Inside the Occupied Territories with Amira Hass (On Contact with Chris Hedges)

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the Occupied Territories with Amira Hass. Hass is the Haaretz Correspondent for the Occupied Territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil joins the show with a report on the public manifestations of racism in Israeli society.

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Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.

VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and speak to rescued refugees and migrants, hearing about the suffering they have endured in their attempts to reach a new life.

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Direct Action Saving the Lives of Migrants (Excerpt from ‘The Smartest Guy in the Sea’)

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More than 2,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea already in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration. As the Mediterranean migrant crisis continues in the face of apparent government inaction, a private organization has stepped in to help.

Founded by American millionaire Christopher Catrambone and his Italian wife Regina Catrambone, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aims to provide search and rescue assistance to the thousands of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.

In this excerpt, Simon Ostrovsky speaks with Robert Young Pelton, the Strategic Consultant for MOAS, about how government programs might be influenced by MOAS’s private life-saving mission.

VICE News is closely watching the international migrant crisis. Check out the Open Water blog here: http://bit.ly/1T3mPeX

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Not a Racist, a Racialist (Extra Scene from ‘The Smartest Guy in the Sea’)

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More than 2,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea already in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration. As the Mediterranean migrant crisis continues in the face of apparent government inaction, a private organization has stepped in to help.

Founded by American millionaire Christopher Catrambone and his Italian wife Regina Catrambone, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aims to provide search and rescue assistance to the thousands of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.

In this extra scene, Simon Ostrovsky sits down with Norman Lowell, the founder and head of Malta’s far-right anti-immigration political party Imperium Europa to talk about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, as well as his thoughts on operations like MOAS.

VICE News is closely watching the international migrant crisis. Check out the Open Water blog here: http://bit.ly/1T3mPeX

Watch: Migrants Stranded on Kos: Europe or Die: http://bit.ly/1SOgvx6

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