Refugee Crisis in Perspective


 Syrian children march in the refugee camp in Jordan. The number of Children in this camp exceeds 60% of the total number of refugees hence the name "Children's camp". Some of them lost their relatives, but others lost their parents.

Syrian children march in the refugee camp in Jordan. The number of Children in this camp exceeds 60% of the total number of refugees hence the name “Children’s camp”. Some of them lost their relatives, but others lost their parents.

Occasionally I link to posts from other blogs and widen the scope of this normally personal blog.  This is an issue on which one cannot remain silent.

If you had any doubts as to the level of disingenuousness displayed by some of our political elites regarding the treatment of refugees by Europe, let alone Britain, then this post from “This Too Is Africa” should be a salutary reminder that many other much poorer parts of the world have been bearing the brunt of this major problem for a long time now.

You can’t have wars without refugees and they cannot be dismissed as economic migrants.

Lord Trumpington Of Trump Hall


I first saw this on the Foreign Policy web site – yes I know, how very nerdy of me – but I suspect that this is already going “viral”, as they say, on the interwebs.  Despite that it is too good not to re-post for any who might have missed it.

Some have suggested that the voice is that of none other than “the Cumberbatch” himself.  Whoever it is the essential, frightening point is that if said in the right accents almost anything can sound reasonable and convincing.  This is a phenomenon that is never lost on the ruling elites of this country at least.

Britain, Once a Muslim Empire.


Clearly prompted by the recent safety problems facing those managing the Hajj nowadays this article illustrates, as ever, the importance of an historical understanding of events and circumstances.  What of contemporary British attitudes to Muslims?

Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British calendar
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/package-tour-to-mecca-how-the-hajj-became-an-essential-part-of-the-british-calendar