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(Thessaloniki, 29/09/17) A Tale of Two Cities: Referenda in Catalunya and Erbil

This week began with an internationally-condemned independence referendum took place in a regional capital in an intensely strategically-important part of the world, which the national government allowed to go ahead. It is set to end with an internationally-supported (or in the least positive responses, indifferently-greeted) independence vote, which the national government has used its police forces, and has the full support of both the national and regional court, to try its hardest to prevent. In … Continue reading

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Who waits?

Last week, I contrasted the false crisis at Calais – in which 5,000 people who have been living in one-person tents for six months are presented as a threat to the UK – with a manifestation of the real international refugee crisis, in which thousands of people have drowned in the Mediterranean. Over the last seven days, sadly, the game has remained the same – only the details have changed.

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Desperation, drowning, and debt: international crisis, and its impact on individuals

While UK attention remains focussed on the situation at Calais, events closer to the homelands of the 5,000 people trapped there continue to remind us why they were forced from their homes to begin with. Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron visited the migrants perched on the edge of the Channel last week, Green Party politicians are set to follow suit this week, Songs of Praise has filmed a sequence at the makeshift church some migrants … Continue reading

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Repetition, repetition, repetition: Calais, migration and governments’ refusal to change

Over the course of the last week, I have taken part in TV and radio interviews regarding the situation in Calais. As noted in my previous blog, which was written after I was interviewed by the BBC World Service and Radio 4 (28 July – you can listen here) about attempts by 2,000 people at Calais to force their way onto trains and vehicles due to travel to the UK, there is a danger of … Continue reading

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