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Friday, July 28, 2017

Recipe for Greek Style Tomato and Chestnut Soup

Written by GreekBoston.com in Authentic Greek Food Recipes, Greek Soup Dishes Comments Off on Recipe for Greek Style Tomato and Chestnut Soup This recipe originates on the island of Ikaria, but they actually don’t use chestnut flour, they use acorns!


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Why offshore processing of refugees bound for Europe is such a bad idea

On the same day that a top UN official bravely called on Australia to end the harmful practice of processing asylum applications offshore in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, one of his colleagues announced his support for another proposed offshoring system – this time to prevent migrants reaching the EU. On July 24, Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), said that Australia’s policy to deny access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea “has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long”. Multiple reports have documented the abuses suffered in these offshore centres. Four years after the opening of these processing centres, at annual running costs of more than $1 billion per year since 2012 (£608m), Australia is now refusing to resettle vulnerable refugees who remain stranded in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. But the UNHCR’s approach to this kind of asylum policy is not joined up. On the same day as Grandi spoke, the agency’s special envoy for the central Mediterranean, Vincent Cochetel, announced the UN’s support for a proposal to set up screening systems for migrants attempting to reach the EU via Libya. Under this proposal, discussed by European and African ministers at a meeting in Tunis, transit countries such as Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Chad and Sudan would be used to host offshore processing centres. The aim, according to Cochetel, is to “stop the dangerous journeys into Libya”. As part of this plan, 40,000 refugees identified as qualifying for international protection would be resettled to EU member states. Given the European Commission’s failure to persuade EU member states to resettle refugees under a similar scheme that began in 2015, it is difficult to imagine how the current proposal could work in practice. Many EU members, including the UK, have long opposed the idea of redistributing refugees through quotas. DETERIORATING SITUATION FOR THOSE ALREADY IN EU There is a high risk that, under this new plan, refugees will remain stranded in transit countries, still unable to reach the EU. This is already happening in Greece, where recent reports have highlighted the desperate conditions experienced by refugees, including young children, who are being driven to suicide and self-harm while waiting to be relocated or returned to Turkey. This situation has been further exacerbated by a decision by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on July 26, which affects some of those who crossed EU borders en mass in the western Balkans in 2015-16. The CJEU confirmed that, even in exceptional circumstances, the Dublin III Regulation continues to apply – meaning the first country in which a refugee enters the EU is responsible for examining their application for international protection. After this ruling, Austria and Slovenia are now authorised to send people back to Croatia where they first arrived, so that their application for international protection could be considered there. This CJEU decision contradicts an earlier opinion in June on the same case by the EU attorney general, which found that in exceptional circumstances member states should be allowed to authorise the crossing of their borders on humanitarian grounds. As a result of the CJEU’s decision not to allow the Dublin rules to be relaxed even in exceptional circumstances, people will now be de facto trapped in squalid conditions in Greece and Italy where many of them first arrived. With the EU moving to the second stage of infringement procedures against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept refugees from Italy and Greece under the emergency relocation scheme of September 2015, both relocation and resettlement remain politically unpalatable for too many member states. MORE HUMANE ALTERNATIVES So why is the UNHCR so supportive of the EU offshoring proposal – particularly as it risks exacerbating the vulnerability of many fleeing conflict, violence or persecution who are in clear need of protection. The current plan relies on the goodwill and collaboration of countries in Africa which are far from stable, either because of poverty, ongoing jihadist insurgencies, human rights abuses, or other types of conflict or terrorist activities. There are concerns here about the way the EU intends to persuade African partners to collaborate. Particularly as “development” aid is increasingly being made conditional on effective cooperation on migration: this so-called “more-for-more” approach has been championed by Italy and the European Commission. The EU’s new plan does not take into consideration the international legal obligation to prevent harm to vulnerable refugees. And if Nauru and Papua New Guinea are teaching us anything, it is that throwing money at these transit countries cannot buy safety for refugees. It only serves the purpose of subcontracting a country’s legally binding international obligations to countries that are unable or unwilling to offer such protection. The current plan has been presented as an alternative to letting people die at sea, but experts have long denounced how EU policies to pay other countries to beef up their own border security actually contribute to fuelling the business of trafficking and smuggling. Rather than appeasing political apprehensions with plans that will put more refugees at risk of death or abuse by criminal gangs, the EU and UNHCR now need to reconsider real long-term solutions that are in full compliance with international law. Proposals to enhance the Common European Asylum System, which aims to ensure harmonisation of asylum measures across EU member states, were already put forward in 2015, together with alternative measures to facilitate access to asylum in the EU. These proposals in part reflect the temporary protection measures that many EU member states introduced in the 1990s for refugees from the former Yugoslavia, including from Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo. The EU needs arrangements to help relocate refugees rapidly – and the UNHCR should be helping. But transferring billions of dollars to unaccountable transit countries is not a viable option. Crucially, any new measures must prevent the “extensive and avoidable suffering” currently caused by Australia’s asylum policies. [The Conversation] _Daria Davitti does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above._


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Greece Hotels Under Public Revenue Authority Scrutiny

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Malia bans 10,000 UK tourists as it targets families

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Why Greece’s Return to the Bond Market Matters

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Greek-American Priebus Takes His Turn on the Trump Admin Hot Seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have little left of his job but his title. In the swirl of Shakespearean […] The post Greek-American Priebus Takes His Turn on the Trump Admin Hot Seat appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Justice Minister Peeved Court Bars Tax Evasion Probe Extension

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Liberal MP Julia Banks denies being a Greek citizen amid speculation

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'I have never taken up GREEK citizenship': Embassy confirms Liberal MP Julia Banks eligible

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Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, at least 7 dead

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Liberal Party moves to extinguish doubts about Julia Banks' possible Greek citizenship

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Greek party town Malia that featured in The Inbetweeners Movie BANS 10,000 British tourists in a bid to attract more families and lose its reputation for drunken debauchery

A Greek resort that featured in the Inbetweeners Movie has banned 10,000 British holidaymakers in a bid to stop rowdy behaviour by tourists. Malia, on the island of Crete, wants to lose its reputation as a party destination so it can attract families to ...


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AUSTRALIAN STOCKS HIT THE WALL: Here's what you need to know

Australian shares retreated, leaving a sea of red to smother the week's gains. Today’s scoreboard: * ASX 200: 5,702.80 -82.21 -1.42% * All Ordinaries: 5,755.20 -77.02 -1.32% * AUD/USD: 0.7979 +0.0012 +0.15% The local market closed the week on a steep slide, led by heavy falls in the banks. The ASX200 closed the week down 0.3%. The ANZ Bank was down almost 2% to $29.70, Westpac 1.7% to $31.90, the NAB 1.7% to $29.97 and the Commonwealth 1.5% to $83.76. Macquarie Group lost 2.6% to $85.05 and the Bank of Queensland 1% to $12.07. Among the miners, BHP dropped 1.2% to $25.33 and Rio Tinto 1.2% to $64.24. Fortescue Metals was up 3.4% to $5.42 on the back of stronger iron ore prices. Top stories: 1. Housing affordability in Sydney just hit a critical level. The latest research released by Australia’s Housing Industry Association. 2. The US Fleet Commander told an ANU audience he'd nuke China next week if Trump told him to. The head of the largest fleet in the US Navy, Admiral Scott Swift. 3. Another Liberal MP might be a dual national. Julia Banks, who won the Victorian seat of Chisholm in last July’s election, could potentially be a Greek-Australian citizen. 4. Sydney fintech Prospa just secured a $20 million debt facility. The new money, which follows a $25 million capital raising round in February led by AirTree Ventures, will go towards product development as well as potential acquisitions of other fintechs. 5. Webjet's annual results will only have a qualified sign-off as it argues with its auditors. Webjet says the issue is over “a technical accounting matter” relating to the treatment of transactions associated with a deal made last year global agency Thomas Cook. Webjet shares fell 6.8% to close at $11.80. 6. Australian Federal Police helped the FBI arrest an American for cybercrimes similar to the census crash. A man in Seattle has been arrested for attacks on technology infrastructure, following a two-and-a-half year operation involving the Australian Federal Police. 7. The commercial version of the one-armed bricklaying robot is coming soon. Fastbrick Robotics says it is on track to complete Hadrian X by the end of the year. Fastbrick shares fell 5% to $0.19. 8. The 10 biggest deals in the Australian startup sector last quarter. Right Click Capital has released its latest Internet Dealbook Report for the quarter ending June. 9. A sunken lost continent east of Australia. An expedition has been launched to help solve the mysteries of Zealandia. READ MORE POSTS ON BUSINESS INSIDER AUSTRALIA »


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Embassy confirms Banks not Greek citizen

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Alternate Foreign Minister G. Katrougalos meets with the EU member-state Ambassadors to Athens – Presentation of Greek EMA host candidacy

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Banks not a Greek citizen: Liberal party

The Liberal party have released a statement confirming Victorian MP Julia Banks is not a dual Australian-Greek citizen. The party luanched an investigation into whether Ms Banks, who holds the mariginal seat of Chisolm, was a dual citizen on her father's side.


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