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Trapping Somalis at the gates of Europe

  • February 03, 2012
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The intrepid William Hague  has been visiting Mogadishu  in preparation for the international conference on Somalia to be held in London later this month.  In the same week in which our helmeted foreign secretary ventured into what he called the world’s ‘most failed state’,  Amnesty International reported that riot police entered the Migrant Accommodation Centre in Zhuravichi, Western Ukraine, where nearly seventy mostly Somali asylum seekers have been on hunger strike since 6 January.

What do these events have in common?  The answer is more than you might think.  This month’s...

The Daily Mail: turning tragedy into bigotry

  • January 28, 2012
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I know I’ve written on this subject before, but it needs to be repeated again and again: the Daily Mail  is a toxic pool of xenophobia, racism and rancid little-Englandism, and the fact that it attracts six million readers every week is a huge indictment of the British newspaper-reading public.

Today Paul Dacre’s ghastly rag has...

Foreign scroungers take our benefits

  • January 20, 2012
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It doesn’t stop, and in those dank and rancid corners of the national press that are forever England, it never will.   Today the rightwing broadsheets and tabloids are venting on full spleen, spraying indignant flecks of bile at a report from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) which claims that 370,000 foreign-born...

Death on the Greek borders

  • January 18, 2012
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International attention  is once again focussed on Greece  as EU and IMF officials gather in Athens to work out a deal to prevent a potential debt default and a Greek exit from the eurozone, and protesters once again take to the streets.   EU/IMF ‘reforms’ have already had a  disastrous impact on large swathes...

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