Europe living in peace thanks to Turkey hosting millions of refugees – Erdogan

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04-05-19 08:43:00,

Europe would not enjoy the same level of peace and security that it does today if it weren’t for Turkey’s willingness to host waves of refugees pouring in from numerous countries, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed.

“If European countries are living in peace today, it is thanks to Turkey for hosting 4 million refugees,” Erdogan said on Friday, as quoted by Anadolu.

In 2015, the EU agreed to pay Turkey €3 billion ($3.3 billion) in exchange for housing refugees and preventing them from entering the bloc. A year later, a formal deal was reached between Ankara and Brussels, stipulating that all migrants arriving illegally on European shores would be returned to transit country Turkey.

In exchange, the EU promised to speed up deliberations over Turkey’s bid to join the bloc. As part of the deal, Ankara requested an additional €3bn to help cope with the humanitarian crisis.

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The two sides have squabbled over exactly how many refugees Turkey hosts – and how much money Ankara needs to care for them. For example, last year the EU claimed that Turkey was holding less than 2 million refugees, while the Turkish government insisted the number was closer to 4 million.

Despite Turkey’s best efforts, in the last few years Europe has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks, with some attributed to extremists who entered the bloc posing as asylum seekers. 

While Ankara and Brussels have locked horns over issues ranging from visa-free travel to press freedoms, some European states have expressed gratitude to Turkey for its role in containing the influx of refugees trying to enter the bloc.

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“Europe’s security today begins in Turkey,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto acknowledged at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday.

More than 1 million migrants poured into Europe in 2015. Although the influx has slowed considerably,

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‘We are like the living dead’: Citizens of Mosul in despair 1.5 years after liberation from ISIS

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11-02-19 09:58:00,

Chaos and misery – that’s what life in Mosul is like more than 1.5 years after Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition staged one of the deadliest battles in decades to liberate the city from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

What was once Iraq’s second-largest city and home to millions was reduced to ash in July 2017, when the US-led coalition dropped bombs and recaptured it from IS. More than 10,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed in the battle.

Thousands of dead bodies are still buried under the rubble amid the lack of recovery crews and equipment. Locals say fraud and corruption are halting the process.

“You can’t even imagine how difficult it is – no hospitals, no schools, no teachers. We are like the living dead. We have a cemetery over there, but here it’s a cemetery for the living. Pot holes are everywhere, there are still corpses everywhere and if anyone brings humanitarian aid here, the local officials just steal it, they are all corrupt,” a Mosul resident told RT.

There’s no reconstruction here, all their reconstruction efforts are just ink on paper.

There are fears that IS could return to the city and use the corruption and chaos to re-emerge. The US-led coalition spent billions of dollars when it bombed Mosul, but when it was done, it didn’t cash out on rebuilding.

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“There are no basic services in the city, no jobs – it’s terrible,” one local resident said. “We’re here battling all the hardships. We now regret that we ever came back.”

Meanwhile, nearly 2 million Iraqis remain displaced, according to UN estimates. Nearly 700,000 of them are from Mosul.

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Linked to Increase in Cardiovascular Disease

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14-12-18 05:08:00,

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Linked to Increase in Cardiovascular Disease

People who live near oil and gas operations are more likely to have early indicators of cardiovascular disease than those who don’t, according to a recent study.

Cardiovascular disease resulted in 900,000 deaths in 2016 and is the leading cause of mortality in the US, and more than 17.4 million Americans now live within one mile of an active oil and gas well.

The small pilot study, which was published in the journal Environmental Research on December 6, found that those who live in areas with more intense oil and gas development, including fracking, showed more early signs of cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, changes in the stiffness of blood vessels, and markers of inflammation.

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health examined 97 relatively healthy adults living in an area of Northeastern Colorado with pockets of dense oil and gas activity, including extensive truck traffic, pipelines, and both fracking and traditional well pads.

“To date most of the research on the health impacts of oil and gas development has used data from existing health registries,” lead author and assistant research professor at the Colorado School of Public Health Lisa McKenzie told Environmental Health News. “For this study, we actually went out and took direct measurements from people, which meant we knew a lot more about them.”

Study participants were selected carefully: None of them smoked or had jobs that exposed them to dust, fumes, solvents or oil or gas development activities, and none had histories of diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic inflammatory diseases like asthma or arthritis. Throughout the study, they were regularly asked about their stress levels and recent life events in an attempt to ensure that researchers would be made aware of any factors that could influence test results.

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A Living Example of Political Anarchy – No State, No Police, No Gangs, No Crime | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

A Living Example of Political Anarchy – No State, No Police, No Gangs, No Crime | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

27-09-18 08:50:00,

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

We live in a supremely statist world, and ordinary people find it practically impossible to think outside of this box. If you ask the ‘man on the street’ what he thinks of political anarchism, you’ll notice that their mind is altogether incapable of even entertaining the possibility. They’ll tell you that anarchy is chaos, blood in the streets, riots, fires, mayhem, and the utter collapse of civilization.

As a political philosophy, anarchy is something much different from the bad rap it has in the minds of the sheeple. It is a philosophy centered around the ideas of voluntarism and individual liberty, which, incredibly, are two ideas that are looked down upon by the pundit class and intellectuals that roam the halls of universities and state offices.

To them, anarchy represents too much freedom, something that if it were granted to any notable group of people would cause them all to devolve into the lowest common denominator of base emotions and animal behavior.

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In other words, the prevailing wisdom of the day is that the state is an absolute necessity for keeping people civilized.

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The Living Reality Of Military-Economic Fascism Exposed

The Living Reality Of Military-Economic Fascism Exposed

24-09-18 09:03:00,

Authored by Robert Higgs via The Mises Institute,

“The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business – ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.”

– Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)

In countries such as the United States, whose economies are commonly, though inaccurately, described as “capitalist” or “free-market,” war and preparation for war systematically corrupt both parties to the state-private transactions by which the government obtains the bulk of its military goods and services.

On one side, business interests seek to bend the state’s decisions in their favor by corrupting official decision-makers with outright and de facto bribes. The former include cash, gifts in kind, loans, entertainment, transportation, lodging, prostitutes’ services, inside information about personal investment opportunities, overly generous speaking fees, and promises of future employment or “consulting” patronage for officials or their family members, whereas the latter include campaign contributions (sometimes legal, sometimes illegal), sponsorship of political fund-raising events, and donations to charities or other causes favored by the relevant government officials.

Reports of this sort of corruption appear from time to time in the press under the rubric of “military scandal” (see, for example, Biddle 1985, Wines 1989, Hinds 1992, “National Briefing” 2003, Pasztor and Karp 2004, Colarusso 2004, Calbreath and Kammer 2005, Wood 2005, Babcock 2006, Ross 2006, and “Defense Contractor Guilty in Bribe Case” 2006). On the other, much more important side, the state corrupts business people by effectively turning them into co-conspirators in and beneficiaries of its most fundamental activity — plundering the general public.

Participants in the military-industrial-congressional complex (MICC) are routinely blamed for “mismanagement,” not infrequently they are accused of “waste, fraud, and abuse,” and from time to time a few of them are indicted for criminal offenses (Higgs 1988, 1990, xx-xxiii, 2004; Fitzgerald 1989; Kovacic 1990a, 1990b).

All of these unsavory actions, however, are typically viewed as aberrations — misfeasances to be rectified or malfeasances to be punished while retaining the basic system of state-private cooperation in the production of military goods and services (for an explicit example of the “aberration”

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People Living in their Cars in California? | Armstrong Economics

People Living in their Cars in California? | Armstrong Economics

02-09-18 07:30:00,

A very interesting issue has emerged in California. The price of real estate rose so high that the median price for a home reached $600,000 and the price was just too high. Consequently, people began to take up residence sleeping in their cars. A recent article looked at the issue and found that 15,000 people live in cars, vans, and RVs in Los Angeles alone. They were citing the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was just LA alone. Real Estate is starting to crash in California because (1) it exceeded the cost of the average person, and (2) taxes are rising and that further reduces the net disposable income. It is not just the price of the house, as taxes rise they reduce the take-home pay and thus the price of a house after taxes rises even faster. These two trends are colliding and this is why California real estate has begun to decline.

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Het Living village festival start in Dalfsen – De Lange Mars Plus

Het Living village festival start in Dalfsen – De Lange Mars Plus

14-06-18 06:34:00,

Het LiVing VilLage festiVal 2018 zoekt naar een ‘nieuwe, schone en gelukkige toekomst’. Een vijfdaags festival met uitgebreid programma met muziek, theater, gemeenschapsleven, duurzaamheid, spiritualiteit, bewustzijn, kunst, levend bouwen, off-grid workshops en lezingen, leven in een ecodorp, kinderveld en Open Spaces. Biologisch eten en drinken.

Het doel van het festival is om een grote groep mensen samen te brengen en voldoende geld zodat ze uiteindelijke een stuk land kunnen kopen waarop het levende dorp, van huizen met een levende bomenstructuur, kan beginnen.

Festival

Het festival wordt al een aantal jaren gehouden. Deze editie is van 18 tot en met 24 juni 2018. Het festival is ontstaan uit de droom van het levende dorp, wat tien jaar geleden als ingeving voorbijkwam.

Ze komen met oplossingen om de mensheid zijn zelfvoorziening terug te geven en om nieuwe manieren te vinden om samen communities te bouwen.’ Kortom op het festival in Dalfsen zijn de verwachtingen hooggestemd.

Het festival terrein is verdeeld in 12 buurten.
In Machine Elves en Monkey Town zorgen een groot aantal DJ’s voor veelbelovende muziek. In de Off the grid sectie van het festival terrein worden allerlei workshops gehouden met ideeën over duurzaamheid. Ook zijn er de ‘temple’ gronden. Dit is een plaats voor healing, inspiratie, samenkomst, verbinding en magie.  Hier brandt altijd het gewijde vuur dat je verwarmt met workshops, ceremonies, zweethutten, Yoga & Satsang programma, lezingen, enzovoort.

In het Future Lab vind je nieuwe technologieën, uitvindingen en bizarre experimenten. Een kinderspeelplaats mag natuurlijk niet ontbreken. Al het eten en drinken dat verkrijgbaar is op de voedselmarkt is biologisch. Daarnaast is er nog een markt met handwerk en ecovriendelijke producten.

Living Village

Het idee voor het festival en de organisatie is afkomstig van Stichting Het Levende Dorp, dat werkt aan het eerste dorp ter wereld met huizen gebouwd van levende bomen. Een van de initiatiefnemers Bob Radstake woont al een aantal jaar met zijn partner en twee kinderen in een dergelijke woning. Zijn doel is een levend dorp, om te laten zien dat het anders kan.

Zij gaan van start met de bouw van The Living Village,

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