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Diplomats in the Trenches: Wearing Flip-Flops More Often Than Suits

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Anjalina Sen ...

The World's Refugee Crisis Needs Both A Humanitarian And Longer-Term Response

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The world's greatest risks can't be confined within borders. This is clearly the case with the ongoing refugee crisis, which is unprecedented in scale and affecting people and places far from the scene of civil war, fragility and conflict.

Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 06.20.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xeno...

A Refugee Crisis on Jordan's Border

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Rana F. Sweis

The war in Syria has forced more than five million people to flee from their homes. The vast majority of them are not in Europe. They are living in ne...

Yoga And Dance Programs For Incarcerated Women And Refugees In Sweden

Rob Schware | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Josefin Wikstrom, who has been practicing yoga for the past 24 years. She has been dancing since she was a teenager, and teaching yoga the past 10 years in Sweden and internationally.

This Is Why Refugees Have Smartphones

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 05.15.2016 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Channel 4 (UK) is airing a documentary entitled Children on the Frontline. It's a follow up to documentary filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen's 2014 film, Children on the Frontline: Syria.

Aiding #Refugees with Art as Artists Aid Refugees

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Montclair Diplomats

Resources and assistance are crucial for refugees hoping to create a new life. What is also necessary for these individuals, especially children, is a sense of normalcy and an outlet to express themselves.

Why Hasn't the U.S. Joined the International Trend of Privately Funded Refugee Resettlement

Matthew La Corte | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

With lives at stake, prohibiting the American private sector from helping with increased refugee resettlement abandons core American values of philanthropy and civil society. Hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable Syrians need resettlement.

UNHCR Says Greece May Have Deported Some People 'By Mistake'

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 04.05.2016 | World

Some of the first people deported from Greece back to Turkey under a new international agreement weren't given a chance to apply for asylum, the Unite...

UN Chief Urges Countries To Resettle Syrian Refugees, But Pledges Are Few

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.30.2016 | World

GENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries on Wednesday to re-settle nearly half a million Syrian refugees in...

We Cannot Forget Stranded Refugees

Walt Cooper | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Walt Cooper

The international community has failed to provide essential humanitarian assistance and resettlement opportunities to Syrian refugees, even as news headlines are filled with horrific reports about the conditions that displaced Syrians face.

Lions Clubs International Focuses on Global Issues at U.N.

Jim Luce | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

On March 12, 2016, just a few days after International Women's Day, more than 700 Lions, Leos, ambassadors and guests gathered at the U.N. for the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations to discuss peace and gender equality.

Refugee Violinist Who Left Syria For U.S. Now Plays Music For Peace

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact

Against a backdrop of warfare, with mortars firing bombs and civilians under siege, Mariela Shaker left Syria in 2013 with her beloved violin. She set...

More And More Refugees Stranded In Greece After Other Countries Close Borders

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

Abdullah sat alone on a bench in Athens' Victoria Square. The 61-year-old refugee from the Afghan city of Kunduz traveled from Iran to Turkey by foot ...

TheToolbox.org Captures Special Honors For Refugee Women At WOMA16

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

This post was written by TheToolbox.org editor and UNESCO Ambassador, Madison Salters, and was originally published on TheToolbox.org. "These blac...

A Conversation with Ben Rawlence, Author of "City of Thorns"

Curt Goering | Posted 03.03.2016 | World
Curt Goering

As the Syrian refugee crisis continues and governments reevaluate how they will respond to refugees seeking shelter and safety, news coverage has understandably focused on the plight of the families and individuals fleeing Syria's nightmarish conditions.

I'm a Journalist and This is Why I Decided to Help Syrian Refugees

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Tara Kangarlou

Watch Five Things I'll Never Forget About Syrian Refugees As a journalist, you're trained to be objective. Your sole responsibility is to report with...

2 Children Die Every Day On Journey From Conflict Zones To Europe

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.19.2016 | World

In less than one year, two children have drowned every day on average while on the perilous journey from their homes in conflict zones to Europe. Sinc...

Nowhere People and the Plight of Stateless Communities

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
K.J. Wetherholt

Stateless people want their stories heard. They want their stories told. They want people to know about their struggles and that they don't accept the situation they are in.

Watch Kristin Davis' 'Sex And The City' Nightmare Sketch Come True

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 02.11.2016 | Entertainment

Can you imagine how many times a day Kristin Davis is forced to tell someone, "You're totally a Charlotte" or defend "Sex and the City 2"? Too many. W...

To Really Help Syria, We Should Start With a Bold New Humanitarian Vision Like This

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Humanity is everybody's business, and an education is everybody's right. So it shouldn't fall only to governments and international agencies to provide aid during a crisis. Inside the humanitarian tent we need charities, philanthropists, businesses and social enterprises all working together.

What Would Jesus Do For Refugees?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Ideally, there need not be an appeal to religious values when it comes to the respect of fellow human beings. But when politicians invoke Christian values, it is important to remind them what Jesus actually said when it came to the needy and marginalized people in society.

Kenya: Faith in a Protracted Refugee Crises

Katherine Marshall | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The refugee challenge for Kenya poses a knotty set of challenges, both urgent and longer term. Immediate demands continue but longer term solutions are desperately needed.

UNHCR Supporter Douglas Booth On The Refugee Crises, Xenophobia & Optimism

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

They don't come to steal jobs or University placements. Desperation is the main motivating factor. There is, literally, no other choice for Refugees.

Learn From the Past to Manage Syria Refugee Crisis In a Smart Way

Grete Faremo | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Grete Faremo

Over the years we have learned that many of the assumptions behind such refugee "care" were wrong. The main one: Few modern conflicts of a scale that drive large populations to flee have quick and happy endings. They often stretch on for decades.