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A single project to save the planet and welcome refugees

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Commentary. An internationalized Green New Deal project would demand the creation of millions of new jobs at all skill levels, requiring the participation not only of unemployed and underemployed native-born residents but the victims of Western wars who have fled their homes in search of new horizons.

written by Guido Viale

October 22, 2019

They wage wars to seize oil, and then use that oil to wage more wars. (The worldwide greenhouse gas emissions from military sources amount to 15% of the total but were not included in the commitment targets of the Paris Agreement.) Wars lead to refugees, then more wars are waged to get rid of the refugees—as is happening now in Rojava.

Oil and fossil fuels are imprisoning the whole of humanity in a condition of dependence on wars, and this is now a core element of the human condition in our time. Meanwhile, refugees and migrants are imprisoning governments and peoples who are unwilling to welcome them into a dependence on militias and rogue states who are contracted to “keep them away.” With the attack on Rojava, the subordinate condition of the European Union in relation to Turkey was put into stark relief.

While this tragedy revealed it in all its deadly implications, it was already clear ever since the signing of the Erdogan-Merkel pact in 2016. Likewise, the “immigration policy” of Italy’s alternating governments, and of all Europe, was entrusted to criminal gangs (the concentration camp guards of the twenty-first century), given free rein to engage in enslavement, extortion, serial rape and the destruction of the dignity and the lives of others as a reward for their assigned........

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