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Longing for the Garden

Esther Kamkar
The experience of migration—whether refugee or voluntary—leaves the scar of uprootedness, as the Persian/American poet Esther Kamkar explains.

Tidbits - August 27, 2015 - Straight Outta Compton; Bernie Sanders and Labor; China's Currency Devaluation; Leonard Peltier; Herman Benson; and more....

Reader Comments: Straight Outta Compton; Bernie Sanders and Labor; GOP Racism & Immigration; China's Currency Devaluation; Artic Oil Drilling; NLRB and Faster Union Elections; Amnesty and the Sex Trade; Announcements: Film: Warrior, the Life of Leonard Peltier - New York - September 12; 60 Years of Rebels and Reformers - New York - October 3

The Greatest Threat to Europe is “Strategic Inhumanity”

Laurie Penny New Statesman
The greatest threat to the European “way of life” is not migration. It is that Europeans will swallow the lie that some human lives matter less than others. The behavior of the British and European elite towards migrants is not simple inhumanity. It is strategic inhumanity, weaponized inhumanity designed to convince populations fracturing under hammer-blows of austerity and economic chaos, that there is an “us” that must be protected from “them”.

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe Must Change Course

Nils Muižnieks OpenDemocracy
Since last weekend more than 1,000 people have drowned off the coast of Libya. Another 600 died during journeys to Europe earlier this year. According to Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Europe must change its course and assume responsibility for preventing similar tragedies. He calls for changes in the legislation governing asylum and migration, which has only increased migrants’ vulnerability—and made smugglers richer.
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