Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:10 UTC
The all-party parliamentary group on refugees said that while asylum seekers who arrive in Britain through resettlement schemes enjoy certain advantages, those who are given refugee status lack basic support.
Although both refugees and those under humanitarian protection have fled persecution in the same way, they are not given equal treatment. The MPs are calling on the government to appoint a minister to redress this imbalance.
Up to 50,000 refugees are thought to have arrived to the UK as refugees in 2012, while a mere 10,000 were granted protection through resettlement schemes in the same period.
Comment: Here's another solution: Stop imposing neoliberal economic shock therapy on the countries these people are coming from. And for goodness sake, stop supporting the so-called humanitarian war efforts at changing other countries' governments. In other words, stop supporting merry old England's policy of bombing their schools, hospitals, housing and infrastructure to kingdom come. Stop doing these things and you won't have to think about the injustice of a 'two tier' asylum system - you bunch of bureaucratic, technocratic, pathocratic nitwits!!
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:29 UTC
Russia successfully vaporized an Al Qaeda training camp in Idlib Province, Syria, earlier this week.
This is of course completely unacceptable.
Now the 'moderate rebels' have harnessed the power of Twitter to spread stories about Russia barrel-bombing Idlib cat sanctuaries.
The latest allegation: Russia bombed an underground 'hospital', according to very unreliable sources.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:01 UTC
Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation have filed a joint lawsuit Monday alleging that college and police authorities have failed to protect the constitutional rights of students and unfairly discriminated against conservative speakers appearing on campus.
The suit claims that voices that fall outside of the "campus orthodoxy" have been stifled and alleges that authorities in Berkeley have "systematically and intentionally suppressed constitutionally-protected expression by the plaintiffs... simply because that expression may anger or offend students, UC Berkeley administrators, and/or community members who do not share Plaintiffs' viewpoints."
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:22 UTC
A special police division, the DCDO, was dispatched to the La California area of the city on Monday, where protesters blocked the Francisco de Miranda Avenue with makeshift barriers of garbage and debris, according to El Nacional.
Tear gas was reportedly fired on protesters next to the Lider shopping center, and opposition activists on social media also claimed that demonstrators were shot at with pellets, leading to a number of injuries.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:11 UTC
Students are currently only allowed to join university sports teams based on the sex they were born as rather than what gender they identify with now.
This can act as a "barrier" for trans students, according to a motion due to be debated by the NUS at its annual conference on Tuesday.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00 UTC
Since his extradition to the US from his native Mexico, 'El Chapo' has been housed in 10 South, the most secure wing of New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center, dubbed the 'Guantanamo in New York.'
Prisoners in 10 South aren't permitted to go outside, and spend 23 hours a day locked in a cell, constantly monitored by security cameras.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:51 UTC
Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths on Monday night after the Fatah movement organized a march in the city of Al-Bireh, in the center of the occupied West Bank and 15 kilometers (9.5 mi) north of Jerusalem.
Marching from Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah towards the Israeli Beit El checkpoint north of the Al-Bireh city, the activists called on the international community to support the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
"Iran and the Islamic state want to destroy us, and a hatred for Jews is being directed towards the Jewish state today," he said at a ceremony in Jerusalem's Yad Vashem memorial. "Those who threaten to destroy us risk being destroyed themselves," Netanyahu warned. "From being defenseless people, we have become a state with a defensive capacity that is among the strongest in the world," he said.
Six Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during the 1939-1945 World War II.
Israel will also come to a standstill for two minutes at 10 am local time (0700 GMT) on Thursday as sirens wail in remembrance of the Jewish victims of Nazism.
Radio stations and television channels on Sunday were broadcasting programmes about the genocide. More than 213,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, many of them below the poverty line, according to survivors' groups.
Comment: Nothing like threats of retaliatory violence, destruction and annihilation to honor a Remembrance Day for violence, destruction and annihilation. Netanyahu is remarkably adept in keeping hatred alive while bragging at the prowess and resources of Israel's defense (offense) capabilities.
A remembrance day, while a reminder of the past, should evoke some sort of change that makes the world a better place, at least to honor those who were sacrificed. Unfortunately, that is not, and never will be Israel.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:39 UTC
The country also had more killings in the first quarter of 2017 than in the start of any year in at least two decades, according to government data released Friday.
Unlike in 2011, when a bloody cartel fight in Ciudad Juarez pushed the national body count to new heights, the current violence has been spread over a number of states.
In January, 25 of the country's 32 states saw increases in homicides compared to the same month in 2016.
Throughout Mexico, there were 2,020 homicide cases in March, up roughly 11% from February. For January through March, there were 5,775 killings around the country, up 29% from the same period in 2016.
Comment: Conspicuously absent from the discussion is the role the US plays in the highly lucrative drug trade:
- El Chapo Guzmán, Washington's Drug Problem, and the North American Police State
- Drug tunnel equipped with rails, lights, ventilation discovered at US-Mexico border
- U.S. government and top Mexican drug cartel exposed as partners
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:25 UTC
According to a report in the Saturday edition of Die Presse, the allegedly corrupted official was in charge of issuing residence permits and is said to have demanded up to 2,500 Euros per issuing a single one. The residence permits were sold to the refugees and migrants from the refugee camp in a town of Traiskirchen, located in the district of Baden in Lower Austria.
The State Prosecutor's Office for Economic Crime and Corruption confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation. According to spokeswoman Ingrid Maschl-Clausen, the official is suspected to be involved in the acts of bribery and corruption.
The allegedly corrupted official has already been suspended in Autumn 2016. The number of residence permits sold is assumed to be in the "single-digit range". If suspicion of bribery turns out to be legitimate, the asylum seekers involved will have to repeat the whole process of obtaining a residence permit.