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Today a very interesting piece was published in the Irish Times. Called  “Government ‘needs to be honest’ with emigrants, says Joe McHugh”, it  is an eye opener...

“When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering”, says Mr. Dalai Lama, only to add that “there are 'too many refugees in Europe” and to continue on to say "Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country".

Charlie Hebdo had a very dramatic and ‘spectacular’ start to the New Year. First, it was a cover page with a strange looking God on it, carrying a Kalashnikov. The title was “One year on: the assassin is still out there”. Then it was the cover page picturing the drowned refugee boy Aylan Kurdi and ass groping refugees in Germany, with monkey like-faces, chasing European women. Under the title “migrants” the text read: “What would little Aylan have grown up to be? An ass groper in Germany”

The cover page of Charlie Hebdo anniversary edition is guaranteed to make international headlines and trigger a renewed – possibly reheated – debate on social media.

First things first: Charlie Hebdo’s goal number 1 is achieved with this cover. After all, don’t they claim to be daringly controversial?

Despite being under no illusion, it is very disappointing to read that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visiting Lesbos said "It is imperative that we reach an agreement with Turkey to stop the flows by targeting the smugglers".

THE PROBLEMS WITH THE EU REFUGEE RE-SETTLEMENT PROGRAM:

It is based on a quota of 120,000.

The actual number to be settled in the first year is not 120,000 but 66,000.

It is in contradiction with basic human rights and the right to apply for asylum.

No humanitarianism: It turns the whole logic and process of seeking asylum onto its head.

It is not going to solve the problem and address the real needs of majority of refugees.

It is nowhere near enough what Europe can and should do

There are two separate and irreconcilable Europes that can’t live together.

Their capital cities are not divided by rivers only…

When a system is so bad for such a long time, any change to it, coming after many years of waiting seems very positive and applausable…

The Direct Provision System (DPS) and the newly announced changes are a typical example of such a situation.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) published its 2015 Global Peace Index Report. According to this report “the cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion (€12.7 trillion) in 2014, equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.” This figure equates to 17 per cent of World’s GDP and 43 per cent of it is military expenditure.

The report continues on to state “Middle East and North Africa — where several countries suffered from an upsurge in violence related to sectarian strife and civil conflicts, as well as a rise in actions by Islamist extremist groups, now ranks as the most violent region in the world”

Tony Blair: From War to Racism

Seeing the news headlines on Tony Blair, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Blair to combat anti-Semitism and racism in Europe? It must be a joke!”

Unfortunately, it is true!

Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma suffered a lot.

During most of her political life she was under never-ending of arrests/house arrest; she was a direct target of the brutal military oppression.

As the European Union (EU) is about the launch its long term plan for the ‘migrant crisis’, the leaked EU policy document shows the hypocrisies of our rulers and the repeated denial by the EU of its responsibilities in the root-cause of this crisis and the ongoing civilian deaths.

The Final plan is to be published on Wednesday May, 13.

Speaking at a commemoration in Cobh, Co Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner by a German submarine U-20, President Higgins said: “The sinking was an immense human tragedy with the loss of almost 1,200 lives and that should never be forgotten”.

Petitioning RTE - Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster: Interview a migrant to challenge Nigel Farage's racist views on migrants in Ireland

Today, as the reactions to the deaths of more than 1100 migrants in two separate incidents continue, we are reading the enthusiastic headlines referring to the EU Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council meeting and reporting the good news. It seems the EU is finally acting to bring an end to this crisis.

"Record number of migrants expected to drown in Mediterranean this year" says the headline of a Guardian article (*). It is the word "expected" that I have a problem with. Who is expecting and why?

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Almost five in every 1,000 children born in the UK die before the age of five.

The mortality rate in Ireland for children under five is 4.6 deaths per 1000 births, almost double that in Iceland, which was the lowest recorded at 2.4 deaths per 1,000 births in 2014.

Malta has the worst record with 7 deaths per 1,000.

In Ireland there were 17,699 babies born in the first quarter of 2014. The total number of births in 2013 was 68,930. That is 317 dead children before reaching the age of 5.

Saturday 21st of March is the UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST RACISM. On this day people around the world will show their opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination. 21st of Marchis an important day to raise the voices of anti-racism and stand in solidarity with all sections of the society.

Not the elephant in the room anymore: Direct Provision System and Deportations

Do you remember the story of Somali asylum seeker Mohamed Sleyum Ali? Irish Times reported it: In March 2014 he was deported from Ireland, attacked and left to die within hours of his arrival in Tanzania…

One day he was in Dublin, soon after he was fighting for his life.

What do you think of this story?

Suspicious?

Horrific?

Sad? 

Unbelievable?

The Oxfam report, published ahead of Davos 2015 World Economic Forum, a gathering that brings world’s billionaires and politicians together, could not be named any better. “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more”. The work Oxfam did and the data they have collected is an eye opener and the report contains not only summarized information but also detailed numerical data to back up the findings.

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers. 

It seems we are going to have another political party led by the former Fine Gael junior minister Lucinda Creighton who is calling for a ‘reboot’ of Ireland. Lucinda Creighton is joined by financial commentator and advisor Eddie Hobbs.

Happy New Year Ireland!

For many years only a small group of people and a few organisations have campaigned for ending the Direct Provision System (DPS). Their voices, along with the voices of asylum seekers were constantly and conveniently ignored by the governments of the past 15 years. Even the demands for some very limited reforms did not trigger any actions by the governments and asylum seekers were simply abandoned in this extremely dysfunctional system.

There is no doubt that the US presidents and British prime ministers are at the top of ‘world’s most powerful leaders’ list. Therefore, their actions have always had long lasting global consequences. These consequences are not just a matter for local domestic politics but for the entire world. The governments of Bush and Blair were no exceptions and the entire world had to live with the consequences of their decisions and actions.

Looking back at the world of last 10+ years, Bush and Blair should be declared as ‘international criminals’ and put on trial for the very serious problems we are facing today.

‘Immigration control’ demands. as a response to economic crises and rising unemployment are not new. In the past and current times, immigration control has been repeatedly debated in many countries with pro-immigration control argument coming from both the reformist-central left and right wing neoliberal circles.