Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits

220 migrants rescued by an Italian ship in the Mediterranean sea

‘Many people need to come here precisely because we insisted on going there.’ Migrants are rescued in the Mediterranean by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

While travelling up the US-Mexican border several years ago, I met an anti-immigration campaigner in Columbus, New Mexico who went by the name of Quasimodo and who had carried a .38 pistol around with him ever since he went into an abandoned house and found some Latinos there.

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Who’s Gonna Win in Britain’s Election? Probably, Nobody

Last September, Scotland held a referendum on independence.

Under the banner “Better Together,” the British media and political establishment campaigned to keep the United Kingdom united. They won that battle: Scots voted against independence 55 to 45 percent. But as the entire British electorate goes to the polls to choose a new Parliament on May 7, it is clear that the political establishment has lost the war—and not just in Scotland.

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We have a black president. But the sanctity of black life has still not been settled

Andrzej Krauze's illustration on African Americans

‘We can celebrate a black president, black professors, black astrophysicists and black tennis players all we want. But the issue of the sanctity of black life has still not been settled.’ Illustration: Andrzej Krauze

On 26 November 2007 Brandon Moore, an unarmed 16-year-old, was shot in the back while running away from a security guard in Detroit. The guard made it look like sport. “[He] put one arm on top of the other arm and started aiming at us,” Brandon’s brother John Henry, who was with him at the time, told me.

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