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Shock horror!!

Woman closes car door

In depth exposè to follow



Barry will love this :two_hearts:

It’s directly from the Govt so every word is true and devoid of geo-political agenda.



But did she mention international law(or does that only count when it suits?).

For the believers, some government facts(propaganda, see how far you get before it’s slapping you round the face).


This is very worrying.

It seems that wealthy educated people are voting for this guy. See if he gets over 50%.
Saw someone on line say “make Brazil great again”. Wonder where that catchy phrase came from.



Surely some mistake here. The Saudis are our friends and allies, they would never do something like this. They are a civilized nation, they are not Russian! They don’t slaughter defenceless people, as the widows and orphans of Yemen will testify. We wouldn’t sell them state of the art weaponry if they did. Oh, hang on a minute!
Next weekend they will be here, standing shoulder to shoulder with our Royal Family as the nation rejoices and celebrates the wedding of Princess Eugenie and some bar manager from Surrey. They will take up most of the front row at Windsor Chapel, alongside Billy Connolly, The Beckhams, Ed Sheeran and other ‘close friends’ of the blushing bride and groom. The hard working Duke and Duchess of York will be beaming with pride. I wonder if The Duke has extended an invitation to his convicted paedo mate Jeffrey Epstein? He should fit right in with that lot from the Saudi Kingdom! So sad what this country has been reduced to.


The end of Ronaldo?


Unfortunately, old bean, twas ever thus. We just didn’t know about it…


Or we were / are in denial?



Including assassinating journalists





Can you give us a summary @Goatboy?

That bastion of the capitalist free press seems to be hidden, behind a paywall…


The vulnerable must be exploited.


It was ever thus.


Here it is. They mention the causes of the camps, but don’t suggest we should address that. Basically, we’ve created a new market, let’s exploit it.

Refugee camps presented an opportunity for private sector investment, particularly when combined with the local host community, the UN and International Finance Corporation have concluded after analysing the economy of one of the world’s largest centres for displaced people.

Governments and development agencies should do more to support private sector investment in such areas, according to Philippe Le Houerou, chief executive of the IFC, the World Bank’s investment arm.

“Conflict, violence and persecution are driving more people from their homes than at any time since world war two [but] government aid to tackle the challenge is limited,” he said. “Private sector investment could make an important difference — by creating jobs and opportunities for refugees. But investors often lack the critical information they need to venture into these markets.”

The IFC and UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reached their conclusion after studying Kakuma, a town of 60,000 people in north-western Kenya that hosts 180,000 refugees. The total annual household consumption in what is the equivalent of the country’s tenth largest city is well over Ks6bn ($59.9m) not including in-kind donations to refugees, according to the study — the first of its kind in the world.

There are more than 2,000 informal businesses in the camp and 73 per cent of the refugees have a regular income.

Disposable income is also likely to rise in Kakuma and elsewhere as the UN and other agencies move towards more cash assistance rather than in-kind handouts.

Raouf Mazou, the UNHCR representative in Kenya, said aid organisations’ approach to refugees needed to change. “We’ve seen how sometimes our intervention actually dehumanises refugees and how our intervention removes refugees’ ability to produce because they’re provided with humanitarian assistance for a long period of time,” he said. “Refugees should be part of the economy, refugees should live normally. The only way to do that is by partnering with the private sector.”

Significant challenges prevent refugees in many countries from optimising their economic potential, which in turn deter many companies from considering investing in refugee camps, the report said. These include restrictions on refugees’ property ownership, their right to work and access to capital.

Anzetze Were, a Nairobi-based development economist, said the fact that three-quarters of the Kakuma refugees’ income came from handouts also might deter investors since they could be withdrawn.

“If we can find ways to use the [refugees’] income to create autonomous income-generating activities that could be used to develop sustainable ecosystems then that would work,” she said.

Michel Botzung, the IFC’s Africa manager for fragile and conflict situations, acknowledged that attracting private investors to refugee camps was “a challenge because it’s not business as usual”.

“There’s an additional element of risk that will be associated with doing investment,” he said. “But we’re willing to help [companies] move there if they’re convinced of the merits.”

He said several IFC clients in Jordan, which hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees, had asked the agency for help to invest in communities for displaced people.

Josphat Nanok, governor of Turkana — the county where Kakuma is, said the study had convinced him that policy towards refugee management needed to change.

“It highlights to the government of Kenya the importance of remodelling Kakuma with its refugee and host population into an urban setting in an organised way . . . that will encourage investors to come in.”


Cheers @Saint-or-sinner

Capitalist scum - them, not you, obvs.