Category Archives: Britain

UK to deport child asylum seekers to Afghanistan

The Guardian

There are more than 4,200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Britain, with most being supported in local authority social services homes. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

The UK Border Agency is to set up a £4m “reintegration centre” in Afghanistan so that it can start deporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers to Kabul from Britain, the Guardian can disclose.

The terms of the official tender for the centre show that immigration officials initially hope to forcibly return 12 boys a month aged under 18 to Afghanistan and provide “reintegration assistance” for 120 adults a month. Continue reading UK to deport child asylum seekers to Afghanistan

My cancer is arbitrary. Congo’s atrocities are very deliberate

The Guardian – sent by Margaret Clark,   SND

Eve Ensler
Some people may think that being diagnosed with uterine cancer, followed by an extensive surgery that led to a month of debilitating infections, rounded off by months of chemotherapy, might get a girl down. But, in truth, this has not been my poison. This has not been what pulses through me late at night and keeps me pacing and awake. This has not been what throws me into moments of unbearable darkness and depression. Continue reading My cancer is arbitrary. Congo’s atrocities are very deliberate

Beekeepers Tell Pesticide Firm to Buzz Off

Herald Scotland
by Rob Edwards

A bumblebee rests on a sunflower. The 41st world apiculture congress, where 10,000 beekeepers, entomologists and other actors in the honey business are gathered, will try to understan what is killing bees. (AFP/File/Karen Bleier)
A bumblebee rests on a sunflower. The 41st world apiculture congress, where 10,000 beekeepers, entomologists and other actors in the honey business are gathered, will try to understan what is killing bees. (AFP/File/Karen Bleier)

One of the world’s biggest pesticide companies, Syngenta, has been accused of a “howling conflict of interest” for funding research into the disappearance of honeybees – a problem which some people claim it may have helped cause.

Syngenta, based in Basel, Switzerland, last year clocked up £7.3 billion worth of sales in more than 90 countries. Among the products it markets to farmers are insecticides which have been blamed for harming honeybees.

It now also co-funds a £1m project in the UK, announced last week, to research the decline of the bees. But the company has dismissed criticisms of its role in the project as “perverse”. Continue reading Beekeepers Tell Pesticide Firm to Buzz Off

Brown move to cut UK nuclear subs

BBC

The Lib Dems said keeping Trident on a 'like-for-like' basis was 'unrealistic'
The Lib Dems said keeping Trident on a ‘like-for-like’ basis was ‘unrealistic’

The prime minister is to tell the United Nations that he is willing to cut the UK’s fleet of Trident missile-carrying submarines from four to three.

Gordon Brown will make the offer at a meeting of the UN Security Council on halting the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing existing stockpiles. Continue reading Brown move to cut UK nuclear subs

Revealed: 77 trafficked Chinese children lost by home

The Guardian
Organised criminal gangs have exploited a children’s home beside Heathrow airport for the systematic trafficking of Chinese children to work in prostitution and the drugs trade across Britain, a secret immigration document reveals.

Robert Booth on fears that Chinese children are being trafficked from a Heathrow care home Link to this audio

The intelligence report from the Border and Immigration Agency, obtained by the Guardian, shows how a 59-bed local authority block has been used as a clearing house for a trade in children that stretches across four continents. Continue reading Revealed: 77 trafficked Chinese children lost by home

Religious leaders urge G20 not to forget ‘promises to the poor’

Ekklesia

Religious Leaders Communiqué – G20

We write as religious leaders who share a belief in God and the dignity of human life. We wish to acknowledge with realism and humility the severity of the current economic crisis and the sheer complexity of the global and local challenge faced by political leaders. We pray for the leaders of the G20 as they prepare to meet in London this week. They, and we, have a crucial role to play in recovering that lost sense of balance between the requirements of market mechanisms that help deliver increased prosperity, and the moral requirement to safeguard human dignity, regardless of economic or social category.

Many people are suffering as a result of the economic crisis. The World Bank estimates that 53 million more people could fall into absolute poverty as a result of the crisis. The likelihood is that more will face significant hardship before it comes to an end, and those who are already poor suffer the most. Along with the leaders of the G20 we all have a duty to look at the faces of the poor around the world and to act with justice, to think with compassion, and to look with hope to a sustainable vision of the future. Continue reading Religious leaders urge G20 not to forget ‘promises to the poor’

Churches to gather in mass demonstration of support for migrant amnesty

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In what is set to be one of the largest ever Christian expressions in the public square, thousands are to attend simultaneous services celebrating the place of migrants before moving to Trafalgar Square to call for citizenship for large numbers of those who have overstayed their visas or been refused asylum. Continue reading Churches to gather in mass demonstration of support for migrant amnesty

Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised

The Independent
By Ben Russell

Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference
Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference

A clampdown on kerbcrawlers and men who pay for sex with trafficked women has been launched by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.

She won a standing ovation at the Labour Party conference after announcing that ministers may create a new offence against people who pay prostitutes who have been forced into the sex trade. Continue reading Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised