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Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

Daniel Etter/WPPF/Reuters   By Lin Taylor Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

To Gre-main or not to Gre-main: Avoiding the Grexit

By Anant Mishra Introduction Greece is caught up in a major financial crisis leaving the financial experts bewildered on the Gre-exit. Now, in its sixth year of crisis economists are focussing on Greece. More importantly, since the beginning Greece failed to maintain a stable deficit as it continued to repay the financial debt, deepening their […]

Children face beatings, rape, death trying to reach Europe – UNICEF

Kostas Tsironis/Reuters   By Stephanie Nebehay Migrant children making the perilous journey to Europe to escape war and poverty face possible beatings, rape and forced labour in addition to risk of drowning in the Mediterranean, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

Interview with Anant Mishra

  Michael Organ interviews Anant Mishra, human rights and political commentator, prolific author and former youth representative to the United Nations.

Assessing the Role of UNHCR: Crucial player in European refugee crisis

REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis   By Anant Mishra Introduction The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) principle task is to provide protection to refugees and other populations of concern, especially the stateless people, who are greatly affected during conflict, assisting other UN agencies by providing viable solutions to the issue also.

The European Union – building lethal walls

By Rupen Savoulian The scandal is not the mass migration of refugees into Europe – the scandal is how the European Union is treating them.

Abandoning the abandoned: It’s time for the EU to act

By Anant Mishra   Introduction Refugees and asylum seekers account for only a small percentage of the world’s population, travelling frequently with migrants. Most of these movements are illegal, as their movement occurs without appropriate documentation, through unauthorized borders and smugglers.  

Divided we Stand: the beginning of the end for the EU?

  By Robert Barrett Sunday 25th January may have seemed an inconspicuous enough day to you and I, but whilst we were mildly complaining about the cold and looking forward to the end of “Dry January”, Greek voters were setting in motion a chain of events that may well change the status quo of the […]

The Role of Economic Policy in the Prevention of Conflict

  By Anant Mishra “If poverty and economic instability are so often the root causes of war, then getting the economics right is key to sustainable peace and preventing countries from falling back into conflict.  Effective governing institutions are also critical to building a lasting peace. ” – Marek Belka, former UNECE Executive Secretary.

Photography: ‘Human Tide’ by Michael Honegger

By Michael Honegger Below are examples of a portfolio I developed over the past year concerning the refugee crisis on the island of Lesvos in Greece.  I call the series ‘Human Tide’ and believe that it marks the beginning of a significant movement of populations in a historic moment. The wars and conflicts throughout the […]

DEVISING MEASURES TO ADDRESS AND STABILISE FAILING ECONOMIES

  By Anant Mishra The financial crisis seems to be an inexhaustible issue, continuously drawing the attention of economists worldwide. However, while countries are steadily recovering and economies are slowly healing, the epicentre of the problem seems to be shifting to a new direction: what about the countries which are still unable to make ends […]

FEARFUL HISTORY

By Demetrios Horologas   Culture of the Hills Asia Minor has been, since ancient times, the theatre of various migrations, conflicts and intermarriages for a great number of nations and racial groups.