Germany on Tuesday decided to ease asylum rules for Syrians. The move relieves pressure on southern European nations as thousands additional migrants pour into the bloc.
Migration is here to stay
The U.N. special envoy on the rights of migrants, Francois Crepe au in a statement said:
“Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers … will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe. Let’s not pretend that what the EU and its member states are doing is working. Migration is here to stay.”
Are there easy answers?
The world is witnessing a mammoth period of instability and conflict. The Washington Post quoted the United Nations saying:
“It is the largest pool of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons since the ravages of World War II."
Recent events of refugee crisis reported by media outlets shows that the world’s refugee management system is collapsing. Compared to sheer magnitude of refugee influx, the systems and processes in place to deal with such crisis is inadequate.
And the countless reports examining the causes and impact of a massive wave of migration driven by war, oppression and poverty is no panacea for the looming disasters that threatens to reshape the world in many ways.
Even newer or novel terminologies to describe the situation or attempts to oversimplify the migrant issue brings no tangible solution for the refugees and nations facing the influx.
It is pertinent to note that the UNHCR positions its existence on durable solutions to refugee problems through “voluntary repatriation; local integration; or resettlement to a third country in situations where it is impossible for a person to go back home or remain in the host country.”
Sadly for the million refugees landing on the shores of Europe, these solutions are either non-existent or nowhere in sight.
It’s about time to reduce escalating global conflicts that trigger mass displacement of humans. And, the need to frame coherent and comprehensive migration policies that could address the appalling humanitarian problem.
The Palmyra temple was a popular tourist site until the ISIS takeover. The ISIS takeover of Palmyra and the nearby modern town of Tadmur in May had already prompted speculations over the imminent threat to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Noting the destruction, Press TV reported:
“Palmyra was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. In the 1st and 2nd centuries, Palmyra was the crossroads of several civilizations, combining Greco-Roman architectural techniques with local tradition and Persian influences. Today it signals the end of civilization with the wanton destruction of human heritage.”
According to the Huffington Post, “The temple dates to the first century and is dedicated to the Phoenician god of storms and fertilizing rains.”
The world heritage site stood witness to the depth of the pre-Islamic history in Syria.
The conflict between ISIS extremists and Syrian regime beginning 2011 has taken a massive toll on a number of ancient sites and artifacts.
The ISIS extremists justified the destruction of shrines and temples on the pretext of banning idolatry. However, the ulterior motive is money because they reportedly sell the antiquities in the black market for cash.
Notably, the destruction of large number of shrines in the conflict zones spanning Iraq and Syria are not just confined to non-Islamic shrines and monuments.
According to Professor Clemens Reichel, Associate Curator for the Ancient Near East at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto:
“The major targets, or the absolute largest number of monuments and shrines that have been destroyed by ISIS has not been Christian or antique shrines, it’s been Islamic shrines. So it’s a warfare not just against other religions and ethnicities, it’s a warfare against their own people: it’s wiping out all identities, all traditions, anything that would basically make humanity, human.”
Reportedly, the Mangalore police arrested members of the group, most of them affiliated to the Bajrang Dal—a rightwing Hindu outfit affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS), the ideological counsellor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Hindu quoted City Police Commissioner S. Murugan, saying:
“The police reacted swiftly on learning about the incident. While assaults cannot always be prevented just by the police, what is alarming is the public reaction to the incident. Though hundreds were watching the assault, none dared to question the assailants.”
The motivation to attack the youth reportedly springs from an erroneous concept of Love Jihad propagated by right wing groups. The assumption is that Muslim youths use love jihad as a resort to religious conversion by luring “innocent” Hindu girls into marriage.
The incident bring to focus the 2009 Mangalore pub attack incident. Vigilante right-wing groups from the Sri Ram Sene party stormed a pub, dragged women by their hair and slapped them, accusing them of wearing jeans, t-shirts and denigrating Hindu culture.
Reportedly such incidents of moral policing involving right-wing activists are common in Mangalore.
A lot of what he is saying is rubbish and questions need putting to him to clarify what he means.
'No Recollection' won't wash any more.
Mellor needs to tell everyone what was discussed at the Child Sex Abuse meeting he attended with the late Leon Brittan and Geoffrey Dickens.
I have made three attempts to speak to Mr Mellor via @LBC and have got nowhere.
Ann Widdecombe, another ex-MP, Tory, commenting on the police (and saying any victims of Ted Heath, the late former Tory P.M., should come forward) responded by saying, 'They must know that by doing so they will attract the usual crop of fantasists, revenge-seekers and money-chasers.'
I think this is one of the nastiest comments I have ever heard from anyone, let alone an ex-MP.
I emailed her to say she should be ashamed of herself for spouting such rubbish, but she responded by telling me she isn't ashamed.
Well sorry, Ann Widdecombe, but I think you bloody well should be.
One man Terry Armstrong and his fight
Terry Armstrong's life was ruined not once, but twice, because of paedophiles.
He was abused as a child by priests, and then lost his house because he hit a paedophile, an extended member of his family, when he found out he was abusing a five-year-old girl.
I think he has more guts in his little finger, than the majority of people running our country.
His MP had no interest in helping him or doing anything about the alleged paedophile ring in his constituency.
Please be kind enough to follow Terry on twitter and retweet and sign his petition.
You can find him on Twitter @terryarmstrong.
I cannot speak for others but I am sick to the back teeth of reading about the Human Rights of accused paedophiles being put before those of defenceless, traumatised kids'.
If you download child sex abuse images or sexually assault a child, the only place you should be in, is prison.
If everyone speaks up now, it won't just help the children and child sex abuse survivors of today, it will help future generations.
My view is 'Let every kid out there have a childhood they want to remember'.
I hope the nation agrees with me.
Follow sunny on twitter here
Advice at Parents Protect
Also at NEWTEKWORLDNEWS:
An Englishman’s home is his Castle
Savile Stoke Mandeville abuse published
Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury jail term cut
Lost abuse documents found as parliament breaks
According to a large number of experts in this field, so they created the foundations of a crisis that threatens disasters including swatting the economy of that country model. Meanwhile, Cuba owes the equivalent damage compensation amounting to substantial billion as reported our country with irrefutable arguments and data throughout their speeches at the United Nations.
As expressed clearly by the Party and Government of Cuba, in pledge of goodwill and peace among all countries in this hemisphere and of all peoples that make up the human family, and so help ensure the survival of our species in the modest space that belongs to us in the universe, never stop fighting for the peace and welfare of all human beings, regardless of skin color and country of origin of each person on the planet, as well as the full right of everyone to have a religious belief or not.
Equality of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and welfare, that is, the same rights we proclaim when we began our struggle more emanating from our dreams of justice and equality for the people of our world, is what I wish to all; which by communion in whole or in part with the same ideas, or much higher but in the same direction, I thank you, dear compatriots."
It is signed by Castro; below is the original version
Escribir es una forma de ser útil si consideras que nuestra sufrida humanidad debe ser más y mejor educada ante la increíble ignorancia que nos envuelve a todos, con excepción de los investigadores que buscan en las ciencias una respuesta satisfactoria. Es una palabra que implica en pocas letras su infinito contenido.
On August 13, 2015, Fidel Castro celebrated his 89th birthday
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