The world is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II [JURIST report].
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Thursday warned [UN Report] of the record high number of refugees around the world as a result of increasing global conflicts. According to data collected by the UNHCR in 2014 the number of refugees grew from roughly 51 million in 2013 to 60 million in 2014. The data suggests that 1 in every 122 persons is displaced throughout the world. In a press release [press release] earlier in the week UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stated “It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace.” The report also details that over half the worlds refugees are children. Mr. Guterres also stated “with huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in need of compassion, aid and refuge are being abandoned.” Guterres stated that this global crisis calls fro a larger humanitarian response and tolerance and protection for the individuals in these situations.
- Should the peoples leave the problem of the increase in refugees and the suffering of people due to inter alia economic factors and war in the hands of international law mediated through the United Nations (and world leaders)?
- Should the peoples take action by themselves?
- Are we left in worlds where the only solution for the peoples is to take up arms?
- Is this an ‘idealistic social experiment’ as labelled by the BBC or is this an event where the peoples are taking action to improve and secure their own material well-being and survival?
- How do we talk about this?
ROJAVA : SYRIA’S SECRET REVOLUTION
Is the Middle East’s newest country a territory called “Rojava”? Out of the chaos of Syria’s civil war, mainly Kurdish leftists have forged an egalitarian, multi-ethnic mini-state run on communal lines. But with ISIS Jihadists attacking them at every opportunity — especially around the beleaguered city of Kobane, how long can this idealistic social experiment last? From the frontlines to the refugee camps, Mehran Bozorgnia filmed in Rojava for the BBC’s Our World and has gained exclusive access and a revealing snapshot of Syria’s secret revolution.
Rojava: A Sincere Revolution
Published on 2 Jun 2015
Dilar Dirik ‘BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD: THE KURDISH WOMEN’S RADICAL STRUGGLE‘ via the Kurdish Question
Typical of western media’s myopia, instead of considering the implications of women taking up arms in what is essentially a patriarchal society – especially against a group that rapes and sells women as sex-slaves – even fashion magazines appropriate the struggle of Kurdish women for their own sensationalist purposes. Reporters often pick the most “attractive” fighters for interviews and exoticise them as “badass” Amazons.
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