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Africa presents challenges, opportunities to US military command - defenceWeb

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Africa presents challenges, opportunities to US military command
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The General: The Story of General Peled (Abu Salaam) - Iranian

Google News - refugee determination - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 07:50

The General: The Story of General Peled (Abu Salaam)
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During one of his travels to the West Bank, he met with Abu Ali Shahin, a Fatah commander and leader of the Palestinian political prisoners whose entire family and thirty civilians were massacred in a refugee camp in 1967. Abu Shahin told him how he ...

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Fr Lombardi on refugees: Pope Francis shows us the way - Vatican Radio

Google News - "forced migrants" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 07:49

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Fr Lombardi on refugees: Pope Francis shows us the way
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The Centro Astalli, which is part of the Jesuit Refugee Service umbrella, and works in Rome to offer a wide range of services to the tens of thousands of forced migrants who arrive in the city, was spotlighted last September when Pope Francis chose to ...

France says backs evacuation of Muslims in CAR 'as last resort' - defenceWeb

Google News - "human security" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 07:21

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France says backs evacuation of Muslims in CAR 'as last resort'
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Refugees in the Central African Republic. France said on Tuesday it supported the evacuation of Muslims under threat of reprisals in Central African Republic "as a last resort", saying that the priority was to save lives despite concerns it could lead ...

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Asylum-seeker subsistence payments defeat for government in high court - The Guardian

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Asylum-seeker subsistence payments defeat for government in high court
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Asylum-seeker subsistence payments defeat for government in high court. Home secretary Theresa May ordered to reconsider levels at which cash payments are made to struggling asylum seekers. Share · Tweet this. Email. Owen Bowcott · theguardian.com ...
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Theresa May defeated over asylum seeker benefits - BBC News

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Theresa May defeated over asylum seeker benefits
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The home secretary has lost a High Court battle over the financial support given to the poorest asylum seekers while their claims are being processed. A coalition led by Refugee Action said it was unacceptable that the amount of money - about £36 a ...

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Italy rescues 4000 migrants in 48 hours in escalating crisis - defenceWeb

Google News - "human security" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 06:30

Italy rescues 4000 migrants in 48 hours in escalating crisis
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Ask the experts: Deprivation of citizenship Q&A this Friday - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Google News - "forced migration" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 06:14

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Ask the experts: Deprivation of citizenship Q&A this Friday
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Matthew Gibney is associate professor of politics and forced migration, and a fellow of Linacre College Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. Mathew Gibney, University of Oxford Mathew Gibney. Matthew specialises in the political and ethical ...

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Asylum seeker support move quashed - Belfast Telegraph

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Asylum seeker support move quashed
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Asylum seeker support move quashed. 0 Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. A judge quashed a decision not to increase financial support for asylum seekers. 09 April 2014. Campaigners have won a High Court battle challenging the level of government ...
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Gaming Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer - Worksop Today

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Gaming Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer
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After the events of Peace Walker, Paz claims to have information on a person calling the shots known only as Cipher, however Paz has been captured and imprisoned along with Chico who is a child soldier of the Militaires San Frontieres of which Snake is ...
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Syrian children dream of a safe home - SOS Children

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Syrian children dream of a safe home
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Of the 6.5 million people who are internally displaced in Syria, 46% of them are children. After three years of conflict, all these children want is somewhere they can grow up without fear, danger or violence. For displaced Syrian children, a safe home ...

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I am as guilty as the next person!

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 05:30

We live in a society of consumption.

When I look around me, I can see how the consumption has rapidly increased since I was a kid. People want it all, just because that has become the norm. Big plasma TVs in every room, fancy cars, a boat or a cabin in the mountain, at least. Changing the interior once a year, to follow the trends, or just to have a change. Buying a new fridge instead of fixing the old one that broke.

Just because we can.

Here in Norway, as well as in many other countries around us, we do not experience much of the global warming, or the side-effects of consumption. No big catastrophes At least yet. We can comfortably continue to live as we do, oblivious to the increasing amount of climate refugees all over the world. Someone told me, and I have no numbers to back this up, that the climate refugees have outnumbered people who seek refuge for other reasons. And, these people have no rights anywhere, since they are not refugees of war or persecution.

Can we continue to stay oblivious to what is happening around us? Can we continue to live in our little bubble here, and expect the rest of the world to fix this problem?

Will we be willing to make a change in our own consumption? Live a bit less comfortably?

I too am guilty. I want a big appartment, a walk-in closet, a Chanel bag, and pile shoes onto my already big shoe-pile. I want a cottage by the sea for vacations, I want to work less but get more money.


But I am worried. About my own mental health in all this. And, perhaps the mental health of the society as well.

The consumption society can offer comfort, but apart from that, it can not offer much. It is a constant striving for more, that will never, ever end. We are searching for something that will never satisfy us, because there will always be a novelty, something new that we need, to make our lives just right, almost complete.

Almost!

It is to search for something that does not exist. To search for something that does not exist, to form our entires lives around it, and still feel that there is emptiness, that can cause depression, numbness, a loss of purpose in life. And it will never stop, unless we look at ourselves, and start to investigate what truly makes us happy or content (happy is not a permanent state). It is not easy. It requires fumbling for something deeper that we might not know what is yet. It might require to give up those attempts of contentment that consuming gives, and it will leave an empty space for a while, until we find something within us that will fill the space.

Shopping therapy makes me happy, I have to confess. But I know it only does so as long as I am content. Otherwise it will be a constant urge, a constant longing that will never be satisfied. How can I combine my interest for fashion with my concern for my own well-being and the consumption of the society? I do not have the answer yet…

…do you??

(pictures: http://www.dagbladet.no and lipstique.com)

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New rules do not apply to old applications

Free Movement - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 05:30

The Court of Appeal has in the case of Edgehill & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 402 settled the question of whether the new human rights rules introduced on 9 July 2012 apply to applications made before that date: they do not. Specifically, it is unlawful to apply rule 276ADE on long residence to applications that were already outstanding at the date the new rule came into force.

In his leading judgment, Jackson LJ also makes clear that a decision referring in passing to the new rule will not automatically be unlawful:

A mere passing reference to the 20 years requirement in the new rules will not have the effect of invalidating the Secretary of State’s decision. The decision only becomes unlawful if the decision maker relies upon rule 276ADE (iii) as a consideration materially affecting the decision.

Notably the submission of the Secretary of State that the transitional provisions had a meaning other than that of the words used was rejected as being too subtle and dextrous for mere mortals to comprehend:

The Immigration Rules need to be understood not only by specialist immigration counsel, but also by ordinary people who read the rules and try to abide by them.

Might this be a sign of things to come when the Court of Appeal finally has to dare the labyrinth of Appendix FM? Edgehill was the inconclusive start to a four year civil war, so the precedent is not encouraging.

Adam Tear of Duncan Lewis and Zane Malik instructed by Malik Law Chambers acted for the appellants, Charles Bourne for the respondent.

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Video: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer - Worksop Today

Google News - "child soldier" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 05:01

Video: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer
Worksop Today
After the events of Peace Walker, Paz claims to have information on a person calling the shots known only as Cipher, however Paz has been captured and imprisoned along with Chico who is a child soldier of the Militaires San Frontieres of which Snake is ...

Video: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer - Gainsborough Standard

Google News - "child soldier" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 04:51

Video: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer
Gainsborough Standard
After the events of Peace Walker, Paz claims to have information on a person calling the shots known only as Cipher, however Paz has been captured and imprisoned along with Chico who is a child soldier of the Militaires San Frontieres of which Snake is ...

11:04 - African Focus: Some refugees in Botswana to resettle in a third ... - Cihan News Agency

Google News - "refugee resettlement" - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 04:35

11:04 - African Focus: Some refugees in Botswana to resettle in a third ...
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) official confirmed on Tuesday that plans are underway to resettle some refugees currently residing at the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana following refugees' recent protest over their "poor" conditions in the ...

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Suffering at Wars’ Ends

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/04/09 - 04:32

This article was published in The Nation on December 11 2011.

 
War is hell and the suffering goes on after wars end.

Over the past few years, there have been many books describing what happened at the end of the Second World War. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War by Ben Shephard was published in April 2010. After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles McDonogh was published in July 2007. The Struggle for Europe by William Hitchcock was published in January 2003. Walter Laqueur’s books on post-war Europe came out in 1992. John Roberts, Norman Davies, Mark Mazower and Richard Vinen, David Calleo, and last but not least, the late, great Tony Judt, have produced strong analytical work examining Europe’s future in the light of what its 20th-century past reveals.

Scholars have had 67 years to assess the six years of World War Second. Sri Lanka has only had just over two years to come to terms with nearly 30 years of internal war.

 
In 1945, the Allies had to deal with 10 to 15 million DPs (displaced persons) – concentration camp victims, foreign workers and slave labourers and destitute Germans. The UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) was set up to deal with DPs. Shephard is sympathetic but also describes incompetence and political manipulation. Some UNRRA functionaries made mistresses of Polish DPs. Others engaged in crime.

Lasting havoc

 
One thing for DPs to do after years of deprivation was to get blind drunk. Two thousand people died from alcohol poisoning in two months after war’s end. Many DPs reacted to freedom with sexual abandon. At Wildflecken DP Camp in Bavaria, the Virgin Mary in the “Holy Manger” Christmas show had gonorrhoea. The birth rate in DP camps rocketed.

Not everyone was ready to debauch. Richard Wollheim, later a distinguished philosopher, was tasked with organising a dance party for British soldiers and female survivors in Bergen-Belsen. The party ended in mayhem, with panicking women expecting nothing but more torment from uniformed men

“Resettlement” was not an easy task. Shephard describes American soldiers dragging terrified Russians and Ukrainians to assembly points. They were often being sent in open cattle trucks to their deaths in Russia or Yugoslavia. British soldiers, sometimes with tears in their eyes, had to force about 70,000 people who had, in many cases already suffered terribly under the Germans, to go back to a more horrendous fate.

 
World War II aftermath

McDonogh describes the rape and pillage that went with Red Army “liberation” of Eastern Europe. Native populations turned on ethnic Germans with frightening ferocity. Whole communities of Germans, up to 16 million, who had lived outside the Reich for generations, were violently uprooted. Old men, women, and children were forced to march westward, or crammed into cattle cars in which they sometimes froze to death. The most conservative estimate that 600,000 German civilians were killed at this time is still high. The savagery was comparable to what the Nazis had inflicted. Schools and public buildings became torture centres. Up to 15,000 Germans were held at Strahov soccer stadium in Prague, where the guards amused themselves by forcing thousands to run for their lives and then machine-gunning them.

The Americans set up PWTEs (Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosures) which make Menik Farm seem like Club Med. In the spring of 1945, some 40,000 prisoners died of hunger and exposure in the 12 open camps containing a million men. The Americans had burned their kit, so they had nothing to protect them from the elements.

The British and Americans also set up Direct Interrogation Centres to find major war criminals or subversive activity. Their function soon changed to gathering intelligence against the Russians. Prisoners were tortured by guards with scores to settle. Methods are familiar today from their use in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and CIA centres all over the world: savage beatings, starvation, deprivation of sleep, and removal of clothing. Men were kept standing for hours. Many never came out alive.

 
Despicable punishments

 

At Schwäbisch Hall, near Stuttgart, Americans used methods similar to those employed by the SS in Dachau. Prisoners endured long periods in solitary confinement. Men were led off in hoods and lifted off the ground to convince them they were about to hang. When the Americans set up a commission of inquiry, they found that, of the 139 cases they examined, 137 had “had their testicles permanently destroyed by kicks received from the American War Crimes Investigation team.”

NGOs such as Human Rights Watch were strongly critical of GOSL’s decision to keep civilians in IDP camps. More extreme sections of the Tamil Diaspora accused the government of having a genocidal agenda and referred to extermination camps. David Begg, leader of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, took time off from watching his members lose jobs and welfare benefits as the Irish economy went rapidly downhill, to take an interest in far-away Sri Lanka. He claimed that 1,000 people were dying every week in concentration camps.

The UN Refugee Agency reported that there were around 16 million refugees and 26 million IDPs in the world at the end of 2008. In recent years it has been increasingly tasked under the UN’s humanitarian reform process with assisting IDPs.

War is hell and the suffering goes on after war’s end. Some wars just do not end.

 
Today, 63 years after the foundation of the state of Israel, five million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) services.

 

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'This Life of Refugee' - AllAfrica.com

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'This Life of Refugee'
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Under international refugee law, people who flee their country because of war or persecution should be offered one of three "durable" solutions: either return to their country of origin; integration into their country of arrival; or resettlement to a ...

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