For one hot summer 40 years ago, West London was turned upside down: mass demonstrations filled the streets, the hardscrabble city was on fire with radical fervor, and police and protesters clashed with a ferocity never before seen in postwar Britain. But this wasn't your grandmother's working-class uprising. Well, actually, it was. Because the chief agitators behind this affair were whom everyone least expected.
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.
“I come from far away where the angels live in misery, dress themselves in filth and eat dreams.”
--Poem by Jose Gutierrez, b. Guatemala 1974, d. Iraq 2003
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.
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.”