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Thinking Beyond the "Now" of the Refugee Crisis

Khanh Ho | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

The biggest news of the world--bigger than the US Open, bigger than the treaty with Iran, bigger than the economic melt-down ongoing in China--is this: the refugee crisis. If you haven't been watching it, if you haven't been reading about it, you most probably are spending your time twiddling your fingers in a cave.

Dear President Carter

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Angela Garcia Combs

When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.

Internally Displace Persons: The Forgotten and Invisible Refugees

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

After years of civil war in Darfur, hundreds of villages have been destroyed, 400,000 have died, and 2.2 million are now permanently displaced. Many are still facing starvation and ongoing violence.

Southeast Asian Nations Vow To Help Migrants Stranded At Sea

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Kanupriya Kapoor BANGKOK, May 29 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue eff...

Southeast Asia Is Reliving Its Boat People Crisis

Elliot Brennan | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Elliot Brennan

SYDNEY -- In what could be a framework for ASEAN, the EU has put forward an agenda for the resettlement of 20,000 migrants.

170 Migrant Kids Show Up In Indonesia Alone

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mo...

Malaysia Finds Mass Graves In Migrant Trafficking Camps

AP | EILEEN NG | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

EILEEN NG, Associated Press WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traf...

Why Rohingyas Are Willing To Risk Everything To Flee Myanmar

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

Malaysia Begins Search-And-Rescue For Migrants Stranded At Sea

Associated Press | AYE AYE WIN & EILEEN NG | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation s...

Malaysia Orders Rescue Of Migrants, Myanmar To Attend Conference On Crisis

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

(Adds U.S. meetings in Myanmar, paragraphs 4-5) By Praveen Menon and Amy Sawitta Lefevre KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK May 21 (Re...

Over 1,000 Desperate And Hungry Migrants Land In Indonesia, Thailand

AP | By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE and JOCELYN GECKER | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh landed in several places in Southeast Asia,...

The Boat Of Starving Refugees That No Country Will Take In

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

The emaciated faces of hundreds of refugees found adrift in Thai waters on Thursday spoke volumes about the scale of the humanitarian crisis unfolding...

Malaysia, Thailand Turn Away Hundreds Of Desperate Refugees Stranded At Sea

AP | EILEEN NG and THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) -- Rohingya and Bangladeshis migrants abandoned at sea by human traffickers had nowhere to go Thursday as Malaysia turned away...

Dramatic Video: Migrants Rescued From Sinking Boat

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

A video published Tuesday shows a cargo ship's dramatic rescue of a sinking boat full of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday. The footage, ...

Refugees Drawn by Europe Magnet

Ben Barber | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Ben Barber

Europe is now on the verge of making the cruel decisions the United States made in Haiti and in Mexico. Wealthy northern countries must decide if they want to change the way of life they have created over centuries and accept tens of millions of people fleeing poverty and corruption.

Interview With Don Lao, Author of I Became the Boat People

Audrey Wang | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Audrey Wang

This week, we spoke with Don Lao, who recently published his memoir, I Became the Boat People: A Refugee's Path to America. The autobiography recounts the turbulent events in 20th-century Southeast Asia and Lao's growing up in a large, entrepreneurial family in Vietnam.

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

My First Halloween: An Immigrant Story

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Khanh Ho

After a half hour of trick or treating, my mom found us. She had a panicked look on her face. Our folks had not taken into account the fact that neighborhood kids would knock on our door, begging for treats.

Exporting Australia's Asylum Policies

Bill Frelick | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Bill Frelick

The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.

Australia Begins Controversial YouTube Immigration Policy

Posted 10.02.2011 | World

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will film boatpeople being sent to Malaysia under a new refugee swap deal and post the video on YouTube in an effort ...

Somalia to Libya to Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 1

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

With Libya's inevitable collapse, Europe will likely see a tsunami of black refugees sweeping across the Mediterranean. And Malta and Italy will be t...

Was Brazilian Diplomat in Haiti Fired for Slamming UN and NGOs?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

When Brazilian diplomat Ricardo Seitenfus was abruptly ousted as special representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti on Christmas day, timing proved to be everything.

Haiti: Stuck in a Trap

Richard Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Morse

Haitians aren't living in tent and bed sheet cities because there was an earthquake on January 12. This is the lifestyle one gets used to when elites and the Delatour/Preval lobby machine run the economy.

Indonesia Braces For New Wave Of Refugees

The Sydney Morning Herald | Tom Allard and Yuko Narushima | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

INDONESIAN authorities are bracing for a huge influx of boat people, anticipating as many as 10,000 asylum-seekers are waiting in Malaysia to transit ...