Migration Crisis

The Guardian reports “Border stand-off worsens as Croatia buses migrants to Hungary border

Croatia has bussed hundreds of migrants to its border with Hungary, ratcheting up tensions in Europe’s refugee crisis as police fired tear gas to drive back several hundred people trying to enter Slovenia. As Budapest said more than 4,400 people had crossed from Croatia in 24 hours before it closed the final stretch of a new razor wire barrier along the frontier at midnight, Slovenia said it was considering “corridors” for refugees through its territory and would take in up to 10,000 refugees.

Croatia earlier said it had reached saturation point after more than 17,000 people arrived on its soil in the last two days, and began channelling the flow towards hardline Hungary, which has vowed to “defend its borders” from the influx. The move sparked a furious diplomatic row between the neighbours as Budapest accused Zagreb of inciting refugees to break its tough new laws, which include three-year jail terms for breaching its border fence.

Tensions later flared at Harmica on the Slovenian border with Croatia as migrants began to mass after rail services north were suspended by Ljubljana. Riot police used tear gas to stop several hundred migrants, some with children, that were pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand-off of more than an hour.

The Daily Mail headline is “Four out of five migrants are NOT from Syria: EU figures expose the ‘lie’ that the majority of refugees are fleeing war zone

Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria. The EU logged 213,000 arrivals in April, May and June but only 44,000 of them were fleeing the Syrian civil war. Campaigners and left-wing MPs have suggested the vast majority of migrants are from the war-torn state, accusing the Government of doing too little to help them.

‘This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria,’ said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. ‘Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan. ‘Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.

Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: ‘These figures make extremely disturbing reading. The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.’

The Express also has this as their headline and they have “Hungarian officials seize Croatia train carrying 1,000 migrants and arrest driver amid row

HUNGARY has seized and confiscated a Croatian train attempting to transport 1,000 refugees into the country, raising tensions between both EU countries. Budapest authorities said they disarmed 40 police officers accompanying the the migrants before sending them back to Croatia.

However Croatia fervently denied that any weapons had been taken from the officers. Hungarian authorities also confirmed they have arrested the train driver after claiming the transportation of the migrants was breaching EU law.

All of the migrants on board are now being sent to the town of Magyarboly to a reception camp, but a defiant Hungary has previously stated that it will charge migrants with illegal entry and expel them back to the country they arrived from. Both countries are currently embroiled in a spat which has casted the futures of thousands of migrants in doubt.

The Mail has another article on the topic: “The folly of Europe’s hand-wringing elite: In this courageously controversial article, a leading Left-wing voice says misguided compassion is only making the migrant catastrophe worse” written by David Goodhart (that left-wing voice)

On the Hungarian border, thousands of migrants press forward against razor wire fences, chanting and screaming as lines of police stand grim-faced against them.

In Croatia, scores of others clamber through the windows of trains to hitch a ride westwards. To the south, boats loaded with people who’ve travelled up through Africa set sail from Libya heading for Italy. They have all called Europe’s bluff. They have taken seriously the high-minded talk of European values, and now most of them will experience European hypocrisy as doors close once more, EU migration rules crumble and the continent divides.

Migration map

(Map published within the above Daily Mail article)

Breitbart has an article from Nigel Farage: “EU Juggernaut uses the migrant crisis to expand powers

Mrs. Merkel’s disastrous decision to say “oh come all ye faithful” has plunged the European Union (EU) into perhaps its worst time yet – the ongoing migrant crisis. After Mr Juncker’s slightly rambling state of the union speech last week, he met at the European Council with all of the Interior Ministers. Once again he pushed his idea of burden-sharing, saying that 120,000 “refugees” needed to be distributed amongst member states.

Although this is a fraction of the real scale of the problem and the ongoing stampede caused by the German call, there was no agreement. In fact reports suggest quite a strong degree of hostility to his plan from Eastern European countries. The nation states had spoken and they refused.

Then a strange thing happened. The European Parliament Martin Schulz appeared on German national television, ZDF. And during an interview about the migrant crisis and the lack of EU solidarity, Schulz said: “We will eventually have to use force and fight to push ahead” that in the end the countries would have to be forced to do the right thing. This led to some slightly hysterical online reaction with some Poles believing that the tanks were revving up to cross the border.

Other Topics…

Labour

The Independent reports that “Jeremy Corbyn ‘loses a fifth of Labour voters’ with critics already plotting to oust left-winger

Almost three in four people do not believe that Jeremy Corbyn looks like a prime minister-in-waiting, according to a poll for The Independent. A survey of 2,000 people found that Mr Corbyn’s election as Labour leader has made one in five people who voted for his party at the May general election more likely to vote Conservative next time. Some 37 per cent of Labour voters say they are less likely to back the party at the next election.

The ORB findings will fuel the debate among Labour MPs after what many view as a poor performance by Mr Corbyn in his first week as leader. Critics are already plotting how to remove the veteran left-winger, with some saying they will move against him if Labour fails to win the London mayoral election next May.

The survey, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, found only 28 per cent of people agree with the statement “Jeremy Corbyn looks like a prime minister-in-waiting”, while 72 per cent disagree.

ISIS and Boko Haram

The Independent reports on an “Isis escape: One Yazidi woman’s horrific ordeal and miraculous rescue from the hands of one of the caliphate’s most-feared leaders

Jalila is one of the luckiest Yazidi women alive. When the men from Isis (like many of Isis’s enemies, she prefers to call them Da’esh, an irreverent play on their Arabic acronym) swooped into her village in Sinjar last August, she was one of the thousands of women and girls taken away to be sold into domestic or sexual slavery. In May, however, she happened to be in a house in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria when American soldiers arrived in Black Hawk helicopters, killing a Tunisian Isis member called Abu Sayyaf and capturing his young Iraqi wife.

It was the first successful raid on Isis territory by US special forces, and only the second time they’d set foot on Syrian soil since the conflict began; a previous attempt to free American hostages who had been seized by Isis was botched and they returned, empty-handed. This time, however, the raid was billed as a success.

The Express reveals “Sick £4.5 billion poaching industry ‘funding Islamic State and Boko Haram’

Abhorrent terror groups like Islamic State (ISIS) and Boko Haram are gaining funding from the £4.5billion trade.  More than 30,000 elephants are being savagely butchered every year for their tusks to be smuggled into an illegal ivory network – which is predominantly driven by demand from China.

Their tusks fetch for £10,000 each, giving sick terror groups – including al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – access to millions. The elaborate scheme is exposed in a documentary called Warlords Of Ivory on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday.

Investigator Bryan Christy and his team secretly smuggled a pair of fake tusks fitted with a GPS tracker into the poachers’ supply chain. In the documentary Christy said that ivory is “directly funding” the LRA – who his run by the sociopathic warlord Joseph Kony – among other depraved organisations.

Cash For Access

After a distracting splurge on Rugby, The Telegraph leads with “Sir Malcolm Rifkind helped hire watchdog that cleared him over ‘cash-for-access’ claims

Sir Malcolm Rifkind interviewed and helped to appoint the woman who wrote the official report which “cleared” him over a “cash-for-access” scandal, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. He was part of a five-person panel which recommended appointing Kathryn Hudson to the £108,000-a-year position of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

MPs expressed surprise at what they described as a potential “conflict of interest” and said that Miss Hudson should have stood aside from the investigation into Sir Malcolm. One anti-sleaze campaigner said it illustrated how “Parliament regulating itself has run its course”.

Miss Hudson’s report this week cleared Sir Malcolm and Jack Straw of misconduct despite MPs on the Commons Committee on Standards expressing misgivings about the system which led to their exoneration.

Labour and Liberal Democrats

The Guardian reports that “Vince Cable calls for Labour and Lib Dem centre-left MPs to unite

The progressive centre-left politicians from Labour and the Liberal Democrats need to “come together” to stop the Conservatives monopolising power in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s victory, Sir Vince Cable has said. The former Lib Dem business secretary who lost his seat to the Conservatives in May said his party was facing fundamental questions about how it relates to moderate Labour MPs unhappy with Corbyn’s leftwing leadership.

Speaking before his party’s autumn conference in Bournemouth, Cable said he hoped to see an end to tribalism among progressives and a union of like-minded centre-left politicians, more than three decades after it was tried by the Social Democrat party. “I would hope there is a coming together,” he told the Guardian. “How exactly it happens is a moot question. I don’t think anybody has really thought through how you do it. If you remember the old SDP thing, it was a real mixed experience anyway and it took place after years of planning and Roy Jenkins’ talks with David Steel.

Economy

Allister Heath in the Telegraph says “We musn’t ban cash or inflate the pound

Slowly but surely, the economic orthodoxy of the past 40 years is crumbling. There was, of course, much that was wrong with the old way of thinking: the past few decades were characterised by a series of massive booms and busts, financial crises, intense macroeconomic volatility and huge global economic distortions and misallocation of resources, among many other ailments. Productivity has ground to a halt, median wages haven’t performed well in the West and the economy has been beset by a plethora of microeconomic problems.

But for all the many flaws in the received wisdom, it wasn’t all bad. Far from it, in fact: the world is immensely richer than it was and billions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Reasons for this include our wonderful embrace of globalisation and free trade, the privatisation and partial deregulation programmes of the 1980s and 1990s, cuts to marginal tax rates and the pursuit of sound money. The consensus wasn’t all right – but wasn’t all wrong either. We should be trying to rescue the good bits while jettisoning the bad bits. Tragically, we appear intent on doing the exact opposite.

Syrian War

The Guardian reports that “US claims Russia has sent jets to Syria amid talks with Moscow

Russia has sent fighter jets to Syria, US officials said, raising the stakes in a military buildup that has put Washington on edge and led to the first talks between US and Russian defence chiefs in over a year. The US defence secretary, Ash Carter, concerned over the possibility of rival US and Russian air operations in Syria’s limited airspace, agreed in a call with his Russian counterpart to explore ways to avoid accidental military interactions.

The coordination necessary to avoid such encounters is known in military parlance as “deconfliction”. “They agreed to further discuss mechanisms for deconfliction in Syria and the counter-Isil campaign,” a Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said after the call, referring to the campaign by the US and its allies against Islamic State (Isis) militants.

Iceland

The Telegraph reports that “UK left out of pocket as Iceland draws a line under bank collapse

Britain will not recover the vast majority of the money it is owed by Iceland after UK savers lost funds when Icesave collapsed. Under a deal struck after years of legal wrangling, Iceland’s Depositors and Investors Guarantee Fund (TIF) said it will pay 20bn krona (£100m) to the British and Dutch authorities – meaning the claimants will lose out on 98pc of their 553bn krona (£2.8bn) claim.

When Icesave collapsed during the financial crisis in 2008, the country’s authorities were unable to bail out depositors who had thought they would be protected by the guarantee scheme. As a result, the British and Dutch authorities stepped in to reimburse the depositors in their respective countries.

The dispute became increasingly bitter as the British authorities invoked anti-terrorism laws to freeze the assets of Icesave’s parent, Landsbanki. Although 85pc of the original £4.5bn was recovered from the Icelandic authorities and the estate of Landsbanki, Britain and the Netherlands filed a lawsuit in 2013 claiming another 553bn krona was still owing, with Britain’s claims accounting for 81pc of the total.

Scottish Independence

The Mirror reports that “David Cameron tells Nicola Sturgeon there will be no second vote on independence

David Cameron has hit back at Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after she suggested a second independence referendum could be on the cards. Speaking exactly a year after the Scots voted to stay in the UK, Ms Sturgeon told the Prime Minister he was “living on borrowed time” and warned “brutal” Tory welfare cuts could trigger a new referendum.

But Mr Cameron said it was “time to move on” from last year’s ballot, which saw 55% of Scots vote No to independence. The PM said: “Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and I signed the Edinburgh Agreement which pledged we would all respect the outcome of last year’s momentous vote.

“We all agreed – as do the Scottish public – that the independence referendum should be a ‘once-in-a-generation’ or a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event. So, now it is time to move on.” He added: “Some may want to obsess about separation. But I am focused on delivering devolution so that the debate can move on from what powers the Scottish Parliament should have, to how they are used to better the lives of the people of Scotland.”

Veterans

The Independent reports that “Britain’s oldest prisoner of war faces eviction after council ‘failed to keep care funding pledge’

A great-grandfather believed to be Britain’s oldest former prisoner of war is still living in fear of eviction and surviving off charity handouts – nearly six months after his case hit the headlines and his local council said it would meet his care costs.

Robbie Clark, 97, was one of the few soldiers who survived Hitler’s 1,000-mile Death March retreat across Europe in 1945. The veteran, who uses a wheelchair and is registered blind and is deaf in one ear, used up his £50,000 life savings to help pay for a £960-a-week carer to live at his home in Burnt Oak, north London, with Brent Council contributing £350 per week.

His case hit the headlines in April after Brent refused to pay his care costs when his savings ran out, saying it would only provide up to £451 per week in funding – leaving him at risk of being forced into a care home.

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