Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Adressing the Global Refugee Crisis, Kenya's Role in Somalia, Negotiating with North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan Unite against Terror

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Adressing the Global Refugee Crisis, Kenya's Role in Somalia, Negotiating with North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan Unite against Terror

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The Age / Melbourne, AustraliaAddressing global refugee crises through international cooperationJane McAdam, law professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia, writes, "As the head of the British Refugee Council said: 'People fleeing atrocities will not stop coming if we stop throwing them life-rings.... The answer isn't to build the walls of fortress Europe higher; it's to provide more safe and legal channels for people to access protection.' As long as asylum policies are conditioned on national interests, we will never achieve a sufficiently harmonised approach to the global reality of displacement. International co-operation, not unilateralism, is the only way forward."

Spiegel Online / Hamburg, GermanyEurope should create better asylum procedures"The mass deaths of refugees at Europe's external borders are no accidents - they are the direct result of European Union policies...," writes German journalist Maximilian Popp. "European politicians lament the refugee drama. But then they continue to seal the borders - the very act which is the precondition for the disaster. The leaders of the EU member states and their interior ministers can no longer be allowed to continue to get away with the status quo.... The EU should create asylum procedures at the embassies of its member states in the same way Switzerland has done. This would mean that in the future, refugees could apply for asylum at the embassies of EU member states outside of Europe. This would spare them the potentially deadly path across the borders."

The Standard / Nairobi, KenyaKenya's dilemma: to pull troops out of Somalia or not"The debate on calls to pull Kenyan troops out of Somalia after the massacre of 148 Garissa University College students by Al-Shabaab terrorists has gathered pace and is influenced by partisan politics," states an editorial. "Government supporters say pulling the Kenya Defence Forces ... out of the troubled ... nation will not halt terror attacks in Kenya and will only undermine national security. But many in the Opposition argue the troops' presence in Somalia has become costly, both in lives lost and materially, while moderates advocate for a review of military strategy while keeping boots on the ground. …

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