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Graham Peebles – Market Driven Homelessness in London

As a world community we have agreed that everyone has a right to a home, (article 25 of the UNDHR makes this clear), however, like many such ‘rights’ – food, adequate health care, good education for example, the ‘right’ to a home is dependent upon your ability to pay for that right. Having spent almost two years sleeping on sofas, …

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Paul Craig Roberts – Good-Bye To Western Living Standards

My column, “Capitalism At Work,” about Greek women being forced into prostitution by banksters and the IMF produced a number of responses from women, who report that austerity is having the same effect all over Europe. This is from a letter from Portugal: “Your article ‘Capitalism At Work’ shows absolutely what’s happened here in Portugal. It is common for young …

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Dr. Hakim – Kunduz MSF Hospital U.S. Bombing Survivor: “I Want my Story to be Heard.”

“I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad, a 20 year old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.” The actions of the U.S. military elicit the same contempt from Khalid …

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Pam Bailey – Deprived of Right to Work, Refugees Struggle to Subsist Outside Syria

As masses of Syrian refugees continue to flood Europe, paranoia is running high.Hungary built a fence designed to repel the newcomers, and a transnational brawl has ensued over how many of these forced migrants should be accepted by whom. Even in the United States, just how much of a welcome the refugees should receive is hotly contested. Leading Republican presidential candidate …

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Fragkiska Megaloudi – The Dirty Politics Behind the Syrian Conflict

Over recent months the situation in the Mediterranean has served as a dramatic reminder of what the leaders of Europe have tried hard to forget. The Syrian crisis has reached Europe. Although a lot of talk has been made over numbers and percentages of refugees that every country may or may not accept, let’s not forget that behind those numbers …

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ISIS fears: Hungary TV report suggests ‘militants’ posing as refugees cross into Europe

The spike in the flow of refugees arriving in Europe has increased concerns that jihadist fighters could be sneaking in under the guise of asylum seekers, prompting media speculation.  Hungary’s most watched national TV channel, M1, reported Tuesday that at least two “terrorists” were uncovered via photographs on social media after entering Europe as refugees. “Islamist terrorists, disguised as refugees, …

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Leid Stories – 09.09.15

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Rooted in Imperialism, Says French Journalist
Family’s Settlement in Police Homicide Case Repeats Disturbing Pattern
The European Union appears French journalist, political analyst and filmmaker Gilbert Mercier, cofounder and editor in chief of News Junkie Post, looks at Europe’s refugee crisis as the predictable result of Western imperialism and its aggressive implementation of failed-state policies in the war-torn countries from which the vast majority of refugees are fleeing.
The City of Baltimore’s five-member Board of Estimates is expected to finalize today a $6.4-million settlement in the police-homicide case of Freddie Gray, whose death a week after suffering injuries during a “rough ride” in a police wagon on April 12 touched off a wave of local and national protests.
“Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who has set many legal precedents in several high-profile cases involving excessive force by police and prosecutorial misconduct, discusses the implications of the settlement.

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Harmeet Sooden – The US-led Coalition’s Human Rights Record in Iraq

Human rights violations committed by ISIS are condemned the world over – rightly so – whereas those committed by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS are under-reported, particularly in the West. What follows is a selection of the latter – a selection that strongly suggests the coalition’s military strategy is compounding the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. 13 September 2010 – Amnesty International …

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Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr – Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay. When Visar Krasniqi reached Berlin and saw the famous image on Bernauer Strasse — the one of the soldier …