Migrants to Europe 80 per cent higher in the first half of 2015: UN

Migrants to Europe 80 per cent higher in the first half of 2015: UN


Originally posted on Global News:

BERLIN – The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to southern Europe was more than 80 per cent higher in the first half of 2015 than a year earlier, with deaths initially soaring before dropping back as rescue efforts at sea were stepped up, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday.

The routes taken by refugees and migrants also shifted, with Greece overtaking Italy to become the primary point of arrival, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.

Data from Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain showed 137,000 people arriving there between January and June, an 83-per cent increase from 75,000 in the first half of last year, the agency said in a report. It noted that crossings usually increase in the year’s second half, particularly during summer.

By far, the largest group of refugees was from Syria. In all, 43,900 Syrians arrived in Europe by sea, 34 per cent of the…

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“The poor, the young, the black and the stupid”: Inside Big Tobacco’s plans to kill a billion people

“The poor, the young, the black and the stupid”: Inside Big Tobacco’s plans to kill a billion people


Originally posted on WebInvestigatorKK:


And what some of today’s tech giants have learned from them

By Mark Ames

“The world’s most widespread, serious infection is purposely spread by its vector: the tobacco industry. Rather than a tiny insect, this vector has economic resources rivaling those of many of the world’s largest governments. Its spread is mapped out in mahogany-lined boardrooms; it breeds its resistance to countermeasures in political backrooms; and it seizes its victims in adolescent bedrooms.” —Eric LeGresley, World Health Organization

The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL) at the University of California, San Francisco is a digital House of Corporate Horrors; an open black box offering the public access to nearly 15 million searchable documents — over 88 million pages in total — direct from the private vaults of the Big Tobacco companies.

These documents offer an unvarnished view into the deadliest and most outrageous business conspiracy in history. Tens of…

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How Did I Get Home Last Night? My Bizarre, Panicked Life as a Blackout Drinker

How Did I Get Home Last Night? My Bizarre, Panicked Life as a Blackout Drinker


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I fell down staircases. I woke up in strange homes. When you love booze like I did, it’s amazing what you’ll ignore

I met my friend Allison at a Mexican restaurant. We hadn’t seen each other in years. It had been so long that, as I scanned the menu and failed to listen to the waiter recite the evening’s specials, I couldn’t stop my mind from tunneling back through time in an effort to pinpoint when we last hung out. This is a form of bragging for me. I pride myself on remembering more than anyone else.

“You’re right!” she said.

That party was such a blast. Three…

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Distraught people, Deadly results: Officers often lack the training to approach the mentally unstable, experts say

Distraught people, Deadly results: Officers often lack the training to approach the mentally unstable, experts say


Deadly shootings by police by month, 2015  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2015/06/30/distraught-people-deadly-results/?post_id=384662228390398_384662221723732#_=_

Signs of mental illness (124)

No signs of mental illness or not applicable (338)

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Distraught people, deadly results: Fatal shootings by on-duty police officers http://wapo.st/1BTs4ex

U.S. Police Killed Someone in Mental or Emotional Crisis Every 36 Hours This Year, Report Says

U.S. Police Killed Someone in Mental or Emotional Crisis Every 36 Hours This Year, Report Says


Originally posted on TIME:

Reporting released by the Washington Post on June 30 depicts an apparently stark reality when it comes to confrontations between police and people with mental illness in the U.S. The article draws from the newspaper’s tracking of every fatal police shooting in the country in the first six moths of 2015 — 462 in all — to present an in-depth look at those confrontations involving disturbed or distressed individuals.

During that time, police killed someone in mental or emotional crisis every 36 hours, including three men within 10 hours on April 25, the Post reports.

In most of those cases, the paper says, officers were not called to the scene because of reports of a crime but were rather responding to concerned bystanders or loved ones. Out of the 124 shootings examined in the report, 50 involved explicitly suicidal individuals. In 45 cases, police were explicitly asked for medical…

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In Hong Kong, Thousands March Toward a Political Impasse

In Hong Kong, Thousands March Toward a Political Impasse


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In the eighteen years since Queen Elizabeth relinquished her last major colony to China, Hong Kong has commemorated July 1— the anniversary of the “handover,” as it’s known here—as a day of demonstration, with thousands marching through the sweltering metropolis to air their political grievances. It makes sense: after all, under the political agreement between the United Kingdom and China, Hong Kong would operate as a quasi-democracy under the umbrella of Chinese rule, and in the democratic imaginary, the right to assembly is axiomatic.

Beyond that, though, there are no real reliable axioms when it comes to democracy in Hong Kong, other than that, for this Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, democracy itself may be an illusion. Nine months have passed since the beginning of the Umbrella Revolution, when hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers besieged the city’s busiest districts to push for a greater say in how their…

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Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain


Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain

John Noakes with Shep during his Blue Peter days. Photo: BBC archive

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain

Published: 30 Jun 2015 15:36 GMT+02:00 http://www.thelocal.es/20150630/blue-peter-legend-john-noakes-missing-on-mallorca