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More space for women in the new edition of the Movement Magazine

coverWe are celebrating the new issue of the Movement Magazine. The content now includes more pages with our work, such as our political speeches and testimonials of refugee women, which are part of our soon to be published Broschüre. On the new issue there are also more women writing and reflecting on our role as women inside a male-dominant structure. These are discussions we have to keep in mind are important for the development of our strategies and struggle as whole. And least, but not last, we thank the editors for having transcribed the dialogues of the video the International Women Space did with Angela Davis on her visit to Berlin. Long live the Magazine! Long live the Movement! To order the magazine, please click here:

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VIDEO: Merkel drives young refugee girl to tears

Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a TV program where she discusses with school kids the topic, “Gut leben in Deutschland” (good living in Germany). A palastinean girl describes in perfect german her personal situation as a refugee in Germany, with no clear status, perspective and fear of deportation. Merkel then goes straight to the point: there is no place here for all of you. Lebanon, the country from where the girl and her family flew from, is safe according to Merkel, who says “there is no civil war there”. Merkel continues: it is impossible to let all people of Africa and Lebanon into germany, cases should be solved quickly, so situations like yours will be solved earlier. What she means is, from now on, we will deport you and people like you before you even learn the language, we have no place for you. The girl understands the message very well and all she can do is cry. Shame on Europe!

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Bundestag Passed the new asylum law. What will change?

The law has now been passed officially in the Bundestag (federal parliament) and gets operative on August 1st 2015.

Threat of expansion of Deportation detention: Law for the Right to stay and termination of the residence permission adopted.

On the 2nd of July the Bundestag adopted the redefinition of the right to stay and the termination of the residence permit. Parts of the law shows the intention of making the lives of those already residing in Germany better. At the same time legal opportunities will be created to act more rigorously against newly arrived asylum seekers. An overview of the changes and its consequences: Grounds for detention in the Dublin procedure will be limitless The new law creates the legal possibility to detain asylum-seekers for the sole reason that they entered Germany from another EU country. According to Continue reading

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Ausweitung der Abschiebungshaft droht: Gesetz zu Bleiberecht und Aufenthaltsbeendigung verabschiedet


Pro Asyl : Am 2. Juli 2015 hat der Bundestag das Gesetz zur Neubestimmung des Bleiberechts und der Aufenthaltsbeendigung verabschiedet. Das Gesetz ist in Teilen geprägt von der Absicht, bereits in Deutschland lebende Flüchtlinge besser zu stellen. Gleichzeitig werden rechtliche Möglichkeiten geschaffen, um rigoroser gegen neu einreisende Asylsuchende vorzugehen. Ein Überblick über die gesetzlichen Neuerungen und deren Konsequenzen. Continue reading

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Verschärfung des Asylrechts: Bundestag weitet Abschiebehaft aus


Der Bundestag hat eine umfassende Reform des Aufenthaltsgesetzes verabschiedet. Viele unvermeidliche Begleiterscheinungen einer Flucht stellen künftig Haftgründe dar. Der Spiegel

Verbessertes Bleiberecht für gut integrierte Ausländer, aber auch schärfere Regeln bei der Abschiebung: Der Bundestag hat eine umfassende Reform des Aufenthaltsgesetzes verabschiedet. Ausländer, die bislang nur geduldet sind, dürfen in Zukunft längerfristig in Deutschland bleiben, wenn sie die Sprache gut beherrschen und ihren Lebensunterhalt selber sichern können. Auf der anderen Seite sollen Menschen, die keinerlei Aussicht auf ein Aufenthaltsrecht haben, schneller als bisher abgeschoben werden. Continue reading

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Oranienplatz: Solifest für Kobane am 11. Juli

kobane festJoin in and support! Solidarity Brigades for the Reconstruction of Kobanê

After 134 days of heroic struggle the Kurdish People’s Prtection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) liberated the city of Kobanê in Rojava from the fascist terror gangs of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) late January 2015. That was a victory of the Kurdish liberation struggle, being inferior in terms of weapon systems, but superior in terms of morality, in unity with the worldwide solidarity movement.
Rojava (Southern Kurdistan/Syria) stands for the currently most progressive struggle for freedom and democracy. The democratic self-government is promoting the peaceful coexistence of all ethnic groups. Rojava is a pioneer regarding women’s rights, promotes the protection of the environment and the solution of the social issues. Now Kobanê has to be reconstructed. Continue reading…

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