Archive for March 17th, 2016

17/03/2016

Are We Entering Into a Long Term Stagnation?

Human Wrongs Watch 

Rome, 17 March  2016 

Larry Summers, Bill Clinton’s minister of treasury, has made few friends in life. At that time, he was instrumental in eliminating the Glass Stegall Banking Law, which since 1933 separated the bank’s customer deposits from the financial activities of the Stock Exchange, releasing a flood of money which created the present monster financial system.

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Roberto Savio

He was also Chief Economist of the World Bank, a position he left after polemics.

He became the President of the prestigious Harvard Academy, but was obliged to leave on a gender issue.

He was the Director of the National Economic Council under president Barack Obama, where is pro-business attitude led to new controversies.

Maybe, for all these reasons, very few paid attention to his predictions about “the new economy”.

This is a term created after the crisis of 2009, to indicate that unemployment would be normal, and that the market would be the centre of economy and finance, and social and welfare measures were not any longer part of the economy’s concern.

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17/03/2016

More than One Million Refugees Travel to Greece since 2015

Human Wrongs Watch

GENEVA, 16 March 2016 (UNHCR)*  The UN Refugee Agency said today that more than one million people, mostly refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have now crossed into Greece since the start of 2015.

© UNHCR/A.Zavallis | A Syrian refugee hugs her daughter moments after reaching the shores of Lesvos island in an inflatable boat earlier this year.

UNHCR called the milestone an urgent reminder of the need for a more coordinated approach to managing the influx and protecting people who are fleeing war and persecution.

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17/03/2016

A “Colombian Triangle” for Daesh in Libya?

Human Wrongs Watch

16 March, 2016 (IPS) – Besieged by US, UK, French, Russian and Syrian war crafts and ground intelligence, both in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Daesh from its original acronym in Arabic) has reportedly been searching for a new base in the North of Africa, specifically in Libya, in what has been called the “Colombian Triangle.”

A map of Libya with major cities and settlements.  Credit: United Nations

A map of Libya with major cities and settlements. Credit: United Nations

Located in the South-Western region, the new base would be installed on the borders of Algeria, Niger and Libya itself.

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17/03/2016

‘Making Turkey the “Gatekeeper’ of Refugees and Migrants Does Not Absolve Europe from Its Responsibility’

Human Wrongs Watch

Making Turkey the “gatekeeper’ does not absolve Europe from its responsibility of welcoming migrants, a United Nations human rights expert on 16 March 2016 said, warning that the only way for Europe to secure its borders is to offer safe and regular channels for mobility.

Syrian refugees on the border of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia They were among the last group of people allowed to cross from Greece, before the Serbian and other borders along the Balkan route were closed. Photo: UNICEF/Suzie Pappas-Capovska

He was speaking on the eve of the European Union migration summit, where leaders from the 28-country bloc will discuss a new agreement with Turkey to readmit all migrants crossing irregularly to Greece.

“European member states once responsible for drafting key legislation on human rights and humanitarian protection are about to abandon their obligations. In the midst of the greatest migration crisis in Europe since world war two, they are passing their responsibility off to a third-country for political expediency,said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau.

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