Margaret Woods

Fractured Continent

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This book examines the present state of Europe and its relationship with America at what the author sees as a crucial time for the world. His perception is that with the EU in possible danger of breaking up and Trump’s America retreating into “America First” isolationism threatening to tear up trade agreements and military treaties, the world is at a point where decisions will lead to either peace or calamity in the next century.

No Borders

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The author explains that this book is a combination of PhD research, time spent as an activist in Calais and as a researcher activist in Athens. She says it has been undertaken in this way in order to avoid the artificial separation between theory and practice, which often takes place.

The introduction describes the recent refugee drownings in 2015 and the way in which they were reported. The movement of thousands of people to Europe is presented in most reports as a problem for Europe, and the refugees described first as victims of smugglers and then as criminals themselves.

Bad News for Refugees

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Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald, Pluto Press, £15.00

Bad News For Refugees presents research done into media coverage in Britain in the years 2006 and 2011. It looks at why the question of asylum has become such a major political issue.

Philo, Briant and Donald examine in close detail the content of media coverage with particular attention to statements made by politicians and opinions expressed by journalists.

The book sets out a useful guide to some of the most important international and British legislation on asylum, while the reasons for migration are set in context.

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