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The Official Refugee Thread
« on: May 01, 2015, 08:16:12 AM »
Mass migrations appear to me to be the most obvious sign of collapse so far. I heard on the radio this week that walkers and train riders into Texas are down so far this year due to an aggressive US "information campaign" in places like Guatemala, and by increased deportations of refugees by Mexico, which I assume is being heavily coerced to cut them off at the pass.

I was not aware that Iran is fast approaching a critical water shortage, but according to one source, as many as 70% of the population will eventually have to migrate to some other country to find water. No wonder they want nuclear power.

Hat tip to xraymike for posting the link on his blog.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/04/iran-water-crisis-mass-migration.html#



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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 07:13:46 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fFnOfpIJL0M" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/fFnOfpIJL0M</a>

The storiez (and photos) of refugees attempting to escape their local collapse scenarios are on an exponential increase.  The Human Tragedy is beyond belief already, and this is just getting started here.

This could be you or me, but we were gifted to be born into the center of the Heart of Darkness, in a time and place where opportunity abounded once upon a time.

Soon enough, some of us Diners will be Refugees also.  Not me though.  I'll buy my ticket to the Great Beyond before that occurs.  I got lucky and rolled a 7 on this one.

I will be creating a Refugee Photo Page on the Blog to chronicle the trials and travails of the massive refugee issue that is developing.

The kickoff story for this from the Heart of the MSM, The New York Times.

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Migrants Flooding Into Malaysia and Indonesia Trade One Nightmare for Another

Decomposed Remains Found in Malaysia

Forensic experts collected bags of human remains on Monday that were found at the site of mass graves in northern Malaysia.

By Reuters on Publish Date May 25, 2015.

GELUGOR, Malaysia — The more than 3,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar who recently landed in Indonesia and Malaysia ended weeks of a nightmare at sea only to fall into an administrative limbo that could last years, even decades.

In a potential breakthrough in a crisis across Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed last week to shelter the migrants, and thousands more who may still be at sea, on the condition that they be returned home or resettled in third countries within a year.

If the past is any guide, that goal may be hard to attain.

Even for those who qualify as refugees deserving asylum, few countries seem willing to accept them; there is already a tremendous backlog of applicants seeking resettlement; and the agencies that deal with them are overwhelmed.

“Even if we get the U.N. refugee status, we still don’t know how long we must wait before we can be resettled,” said Hasinah Ezahar, 28, who survived illness, hunger and threats from the smugglers she paid for the three-week sea journey with three of her children from western Myanmar. “Until then, our lives are just waiting.”

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Rohingya migrants at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Indonesia, on Monday, part of a wave of migrants in the last two weeks. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Her family was part of a wave of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar who took to the seas seeking to escape poverty and, in the case of ethnic Rohingya like Ms. Hasinah, religious persecution.

As well, at least 200,000 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar are already in Bangladesh, and only 32,600 of them have been granted formal protection as refugees fleeing persecution, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Far fewer, perhaps only several hundred, have been resettled from refugee camps in Bangladesh over the past decade and allowed to begin new lives in other countries.

In Malaysia, those determined to be refugees and therefore eligible for resettlement, a process than could take years, would be joining more than 45,000 Rohingya who are already classified as refugees and are waiting to be taken in by another country. They receive no government aid while they wait, nor can they legally take jobs to support themselves.

About 1,000 Rohingya refugees were resettled in the United States in the last year.

“It’s a bit of a dirty little secret, but that population going to the U.S. is largely people in Malaysia who have been awaiting resettlement for 10 to 15 years,” said Amy Smith, an executive director of Fortify Rights, a human rights group focusing on Southeast Asia.

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How Myanmar and Its Neighbors Are Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar and its neighbors see the people of the Rohingya ethnic group and the seaborne trafficking of migrants in the region very differently, complicating the refugees’ plight.

 

While the refugees wait, they cannot send their children to government-accredited schools and are suspended in a social and legal limbo that local charities and off-the-books jobs can only partly relieve.

“It’s very frustrating for us,” said Anwar Ahmad, a Rohingya who has lived in Malaysia for 18 years and makes a living in the informal labor market. “We’re grateful that we can stay here, and grateful for the help we receive, but without a stronger official status, I have no future here in Malaysia.”

Even the first step in that process, winning recognition as refugees through the United Nations refugee agency, has become forbiddingly slow, said Rohingya migrants, human rights advocates and lawyers.

“I think the U.N.H.C.R. is also a bit overwhelmed with the numbers, especially so many who have been here for many, many years have not been resettled yet,” said Kamarulzaman Askandar, a professor at the University of Malaysia Sabah, who has studied the conditions of Rohingya in Malaysia. “The numbers keep increasing and increasing. Many of the newcomers, especially, are not being registered even after a few months of coming over here.”

Ms. Smith, of Fortify Rights, said the refugee agency gave priority to those held in detention. About 1,000 recent arrivals are housed in the Belantik immigration detention depot in Kedah State in northern Malaysia. (The depot declined requests for a reporter from The New York Times to enter.)

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An improvised hospital in Indonesia. More than 3,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have landed in Indonesia and Malaysia in the last two weeks. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Those detainees, she said, might have their cases decided in seven to nine months. The others will wait even longer.

The classification process will not necessarily end well for most of the migrants. Migration experts say about half of the latest wave are economic migrants from Bangladesh who do not meet the requirements for refugee status.

They will be sent home as soon as possible, the Malaysian and Indonesian governments say, where their government may not welcome them with open arms.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh on Sunday called the migrants “mentally sick” people who harmed the country’s image, and said they would be punished along with their traffickers, the official Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported.

The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim people who have long faced discrimination and been deprived of basic rights in Myanmar, are likely to meet the criteria for refugee status under international law, namely having “a well-founded fear” of persecution for reasons of race, religion or nationality in their home country. They would be entitled to be resettled in third countries, and the United States said last week that it would take a leading role in any multicountry resettlement effort led by the United Nations refugee agency.

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Rohingya men praying at their temporary shelter in Indonesia. Malaysia and Indonesia said they would shelter the migrants until they are returned home or resettled in third countries. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Such an effort, however, has yet to materialize.

According to the agreement hammered out last week by the foreign ministers of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, none of those countries agreed to host any refugees permanently.

Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, said Thursday that his country would not take any refugees from the current exodus.

Gambia said last week that it would take in all the Rohingya boat people, but experts questioned whether the West African state, whose own citizens have joined the deadly migration across the Mediterranean to Europe, had the capacity.

Europe has its own migration crisis, as more than 1,700 migrants from Africa and the Middle East have died trying to enter Europe by sea in the first four months of this year, and more than 26,000 have landed.

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A Rohingya woman and her child in an alley in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While migrants wait for their refugee status to be determined in Malaysia, they are not allowed to work or send their children to conventional schools. Credit Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“It’s going to be really hard,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch. “You have to have a number of governments say we will take quite a few Rohingya, but we haven’t seen that in the past.”

Decades in limbo is not an uncommon fate for refugees. Somali refugees have endured in a camp in Kenya for more than 20 years, while generations of Palestinians have lived in camps in the Middle East since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Many of the refugees here are likely to join Malaysia’s swelling underclass of Rohingya refugees.

The United Nations refugee agency says 45,910 Rohingya were registered in Malaysia before the latest influx. Richard Towle, the agency’s representative in Malaysia, estimates that there are an additional 30,000 or more Rohingya who are not registered, either because their applications have not been processed or because they had not tried to register.

The Rohingya refugees here say that Malaysia has treated them better than neighboring countries, but that their lives are circumscribed by the ban on work and schools, and by the difficulty in obtaining other permits for everyday needs.

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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar at the refugee camp in Langsa, Indonesia. Even for those who qualify as refugees deserving asylum, few countries seem willing to accept them. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

“The most difficult thing is because the government law says we cannot work,” said Sahid Mohammed, a Rohingya man who fled his village in 2009 and made the trip to Malaysia by sea. He and other refugees said they made an uncertain living by working informally on building sites, in restaurants and shops, and by recycling scrap and hawking small goods.

“We would like to work to make a contribution, and to send money to our families, but we cannot keep good jobs because the bosses look at our cards and say, ‘You’re not allowed to work for me,’ ” he said. “Some bosses use that to exploit Rohingya, because they know we are working without real status.”

Mr. Towle said: “Given global priorities and the size of the problem here you are not going to be able to resettle your way out of a refugee problem of this size. It’s not feasible. We think that if people are going to be here anyway we think it is good to regularize their status and give them the right to work.”

Rohingya children in Malaysia attend privately run schools, often supported by volunteers, or they do not go to school at all.

“Some of the children work as well,” said Dewi Karina Kamarulzaman, a graduate student who teaches at the Peace Learning Center, a makeshift school in a two-story home here on Penang Island with more than 50 Rohingya children.

She estimated that more than half of Rohingya children in Penang did not attend school, often for lack of transportation. “They can’t even afford the bus fare,” she said.

Ms. Hasinah, who is living with her husband and the three children in a single room in a shared house, has a more pressing concern: a 13-year-old son she left behind because she could not afford to pay the smugglers to take all four children.

Her family’s most urgent priority is finding the means and the money to bring him to Malaysia.

“Wherever we go,” she said, cradling her 2-year-old daughter, “it must be with my son.”

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Re: The Official Refugee Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 08:02:38 PM »
The Rohingyas in Myanmar are Muslims being persuted by Buddhists, with Buddhist monks leading the mob, but with the clear backing of the Government and the angelic Aung San Suu Kyi.  I thought Buddhists were supposed to be nice people.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the Oxford-educated daughter of Myanmar's (then Burma) Prime Minister, who negotiated Burma's independence and was then assassinated along with five other Ministers in 1947.  She has been a UK/US pawn ever since, hence the Congressional Medal of Honour and the Nobel Peace Prize and numerous UN interventions - anything to break Myanmar away from China and into western clutches.
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Re: The Official Refugee Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 08:52:29 PM »
I thought Buddhists were supposed to be nice people.

Buddhists suffer the same problem Christians do, which is that they are PEOPLE.

When their own survival is threatened, they'll take action to try to prevent it.  They tend to be more unique in the way they do this in some cases.



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Arab spring prompts biggest migrant wave since second world war
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 12:56:40 PM »
Europe getting inundated with Refugees from MENA.

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Arab spring prompts biggest migrant wave since second world war

Migrants fleeing the Middle East and north Africa are already risking everything as they try to escape war at home


A man waits as the cargo ship Ezadeen, carrying hundreds of migrants, arrives at the southern Italian port of Corigliano. Photograph: Antonino D'Urso/AP

Patrick Kingsley in Cairo

Saturday 3 January 2015 15.42 EST
Last modified on Saturday 3 January 2015 19.08 EST

The two “ghost ships” discovered sailing towards the Italian coast last week with hundreds of migrants – but no crew – on board are just the latest symptom of what experts consider to be the world’s largest wave of mass-migration since the end of the second world war.

Wars in Syria, Libya and Iraq, severe repression in Eritrea, and spiralling instability across much of the Arab world have all contributed to the displacement of around 16.7 million refugees worldwide.

A further 33.3 million people are “internally displaced” within their own war-torn countries, forcing many of those originally from the Middle East to cross the lesser evil of the Mediterranean in increasingly dangerous ways, all in the distant hope of a better life in Europe.

“These numbers are unprecedented,” said Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration. “In terms of refugees and migrants, nothing has been seen like this since world war two, and even then [the flow of migration] was in the opposite direction.”

European politicians believe they can discourage migrants from crossing the Mediterranean simply by reducing rescue operations. But refugees say that the scale of unrest in the Middle East, including in the countries in which they initially sought sanctuary, leaves them with no option but to take their chances at sea.

More than 45,000 migrants risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean to reach Italy and Malta in 2013, and 700 died doing so. The number of dead rose more than four times in 2014 to 3,224.

“We know people who died – they used to live with us,” said Qassim, a Syrian refugee in Egypt who now wants to reach Europe. “But we will try again to cross the sea because there’s no life for us Syrians here.”

In Egypt, up to 300,000 refugees from the Syrian war were initially welcomed with open arms. But after Cairo’s sudden regime change in summer 2013, the atmosphere turned drastically, leading to rampant xenophobia against Syrians and increased arrests and detentions of those who, for understandable reasons, did not carry the correct residency paperwork.

The situation is even worse in Jordan and in Lebanon, which now houses more than 1 million Syrian refugees – more than a fifth of the country’s total population.

Their presence has created an unprecedented strain on national resources, leading to the Lebanese government tightening restrictions last week on Syrians entering the country. And while Turkey has simultaneously moved to strengthen refugees’ rights, Turkish shores are likely to remain a popular launch pad for migrants looking to reach Europe because of both the comparatively high cost of living, as well as rising xenophobia, particularly in the country’s south.

Libya, another major point on the migration route from the Middle East and north Africa, is also no longer a safe haven after a civil war erupted there last year. The plight of refugees there, as well as across the region, makes a mockery of those who suggest the wave of migration is caused simply by economic migrants.

“If they’re economic migrants,” asked Doyle, “then how do we explain that after every outbreak of violence and repression we get a new wave of people from the area that’s just had that outbreak? Why was it that, in the huge September disaster in the Mediterranean, the people who drowned were Palestinians, just a couple of weeks after the war between Gaza and Israel? And why is it that since last year there has been a steady flow of people from Eritrea, when we know there are serious problems in that country?”

But such arguments have yet to convince the British government, which refused last October to help Mediterranean rescue operations, and which by last June had admitted fewer than 150 Syrian refugees.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 04:04:11 PM »

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect water during a heavy rain at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, Myanmar, on June 4, 2015.

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 06:42:04 AM »
Italy is starting to sound a bit like Greece - fed up with EU.

http://rt.com/news/267160-italy-migrants-eu-problem/
Italy threatens EU: 'Sort out migrant mess you caused or get hurt’
June 15, 2015

Rome has warned of retaliatory measures unless the EU changes its asylum policies to make them more in “solidarity” with Italy, which continues to struggle with an enormous inflow of mostly North African migrants.

“If the European Council chooses solidarity, then good. If it doesn’t, we have a Plan B ready but that would be a wound inflicted on Europe,” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, without elaborating on the details.

Italy which has been bearing the brunt of North African refugees is calling on Brussels to amend the Dublin regulations, which assign most asylum seekers to their port of entry in the EU. The states have yet to reach a consensus on a migrant distribution plan, which seeks to relocate some 24,000 refugees across the 28-member countries.

Under the proposal, redistribution would be based on a quota system taking into account the size of a country’s population, the state of its economy, and its unemployment level.

The crisis “should not be underestimated,” Renzi said in an interview with Milan’s Corriere della Sera daily. “Redistributing just 24,000 people is almost a provocation,” he said. Over 57,000 migrants have entered Italy during the first half of this year alone.

Most migrants come from Libya, where two rival governments are fighting for power after the fall of the Gaddafi regime – with the aid of a bombing campaign by European NATO powers. Renzi says the EU must take "responsibility in light of the intervention four years ago."

Rome wants the EU to come up with repatriation deals with African states as well as share the cost of returning illegals to their countries of origin.

“If Europe does not fulfill its own responsibilities and show solidarity, it will find a different Italy facing it,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned Sunday. “Europe, signing as Europe, has to sign repatriation agreements with all the African countries.”

“I will say with great clarity: Kids, either we do equal distribution of migrants in Europe, or we organize refugee camps in Libya, or we organize a serious policy of repatriation,” Alfano told Sky TG24.

The matter is being made worse by Italy’s neighbors, who are reluctant to allow or keep migrants on their turf. Despite the fact the Schengen treaty allows free cross-border movement, France, Austria and Switzerland have refused to allow migrants in, sending them back to Italy.

In the latest effort to accommodate those sent back, tents were set up with the help of the Italian Red Cross and local authorities to house around 100 migrants in a camp near Rome’s Tiburtina station.

Many of those camping out were prevented from entering France after French police blocked border crossings last week. Many have been stopped at the Austrian border near the town of Bolzano. Austrian police announced on Sunday that 24 African migrants arrested while trying to get to Germany by train will be returned to Italy. In Switzerland, border police announced that 240 migrants were sent back to Italy over the weekend.

“The halt to Schengen for a few days is holding them up here but Italy isn't their destination,” Renzi said.
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Greece – The Refugee Crisis and the Horror of Europe
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2015, 11:09:12 PM »
Only 65M Million?  Chump Change.

Wait until it's 1B.

Then it's "WORLD! WORLD! We've got a Problem!  This is IT!"

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Greece – The Refugee Crisis and the Horror of Europe

By Peter Koenig
Global Research, July 31, 2015
Region: Europe
Theme: Police State & Civil Rights, Poverty & Social Inequality

A voice from Hellas, Greece. According to UNHCR about 50 million refugees are on the move every day on our globe. This is most likely an understatement, as this figure doesn’t take into account what takes place in the almost hermetically closed-off Central Africa, Congo, Zaďre, where western corporations are exploiting for a pittance and with millions of slaves precious metals, uranium, hydrocarbons and rare earths – and where millions have died over the past ten years, by butcher regimes supported and armed by the west – and where millions are on the run.

The real figure of refugees on the run is easily 60 to 65 million; forced migrants in temporary camps, in transit to nowhere and under the most horrible human and abject hygienic conditions, no running water, hardly any medical attention, sparse food if any. At least a quarter of them originate in the Middle East.

And most, if not all of these tens of millions, are fleeing countries destroyed directly or by proxy by the US empire and its European vassals. They try to escape as their homes have been burned to the ground, their families in many cases decimated. They are under constant threat of being bombed, by the ISIS and sorts, all fully funded by Washington, the EU, Turkey, the Saudis, Qatar – and militarily supported and trained by the CIA, Pentagon and NATO. This is not new. It has been known for years. But known to whom? The truth does still not penetrate the brain of most people. – Why? – Because the west is totally brainwashed with lies and distortions by its own corporate presstitute media.

I fully subscribe to Andre Vltchek’s  plea to the world – we must demand that at least public places like airports, railway stations, hotel lobbies switch channels from the bought rightwing, CNNs and BBCs of this world –to TeleSUR, CCTV, PressTV, RT and other emerging truth news channels. People must wake up. A growth swell of truth must engulf our western society – if we have any chance to be salvaged from ourselves.

When people are confused and ask in desperation – how to stop this flow of refugees? – The answer is simple:

stop the wars and conflicts, stop NATO; and for those who are NATO members like Greece and Turkey – quit NATO! – Stop the eternal war machine; stop the western business of killing – launch truth news against the propaganda lies, destroy them economically…

Yes you can! – boycott western economies. Join the peaceful eastern economies – the alliances of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), consisting of Russia, China and most of the Central Asian States, as well as the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union) with their new financial development institutions, the AIIB (the new Chinese-funded Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank), as well as the NDB (the BRICS’ New Development Bank).

Today TeleSUR reports that Javier Couso, a member of the European Parliament from the Spanish United Left, was threatened with death for admonishing the EU for slandering Venezuela, for defending the truth about Venezuela! – At the same time it is reported that Greece’s PM Tsipras, traitor not only of the Greek people, but of all of Europeans who strive to be free, is poised to sell the elite of the so-called ‘creditors’ (sic) – the troika – 1,200 of the Greek islands, as a fraction for paying off illegal debt! – Yes, totally illegal, as all contracts concluded under duress and corruption, as is the case with almost all of Greek’s debt – are void, null, illegal; and would be declared as such by any just international Court of Justice – if there is still something left like a just court of justice – that has not been corrupted by the west, or worse, whose judges are not yet coerced and threatened with their life if they deviate from the western norms and wants, irrespective of whether the law would stand behind them.

Dear Reader, this is as far as we have fallen since the ascent of neoliberalism in the last twenty-some years. No ethics, no moral, no law, just coercion for greed and ultimate hegemony – enslavement of the people while and after they are lulled and dulled with lies 24/7.

Dear Reader, dear Citizen of this World, dear Souls, Friends, Comrades – wake up! Wake up for your own sake, but also for the sake of solidarity and for the salvation of our planet, of our humanity! – There must be something badly wrong, if an EU parliamentarian who defends and proclaims the truth about a socialist country, Venezuela, which is denigrated, slandered and lied upon by the very European Commission, for propaganda and defeat – and the looting of its resources – if a representative of their own is threatened to death for telling the truth!

Friends – of this globe – there is something terribly wrong, if Greece, a member and brother of the very European Union, is forced to sell off its pristine islands to robbers, thieves, murderers, represented by entire governments and an assembly of governments called the EU! – Can you imagine! Selling your islands! – selling part of your country to settle illegal debt? – People, please wake up. Stop these crimes. NOW. – How? – By taking to the streets, by disobedience, by unlimited strikes, by staying home instead of going to work, by no more traveling, flying, no more consuming. Do whatever it takes to suffocate this killing system. – You are not lost. There is the East with another mindset, with peace and equality as an objective, with an alternative economic scheme, not based on destruction and dominance.

All the southern European countries that are being lynched to death by the world’s most horrendously deadly financial guns – the Zionist-run Wall Street and European banksters – would be more than welcome in this alliance that comprises more than 50% of the world population and controls more than one third of the globe’s economic output. Why accept the Washington-EU dictated financial waterboarding of the west? Economic terror – outright economic fascism? – Nobody needs the west. It’s an obsolete sinking ship.

People don’t know it. They are confused when they are told that the refugees – the endless and steadily growing flood of refugees – are the direct result of western destructive interventions in these peoples’ home countries – destroying not only their families, homes and employment – but also their hope for a decent life – their sense of living – not even living well, god forbid, just living a decent life, with food on the table, medical care and free education for their children; they had lives with rich cultures before the western killing machine destroyed their livelihoods for greed and hegemony. That’s what the West doesn’t know, because no presstitute media talks about it.

Greece is perhaps number one in receiving involuntary migrants, so called paperless refugees. At best (or worst) Greece and Italy compete for number one. But hardly anybody talks or writes about Greek refugees. – Why? – Because the western media, prostitutes to the western powers, cannot on the one hand help to financially strangle Greece to death, while also admitting that Greece, despite all its own misery still is a country with a sense of solidarity receiving thousands of refugees every day- so-called illegal immigrants, coming from countries illegally destroyed by the very west, mostly northern EU nations, Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium – the most vicious allies of Washington that refuses the most minimal shelter to those plundered and deprived souls, deprived by the west’s fascist war economies.

Greece and the refugees –most of them come from Turkey; many through Bodrum to the Greek Islands of Kos, Lesbos and Samos. Turkey is a hub – a sad hub – for about 2 million refugees, most of them, from Syria. Turkey has spent about 6 billion dollars for building and maintaining refugee camps. But, at the same time Turkey is in full connivance with Washington and the Saudis in funding the Jihadists, ISIS and whatever other pseudonyms they are given – to destroy Syria – to cause the flood of misery. Turkey is a shame.

Kos island hosts some 500-700 paperless migrants, in transit – in transit to where? – Some to Athens to refugee camps, some dream of going to Germany, France, Italy – they have no clue how unwelcome they are in those countries that helped destroy their homelands. In Kos, some 500 refugees from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sudan – live in an abandoned hotel “Captain Elias”. It is the epitome of misery; lack of hygiene, food, medical services – some volunteers come three times a week to help them clean the place, distribute food – a medical doctor shows up maybe once a week. The Greeks do what they can with their strangled economy.

Yesterday morning a little Iraqi boy of three years, let’s call him Tariq, has been found in a park in Kos, with his father. The boy has cancer – what doctors diagnose may be ‘terminal’. With the help of volunteer, Georgia, the boy was immediately delivered to the only local public hospital, where adequate treatment for his case cannot be obtained.  If there is the slightest chance to save him, he will be airlifted to a northern European city, where all will be done to save him. Georgia and her friend Hara are accompanying this boy with all their heart and attention. May this be a sign of solidarity – a cry to open the eyes of Europe, that there is more to our human civilization than war, greed and destruction. There is a little human life to be saved – a symbol of our own fragile lives.

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik News, TeleSur, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.
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Re: The Official Refugee Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2015, 06:51:01 AM »
The Rohingyas in Myanmar are Muslims being persuted by Buddhists, with Buddhist monks leading the mob, but with the clear backing of the Government and the angelic Aung San Suu Kyi.  I thought Buddhists were supposed to be nice people.

Religion is religion. Built into their DNA is the concept of US VERSUS THEM, and all it takes from there for them to become their normal, racist, fear of change and human hating selves is for someone to tell them that over THERE are the THEM. And off to the races we go with machetes or rockets or smart bombs or whatever happens to be handy.

There are plenty of nice people, but when they buy into the big bearded man in the sky telling them it is okay to discriminate against everyone who's big man in the sky has a mustache instead of a beard, well, out come the hatchets.

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Can you imagine what it would take for you to take your family on a vessel like this to cross an angry sea to a foreign country, just to stay alive? This boat is bound for a Greek island from North Africa.



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One of the most desperate and destructive diasporas in history is rolling out of the parched regions of Africa and the Middle East, over Europe, toward extinction. They are being called refugees from war, but the wars they are fleeing have their origins in the desperation of people who have no food, and they have no food because of the savage droughts being inflicted on their countries by global climate change. Hence, it is perfectly legitimate, and more importantly it is honest, to call them climate refugees.



(Among all 423 current candidates for US President, only Martin O’Malley demonstrated a grasp of this reality when he said that climate change is responsible for the rise of ISIS. He was almost universally ridiculed for saying it, and this tiny, lonely spark of sense fell on wet ground and was instantly extinguished.)



In just the latest ramification of the new Dark Age advancing on Europe, 1,000 Afghan and Syrian refugees who had made their way to the Greek Island of Kos were rounded up by riot police yesterday (after having been herded with fire extinguishers) and imprisoned in an open stadium until they could be “registered.” At last report there were three — count them, three — officers taking names. It is not that the authorities are heartless, they are overwhelmed. Those 1,000 refugees are not all the refugees on Kos, that is how many refugees arrive every day. “The situation on the island is out of control,” said the mayor of Kos, “blood will be shed.”



“Greece faces a crisis within a crisis,” said prime minister Alexis Tsipras. “The migrant flows exceed the capacity of our state infrastructure.” About 120,000 refugees have stumbled ashore on the Greek Islands so far this year, four times the influx during all of 2014. The other principal landing for refugees traveling to Europe by boat, Italy, estimates that 100,000 have come aground there this year.



Imagine that you have lost your job, been served with an eviction notice, lost your car to the repo man and 20 of your closest relatives arrive on your doorstep in search of food and shelter. That’s that’s going on here. Neither these countries, nor the United Nations, nor the NGOs operating in the area, can possibly handle this rip tide of human misery.  Nor is it limited to Greece and Italy. Let’s take a brief tour:



Hungary is rushing to complete a 110-mile-long fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of mostly Syrian refugees — 2,000 in 2012, now 1,500 people per day —  seeking asylum in a European Union country so they can travel freely among the other EU members.



Germany is the Mecca for most of these refugees, who are fully aware of the desperate economic straits of countries such as Greece and Italy. Germany is expecting 450,000 refugees this year, double the amount of last year, and the resulting tensions are rising. So far this year there have been 150 attacks on refugee shelters, most of them attempts to burn the shelters down. When the flood of refugees overwhelmed existing camps, the government called in the army to help, a move that inflamed those who insist that any use of the army inside the country is unconstitutional.



Across Italy, increasingly violent protests are breaking out over the strains produced by the relentless onslaught of the destitute. The mayor of Rome said this week the city does not have the resources to take in any more refugees. The wealthier northern districts of Italy, called on to help by taking some of the influx, refused. Meanwhile, the Italian coast guard last weekend rescued at sea and brought ashore another 1,800 people (so far this year an estimated 2,000 refugees have died at sea).   



The first tendrils of this massive onslaught of humanity have reached England, and have convulsed the country’s politics. The prime minister speaks of a “swarm” and the foreign secretary says “millions of marauding Africans” threaten the standard of living, and must be returned to their home countries, and their own standards of living. The reality underlying this panic is that a few thousand refugees, having reached Calais on the west coast of France, have tried to walk or hitch rides through the English Channel Tunnel to England. So far, one has made it, only to be arrested at the exit. Now thanks to a mile long fence at the Calais entrance to the Chunnel, and some nasty camps of hovels for the refugees who make it that far, fewer are able to make the attempt. But the extra security has choked travel through the Chunnel, negatively impacting commerce and tourism.



Still, the bleak tide rises. Still Europe sinks beneath it as the desert sands spread from Africa to Arabia to Asia. Still, no one offers a solution, for the terrifying reason that no one has yet identified the problem.  



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Re: A Tsunami of Climate Refugees is Drowning Europe
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2015, 03:35:54 AM »
How can you read this story and not think of Alberto Cuaron's "Children of Men?"

We're creating the conditions for the dystopian world Cuaron created even as we speak.

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Re: A Tsunami of Climate Refugees is Drowning Europe
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 03:45:08 AM »
How can you read this story and not think of Alberto Cuaron's "Children of Men?"

CoM indeed.

In fair short order I think, people arriving on the shores of Italy and Greece in these boats will be shot on arrival.  They don't have the resources to feed their own populations, much less feed all the people migrating from already unsustainable locations in MENA.

This is going to get very ugly.

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Re: A Tsunami of Climate Refugees is Drowning Europe
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2015, 06:58:08 AM »
It's sad to see my home island befall such a fate. Kos is a beautiful place that is surely turning into a living hell. But the writing was on the wall 15 years ago when I left her shores, myself an economic refugee, in search of a better tomorrow. A few years earlier still I remember hearing a local professor warn that by 2020 the population of Greece would be 20 million. Half of them refugees fleeing from a war and climate ravaged MENA and that exposed regions like the Aegean Islands would bear the brunt of it. How prophetic ring his words now.
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Re: A Tsunami of Climate Refugees is Drowning Europe
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2015, 09:11:23 AM »
It's sad to see my home island befall such a fate. Kos is a beautiful place that is surely turning into a living hell. But the writing was on the wall 15 years ago when I left her shores, myself an economic refugee, in search of a better tomorrow. A few years earlier still I remember hearing a local professor warn that by 2020 the population of Greece would be 20 million. Half of them refugees fleeing from a war and climate ravaged MENA and that exposed regions like the Aegean Islands would bear the brunt of it. How prophetic ring his words now.

You can consider yourself fortunate.  15 years ago there was still somewhere to flee to for a Better Tomorrow.

Now there is nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide.

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Re: A Tsunami of Climate Refugees is Drowning Europe
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2015, 09:14:41 AM »
How can you read this story and not think of Alberto Cuaron's "Children of Men?"

CoM indeed.

In fair short order I think, people arriving on the shores of Italy and Greece in these boats will be shot on arrival.  They don't have the resources to feed their own populations, much less feed all the people migrating from already unsustainable locations in MENA.

This is going to get very ugly.

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I recall the shots of all the people in "camps" behind hurricane fencing. And you wonder what could have transpired to get them there.

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