Statewatch News 7 May 2021

7 May 2021 — Statewatch News

(Issue 09/21, also available as a PDF)

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EU: Detention at the borders to increase “voluntary” removals

As part of its ongoing drive to increase the removal of migrants from EU territory, the European Commission unveiled a new strategy on “voluntary” return and reintegration at the end of April.  The document states the use of detention “can increase the uptake of voluntary returns at early stages of the return process.” In particular, the proposed introduction of “border return procedures” – which could introduce mandatory detention of up to 10 months – is seen as key.

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Putin recites the distribution of power in central Europe

26 April2021 — Indian Punchline

Russian military’s armoured vehicles roll into landing vessels after drill in Crimea, Black Sea, April 23, 2021

The Colossus in modern European history with whom Russian President Vladimir Putin would draw comparison might be Otto von Bismarck, the first Chancellor of the German Empire who unified his country out of the scattered pieces. Putin is very familiar with German history, culture, society.

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New Plan for Immigration is same old Hostile Environment

23 April 2021 — Migrants Organise

Migrants organise

At the end of March, the Home Office launched its consultation about the New Plan for Immigration.  The consultation questionnaire has 45 questions – some are multiple-choice and some are open questions. But all of them are framed in such a way that it is almost impossible to answer any of them in a meaningful way. Priti Patel’s “New Plan for Immigration” is not so new and it is not a plan either. Continue reading…

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Statewatch News 23 April 2021 (Issue 08/2)

23 April 2021 — Statewatch

23 April 2021 (Issue 08/21, also available as a PDF)

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Biometric databases in Africa to facilitate deportations from Europe

A restricted document obtained by Statewatch provides further confirmation that biometric population databases being set up in African states, funded by the EU in the name of facilitating people’s rights, will also expedite forced removals from the EU.

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US’ China policy at inflection point

18 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

China-France-Germany climate summit, Beijing, April 16, 2021

Considering the US media build-up as President Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry set out for China, the 4-day visit turned out to be an uneventful affair. Perhaps, the chances of President Xi Jinping participating in the signature event in Washington — the Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23 hosted by US President Joe Biden — may have somewhat improved.

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The Criminalization of Big Pharma, mRNA Vaccine Deaths and Injuries. EU Adopts “Digital Vaccine Passport”

3 April 2021 — Global Research

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

On March 25, 2021, the European Parliament voted 468 to 203 in favour of the Digital Vaccine Passport or “Green Pass” which requires EU citizens to get vaccinated if they want to travel, or even have access to various social and cultural activities within their respective communities.

The EU Digital Vaccine Passport is part of  the infamous ID2020 project sponsored by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)  which uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity“.

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Revealed: The new lobbying effort to deregulate GMOs

30 March 2021 — GMWatch

74% of the input into the EU Commission’s forthcoming study on new GM comes from agri-industry bodies

EXCERPT: A new investigation by the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), published on Monday (29 March), has uncovered how fresh lobbying strategies aimed at deregulating modern genetic techniques are driven by various academic and biotech research institutes with corporate interests – using ‘climate-friendly’ narratives.

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Europe: Look what your support meant

31 March 2021 — WeMove

Recently, you and nearly 212,000 other people signed an open letter of solidarity. A small gesture that meant the world for the people you supported.

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Here are the people you supported, from left to right:
Top row: Michael and Maike Recktenwald, Giorgio Elter, Vlad family, Armando Carvalho
Middle row: Alfredo Sendim, Sáminuorra association, Ildebrando Conceição
Bottom row: Qaloibau family, Geneviève and Maurice Feschet, Guyo family 

These are the courageous people who, a couple of years ago, decided to come together – each from their corner of our continent – to take the European Union to court for failing to protect their livelihoods as the threat of climate change became a reality in their daily lives. Their case came to be known as the “People’s Climate Case”.

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