Update July 7: Ireland now says it might admit 600 Mediterranean illegal migrants, here.
Yesterday, we learned that Poland is hanging tough and not bending to EU and United Nations pressure to take in the mostly Muslim invaders coming across the Mediterranean from North Africa. But, it looks like Ireland is caving in…
From the Independent:
The Catholic Church has called on the Government to “open our doors” to more migrants from the Mediterranean.
The comments from Bishop John Kirby come as Defence Minister Simon Coveney said that other EU countries should take responsibility for their fair share of the response to the refugee crisis.
Mr Coveney’s said that Ireland will consider accepting the settlement of more than the 300 refugees already agreed if formally requested to do so by the EU.
He will travel to Malta on Monday to discuss the refugee crisis with officials in Valletta before meeting the 69-strong crew of the Naval Service vessel, LÉ Eithne, which has saved 3,000 refugees off the north African coast since May.
As I just said in my earlier post this morning, I’m fooling around with RRW with the primary goal of making it more easily read. I’ve had complaints about the tiny print which comes with my previously free wordpress blog. This is the largest print that seems to be available.
Previously, I wasn’t able to post videos either, so this is a test! Here is my first youtube video with over 600,000 hits so far!
Now if only I had someone to answer all of your mail!
P.S. The “Pockets of Resistance” are growing. If you would like to be linked with like-minded activists concerned about refugee resettlement and other legal and illegal immigration that threatens our security, please send your contact information to the Center for Security Policy, see here.
I was away most of last week and so our usual weekly round-up just didn’t happen. Instead I thought I would let you know how we did in June especially as the month marked our 8th year posting on problems with refugee resettlement here and around the world.
Readership is booming!
Although June wasn’t our biggest month ever (May was), one thing worth noting is that as of the end of June (6 months into the year) we had more readers so far in 2015 than in the whole of 2014.
Before I get to the Top Three Posts of the month, please note that we are making changes. I had hoped to have a whole new blog by now, but worry that the change, after years of readers seeing a certain look, would be too disruptive, so I’m going to try to simply (slightly) improve the look of RRW.
I’ve had complaints that the font size is way too small, so will upgrade the site necessary to get a larger type-size.
I think after I upgrade, wordpress will not place random ads on my pages which at present I don’t control. RRW continues to be a charitable enterprise by its writers.
Also, note that I took away some unnecessary side bar widgets (surely you won’t miss the tag clouds!) and added our twitter feed and facebook page. I still need to clean up our blog roll and our recommended reading list is years old. (LOL! I have not patience or aptitude for the nuts and bolts of blogging, just want to get the news out!)
Since I get way too many news stories than I can post, please consider following me on twitter because I’ll try to put more news there. And, maybe you’ve noticed already that on facebook we have stories that weren’t posted at RRW.
We have over 4,000 likes on facebook thanks to help from volunteer Kelly.
Top Three Posts for the month of June:
(by the way, Top Daily Posts are in the right hand side bar)
Top Ten Countries from which we received readers in June 2015:
Germany (surprised to see Germany push Australia out of the top three)
European Union (this is a relatively new listing and I don’t know why the EU is listed when individual European countries are as well)
For the instruction to new readers that I normally post at the end of a round-up, click here and read our last regular weekly round-up.
The most important thing I tell new readers is to use our ‘search’ function (top left hand side bar) and put in a few key words (ie. your city or state) to help you find information among our 6,000+ posts!