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 "We need to see the creation of safe and legal routes for those trying to enter Europe so they don’t have to risk drowning in the Mediterranean, getting tear-gassed at eastern European borders or being crushed under lorries at Calais"
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"Too many are taking the path.
Too many of those on the road are babies being carried in nervous arms.
Too many are too desperate and too certain that they have no other option.
There are some indications that the inevitability of this flow is beginning to sink in."
Thousands of migrants are heading to Europe from the Middle East, on a dangerous, desperate journey fraught with risk.
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"Findings published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters tell a very different story. Using two samples with different concentrations of Ebola, the team studied the viral particles over the course of eight days. After the first day, the viral particle concentration decreased by 99%; however, the remaining particles were still detectable by day eight. The authors pointed out that the significant decrease early on may be because the virus attaches to other particles in the water, not because it is dying, which could make detection even more challenging.

Not only do the results indicate that Ebola is more persistent than previously believed, but it also means that the virus has another pathway for transmission. A patient infected with Ebola can produce up to nine liters of liquid waste each day; therefore, even greater precautions should be taken when handling contaminated liquid waste."
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 "The first reported case in the Ebola outbreak that has ravaged west Africa dates back to December 2013, in Guéckédou, a forested area of Guinea near the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers took it across the border: by late March, Liberia had reported eight suspected cases and Sierra Leone six. By the end of June 759 people had been infected and 467 people had died from the disease, making this the worst ever Ebola outbreak. As of August 23rd 2015, 28,041 cases and 11,302 deaths had been reported worldwide, the vast majority of them in these same three countries." 
THE first reported case in the Ebola outbreak that has ravaged west Africa dates back to December 2013, in Guéckédou, a forested area of Guinea near the border...
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  "With the start of the war between Germany and the Soviet Union, at least 900,000 ethnic Germans were deported from the autonomous Volga German Republic and other parts of the Soviet Union to Siberia, the Urals and Kazakhstan. In addition, about 300,000 refugees were forcibly “repatriated” after the war (the 1945 Potsdam Agreement allowed each occupation power to repatriate “its own citizens” into its country and this also led to enslavement and massive slaughter by the Red Army against the forcibly returned ethnic Germans from Russia who had previously fled to German areas for protection). 40% of Germans died as a result of massacres or during and after transportation."
Between 1930 and 1937, Russian Germans lost another quarter of their population through murder, engineered famines or deportation.
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 "Between 1926 and1933 Germany repeatedly appealed to the League of Nations to force Poland to uphold the treaties it had signed which protected the minorities. In 1934 Colonel Józef Beck (1894-1944) renounced Poland’s obligations under the minorities treaties, making matters between the German and Polish governments even more tense.[7] So long as Germany was a member of the League of Nations it brought more accusations about the mistreatment of minorities than any other member state. Poland was the nation- state most often blamed for the mistreatment of its minorities.
 
The rise of institutionalized antisemitism in Hitler’s Germany undermined the basis of the League’s approach to minorities because Germany now completely rejected the idea of assimilation.[8] The German government eventually took matters into its own hands and began sending money to ethnic Germans in Poland through private organizations. These organizations were secret, however, and the Polish government was very upset when it became public that Germany was sending money to Poland. Polish officials felt that this assistance made ethnic Germans in Poland dependent on Germany’s Nazi government, which became increasingly threatening after 1933.[9]"
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 "Although not a substitute for sanctuary in Europe, the EU needs a comprehensive global refugee policy. The response must include better cooperation within the EU among the 28 states on sharing responsibility within Europe.
It has to include articulating to the public why we should take refugees ourselves - in terms of ethics, law, economic and cultural benefits, and the symbolic importance of reciprocity.
But it also requires a plan for how to sustainably support refugees in other parts of the world. "
Europe needs to reconceive migration as a development issue rather than simply a humanitarian problem.
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 "ISLAMABAD: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) claimed that the refugee agency has facilitated the return of over 50,000 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year under the agency’s largest and longest running voluntary repatriation programme.


The UNHCR, as part of its facilitated group return (FGR) initiative, on Wednesday assisted a group of 550 registered Afghan refugees return to Herat from its voluntary repatriation centre in Baleli, Quetta, bringing the total number of refugees returned through Balochistan to 9,000, so far this year."
ISLAMABAD: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) claimed that the refugee agency has facilitated the return of over 50,000 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year under the agency’s largest and longest running voluntary repatriation programme. The UNHCR, as
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 "On 30 January 1923, after the Greek Turkish war that lasted almost three years, the two governments signed a convention in Lausanne that forced almost 2 million people to leave their homes and migrate across the Aegean."
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 "Britain is a nation of emigrants, not of immigrants. Since the middle ages our people have spread to all the corners of the globe; the country's dominant migration experience has been to send people abroad, rather than to receive them from overseas. The balance did not change until the early 1980s.
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               Henry VII encouraged John Cabot in his transatlantic ventures to Newfoundland at the end of the 15th century, around the same time as Columbus. From Elizabeth to the Stuarts, emigration to the new colonies in the Americas and elsewhere became an established part of English - and later Scottish and Irish - life. As always, motives were mixed; opportunity, improvement, making a fortune, freedom for unpopular religious views, greed. Some encouragement was given to emigration of the poor, from Tudor to Victorian times, to relieve the burden on Parish rates. "
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Making and Remaking America: Immigration into the United States
by Peter J. Duignan
Monday, September 15, 2003
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 Key interests:
 
Community Interests, including Comunity development. By Managing the Message !.My Vehicle for this is called The Broadarms Alliance.

 

 My general Interests:

 
I am also Interested in: Heritage, Culture, and History.  As well as Public Health and Safety issues.

Especially that in and around Cardiff UK. 

 

 I find the Environment and Energy issues an interesting challenge !. Along with Public Safety !.

I am also interested in the developing, "International Global Village".

I am interested in "quality of life issues".

The ability to "create wealth", and to maintain a "disposable income" !.

The problems associated with a "change of scale".

I would like to understand more about "leadership" ?.

  A developing interest of mine is "Energy and Power Generation", in Particular Electric Power !. Since March 2011, this has become associated, with disaster avoidance, and disaster recovery !. I take the view that we should look to make Nuclear Safe, so that in reality means safer, as nothing in this life is totally safe  !. I take the view that a good way of approaching this is to look at what happens when Nuclear Power, escapes in the form of contamination, beyond the boundaries of its site !. I see this as a question of Public Protection !. The basis of this protection being knowledge in the public domain of prevailing radiation levels !.

 

Since 2011

 I have been interested in understanding the Events at Fukushima Japan

  I am interested in understanding the developing Arab Spring, and the Events in Syria. In particular; understanding the striving for Freedom, and the resistance against it !.

 I regard Physical Conflict as being often a failure of Diplomacy !. I regard Diplomacy, as being a product of Education, Understanding and Experience !. Often Disadvantage  and even Poverty, may be at the root of these issues !.

 

Syria, and the Arab Spring

 I take an interest in this region, from the point of view of its Social-Economic implications, and the rights of Syrians to self-determination, in a fair and just way.

Africa

 Presents a number of interesting challenges, especially in regards to communications and organisation! The ability to realise Africa’s Natural wealth and to see that wealth distributed in a fair way!



My Political position
 
 I am not political, in the Party-Political sense !. But will engage with Politicians and Political organisations who are willing to benefit the community !. In this sense I am interested in Good and Just governance !.
 
 

My religious Beliefs

 I believe that: In the being, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God !.

  I  think: The Word was at first heard, then spoke, and later written. Today (2013) the word can be captured.  Soon after the Word was first heard, it became remembered, and being remembered became spoken more. With increased speaking the Word evolved into more words, which became words to make things cleared, and better understood. As the use of Words grew, then understanding grew. At the same time the presence of God, became less apparent to human kind. As over familiarity tends to bread contempt ?..  As has been both said and written “God Defieth all understanding” !.

 

I believe
 

 An understanding History, our own, or others, can lead us to learn, by other peoples experiences (and by implication, by other peoples mistakes.). Though the past is like a foreign land, of which we may know very little !. The past is often obscured, by the mists of time, and by evolving cultures.

I believe that freedom of movement and access, is important !.

 

Conflict

 Winning a Battle can in some cases lead to loosening a War !.  Winning a War may not lead to winning the Peace !. Battles and Wars, that do not secure the Peace, are Hollow victories !.

 Hollow victories are likely to lead to renewed conflict ?.

 

My local language variant

Wenglish.    a Wenglander.

 

Personal Observations !.

 The mode of production, is to a large extent dependent on the mode of transport !. Sustainable places of personal residence, can be dependent on both of these !.

 Increasing technology,produces increased complexity for understanding, and can lead to new divisions of labour, or rather intelligent knowledge !. New technologies, appear to be greatly dependent on access to specific natural resources !. This appears to be fueling Globalisation, and, an increasing interdependency, across cultures, and states !.

 Emerging Electronic Technology appears to be changing peoples perception of Political Decision Making. ?. A demand for more direct involvement in the political process, appears to be emerging World wide, and is especially apparent in what the West calls, underdeveloped Countries !.

 

 In the UK, we pass on the left, except when at Sea, when we pass on the right !. So perhaps we tend to regard others then ourselves, as being at Sea ?.

 

The UK Army by tradition, when on Parade, Dresses to the right, hence the saying “I’m all right Jack”

 

An organisation may be seen when the sum of the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.

 Should the key effect of government not be the application of the Multiplier Factor? That is to say the organising of human effort so that the sum of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts !.

 

 
It may all come down to:

A Matter of time !.
The expectation of competition, appears to put pressure on time, and as such things tend to become “a factor of time “!. This appears to lead to a speeding up, of things !. With the effect of certain things coming into view !. While other things disappear from view !. These things which disappear from view, may suddenly disappear, or gradually fade out of view !. The gap between the extremes of what is seen and what is not, can become confusion !. This confusion can be compounded, with the stresses caused, by the demands to adjust !.

Due to uncertainty, about what is being observed!.. The culture of communications, and the cultures participating in this, will play a part, and the outcome of this will be, that cultures will fragment, and or combine !. So adding to the degree of uncertainty.

The effect on preconceived organisation, appears to be a possible cause of the downfall of some organisations, as their sense of identity as an organisation, appears to constrain their ability to adjust, making them slower, to both respond, and to comprehend !.

Clearly then the speed and effectiveness of response, along with the ability to comprehend, could be a key factor in navigating, for future progress, and a decent life !.

Hence the old expression of, “the  quick and the dead”, becomes a reality !.
 
  
  

European Union

 Since Cyprus and the European move, to break the Savings Guarantee, I “no-longer” support Britain being in Europe !.

 
I like

  I like drawing other people’s attention, to the existence of things. By distributing links, to online pages on which that sort of information appears !.

 These days (March 26th 2013) one finds oneself, submersed with information to digest, from a wide variety of sources !. The information originates from who knows where, for who known’s what reason ?  Working out the possible relevance of this information, can prove a particular challenge !. Working out how to make productive and constructive use, of the information, can become another challenge !.




My current preoccupation


The current (2015)Free Market Economy, which appears to becoming increasingly dominant in many parts of the world, appears likely to be challenged by emerging technologies  As it is that people consume and without an income people cannot be a part of the free market?. So how will people be able to gain an income when most the work is done by technology?



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 From time to time, I appear to experience, what may be, a manifestation of suppressed precognitive capacity, within myself !.

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