RE-EUROPEIZING EUROPE

RE-EUROPEIZING EUROPE

http://almudenas.website/index.php/2018/04/18/re-europeizing-europe/

In the scholar arena of political studies, the notion of Populism seems clear. It is generally used when it comes to defining either political regimes headed by strong leaders who pretend to represent ‘the people’ as the case of Peron in Argentina, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and other leaders from different countries. Also, the political discourse, particularly of the far-right, populism arises during times of economic difficulty, as it is the case in several European countries like France, Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands or the independence movement of Catalonia in Spain. When the subjects who speak are the political actors, it is observed that the term ‘populist’ is used by both the right and the left, to stigmatize the opponent, or to self-defend against adverse stigmatization.

For the right-wing, the left is populist because it manipulates the working and less fortunate classes

for the left-wing, the right is populist because it manipulates the middle classes with discourses seeking to generate the most primitive emotion: the fear.

Italy and refugees

Italy’s Growing Refugee Problem

The large number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Italy continues unabated, with more coming now than in previous years. Many want to continue their journey to Germany. With Italian authorities badly overstrained, could this become Berlin’s next problem?

By Luigi Albonico, , Vladimir Otasevic, Charlotte Teunis and Katharina Wecker

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/italy-refugee-problem-spells-trouble-for-europe-a-1131506.html

What does this mean for Europe? If the political and economic problems in Italy continue to deteriorate, African refugees could soon become a more pressing matter at the European level. The populist parties in particular — Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement and Matteo Salvini’s Lega Nord — may have an interest in trying to get as many refugees as possible to leave Italy.

the Interior Ministry has drafted a plan that, if approved, would see migrant boats sent back to North Africa directly after their rescue at sea.

Islam in Europe

Islam in Europe

Europe’s difficulties with its Muslims are also the subject of hysterical oversimplification, especially in the United States
my note: I know Timothy Garton Ash from the 90s, when I was completing my studies at University of Florida on the Cold War. Clinton was bombing Serbia. The Western Hemisphere was (as usually) in the dark about the Balkans, ethnicities, religions and economy. Timothy Garton Ash was reporting… His writing reflects the opinion of a seasoned historian and I would base my opinions on his writings.

In the lights of Paris Attacks, Alabama Governor: I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

November 16, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to his state.

In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”

According to the release Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with federal agencies to monitor any possible threats. To date there has been no credible intelligence of terror threats in Alabama.

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article44975574.html

Refugee bodies wash up on Lesbos including children after drowning off Greece

Agony in the Aegean: Bodies of children wash up on Lesbos beach in shocking scenes after 22 refugees drown off the coast in yet another humanitarian tragedy

A toddler migrant is plucked from the water by a volunteer lifeguard after a boat carrying around 150 refugees started to sink in the Aegean sea

A toddler migrant is plucked from the water by a volunteer lifeguard after a boat carrying around 150 refugees started to sink in the Aegean sea

Human tragedy: The body of a child lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after 22 people - including nine children and four babies - drowned when their boat sank during the perilous crossing

Human tragedy: The body of a child lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after 22 people – including nine children and four babies – drowned when their boat sank during the perilous crossing

Saviour: A lifeguard rescues a child as a boat with refugees and migrants sunk, while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos

Saviour: A lifeguard rescues a child as a boat with refugees and migrants sunk, while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos

Horrific: Most of the migrant vessels making the dangerous journey are in bad condition and are heavily overcrowded

Horrific: Most of the migrant vessels making the dangerous journey are in bad condition and are heavily overcrowded

Despair: One man struggles to stay on board the boat as the rough seas force the passengers to take evasive action

Despair: One man struggles to stay on board the boat as the rough seas force the passengers to take evasive action

Hanging in there: One desperate refugee woman hangs on a rope having escaped the half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees

Hanging in there: One desperate refugee woman hangs on a rope having escaped the half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees

Sorrow: One young boy screams and cries in terror as the boat wildly rocks in the strong currents off the coast of Lesbos

Sorrow: One young boy screams and cries in terror as the boat wildly rocks in the strong currents off the coast of Lesbos

Too young: The body of a young boy, who drowned while making the perilous crossing from Turkey, lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was one of the worst accidents in Greek waters since the mass migrant flows started after the war in Syria

Too young: The body of a young boy, who drowned while making the perilous crossing from Turkey, lies on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was one of the worst accidents in Greek waters since the mass migrant flows started after the war in Syria

Sinking ship: An overcrowded refugee boat begins to sink off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

Sinking ship: An overcrowded refugee boat begins to sink off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

Refugee crisis: Story of two Syrian men who died trying to swim to England

A year ago, two Syrian refugees bought identical wetsuits from a Calais shop, walked to the beach and disappeared.

When their remains were washed up 500 miles apart, police in the Netherlands and Norway were at a loss to identify them.

No missing persons’ reports had been filed, they had no police records, their DNA was not on file. As Anders Fjellberg put it, they were an “invisible life heading for a nameless grave”.

 

The reporter, from Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, worked with photographer Tomm Christiansen to… more

Syrian refugees are traveling across the Arctic Circle to Europe

A family of Syrian refugees at the Polar Light Hotel in Nikel, Russia. October 2015. (Alessandro Iovino)

A family of Syrian refugees at the Polar Light Hotel in Nikel, Russia. October 2015. (Alessandro Iovino)

There’s a new way into Europe. Under mounting pressure at home, faced with likely tragedy on the Mediterranean, and turned away by border police in eastern Europe, some Syrians are forging an unlikely path across the Arctic Circle.
http://qz.com/530042/syrian-refugees-are-traveling-across-the-arctic-circle-to-europe/

Syrian refugees are traveling across the Arctic Circle to Europe

Screenshot of the route Syrian refugees are taking to Europe.