Refugee crisis: When is a tragedy a massacre?

OPINION by Richard Seymour The recent drowning of 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was not only preventable, but arguably caused by policy. A policy known colloquially as “Fortress Europe”, designed to make the journey to Europe as difficult as possible for asylum seekers. The European Union’s two-faced[…]

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Pope slams Europe’s treatment of migrants

Pope Francis decried what he called Europe’s “indifferent and anaesthetized conscience” over migrants, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also slammed pedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists. Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful gathered for the service, many clutching candles in the imposing surrounds of the city’s[…]

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For refugees, hope is ever-present in Europe

OPINION BY Sulaiman Addonia – “Is it worth risking my life for?” my young cousin, an Eritrean refugee in Sudan, asked me. Our telephone conversation took place the day after a boat sunk off the coast of Libya in August, killing more than 200 people. Terrified he would take the[…]

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Euro leaders agree to coordinate on migrants

European leaders agreed to cooperate to manage migrants crossing the Balkans but offered no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to take more lives as winter sets in and to set Europe’s nations against one another. Meeting in Brussels as another woman and two children died at sea off[…]

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Sweden struggles to cope with migrant tide

Sweden said on Thursday it expected up to 190,000 migrants this year, putting unprecedented strain on a country famous for welcoming refugees but planning to house many in tents this winter. On the opposite pole of the angry debate on the migration crisis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged European[…]

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