The Cambridge Dictionary defines “taking the lid off” as: “to cause something bad that was previously kept secret to be known by the public” (Cambridge Dictionary, Cambridge University Press). A writer like Thomas L. Friedman in the New York times should know this perfectly well, as he used this term in his column ‘ Opinion Can I Ruin Your Dinner Party?’ published on the 7th August 2018. This is the reason for why I writing this. Because of two paragraphs that needs to be addressed, I will first let his words speak, before showing what the EU says about the matter. As a European, the American writer doesn’t make sense.
The key part was:
“Toppling Qaddafi without building a new order may go down as the single dumbest action the NATO alliance ever took. It took the lid off Africa, leading to some 600,000 asylum seekers and illegal migrants flocking to Italy’s shores in recent years, with 300,000 staying there and the rest filtering into other E.U. countries. This has created wrangles within the bloc over who should absorb how many migrants and has spawned nationalist-populist backlashes in almost every E.U. country” (Thomas L. Friedman – ‘Opinion Can I Ruin Your Dinner Party?’ 07.08.2018 link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/opinion/can-i-ruin-your-dinner-party.html).
I don’t know in which world Friedman is residing, but the words of the EU, Zelesa and MPC are clearly not opening any jars of uncertainty. Yes, there been a growing amount of illegal and non-asylum seekers through the United Nations or Bilateral Organizations, which they have come from War-Zones as in the past. As the EU Member States takes their quota of refugees and asylum-seekers as a global task of helping people in need, as that cannot happen where they are or they are living in temporary shelters awaiting hopefully a helpful nation to become their guardian. However, no else is saying it is NATO fault or even the fall Qaddafi, which is the reason for crossing across the Mediterranean sea. There is more porous borders as well as the conflict in the Sahel Region that has continued. These are all reasons for the transport of refugees from the rest of the Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there was never a lid to be taken of the continent.
The EU Science Hub states:
“Between 2008 and 2016, the total annual number of African migrants remained stable. However, legal immigration was declining in this period, while the number of irregular arrivals and asylum claims of Africans increased. Irregular arrivals of Africans via the Mediterranean started to decline again in 2017.In Europe, the majority of African immigrants come from North Africa, with most people making the move to reunite with family members already settled in a European country” (EU Science Hub – ‘New perspectives on African migration’ 01.07.2018 link: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/new-perspectives-african-migration).
EU Project opened more nations for Immigration:
“Clearly, African immigration to Europe was marked by increasing diversification both in the number of countries sending and receiving the immigrants. Particularly remarkable was the emergence of the southern European countries, principally Italy, Portugal, and Spain, themselves longstanding emigration countries, as immigration countries. This was as much a product of the improving economic fortunes in these countries and their integration into the prosperity and political sphere of Western Europe as it was of mounting immigration pressures on their borders to the east and the south. Enclosed in a new European transnational space, new identities of ethnicity and citizenship began to emerge that entailed creating both symbolic and material borders to keep away or distinguish the immigrants. The Europeanization of these countries and the rebordering of the Mediterranean that it implied required the separation and stigmatization ofimmigrants from the global South (Suarez-Navaz, 1997; Royo, 2005)” (Paul Tiyambe Zeleza – ‘Africa ‘s Contemporary Global Migrations: Patterns, Perils, and Possibilities’ P: 39, June 2010).
Migration Profile – Libya:
“Despite Libya being, first and foremost, a country of immigration, the deterioration of immigrants’ conditions in the country has also made it an important country for transit migration and particularly for the many migrants trying to reach Malta and the Italian Isle of Lampedusa As to emigration patterns, Libya has never recorded significant outward migration flows. However, during the 2011 unrest, there was an upsurge of Libyan nationals fleeing the country. According, though, to the authorities in neighbouring countries, the great majority are believed to already have returned to Libya” (…) “To conclude, two considerations can be made about the impact of the Libyan crisis on international migration movements. On the one hand, Sub Saharan nationals were without any doubt the people most at risk, both in Libya and at the borders (where repatriation activities led to an impasse). On the other hand, the capacity of neighbouring African countries to manage the crisis in terms of the reception of migrants was remarkable. (IOM, 2012)” (Migration Policy Center – ‘MPC – MIGRATION PROFILE Libya, June 2013).
As we can really see, is that what Friedman is saying is wrong. The African Migration to Europe has lasted long. That is not new and has usually followed to the previous Colonizers of the ones migrating. However, with the change of he European Union, has changed that pattern, but not opened up something. The Libyan Crisis and fall of Qaddafi have had is effect. However, the results by the EU and the IOM are stating not as bad as previously stated. Also that the “illegal” are rising, but less of the direct asylum-seekers, meaning their means and ways has changed, but the end-game are more of the same. They are still fleeing from crisis and wars in Sub-Saharan Africa, but they doing so by the shores of Northern Africa crossing into EU Countries.
So, the taking the lid off by invading and deposing Qaddafi seems like far-fetched. That is a lie, also a relic of the past, as Friedman sounds like they opened a box with a box-opener. This was simply done with getting rid of one dictator. He seems like that is the reason for the whole transit in Libya, not the whole conflict within the continent and neither the true nature of it all. As people are doing whatever they can to get shelter and hope for the future, because the International Community isn’t reacting or caring about the oppression in their nations. They are forgotten and know they will not get help, as the Western Powers are boasting these leaders who oppress and then people want to flee from these shores.
No lid was taken, it was never a lid there to begin with? Are there a lid that was opened so that United States could have space for all the slaves in the past? Or is there a lid taken of the brain of Trump? We all, the rest of the world really want to know.
Enough of this nonsense. Peace.
Where did humanity go in our time? When did we cease to care about other people’s struggle and their causes? When did that cease to matter? Because in our time, the rich and wealthy are securing more and more resources, while the poor is having no ways to get out of it. The states are closing their borders, stricter rules for refugees and asylum-seekers. While in dictatorships, the harassments and the internally displaced numbers are rising. The rich countries are investing in warfare, but not taking charge for the fleeing refugees from the crisis. They are trying to pay the states in regions and close the borders in migration routes. There is no heart, just cash-money. The heart has left, and the ignorance is rising.
The deaths of civil wars, the displacements of draconian laws and of dictators doesn’t matter. The lack of dialogue and of political freedoms, that doesn’t matter either. The lack of compassion and of political will change is also okay. As long as the troubles from afar doesn’t touch us. However, we will seal of the borders and make sure the innocent victims of internal disputes and skirmishes hopefully can cross the border to the closest country and not seek refugees in Europe or in the United States. Because, we cannot mange to show some humanity and heart.
The blood in your veins should boil, but for most. We don’t give a damn, they don’t give a fig. If their villages are burned to the ground by the military. If the Police is detaining people without any justification. If the state is securing the demise and death on fake imports. All of that doesn’t matter, as long as it doesn’t happen where we are.
This is the despicable. This is the reality. Our time, our reality, what our representatives put forward and make sure to build big invisible walls and mechanisms to close borders. To make it less achievable and costly to cross. Even more dangerous, as the perils of death and destruction at home isn’t better. But to leave can also cost your life, either by crook or by the book. Secondly, there will be nobody to even care to look.
This should be disgusting. Knowing that people are dying fleeing civil-wars and dictatorship, than when they are entering our safe havens; there is no one caring for their ills and troubles. They will just shrug it off like dirt on their shoulders and move on. There is lack of solidarity and heart. I hope in my time, that the Republic’s and Nation’s that close their borders never start warfare with themselves. As the ones who saw what we did. Might also give us no helping hand. They might say, we saw what your parents did to us. Why should we save the kids to such despicable people? Why do you deserve safe haven, when you couldn’t help our kind in need?
That is what I worry about, because we never know when the tide change, when society start to deteriorate or self-destruct. That is within us and we never know. We could be next, right now it is our brothers from afar, next time it could our closest neighbor or even ourselves. Than, they will remember our cold hearts and lack of compassion in the times of need. Peace.
What the President has done, is maybe in short-term postponing worse states of affirmative action towards the immigrants and their families. But the hurt, the uncertainty over thousands of kids, that are awaiting their destiny and the futures are still in the hand of the Republic. The machinery and the businesses are still running behind the Customs and Border Agents, the ICE agents are still rounding up people and the attacks on refugees, asylums-seekers and anyone crossing the Southern-Borders are still in affect. This sort of activity is shut-down over night. There is no time to celebrate, there is still thousands of victims.
I cannot clap for the Republic that stole the kids from the parents hands and put them into cages. I cannot proclaim joy in the government that leaves the UN Human Rights Council. I cannot say its cool what has been done and how they will continue to pursuit injustice towards innocent people trying to seek refuge. That is why the Dreamers are in limbo, if not already afraid of their demise and return to unknown destinations. That is why the kids are awaiting the moment of meeting their parents again. Some are even deported, while they are left-behind. That is the utter insult to humanity. This is a travesty and a self-made tragedy by the Trump Administration. There isn’t anything positive coming out of the Zero-Tolerance at the Southern Border to Mexico. Only pain and suffering.
When your are deemed criminal for crossing a border, when your seen as problem and an issue. Before you even speak. Your deemed as a criminal and outlaw for simply seeking refuge. You know that the country your travel to is insane. That the laws are insane, because your deemed a criminal for just existing and not done anything with criminal intent. There isn’t anything the asylum-seekers and refugees can do. They are criminal and pre-fixed into a horrific situation. There isn’t anything in their powers. They are losing their kids and their future, they are losing their homes and the destination. Nothing is left to gain.
I cannot see how the United States are earning on it either. Making more people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, making more kids feeling hurt and traumatized, while parents are also that, while lingering in private company prison cells. Awaiting judgement for their future and hopefully be freed to see their family members again. Even if the Executive Order comes into power. It will still take time and effort to find the parents, find homes and shelters to the ones separated. This isn’t a quick fix, especially when the Republic has already sent certain parents home and their kid is left behind in the United States.
That is why this situation, this insult to humanity, this horrific and tragic affair, which was created by the Trump Administration is not a quick-fix. This a badly demonstrated of draconian laws, without consideration of the implications and neither the consequences of their actions. This is just ill judgement and the ones behind it should take the cost. They should resign and ask themselves why they promoted it and did it. Who in the hell are blatant disregard of the family, that they can with the power of the Republic take away the kids from the Parents. On the grounds that they crossed the borders, that is insane and wrong. How dare you take away the most precious and the most dear to people, their kids and not be responsible for the affair.
This is should be sanctioned, this should be costly for the United States, not just mildly rebuked or condemn. This should cost and the tab should be on the White House. Donald J. Trump aren’t a hero for signing the Executive Order yesterday. It shouldn’t be needed to do so in the first place. There isn’t anyone sane or within bounds of capacity that would ever consider that rational space of separating parents from their children. That is just a crime in itself, to take away the ones who you hold the most dare.
We have no seen to what length the Trump Administration goes and this will have affect. It will take weeks into months before this is out of bound. Because it is not just to lock the doors of these camps, the administration need to find the parents and then figure funds for travel. Later shelter to secure their return. This will be prolonged. The journey of hell for this kids are not over.
This is all thanks to evil men and woman of the Trump Administration. Peace.
The European Council in the draft note before the next general meeting. Is establishing mechanisms, which would ensure that less tries to cross the oceans to get to safe harbour in Europe. This by both giving financial aid possibly and make the Border States have settlements of asylum-seekers and whatnot.
“The European Council will also strengthen EU external instruments on migration in the context of the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, in particular so as to ensure effective cooperation with countries of origin and transit. To this end, the external components of the internal, border, asylum and migration funds should include a dedicated external migration management window specifically geared towards stemming irregular migration flows” (Council of the European Union – European Council meeting (28 June 2018) – Draft conclusions -8147/18, 19.06.2018).
This is really nasty stuff, that the European Union continues to purge like this and with these methods. Actually, making sure the refugees and asylum-seekers are stationed in Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and everything else bordering at sea towards Europe. There is lack of heart and with intent of shattering people’s dreams of possible refuge. That is what this is.
They are planning external migration management to stop the flow of people crossing into their borders. That means an invisible wall with functions and mechanisms stopping the ones trying to seek refuge. Just think about that, the sovereign states on the borders are bushwhacked by the EU and also most likely pushed by the funds their way as a bargain. Both parties with no consideration of the implications on the lives on the ones fleeing war-zones and civil-wars, famine or any sort of disaster that are creating all the reasons for fleeing on humanitarian grounds. Still, the EU will use these states as buffers and shield itself from people coming.
We can all see with this, the precious and deep scars, the evidence of control and also extending boundaries, just so, the ones in need cannot cross into refuge. They cannot get shelter or hope for the future, but live in oblivion, outcast in their own homeland and not welcome at the destination either. It is just a sad story of our time and the lack of compassion within the leadership of our representatives as well. Peace.
It is a disgrace, it’s a sad reality, where the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald J. Trump. All of the current day administration is separating kids from their parents for the sole purpose of showing themselves as a sovereign nations. It is insult to all families world-wide, it is in an insult to humanity itself. This is a disgrace.
The former place of freedom and liberty, is now gone, the place for human rights and for liberty itself. Is history, the reflection of beacon of hope is gone in the whirlwind of oppression and despicable leadership. The American Government, the United States of America cannot be trusted. Because they take the weakest and kick them while their down. They take the kids away from their parents.
They are initially saying anyone who comes to the borders are illegal upon entry. Everyone is a criminal and deserves to be punished to arrive in the United States. Therefore, there shouldn’t be anyone who travels to the US for their vacations. Neither, anyone educated shouldn’t travel there to use their brains to develop this country. Everyone should flee from the United States. No one should go there.
No person deserve this prejudged treatment. None. Nobody. It is inappropriate to take the kids from the parents. Instead of shielding them, they are taking them to camps and separating them. They are like thieves and hawks, they are determined to destroy and inflict harm on the weakest of the weak, the innocent child. They use the bible and laws, which are to entail harm on the innocent. Its distasteful and disgrace.
The world should suspend all activity in the United Nations Headquarter and ask for removal of it. To another nation, where they actually values families and the hardships of Latin American people. Where the world can look up to and know that immigrants and refugees will be safe in. Because in the United States. They are as horrific as in war-zones, even worse because they do it deliberately with knowledge of the pains it causes.
It is evil, it is evil to take away toddlers away from the parents and not knowing when they meet again. To make them sleep on floors and in cages. They are not circus animals, they are brothers and sisters of the Human God-Damn RACE. They are human beings like you and me. Just born into this devilish world of Republic draconian affairs. They didn’t ask for this and the parents flee crisis, droughts, militias and instability in their countries for refugees. Instead, they get more violence and more trouble for the possible redemption of life.
The United States should know better, but with Trump and Sessions at the helm. They really brought the Shameful Era. They have done it with passion and with no heart, they don’t consider the Latin American’s immigrating.
We cannot look up to the US for hope or any sort positive message, because they only comes with bombs, grenades and hatred for the human race. There is only shame and despicable activity from the Trump Administration. They have no common sense, no heart or no soul of any kind. They are heatless vessels of despots and tin-pot judgements, that shouldn’t be in our time. However, sadly it is.
No parent should be separated from their kid, no state should do this. None. Peace.