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Late last week, Balkan countries started filtering refugees and migrants trying to make their way to Europe, Reuters reported.
Only people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are allowed to proceed. Those from other countries have not been not allowed through, since they are considered "economic migrants."
Reuters reported that on Friday, 400 people were denied access to a train and halted by Croatian police as they tried to make their way through a field.
And until it can strike a deal with Greece on how to filter migrants and refugees, Macedonia has stopped everyone coming through — regardless of nationality — at its border with Greece.
Many are now stuck in a no-man's land, where some are staging dramatic protests in hopes of being let through to continue their journey toward Western Europe.
At the scene near the Grecian-Macedonian border, Reuters reported that Moroccans, Iranians, and Pakistanis are blocking railway traffic as they demand to be let through. But apart from sitting on the rails, some have resorted to much more drastic measures.
An Iranian man went on hunger strike and got his lips sewn together. Asked by Reuters reporters where he wanted to go, the man answered: "To any free country in the world. I cannot go back. I will be hanged."
Another man also started a hunger strike and had his lips sewn together, as well. Some Bangladeshi migrants, meanwhile, stripped to the waist and wrote slogans on their torsos — one of them reading, "Shoot us, we never go back."
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris that have left at least 130 people dead, pressure has grown in Europe to install a better screening process for the millions of migrants and refugees who have flooded into the continent from war-torn regions. Authorities have said that at least one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks was carrying a refugee passport, which has only fueled the refugee backlash.
Slovenia was the first member of the Schengen zone — the area of 26 European countries that has allowed free movement across borders — to announce it would only accept people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although the measures have garnered criticism from different human-rights groups, which are warning that asylum should be granted on merit and not by nationality, the countries are not showing signs they will alter their newly implemented filtering.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Obama, Usama Bin Laden Is Dead And Al Qaeda Is On The Run? Obama Isis Contained?, Obama Isis IS JV' Team? This map shows how terrorism has spiked across the world over the past year
Terrorism increased by 80% in 2014 reaching the highest levels ever recorded, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace's annualGlobal Terrorism Index published on November 16th.
This sharp escalation in violence killed 32,658 people in 2014, compared to 18,111 in 2013, according to the Index.
The rise in terrorism can largely be attributed to two groups: ISIS; and Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist group that pledged allegiance to ISIS in March of 2015. Combined, these groups were responsible for 51% of all terrorism-related deaths in 2014.
Terrorism also has a disproportionate impact on a small number of countries. According to the index, five countries — Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria — accounted for 78% of all terrorism-linked deaths.
This map from the Index shows the impact of terrorism on countries around the world:
Boko Haram was the single deadliest terrorist organization in 2014, according to the Index. The group was responsible for 7,512 deaths in Nigeria, an increase of 300% from 2013. Overall, Iraq had the highest number of terrorism-related deaths, with 9,929 people killed in the course of the year.
The Global Terrorism Index also noted that beyond the number of people killed, the general scope of terrorism also increased. Eleven countries suffered over 500 terrorism fatalities in 2014. In 2013, only five countries were affected by that volume of terrorism.
Despite the rise in terrorism globally, CNN notes that the Europe and the US have remained relatively free of terrorist incidents. If the September 11th attacks are excluded, only 0.5% of terrorism fatalities since 2000 have occurred in the West.
Terrorism in the US has largely been the work of "lone wolves," or attackers without a clear operational connection to a terrorist group.According to the Global Terrorism Index, lone wolf attacks acconted for 70% of all terrorism-linked deaths in the West over the past 10 years. Of those "lone wolves," 80% of attacks were motivated by "political extremists, nationalists, racial and religious supremacists," rather than by jihadists.