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across the border - deportation of refugees and migrants from the netherlands

autonoom centrum, march 2004

>> Preface
# Expulsions through the years
# Charter flights - cheaper by the dozen
# The expulsion of illegal aliens: the European way
# The Oumar Ba affair
# Regulation of migration, an outdated concept

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# Preface

This site contains 4 translated chapters from the original dutch version of the publication 'Over de grens'. The 13 original chapters are available in dutch here | De volledige inhoud van de publicatie 'Over de grens' is hier in het Nederlands beschikbaar

'Across the border' is a book about the deportation of undocumented migrants and refugees out of procedure from the Netherlands. These expulsions deliver more and more confrontations, through which not only the migration policy is brought up to discussion but also the society and the world we want to live in. With 'Across the border' we give ammunition to those who refuse the migrationpolicy in the Netherlands or be critical of it.


Ill-treatment in a dutch deportation-prison - Autonoom Centrum
The testimony of an ex-detained refugee is at the centre of this brochure on the detention of refugees and undocumented migrants. His testimony speaks volumes about the ill-treatments taking place behind the prison walls and about the treatment as a kind of second-rate citizens, as if they were throw-away products that should be removed as soon as possible. read on or the original layout download as PDF-file

The Gray Zone - Seymour M. Hersh 
The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Lees verder

The Israeli Torture Template - Wayne Madsen
According to a political appointee within the Bush administration and U.S. intelligence sources, the interrogators at Abu Ghraib included a number of Arabic-speaking Israelis who also helped U.S. interrogators develop the "R2I" (Resistance to Interrogation) techniques. Lees verder

'They tied me up like a beast and began kicking me' - David Rose
As America struggles to come to terms with military abuse in Iraq, similar stories are emerging from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Tarek Dergoul, a Briton released from the camp in March, talks here for the first time about his two- year ordeal. Lees verder

Sworn Statements by Abu Ghraib Detainees 
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With more private contractors dying and disappearing in Iraq, some begin to question the rules of engagement. - Peter Singer 
Iraq is the largest private military market in modern history and also a testing ground for just how far the outsourcing trend will play out for the U.S. military. Lees verder

Who Won World War II?
World War II plays a major role in our conception of human history, because, unlike the senseless carnage of World War I, it stands for an ideological struggle between Good and Evil.Lees verder 

Reverse Imagineering :Toward the New Urban Struggles
Or : Why smash the state when your neighborhood theme park is so much closer Lees verder

The emergence of hyperterrorism 
"If you don't stop your injustices, more blood will flow and these attacks are very little compared with what may happen with what you call terrorism." - Abu Dujan al-Afghani, purported military spokesman for al-Qaeda in Europe, claiming responsibility on video for the Madrid bombings.Lees verder

Israel, Suicide Nation
A nation which enslaves another forges its own chains. Lees verder 

Beyond “relative humanity” to a secular democratic state
The end of Zionism and its denial of the humanity of Palestinians will open the way to a single state that makes Israelis and Palestinians both moral and political equals, says the Palestinian writer Omar Barghouti. Lees verder

Occupiers Spend Millions on Private Army of Security Men
An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq's major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees.Lees verder

Security Firms Coming Under Fire in Iraq
The paramilitary exercise provides training for the real warfare of Iraq - but this is no military boot camp.
At Blackwater USA's paramilitary training camp, private security guards prepare to work in Iraq, where they serve as commando teams, give strategic advice, even operate a military's supply lines - all for a price. Lees verder

The Accomplished Destruction of Aristide, the Planned Destruction of Hugo Chavez
The drama of Haiti and of the Aristide administration implies many dangers for Cuba and Venezuela. It is the final outcome of Washington’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) against popular governments in Latin America: namely, subversion-destruction. Lees verder

Declassified Documents Back Venezuelan President’s Claim of US Aid to Opposition Groups Lees verder

To be Intimidated is to be an Accomplice Notes on Anti-Semitism, Zionism and Palestine By TARIQ ALI Lees verder

Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration By STEPHEN GREEN Lees verder

Israel: democracy or demographic Jewish state?
The last few months have suddenly seen a flurry of activity. There have been an unprecedented number of political initiatives which have seemed to hold out the hope of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or at least of bringing such a solution closer. There have been the Geneva Accord, the Olmert initiative, Sharon's plan with its mention of withdrawals from settlements in Gaza, the People's Voice, One Voice, and even the colonists want to present their own plan. You might ask yourself: why now.Read more

Towards widening the democratic canon
What are the historic roots, social preconditions, and future chances for the participatory democracy movements of the recent years? In this text, an introduction to a book containing case studies of recent democratic movements in Brazil, Columbia, Mozambique, Portugal and India Read more

There is, in short, the practical need to include the Islamists. Without their acquiescence, armed resistance will continue; but their engagement is also important for the legitimacy of any outcome in the eyes of the Palestinian public and of regional players such as Syria and Iran. An accord between Israel and some Palestinian negotiators that simply ignores a major current of Palestinian opinion is unlikely to last.Read more

The Decline and Failure of American-Imposed Capitalism and the Rise of Social Democracy/Leftist Ideology in Latin America
Today, the small movement that began in Chiapas ten years ago has, like an octopus extending its tentacles, enveloped almost all Latin American nations, especially those of South America. The region’s citizens are taking matters into their own hands, creating a new dynamic to a once American dominated and subservient area, unleashing mass unrest, mass solidarity and mass calls for change. Lees verder

The privatisation of war
Private corporations have penetrated western warfare so deeply that they are now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the Pentagon, a Guardian investigation has established.Lees verder


Twilight Zone / `I punched an Arab in the face'
Staff Sergeant (res.) Liran Ron Furer cannot just routinely get on with his life anymore. He is haunted by images from his three years of military service in Gaza Lees verder


The Importance of the Local I want to make strategic argument, I want to argue for the importance of struggles and strategies in the locality. I also think that a greater stress on the local, at the same time as we strengthen our international networks, is vital for the future development and spread of the European Social Forum.Lees verder

Zionism as a Racist Ideology
Reviving an Old Theme to Prevent Palestinian Ethnicide Lees verder

"The Netherlands deports Nigerians"
Intensifying of the number of deportations, European charter
deportations, gate checks at Schiphol airport, boarding checks in the
countries of origin, implementation of force.Read more


US: the pro-Sharon thinktank Read more


Rebuilding dependence Ed Hollants
A comparison between East Timor and Iraq


War and Peace  Ed Hollants


Action against esso (exxon/mobil) in Amsterdam

State of the radical political action movement in the Netherlands read more

No Border No Nation Action Camp Strasbourg discussion read more

Guerilla Expo. 1 The shared, battled city Read More


The War

Rebuilding dependence Ed Hollants
A comparison between East Timor and Iraq

War and Peace  Ed Hollants

Privatization in Disguise Naomi Klein
Which Companies Will Put Iraq Back Together?

The Night After By URI AVNERY

The Perils of Occupation ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
No Representative Government in Future Iraq by Firas Al-Atraqchi
Neoconservative clout seen in U.S. Iraq policy BRUCE MURPHY
The Men From JINSA and CSP by JASON VEST
Traffic jam on the road to 'Pax Americana' Bill Berkowit
Israel, Jordan to talk on Iraq pipeline
Who Will Rule Iraq? By Jim Lobe
US arms group heads for Lisbon
Who Rules the Peace When the Rulers Break the Rules?
Phyllis Bennis 

Action against esso (exxon/mobil) in Amsterdam

The New Humanitarianism Rahul Mahajan

Practice to Deceive Joshua Micah Marshall

Robert Fisk from Bagdad

Reuters report growing US boycott

Bitter Rice Some thoughts about the war Uri Avnery

Pentagon Strategy Creates Rift Among Hawks Jim Lobe
The Order of War Antonio Negri
The Nation is Not United Edward Said
Bush Bets IT All Immanuel Wallerstein
Dollar versus euro
The Road to Jerusalem Goes Through Baghdad
The Erosion of the American Dream by Gore Vidal"48 Hours": From "Stand Up and be Counted" to a Fixed Poker Game
How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply 
Kurdish leaders enraged by 'undemocratic' American plan to occupy Iraq
The Slick Business of Oil
You wanted to believe him – but it was like something out of Beckett
Drive to war
Colin Powell's Case
Powell's Dubious Case for War
Bush and the Invisible Alien Theory

Gringo Go Home
A report from Bolivia
At this time the count is 21 dead in the past two days and hundreds of wounded and arrested all over the country. All day, workers, campesinos, and youth mobilized in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. read more

Bush and the Invisible Alien Theory
Evidence, Absence of Evidence and Evidence of the Absence of Sense by PAUL DEAN read more

The Hijacking of the WSF
by Naomi Klein  January 30 2003
The key word at this year's World Social Forum, which ended yesterday in Porto Alegre, Brazil, was 'big.'read more

Autumn Reflections
The growth of the movement is in fact being accompanied by a decline in its effectiveness. Seattle and Prague were real victories for the movement, as even its opponents were forced to more

Maintaining the Borders: identity & politics
Identity is the process of creating and maintaining borders, creating different kinds of people. This keeps the world packaged in tidy little boxes. These boxes, in turn, are necessary for the violence and domination of hierarchical societies. There cannot be masters or slaves, bosses or workers, men or women, whites or blacks, leaders or followers, heterosexuals or queers, without more

A brief history of the noborder network
Florian and Hagen have published a 'A brief history of the noborder network' in the second make-world paper. As the title suggests they describe the history of the noborder network. Florians and hagens text is written from a german point of view focusing on the network's activities in germanyread more

Be aware: the International Organisation for Migration is haunting
There is ground to deeply mistrust the International Organisation for Migration and one has to be very careful to cooperate with such an agencyread more


PRESS RELEASE April 14, 2002

April 14th-28th 2002

The Autonoom Centrum Amsterdam in the Netherlands took the initiative to form a delegation to stay in Palestine and report on a daily base.
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The fight for freedom in Palestine

Some information and analyses about the second Intifadah this page

llegalized migrants in the Netherlands

This article written by the Autonoom Centrum was published in the book 'Without papers in Europe'.
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Destabilisation by militia

From the moment on that the refugees camps in West Timor were created there has been information on intimidations within the camps and on training of militias. read more

East Timor one year later

After returnig to East Timor twice in the past year the impression I have of the acting of the international community has not become much more positive. read more