Michael Curtotti

“Crossing Over” – Harrison Ford stars as ICE Agent

Crossing Over is a 2009 American independent film drama exploring the lives of illegal immigrants attempting to “cross the border” literally and metaphorically to achieve legal status in the United States.   The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter-terrorism and the clash of cultures. …

Australia seeks to process asylum seekers in East Timor

In a policy announcement echoing the discredited ‘Pacific solution’ of the previous Liberal Government, the new Australian government has decided to seek to detain asylum seekers in a ‘regional processing centre’ in East Timor.  The new Australian policy reflects a general hardening of policies towards asylum seekers in the lead up to national elections.   ABC…

Remote Control Borders: Violating Freedom of Movement

Article 13(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone has the right to leave any country.   Increasingly countries are cooperating to violate this human rights by preventing aslyum seekers and others from leaving a country to seek refuge in another country.  Some examples are: Egypt:  which prevents Africans from leaving Egypt in…

Abolish Foreignness

Eight million children under the age of five die each year from largely preventable causes.  One billion people live in abject poverty. Thousands die crossing international borders while fleeing poverty, war or persecution.  Rich countries reinforce barriers, laws and measures to prevent people crossing their borders.  Hundreds of thousands are held in migration prisons  as if they were criminals. 67 million people live as…

The Berlin Wall and Barack Obama

  In recent days Germans and those affected by the Cold War are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an anniversary worth celebrating. A chasm between the politics of the west and the communist world dissolved and people that had been kept apart for 40 years were suddenly…

Identity Crisis

Some countries obsess about ‘who we are’.  The obsession becomes more intense, the more people with different coloured skins, different accents, diffent cultures become part of day to day life.  In an age of migration “we” can become very confusing.  Who can “we” be, if quite obviously “us” includes “them”. This question is not just…

The Borders of Science

Surely something as universally true as science could not have borders?  Not in the twenty-first century.  Not in the age of the internet. Like the refugees who face immense challenges in getting into Fortress Europe, getting the benefits of science to the poor in developing countries is incredibly difficult. The most well-known case was that of aids…

Angelina Jolie and the Refugee Warehouses

What makes someone like Angelina Jolie take an interest in the lives of refugees?  What makes anyone take interest?   In this video Angelina visits refugees in Afghanistan.  It’s clear that there is no “foreignness” in how she relates to them.  She sees them as people who are suffering, and to whom we should respond.