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Turkey´s response to the Syrian
refugee crisis has been heroic

Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/10/2014 5:51:46 AM

Turkey: what a place. Taxes are low, growth is strong, people are patriotic. I´m here in a camp for displaced Syrians, just across the border, doing some work alongside Centre-Right parliamentarians from around Europe, but I haven´t got time to blog about that right now. Let me instead say just one thing. The unflashy, unsentimental, uncomplaining way in which Turks have dealt with the arrival of 600,000 refugees is humbling. Many Syrians have been taken in by Turkish families. Others have been provided for by charities. Some are being housed in hastily assembled tent cities that fill up immediately.

      


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Turkey´s response to the Syrian
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Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Turkey: what a place. Taxes are low, growth is strong, people are patriotic. I´m here in a camp for displaced Syrians, just across the border, doing some work alongside Centre-Right parliamentarians from around Europe, but I haven´t got time to blog about that right now. Let me instead say just one thing. The unflashy, unsentimental, uncomplaining way in which Turks have dealt with the arrival of 600,000 refugees is humbling. Many Syrians have been taken in by Turkish families. Others have been provided for by charities. Some are being housed in hastily assembled tent cities that fill up immediately.

   

 

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Bridget Anne Kelly wasn´t known as an aggressive political animal who would take delight in snarling up the traffic for schoolchildren and emergency services to score petty political points. She is a mother-of-four after all. One who rose quickly up the political ladder in New Jersey with the words ´pleasant´ and ´integrity´ attached to her by those who worked and shared the school run with her. [Snip] And for her friends, those who know her the best, this just doesn't fit, she was 'no political pit bull'. They are convinced she's the scapegoat, the fall guy, or at the very least has been set up. 'The young lady did not just wake up one morning,

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:12:41 PM     Post Reply
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