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Giant South American bird that can disembowel a human with a single blow and run at speeds of 40mph loose in the English countryside

Giant South American bird that can disembowel a human with a single blow and run at speeds of 40mph loose in the English countryside | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The rhea was spotted trotting through a field of rape at Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, after escaping from its home in Brent Pelham, five miles away, four weeks ago.

Via vince tracy
Nicholas Patrie's insight:

So this "Common Rhea" is not so common to England where it has been spotted on the loose. Someone owns this bird as a pet but since it is indigenous to tropical climate how can it possibly be living and eating as it goes throughout the land. this  bird is not to be messed with though. it runs like a car and can kill you with its claws. sounds like a horror movie if you are to encounter that thing.

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vince tracy's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:31 PM

It has also been trained to jump on the owner's finger!

McKenzie6's curator insight, May 7, 2015 3:49 PM

How would you react to that Bird in America?

 

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Africa is clearly positioned to ride an oil and gas explosion over the next two decades. @investorseurope

Africa is clearly positioned to ride an oil and gas explosion over the next two decades. @investorseurope | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Africa is clearly positioned to ride an oil and gas explosion over the next two decades.

Via Investors Europe Stock Brokers
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Although African countries sell oil at a higher rate per barrel as most of the countries out in the Middle East at least but when the oil starts to get even higher out in the middle east Africa will be selling them cheaper and causing a boom in its industry and we could be looking at a continent that is now struggling with money, could one day be considered oil-rich.

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Investors Europe Stock Brokers's curator insight, November 30, 2014 10:31 AM

'Africa is clearly positioned to ride an oil and gas explosion over the next two decades. Prices are a concern as government budgets bet on high oil prices. Algeria, Libya and Nigeria are estimated to have break-even prices north of $110 per barrel when oil prices remain under $80 per barrel at the moment. Angola is betting on a $94 per barrel price. These numbers spell trouble in the near term as governments will have to borrow more if prices do not increase.

Officials must confront political instability and subdue it before some investors run in the short term. Libya, Sudan and Nigeria remain embroiled in civil unrest and disruption throughout the country. Officials also must better manage construction budgets and infrastructure projects. Numbers coming out of ministries and corporate boardrooms suggest increasing costs for construction, especially LNG, which may be too exorbitant for local governments...'

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South Africa: U.S. Embassy Helps Fight Rhino Poaching

South Africa: U.S. Embassy Helps Fight Rhino Poaching | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has donated a trailer containing surveillance and investigative equipment to help the Free State fight the illegal trade in fauna and flora, as well as rhino poaching.

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Illegal animal trade has been going on for hundreds of years and they have been selling the valuable ivory. But by doing this Rhinos and Elephants have been dying rapidly and could one day go extinct. Im glad President Obama now takes action and wants rangers to go in these countries and stop these people from poaching animals and trafficking them.

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Africa - Dangerous trade-offs: Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists?

Africa - Dangerous trade-offs: Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists? | geography of the world | Scoop.it
A day after French President François Hollande announced the release of Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in November 2011, the contrast between the headlines in France and Mali could not have been starker.

Via French-News-Online.com
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An interesting turn in the story would be if that the french hostage was actually traded for terrorists. It is fishy to say the least that they would just let the French man go so any twist to this story would be interesting.

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Foreign companies buying Africa's fertile land

Foreign companies buying Africa's fertile land | geography of the world | Scoop.it
According to the Association of Researchers in Middle East and Africa(ORDAF), political events and terror news are deliberately kept in the headlines to hide African land grabs by Western countries.

Via Firoze Manji
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By these western countries and China buying hectares of land in western Africa they can either use it to lease/rent for commercial space or even use the land to farm on. Much of the land is known for growing crops and can be vitalized by advanced technology and machinery. This will give money to some of the countries that are in desperate need for money and could use this to help the country which will help the people of Africa.

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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 1:26 PM

Given the size of Africa, its no surprise that overseas countries would want their fair share of the land in search and exploration of minerals and undiscovered resources. This in turn adds to Africa's struggling economy but will it affect the local communities? I do think that with the presence of foreigners invading the land in essence to gain monetary value will impact the region will impact the land in more ways than one. Typically those in search for some type of commodity will continue searching until it is found and once the potential has disappeared then the clean-up process will left to Africa to clean up and this could cause pollution and destruction of land

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French Hostage Abducted in North Africa Is Freed

French Hostage Abducted in North Africa Is Freed | geography of the world | Scoop.it
President François Hollande said Serge Lazarevic, kidnapped in Mali, had been the last French hostage anywhere in the world.
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At least someone who was held hostage by Al Qaeda has made it out of there alive even if he was French and not American it is still great to hear. he was there for 3 years and lost a tremendous amount of weight. Glad there could be a solution and he is back home after being taken from his hotel.

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Air Force F-16 pilot killed in crash in Middle East

Air Force F-16 pilot killed in crash in Middle East | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The crash did not occur in Iraq or Syria, but U.S. military officials would not say in which country the plane went down.

Via InfoBlaze
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Tough to hear that another us soldier has died over in Syria but this time it was just because of mechanical reason and wasn't shot down. They have no yet said what they were doing flying around Syria or have even said what the mission was for but pray for his family.

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Breaking Bad in Tehran: Meth use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up - Middle East

Breaking Bad in Tehran: Meth use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up - Middle East | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Last year Iran seized 3.6 tons of the drug; some 345,000 Iranians are considered addicts.
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In Iran they don't know yet how to solve this rising problem. This drug has been smuggled in by tourists and people of all ages, genders, and classes have been using it. College students use it to stay awake and others just use it for fun. There is almost no knowledge of the drug throughout the cities and towns that it is being used and that is why so many people are hooked on it and have been using it. They were told it isn't addictive but in fact it definitely is. Hopefully someone can figure out how to educate all these people and get them to stop using it.

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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:29 PM

The Middle East has been a home for drugs and smuggling for some time now. From opium to meth, the Middle East is second to none when it comes to the distribution of drugs overseas and throughout the region. Although meth is a very scary and damaging drug that has affected the lives of millions of people. But in Iran its a lifestyle to make this drug because they have no other way to feed their families nor find a decent job given the circumstances. 3.6 tons of any drug is incredibly valuable but 3.6 tons of meth is almost impossible to come by and these people make this drug day-in and day-out with no end in sight

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French Islamic State fighters: I want to come home! - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

French Islamic State fighters: I want to come home! - Middle East - Jerusalem Post | geography of the world | Scoop.it

French Islamic State members want to come home, according to a report by France's Le Figaro. The report discussed a number of letters sent by French Islamic State, who have been in contact with a group of lawyers in their home country in an attempt to bring them home.

They communicate in a variety of ways — but mainly via Whatsapp, Viber, and email — immediately deleting every message in order not to get caught by IS officials.

One French national was reportedly beheaded after telling his commander that he wanted to leave Islamic State.

The reasons they want to get out are varied, but in general, they present feelings of disappointment and fear, with many saying they were misled into joining.

One regretful jihadi wrote about the lack of modern comforts. "I'm sick and tired. My iPod doesn't even work here. I want to come home!"


Via French-News-Online.com
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Total backfire on this complete idiot! This person wanted to go fight with ISIS and be a terrorist but he definitely didn't do his homework on what it is like to live in a cave and fight. They have no electricity or nice homes like he did back in France. There is no compassion on either side because they want him to be a tough fighter and his own country no longer wants him.

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Marine le Pen: Any French Jihadi Returning from the Daech Should be Jailed for Life

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JEREMIE Kevin's curator insight, December 9, 2014 6:08 PM

Cet article parle des djihadistes français partis faire la guerre pour l'Etat Islamique. Ainsi certains déçus par ce qu'ils ont découvert sur place ont la volonté de retourner en France.

Cet article montre que beaucoup de ressortissants de pays européens ont rejoint les rangs de l'armée de l'Etat Islamique et pose ainsi un réel problème quant à la possibilité de leur retour dans leur pays d'origine.

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:25 PM

When joining a terroristic militant group like ISIS your basically selling your soul to the devil. Thats exactly what each and ever fighter for ISIS did, but in the unexpected turn of events many of these once ISIS fighters are now pleading with their lawyers overseas to help save them because they want out. How sympathetic can someone be to a man who gave up everything just to join ISIS? answer is not very sympathetic at all. The demand for help to get our of ISIS could get them killed if any of the leaders were to find out. Many of these fighters are french and want to go back to their homeland, but given the conditions and knowing that their initial intentions were killing, then I'm not sure they should be allowed back

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Even The Middle East Needs More Sun

Even The Middle East Needs More Sun | geography of the world | Scoop.it
If you shun the
sun, you may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency. With estimates suggesting over
a billion people worldwide are deficient or insufficient, those residing in the
Middle East may be more at risk than most.

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In a place that hardly ever rains or has clouds, The United Arab Emirates has a study that shows 78% of its people lack vitamin D which you get from absorbing the sun. The author states that because of religious reasons and cultural reasons people where the cloaks and parkas so that their skin is protected from the sun. but this means that less and less people are getting the sun. More people are going to have to take pills to get this vital supplement.

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Developing a reliable wind 'super grid' for Europe

Developing a reliable wind 'super grid' for Europe | geography of the world | Scoop.it
EU researchers are involved in the development of a pan-European 'super grid' capable of dispersing wind power across Member States. This will bring more renewable energy into homes and businesses, help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and enable Europe to move closer towards achieving energy independence. ...
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In March 2017 Europe is going to create wind energy that is obviously renewable and can be spread throughout all the EU countries which will keep the union clean and making energy much cheaper then any other source since the wind never actually stops. why not take advantage of so much coastline that they have?

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Why Europe must stop outsourcing its security - Nick Witney & Richard Gowan, ECF

The EU's habit of outsourcing its military interventions is problematic for a multitude of reasons.
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The EU is wasting its money and not taking options into its own hands for security by letting the UN stop the migrants and terrorists. The author believes that the EU has the sources to go ahead and stop all this and should be ready in case something bad happens with the UN's forces. 

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Violent Dutch gang-war spreads across Europe

Violent Dutch gang-war spreads across Europe | geography of the world | Scoop.it

Death came swiftly and without mercy for Stefan Eggermont when he parked near his Amsterdam home. The 30-year-old father of one had parked after spending the evening with brother Jordi watching Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup in July this year. After opening his car door, a gunman killed him with a burst of automatic gunfire.


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You don't think of Europe as being a region with gang problems like you would in south central Los Angeles but many of people have died over drugs and territory fights in the Netherlands. With high powered assault rifles and bullet proof vests these gangs have bought through selling drugs and prostitution, it will be interesting to see how the police take control over all this violence.

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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 12:56 PM

This article elaborate on the violent crimes done in spite of gang related issues. I always assumed netherlands to be a very calm and caring community with the presence of hit-man or prevalence of gang related crimes. Unfortunately some innocent people had to die because of no good reason at all. Stefan had been a hard worker and from what i can see never associated himself with illegal acts. To see a man like this gunned down for something as silly as having the same color car as the killer, is simply unjust and insane. If the city of Amsterdam can't do anything about this problem then who can?

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The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans

The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans | geography of the world | Scoop.it
New research has found the risks posed by roughly 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the oceans goes far beyond killing seabirds

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pretty gruesome and eye opening picture of what is going on in the oceans we live in. This plastic killed the bird that thought it was food but this goes well beyond the birds and fish in the present. The future will be a scary place because this will kill plenty of the fish and birds and cause catastrophic problems in our ecosystem. Humans will have a harder time eating food in the future if we don't clean some of this stuff up.

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Dogs are being trained to attack poachers who have killed over 1,000 rhinos this year in South Africa

Dogs are being trained to attack poachers who have killed over 1,000 rhinos this year in South Africa | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The South African government is training an army of dogs to help them curb the country's increasingly active rhino poachers.

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Thats is truly awesome, what a great way to get people to stop poaching. Nothing worse then being out there then all of a sudden a whole swarm of vicious dogs are after you. If you are illegally poaching animals then you deserve to get attacked by these beasts.

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You wouldn't think it but Africa burns more candles, 25.7 billion of them, than drinks Coca Cola

You wouldn't think it but Africa burns more candles, 25.7 billion of them, than drinks Coca Cola | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The continent can save more than $12 billion annually by switching from candles, kerosene lamps and battery-powered flashlights to solar LED

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Great statistic to hear. Even though Africa isn't known for its good health and isn't filled with an abundance of food but at least they aren't wasting fossil fuels and harming the environment because they use candles for light and you can never run out of fire technically. And they won't have rotting teeth because of all that Coca-Cola

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Fighting the injustice of landgrabs in Africa

Fighting the injustice of landgrabs in Africa | geography of the world | Scoop.it

Imperialism today is no longer conducted by nation-states but, instead, by multi-national corporations but the essence of the saga is unchanged: A poor continent is being raped by powerful, wealthy Westerners.


Via Firoze Manji
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Just like the European countries did in 1885 in Berlin to decide who got what part of Africa, corporations are now trying to decide who gets what part of certain sections of eastern Africa in order to drill for oil. People are standing up for their own countries and their land more then ever this time though. 

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Travel in the time of Ebola: What it's like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

Travel in the time of Ebola: What it's like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak | geography of the world | Scoop.it
The threat of the Ebola virus in Mali was evident before I even entered the airport after landing in the capital city.

Via Paulo Gervasio
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The precautionary measures they took during this pandemic reach great lengths and with good reason too. Checking peoples temperatures before they went anywhere then checking them again to make sure they don't have a case of ebola. Even to make sure they washed there hands before and after leaving every single building. This spread like wildfire on a dry day and even when the author came back to america she had to check in with her temperature every morning for 21 straight days.

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A look at US military action across the Middle East amid fight against the Islamic State group

A look at US military action across the Middle East amid fight against the Islamic State group | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East: IRAQ: U.S. President Barack Obama this month authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to Iraq.

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Truly eye opening and very scary. Shows that these people don't have any regard for american life. The night vision and all the bullets zipping by their own head is a scary thing to think about. God bless them for protecting us. I like how new technology can somewhat put us in there shoes and we can see visually how they fight in a foreign country.

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Pope, in Turkey, Issues Call to Protect Middle Eastern Christians - New York Times

Pope, in Turkey, Issues Call to Protect Middle Eastern Christians - New York Times | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Francis and his counterpart in the Orthodox Church vowed to work together to prevent a Christian exodus from the Middle East.

Via Paulo Gervasio
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The Pope calls for peace between all the religions in the middle east because he believes they all have the same common core values, which is to help others peacefully. Though many of the radical groups don't believe in what he has been saying he still is trying to ask them to resolve these matters peacefully. He wants the Christians of the Middle East to be left alone because he believes they don't have anything to do with harming muslims. I doubt terrorists will listen to him but it would be great if they did.

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Iran considers ending death penalty for drug offenses - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Iran considers ending death penalty for drug offenses - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Iranian judicial officials have once again stated publicly that the country's criminal prosecution and punishment of drug-related crime need to be reformed.
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Iran executes anybody who has relations or takes part in drug smuggling in their country. In fact 80% of the executions have to do with drugs. The country is considering changing these sanctions into jail time and hefty other punishments because they feel that it is way too harsh to kill someone from drugs even though the mostly Islamic ruled nation, it is forbidden to do drugs.

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Infiniti eyes double-digit market share in Middle East

Infiniti eyes double-digit market share in Middle East | geography of the world | Scoop.it
Juergen Schmitz said new luxury vehicle will help the Japanese automaker to achieve a double-digit market share in the region.

Via InfoBlaze
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In Dubai there is supply and demand for the new Infinity QU80. The Japanese car company wants to more then double there sales by having the wealthy consumers of Dubai, buy these new luxury cars. and since the country is now very well developed unlike 20 years ago there is now roads to drive this great car.

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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:20 PM

As a big fan of luxury cars, Infiniti is definitely one of my favorites but its not at the top of my list. In an effort to increase market share, Infiniti plans to open a large dealership in the Middle East to help push sales in this region. The features both inside and out allow for these vehicles to catch anyones attention. A very smart plan by Infiniti to invest in the Middle East because all the oil moguls would most likely be interested in a luxury vehicle like this. The emphasis is on the QX series SUVs which are built for durability and of course looks. Globalizing the automobile industry one region at a time, Infiniti is starting a revolution 

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About 300 Chinese said fighting alongside ISIS in Middle East

About 300 Chinese said fighting alongside ISIS in Middle East | geography of the world | Scoop.it
About 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria, a Chinese state-run newspaper says, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in China that militants pose a threat to security.

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Well this can't bee good for the US, two considered enemies are now teaming up with terrorists. Though these chinese people aren't part of the government but this could cause grave danger for both countries especially as ISIS gains more members.

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Jeep sales double in Europe while Ford, GM stumble

Jeep sales double in Europe while Ford, GM stumble | geography of the world | Scoop.it
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Jeep has more then doubled its sales in the past month while GM and Ford have gone down and maybe it has to do with the fact that the Ferrari CEO bought Jeep and makes cars that are more suitable for Europe unlike the other american cars that waste already so expensive gas.

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EU Migration Alert: Spain approves law to expel north African migrants and fine protesters

EU Migration Alert: Spain approves law to expel north African migrants and fine protesters | geography of the world | Scoop.it

Spain’s lower house of parliament approved legislation on Thursday that allows for the summary expulsion of migrants entering the country’s north African enclaves illegally and hefty fines for protests outside parliament buildings or strategic installations. The Public Security Law, approved in a 181-141 vote, entitles police in Spain’s north African city enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla to hand migrants caught trying to storm border fences back to Moroccan police on the other side of the border.

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Spain is doing the opposite of other countries in the EU like Germany are doing. They are kicking out the refugees and not allowing anymore in. Fining people for protesting also goes to show that not every country has the same freedoms as we do in America.

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EU Refugy Alert: UN urges EU to take refugees despite anti-migrant protests

EU Refugy Alert: UN urges EU to take refugees despite anti-migrant protests | geography of the world | Scoop.it

Refugees arriving in Europe from war-torn Syria asking for asylum are putting an additional burden for the EU, whose economy is in crisis and where xenophobia is on the rise. UN and other humanitarian organizations, including Migrants' Rights Network, urge the EU to speed up the process of receiving the refugees. The MRN says the EU can and must receive at least 180,000 migrants. However some countries are not eager to accept them. "We’re not ready to accept everyone, we shouldn’t accept everyone, we don’t need everyone,” says Kent Ekeroth from Sweden Democrats Party. Another problem that the migrants face is growing level of racism and Islamophobia. In Germany, opponents of Islamization gathered a record 15,000 people to march against "asylum cheats" in the country.

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I understand that people don't want their well earned tax money spent on refugees that don't do anything for them. But These people's countries have been destroyed by war and terrorism and have no where to go. I get that they don't have a say in where they go but sometimes it is good to help those that need it.

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