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Universal Criticism Asylum Threshold EU Fortress

by Oui Sat Mar 11th, 2023 at 01:46:00 PM EST

He who is w/o fault, throws the first stone ...

UN refugee agency `profoundly concerned' by UK's illegal migration bill saying it amounts to an asylum ban - as it happened | The Guardian |

Colonialism could foster on racist undertones and has infested culture across Europe. Both England and The Netherlands are rooted on white supremacy and with the rise of rightwing populism in politics has raised its ugly head.

The decades of fighting America's wars in the Middle East -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria -- led to the refugee crisis from 2015 forward. Have written about this development relentlessly. The Dutch religion based on Protestant Reformed Church, slavery, Afrikaners and South Africa apartheid, Indonesia and Dutch Moluccans.

Refugee crisis led to pressure on immigration, the Brexit referendum and in the end xenophobia and Islamophobia thanks the sponsors of the Zionist extremism in Israel and the United States. Israel as a Jewish state is falling apart due to extremism, fascism, settler intrusion on Palestinian land and rebirth of Kahane terrorism.

All the warning signs were present for at least 33 years ...

My diary ... Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia | 1 July 2018 |

The rapid expansion of the EU-12 into former Soviet bloc states just worsened the challenge on human rights professed from the founding of the European Union.

BBC sports presenter says he stands by tweet criticizing govt's migrant policy | Anadolu Agency |

Gary Lineker says 'no' in response to question on whether he regrets posting tweet comparing language of UK policy to that used by Nazi Germany

BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker told reporters Thursday that he does not regret posting a tweet comparing the language of the UK's latest migrant policy to that used by Nazi Germany. 

Speaking to reporters outside his home in London, Lineker defended his comments on the controversial illegal migration bill.

Asked whether he regretted his tweet, Lineker who is also a former England striker, responded "no" and when asked if he stood by it replied: "Of course."

In response to a video message by Interior Minister Suella Braverman about stopping migrant boats, he tweeted: "Good heavens, this is beyond awful."

Lineker also said there is no huge influx and the UK takes far fewer refugees than other major European countries.

"This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I'm out of order?" he wrote on Twitter.

The 62-year-old Lineker has faced criticism over his tweet and the language he used as it also sparked a dispute over the BBC's "impartiality rules."

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said it was "important for the BBC to retain impartiality if it is to retain the trust of the public, who pay the license fee."

Why there are no winners after the BBC's two-footed tackle on Gary Lineker | The Guardian - Opinion |

Keep politics out of sport. Ha, yeah. Good luck with that. Meanwhile, in what we must, if only out of a sense of convention, call the Real World, we have this: the strange and sinister developments of Friday evening in what will now come to be known as the Lineker affair.

The suspension of Gary Lineker from BBC presenting duties - not Newsnight or Question Time, but the bloodless warm bath of Match of the Day - over a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon criticising government policy on migrants is, frankly, a jaw-dropping act of political intervention.

Of course both the BBC and the government will deny that this is an act of direct intervention. The only real response to that is: do you believe them?

Lioness uncomfortable to take Lineker's place

Lineker's courage is quite refreshing after ...

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  • Hamilton's refusal to be silenced by Formula One Bosses

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 12th, 2023 at 06:58:35 PM EST
Home Office removed image of Huw Edwards from tweet about migration bill after BBC complaints

Home Office officials altered a Twitter post about the illegal migration bill to remove an image of the newsreader Huw Edwards after complaints from the BBC.

The tweet, which contains a video explainer for the divisive legislation, was posted on Tuesday by the Home Office from its official account and initially the accompanying image seen on Twitter feeds was of Edwards, the veteran broadcaster.

The Guardian understands that the department did not ask permission to use the clip of Edwards featured in the video and the broadcaster personally objected to the juxtaposition.

On Wednesday, the BBC asked the Home Office to remove the footage. Rather than delete it, the department amended the clip so that Edwards no longer appeared in the first frame, although he does remain in the video.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 12th, 2023 at 06:59:38 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 10:46:54 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 10:47:25 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 01:31:25 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 01:32:26 PM EST
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Lineker to return presenting sports program after dispute with BBC "resolved"

In a statement, BBC Director-General Tim Davie on Monday said that the BBC will begin an independent review of its social media guidelines, focusing on how it applies to freelancers outside news like Lineker.

Davie acknowledged that the current guidance contains "grey areas," but Lineker "will abide by the editorial guidelines" until a review of the BBC's social media policy is complete, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, Lineker, a former England striker who presented sports on the BBC for almost three decades, said that he is delighted that the issue has been resolved.

Adding water to a good wine ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 01:33:53 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 01:35:53 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 01:36:37 PM EST
... but I wish you would avoid misdirection. The thread concerns changes to UK immigration law, and the scandal about Gary Lineker being censored by the BBC.

Yet the title is " Universal Criticism Asylum Threshold EU Fortress" (which I find impossible to parse, by the way).

But the content of the thread has othing whatever to do with the EU.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 03:48:15 PM EST
These migrants didn't launch rubber boats off the Libyan and Turkish coast arriving directly on the beaches of the white cliffs of Dover. Still post-Brexit the UK is "chained" to continental Europe ... geographical fact. Asylum policy of Pritty Patel and Suella Braverman is European.

Britain Doesn't Have a Refugee Crisis, So It Created One | Politico |

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have unnecessarily warehoused and endangered thousands of asylum-seekers in an effort to pander to the right-wing press.

Denmark, Italy and The Netherlands followed suit. Identical rightwing populism after NATO intervention in Libya and Syria and vast destruction of homes, neighborhoods, cities during a decade of civil war, followed by a stream of refugees.

I have written about the Middle East for over a decade and none has come as a surprise. Brexit referendum got its small majority for Yes due to Tory lies and a fictional immigration crisis. People suffer.

Gary Lineker wrote about UK asylum policy and compared mindset today to Nazi Germany in the 1930s.  Elements of fascism. I fully agree, see my writings.

nazi germany 1930s - anti-semitism - vermin - cockroaches - xenophobia- Islamophobia - risk of genocide - asylum and refugees - the eternal scourge of superiority, biblical promised land - elitism - exceptionalism and so on ... today's war on Europe's frontier sets a bad precedent.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 06:51:22 PM EST
Nationalism as an argument in contemporary Russia

Four perspectives on language in action


Contemporary scholars of nationalism theory approach the concept in a broad sense, referring to it as a naturalised view of a world composed of nation-states. Umut Özkırımlı (2010, 2) summarises that nationalism does matter - "as the fundamental organising principle of the inter-state order, as the ultimate source of political legitimacy, as a readily available cognitive and discursive frame, as the taken-for-granted context of everyday life". Brubaker (1996, 15-16) has noted that the substantialist interpretation of nations as real entities is also held by many "modernists" and "constructivists" in the field of nationalism studies - which is, I would think, further evidence of how nationalism as a practice merges with nationalism as a theory. Despite scholars' continued attempts to unpack these taken-for-granted, national frames for politics, economies, and culture, certain concepts seem to remain "charged" with nationalism, as Pauli Kettunen (2018, 343) observes. For example, he writes, "the notion of society as an integrated holistic entity within the borders of the nation state appears not only in public debates but also in scholarly texts, and especially in comparative studies." Thus, the nation as a "cognitive and sociopolitical category" (Brubaker 1996, 18) is so pervasive that even the scholars studying it do not always detect the settings where it appears.

Nevertheless, one should note that the tendency to resist these "taken-for-granted" schemes of nationhood has become more pronounced in research outside the branches focusing on nations, along with increasing attention to critical globalisation studies as a part of the transnational paradigm in history and social sciences (e.g. Kalela 2012, 78-79). In other words, many contemporary nationalism theorists reject the interpretation of nationalism as a certain stage of history that started when the system of modern nation-states emerged and ended with the intensification of globalisation.

PS This study mentions Russia in its headline, but it can be adapted to all other European states in the last two decades.

Nationalism, migration and a turn towards fascism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 11:58:20 AM EST
How European Nationalism Developed into Fascism

The Development of European Nationalism in Different Historical Periods


Nationalism has existed for a long period of time since the Renaissance period. The world especially the European continent witnesses its birth in Renaissance and its first bloom in the 19th century as well as its continuous growth till today. Researchers have done a wide range of research regarding the European nationalism as this ideology is not only influential in Renaissance, 19th century and second world war but also influential in the post-modern society. Hence, this paper is going to address the evolutionary trend of European nationalism from initial stage to widespread ideology to fascism and then to liberal nationalism in these days with focus on the transition to fascism which impacted the whole Europe from its geographical centers--Germany and Italy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 12:00:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 12:01:29 PM EST
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Fascism on the rise: where does it come from, and how to stop it, with a common European response

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 12:02:09 PM EST
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