Direct Provision: A lucrative business

The economic mentality of the government behind the Direct Provision System in Ireland is no different to its response to housing or health crisis in this country:

Direct Provision: A lucrative business

Memet Uludag While ordinary people are left to suffer from lack of public provisions and duty of care, private companies enjoy millions of profits from this suffering. Direct Provision as a business has turned the state’s duty of care to victims fleeing war and oppression into profits for private companies. The Direct Provision System was […]

Combating racism in Ireland

Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism writes: As part of its struggle to combat racism in Ireland United Against Racism will be holding a Rally and March in Dublin on Saturday 11 March.

Combating racism in Ireland

It will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and march to the Central Bank Plaza. It is also part of an international week of action against racism in many different countries. Similar events will be held elsewhere in Cork and Galway. This rally and demonstration will have three themes: Dump Trump. Trump is […]

Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.

Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

  Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]

Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen: imperialist destruction

Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen: imperialist destruction

It was the very early hours of a hot August morning in Turkey when I said goodbye to Zeinah, Samir and their three children as they were getting ready for their final push for Europe, the crossing to the Greek island whose light five miles away could be seen from the Turkish coast. As the […]

Direct Provision – An Indictment

The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the role it is playing in Ireland’s asylum process. DPS, introduced as a temporary ‘measure’ in 1999 provided the best cover for Irish governments over the past 17 years not only to continue with their unwelcoming asylum polices, but also to get away with the unforgivable inhumanity of the official state response to asylum seekers.

Direct Provision – An Indictment

Direct Provision as the main feature of the Irish asylum system The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the […]

Turkey- The People Defeated The Coup

It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. Memet Uludag writes.

Turkey- The People Defeated The Coup

It was early evening on Friday 15 July that the Turkish military coup began. Planes flew low over Istanbul and Ankara. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets. Key bridges and buildings were taken over. State TV was taken over and it was announced that the military were in control of the country. News started […]

The Panama Papers : How the rich rob us

The Panama Papers include the President of Argentina, the former prime minister of Georgia, Iceland's prime minister, the ex-prime minister of Iraq, the former prime minister of Jordan, the former prime minister of Qatar, the former Emir of Qatar, the King of Saudi Arabia, the former president of Sudan, UAE President, Abu Dhabi emir, the former Ukraine prime minister, the President of Ukraine, Azerbaijan's first family, the brother-in-law of the Chinese President, the daughter of a former Chinese Premier, childhood friends of Russian President Putin, a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, cousins of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the father of British prime minister, the son of former Egyptian President Mubarak, the personal secretary to the King of Morocco, children of Pakistan's prime minister, the son of Ghana's former president, the son of Malaysia's prime minister, the "favorite contractor" of Mexico's president, the former king of Spain's sister, an associate of Cote d'Ivoire's former president, a nephew of the South African President, the widow of Lansana Conté, the former dictator and president of Guinea

The Panama Papers : How the rich rob us

Oxfam says 1% of population own half of world’s wealth. According to a report published in January 2016 by Oxfam International, the world’s 62 wealthiest individuals now own the same as the poorest half of the global population. Global refugee numbers have doubled to 60 million over the past 15 years. Nearly half of the […]

Refugee crisis: from bad to worse

A year ago, in April 2015, the EU finally woke up to the horrific reality of the refugee crisis on its doorsteps.

Refugee crisis: from bad to worse

A year ago, in April 2015, the EU finally woke up to the horrific reality of the refugee crisis on its doorsteps. First, it was the news of a refugee boat sinking with the loss of 400 lives. A week later more than 700 refugees had died in another Mediterranean shipwreck. In the first four […]

‘An embarrassment to the history of its people’

Today, the way the Irish government deals with the asylum seekers here and the refugees in Europe is an embarrassment to the history of its people.

‘An embarrassment to the history of its people’

Memet Uludag went to speak to a Syrian refugee who made it to Ireland and condemns the record of the Irish government on dealing with refugees. It was the wrinkled hands of an elderly refugee, holding my hand firmly, while he was telling me his story, that made it truly real, what it means to be a […]

Open Letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land

Open Letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Despite being under no illusion, it is very disappointing to read that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visiting Lesbos said “It is imperative that we reach an agreement with Turkey to stop the flows by targeting the smugglers“. NOT to help the refugees, not to come up with agreements to create humanitarian, safe procedures to […]