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’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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
International Rescue Committee head David Miliband at a refugee camp for Syrians on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters
Istanbul has more Syrian refugees than all of Europe says David Miliband | World news | The Guardian.
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
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.
Screenshot of the route Syrian refugees are taking to Europe.