Press review 29th November – 5th December

Who will save the migrants from the Mediterranean cemetry? – 29/11/2014 – Rue89

By giving up on Mare Nostrum, Europe is turning its back on the biggest humanitarian operation launched in the Mediterranea, which has allowed to save more than 150 000 people. With Triton, the priority is again border control.


Syrian refugees in Europe: The law is not on their side – 30/11/2014 – Al Jazeera

More than 150 Syrian war refugees, with old men, women and babies among them, have been protesting peacefully in front of the Greek parliament since November 19. Some of them have been on a hunger strike since Monday and several have been hospitalised. The refugees want adequate travel documents to leave Greece, a crisis-hit country that is believed to be in a too dramatic economic condition to allow them to fulfill their aspirations.Unfortunately, and despite the refugees’ best behaviour, Greek authorities cannot legally grant the protesters the right to travel freely to other European countries and look for work or apply for asylum there.


In Mosul, la vita non è bella ... –  02/11/2014 –  L’Orient le jour

Despite their promises, the jihadists of the IS did not improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. When the Islamic State jihadi group (IS) conquered the city, on June 10th, its propaganda promised to improve the conditions of the people living there. This because, as the name suggests, this organization aims not only to conquer, but also to manage daily life, as a State would do.


The possibility of the earlier release of Mubarak leads to citizens protests – 02/12/2014 – Dewereldmorgen

Groups of citizens rally into the streets to protest against the possible earlier release of Hosni Mubarak (86). The former president of Egypt won’t be brought to trial for the accusations of corruption and conspiracy. With this judgement, people fear the downfall of the Egyptian Revolution. Has everything been for nothing?


Libya’s human traffic boom – 2/12/2014 – Middle East Eye

Since Libya’s revolution in 2011, rule of law institutions and security in the North African state have disintegrated, leaving a patchwork of militias and detention centres, many operating outside state control. The lucrative trade of trafficking humans, oil, food, goods, drugs and weapons across Libya’s porous southern borders with Niger, Chad and Sudan has significantly increased and the number of migrants from Libya reaching Europe by sea are staggering.

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© Getty | Syrian refugees gather at Syntagma Square calling for Greek government assistance.