Today European Commission ministers finalized a proposed Europe-wide asylum policy, which aims to curtail migration from outside the European Union and tighten policies for the intra-EU movement of refugees and others seeking relief and resettlement in member states.
Most of us hear and see only cursory mentions of "immigrant detention" on the news--it's a clinical label, scrubbed of all the visceral emotion and social tension that constricts detained migrants just as forcefully as their cell walls do. Last year we saw flashes of the migrant detention crisis with images of kids huddled under blankets, exhausted from trekking across the continent, and of European asylum seekers thronging against metal gates and braving giant plumes of tear gas.
Afghanistan’s war has been going on for so long, it seems many others have forgotten it.
Around the world, the US has established the high water mark for border policing. Just ask the authorities on the Turkish Syrian border:
The governor of Kilis, Suleyman Tapsiz, points out Turkey has also been under pressure from the United States and others to tighten the border, and stop jihadists getting into Syria.
Today, European ministers are wrangling over arcane international accords somewhere in Brussels, trying to pull the United Kingdom back to the EU’s dysfunctional “family of nations.” Meanwhile, just across the English channel, another family of nations is struggling to hold itself together as European governments--whose modern existence was shaped by a refugee crisis of an earlier era--seek to push the new migrants out of sight and out of mind.
Today's global migration shift is not a new story in the Mediterranean. The controversy over unconditional birthrights dates back thousands of years.
Paris was the perfect target. The attacks on the hallmarks of French urban culture, from the rock concert to the outdoor cafe, seemed directed with ferocious accuracy against the quintessential enemies of politicized nihilism—Paris was vaunted as the embodiment of “everything the terrorists hate.”