Let’s dismantle the Calais camp – and smash this modern slave trade

Charlie Elphicke -The Guardian

Traffickers target vulnerable refugees and migrants and threaten lorry drivers. Britain and France must unite to take far tougher action against them

Every summer the refugee crisis is brought into sharp focus as British holidaymakers travel between Dover and Calais. The number of people crammed into the so-called Jungle refugee camp in Calais has now swelled to almost 10,000. People are outraged by shocking scenes of refugees and migrants from the camp desperately trying to get on to lorries bound for Britain.

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Capitalism and democracy: the strain is showing

Martin Wolf – Financial Times

To maintain legitimacy, economic policy must seek to promote the interests of the many not the few

Is the marriage between liberal democracy and global capitalism an enduring one? Political developments across the west — particularly the candidacy of an authoritarian populist for the presidency of the most important democracy — heighten the importance of this question. One cannot take for granted the success of the political and economic systems that guide the western world and have been a force of attraction for much of the rest for four decades. The question then arises: if not these, what?

A natural connection exists between liberal democracy — the combination of universal suffrage with entrenched civil and personal rights — and capitalism, the right to buy and sell goods, services, capital and one’s own labour freely.

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Making Sense of the China-Japan Relationship

By Jacob L. Shapiro
Geopolitical Futures

Both countries will continue to dance around the disputed islands issue.

In 2007, Japan, South Korea and China decided that their foreign ministers should hold a summit once a year. Since then, they have met each year except 2013 and 2014. The most recent meeting was Aug. 24, in the Japanese city of Kurashiki. This year, the Chinese and Japanese officials held a separate bilateral meeting as well. One of Japan’s major national newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun, led its coverage of the meeting with the headline: “Tense Japan-China Relationship Expected to Continue.” Another of Japan’s major papers, the Asahi Shimbun, instead led with a different headline: “Japan, China Agree on Need to Avoid Clashes on Senkaku Issue.” So, which is it? Are tensions between Japan and China increasing, or have both sides agreed to take a step forward in resolving a sore spot?

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Convenience, not common culture, holds Europe together — just

Josef Joffe

The EU’s multiple crises will not yield to invocations of its glorious past, writes Josef Joffe

National loyalty”, and anything with “nation” in it, used to be as German as sauerkraut and knackwurst. But the Fatherland went the way of the Third Reich: never again! The New Germany would be open, virtuous, and ever more multicultural.

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Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

By Daniela Pastrana

MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 2016 (IPS) – “Go and tell my dad that they’re holding me here,” Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at the migration station in Chablé, in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. It was the last time he was ever seen, and his parents have had no news of him since.

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From Sarajevo to Aleppo

Roger Cohen – The New York Times

Sarajevo and Aleppo, two cities once part of the Ottoman Empire, two cities whose diverse populations have included Muslims and Christians and Jews, two cities rich in culture that have been besieged and split in two and ravaged by violence, two cities where children have been victims — 20 years apart.

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Arsonists and the Firefighters’

By SCOTT SHANE – Zero Hedge

Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.”
The first American diplomat to serve as envoy to Muslim communities around the world visited 80 countries and concluded that the Saudi influence was destroying tolerant Islamic traditions. “If the Saudis do not cease what they are doing,” the official, Farah Pandith, wrote last year, “there must be diplomatic, cultural and economic consequences.”

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Turkey’s Great Purge

Mustafa Akyol * – The New York Times

ISTANBUL — More than a month has passed since the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. Most people here are glad we averted a major attack on our democracy, which could have initiated not only a brutal military regime but maybe even a civil war. Many people outside Turkey, on the other hand, seem more worried about the failed coup’s aftermath than the bloody putsch itself, which left more than 250 people dead.

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“Go home!”: Being Foreign in Post-Brexit Britain

Andrea Mammone – Boston Review

Ornella is the Italian bookseller in London. In the most multicultural and energetic European capital city, she runs a bustling shop specializing in Italian literature and society. The place attracts all manner of Italian emigrants, from upper-class ladies and downcast youth to bankers and writers. Ornella usually has a kind word and a reassuring gesture for everyone, especially the young who are living outside of Italy for the first time. But after the June 23 referendum that set the UK on the path to leave the European Union, Ornella has lost her optimism. “I have moments of real depression,” she texted me. “We will get a new Margaret Thatcher at some point.”

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Hungarian MEP’s pig heads along border idea leads to Twitter dispute

The Guardian

György Schöpflin is spouting ‘xenophobic filth’ with tweet about deterring refugees, says Human Rights Watch director

A Hungarian MEP has caused an outcry by suggesting pigs’ heads along Hungary’s border fence would help deter migrants.

Under its conservative prime minister, Viktor Orbán, Hungary has taken one of the harshest stances over the recent mass influx of migrants and refugees to the EU, a crisis that has divided the member states.

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Brexit: Worst Case Scenario For EU; Armageddon Promise Now Exposed As Pack Of Lies

by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

Submitted by Michael Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Project Fear predicted economic meltdown if Britain voted leave. Where are the devastated high streets, job losses and crashing markets?

In other Brexit news, Sweden warns the UK about cutting corporate taxes. How should the UK respond? Who is in control?

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Trump’s Speech on Terrorism Was an Inexcusable Exercise in Scapegoating and Scaremongering

By James Carden – The Nation

From ISIS to the Iraq War to immigration—what wasn’t wrong about Trump’s speech.

On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech at Youngstown State University that amounted to an overlong, incoherent exercise in scaremongering. Most of the press coverage, almost uniformly negative, focused on the Republican nominee’s call for the “extreme vetting” of visa applicants. But there was much more to it than that.

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A split euro is the solution for Europe’s single currency

Joseph Stiglitz*

The problems with the structure of the eurozone may be insurmountable, writes Joseph Stiglitz

That Europe, and especially the eurozone, has not been doing well since the 2008 crisis is beyond dispute. The single currency was supposed to bring prosperity and enhance European solidarity. It has done just the opposite, with depressions in some countries greater than the Great Depression.

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