Archive for June 18th, 2015

18/06/2015

Issuance of Vatican Passports to Trans-Mediterranean Immigrants

Human Wrongs Watch

By Anthony Judge*

A Modest Proposal Worthy of the 21st Century?

18 June 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – In this period much is made of the genius of humanity in enabling travel to Mars. However, in the same period, Europe is clearly at a total strategic loss in the face of mass migration across the Mediterranean from Africa — with all the dangers to human life, and all the poverty and fear driving that process.

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

Over 100,000 are estimated to have arrived in Europe in the first six months of 2015, compared with an estimated 170,100 migrants in 2014, exceeding by far the 42,925 of the previous year.

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18/06/2015

On Day to Combat Desertification, UN Urges Action to Protect ‘Every Hectare’ of Arable Land

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Land is a renewable resource, but only if investments are made in land degradation neutrality, which has been proposed as an element of the post-2015 development agenda, on 17 June 2015 said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

Example of good fertile earth that has dried and cracked from lack of rain. Photo: FAO/Jeanette Van Acker

“We need to change course and start securing every hectare of land that can provide food or freshwater and rehabilitate all the degraded land that we can,” urged Ban, who assured that by doing so, the international community will be able to make rapid steps towards controlling climate change.*

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18/06/2015

‘Palestinian Refugee Crisis a ‘Time Bomb’ for Middle East’

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The stark conditions afflicting millions of displaced Palestinians across the Middle East risk destabilizing the region and plunging it into a deeper humanitarian and security crisis, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.*

Palestinian refugees living in active conflict areas in Syria such as Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and the Dera’a surroundings, face brutal hardships. Photo: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammed

“The isolation, exclusion and dispossession of Palestine refugees in Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon represent a time-bomb for the Middle East region,” Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), on 16 June 2015 said yesterday at a meeting of the agency’s Advisory Commission of major donors and host governments, held in Amman, Jordan.

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18/06/2015

Why Border Controls Are Now a Global Game

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By Ruben Andersson*
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London, 17 June 2015 (IRIN)   Ahead of World Refugee Day, anthropologist and author of “Illegality, Inc.”, Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics looks at how localized migration control efforts have ignored the globalization of irregular migration routes.

The warning was restrained, as was to be expected from a European border police chief, yet it was a warning nonetheless.

Amid European leaders’ scramble to launch a military operation targeting migrant smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean, the director of EU border agency, Frontex, voiced some caution: “If there is a military operation in the vicinity of Libya,” he said in early June, “this may change the migration routes and make them move to the eastern route.”

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18/06/2015

Desperate Whalers Go North

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By John Frizell*

16 June 2015 – Late last week the Winter Bay, a freighter carrying 1,800 tones of fin whale meat – Iceland’s entire catch from the 2014 whaling season – arrived in Tromso, Norway, 200 miles north of the Arctic circle. It will stay there until July 1st and then sail over the top of Russia, through the Northern Sea Route – a passage which is increasingly navigable to commercial vessels thanks to thinning of the sea ice caused by global warming – on its way to Japan.

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

No shipment from Iceland has gone this way before. This unusual route is because of the unusual cargo. The owner of Iceland’s fin whaling industry, Mr Loftsson, used to send his whale meat via the international sea freight cargo network using European ports.

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18/06/2015

Meanwhile, with Great Narratives Unfolding:

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By Johan Galtung*

18 June 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – The decline and fall of the US Empire’s grip on the world; of the West; of the state system–with the rise of the TNC-IGO-NGO system, regions, nations, local authorities; the rise of the East and the South; of China–many details cross an editor’s desk; inspiring some rethinking:

**Image: Clickable world map (with climate classification). Author: LordToran | Wikipedia Commons

**Image: Clickable world map (with climate classification). Author: LordToran | Wikipedia Commons

Thus, in a pile of quotes not to be forgotten, from Balfour 1917:

it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status of Jews in any other country“.

Very prescient thinking, not clearly understood. Time to rethink?

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