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by Elmar Stellnberger

Krieg und Flucht aus dem Nahen Osten

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: de,
Type:
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A true word on asylum policy in Germany and Austria

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Most of the people who come to us as refugees have no right for asylum according to the Geneva Refugee Convention and international law. If there is exactly one teacher in a Syrian village who expresses himself critical of the regime and is then persecuted or is afraid of being killed, then precisely this teacher has the right for asylum; said Mr. Univ. Prof. Michael Geistlinger. Of course, we can also grant the many displaced persons a humanitarian right to stay, but there is no obligation under international law to do so. In addition, it would be much more effective to help the people in neighboring countries so that they can come back later and rebuild their country. Instead of ensuring that those who are actually being persecuted by foreign regimes or secret services have the opportunity to come to Europe and receive asylum here, Mrs. Angela Merkel, among others, provoked a mass migration of peoples with her “invitation”, while the German secret service is allowed to cooperate with the Syrian regime under Assad. Anyone who is really persecuted has to get under the wheels in such a system.




Say “No” to an Austrian Surveillance State!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
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On 2016-01-27 the Austrian parliament will vote for or against the new 'State Protection Law' (Staatsschutzgesetz). It contains a lineament which can be seen as anti-democratic. Other than the data preservation law (Vorratsdatenspeicherung) as previously rejected by lawyers there will be no protection for whistleblowers. There is no passage which would exclude the media so that people who give information to the media could be protected. The bill contains a far reaching surveillance authority including to store when people go where as well as electronice communication like emails and social media; all of it without the consent of a lawyer. The data will be forwarded to foreign intelligence. Participating in a demonstration can be reason enough to be put under surveillance (because of so called 'Landfriedensbruch' i.e. breaking the country´s quietude.).

» more in German on the website of Klaus Schreiner.



Save Madaya from Starvation!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Though the latest aid deliveries for Madaya in Syria have succeeded after three month of starvation there is no guarantee that they can continue. We cannot stand by and watch while 40,000 Syrians starve to death because of a tight siege around various towns and villages in Syria. Ask the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bring all parties together including Turkey, Iran, and their allies trying to lift the siege on Madaya and other besieged towns in Syria.

» to the petition by Avaaz.



Save our Environment and our Climate!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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100% Clean Energy until 2050

Scientists have been warning us since a long time that global warming could be accelerated beyond our control. It would be fatal if the perma-frost soil in the arctic tundra would dew up and release gigantic amounts of methane gas. Sign this petition from Avaaz to call 'national, local, and international leaders' for action as indicated by the COP21 agreement and 'to do this fairly, with support to the most vulnerable among us'. This would require a decarbonization up to 2050. “The most important petition we've ever done”, says Avaaz. - to the petition [https]


We do not want to continue like this!

The BUND, German subsidiary from Friends of Earth, calls for a protest march against newly planned huge livestock units while meat consumption in Germany is on the decline. The contamination of ground water by unduly high amounts of manure as well as growing resistences against antibiotics are important problems not to mention that animals will also have to suffer (our message from 2015-09-02.). More and more small farmers need to give up because they can not compete with these huge livestock units still receiving high subsidies. Huge livestocks are a problem for our global climate. Germany´s biodiversity is also at threat by over-fertilization. - the BUND calls to participate in a demonstration [https]


EU-Commission Permits a New Bee-Killer.

The European Commission has permitted a new bee-killing biocide (Flupyradifuron) which is a neonicotinoid and produced by Bayer. This was an irresponsible action as the survival of our bee colonies is at threat. Large amounts of our alimentation depends on the pollination of bees.

German petition against Flupyradifurone [https]
Bayer suing Europe. [https] , read more.