August 2016 – MILAN, Italy – As other migratory routes north have closed, migrants have converged on the Italian city of Milan, in what Italian press are describing as an “invasion” of thousands of migrants and fear of thousands more. In past weeks, caravans of migrants who arrive in southern Italy have made their way north, only to find their progress halted by tight borders with France, Austria and Switzerland. The result has been a growing migrant population forming in such areas as Lake Como, Ventimiglia and now the Italian industrial capital of Milan.
The migrant bottleneck caused by renewed border controls has been exacerbated by a growing number of migrants who have abandoned hope of making it to Germany or Sweden and now look to Italy as their final destination. The number of migrants opting to stay in Italy has been increasing exponentially. In 2014, only 0.3% of migrants entering Italy sought asylum in the country. The vast majority headed elsewhere. In 2015, the percentage grew to 4.8% of migrants citing Italy as their final destination. Today the number is a remarkable ten times as high, with nearly half (49.3%) of all migrants entering Italy applying for asylum in the country.
Similarly, in 2015 the average stay in city refugee shelters was only 6 days, whereas today it is three times that high. Refugee tent camps have arisen spontaneously at key border points, such as Ventimiglia on the French border, Chiasso on the Swiss border, the Brenner Pass connecting Italy with Austria. But now, thousands of migrants on converging on Milan as well to the great consternation of local citizens. According to local reports, a record number of some 3,300 migrants are now living in the city. According to some reports, Milan now finds itself on the verge of “collapse.”
In order to avoid unseemly camps, the Milanese have hastily instituted two temporary structures in the local towns of Bruzzano and Quarto Oggiaro after some 400 migrants were found camped at the Milan Central train station. “They are not refugees,” declared Lombardy’s President Roberto Maroni. “They are illegal immigrants who must be sent home.” Meanwhile, according to Riccardo De Corato, regional advisor for the Fratelli d’Italia party, with the latest influx of immigrants, “Milan is already a tent city.” De Corato has been a vocal opponent of Milan’s Mayor, Beppe Sala, who has proposed building more structures to accommodate further waves of immigrants. –Breitbart
European nations being forced to accept migrants: Czech president Milos Zeman, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Slovakian leader Robert Fico will meet at the Rhodes Forum on September 30. The event is run by a Russian-led think-tank, despite EU bosses having recently extended economic sanctions on Moscow until early 2017. All three leaders have repeatedly raised concerns about growing pressure from Eurocrats to take in more refugees from the Middle East.
Earlier this year Mr. Zeman said was “practically impossible” to integrate the Muslim community into European society. He said: “Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne.” And Andrej Babis, the Czech Republic’s deputy Prime Minister, last week declared the country will not accept “a single refugee.”
Meanwhile Mr. Orban has called a referendum over whether or not Hungary should accept a mandatory quota of migrants imposed by Brussels. The referendum, which will take place on October 2, has opened up a huge rift between Mr. Orban and Brussels as the refugee crisis spirals out of control. In July he sparked controversy after branding migrants “poison,” adding: “Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.” –Express
Warning from Libya on ISIS infiltration: Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has warned European leaders that Islamic State militants are infiltrating the large number of migrants pouring into Italy. The new Prime Minister of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj, who was elected earlier this year, is warning European leaders that the fight against Islamic State in his country could have a serious impact on Europe. He claims that currently the terror group is smuggling fighters into the European Union (EU) via ships packed with migrants from Africa.
Mr. al-Sarraj claims that the only way to combat the radical Islamic terror group is for the international community to come together and fight them in Libya, and warned that Islamic State could once again spread unless there is international help, he said in an interview with Italian paper Corriere della Sera. –Breitbart
The Hall of Shame: An assault on Iraq without the support of much of the international community and over the cries of the antiwar movement — it all sounds very familiar. Yet the bombing in question came on February 16, 2001, two years before the American invasion of Iraq and less than a month after George W. Bush’s inauguration. While now largely forgotten, the strikes garnered significant media coverage at the time and marked the first time since 1998 that the US and the UK had bombed Iraq outside of the so-called “no-fly zone.” For the Left, the strikes represented a significant escalation. But Bush saw them as “routine.”
And on some level, they were. When Bush entered the White House, the US (with help from the UK) was bombing Iraq an average of three times a week. In 1999, the US spent $1 billion dropping bombs in Iraq; in 2000, that number was up to $1.4 billion. Contemporary media reports referred to the bombings — at the time, the longest sustained US air operations since the Vietnam War. Bill Clinton’s determined parrying underscores the fact that while George H. Bush set the sanctions in motion, Bill Clinton not only embraced them but used them as a tool of regime change. It is he who bears the lion’s share of responsibility for the death and suffering of countless Iraqis. –Jacobin
Who caused the migrant crisis? George W. Bush launched the second Iraqi war, using the lie of weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for the American invasion. Tony Blair, the then PM of the UK, supported Bush’s warmongering madness almost without reservation. In 2002, Senator Hillary Clinton voted to give President George W. Bush the authority to make war on Iraq. In 2012, Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, also persuaded President Barack Obama to bomb Libya and work to overthrow its leader, Muammar Gaddafi. President Barack Obama has continued military operations in Iraq and Libya, and has expanded military and drone operations in Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have supported the arming of radical Islamic militias in Syria to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. All of these U.S backed wars, civil wars, unrest, and uprising has led to a mass exodus of migrants out of Africa, Syria, and the Middle East.