Greece has lately been seeing its own version of the "economía solidaria"; a term dating back to Latin America in the 80s when a big segment of the population started experiencing economic exclusion and decided to counter it through self-managed provision of services by their members.
Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.
In all of this political and military maneuvering, has any leader actually taken a moment to think about what Syrians would be willing to live with?
The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.
A few words from Pope Francis' visit to the US should be seen as timely reminders on three very contentious issues in the world today. I believe they are worth highlighting in view of the impassioned views they evoke in national and international news coverage.
Put yourself in that situation, the situation that the people you criticize are going through, and tell me that you wouldn't do everything in your power to get your family out of that living hell and somewhere safe.
By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.
The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
Today, the Middle East is witnessing a large-scale population transfer, the third major one in the region over the last century. Religion and ethnicity play a significant role in the displacement. But ideology also has a hand in it.
If the public makes it clear that it will not let politicians sit idly by while people continue to suffer needlessly, then perhaps one day we may look back at these tragedies as the catalyst that pushed the world to become a better place for all.
The obligation to provide protection for refugees is general and global: by all countries, for all refugees. Yet their movement across borders today is a perilous tangle of regulations that leave refugees and migrants unprotected, governments frustrated and their citizens outraged.
This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.
Houses of cards--trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East.
Because the cost of lost education is immense. Nowhere is the need more pressing than in the Middle East, where particularly the Syrian crisis, now in its fifth year, has pushed the capacity of basic social services such as education to a critical point. With currently over 700,000 Syrian refugee children out of school in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey, the huge cost in human capital of the lost years of schooling is frightening. We need new solutions now to fill the gap where traditional education does not yet reach.
According to the World Health Organization, there is no systemic association between migration and the increase of communicable diseases.
After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.