News in the Humanosphere: Hungary stops trains to keep out refugees

A rubber boat carrying around 50 migrants and refugees arrives from Bodrum in Turkey to the Greek island of Kos in the early hours of the morning. (Credit: Christopher Jahn/IFRC/flickr)

Authorities in Hungary shut down a train station rather than let refugees leave for Germany. The government is seemingly doing what it can to make these refugees feel as unwelcome as possible. “Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest’s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters. Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and shouting ‘Germany! Germany!’ outside the station. Later they sat down, staring at a police blockade erected at the entrance. ‘Please, we are human too,’ said a sign in German held up by a young boy in a smaller group which protested into the evening.” (Reuters http://reut.rs/1NWDwJG)

With friends like these
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of war crimes, as an “old friend” on Tuesday, as China’s foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LRJrR5)

A new education index
An advocacy group set up by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Foreign Policy Magazine are launching an annual index to assess the availability and quality of education for girls around the world, organizers said. (TRF http://yhoo.it/1Vu5AXg)

Stat of the day
More than 350,000 migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean this year, and 2,600 have died while making the perilous journey to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1UkuXgW)

Quote of the day
“Whatever the challenges migration might bring there is no justification for hostile, racist or xenophobic reactions to migrants.”
—EU President Donald Tusk to reporters in Zagreb after meeting Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. (AFP
http://yhoo.it/1Vu6brY)

Africa

Al-Shabab militants attacked an African Union base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday, the Islamist group and residents said, and said they had killed dozens of soldiers. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1hRD2IZ)

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda will seek to prove his innocence at his impending war crimes trial before the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1IETeCf)

A coalition of opposition groups in Ivory Coast threatened on Monday to try to block presidential elections in October unless the government opens talks on issues such as insecurity and the electoral commission. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Vu5AXf)

Natural gas power generation should be prioritized to help tackle South Africa’s dire energy crisis that has hobbled growth and led to rolling black-outs, said a report released Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1IESGfT)

A virtual reality film aims to draw attention to prejudice toward Ebola survivors by guiding viewers through the life of a woman in Liberia who uses her immunity to help others affected by the disease, the creators said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1JvQKIj)

Lawmakers in Uganda’s parliament are debating a bill that if passed into law would limit the work of NGOs in the country. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1LRJYSM)

The International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde warned Tuesday greater resilience would be needed from the world’s emerging economies to handle China’s slowdown, warning the road ahead could be “somewhat bumpy.” (AFP http://yhoo.it/1IESI7u)

Zambia state power utility Zesco Ltd. will deepen power cuts after water levels at its largest hyrdo power station dropped following a drought, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, potentially affecting mining. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1JvQKbe)

The African Development Bank will focus in coming years on tackling Africa’s chronic power shortages to try to unlock its economic potential and end its vulnerability to fluctuations in commodity prices, its new president said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1LRJufC)

MENA

An outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen’s most populated governorate has prompted urgent calls from the World Health Organization for a “humanitarian corridor” to facilitate the flow of medicines to over three million civilians trapped in the war-torn area. (IPS http://bit.ly/1Xc079j)

Lebanese activists angered by a trash crisis and government incompetence stepped up their campaign Tuesday, occupying part of Lebanon’s environment ministry to demand the minister’s resignation. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1hRDS8w)

Asia

Monsoon floods have inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing at least 21 people in the last four days and forcing some 800,000 people to leave their homes. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UkuSdb)

Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Vu5H4U)

Afghanistan’s president called for a “holy war” against corruption Tuesday, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he tries to improve its economy and create jobs. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Vu5FtT)

A court on the Thai island of Phuket cleared two journalists on Tuesday of defaming the Thai navy and other related charges in a report they published in 2013 on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Vu5DlY)

Singapore’s political parties officially started campaigning Tuesday for general elections in which, for the first time in the island-nation’s history, the ruling People’s Action Party faces contests in all available seats. (AP http://yhoo.it/1hRD3fV)

A lengthy investigation into whether Google has been abusing its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition in India is moving into its next phase. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Vu5D5d)

The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Chinese authorities to release a reporter accused of spreading false information on the country’s stock market meltdown, calling it the latest act of media intimidation by President Xi Jinping’s administration. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UkuQC9)

The Americas

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia’s government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors. (AP http://yhoo.it/1hRCYck)

Colombia’s peace talks with Marxist rebels have advanced more in recent weeks than they have in previous months, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday, as the country continues efforts to end more than five decades of war. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Vu5BdG)

...and the rest

Upset migrants chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” and demanded to use their train tickets Tuesday after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Vu5HC5)

A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Europe’s border agency Frontex said on Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1UkuUld)

The German economy has room to accommodate refugees, the labor minister said Tuesday, but the government will need to spend billions of extra euros to cover language courses, benefits and their integration into the labor market. (AP http://yhoo.it/1IESDk3)

Opinion/Blogs

Secret aid worker: sometimes I go to supermarkets to escape the loneliness (Guardian http://bit.ly/1IEPG2X)

Local Development, the Key to Legitimising Amazon Hydropower Dams (IPS http://bit.ly/1IEPSPS)

Debates over language: a dangerous distraction? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1hRCxif)

African Migrants: Payback Time? (Economic Commission for Africa http://bit.ly/1Ew2Wf6)

What Africa Can Learn From China About Growing Its Agribusiness Sector (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1hRFLSB)

Parental Doubt Drives Drop in Vaccination (SciDevNet http://bit.ly/1Vu7y9V)

Why Eco-Cities Fail (Policy Innovations http://bit.ly/1KpmQek)

New research on vocationalization in international development studies education (Aidnography http://bit.ly/1KE1KHT)

Who Will Suffer Most From Climate Change? (Hint: Not You)  (Gates Notes http://bit.ly/1FgPneJ)

A better way to volunteer overseas: Go experteering (WhyDev http://bit.ly/1FgQSJI)

The Ninth Time Is Not A Charm: Elusive Peace in South Sudan (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1FgQQkY)

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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.