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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Time To End The Refugee Shame


CC News Letter 04 September - Time To End The Refugee Shame

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Binu Mathew
Editor
www.countercurrents.org

 Time To End The Refugee Shame
By Gauri van Gulik

http://www.countercurrents.org/gulik040915.htm

A solemn moment of silence. The world over, this is the traditional response when lives are cut short by tragedy. It has also been a common response to tragedies in Europe and off its shores which have ended the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants. Not killed by bombs in Syria, but killed while making terrifying journeys in search of safety and better lives in Europe. But the scale and rapid succession of these tragedies calls for breaking the silence


Europe's Refugee Crisis and the Warped Morality of David Cameron
By Colin Todhunter

http://www.countercurrents.org/todhunter050915.htm

UK Prime Minister David Cameron this week said "as a father I felt deeply moved" by the image of a Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach. As pressure mounts on the UK to take in more of those fleeing to Europe from Syria and elsewhere. Cameron added that the UK would fulfil its "moral responsibilities." On hearing Cameron's words on the role of 'morality', something he talks a lot about, anyone who has been following the crisis in Syria would not have failed to detect the hypocrisy


When Brinda Karat Became Emotional In Kandhamal
By Binu Mathew

http://www.countercurrents.org/mathew040915.htm

Why such a strong woman like Brinda Karat became so emotional in Kandhamal? It is a story that needs to be told and it will tell the the state of Criminal Justice System in Kandhamal


Teaching Torture In The Homeland
By Elizabeth Hayes

http://www.countercurrents.org/hayes040915.htm

We need to find a way to teach our children, and each other, because the corporatocracy has taken over the state schools from kindergarten on, and all too few are strong enough to pass through without being deformed into their oh-so-useful cogs


U.S. Has Now Retrospectively Joined Fascist Side in WW II
By Eric Zuesse

http://www.countercurrents.org/zuesse040915.htm

At a commemorative celebration in Beijing on Thursday September 3rd, marking the 70th Anniversary of China's freedom from the aggressor Japan ending World War II in China, the United States conspicuously avoided siding with its former WW II ally China, which had been one of the pro-democracy Allies during that war, and instead retrospectively switched sides, to the former fascist Axis powers, Japan itself, and also Germany


Our Supposed Democracy
By Steve Dustcircle

http://www.countercurrents.org/dustcircle040915.htm

In this country, we really don't have open choice. All choices are closed, the choices those in charge have given us. It's like parents who would ask would the kids in the back seat rather be grounded or abused. Of course, the kids would prefer neither, but if the choice had to be made, they'd choose the lesser of the two evils


NYT Not "Descending" Into Propaganda
By Robert Barsocchini

http://www.countercurrents.org/barsocchini040915.htm

The New York Times says in an article today that, although the US won't join the majority of the world by signing the treaty banning cluster bombs, it has "abided by its provisions". Glenn Greenwald published an article in response documenting that, in fact, the US "continually violates all" of the provisions of the cluster bomb treaty, "systematically and as a matter of policy doing exactly that which the treaty expressly bans."


The Sheena Bora Murder In The Context of A Culture of Free Market Greed
By Vidyadhar Date

http://www.countercurrents.org/date050915.htm

The sensational murder case concerning Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, corporate figures, needs to be seen in the wider context of a society created by neoliberalism. A culture of free market greed and neoliberalism has created a world in which psychopathic personality traits are rewarded, says Paul Verhaeghe, a widely respected psychologist and professor of psychology at the university of Ghent
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