Since an overdue focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in global headlines, nations across Europe have experienced a steep rise in the popularity of far-right political parties. With many of the foundational ideals of such parties pointing inwards to directly and solely support especially native born citizens, it is clear that such politicians are rising in favor built off the rallying hate of innocent refugees.
SINGAPORE -- The Trump-Sanders surge sends a clear signal that Americans are losing faith in their political establishment. In theory, America has a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In practice, it has a government chosen by the people to serve special interests, not their interests.
OSLO, Norway -- Governments closing their borders to Syrian refugees often claim they help Syrians best "in their own region." But it is a myth that they provide Syrian war victims with significant aid. It may be a surprise to many that the assistance to the Syrian crisis has been so halfhearted and halfway compared to the magnitude of the needs.
In the months since Merkel's welcome, barbed wire fences have gone up across Europe. More men, women and children have climbed into boats. It took a photo of a dead toddler to trigger a wave of what you could call compassion. The trouble is that compassion isn't the same as a policy. And there doesn't seem to be all that much doubt that the policy has failed.