UK foreign aid money has been ‘diverted to extremists’ in Syria, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. The investigation claims that funds from Adam Smith International meant for the Free Syrian Police have been used to support extremist groups ASI is a London based organization whose mission is to facilitate economic growth and government reform. The organisation help set up the FSP in order to bring law and order to regions of Syria controlled by opposition forces. According to the report, funds from the FSP have made their way into the hand of extremist groups such as Nour al-Din al-Zinki. The report claims that funds meant for the FSP have been used to carry out executions for al-Zinki courts. Other allegations include turning over cash to extremist groups and receivi
“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says
Vladimir Putin Russian President. Credit: Maria Joner. Russia declared war on the Islamic extremist group Isis in September and has since been very active in the campaign. And with President Putin recently saying he will not rule out using nuclear weapons, military actions have reached an all time high. Isis or Islamic State have become one of the largest terrorist threats to the western world in recent times. The group have attempted and in some cases been successful in carrying out terrorist attacks, with the most recent being the Paris attacks of November this year. The threat from the group has led many world leaders to take military action in Syria, resulting in a global migrant crisis. The USA, UK and Russia have all led air raids in the country and intend to take fur
World renowned, graffiti artist, Banksy has left his mark once more - this time in a refugee camp in Calais, France. The artist created a mural that showcases Apple founder, Steve Jobs as a migrant carrying the first version of the Apple computer and a small bag of possessions. This piece of art is mean to show the world the benefits of migration, a positive light shed on the current Syrian refugee crisis. Jobs is the son of a Syrian migrant and grew up in San Francisco to become one of the most influential people in technology worldwide. Banksy’s work has been known to cause debates and get people talking about particular social and political issues. He has since become a political activist and film producer, his last film about his work making it to the Sundance Film festival.