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European nations need to do more to “fight traffickers, protect victims and put in place a system to allow refugees to apply for asylum legally,” the head of the U.N. refugee agency, António Guterres, said . But Europe, with its economic challenges, can’t be expected to solve on its own a problem that is originating in Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya and — above all — Syria. As Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state, and David Miliband, a former British foreign secretary, noted in a Post op-ed last month, more than 11 million Syrians have been made homeless by four-plus years of civil war — and the United States so far has admitted fewer than 1,000. That’s unacceptable.
Of course most displaced Syrians are not going to make their way to the United States or Germany, which is why it’s also crucial for developed nations to help refugees where they are. About 4 million Syrians have been forced out of their country (with about twice as many displaced inside), and they have taken refuge in Turkey (1.9 million), Lebanon (1.1 million) and Jordan (more than 600,000). The burden on the host nations is immense — refugees comprise about a quarter of Lebanon’s population — and the conditions for many are miserable, with a generation of children going unschooled. Yet U.N. member nations have met only 33 percent of the funding target to provide for these people’s basic needs.
Scott Walker: Voters have “very legitimate concerns” about Canadian border (The Washington Post) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says the United States needs to secure all its borders — and that includes reviewing security on the far-less-controversial northern border it shares with Canada, the longest border in the world at 5,525 miles. Walker has long said that securing U.S. borders, especially the southern border with Mexico, is not only a deterrent to illegal immigration but also a way to ensure that terrorists and international criminals do not enter the country. Econintersect: Is it time for Fortress America? How well did walls protect Ancient Rome?
Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents (Reuters) An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city. The attacks were the latest in an air campaign launched in March by an alliance made up mainly of Gulf Arab states in support of the exiled government in its fight against Houthi forces allied to Iran.
For Putin, Even a Tiny Fall in Popularity Could Be Huge (The Daily Caller) Confidence in Putin among Russians is declining. New Russian polls shows a small but possibly serious decline in President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating, amid a sinking currency and a secret war. As the finance newspaper Vedomosti reported Friday, Russia’s Public Opinion Foundation stated that 72% of Russians would re-elect Putin in a hypothetical impending election, down from 76% in April. The same poll saw a decline in Russians’ overall confidence in Putin, from 42% in May to 37% in August.
If the Options Market Is Right, China's Stock Rescue Is Doomed (Bloomberg Business) Options traders have never been so pessimistic on China’s stock market, betting the government’s renewed effort to prop up share prices is doomed to fail. The cost of bearish contracts on the China 50 exchange-traded fund surged to the highest level versus bullish ones since they started trading in Shanghai six months ago. The so-called skew also climbed to a record for a similar ETF in the U.S., even as government buying drove China’s benchmark index to a 10 percent rally in the final two days of last week.
Behind Tianjin Tragedy, a Company That Flouted Regulations and Reaped Profits (The New York Times) Rui Hai offered lower prices, a no-hassle approach to paperwork and quick government approvals for the shipment of hazardous materials. Business was brisk. It seemed like another success story for the Binhai New Area, a thriving economic development zone established here by the ruling Communist Party around one of China’s busiest seaports. But now Rui Hai has become a symbol of something else for many Chinese: the high cost of rapid industrialization in a closed political system rife with corruption.
Xi's Military Parade Fans Unease in Region Already Wary of China (Bloomberg) As Xi Jinping presides over thousands of goose-stepping troops marching down Beijing’s Changan Avenue -- or “Eternal Peace Street” -- this coming Thursday, the Chinese president will also proclaim his commitment to the world’s peaceful development. It’s a message China’s neighbors may find hard to swallow as it flexes its military muscle from the East China Sea to the Indian Ocean.
World Markets Weekend Update: The Global Selloff Decelerates (Advisor Perspectives dshort.com) Doug Short is a regualr contribuor to GEI. Four of the eight indexes on the world watch finished in the red this week, an improvement over the previous when all eight posted substantial losses. However, the skew remains negative, with the average of the eight at -1.49%. Note also that we had an East-West divide, with the four advances in the Western indexes and the four declines in the East. Germany's DAX was the top performer, with a respectable 1.72% gain. China's Shanghai Composite posted another dismal week, down 7.85%.
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