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Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE
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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Cries From Syria’ Carries Heart-Rending Stories From the Civil War


Evgeny Afineevsky’s Oscar-nominated documentary doesn’t shy away from the war’s brutal realities. The children’s voices are especially poignant.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Immigration Ban on Hold for Now


The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a lower court, saying that reinstating the ban—even temporarily—would cause harm.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Disrespects the Constitution


A powerful backlash to his poorly implemented executive order shows that the president has bitten off more than he can chew.

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Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban


Following protests at a number of airports across the country and legal intervention by civil liberties watchdog groups, a U.S. District Court temporarily halts the deportation of people with valid visas or approved refugee papers.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow


These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

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Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No


After the ruling, nearly 500 mothers and children were released from detention centers in Texas.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis


Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

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Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees


Artists at galleries in Los Angeles and New York zoom in on some of the world’s 60,000 displaced people—and one “solution” for dealing with them.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE

In Amsterdam, Refugees Find Shelter From the Storm


A life of displacement is hard, some Europeans oppose the influx and the bureaucracy is not all it could be. But small acts of kindness and human connection ease an anxious situation. Here’s one volunteer’s account from a refugee center.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE

Denmark to Refugees: Want In? Hand Over Those Valuables


Those seeking asylum in Denmark will have to pay to stay, following a referendum Tuesday that established new guidelines for refugees, including stipulations about handing over certain personal belongings upon arrival.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Borders of Love, Borders of War


In a Turkish city near the Syrian conflict zone, an ancient tide of passions—both human and political—moves millions.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE

A Christmas Plea to the World From the Father of Drowned Syrian Child


“Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’


On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Seek Haven


As we celebrate our beginnings in the safest, strongest, richest nation the world has ever known, is it asking too much to welcome those who are fleeing death, torture and terror in their homeland?

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

The New Nativist Hysteria Is Illegitimate, Divisive and Dangerous


The xenophobic outburst on Capitol Hill and across the heartland won’t make us safer. In fact, it plays directly into the hands of terrorist organizations like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees


“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

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This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table


As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

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Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes


The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’


Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists’

By Kasia Anderson

Is Ann Coulter the mastermind behind Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration rhetoric? The conservative pundit herself apparently thinks so.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees


As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It


Pope Francis has left the building. His first trip to the United States created news at every turn.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Pope Francis: He Told Them!


The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar


Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians


In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade


A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?


The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: British News Presenter Interrupts Report to Help Refugees Come Ashore

The refugees had made the four-mile journey from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, a route where many boats have overturned, including that of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, whose drowning sparked a worldwide outcry.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders


Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill


Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

All Should Be Repenting for the Suffering of the Refugees


Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let’s fix the problem.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

As Many Governments Flail, Ordinary Europeans Are Making Extraordinary Gestures to Help Refugees


Immersed in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?


Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Icelanders Who Opened Their Hearts and Homes to Syrian Refugees


Citizens of the country that is the most peaceful in the world, according to a recent Global Peace Index, have reached out to refugees from one of the least peaceful countries. Their acts of kindness have left their mark in unexpected ways.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

European Union Calls for Emergency Talks About Refugee Crisis


As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Comforting Sobbing Refugee, Merkel Says Germany Can’t Help Everyone

In a televised meeting that has gone viral, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rubbed the shoulder of a sobbing teenager who faces the threat of deportation under German policies.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime


Driven by war and poverty, millions of people are on the move, putting their lives at risk. But rather than explore the reasons, authorities lock them up or threaten them with force.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Turkish President Says IS May Claim Border Town in Syria


According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Islamic State forces were closing in on capturing the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday. This development was of particular concern to Erdogan, as Kobani is close to the border between Syria and his own country.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees


A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need


AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.


AP Photo/Oleg Popov

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE

As U.S. Debates Airstrikes, Syrian Refugees Head for the Borders


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More than 2 million people have now fled Syria for neighboring countries, and the pace of the exodus has accelerated as the U.S. threatens airstrikes. The “disgraceful human calamity” could further destabilize the region.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE

Niger Seeks Aid for Weary Libyan Refugees


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The government of Niger has appealed to the international community for assistance for almost 60,000 people who have fled to Niger from Libya since fighting began in February.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE

Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya


White House / Samantha Appleton

President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE

America: The Silence of a Nation

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Truthdig columnist and author Chris Hedges has some very strong words for the Israeli and American governments, condemning their roles in the ongoing conflict with Gaza in this clip from Hedges’ speech at Revolution Books in New York City last year.

 

Posted on May 14, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Lebanese Rappers Make Their Case for Peace

Martyr's Square statue
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Young hip-hop artists in Lebanon are using their music to deal with their lives in the wake of years of violence, reaching across religious and sectarian divisions and promoting nonviolence, and they’ve joined forces with pro-peace organizations while they’re at it.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

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