‘European refugee camps are concentration camps’, pope says

This video says about itself:

Pope likens migrant holding centers to ‘concentration camps’

22 apr. 2017

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”.

During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

He met a Muslim refugee from the Middle East there who told him how “terrorists came to our country”. Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.

“I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps, many of them, are of concentration (type) because of the great number of people left there inside them,” the pope said. …

Francis praised countries helping refugees and thanked them for “bearing this extra burden, because it seems that international accords are more important than human rights”.

He did not elaborate but appeared to be referring to agreements that keep migrants from crossing borders, such as deals between the European Union (EU) and Libya and the EU and Turkey. Humanitarian groups have criticized both deals.

The pope urged people in northern Italy, home to an anti-immigrant party, to take more migrants, hoping that the generosity of southern Italy could “infect the north a bit”.

Noting that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates, he said: “If we also close the door to migrants, this is called suicide.”

The basilica of St Bartholomew is a shine to Christians killed for their faith in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The European Union bosses not only blackmail the Greek leftist Syriza government into breaking their promises to the Greek voters of stopping the disastrous austerity policies.

They also pressure Greece, and other European Union member governments, into treating refugees more harshly.

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Greek minister slams conditions at Idomeni refugee camp

18 March 2016

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis compared the Idomeni refugee site on the border between Greece and Macedonia to the infamous Dachau concentration camp while on a visit.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that this is a modern Dachau,” Kouroumplis said during his visit to the camp where thousands of people live in improvised tents, deprived of basic necessities, on Friday.

Idomeni “is a logical result of closed borders,” he said, adding that Greece “believes in Europe without borders.” Two improvised camps, hosting over 15,000 migrants, sprung up near the Idomeni crossing in late February after the Macedonian authorities closed its borders amid a massive refugee crisis in the EU.

Kouroumplis expressed regret over “the awakening of a kind of nationalism against the persecuted people” in Europe. He acknowledged that accepting 1.5 million migrants in no easy task, but said that the people stuck at Idomeni “didn’t leave their countries by choice, but were forced to flee by wars, in which Europe also participated.”

Kouroumplis is hardly the only one comparing the present refugee camps to Adolf Hitler’s camps, as we can see about Pope Francis.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 22 April 2017:

The situation in the Greek islands is very bad according to human rights organizations. … Migrants sleep in unheated tents, many refugees are ill and there are too few resources on the islands to recover health.

Donald Trump’s dangerous warmongering, a British view

This video from the USA says about itself:

Extraordinarily Dangerous: Chomsky on How Trump’s Threats Toward North Korea Could Backfire

5 April 2017

President Trump will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago. Ahead of the meeting, Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times he would be willing to take unilateral action against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Trump said, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” His warnings come after the U.S. and the South Korean militaries staged weeks-long training drills throughout March, while North Korea launched rocket engine and missile tests. For more, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky.

By Matt Willgress in Britain:

Washington’s wars endanger us all

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Donald Trump is proving the most dangerous president in living memory – and Theresa May his willing sidekick. We must resist, argues MATT WILLGRESS

This week, Donald Trump’s provocative actions and bombastic, militaristic statements have contributed to creating concern around the globe at a frightening stand-off with nuclear-armed North Korea. The NBC News reported: “The National Security Council has presented President Donald Trump with options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear programme — including putting UK nukes in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong Un.”

But this is not an isolated incident of gung-ho foreign policy from the US president, who seems to be using it to distract from political problems at home just as with the bombing of Syria.

As John Rees from the Stop the War Coalition put it: “After years of 140-character warnings against involvement in Syria, Trump’s latest in a series of screeching U-turns needs some explanation. The decision marks another abandonment of the insurgent Trump persona and his rapid alignment with the US foreign policy establishment.”

Indeed, while during his election campaign Trump had often seemed to favour an isolationist foreign policy, now US intervention seems to be increasing all over the globe.

As we reach 100 days of his presidency next week, we have not only seen warships sail towards the Korean peninsula. We have also seen missile attacks on Syria plus the deployment of 1,000 troops there — Trump now looks set to send another 1,000 — the use in Afghanistan of a weapon of mass destruction distastefully called “the mother of all bombs,” an increase in air strikes on Yemen and Iraq, the expansion of US warzones in Somalia and Yemen and a spike in US drone strikes.

Trump has said he is “making it easier for the Pentagon to launch counter-terrorism strikes anywhere in the world” and has loosened restrictions on preventing civilian deaths that were put in place by the Obama administration.

Linked of course to all of this is his fanning of the flames of hatred — just as George Bush utilised a rise in Islamophobia to help justify his wars.

In Latin America, Trump has whacked more sanctions on Venezuela actively seeking to pursue “regime change” in that country through the auspices of the OAS.

He is going ahead with building a wall on the border with Mexico and his spokespeople have implied this could be enforced by military means.

The now disgraced and departed General Michael Flynn seems to have summed up the Trump administration’s mindset on foreign affairs when he said: “We’re in a global war, facing an enemy alliance that runs from Pyongyang, North Korea, to Havana, Cuba and Caracas, Venezuela,” adding that “along the way, the alliance picks up radical Muslim countries and organisations such as Iran, al-Qaida, the Taliban and Islamic State [ISIS].”

Before he departed, Flynn also made a surprise appearance at one of the daily press briefings to announce that the administration was putting Iran “on notice” after the country conducted a ballistic missile test.

Flynn may have gone, but his new “axis of evil” hit list seems to have stayed and is being acted on.

So contrary to what many who voted for him may have thought, Trump’s regime signals a sharp turn to even more aggressive interventions, which is bound to ratchet up tension around the world.

If this wasn’t bad enough, then we come to his stance on nuclear weapons and the possibility of a new arms race.

As Kate Hudson of CND put it: “In uncertain times the last thing anyone needs is the most powerful man on Earth kicking off a new nuclear arms race. But that’s exactly what president-elect Trump did just before Christmas.”

Hudson was responding to Trump tweeting that: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

To be clear, the US is not short of nuclear weapons — it already has 7,300 nuclear warheads plus plans to spend over £282 billion on maintaining and modernising these over the next decade.

Some of these weapons are many times more destructive than the Hiroshima bomb so the US already has the capacity to destroy all life on Earth multiple times.

In an act of total irresponsibility and against the spirit of international agreements, Trump has even suggested that more countries should get nuclear weapons and that he would be OK about an arms race in Asia, mentioning Japan and South Korea as countries that could go nuclear.

He has also announced he wants £42bn extra to be spent on tanks, ships and weapons systems. Again, it’s not as if the US doesn’t already have a massive arms arsenal. Indeed, US arms spending is more than the next eight countries combined, including China and Russia.

This will not benefit US voters as the extra spending on wars and weapons will divert funds from investment at home and cut international aid for some of the poorest around the world.

Not only is this not in the interest of the US or international peace and security, it also matters here in Britain. Theresa May’s government’s close alignment with Trump, including its support for the attacks on Syria and, possibly, committing to higher arms spending as Trump desires, is detrimental to British interests.

It is, therefore, important to step up the campaigning against honouring him with a state visit and making sure that if he does come, we have the “mother of all protests.”

Matt Willgress is communications officer for Stand Up to Trump. Visit www.standuptotrump.uk to ask your MP to sign a statement against Trump’s visit to Britain.

Trump supports French fascist Marine Le Pen

This satiric video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Thank You. Love, ISIS

12 April 2016

If we carry out police crackdowns just because people are Muslim and ratchet up the torturing in response to ISIS attacks, the terrorists have won. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. These religious nutballs want nothing more than for the West to pour gasoline on the fire and drive more recruits to their apocalyptic mission.

Dutch NOS TV headlined on 21 April 2017 (translated):

Trump positive about [French extreme right presidential candidate Marine] Le Pen: most strongly against terrorism

See also here.

‘Most strongly against terrorism‘? Then, how about the satiric Mark Fiore video, and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, stating that Trump (and similar politicians like US Republican Ted Cruz, and Marine Le Pen) are recruiting sergeants for ISIS?

How about the report that Trump’s business and political cronies in Indonesia are working on a coup d’état jointly with ISIS supporters?

The NOS report says that it is very unusual for a United States President to say something positive on a candidate in an election in a European country.

The NOS also mentions that ex-president of the USA Obama on Thursday called French presidential candidate Macron to wish him success. The militarist and pro-austerity Macron, who wants to start an anti-environment gold mine in French Guiana, is not a good alternative to racist Marine Le Pen. That would rather be left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon; the only candidate with the courage to call Ms Le Pen a fascist; instead of incorrect euphemisms like ‘populist’.

The first round of the elections in France is being held against the backdrop of an attempt by the state and the media to use the violent incident on the Champs Elysées, involving a gunman who is alleged to have been acting on behalf of ISIS, to create an atmosphere of political hysteria. With over 50,000 soldiers and policemen set to deploy to polling stations tomorrow, the elections are to be held at gunpoint: here.