Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 09:44:53 AM EST
Dereliction of duty by western leaders as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, closing borders and conquering district capitals from East to West and North to South.
EU Home Affairs commissioner Adalbert Jahnz has retweeted ...
Stunning facts of a hostile environment for immigrants and refugees ... basics of universal human rights. Just here at home ... no need to look further.
Six EU countries want to keep forced return of Afghans despite Taliban offensive | EuroNews - Aug. 10, 2021 |
At least six EU countries insist that the forced deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan continues despite the Taliban's alarming gains in recent weeks.
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands wrote to the European Commission claiming that halting returns "sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home for the EU.''
Adalbert Jahnz, the Commission's spokesman for home affairs explained that "it's up to each member state to make an individual assessment of whether the return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, that needs to take into account the principles, notable the principle of rule of law and other fundamental rights."
In Dutch parliament the two main rightwing populist parties of Geert Wilders (PVV) and Thierry Baudet (FVD) voted to return Afghan families to a troubled Afghanistan. The Dutch Foreign office led by Stefan Blok (VVD) has declared Afghanistan as safe for failed asylum seekers. Damn you Mark Rutte ... a wolf in sheep clothes.
EU Parliament group priorities: Renew Europe group
Six months after Dutch general election and plenty of infighting, Mark Rutte and Sigrid Kaag still have not managed to form a new coalition government while still running the show in The Hague.
Germany, Netherlands Suspend Deportations to Afghanistan | EuroNews - Aug. 12, 2021 |
What's been keeping Polish national Adalbert Jahnz busy on social media ...
EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?
The concept of `EU return sponsorships' is one of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum's central and most novel proposals. It may also prove to be the most controversial.
At its core, this proposal put forward by the European Commission introduces return sponsorship as an expression of responsibility-sharing between member states. Member states would be required to support other EU countries facing migratory pressure. If they oppose the option of relocating asylum seekers, they can facilitate the returns of migrants who lack permission to remain in Europe instead.
The Commission's objective was to bridge the political divisions between member states while simultaneously achieving policy objectives of internal solidarity and returns. However, making this work in practice is not without challenges. This Discussion Paper unpacks the return sponsorship mechanism and discusses its likely implications, coming to the following five conclusions ...
Danish bid to outsource asylum is irresponsible and dangerous | EuroNews - June 10, 2021 |
Disbelief and criticism have been among the reactions of the UN, the EU, and international human rights organisations since the desire of the Danish government to outsource the country's asylum processing and integration of refugees to a third country made headlines last week.
Despite stark warnings from experts and condemnation from global partners, a proposed bill to amend the Danish Aliens Act and ensure the legal groundwork for such an externalisation ambition was passed with a strong majority by the Danish parliament on June 3, 2021.
The government's ambition to transfer Denmark's asylum responsibilities is nothing new but dates back to a proposal in 2018 by the now governing Social Democratic Party for a reform of the asylum system.
Submitted a new diary as an addition to The Hague politics and repatriating Dutch citizens and Afghan interpreters ...
Afghanistan: Dutch Leaving Civilians Behind
Using a smartphone to edit, I inadvertently hit the "Archive" button ... and gone is the article.
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After the dramatic fall of the Afghan Government and the Taliban take-over of capital Kabul ... shutting off all possible escape routes of Afghans in mortal danger:
Raab responds to veteran who says he lost legs for nothing as US forces secure airport
US allies tear into Biden administration over Afghanistan ‘failure’ | TOI |
“It is terrible for the millions of Afghans who had worked for a freer society and who, with the support of the Western community, have focused on democracy, on education, on women’s rights.”
In a meeting with her party’s top brass, Merkel had said that once the US decided to withdraw it was clear that other allies had to follow suit.
The decision was “ultimately made by the Americans,” and “domestic political reasons” were partly to blame, said the chancellor, according to people in the meeting.
“The troop withdrawal sparked a domino effect” that culminated in the Taliban’s return, said Merkel, whose country provided the second-biggest contingent of troops after the US.
Domino Effect: Southeast Asia After Withdrawal from Vietnam | Rand Corp - 1970 |
Astonishing to listen to US morning news white-washing the bad decisions of the former president and Biden's national security team ... bad, bad .. really bad.
Rapid Collapse in Afghanistan Confirms Our Decision to Leave
Domestically it will not have lasting damage for Biden's polling numbers as the Americans have no stomach for wars and body bags.
On the world stage, the Biden administration has a large task to repair the damage. Spinning wool from the Afghan episode will be Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia in order of effect.