"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Clarification demanded over Afghan interpreters UK visas.


Many Afghan interpreters who worked with the British army could be excluded from a scheme to give them refuge in the UK, a lawyer and campaigners say.

The Foreign Office said the scheme will apply to more than 1,000 Afghan staff made redundant in January 2013.

But campaigners are concerned at the government's "limited" criteria.

https://twitter.com/rmw tweets :
If 94% of Afghan interpreters have received threats, why are only 50% being offered protection in the UK?


https://twitter.com/britishfuture tweets :
A rare chance to read pro-immigration comments below the line @mailonline as commenters welcome Afghan u-turn

https://twitter.com/JCWInews tweets :
Now til 2015 - wining the debate on immigration. With https://twitter.com/LeeJasper https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn https://twitter.com/ZrileB https://twitter.com/GuidoTallman
2pm Sat 1 June http://dangerousideas.org.uk

Private landlords as immigration informants.


A few weeks ago David Cameron suggested that private landlords should be required to check the immigration status of tenants. Now, lo and behold, the measure is to be included in a new Immigration Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. This such a Bad Idea it is difficult to know where to start to explain why. Perhaps the clearest way to put it is to say that it is Good News for we immigration lawyers, and therefore Very Bad News for everyone else.

https://twitter.com/bmagnanti tweets :
I am a foreign national. No rental agent or landlord ever asked about my migration status, ever.

David Laws vetoes plan to force schools to check immigrant status of pupils.

Liberal Democrat schools minister tells Michael Gove, the education secretary, the proposal is a 'non-flyer'.


https://twitter.com/ASIRT1 tweets :
Laws calls Gove's plans to check children's immigration status 'difficult to implement.' As opposed to just wrong.

Both Houses of Parliament to debate international students on 6th June. Coincidence?


In one hard-knock British city, a secret Muslim donor helps save a synagogue.

The Bradford Synagogue in northern England was facing a dwindling population and serious financial woes when the local Muslim community reached into its pockets to save the day.


South Asians and the Shaping of Britain: 1870-1950, edited by Ruvani Ranasinha et al, review.

Sarfraz Manzoor salutes a fine anthology documenting the hidden lives of Indians in the UK.


Japanese woman found guilty of murder after refusing to accept welfare.


Tigipko: Ukraine has to pass two difficult laws to introduce visa-free travel with EU.


https://twitter.com/neilbradfordtv tweets :
On @BBCLookEast (Cambs) the Peterborough family living 5,000 miles apart. Dave can't get a US visa his American wife can't get a UK Visa.

Sweden riots continue after police shooting.


Jane's Jihad: the new face of terrorism.


On March 9, 2010 – the day U.S. authorities announced terrorism charges against a blonde, white American woman who called herself Jihad Jane – senior government officials repeatedly described the arrest as a seminal event in the war on terror. The case was so serious, authorities said, that they charged the woman, Colleen LaRose, with crimes that could keep her in prison for the rest of her life. Now, as she awaits sentencing, a months-long Reuters review of confidential documents and interviews with sources in Europe and the United States -- including the first and only interview with Jihad Jane herself -- reveals a far less menacing and, in some ways, more preposterous undertaking than what the U.S. government asserted.

The eccentrics and the women who run for president in Iran.


Hundreds of hopeful Iranians, including thirty women, have registered as candidates to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the forthcoming election on June 14, 2013 even though they have no chance whatsoever of being elected.


Mapping North Korea.


Bahamas: Haitians are our brothers.


One of the most dastardly parts of the Atlantic slave trade was how fellow human beings were treated as as if they less than men and women. And it seems that many of us feel the same way about illegal Haitians here in The Bahamas.

Ai Weiwei's latest music video.


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