The collapse of the health system, the absence of a social-welfare system, a high cost of living and of housing, the elderly and the disabled in a terrible situation. What growth was there in the communist countries? How can anyone support communism, in light of the grim experience wherever it was tried?
Heaven forbid. The Communist Party is critical of the regime. They support it because the main enemy is truly American imperialism and its handmaidens. At how many times it invaded and employed bullying, fascist forces. Not only in Latin America, its backyard, but everywhere. But basically, it is the result of American imperialism and its lackeys. After all, the masses voted for Chavez and for Maduro not because things were good for them. I understand that I am now talking to you capitalistically, but the reality is that people see the accumulation of assets as an expression of progress in life.
Because you are actually asking me how the distribution of resources is supposed to occur within the capitalist framework. And I say no, I am not talking about resource distribution within a capitalist framework.
Cassif was chosen as the polls showed Meretz and Labor, the representatives of the Zionist left, barely scraping through into the next Knesset and in fact facing a serious possibility of electoral extinction. The critique of both parties from the radical left is sometimes more acerbic than from the right. I speak about them as collectives, because they contain individuals with whom I see no possibility of engaging in a dialogue.
But I think that they absolutely must be in the Knesset. We need partners. Certainly we will cooperate with liberals and Zionists on such issues as combating violence against women or the battle to rescue the health system. Maybe even in putting an end to the occupation.
Do you support the person who led Operation Protective Edge in Gaza when he was chief of staff? Le 9 avril, cela changera. Par Ravit Hecht 16 février — Haaretz. Aucun socialiste ne peut accepter cela. Pensez-y une minute, non seulement historiquement, mais logiquement. La plupart des membres du BDS sont bien sûr antisionistes, mais ils ne sont en aucun cas antisémites.
Mais il y a aussi des antisémites. With talk of potential ISIS terror attacks on western targets or Chinese and Russian hackers taking out the power grid, domestic terrorism from white nationalists is regularly overlooked—despite tragic events and the clear national security threat they pose.
Now, a new online forum appearing to be the heir-apparent to a taken-down militant neo-Nazi website called IronMarch, is calling on far-right extremists to attack public infrastructure and kick-off a race war. Prince — the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — has over the past years since selling his mired-in-controversy Blackwater group now Academi begun a new mercenary empire in China called Frontier Services Group FSGin a market where Western firms of necessity find themselves working closely with Chinese state authorities.
Infamous private paramilitary firm Blackwater planning comeback. First stop: Syria - U. News - Haaretz. Prince, however, is eyeing a major comeback by offering Trump a way to both safeguard U. This is an important time. Pompeo then proceeded to rip into former president Barack Obama, who some fringe evangelists have accused of being a secret Muslim and even the Antichrist. He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology.
They raped and pillaged and murdered tens of thousands of innocents. Donald J. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone Turquie etats-unis syrie Kurdes.
A chemistry professor at Lund University dispatched a team of mercenaries into an Islamic State also known as IS, Isis or Daesh war zone to free one of her doctoral students and his family. A few days later two Landcruisers carrying four heavily-armed mercenaries roared into the area where Jumaah was hiding, and sped him away to Erbil Airport together with his wife and two small children.
The alliance between Palestinian citizens of Ta bort bristningar och celluliter and the Jewish left has historically been viewed as a threat to the rule of the right.
The Jewish left, for its part, has historically done enough to undermine this alliance. In early December, she announced her coalition, which excluded the right-wing Likud, and included the Haredi party, Hadash, and Meretz. Then, on Dec. The furor came almost immediately. On Wednesday afternoon, Netanyahu even phoned the mayor in an attempt to persuade her to change her mind. Kalisch-Rotem, however, made clear to him that her coalition agreement would remain unchanged.
Even for Washington, the capital of do-overs and the soulless swamp where horrendous mistakes never prevent you from cashing in and getting another security clearance, this is a repellent spectacle.
War criminals-turned-liberal heroes are festooned with book and TV contracts, podcasts and op-ed perches. With cases of reports of violence and theft against migrants at the border, Croatia holds the negative record among the countries of the area. Meanwhile, intimidation against solidarity increases and the first convictions pour down.
It was solidarity that moved me. Here in Croatia many were refugees not so long ago and still remembered what it means to be driven out of your home. At that time, the borders were open and refugees were still seen as human beings. We worked together, volunteers from all over the world, the police, the locals who collected food and basic necessities. Dragan, a retired veteran from Osijek, has continued to volunteer for refugees both in Croatia and in Serbia and Greece.
AYShe assisted some refugees by going personally to the border with Serbia, to be sure they were allowed to apply for asylum in Croatia. In fact, for some time now, many NGO testimonies on the field agree that the Croatian police carries out illegal rejections of refugees, accompanied by violence, denying them the right to asylum. Among them were the family members of Madina Hussiny, the little Afghan girl who was hit by a train after her group, in a previous attempt to cross the border, had been illegally returned to Serbia by the Croatian police.
There was a storm, they were frozen, wet, worn out. At the border I contacted the police, explaining the situation, and acted in cooperation with them. Charges questioned both the fact that the police had authorised him to flash to the group of refugees and his awareness, at the time, of the exact position of the refugees in relation to the Croatian border. The prosecution, however, had requested a fine ofkunas, two months in prison for the volunteer, and the ban on the activity of AYS.
In the meantime, he has received the solidarity of the people around him, civil society, and some media. Indeed, the Croatian political scene has been silent not only in front of his case, but in the face of the systematic violations of refugee rights in general. Violations of human rights. The appeal by Platforma has fallen on deaf ears, with no reaction from either Croatian politics or European governments.
For a European Union that seeks to outsource the management of refugee flows as much as possible and no matter what, violence on its doorsteps is not news. According to UNHCR report Desperate Journeyswith reported cases of violence and theft at the border, Croatia menu regime normal leger 94 the negative record among the countries of the area, compared to and cases, respectively, in Hungary and Romania. The family was detained in the Tovarnik closed camp for over two months after applying for asylum in Croatia, and transferred to an open structure only after repeated interventions by the European Court of Human Rights.
The media debate. The Croatian events cannot be separated from the European context of criminalisation of solidarity, with a series of judicial proceedings in Italy, France, Hungary, and elsewhere. Moreover, the collaboration of border police in implementing chain rejections from Italy to Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina was exposed by a recent report by La Stampa.
In particular, a piece by a well-known right-wing opinionist can be seen as a sort of manifesto of the new right wing — sovereignist, anti-migrant, and contrary to secularisation.
These are the same accusations periodically circulated by obscure media and Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hungarian, and now also Italian politicians, conflating otherwise conflicting extreme right discourses in the hate speech against refugees. Narratives of fear. In addition to direct crusades, however, the Croatian press is spreading narratives that stimulate the construction of barriers, fuelling suspicion, fear, and lack of empathy toward refugees.
The story of some refugees who, in days of bad weather, allegedly entered some vacant holiday homes in the mountain region of Gorski Kotar, to seek shelter and dry clothes, received great attention nationally, although the damage amounted to a few hundred Euros.
As elsewhere in Europe, also in Croatia the many fake news and the prejudices circulating on the web — both on registered outlets and on social networks — find in the fear of the other fertile ground to build easy consensus and grab clicks. Over the last decade, individuals and groups fueled by this virulent ideology have committed 71 percent of the known politically or religiously inspired killings in our country — that is, of the Americans murdered by extremists.
Reports now indicate it was part of the recent murder of 17 school children and teachers in Florida, just as it was part of mass shootings that have happened everywhere from California to Charleston.
It has not just hit inside the US, but has struck many of our closest allies, both causing near-tragedies and horrible massacres. It is not a new threat; it has killed hundreds of Americans in past decades. But it is growing in power and influence, worrisomely being stoked by foreign nations like Russia that wish our nation harm. It is a clear, present, and proven danger to the United States. Yet we find it awkward to talk about.
There are many reasons why we have a hard time acknowledging the deadly threat from the cluster of groups that gather inside our country under the hateful flags of white nationalism, white supremacy, anti-government militia, and Neo-Nazism.
One reason is to avoid appearing too partisan, a desire to be even-handed. There is irony in that we seek to avoid appearing fl recettes regimes facile, even when the threat espouses bias to the point of justifying hating and even killing their fellow Americans.
So, after each episode of right-wing violence, we avoid talking about it, even to the point of reaching in the opposite direction. For instance, after these groups united to march on Charlottesville, culminating in the killing of a young woman, major U. Yes, far-left violence is bad. See how easy it is to write that? That dataset shows that attacks by right-wing extremists outnumber those by left-wing groups more than 17 to one. And this was before Parkland.
Certainly, it has not bled into the broader mainstream of party politics and key media outlets, nor held multiple armed standoffs after seizing government facilities, nor even paralyzed entire American cities in fear. We also have to admit that we are quiet about right-wing extremist violence out of calculation. The cost-vs. Compare the professional benefits to the potential risks of publishing an article, creating a college course, writing a book or dissertation, organizing a conference, hosting a speech, creating a university or thinktank project, funding a foundation program, etc.
It is not just that there is no great profit in it. It is that every one of these endeavors would be far more difficult, and would likely create far more headaches for us and our bosses, than a similar project on pretty much any other topic in our field.
The same problem plagues government. For an elected official, or, worse, a U. And that was before we had the first president in the modern era to express sympathy for and be celebrated by these groups. The result is that far-right extremism mirrors that of Islamic extremism in its forms, spread, and goals.
The head of counter-terrorism policing in the U. In America, it is politically savvy to talk strongly and repeatedly about terrorism and extremism, except the version of it that has killed the largest number of our fellow citizens over the last decade. These range from online harassment via social networks that have become a breeding ground for it to physical stalking and violence.
It is long past time to start talking about a threat that is regularly killing our fellow citizens. News about Muslims in the British press is rarely positive, but it is never scarce. Consider these stories, published across a typical month towards the end of Lose yourself in a great story: Sign up for the long read email Read more No other community in Britain receives such regular torrents of bad press.
But that is not the most shocking thing about these articles. Every single one of them was misleading. And they were not just lightly dotted with inaccuracies. The chief premise of each piece — the premise articulated in the headline — was dead wrong. Mosa did not choose to come forward. Word had spread among the thousands of asylum seekers huddled inside Moria that social workers were looking for lone children among the general population.
High up on the hillside, in the Afghan area of the chaotic refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, some residents knew someone they suspected was still a minor. They led the aid workers to Mosa.
The boy, whose broad and beardless face mark him out as a member of the Hazara ethnic group, had little reason to trust strangers. It was hard to persuade him just to sit with them and listen. Like many lone children, Mosa had slipped through the age assessment carried out on first arrival at Moria: He was registered as 27 years old.
With the help of a translator, the social worker explained that there was still time to challenge his classification as an adult. But Mosa did not seem to be able to engage with what he was being told. It would take weeks to establish trust and reveal his real age and background.
When it was built, the camp was meant to provide temporary shelter for fewer than 2, people. It has become notorious for overcrowding, snowbound tents, freezing winter deaths, violent protests and suicides by adults and children alike.
Stathis Poularakis is a lawyer who previously served for two years on an appeal committee dealing with asylum cases in Greece and has worked extensively on Lesbos. Asylum claims on Lesbos can take anywhere between six months and more than two years to be resolved. In the second quarter ofGreece faced nearly four times as many asylum claims per capita as Germany.
The E. But the promises that EASO will bring Dutch-style efficiency conceal the fact that the vast majority of its hires are not seconded from other member states but drawn from the same pool of Greeks as the national asylum service. Asylum caseworkers at Moria face an overwhelming backlog and plummeting morale. Vulnerables get permission to move to the mainland or to more humane accommodation elsewhere on the island.
The term is elastic and can apply to lone children and women, families or severely physically or mentally ill people.
In all cases the onus is on the asylum seeker ultimately to persuade the asylum service, Greek doctors or the United Nations Refugee Agency that they are especially vulnerable. It is a ruthless competition that the most heavily traumatized are often in no condition to understand, let alone win. Mosa arrived at Moria in October and spent his first night in Europe sleeping rough outside the arrivals tent. While he slept someone stole his phone. When he awoke he was more worried about the lost phone than disputing the decision of the Frontex officer who registered him as an adult.
Being a child has never afforded Mosa any protection in the past: He did not understand that his entire future could be at stake. Smugglers often warn refugee children not to reveal their real age, telling them that they will be prevented from traveling further if they do not pretend to be over 18 years old.
Like many other Hazara of his generation, Mosa was born in Iran, the child of refugees who fled Afghanistan. I was trying not to be seen by anyone. I ran from the police like I would from a street dog. Iran hostsAfghan refugees who are registered with the U. There are no official refugee camps, making displaced Afghans one of the largest urban refugee populations in the world.
For those without the money to pay bribes, there is no route to permanent residency or citizenship. Most refugees survive without papers on the outskirts of cities such as the capital, Tehran. Those who received permits, before Iran stopped issuing them altogether inmust renew them annually. The charges are unpredictable and high. Mostly, the Afghan Hazara survive as an underclass, providing cheap labor in workshops and constructions sites.
This was how Mosa grew up. But he could not remain invisible forever and one day in Octoberon his way home from work, he was detained by police for not having papers. Sitting in one of the cantinas opposite the entrance to Moria, Mosa haltingly explained what happened next. How he was threatened with prison in Iran or deportation to Afghanistan, a country in which he has never set foot. How he was told that that the only way out was to agree to fight in Syria — for which they would pay him and reward him with legal residence in Iran.
I do not know Afghanistan. I did not have a choice. As he talked, Mosa spread out a sheaf of papers from a battered plastic wallet. Along with asylum documents was a small notepad decorated with pink and mauve elephants where he keeps the phone numbers of friends and family. It also contains a passport-sized green booklet with the crest of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a temporary residence permit. Inside its shiny cover is the photograph of a scared-looking boy, whom the document claims was born 27 years ago.
It is the only I. Mosa is not alone among the Hazara boys who have arrived in Greece seeking protection, carrying identification papers with inflated ages. Refugees Deeply has documented the cases of three Hazara child soldiers and corroborated their accounts with testimony from two other underage survivors. Their stories are of childhoods twice denied: once in Syria, where they were forced to fight, and then again after fleeing to Europe, where they are caught up in a system more focused on hard borders than on identifying the most damaged and vulnerable refugees.
Together with a couple of friends, he recorded an angsty song riffing on growing up as a Hazara teenager in Tehran. Made when he was 16 years old, the song was meant to be funny. His band did not even have a name. The boys uploaded the track on a local file-sharing platform in and were as surprised as anyone when it was downloaded thousands of times. But after the surprise came a creeping sense of fear.
Undocumented Afghan refugee families living in Tehran usually try to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Karim tried to have the song deleted, but after two months there was a knock on the door. It was the police. Already estranged from his family, the teenager was transported from his life of working in a pharmacy and staying with friends to life in a prison outside the capital.
After two weeks inside, he was given three choices: to serve a five-year sentence; to be deported to Afghanistan; or to redeem himself by joining the Fatemiyoun. According to Iranian propaganda, the Fatemiyoun are Afghan volunteers deployed to Syria to protect the tomb of Zainab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammad.
Some estimates put its full strength at 15, which would make it the second-largest foreign force in support of the Assad regime, behind the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah.
Karim was told he would be paid and given a one-year residence permit during leave back in Iran. So he found himself forced to serve in the Fatemiyoun. His first taste of the new life came when he was transferred to a training base outside Tehran, where the recruits, including other children, were given basic weapons training and religious indoctrination.
They got us to slaughter animals to get us ready. First, they prepare your brain to kill. When he was given leave back in Iran, Karim was told that to qualify for his residence permit he would need to serve a second term, this time in Syria.
They were first sent into the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Raqqa. Because of his age and physique, Karim and some of the other underage soldiers were moved to the medical corps. He said that there were boys as young as 14 and he remembers a year-old who fought using a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
They cut off his fingers one by one and cauterized the wounds with gunpowder. I was just trying to survive. They were making us hate ISIS, dehumanizing them.
Telling us not to leave one of them alive. Karim recalls a different story. The casualties on both sides were overwhelming. At the al-Razi hospital in Aleppo, the young medic saw the morgue overwhelmed with bodies being stored two or three to a compartment.
Despite promises to reward the families of martyrs, Karim said many of the bodies were not sent back to Iran. A shy boy whose parents had divorced when he was young and whose father became an opium addict, he had always shrunk from violence.
He never wanted to touch the toy guns that other boys played with. Now he was being taught to break down, clean and fire an assault rifle. The trainees were taken three times a day to the imam, who preached to them about their holy duty and the iniquities of ISIS, often referred to as Daesh. They forced me to. I just needed the paper. Mosa was born in Before being deployed to Syria, the recruits were given I. Mosa was one of four underage soldiers in his group.
The boys were scared — their hands shook so hard they kept dropping their weapons. Two of them were dead within days of reaching the front lines.
I was scared all the time. He has flashbacks of a friend who died next to him after being shot in the face by a sniper. After the incident, he could not sleep for four nights. Iran does not release figures on the number of Fatemiyoun casualties. In a rare interview earlier this year, a senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard suggested as many as 1, Fatemiyoun had been killed in Syria.
In Mashhad, an Iranian city near the border with Afghanistan where the brigade was first recruited, video footage has emerged of families demanding the bodies of their young men believed to have died in Syria. Mosa recalls patrols in Syria where men and boys would go out and only would return. Abbas had two weeks left in Syria before going back to Iran on leave. It was his second stint in Syria and, still only 17 years old, he had been chosen to be a paramedic, riding in the back of a Chevrolet truck converted into a makeshift ambulance.
He remembers thinking that the ambulance and the hospital would have to be better than the bitter cold of the front line. His abiding memory from then was the sound of incoming mm shells. Following 15 days of nursing training, during which he was taught how to find a vein and administer injections, he was now an ambulance man, collecting the dead and wounded from the battlefields on which the Fatemiyoun were fighting ISIS. Abbas grew up in Ghazni in Afghanistan, but his childhood ended when his father died from cancer in Now the provider for the family, he traveled with smugglers across the border into Iran, to work for a tailor in Tehran who had known his father.
He worked without documents and faced the same threats as the undocumented Hazara children born in Iran. Even more dangerous were the few attempts he made to return to Ghazni.
The third time he attempted to hop the border he was captured by Iranian police. Abbas was packed onto a transport, along with 23 other children, and sent to Ordugah-i Muhaceran, a camplike detention center outside Mashhad.
Abbas was given the same choice as Karim and Mosa before him: Afghanistan or Syria. Many of the other forced recruits Abbas met in training, and later fought alongside in Syria, were addicts with a history of substance abuse.
The Fatemiyoun officers dealt with withdrawal symptoms by handing out Tramadol, an opioid painkiller that is used to treat back pain but sometimes abused as a cheap alternative to methadone. The drug is a slow-release analgesic. One of the children reiterated that the painkiller meant he felt nothing. Users describe feeling intensely thirsty but say they avoid drinking water because it triggers serious nausea and vomiting. Tramadol is addictive and prolonged use can lead to insomnia and seizures.
He was still sent to the front line, only now it was to collect the dead and mutilated. Some soldiers shot themselves in the feet to escape the conflict.
We just put them in bags. Abbas did not make it to the 12th week. One morning, driving along a rubble-strewn road, his ambulance collided with an anti-tank mine.
When he awoke he was in a hospital bed in Iran. He would later learn that the Syrian ambulance driver had been killed and that the other Afghan medic in the vehicle had lost both his legs.
At the time, his only thought was to escape. Alice Roorda first came into contact with child soldiers in in the refugee camps of Sierra Leone in West Africa. A child psychologist, she was sent there by the United Kingdom-based charity War Child. The experience, together with later work in Uganda, has given her a deep grounding in the effects of war and post-conflict trauma on children.
She said prolonged exposure to conflict zones has physical as well as psychological effects. This impacts everything from the immune system to bowel movements. You are on high alert. This is not a conscious response; it is because the stress is already so close to the surface. Psychological conditions that can be expected to develop include post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Left untreated, these stress levels can lead to physical symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome CFS or ME to high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.
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Also common are heightened sensitivity to noise and insomnia. The trauma of war can also leave children frozen at the point when they were traumatized. The starting point for any treatment of child soldiers, said Roorda, is a calm environment. The Dutch psychologist, who is now based in Athens, acknowledged that what she is describing is the exact opposite of the conditions at Moria.
Karim is convinced that his facility for English has saved his life. While most Hazara boys arrive in Europe speaking only Farsi, Karim had taught himself some basic English before reaching Greece. As a boy in Tehran he had spent hours every day trying to pick up words and phrases from movies that he watched with subtitles on his phone. His favorite was The Godfather, which he said he must have seen 25 times.
When Karim reached Greece in Marchnew arrivals were not yet confined to the islands. No one asked him if he was a child or an adult. He paid smugglers to help him escape Iran while on leave from Syria and after crossing through Turkey landed on Chios.
When he realized the border was closed, he talked to some of the international aid workers who had come to help at the makeshift encampment where tens of thousands of refugees and migrants waited for a border that would not reopen. They ended up hiring him as a translator.
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Two years on, his English is now much improved and Karim has worked for a string of international NGOs and a branch of the Greek armed forces, where he was helped to successfully apply for asylum.
The same job has also brought him to Moria. But then he admits that it is difficult hearing and interpreting versions of his own life story from Afghan asylum seekers every day at work.
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More than leaders—from presidents to prime ministers have participated in our exchanges, including the new Prime Minister of Great Britain, the new President of France, and the new President of Turkey.
The fact that the leaders of the world—in government, in business, in civil society, in science—have experienced America and understand us better as a result is enormous intellectual capital for our country—and we want to make sure that continues to be the case 20 or 30 years from now…. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Mr Nott, who has been volunteering in war zones including Bosnia, Libya and Sudan for 20 years, said at times, he found it difficult to cope with.
He said he was told there were 72 snipers in total in the area, who were picking off civilians as they tried to cross from one city to another to fetch food. Their authenticity could not be verified and the skull in the image showed no sign of damage from a high velocity bullet.
Mr Nott estimated that 90 per cent of the people he treated were civilians. He also described terrible conditions in Syrian hospitals that lacked even basic supplies and hygiene equipment.