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INVESTIGATION: THE “ECONOMIC” MIGRATION OF AFRICANS TO EUROPE – PART 2 (3/2020)

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IF MY CONTINENT WEREN’T SO RUTHLESS WITH AFRICAN “ECONOMIC” REFUGEES

PART 2: HALF-HIDDEN VIOLENCE (3/2020)

African “economic” refugees come up against a European administrative nightmare as soon as they enter this continent. They are faced with administrative violence purposely designed to discourage, overwhelm, stress and at times traumatize them. The European Union and its member States have carefully crafted administrative procedures for this type of illegal refugees. They use them as part of a psychological warfare against them. 

INVESTIGATION: THE “ECONOMIC” MIGRATION OF AFRICANS TO EUROPE – PART 1 (12/2019)

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Niger, 2019 - A convoy transporting both refugees and workers

IF MY CONTINENT WEREN’T SO RUTHLESS WITH AFRICAN “ECONOMIC” REFUGEES

PART 1: WIDESPREAD CONTEMPT (12/2019)

What kind of respect do African “economic” refugees get in international law implemented across the European Union? All European Union member States relegate a huge majority of refugees fleeing squalor, malnutrition, the impacts of climate change and environmental disasters, the lack of arable land or decent healthcare in only one category: that, precisely, of “economic” migrants or refugees, by definition unworthy of genuine respect. As such, they can be deported back to their country of origin.

FRANCE IN THE SAHEL: READY FOR WAR (FOR URANIUM AND AGAINST MIGRANTS) (8/2019)

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THE ARTICLE

If too many French soldiers die in the Sahel, France may withdraw most of its troops. In this case, France could again send only small contingents of special forces to secure the uranium among other possible missions. Or it could replace Niger’s uranium with more of that metal from Kazakhstan and Canada. Or France could ask the European Union and other European countries to get involved militarilly in the Sahel in order to prevent more migrants from coming to Europe. And shed more African blood in the process.

TRAILER: INVESTIGATION ON AFRICAN “ECONOMIC” REFUGEES (8/2019)

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IF MY CONTINENT WEREN’T SO RUTHLESS WITH AFRICAN “ECONOMIC” REFUGEES

If my continent weren’t so ruthless with African “economic” refugees is a wide-ranging investigation in three parts. It begins with Widespread contempt, continues with Half-hidden violence and ends with Empire of rejection. This investigation primarily addresses the migrations of African “economic” refugees to the European Union (EU) within the broader context of migrations from non-EU countries. It dissects the way in which the EU deals with this issue while focusing on the French position. It scrutinizes the actions of the EU and its member States both at the external borders of the EU and in Africa, explaining how these actions are connected with the current situation of refugees. This piece of investigative journalism encompasses a lot of original facets. Among them, it examines some overlooked economic causes of migrations; it analyzes the political ideas of people who help refugees; it gives an overview of France’s vital resources to welcome millions of “economic” refugees.

A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE HAUTES-ALPES (2018)

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1. DRIVING SAFELY TOWARDS GLOBAL WARMING (5/2018) for free  PDF (€1.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€1.50)

2. SUMMERS OF SHEEP (6/2018) for free  PDF (€1.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€1.50)

3. THE LOWNESS OF LARGE LANDOWNERS ON TOP OF THE HAUTES-ALPES (COURTESY OF FRENCH LEGISLATORS) (7/2018) for free  PDF (€2.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€3.00)

4. UNWELCOMED WILD MIGRANTS (10/2018) for free  PDF (€2.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€3.00)

In the Hautes-Alpes in southern France as in other parts of the world, one can always focus on environmental and social accomplishments: the adequate protection of certain wildlife species; the welcoming of foreign migrants within organized groups and families; the efforts made by small farmers and consumers to sustain organic farming; the collection and treatment of compost at the municipal level; etc. But the scope of these accomplishments remains limited. They are never part of a lifestyle that could be considered truly balanced from economic and environmental standpoints. We don’t need to impose this lifestyle on others, but we need to be able to lead it without obstacles put in our way by hateful opponents. Prevailing trends, namely the immense social inequity rooted in our economic and legal systems and environmental mismanagement, stand in our way. In order to liberate people who want it from these scourges, we have to identify and explain them as clearly as possible. It helps us minimize cooperation with the insane established order and implement solutions consistent with both our needs as human beings and the needs of our environment. These are the two goals of this series of articles on the Hautes-Alpes.