"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.

Thursday 6 June 2013

Today's links

Syrians accuse Greece of 'pushing back' migrant boats.

 Some of the Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed Turkey aiming for Greece, in order to claim asylum in the European Union. But to get there they have to take to boats - and there have been persistent reports of Greek officials pushing them back into Turkish waters, sometimes with fatal results.

"Everything we would do for our families and our fathers, we do the same thing for these people. We bury them in the Islamic way," says Ekrem Serif-Oamadoglou, as he points to 400 freshly dug graves clustered on the remote hillside.


Afghan interpreter left in limbo after fleeing Taliban.


In an old military base on the outskirts of the German city of Frankfurt, a young Afghan man known by British soldiers simply as Barri is stuck in immigration limbo, wondering if he will ever see his fiancee again.

Baryalai Shams worked as a British army translator in Helmand between 2008 and 2009, but left after his family received death threats.

The way his life has changed since then is a terrible story of how the Taliban deals with people they consider collaborators, and illustrates the challenges facing many former Army interpreters in Afghanistan.


https://twitter.com/HilaryLayton1 tweets :
27 foreign heads of state educated in the UK #studentvisa

Obituary: Tom Sharpe.


A vocal critic of the Apartheid regime, he was arrested and deported in 1961 after a play he wrote attacking it was staged in London.

"My advice, if you do go to jail, is to pick a murderer as a cellmate," he told Desert Island Discs' host Roy Plomley in 1984.


Compensation for Kenyans tortured by British forces in 1950s.


Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.


Refugee Week Scotland set to be a festival for everyone.


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