Sep 08 2015

Newsflash: EU Refugee Crisis, Britain and France Join US War on Syria, Obama Signs Exec Order on Sick Leave

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Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, author and a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Many thousands of refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan remain trapped near the Hungarian border with Serbia, but some broke through barriers and police lines today. Given the large media presence, police did not respond violently, although yesterday some clashed with law enforcement. The migrants are being told they have to wait to be registered before being allowed to continue their journey further north. After serious pressure from the British public, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his government would take in 10,000-20,000 refugees. French President Francois Hollande said he would take in 24,000 refugees, and the German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said his country would take in half a million people a year for several years. But Germany and Sweden have asked the EU to craft policies that would allow for an equitable distribution of the responsibility for refugees. Click here for a CNN article and here for a New York Times article about the story.

As the refugee crisis pushes the tyranny of the Islamic State and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to the fore, European nations have now used it as a reason to participate more forcefully in the US-led war on Syria and northern Iraq. Britain announced on Monday that about a month ago it had conducted a drone strike inside Syria that killed three people suspected to be aligned with the Islamic State, two of them British citizens. Prime Minister Cameron has presented a series of what are being called “counter-terrorism” measures to the House of Commons that include actively participating in air strikes on Syria. He is urging the Labour Party to back him, but the party’s front runner Jeremy Corbyn, who has been described as “Britain’s Bernie Sanders,” has called for an international summit on Syria before launching air strikes. French President Francois Hollande has already begun reconnaissance flights over Syria and is strongly considering air strikes. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article, here for a New York Times article, and here for Reuters article about the story.

President Obama marked Labor Day by signing an executive order that would require employees of federal government contractors to obtain 7 paid sick leave days a year. Obama struck a defiant tone and blasted the Republican Party for speaking to middle class values while opposing things like paid sick leave. The sick leave policy would not take effect until 2017, after the President’s tenure ends. The announcement represents a possible reconciliation between organized labor and the Democratic Party after a rift over the TransPacific Partnership earlier this year. President Obama has already used his executive authority several times to demand higher labor standards of those companies that do business with the government. Click here for a New York Times article about the story.

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