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10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Teenage Girl Admits to Fabricating Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany

A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted to making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by Middle Eastern or North African migrants in a case that outraged Germans and caused far-right protests in Russia.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Exasperated by Netanyahu, France Prepares to Recognize Palestinian State

Even the staunchly pro-Israel French Socialist Party has had it with Israeli expansionism and aggression.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



How Putin Started Winning Big in Syria and Got Europe to Embrace Him

Russia is so far winning big in Syria, and making Moscow’s projection of force in the Middle East a reality that the other great powers have to recognize.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE



Interpol Reports That 1 Percent of European Terrorism Was Carried Out by Muslims in 2014 (Video)

Interpol’s latest report on European terrorism, which covers 2014, would obviously look different for the horrible year of 2015. But you can’t judge trends on any one year, and 2014 was more typical of the past decade than 2015.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Spain’s Socialists Reject P.M. Mariano Rajoy, Right-Wing Government

In the wake of the latest election, Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Socialists, announced that his party would not support acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the right-wing People’s Party, to continue in office.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Denmark Wants to Seize Jewelry and Cash From Refugees

The Danish government’s harsh stance on the refugee crisis has hit a new low, with its Folketing—or parliament—considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate valuables such as jewelry from those trying to claim asylum when entering the country. The proposal would also apply to refugees already in the country.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Something Remarkable Is Happening on the Political Left in Portugal

After a general election left political options in Portugal a bit hazy this month, a coalition made up of the Socialist, Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties ousted a conservative government that held the reins for a mere 11 days. And that’s not all the anti-austerity Portuguese have done in recent weeks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Will Europe Address the Muslims of Its ‘Marginalized Ghettos’?

As authorities search a locked-down Brussels for suspects in this month’s Paris attacks, Belgian-born Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, talks about the pockets of European cities where many migrants live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.

Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Malnutrition and ‘Victorian’ Diseases Are Soaring in England ‘Due to Food Poverty and Cuts’

Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Ottomans Saved the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Ancestors; Now He Says Islam Was Never Part of Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban not only continued to defend his anti-immigrant bigotry but went on to say that Islam has never been part of Europe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees

As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Pro-Independence Parties Win Big in Catalonia’s Regional Election

Together the nationalist coalition Junts pel Sí and the Popular Unity Candidacy party in Spain won the absolute majority of parliamentary seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis?

Deaths at sea and a chaotic refugee influx reflect the failure of European Union leaders to settle on a common immigration policy, one of Italy’s top elected officials tells ProPublica.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



All Should Be Repenting for the Suffering of the Refugees

Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let’s fix the problem.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE


The Blue Wall of Refugees in Europe

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Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



Europe Can Accommodate Migrants, but Politicians Don’t Want Them

Contrary to the perception pushed by officials and the dominant media, the refugees arriving on European shores constitute a small minority of the immigrants within and going to the European Union, writes Richard Seymour in the magazine Jacobin.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE



Egyptian Billionaire Offers to Buy Island in Mediterranean to House Refugees

“Greece or Italy, sell me an island,” Naguib Sawiris tweeted. He even suggested a name for the new country: “Hope.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes

As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



New Poll Finds Scotland Would Vote for Independence in a Second Referendum

The survey suggests that 53 percent of Scottish voters would vote “yes” and 44 percent “no,” with 3 percent undecided.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Migrant Crisis: 71 People Found Dead in Abandoned Truck in Austria

Austrian authorities report that four children—three boys ages 7 to 10, and a toddler girl—were among the passengers whose bodies were found in east Vienna on Thursday in the back of an abandoned truck, locked inside with no ventilation in the summer heat.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE



More Than 2,000 Are Thought to Have Died This Year Trying to Cross Into Europe by Sea

As the Mediterranean migrant crisis hits a deadly milestone, the International Organization for Migration warns of a worsening situation and confirms that the route is the “deadliest for migrants in search of a better life.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



Greek Reforms ‘Will Fail,’ Former Finance Minister Varoufakis Says

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned recently, predicted that the measures will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



How Goldman Sachs Helped Create the Greek Debt Crisis

The investment bank turned a huge profit by helping to hide the real extent of Greece’s debt, and in the process almost doubled it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s What 5 Top Economists Are Telling Angela Merkel About the Greek Debt Crisis

The German chancellor is being advised by the likes of Thomas Piketty and Jeffrey Sachs, among others, on how her decisions regarding Greece will shape how generations come to view her; a writer argues that there is “quiet racism” in Instagram filters; meanwhile, AirBnB may be destroying the creative class. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Economists Krugman and Stiglitz on Why Greeks Should Vote ‘No’ on the Referendum

Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman maintain that Greece must keep going it alone and vote “no” on the upcoming referendum on the bailout.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Greece Nearing Financial Collapse Against Looming IMF Deadline

The future of Greece and the European project as a whole hangs in the balance as the country confirms nonpayment to the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE


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