Is The EU Really Admitting More Refugees?

The EU has decided that they would let more refugees into their union.  If a boat makes it to Europe than the refugees will get spread around the EU.  This is so important to look at because, last year 65,596 refugees were resettled, but the EU only took 4,378 or 6% of them.  In this new idea, the EU countries have a choice if you want to take the refugees.  The commissioner’s statement was “The EU countries would remain free to decide if they want to resettle at all, if so, how many refugees they wish to resettle". 

 This idea sounds great, but if you have a choice to take the refugees than this defeats the whole purpose.  What I am trying to say, is this plan takes the EU back to the beginning.  What I mean by beginning is, it brings the EU back to where they started before they made this new idea.   

In my opinion, the plan is a waste and this is why, if you have the choice to choose if you want to take refugees, then only those who take the refuges all ready will do it. The plan really is trying to make the EU look better by saying they are taking in more refugees. Don’t be fooled because the EU is not taking in any more or less. You would think it the number of refugees would drop if they have a choice but those who are taking in the refugees right now, are all ready taking them in on their own free will.  For example, these countries on the map take in some refugees.


This picture does not include the countries on the cost of them Mediterranean Sea because that is were the immigration  problem is.

Do you think this idea is going to help the EU and refugees?  What do you think the effect would be if the government forced resettlement in all countries? 

My answer to these questions is that this plan will not help the EU with their problem, because with the choice of resettlement the country has not gained anything, just lost time.  The government has lost time because, with this choice of resettlement, many countries who do not take in the refugees today, will also not do it later.  The only countries that will help, are the only ones who help any ways.  A better idea could be to force resettlement.

For a better idea what about forced resettlement.  If the government did force resettlement, then I think some of the countries in the EU will try to withdraw the law or try to rebeel from the EU.  If this happens the EU has some hard problems on their hands.  What do you think?



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Bullfighting in Spain, Is this right?

I wonder if the Spainards should keep doing their bullfighting tradition, or stop torturing them?


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Kim Jong Crazy

Kim jong il 1 I think North Korea's dictator is a hypocrite. I wish the North Korean's could have voted against Kim Jong IL instead of just getting stuck with him. One of the reasons I dislike Kim Jong IL is because treats his people unjustly.

Kim Jong IL found out about a man sitting on newspapers with his face on the front cover and sent him to jail but it was like a labor camp.The guy was sentenced to  jail for 12 years and is still there now.  

My opinion on this is that the man was treated unfairly and Kim Jong il is too prideful just like Deadulas in a myth called Wings. This is one of the reasons I dislike Kim Jong IL. I think Kim Jong IL should care more about his people and not be so self consumed that the people of North Korea suffer. I am so glad I do not live there or have to go though suffering.

  Questions to think about?

  • Does Kim Jong Il  have the right to be doing this to his people?
  • If you lived in North Korea would you try to do anything about the actions of Kim Jong IL? If you did what would you do?
  • Do you think what Kim Jong IL is doing is wrong or right? Why?

Let's Try to HELP?

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Signed, Kim Jong Il's Disliker,

Cassie Coleman

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Poverty is Real. You Can Help.

The Kiva club is a club that helps to raise money for residents in developing countries. Through www.Kiva.orgmembers of our school collect money and loan it to entrepreneur that are living in poverty. Once they earn enough money, they will pay us back. The money payed back goes directly to the fund in our Kiva account. We can reuse the money there to help other entrepreneurs too. What’s great about Kiva is that we can loan money to entrepreneurs and all we have to pay is (at least) twenty – five dollars. 

Poverty flushes the vast majority of Africa and also in South America. If you want to help you could simply make an account but it would be more helpful if you donate money to us therefore we can loan money in larger quantities. Kiva can change lives and just a small amount of money can make a big difference. For your convenience, we have created a way to donate through pay pal, all you have to do is type in how much money you want to give and press the donate button.

Last year Kiva Club earned $500 for their efforts and great expectations lie ahead. After our first meeting students are already motivated in helping those less fortunate. Kids are starving and wishing… wishing for a decent life.  Donate money to Kiva and you are beginning the process to help people living in poverty have a better future!

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The $17,000 Punishment

    In Rome, Silvio Berlusconi was caught cheating on his wife by having a girlfriend.  This is terrible, considering he is married.  Italian bloggers have been writing so much about it that Silvio has gotten angry.  He has worked with the government to declare the Alfano decree


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    If the decree is passed into law, anyone who writes online, and is accused of hurting someone's feelings, will be fined $17,000 if they do not apologize in the next two days.  So, now bloggers are going to be worried about commenting online because anyone can claim something that someone wrote 'hurt their feelings' and the writer will have to pay. 


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    This is a horrible decree; people should be allowed to say their thoughts. In the United States, we have the freedom of speech, which means we can say anything, anywhere without having to face consequences- even if someone doesn't approve. They don't have this in Italy, so Italians are restricted on the internet. 

    I strongly disagree with this crazy decree because the way that people state their feelings online, where anyone can read it, gives new ideas to everyone around the world.  My teacher loves to blog because it gets his thoughts out, and he can argue his point of view with others.  It's amazing how someone can think up the most bizarre idea, and because of who that person is, people believe it's good.  Thoughts should be shared with others so the residents of any country, city, state, or area all over the would can make good decisions.  

    Over all, this decree Silvio has made is foolish, and we should hope people see that.

Questions to Contemplate:

1. Do you think Silvio's decree is good or bad?  Why?

2. What do you think will happen if the decree does become law? 

3. What kind of person do you think Silvio is?

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France Holds Discoveries and Suspects of ETA

French police uncover a cache of weapons and explosives used by the Basque separatist group, ETA.

ETA, which is considered a terrorist group by the State Department and the European Union, has killed more than 825 people since the late 1960's for an independent Basque homeland. A large stash of weapons was found on Thursday near a village in the Herault region of southern France including pistols, explosives, and detonators belonging to ETA.

French and Spanish police have been working together closely since the ETA bombings in Majorca, Spain and the Spanish mainland. On Friday, with help from Madrid, French police discovered two more arms caches, containing  more arms and explosives in the town of Ferrals-les-Montagne and  Vieussan in southern France.

French officials said the weapon discoveries had "dealt a very big blow" to ETA's supply network. "This is naturally a very positive sign in the struggle against ETA, and proof of the high quality of cooperation between French and Spanish authorities," said France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeaux. Since the discovery, ETA hasn't been hiding their weapons as great amounts inside large, crowded cities anymore.


Three suspects of the ETA are arrested in France.

Close to the day of the discovery of the ETA weapons, French police arrest three members of ETA in the Alpine resort of Villarembert-le-Corbier. The names of the three suspects are Alberto Machain Beraza, Aitzol Etxaburu, and Andoni Sarasola. They are suspected in belonging to ETA's military wing, responsible for providing arms and explosives for attacks in Spain. Alberto Machain Beraza, is thought to be included assisting the attack in Majorca. He was among six ETA suspects on a wanted list released by the Spanish government after the July bombings.

“It’s obvious that ETA will try to attack again,” Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba told in a news conference in Madrid. “The security forces must work so that they don’t succeed, and we must continue until we’ve finished with the terrorists.” 

Here are some questions to consider:

  • How do you think these events have changed the thought of policeman in Spain and France?
  • Why do you think Mr. Rubalcaba said that it's obvious that Eta will try to attack again? 
  • How do think these events will help the Spanish and French dig further into the case of ETA? 
  • Where or how do you think ETA is hiding their weapons now?

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EU Turns Back Immigrants

African immigrants are trying to travel to Europe for a better life, but many don't make it. These desperate immigrants go through so much. For one thing, traveling is so hard. First the immigrants must save up a years salary worth just to ride on the boat. This boat cost 200 dollars. This seems a good price for us, but this is there salary for a year. Ours is 42,000 dollars! Big difference. Also it is not a good deal even for us, the boats are squished, tiny and filled with about 80 people standing on fuels for the 40 horse powered motor.  These immigrants must do this for 8-10 days. You think this is bad; well almost all the ships do not even make it to Europe. The ships either sink out in the ocean because of a storm, make it to Europe to have the EU turn them back or have a happy life in the new country. The third option rarely ever happens. These immigrants still come knowing about all these dangers. Why do you think they still come?

A04_16975333 A Small boat full of Immigrants

         Do you think the EU should keep turning the immigrants around; after all they have come through? I think that the EU should have a spot in Europe for the immigrants to stay. If people hear about this in Africa then more will come. When the space is full, it’s full. No more room should be provided. I think this is fair because, if Europe just lets immigrants in and they can go were ever they want the EU will have to pay for their food. Also there would be fewer jobs open for the people of Europe. Even worse the Africans have no money so they can’t buy food. If you put the immigrants in one spot with every thing they need you can solve most of those problems and have them grow their own food.

Questions to consider:

Do you think it is right to send the immigrants back after all they came through?

What is your idea of helping the EU?

Should immigrants just stop coming to Europe?




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