Archive for June 11th, 2015

11/06/2015

Greece – A Sad Story of the European Establishment

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome, 11 June 2015 – Only 50 years of Cold War (and the fact that German Chancellor Angela Merkel grew up in East Germany) can possibly explain the strange political power of the United States over Europe.

**Merkel with her hands in the characteristic Merkel-Raute position | Author: Armin Linnartz | Wikimedia Commons

**Merkel with her hands in the characteristic Merkel-Raute position | Author: Armin Linnartz | Wikimedia Commons

After a bilateral meeting between Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama (so much for transparency and participation), the Jun. 7-8 G7 summit opened in Germany and we found out that there had been a trade-off.

Merkel agreed that Europe should continue the sanctions against Russia – and so the other members of the G7 duly agreed – and Obama toned down the U.S. position on Greece.

That position had been forcefully expressed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew a few days earlier to European leaders: solve the Greek problem, or this will have a global impact that we cannot afford.

Merkel agreed that Europe should continue the sanctions against Russia – and so the other members of the G7 duly agreed – and Obama toned down the U.S. position on Greece.

This had suddenly accelerated negotiations, with the hope then that everything would be solved before the G7 summit.

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11/06/2015

‘EU Migrant Crisis – Direct Consequence of Western Europe Colonial Practice‘

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9 June 2015 (RT)* – To deal with the migrant crisis the EU has to change its relations with the countries of the global South, to implement a policy to integrate migrants into the EU and to ensure they won’t be socially discriminated, says human rights activist Ajamu Baraka.

Asylum-seekers and economic migrants take to the seas, waiting out the dangerous journey in the boat’s cramped cargo space. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

Asylum-seekers and economic migrants take to the seas, waiting out the dangerous journey in the boat’s cramped cargo space. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

On Monday [8 June], nearly 100 migrants and activists were detained in Paris as the police were trying to clear an unauthorized migrant camp in the city center.

But it’s not just France that is trying to deal with the increasing number of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe. This weekend European ships rescued almost 6,000 migrants who had run into trouble on their way to Italy.

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11/06/2015

‘Profits Over Public Health’: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex Published by WikiLeaks

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10 June 2015 (RT)* – WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday [10 June]. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have activists worried the agreement might play into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies.

Source: RT

Source: RT

The secretly negotiated trade deal has been widely opposed by industry professionals and activists in many countries, as it could “empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers,” the New York Times wrote.

American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices,” the publication added.

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11/06/2015

Migrant Arrivals in Europe Top 100,000 So Far in 2015

Human Wrongs Watch

10 June 2015 – Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean so far in 2015 have moved above 100,000, with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands, the United Nations refugee agency has confirmed.

Asylum-seekers in a holding centre on Greece’s Samos Island. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

Asylum-seekers in a holding centre on Greece’s Samos Island. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

Official figures show that as of 8 June a total of 103,000 refugees and migrants had arrived in Europe: 54,000 in Italy, 48,000 in Greece, 91 on Malta and 920 in Spain, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).*

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