Russia isn’t getting the recognition it deserves on Syria

Russia isn’t getting the recognition it deserves on Syria

By Scott Ritter November 4, 2019 At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents […]

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

By Jonathan Power August 27, 2019 “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” This must be one of the best opening lines ever penned by a novelist. It’s the […]

Conversation with a friend about immigration

Conversation with a friend about immigration

August 12, 2019 By Dragana Maksimovic Somebody once said that courage is when you do something today you wouldn’t dare doing yesterday. That is why I decided to express my opinion whereas normally I would choose – wisely – to restrain my lips. Have you ever had an opportunity to speak with your friends about […]

Danske regeringer, de flygter fra jeres krige

Danske regeringer, de flygter fra jeres krige

  Af Jesper Munk Jakobsen 3. december 2018 Regeringen har for nylig fremlagt sin strategi for Danmarks udenrigs- og sikkerhedspolitik for 2019-2020. Et af hovedpunkterne er ”flygtninge, migration og udvikling”, og selvom regeringen er bekymret for flygtningenes livssituation, fremstår de mest bekymrede over, hvor mange der slår sig ned indenfor den danske grænse. Desværre er […]

The Migrant Caravan – Walls and Fences must come down

The Migrant Caravan – Walls and Fences must come down

  By Jonathan Power  November 2, 2018 At first I was a bit surprised to find that the English admonition, “Good fences makes for good neighbours” exists in many other languages. I shouldn’t have been taken aback. A moment’s reflection should have told me that fences and walls to divide off peoples have been going […]

Sunday’s election in Sweden and the immigration debate

Sunday’s election in Sweden and the immigration debate

  Jonathan Power  September 4, 2018 The arrival in Sweden of 163,000 refugees, mainly Syrians, in 2015 – making for a higher proportion of Sweden’s population than almost any other European country – has been used by the far right to drum up broader fears about immigration. A recent spate of shootings, grenade attacks and […]

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

  By Roberto Savio* August 1, 2018 • According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant […]

Europe’s migration crisis is one of mismanagement: the figures

Europe’s migration crisis is one of mismanagement: the figures

  By Nikolaj Nielsen and Damiano Bacci Brussels, June 27, 2018 Originally published by euobserver here Five years ago, Italian and EU leaders stood in silence as they watched coffins pile up in a warehouse on the island of Lampedusa. “Coffins of babies, coffins with the mother and the child that was born just at […]

Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception

Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception

By James Fitzgerald • This paper examines how the politics of state, border, and biological control affect the journeys and experiences of asylum seekers and “irregular” migrants who are, at once, the victims and recipients of care and security. Building on fieldwork carried out at the “migrant aid centre” in Porte de la Chapelle, Paris, […]