Sunday, October 13, 2013

Another Of Capitalism's Tragedies

Following reports of a second ship capsizing off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to protect the rights of migrants and take action to prevent such tragic incidents.
"The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear reports of the loss of lives as another boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Italy, only a few days after the tragic incident near Lampedusa which had already claimed more than 300 lives," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in a statement.
According to media reports, at least 27 people died and 221 were saved on Friday after their boat capsized near Lampedusa.
The incident occurred just over a week after more than 300 migrants, mostly Ethiopian, lost their lives when their boat caught fire half a mile from the coast, leading the vessel to capsize in the same area.
"The Secretary-General calls on the international community as a whole to take action to prevent such tragedies in the future, including measures that address their root causes and that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the centre of the response," the statement said.

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Global Capitalism, of which Ban Ki-moon is an ardent supporter, is guilty of causing the conditions forcing thousands upon thousands of people to flee their homelands each and every year. Most of the migrants travelling by boat are from the African continent, from lands whose leaders' strings are pulled by the west. Some are desperate to leave because conditions on the ground are insufferable as a result of ongoing conflict inflamed by outside interference; others leave in the hope of reaching a hospitable land where they will find work in order to provide for themselves and their families. The action the international community is interested in enforcing is preventing the would-be migrants leaving their homelands, not in assisting them to improve their condition. This is how capitalism works.

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