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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

Republican Lawmakers on Strike


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The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete—and so utterly irresponsible—that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Rick Perry Says He’ll Send National Guard to Secure Border


U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick

The Texas governor says he is calling up 1,000 troops to help police the border with Mexico.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE

The Children of the Border


David Amsler (CC-BY-SA)

Last Monday, a chartered flight took 38 mothers and children, who had been held in a detention center in Artesia, N.M., to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly


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Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains


Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Bordering on Heartless


Photo of Glenn Beck by Gage Skidmore. (CC-BY-SA)

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children


AP/Eric Gay

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame


AP/Eric Gay

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

An Overriding Need for Reform Now


Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Refugees Storm Tel Aviv, Demand Fair Treatment

Thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea, North Sudan and elsewhere in Africa marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday to demand asylum from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and resist their placement in camps in the Negev Desert.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

Half of Syria ‘Will Need Aid by End of Year’


AP/Hussein Malla

More than half of the population of Syria will likely need aid by the end of the year, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees has warned, adding that the civil crisis is the most serious the global body has ever dealt with.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Breaks Promises to Iraqi and Afghan Refugees


AP/Emilio Morenatti

Of the 1.5 million Iraqi refugees who have fled the country, only about 80,000, or 5 percent, have been resettled here in the U.S.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

Flower Power

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Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All


Illustration by Mr. Fish

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus


AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE

Darfur Fighting Reignites


AP / Abd Raouf

New fighting between the Sudanese army and Darfur rebels has erupted in the impoverished southern part of Sudan, displacing already-overcrowded refugee camps and leading to an exodus of about 12,000 people.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE

New Rule Allows West Bank Deportations


AP / Ariel Schalit

A new order from the Israel Defense Forces will enable the government to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank. The military order defines anyone who is in the West Bank illegally as an “infiltrator,” and gives the IDF the ability to deport or arrest Palestinians without other cause.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE

150,000 Yemenis Displaced in Conflict

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UNICEF Yemen

An escalating conflict between Shiite rebels and Sunni government forces has displaced at least 150,000 people in the northern part of Yemen. Aid agencies are struggling to absorb the stream of civilians as a lack of supplies and internal politics exacerbate the problem.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Treats Refugees Like Terrorists


UNICEF Iran / Hevash Ghader

McClatchy reports on a section of the Patriot Act that bizarrely requires the U.S. to treat certain refugees as terrorists. Sami Alkarim, an Iraqi artist who was tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime, can’t get his status sorted “because of messenger work he did as a teenager for the same political party that counts the current prime minister of Iraq as a member.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE

Whitewashing Israeli History

Israel Palestine Land
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Because if it’s not in the history books, it didn’t happen. Today’s Orwell Award goes to the Israeli government, whose education minister has decided to remove references to what Palestinians call the “catastrophe”—when Israel defeated five Arab nations in a 1948 war and expelled 700,000 Palestinians—from textbooks given to Arab schoolchildren.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 READ MORE

Darfur Food Disaster Looms

Darfur Food Rations
Los Angeles Times / Lynsey Addario

Aid agencies fear that more than a million people in the African region of Darfur may not be getting humanitarian food rations starting in May. The worries come weeks after the Sudanese government expelled more than a dozen foreign aid groups after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE

Gaza’s Baby Boom


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According to a Palestinian census, the population of Gaza jumped by 40 percent between 1997 and 2007. West Bank officials expect the Gaza population, which they estimate at 1.4 million, to double over the next 21 years.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009 READ MORE

Settlement Extremists Threaten Israel’s Moral Substance

The steady expansion of nominally illegal colonies into the Palestinian territories has gone on to the point where the political parties are now incapable of disengaging from the settlement enterprise.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE

The Cost of Saakashvili’s Folly

The West’s response to the situation in Georgia evades acknowledgement of the damage Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has done to the United States and NATO, and to Georgia itself, which for the foreseeable future will now be a nation of limited sovereignty, and an awkward embarrassment to its Western allies.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE

Film Gets Up Close With Iraqi Refugees

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Two million Iraqis are living as refugees in Syria and Jordan, and the U.S. seems to be doing nothing to help the vast majority of them despite occupying their country while posing as a savior. A new film, “The Hard Way Home,” produced by the BBC to give faces to that depressing number, is available on YouTube in six parts. Here is the first.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE

Refugees on the Rise

Syria Refugee Camp
UNHCR / John Wreford

A U.N. report Tuesday estimated the number of the world’s displaced refugees in 2007 at 11.4 million, a majority of which the U.N. says come from the U.S.-led conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Analysts also say the number of refugees threatens to grow even more due to new concerns such as climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce resources.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE

Trading Spaces, Iraq Edition

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AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE

The Lessons of Violence

Hamas mourners
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief warns that the actions that led to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will not bring peace to Israel but will instead create a new generation of Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE

Iraqi Renaissance?

The head of the Iraqi Red Crescent has a plan for Iraq, one that could test the theory that a few hundred million dollars spent on humanitarian aid would be more effective than a few hundred billion spent on bombs.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE

How Not to Help Africans

Protest in Chad
AP photo / Karel Prinsloo

The French charity group L’Arche de Zoé (Zoë‘s Ark) took 103 Chadian children from their homes with promises of sweets and a trip to the city of Abeche. But the group actually planned to fly the children to France on a 220-seater plane from Abeche airport in Eastern Chad, passing them off as “Sudanese orphans from Darfur” who needed urgent medical care and foster homes. The fiasco sheds new light on the activities of Western “angels of mercy” in Africa.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

Crocker Sounds Alarm on Iraqi Refugees

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White House photo / Eric Draper

In a terse State Department memo, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker admonishes America’s acceptance of Iraqi refugees as critically slow. Crocker estimates that it would take the U.S. nearly two years to process and admit 10,000 refugees referred for resettlement to the U.S.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Tag—It’s Your Problem

The next six months in Iraq are crucial—and always will be. That noise you heard Monday on Capitol Hill was the can being kicked further down the road leading to January 2009, when George W. Bush gets to hand off his Iraq fiasco to somebody else.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE

Secretary-General ‘Humbled’ by Darfur

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has braved pro-government protests to visit a refugee camp in Darfur, where he said he was “shocked and humbled” by the “hardship all these tens of thousands of people were undergoing.” Residents at the camp gave the world’s top diplomat a warm greeting, chanting “Welcome, welcome Ban Ki-moon.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE

Iraqis Flee Despite Surge

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According to two humanitarian organizations, Iraqis are fleeing their homes in record numbers, despite the much touted (if difficult to demonstrate) accomplishments of the “surge.” Iraqis are increasingly separating themselves into sectarian groups, according to the data.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE

If We Ever ‘Stabilize’ Iraq, Will Anybody Still Live There?

displaced Iraqis
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According to the U.N., roughly 50,000 Iraqis flee their homeland each month, bringing the total of refugees so far to over 2 million—in addition to the 2 million displaced within Iraq. The United States, for its part, has welcomed just 133 Iraqi refugees over the last nine months.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE

Can Drag Queens and Hired Guns Save Darfur?

AU soldier
AP Photo/Abde Raouf

Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle—without the necessary funds or mandate—to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE

Shooting Range

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE    

Inside the Violence in Lebanon

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Al Jazeera takes its cameras inside the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli, where thousands of panicked residents have fled the fighting between a Palestinian militant group and the Lebanese army.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE

At Least 40 Dead in Lebanon Skirmish


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At least 40 people have been killed during a day of intense fighting between the Lebanese army and Fatah Islam, a splinter Palestinian militant group in Lebanon.

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE

Sudan Signals Acceptance of U.N. Peacekeepers

The Sudanese government has indicated to the United Nations Security Council that it will allow a second phase of U.N. peacekeepers to deploy, retreating from the long-held position that such a force would compromise its sovereignty. However, Khartoum has a history of reneging on promises to the U.N.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE

Darfur Camps Running Out of Room

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news.bbc.co.uk

The Sudanese camps where some 2 million refugees live are nearing capacity. According to a new U.N. report on the Darfur crisis, 80,000 people already have fled their homes this year, and some camps have been forced to turn them away.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE

U.N. Beefs Up Iraq Effort

Ban Ki-Moon
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Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country. Update: Iraq unveils a five-year reconstruction plan.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE

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