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by Theodore K. Nasos
2021-06-20 08:35:56
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A column browsing contemporary news.

War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said…
and there is no …snappy comment here, except sadness and sorrow!

iberef00001_400Canada's Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced plans to expedite applications and increase the number of refugees to Canada at a news conference. This year, the country will increase the number of protected persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and will also expedite the processing of applications for permanent residency, he said.
And yes, there are still exceptional nations!

Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi is set to be Iran's next president after winning most of the votes counted so far.
Strong rumours from Tehran suggest staged and ringed elections, Donald must be so jealous!

India’s Vaccine Makers Are Pandemic Profiteers, Not Humanitarians. The Indian government’s free-market approach to vaccine distribution has privileged profit over lives.
Right, while the rest of the pharmaceutical companies in the rest of the world do everything for purely humanitarian reasons!
That was irony. Just to be clear!

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) raise the alarm about the situation of refugees who are facing severe humanitarian hardships, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no settler when you are a refugee nowadays!

Nearly all states recognize Juneteenth in some fashion, at least on paper. But most have been slow to move beyond proclamations issued by governors or resolutions passed by lawmakers.
For some – especially in GOP – taking off the white robes, at least for the public, is a slow and painful process!

In a rare move, the UN general assembly has condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country in a resolution demonstrating widespread global opposition to the junta and demanding the restoration of the country’s democratic transition.
Are they serious? Let’s see how well these things work, Bashar al-Assad is still in power, isn’t he? And Syria has seen all the embargos in the book! 

How Europe deals with the new wave of refugees is a test of our humanity.
Right. Greece has employed a deafening sound canon in the Greek-Turkish boarders, for purely …humanitarian reasons!

World Refugee Day is not the right day for snappy comments but …this is only the beginning/restarting of an older column and strange timing is always a challenge!

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