties of the right and left further apart than ever before. The recent lone-wolf terrorist attacks on the beachfront in Nice and on a train in Bavaria are likely to fuel existing anti-refugee, anti-Muslim fears in a Europe made uneasy by...

Ax-Wielding Terrorists and Germany’s Stiff Upper Lippe

Germans are showing enormous restraint amid the rising threat of homegrown terrorism. But the Islamic State hasn’t really hit them yet. Germany's straight-faced interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, is Chancellor Angela Merkel's point person for keeping the country safe. A lifelong conservative, de Maizière is considered a law-and-order type, about as...

Turkey’s Failed Coup: A Gift from God or from Washington?

The coup this weekend that rocked Turkey was a particularly spectacular geopolitical development. Theories abound regarding who was behind it and their motivations for carrying out what ultimately proved an apparently failed attempt at removing the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Still, it is too early to tell, as...

Before Turkish Coup, President’s Drive to Stifle Dissent Sowed Unrest

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's escalating efforts to silence critics have had a chilling effect at home. The coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the culmination of a long-mounting discontent with the man who has essentially ruled the nation since 2002. Turkey has faced increased dangers in the past year....

U.S. Finds Itself on Shakier Ground as Erdogan Confronts Mutiny

WASHINGTON — With all the crises in the Middle East, the Obama administration took solace in the fact that there was one reliable, democratically elected strongman — a stalwart member of NATO — that Washington could depend on: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. No matter how the coup attempt...

An Interview With Michael T. Flynn, the Ex-Pentagon Spy Who Supports Donald Trump

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is convinced the nation is facing a potential existential threat: a rising tide of Muslim extremists. Since being forced to retire in August 2014, Flynn has been an outspoken critic of the administration, alleging the Obama White...

Turkey’s Deep State Has a Secret Back Channel to Assad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently patched up ties with Russia and Israel. Are a couple of nationalist politicians laying the groundwork for a deal with Syria’s strongman? ISTANBUL — In the past month, Turkey has worked to turn two old rivals into new friends. On June 27, Turkish officials...

German politicians, activists file complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan

German lawmakers, rights activists and celebrities said on Monday they had filed a civil suit against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and some of his aides for what they called "war crimes" in counter-terrorism operations against Kurdish militants. Turkish-German relations have been deteriorating lately over a resolution passed by the German...

Should America Care Whether Britain Stays in the EU?

In less than two weeks, British voters will determine the future of not just their nation, but of the European Union. Having just spent a couple weeks in Britain myself, the looming June 23 referendum on EU membership was inescapable, with signs and leaflets everywhere, and just about every conversation coming...

UNHCR: More Than 10,000 Died Trying To Cross Mediterranean Since 2014

The United Nations refugee agency says more than 10,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get into the European Union since 2014. The UNHCR's report on June 7 came as the European Union unveiled new plans to try to slow down the flow of illegal migrants...

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...

The battle for Falluja: If they lose it, Isis is finished

Tens of thousands of lives – and the future of Iraq – are at stake as the country’s forces and Shia militias fight Isis for the city. On a narrow dirt road in the village of Sijar, a column of green Toyota pick-up trucks carrying Shia paramilitaries and rocket launchers...

The Millions Left Behind in Afghanistan

With war intensifying as U.S. and NATO troops head home, promises made to help the millions of internally displaced are woefully unfulfilled. Farzana shivers with her seven children in what has been her home for more than a decade in Chaman-e-Babrak, Afghanistan. This settlement in northern Kabul houses hundreds of...

Net immigration to UK nears peak as fewer Britons emigrate

UK role as ‘jobs factory of Europe’ draws long-term working migrants with net migration reaching 330,000 in 2015. Annual net immigration to Britain rose to 333,000 in 2015, just 3,000 below its record peak, confirming the UK as a country of mass immigration, figures from the Office for National Statistics...

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