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The action and the propaganda of some European Anarchists describing themselves as “volunteers” or “activists” are to blame for the incidents taking place in Idomeni, Greece


In the name of solidarity some anarchists from Germany, Spain, Italy and other European countries are going to Greece, and they incite tensions and incidents in Idomeni almost on a daily basis as the last one that took place during the last weekend near the Greek-Fyrom border. Continue reading The action and the propaganda of some European Anarchists describing themselves as “volunteers” or “activists” are to blame for the incidents taking place in Idomeni, Greece

Quite simple again for EU leaders, Greeks are to blame for the ongoing refugee crisis


If only it were all so simple :On Jan. 27, the European Commission issued a report saying that Greece “is seriously neglecting its obligations” and that there are “serious deficiencies in the carrying out of external border controls.” Brussels gave Athens three months to improve its border controls, or risk being ousted from the passport-free area. But kicking Greece out of the Schengen zone will not have much impact on the influx of migrants to Europe since Greece does not share land borders with any other Schengen members as reported by Stratfor. Continue reading Quite simple again for EU leaders, Greeks are to blame for the ongoing refugee crisis

Syrian refugee couple photographed kissing in their tent in Hungary//La photo du «baiser des réfugiés syriens» émeut les réseaux sociaux


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Photo courtesy :Twitter , Yannis Androulidakis

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This photo was taken, thanks to István Zsíros, a Hungarian photographer, who knew how to capture this moment in the middle of the chaos that reigns on Europe’s borders and rail stations. This refugees’ kiss had an enormous success on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading Syrian refugee couple photographed kissing in their tent in Hungary//La photo du «baiser des réfugiés syriens» émeut les réseaux sociaux

What price for a little fresh air in the middle east? Surprising study results //Au Moyen-Orient, la guerre aurait fait baisser la pollution de l’air


Photo:Changes in the levels of nitrogen oxide between 2005 and 2010 (A) and 2010 and 2014 (B). Science Advances.

  • A combination of armed conflict, political upheaval and economic restrictions has unexpectedly decreased air pollution in the Middle East since 2010.
  • The Arab spring and economic crises in the Middle East have drastically altered air pollution levels in the region, according to new research.

    Levels of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas produced by car engines and power plants than can contribute to climate change, grew rapidly in cities like Damascus, Aleppo, Tehran and Cairo in the early years of the 2000s until they experienced a drop-off around the beginning of the following decade. The onset of unrest caused an economic impact that led to the decline, researchers say.

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    The report, published in the journal Science Advances, argues that the decline is “tragically” linked to political and social upheaval since the time of the Arab spring. It says the dramatic trend reversal is unique to the Middle East.

    “We find that geopolitics and armed conflict in the Middle East have really drastically altered air pollution emissions,” said Prof Jos Lelieveld, director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany and lead author on the report.

    “From 2005-10 the Middle East has been one of the regions with the fastest growing air pollution emissions. This also occurred in East Asia, but especially in the Middle East. This was related to economic growth in many countries. However it’s the only region in the world where this upward trend of pollution was interrupted around 2010 and then followed by very strong decline.”

    Continue reading What price for a little fresh air in the middle east? Surprising study results //Au Moyen-Orient, la guerre aurait fait baisser la pollution de l’air