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Converging Crises and Opportunities

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

On a ruined planet there can be no development or justice, peace or security, functioning economies, markets or states. Can we mature into responsible global citizens fast enough and stop living at the expense of our children and all future generations of life?

How The Refugee Crisis Is Fueling The Rise Of Europe's Right

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

Poland elected one of Europe's most right-wing parliaments this weekend, kicking out the long ruling centrists and handing the conservative Law and J...

What If Hussein's Love Was Like A Virus That Could Infect World Leaders?

Jota Echevarría | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Jota Echevarría

I need to believe that Hussein's humanity, solidarity and generosity are like a virus that could spread. I need to believe that one day, those in power, who make decisions about other people's lives (from their big offices or extravagant dinners) will be "infected" by Hussein's virus.

7 Devastating Photos that Depict Harsh Realities of the Migrant and Refugee Trail

Vocativ | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Images circulating on Instagram captured images of wet children chilled to the bone and their parents exasperated and desperate to move on with their journey.

Slovenia's Migrant and Refugees Bottleneck: By the Numbers

Vocativ | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

A bottleneck ballooned in the Balkans on Sunday as migrants and refugees were barred from reaching Western Europe by a domino of restrictive government policies.

The Boomerang Intellectual

John Feffer | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

If an American wants to experience pure capitalism, they should leave Chicago and come to Budapest. No local politician in Illinois would be allowed to say the things that any Polish, Hungarian politician says: "Oh, you have nothing to eat? Well, you should be more enterprising!"

How a Dirty Underpass in a Hungary Railway Station Became a Little Isle of Humanity

Krisztina Danka, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.

When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, Hungary, all I could see in my mind are images of babies and little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest's railway stations, or a damp field near the border waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.

Wanting to Preserve Your Way of Life Does Not Make You Racist or Fascist

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

I have been trying to find the language to express my discomfort with the presumption that anyone who does not welcome very large numbers of refugees into Europe with widely opened arms is somehow resurrecting the ghost of Hitler. Or the right language to express the proscribed thought that those in Eastern Europe who want to settle only Christian refugees might have appropriate reservations about the very real difficulties of integrating very different cultural and religious practices into their distinct way of life.

Islamophobia Distracts Us From The Real Crisis

Nida Khan | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nida Khan

For all the lives lost, including thousands of our own soldiers, we as Americans must ask, what have we gained? As many families struggle to find work and put food on the table, why are trillions being spent to fund these wars and covert operations?

Viktor Orban's Great Opportunity to Change... Or Not

András Simonyi | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
András Simonyi

Have no doubt, his trail is laced with destruction, he has also left his country with a terrible image world wide. He further damaged the weak European unity. He lacked the finesse to combine hard power with soft power, for it is the prior that he really understands. But he also understood that the disorderly way Europe has been tackling the crisis plays in his hand.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

'Love Will Win': Syrian Refugee Couple's Kiss Is A Moment Of Grace Amid Crisis

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 09.23.2015 | Good News

There is little respite for Syrians who have fled their homeland, but a photographer captured two people in a quiet, loving moment. Zsíros Istv...

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

Remembering Cold War Lessons: 'Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall'

Lisa Baglione | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Lisa Baglione

In the historical and the contemporary context, then, Hungary's response is disturbing. Regrettably, Hungary's credentials as a reformist leader have recently been besmirched by a disturbing authoritarian turn.

Migrant Trail Ends Where It Begins

Ben Barber | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Ben Barber

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.

EU Approves Plan To Relocate Refugees Across Europe

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.23.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The European Union approved a plan on Tuesday to share out 120,000 refugees across its 28 states, overriding v...

Hungary Places Ads In Middle Eastern Newspapers To Discourage Refugees

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Hungarian government posted ads in Lebanese and Jordanian papers on Monday, warning migrants not to enter Hungary illegally, sayin...

Report from Croatia: 'They Don't Know Where They're Going, or Where They Might End Up'

Christoph Asche | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Christoph Asche

I've only taken a small step forward, but it feels monumental. How must the refugees feel? They have to take hundreds of steps like this one, just to trade their old lives for new ones.

Croatia Can No Longer Accept Refugees, But They're On Their Way There Anyway

HuffPost Germany | Christoph Asche | Posted 09.18.2015 | World

The small Hungarian village of Roszke, which is located on the border with Serbia, has for weeks been the main venue for the refugee crisis in Eur...

Croatia Replaces Hungary As Europe's Newest Transit Country For Refugees Headed To Germany

HuffPost Germany | Christoph Asche | Posted 09.17.2015 | World

TOVARNIK, Croatia -- The plastic bag Said is holding has been torn, and with every step he takes, nuts slide through its two holes. Said doesn’t...

Everyone Should Stop And Reflect On The Look On Mahmud's Face

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

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?

Unsettling Images Show Hungary's Border Emptied Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.17.2015 | World

Thousands of men, women and children have streamed through the Serbian border with Hungary on their way to northern Europe in recent weeks. But ...

This Austrian Town Is Running Out Of Emergency Shelters

HuffPost Germany | Vincent Buss | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

At the border between Hungary and Austria, the full magnitude of the refugee crisis can be felt. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their h...

Croatia Worries Refugees May Run Into Minefields

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

ZAGREB, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Croatian demining experts have been sent to a border area where migrants began crossing on foot from Serbia on Wednesday,...

Refugees Stranded On Edge Of Europe After Hungary Slams Border Shut

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.15.2015 | World

The main gateway to Europe for hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants was slammed shut on Tuesday when Hungary sealed its southern border. Hu...