Friday, 30 August 2013

Syria: History done repeat itself

Troubled Waters: Naval ships line Syrian shores, US and Russian

This week's earlier chemical attack on mostly Syrian children and women

Once again, President Obama is following in the footsteps of the trigger happy, former president George W Bush to accuse Syrian President Bashir Assad of using chemical weapons on his own people. For the past week reports had been coming in via BBC and CNN of chemical attacks against women and children by Syrian government. The first video featured children and women convulsing from internal bodily injuries in a hospital. The most recent horrific video shows children with peeling skin suffering from napalm like burns. In the same manner as Saddam Hussein and Iraq a decade ago, Syria has been warned of an impending strike by the American government. Despite the refusal of the general public to go along with the impending air strike and bombing of Syria by American navy ship stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean (possible patriot missiles placed in Turkey earlier this year by the US since Turkey is a member of NATO) and the British Parliament's decision to halt PM David Cameron from dragging the UK into a possible airstrike alongside the US, Obama has not ruled out a bombing response. Neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq have already witnessed car bombings and an influx of refugees and displaced persons arriving in their countries or living in refugee camps. An airstrike or bombing of Damascus would also place these countries in the cross hairs of American use of excessive force to punish and no doubt frighten Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people. It may boost the rebel forces' morale, but its consequences would last for years to come. The only ally that is siding with the US on its possible strike is France. France was former colonial master in Syria and helped to break up the Middle East or Levant region with Britain. Lebanon was formed out of Syria in 1920s. Russia and China have come to aid and spoken out against the possible air strike.

Yinon's Revenge? A Panorama of the chaos in the Arab World

*The Oded Yinon plan shares some similarities with the Plan for a New American Century document written in the 1990s seeking to redefine and reconfigure American defense systems in a then unipolar world.

Napalm in Syria?

On Interventions and Syrian Revolution

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Asylum seekers in Australia and Migration

The Leaky Boats: Documentary on the boat people coming to Australia 

The recent campaigns against the former incumbent Prime Minister Julia Gillard have refocused attention on asylum seekers from Iran, Afghanistan, China and elsewhere seeking safe refuge or haven in Australia. The former PM Kevin Rudd, who is seen as the likely successor to Gillard in the upcoming Australian general elections, had used the issue of asylum seekers as a point of departure to show his toughness on immigration and national security. Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have relied on boat transportation to Australia from Iran, Afghanistan and China in hopes of receiving entrance into Australia under international law's protection of prosecuted peoples. The Boat People, as the Asylum seekers and refugees are known in Australia similar to Libyans and other Africans (Vietnamese, Cambodians 40 years ago) fleeing war, political instability and economic depression for over a decade. Australia like Canada and United States, prides itself as a nation of immigrants (originally home to indigenous Australians known as Aborginals) but since the War on Terrorism began a decade ago, Australian government and the public have placed strict National Security laws above the rights of asylum seekers and refugees regardless of legitimate requests and justifications for needing to resettle in Australia. In recent months, Australian government has rerouted Boat People both Asylum Seekers and Refugees captured or halted by Australian security and border patrol to detention centers in Papua New Guinea. The most well known detention center Woomera has imprisoned over a thousand asylum seekers and refugees. Although Papua New Guinea is an independent country, Australia still maintains control over economic and political affairs of PNG including military bases. Rudd has hinted that future asylum seekers arriving by boat often accused of illegally arriving on Australia's borders, will be sent directly to detention centers in Papua New Guinea and possibly deported if not release for a non criminal records.

First Asylum seekers to Australia sent to PNG's detention center

Kevin Rudd makes certain that no asylum seeker arriving in Australia will be allowed entry