An emergency situation requires an emergency solution. To stop the shipwrecks and the drownings in the Mediterranean (2,500 dead migrants since January), let's put the presumed refugees, or "would-be refugees" as described by the British press, in planes directly to Europe.
A far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift.
LONDON -- We live in a period in which we no longer have a unipolar or bipolar world, we don't even have a multipolar world; it's kind of a chaotic world where power relations have become unclear. When power relations are unclear, impunity and unpredictability tend to prosper. That, I believe, is the reality behind the high levels of displacement that are taking place in today's world.
I like to see a powerful nation that is sensitive to the sorrows of others. And while from a policy point of view it's an invitation to tension, I still admire Germany for taking those refugees. And what's more, I think that in the end, kindness may work.
BERLIN -- Never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today. Many of them are seeking refuge here with us in Europe. As Europeans, we owe it to ourselves and to the world to help them.
Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.
As an undocumented immigrant, I was familiar with the realities of detention centers, but I never thought I'd find myself in one, even as a visitor. When I was eight, my family and I immigrated to the Miami-metro area from South America.
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.
While the U.S. has emphasized its commitment to supporting an ISIS-free zone on the Turkish border, it has categorically rejected putting U.S. troops on the ground or declaring and enforcing a no-fly zone.
The refugee story is both as big as the world, with nation-state boundaries being drawn by international powers dividing families, and as small as the individual child, orphaned by violence and brought to safety by another child or relative.
The main goal of Fair Trade certified products is to encourage the economic growth of disadvantaged communities in developing countries and to improve the quality of life for farmers, workers and their families. What if those farmers and workers are brought here?
Once I was a refugee, too. During the fall of former Yugoslavia, I visited many refugees camps all over the war-torn region. I edited a book of refugee stories. Every war is different, so we should never put wars into the same theoretical box, or placed on the same vanity shelf.
Every day we are inundated with harrowing stories of desperation from refugees around the world. We must act with solidarity to reverse this trend. All nations have a moral obligation to assist people fleeing persecution, conflict, and hardship.
Today, World Humanitarian Day, is the 12th anniversary of the devastating attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad which killed 22 humanitarian workers and injured many more.
More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.
Most importantly, let's remember that someone, somewhere, is praying to live the miserable and stressful lives we think we are leading.