Back in 1938, giving refuge to Jews was viewed as a worldwide issue, not something that only the neighboring European countries needed to deal with.
I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought
If the migrants seek a life with respect and dignity, as they tell reporters, it cannot be founded on the backs of a human wave of misery.
When you land on the Greek islands, the last thing you expect is to be surrounded by thousands of people living in cardboard boxes and tents. However, that's just what I saw when I landed in Lesvos, Greece - a small island of 85,000 that has almost 20,000 refugees, now living on the streets, "stuck" on its island.
Let me tell you a funny story - not funny as in ha ha lol, but hilarious in happenstances and implications. Last week in Paris, on the day-before-last of my stay there before flying to the States, I broke my big left toe with the heavy metal and glass door of my Parisian building.
Premiering in the Orizzonti section at this year's Venice Film Festival, Yaelle Kayam's Mountain was one of the films that impressed me the most. I use that exact word because Mountain left both an impression on me and, as the Italians use the word "impressione" literally, it shocked, struck and shook me, profoundly.
If you watched the BBC show Poldark this year (which aired in the U.S. on PBS), you're not alone; the 2015 remake of the 1970s hit series attracted huge numbers of viewers around the world, all of whom are eagerly awaiting the second season of the show, set to air in 2016.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: There are two completely different experiences you have traveling abroad as an American and traveling abroad as an African-American (or a person of color).
The world has to give the Syrian refugees --who were able to escape-- the hope and opportunity to one day, go back home.
A sun soaked island hillside dotted with small, whitewashed buildings that seemingly rolls straight into the deep blue, Aegean sea. It all seems so perfect, so idyllic.
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Inflation won't happen in the near future because it's as much due to misguided government policies by the modern Austerians that have stopped eurozone growth by demanding draconian cuts in government spending and budget deficits that would create growth.
The sun is shining. It's nine o'clock in the morning and Belgrade has awoken. Lightly dressed and wearing sunglasses, guys and girls are heading towards the outdoor dining terraces for a Saturday breakfast. Even in Bristol Park, the park next to the bus stops, people start to move.
The majority of refugees are courageous people. They are grateful to be permitted to live in safety here, and in turn they are willing to contribute to their host country. We should give them the chance to do so.
Athens is eerily quiet. The restaurants are half-full. If it were not for a few lingering tourists, the restaurants would be empty. Even the Nike store in Kolonaki closed in the last two weeks (in the interest of full disclosure the store was not owed by Nike, it was operated by Folli Follie).
In Europe, we will not be able to restore the childhoods of the thousands of Mahmuds, but we can at least give them the opportunity to grow up in a land of peace and freedom. Is that too much to ask?