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Taking Jewellery From Syrian Refugees

Denmark vows to strip refugees of their valuables to help pay for the cost of resettlement. Weddings rings are off limits.
As if refugees needed yet another reason not to want to resettle in Denmark after the country placed “Don’t come here” ads in Arabic newspapers over the summer, now the country warns it will strip immigrants of their valuables.Barbie Latza Nadeau published:

The latest anti-refugee sentiment came closer to reality on Sunday when Denmark’s parliament debated a measure that would allow border police to strip incoming refugees of all valuables and cash worth over €300 to help offset costs of resettlement, according to Swedish STV television.

After some discussion, the Danish government apparently decided that refugees could keep their wedding rings, cellphones, and laptops in the measure that will eventually go up for a vote.

At least one Danish parliamentarian reportedly insisted that wedding rings with a diamond over a certain carat weight should also be confiscated.

Sören Pind, Denmark’s immigration minister, told Danish television that the plan was the only way the country could afford to house the refugees seeking asylum.

“I’m talking about a situation in which there are personal items of significant value but no sentimental worth,”

“I’m talking about a situation in which a man comes along with a case full of diamonds and asks for protection in Denmark. That’s only fair.”

Fair, perhaps, in that strange world in which theft is OK.

The measure, whether it eventually passes or not, raises the question of whether certain European countries really think it is OK to repeat the Nazi approach to immigration, during which the confiscation of valuables was the practice.

Apparently that’s the playbook Denmark is using.

“It is unacceptable for Danish taxpayers to pay for asylum seekers who brought wealth with them,” Naser Khader, the Danish Conservative Party’s integration commissioner, said, according to local press reports.

(Anything over 300 Euros is considered wealth?)

If the unthinkable measure really does pass, it remains uncertain just how the Danes would implement it and who would determine whether refugees passing the borders were wearing real or knock-off jewelry.

In an op-ed piece about the plan, one Danish journalist questioned the sanity of the ruling class.

“Having armed men indiscriminately seize refugees’ personal belongings doesn’t strike me as the best representation of a free society,” wrote someone using the pseudonym Soverign Man. “Not that this matters anymore.”

Denmark has promised that any of the 13,000 asylum seekers who are eventually granted a right to stay will be forced to live in segregated tent camps erected in two tent cities and that they will defy European standards and triple the normal waiting period for family reunification as a further deterrent.

Not all Danes agree with the government plan.

Writing on his Facebook page, Green Party leader Uffe Elbaek said that wealthy refugees probably wouldn’t be knocking on Denmark’s door.

“If you have a suitcase full of diamonds, you would choose a better form of transport than across the Mediterranean, putting your life at risk,” he wrote. “Refugees bring nothing more than the few personal belongings they can. Are these really the things we want to take from refugees in Denmark? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

Andrew Bossone and Habib Battah shared a link.

Note: I share the opinion that “The measure, whether it eventually passes or not, raises the question of whether certain European countries really think it is OK to repeat the Nazi approach to immigration, during which the confiscation of valuables was the practice.”

An independent woman: Her convoluted paths to autonomy

Karim A. Badra shared Red Lips High Heels. 

Au début, les priorités s’amalgament: Ambition, Amours, Argent, Succès…

L’amour concurrence l’ambition et la fige.

L’argent se tapit dans l’ombre du succès…

Et tout tourbillonne, farandole, et prend son envol irrégulier dans l’espace d’une vie aux contours mal définis.

Passées quelques années qui en valent une dizaine en expériences, une femme indépendante tient fermement la vie dans l’anse de sa main. Les priorités se redistribuent: Famille, Ambition, Amour, Amis… sont sous les feux de la rampe de ce théâtre en tréteau improvisé, provisoirement jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

Rien ne passe avant son ambition, rien ne la parasite.

L’honnêteté est de mise.

Elle n’a pas besoin de prendre des chemins de traverse soupçonneux pour accéder à son but.

Tout se fait à la sueur de son front.

Son affection redouble pour sa famille et ses ami(e)s.

Ces derniers(ères), elle les passe au tamis. Les mauvais(es) qui l’ont leurrée avec leur fidélité artificielle et artificieuse, tirent leur révérence.

Les bons(nes) restent et leur présence s’ancrent plus dans son cœur et son quotidien.

Ses amours ne conditionnent plus sa vie. Elles sont mises à leur juste place.

Elle marche de pied ferme et se surprend par des amours-coquelicots, saisonnières… en attendant l’amour-cèdre qui viendrait ou pas… Elle, elle s’en fiche.

Elle n’a plus envie de souffrir pour personne, elle s’en bat des mots fleuris et fleurbleuistes. Et peut très bien s’en passer.

Les mots sont le somnifère des immatures.

Elle est indulgente avec tous; sauf les générateurs(trices) d’énergie négative… Elle s’en éloigne en toute décence et leur est indifférente.

Quand elle trébuche, la chute ne lui fait plus mal comme avant… Sa peau a été rompue aux coups durs.

A peine si une larme s’échappe de ses yeux. Puis, elle continue.

Rien n’arrête sa marche tant qu’elle ne prend pas la vie au sérieux, tant qu’elle ambitionne rester conséquente avec elle-même et avec les autres.

Après… Elle ne sait pas ce que la vie lui cache dans ses replis périlleux.

Elle sait que son mouvement ne s’arrêtera pas, jusqu’à ce que l’huile de sa lampe s’asséchera et qu’elle retrouvera la Force supérieure qui l’a créée ou le Néant.

Elle, encore une fois, elle s’en fiche.

Par MAYA KHADRA sur le blog Red Lips High Heels…/

Pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistle-blower

Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders, posted: 

My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately pardon my husband.” Holly Sterling

During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence — emails and telephone conversations — to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

This is the petition of Holly Sterling, the wife of former C.I.A. officer Jeffrey Sterling, sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in May 2015.

His crime? Simply being in touch with New York Times journalist James Risen.

Since then, Holly has fought for her husband’s innocence. While an appeal of his conviction is underway, RSF has launched a petition on to ask President Barack Obama for Jeffrey’s immediate and full pardon.

RSF has been concerned with Jeffrey’s case and the dangerous precedent his conviction set for press freedom. Jeffrey followed proper legal channels to disclose his concerns about a C.I.A. program, yet he was convicted under the American Espionage Act.

To help this cause, to reach a large number of signatures on the petition, to pressure President Obama to pardon Jeffrey, we need your help.

Sign the petition and help spread the message using #pardonforjeffrey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Note: How come this petition doesn’t explain in what matter the government is so irked about and the context of the problem? I am in the dark, was denied to form an opinion, so that I should sign this petition




December 2015

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