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Chacun a deux pays, le sien, et La France …

  • November 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paris Tricolor Bridge Paris survivors 13.11.15Gestures of support have accumulated worldwide for Paris in response to the terror attack on the city on Black Friday 13.11.15. … Read More »

Europe’s Refugee Crisis – déjà-vu on the frontier …

  • September 8th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Refugees 2015 Al jazeera Thousands this September, crossing Hungary’s frontier into Austria, replayed the events at the same place in September 1989, with a clear tinge of  irony.

Then as now it was a desperate rush to take advantage of an open frontier, to be received with open arms, moving on to find protection and freedom in Western Europe, writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

Emergency summit on migrant boat deaths in the Mediterranean …

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Migration  EU boatpeopleAn emergency European summit this week, 23.4.15 at Brussels, agreed to step up sea patrols and move on other measures in response to the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The European Union Heads of Government had been jolted into action by the latest, severe tragedy, the capsize of an overloaded boat last Sunday leading to some 800 deaths. … Read More »

New bid to free journalists held in Cairo

  • September 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

IFJ CairoThere has been no easing of the campaign in support of the Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Cairo.

Supporters say this is in response to a sense of injustice; the group are seen as scapegoats for trouble between the Egyptian government now in power and the Arabic language service of their news organisation; legal representatives decried the weak quality of evidence, or absence of evidence on the political charges brought against them.

In the latest intervention, the International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate Arab Federation of Journalists have obtained access to the Prime Minister in Cairo this week. … Read More »

Europe’s Summer of Memories

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

belgium-open-fields-reduced2 Anzacs Western FrontThis not very golden Summer – occasionally cold, with rain belts across Northern Europe at least—was a season of memory, of wars past.

The anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy, 6.6.44, and the associated battles, has seen several commemorations over the decades, though with each milestone it becomes more significant as the number of eyewitnesses diminishes.

Going back further, the forbidding days of late Summer 1914 had to be recalled, leading up to the fateful day, 28.7.14, the commencement of a series of declarations of hostilities that started the First World War. … Read More »

Vanuatu : Freedom, Custom and Change …

  • August 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

2014 EU PICS SURFHandling the claims of the outside world – matching custom and change – is a way of life for the Ni-Vanuatu, the people of the Pacific Islands republic of Vanuatu. … Read More »

New Caledonia: “Getting ready for independence”

  • July 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

rom Lee Duffield –  in the Pacific islands.

Noumea harbourThe mood in New Caledonia, the racially and ethnically divided French territory of the South-west Pacific, is there for the outsider to easily sample.
It has great promise, with a studied accord on getting to some form, or other, of independence; and in other ways it does not feel good. (Picture – Noumea harbour) … Read More »

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