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By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2016
At least 4,220 refugees have already died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2016
European governments and the European Union bear full responsibility for turning the Mediterranean into a watery grave.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016
The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.
By Joanne Laurier, 28 May 2016
John Carney’s Sing Street is a musical comedy-drama set in Dublin in the mid-1980s. Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, based on a 1969 French thriller, takes its name from a painting by British artist David Hockney.
By Julie Hyland, 7 May 2016
Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2016
It is feared that dozens of innocent men, women, and children have again drowned in the Mediterranean, victims of the EU’s sinister and vindictive refugee policy.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 April 2016
The fatalities are looked upon as collateral damage by Europe’s ruling elite, which aims to deter refugees by sealing the EU’s borders and subjecting asylum seekers to violence, mass incarceration and deportation.
By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2016
Having shared power in coalition with the SPD in Berlin between 2001 and 2011 and overseen a social catastrophe, the Left Party is now preparing to carry out similar policies in a new coalition with the SPD and Greens.
By Verena Nees and Bernd Reinhardt, 27 February 2016
This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 11-20, 2016.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 January 2016
The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 November 2015
The announcement that Germany will deport refugees to the first EU country they entered will have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and further intensify tensions within Europe.
By Joe Mount, 5 November 2015
Lustgarten’s play attempts to convey the lives and plight of ordinary people and avoids the self-absorption of many artists.
By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2015
Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya Wednesday morning.
By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015
At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 25 June 2015
The military operation will use military force against refugee boats, particularly in Libya, and involves a massive expansion of intelligence and police powers.
By Robert Stevens, 23 May 2015
The European Union is rapidly moving to further subordinate and plunder former imperialist colonies, under the guise of “solving the refugee problem.”
By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2015
EU military intervention would be aimed at stopping refugees now seeking transport across the Mediterranean from even setting foot on board a ship—by destroying the ships.
By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2015
The European powers are preparing to exploit the mass deaths in the Mediterranean to intervene militarily once again in the geostrategically important and resource-rich region.
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2015
The horrific death toll in the Mediterranean Sea is a direct consequence of the militaristic policies of the US government, backed by its European allies, in the Middle East and Africa.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015
As desperate migrants increasingly seek refuge in Europe, the EU is transforming the Mediterranean into a no-go zone, resulting in a string of horrific tragedies.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 February 2015
The toll is the biggest loss of life since October, 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the island of Lampedusa.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014
Under pressure from the EU, the Italian government has ended its Mare Nostrum rescue program and will permit tens of thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 October 2014
The EU is shelving any measures to rescue refugees from drowning on their way to Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 October 2014
Reports from various German refugee facilities have revealed that residents are subjected to systematic torture and humiliation at the hands of security staff.
By Martin Krieckenbaum, 19 September 2014
More than 25,000 refugees have died trying to enter Europe since 2000.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014
Underlying the desperate attempts of refugees to reach Europe is the chaos that multiple imperialist interventions have inflicted upon the Middle East and Africa.
By Stéphane Hugues, 6 September 2014
Natacha Bouchart is demanding that Britain help fund the repression of migrants trapped in Calais as they seek to reach Britain.
By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014
Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.
By Sybille Fuchs, 19 July 2014
The EU is investing billions to keep out desperate refugees and to send them back to poverty, civil war or certain death.
By Martin Kriekenbaum, 7 July 2014
On June 30, the Italian Coast Guard discovered the bodies of 45 refugees in an overcrowded fishing boat.
By Berndt Reinhardt, 2 July 2014
Refugees in Berlin are demanding the democratic right to be free to choose where they live, work and raise a family.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2014
The number of migrants arriving in Italy in 2014 increased by 823 percent over the same period last year.
By Martin Krieckenbaum, 21 May 2014
The fact that the European Union, now home to about 500 million people, is unwilling and unable to absorb a few tens of thousands of refugees exposes its historical bankruptcy.
By SEP candidate Danny Dickinson, 21 April 2014
The Socialist Equality Party (UK), together with the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, is standing candidates for the elections to the European Parliament.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 March 2014
The Italian authorities’ boasting about the recent rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean is a cynical cover for their anti-refugee policies.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2014
Afghan and Syrian refugees were allegedly “pushed back” towards Turkey.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2014
Over the past week, Hamburg police declared entire areas “danger zones” where basic democratic rights were curtailed, citing violence against police officers.
By , 10 January 2014
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2014
For the first time in Germany’s post-war history, police have declared large parts of a major city to be a “no-go zone.”
By Mike Head, 24 December 2013
A 92-page “letter of concern” sheds further light on the inhuman conditions in the country’s detention facilities.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 December 2013
The response of the European Union to the recent asylum-seeker tragedy in Lampedusa has been to intensify immigration controls.
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2013
Migrants at a camp on the island of Lampedusa were forced to strip naked, in mixed company, and then hosed down by staff.
By our reporter, 16 November 2013
At least 12 more migrants, reportedly fleeing the Syrian civil war and seeking to enter Europe, have drowned off the Greek island of Lefkada.
By Denis Krasnin and Dietmar Henning, 29 October 2013
The Hamburg state Senate has assumed a leading role in the persecution of refugees, building up the powers of the state for use against the working class as a whole.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 October 2013
The European Union has responded to the refugee crisis in Lampedusa by hermetically sealing its borders and expanding the police apparatus used to repel refugees.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013
The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
By our correspondents, 24 October 2013
Refugees have been protesting in Berlin against inhumane living conditions. Many came to Germany after suffering from EU austerity policies in Greece and the NATO war against Libya.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 October 2013
The SPD has dropped the reformist demands it raised during the election campaign to signal its readiness to cooperate with the conservative parties.
By Mariane Arens, 21 October 2013
The so-called stability law 2014 mandates spending cuts of close to €12 billion and tax cuts for business of €3.7 billion.
By Sven Heymanns and Stefan Steinberg, 18 October 2013
Politicians of all stripes are viciously persecuting survivors who have managed to cross the borders of “Fortress Europe”.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2013
From the outside, the EU is like a fortress before whose walls thousands of migrants lose their lives, while inside it resembles a prison, with rising poverty and exploitation.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 16 October 2013
In the immediate wake of the Lampedusa tragedy, the EU has adopted the Eurosur programme aimed at preventing immigrants from entering Europe.
By Berndt Reinhardt and Stefan Steinberg, 16 October 2013
Asylum seekers in Berlin have declared they are prepared to sacrifice their lives should the German government fail to respond to their demands.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013
Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013
This shocking tragedy brings renewed attention to the toll in lives from the European Union’s reactionary Frontex anti-immigrant legislation.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2013
After the loss of 300 lives in the boat disaster off Lampedusa, the EU is demanding even more measures against immigrants fleeing poverty and war.
By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2013
The Italian government is responsible for the deaths of up to 400 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa.
By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2013
Over the past months, there has been a vast increase in the numbers of asylum seekers attempting to enter Europe via this route.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 April 2012
NATO bears a high degree of responsibility for the deaths of 63 refugees, who died of thirst last spring in the Mediterranean as they travelled from Libya to Italy.
By Marianne Arens, 10 October 2011
The recent closure of the refugee camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa will lead to more deaths added to the list of hundreds who have died trying to escape war-torn Libya.
By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2011
Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony, Libya.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2011
NATO has allowed hundreds of refugees from Libya war to drown at sea.
By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2011
NATO forces are charged with allowing refugees to drown and deliberately targeting civilian journalists for bombing.
By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2011
Italian fighter jets take off regularly from the Birgi Trapani air force base in Sicily and from the aircraft carrier Garibaldi, to drop their deadly cargo over the former Italian colony.
By Barry Grey, 10 May 2011
The British Guardian newspaper published an investigative report Monday documenting the case of African refugees who were left to die by NATO and European authorities in the early days of the war against Libya.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 May 2011
EU member states plan to reintroduce border controls within the EU, while upgrading surveillance along its external borders.
By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2011
As the bombing of Libya enters its fourth week, Italy is looking for ways to participate more actively in the war.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 April 2011
The landing of North African refugees landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa and on Malta has unleashed a series of violent disputes within the EU.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 April 2011
Coast guards reported that the straits between the island of Lampedusa and the North African coast were the scene of yet another tragedy, after a boat capsized in stormy seas with many lives lost.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 March 2011
For years the European Union has collaborated closely with the dictatorships in Libya and Tunisia to stop refugees breaching the perimeter of “Fortress Europe”.
By Joanne Laurier, 27 July 2010
Numerous critics argue that director Luca Guadagnino’s I am Love represents something of a revival of Italian cinema, and compare the new film favorably to Luchino Visconti’s 1963 masterpiece, The Leopard.
By David Walsh, 3 June 2010
Senso, the 1954 film directed by Luchino Visconti about the Italian national unification struggle in the nineteenth century, is a beautiful and important work.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 October 2009
The scandalous treatment of Bierdel and his crew is a direct result of the criminal immigration policy adopted by the EU aimed at turning Europe into a fortress.
By Marianne Arens, 27 August 2009
The Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi has led a contemptible months-long campaign against African refugees and is quite prepared to accept the deadly consequences of its policy.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 April 2009
On March 31 several hundred refugees drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. A large measure of responsibility for this tragedy rests with the European Union and its anti-immigration policy.
By Barry Mason, 7 April 2009
Over 230 migrants were feared drowned at the end of last month when their overcrowded boat capsized in high winds around 30 miles off the coast of Libya.
By Marianne Arens, 29 January 2009
Residents of the island of Lampedusa are opposing the chauvinist campaign of the Italian Berlusconi government to scapegoat refugees.
By Paul Stuart, 22 July 2008
Once again, Spain has been gripped by horrific images of boats drifting from Africa to its shores overflowing with the traumatized and exhausted bodies of migrant workers lying motionless amongst the dead. It is estimated that over the last few years up to 3,000 migrants have died en route to Spain. But this year Francisco Vicente, the head of the Red Cross in the Spanish port of Almería declared that, “In five years, this is the worst I have ever seen.”
By Paul Stuart, 21 July 2008
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By Marcus Morgan, 13 October 2007
A recent study conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), estimates that up to 3,000 migrants have died attempting to cross from West Africa into Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 August 2006
African leaders have agreed to demands to strengthen immigration controls after European Union leaders promised to give more aid. Efforts to strengthen “Fortress Europe” were at the centre of discussions last month when 57 European and African countries took part in the first Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in the Moroccan capital Rabat.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 June 2006
The European Union has used the Canary Islands boat people tragedy to create a new border patrol. The deputy prime minister of Spain, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, had asked for EU help in curbing the number of boats landing on the Spanish territory, which is situated off the western coast of Africa, 50 miles from Morocco. She praised the decision of the EU to create the new patrol as “a common policy on frontier control for the first time on the part of the European Union.”
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 November 2005
The following is the first of a two-part article.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 October 2004
While the European Union is still discussing how to circumvent international law in order to establish camps for refugees in North Africa, the Italian government is creating facts on the ground. In defiance of existing national laws and international agreements, last weekend it summarily deported to Libya up to 1,000 refugees who had reached Italy’s Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. They were expelled from the country without being allowed to apply for asylum.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 July 2004
On June 20, the rescue ship Cap Anamur picked up 37 African refugees from a sinking inflatable boat in the Mediterranean Sea, near the Italian island of Lampedusa. When the Cap Anamur tried to dock at Empodocle, the nearest port in Sicily, Italian navy frigates and helicopters as well as the Coast Guard were sent to force it back to sea.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 25 July 2003
Two ships packed with refugees on their way to Italy capsized on June 16 and 20, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 250 people. The response of the Italian government to this tragedy, however, has been to vilify refugees, announce tougher measures to fend off incoming refugees and force states bordering the European Union (EU) to do the same.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 July 2003
While heads of government at the European Union (EU) summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, last month resolved on further measures to restrict refugees, more than 250 were estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean in two shipping incidents. According to a study undertaken by United, an anti-racism network, documented deaths directly attributable to the border security measures and the consolidation of Fortress Europe rose to a total of more than 4,000 in the last 10 years.
By Joanne Laurier, 23 May 2003
This is the second of three articles on the recent San Francisco International Film Festival. The third article will be posted next week.
By , 30 December 1999
The World Socialist Web Site editorial board asked a number of contributing writers and readers to list their favorite artists, works and performers of the century in several categories. The contributors, including artists and critics, have collectively spent a good many years thinking about aesthetic questions.