Reading about the plight of refugees, it's easy for the suffering millions to meld together into a faceless mass. That's why I want to place one human face on the 60 million refugees. I want to share the story of my mother.
World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday because the Jewish story is the refugee story. But it is not just about us remembering that we were once refugees. It is about us fulfilling the solemn pledge that never again will refugees be turned over to their persecutors.
As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.
Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.
If properly utilized, the Beautiful Game can not only be a crucial ally of some of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time, but can actively defeat the forces of hate and fear while forging peace, respect and understanding.
Across the world, unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants are turning to boat smugglers and risking or losing their lives in the world's oceans. So far this year at least 1,800 people have drowned in the Mediterranean. Instead of mustering life-saving political will, countries are responding with policies to keep them out and deter others from heading their way.
Forget the world. She should try starting at home, with the Rohingya of Rakhine. And if she won't, or can't, then maybe she should consider handing back the prize she waited more than two decades to collect.
SYDNEY -- In what could be a framework for ASEAN, the EU has put forward an agenda for the resettlement of 20,000 migrants.
Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.
Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?"
YANGON -- Measuring around 17 centimeters in length and weighing about 1 ounce, the Jerdon's babbler of Mayanmar is a small brown bird that is similar...
Friends of liberty worldwide should offer aid and support to Burmese activists seeking to transform what remains an authoritarian system. Such assistance best comes outside of the U.S. government, lest democracy promotion be seen as yet another tool of American foreign policy.
After his second arrest, Rafique Ahmad worried that the next time the police came for him at his home in Nyaung Chaung Village in Rakhine State Burma, he would be sent to prison. His crime? Talking too much.
Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.
We should recognize that Myanmar is now a different country. There is a different government, and it is one that we can work with. Our approach must be different, too.
In addition to saying the forbidden word, President Obama should address the root causes of the crisis by urging the Burmese government to reform its outdated laws that base citizenship on ethnic identity.