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Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN
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This Young Syrian Refugee Competing in the Rio Olympics Saved 20 Lives Doing What She Does Best


Eighteen-year-old Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini’s personal story is not only one of talent, but also of survival and heroism.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE

Islamic State Captures Thousands in Iraq


The terrorist group is said to have executed a number of young men of fighting age who were attempting to flee territory held by Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE

The World After Me: Eternal ‘Wartime’ in America


In this era, everything that further militarizes American foreign policy, puts the national security state in command and assures the continued demobilization of a scared and rattled citizenry creates yet more uprooted souls, more children without childhoods, more refugees.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Jun 4, 2016 ENLARGE

What Would Happen if You Looked These Refugees in the Eye?

After polls showed that a majority of Germans fear a rise in crime if people fleeing violence are allowed into the country, Amnesty International brought some Germans face to face with refugees in an experiment psychologists say helps people bond.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama Administration to Resume Mass Deportations


The commander in chief has already deported more people than any president before him. Now his administration is planning its largest deportation operation of 2016.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

What Trumps the Horrors of the South Sudanese Hellscape? The Donald


In a place where catastrophic food insecurity may tip into starvation at any time, where armed men still arrive in the night to steal and rape, a local aid worker wants—seemingly needs—to know if Donald Trump could actually be elected president of the United States.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE

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The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America


Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Reveals Classified Data on European Military Plan Against Refugee Flows

The “hactivist” site has released a classified report detailing Operation Sophia, a European Union military intervention involving “refugee boats” in Libya and the Mediterranean. According to WikiLeaks, the report “presses the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a ‘reliable’ government in Libya that in return is expected to ‘invite’ E.U. forces to operate within their Territorial Waters.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’


While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says


Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

2,000 Refugees Given Three Days to Leave as Bulldozers Move Into ‘Jungle’ Camp in France


The “Jungle” is used by up to 5,000 asylum seekers as a base from which they attempt to enter the U.K. via the channel tunnel. Residents at the informal refugee camp say they will peacefully resist eviction-and-transfer to a purpose-built facility nearby, which they describe as resembling a prison that contains no communal areas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2015


Here are some of the top cartoons that tickled Truthdig readers’ funny bones this year.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE

Denmark Wants to Seize Jewelry and Cash From Refugees


The Danish government’s harsh stance on the refugee crisis has hit a new low, with its Folketing—or parliament—considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate valuables such as jewelry from those trying to claim asylum when entering the country. The proposal would also apply to refugees already in the country.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE

Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War


At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate


Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

Cruz Repeats Background Check Fib During GOP Debate


During CNN’s Republican debate Tuesday evening, the Texas senator reiterated his false claim that legislation backed by Sen. Marco Rubio would have dramatically expanded President Obama’s authority to bring Syrian refugees into the U.S. without background checks.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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VIDEO: Refugees Appear Alongside British Rapper M.I.A. in New Music Clip ‘Borders’


In a recently released music video, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., highlights the plight of refugees who risk their lives to cross borders.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE

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Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK and Black Churches


As Trump supporters beat a “Black Lives Matter” protester at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the days when J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI monitored the Rev. Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference churches.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We Seriously Don’t Need to Make U.S. Refugee Vetting Any Harder

All this anti-refugee talk in America has inspired HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host to give another impassioned speech about refugees, just in time for Thanksgiving, the commemoration of the only time in American history when “the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true.”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Nov 22, 2015 ENLARGE

The Paris Attacks Are Being Used to Justify Agendas They Have Nothing to Do With


The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has “devolved into a dark and dishonest debate” in which governments consider banning encryption and barring Syrian refugees from entering their countries. But the attackers were neither Syrian nor refugees and there’s no evidence they used encryption to communicate.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE

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VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why Taking In Syrian Refugees Will Actually Make Europe a Better Place

Citing important economic and social examples of how countries in Europe would benefit from opening their doors to refugees who’ve risked their lives to escape Syria, the “Last Week Tonight” host makes a compelling case about how to address the current crisis. Oliver also makes a young refugee’s dream come true, with the help of a couple of soap stars.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Americans and the Needs of Strangers


Of course we should do more for our own citizens who need a hand. But our failure to help some who are in need should never be an excuse for refusing to help those facing genuine catastrophe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

U.N. Official: ‘Syrian Conflict Will Displace Another Million People’


“Unless something big is done to resolve this conflict through political means, the human train that has started moving out of Syria and the neighborhood will continue to be running for many months to come,” United Nations humanitarian chief Yacoub El Hillo said.

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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

VIDEO: German Lawmaker on Why Wars Led by the U.S. Are at the Root of the Refugee Crisis

Annette Groth, a member of the German Parliament, recently returned from a trip to Hungary, where she saw thousands of migrants stranded at the Budapest train station. “What is the root for this massive migration?” she asks “Democracy Now!” “It is war, it is terror, and it is the former U.S. government who is accountable for it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis


Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

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Egyptian Billionaire Offers to Buy Island in Mediterranean to House Refugees


“Greece or Italy, sell me an island,” Naguib Sawiris tweeted. He even suggested a name for the new country: “Hope.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes


As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

Ghoul’s Glossary: ‘Migrants’ or ‘Refugees’ or ‘Anchor Babies’? (Video)


Migrants: Those who voluntarily go to another country to live and work, seeking a better life.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis


“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Migrant Crisis: 71 People Found Dead in Abandoned Truck in Austria


Austrian authorities report that four children—three boys ages 7 to 10, and a toddler girl—were among the passengers whose bodies were found in east Vienna on Thursday in the back of an abandoned truck, locked inside with no ventilation in the summer heat.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Migrant Death Toll Rises as 50 Bodies Are Found in Boat Off Libya


The discovery of roughly 50 dead migrants in the hull of a boat off Libya’s northern coast Wednesday adds to the more than 2,400 refugees who have died this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Four hundred thirty-nine people were rescued from the boat.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

More Than 2,000 Are Thought to Have Died This Year Trying to Cross Into Europe by Sea


As the Mediterranean migrant crisis hits a deadly milestone, the International Organization for Migration warns of a worsening situation and confirms that the route is the “deadliest for migrants in search of a better life.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

Malala Opens a School for Syrian Refugee Girls on Her 18th Birthday


Activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has opened a school for Syrian girls in an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

‘No Human Considered Illegal’ Under Ecuador’s New Migration Law


President Rafael Correa has announced radical plans to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

Hundreds Perish in What May Be the Mediterranean’s ‘Deadliest Migrant Disaster’


“Authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and submerging in the warm waters” of the Mediterranean, where “hundreds of people were feared dead Sunday after a ship crowded with migrants capsized and sank.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE

Attitudes and Expressions From a Gaza Refugee Camp


At U.N schools-cum-shelters for displaced Gazans, exhausted refugees speak of grief, anger—and some—appreciable pride for the resolve with which fighters led by Hamas respond violently to Israel’s blockade against the movement of people and supplies in and out of the territory and the assault of the past month.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

Can the Voters Change the GOP?


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The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE

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