Daily Archives: Monday, April 20, 2015

EU weighs up the political and economic cost of saving lives at sea

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By Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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How much is a human life worth? How many more people have to die to generate enough momentum for Europe to intervene? Unfortunately these are not rhetorical questions. More than 1,500 people have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean on their way from North Africa since the start of 2015.

Many Europeans are wondering how much longer Europe can ignore the tragedy unfolding on its doorstep while politicians and policy makers weigh up the political and economic cost of saving lives at sea.

Italy has argued that its search and rescue Mare Nostrum operation, which saved 150,000 asylum seekers and migrants in 12 months at an estimated cost of €9m a month was economically unsustainable to run.

Mare Nostrum was duly replaced by the Frontex-led Triton operation. This…

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Rumana Hashem Tells the Story of Her Bangladeshi Sisters

Community Women Against Abuse

Nari Diganta Calls Everybody to Join the Protest against Sexual Violence of Women

To condemn and call for action against the brutal sexual violence which were committed against 20 women in Dhaka during the celebration of Bangla New Year on Pohela Baisakh, a protest meeting has been arranged by Nari Diganta and Bangladesh Youth Union, UK.

When? Tuesday, 21 April, at 5.30pm.

Where? Altab Ali Park Shaheed Minar, Tower Hamlets, London E1 1, United Kingdom.

Please join us in the protest with your friends. Tell Bangladesh government to take action against the rapists. The perpetrators must be apprehended.

Please check out the facebook event page and indicate your joining here https://www.facebook.com/events/357725651099101/

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Alarm Phone Press Release: The EU kills Refugees, Ferries not Frontex!


Press Release, 19.4.2015

Last night at least 650 people drowned about 73 nautical miles north of the Libyan coast when seeking to reach Italy. They were on board of a 30 meter long boat that capsized when the container vessel King Jacob approached them for assistance. There were only 28 survivors.

This is the biggest refugee boat catastrophe in the recent history of the Mediterranean Sea. With its decision from the 27th of August 2014 to scale down rescue operations at sea, the EU is responsible for this mass dying. The EU has the means and possibilities to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. But instead, they let people drown.

Over the last weeks, we, as the Watch The Med Alarm Phone, became direct witnesses of struggles over life and death on these boats and of the relatives’ worries. We also witnessed how the coastguards of Italy and Malta as…

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Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured : Immigration Impact

On ‘Model Minorities’

Feminist Philosophers

David Shih, a professor in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has written an excellent post on the idea of a ‘model minority’. I quote from it extensively below, but I encourage you to read the original post — among other things, he connects this issue to the seeming double standard at play in the indictment of NYPD officer Peter Liang, versus failures to indict white officers in other cases.  The full post, You’re The Model Minority until You’re Not, is here.

My students sometimes aren’t sure how to feel about “positive” stereotypes of Asian Americans. What’s wrong with being known as educated, hard-working, and law-abiding? The problem with positive stereotypes is the same problem with negative ones: the dominant group gets to decide what they are. It decides who gets to be a part of the favored racial group and why. What this means…

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Gender and Global Justice: New Directions – Register now

Feminist Philosophers

21 and 22 May
Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

To register, please email Scott Wisor at s.l.wisor@bham.ac.uk.
Information and accommodation, location, and final program times will be provided on registering.

Please note you can register for the evening public event on the 21st without attending the full conference.

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Refugees don’t need our tears. They need us to stop making them refugees | Anders Lustgarten | Comment is free | The Guardian

700 deaths for freedom in the Sicilian channel


A political position from Migrant Coordination (Italy) on the massacre in the Mediterranean sea: [passa alla versione in italiano]

Seeing the massacre in the Sicily Canal, we migrants, on the front lines of the daily struggle against the government of mobility and movement, declare that in the war of borders we side with the women and men who seek freedom. Whatever the reason: escaping war, dictatorial regimes, persecution or simply the desire to change life.
We fight every day to guarantee our rights against institutional racism, which seeks to silence us and make us no more than labor force to be silently exploited. Through assemblies, demonstrations and strikes we organize to demand freedom for all, against exploitation, precarity and racist laws like the Bossi-Fini legislation. We are here and here we fight. But we know that our condition comes from having crossed a border

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Short Courses – Center for Migration and Refugee Studies in Cairo

Why Was There No “Battle for Baghdad”?

New shipwreck off the coast of Rhodes


A sailing boat, carrying 150 Syrian refugees capsized off the coasts of Rhodes.
Some media talk about 3 dead refugees, others about 15 (among them a 6 years-old child).

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 04/20/2015

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 04/20/2015

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.