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Hillary's Policies (Two-State Solution, Mexico 43, EU Energy)

Jarryd Willis | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Jarryd Willis

The international scope of what Hillary refers to as her "unfinished business" in Hard Choices goes beyond the perfunctory rhetoric aligning the liberal-conservative spectrum.

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

As El Salvador Proves, Championing the Cause of the Hungry Can Exact an Ultimate Price

Chris Herlinger | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

This week the world commemorates the killings, 25 years ago, of six Jesuit priests (five of them from Spain), the clerics' housekeeper and her teen-age daughter. All were killed on the grounds of Central American University, a Jesuit institution in the capital of San Salvador. In El Salvador, the memory of those events has never died.

El Salvador Still Deserves Justice

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

I await the day when the United States will recognize its own responsibility for the suffering and sorrow of so many families throughout Latin America, including El Salvador, ask forgiveness, and as an act of reconciliation, close the WHINSEC.

El Salvador Gangs Terrorize Women With Rape And Murder

AP | ALBERTO ARCE | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence. Rather, to t...

Why They Come: The Real Reason for the Surge of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Andrew Tucker Avorn

Claiming that the main motivation of the children who flee the Northern Triangle is anything other than violence and danger is worse than false, because such claims try to absolve Americans of the responsibility for solving the crisis.

Stop the Killing

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

We in the U.S. must give up our notions of exceptionalism; recognize the economic and societal misery our country caused in Iraq; recognize that we are a perpetually war-crazed nation; seek to make reparations; and find dramatic, clear ways to insist that Romero's words be heard: Stop the killing.

Powerful Quake Strikes Off Coast Of El Salvador

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

A powerful earthquake hit late Monday off the Pacific coast of El Salvador, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor was recorded about 66 ...

Salvadoran Families Struggle to Commemorate Their Disappeared

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Jeff Ritterman, MD

1980 was a tragic year for Sofia Hernandez and her family. Government security forces and right wing death squads were terrorizing the rural population of El Salvador. By March, Sofia's family had fled their home in the countryside in hopes of finding safety.

Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

The Hidden War in El Salvador

Salil Shetty | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Salil Shetty

Scratch beneath the surface of apparent peace in El Salvador and you will find a hidden war being waged. A war that does not involve guns or troops but one that has still resulted in the unnecessary deaths and disability of thousands and the incarceration of others. A war being waged against women and girls.

Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

Healing Central America Starts With Women

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ana I. Grande

Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

Policy Alternatives for Central America in Conflict and Crisis

Noah Bullock | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Noah Bullock

The media spotlight has all but moved on from the recently white-hot humanitarian crisis on the Southern U.S. border involving upwards of 60,000 child refugees from Central America. Sadly, the region has faded from the headlines, but the conditions on the ground that force families from their homes persist.

First and Foremost, Border-Children Crisis Is a Civil Courts Crisis

Sara Warner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

When we cut courts funding, the criminal-court side of the system gets first call on resources -- it has all those pesky constitutional guarantees that prevent years of backlog. So civil courts get less and less.

The Immigration Crisis: Just Another Byproduct of the Drug War

Neill Franklin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Neill Franklin

Until we alter our drug strategy, we can expect more murder and mayhem south of our border -- and greater numbers of immigrants fleeing north for safety.

A Parent's Courage

Julieta Garibay | Posted 10.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julieta Garibay

I saw firsthand the pain of refugees knocking at our nation's door trying to stay alive. We can't forget that this debate must be centered on the simple fact that they're human beings.

Children in the Desert

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This crisis needs a compassionate response from every city and our entire nation. I shudder when I see the angry outbursts about these helpless children coming from some communities.

'Most Dangerous' for Children and Human Rights

Freedom House | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Freedom House

Children reaching the United States should be considered refugees and be granted temporary protected status until they can be guaranteed a safe return to their homes.

On the Fence

Jerry Zezima | Posted 10.05.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I have never believed the old saying that good fences make good neighbors because, really, who wants to live next door to a guy who deals in stolen merchandise?

Syracuse And The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

Vincent Intondi | Posted 09.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Vincent Intondi

I am reminded of the teenager who welcomed me into his home, loved American music and was the farthest thing from MS-13 anyone could be. At the end of the day these are human beings. They are children.

George Will to Child Migrants: 'Welcome to America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The issue of what to do with the tens of thousands of child migrants from Central America is a complex one to answer. A much easier question to answer is, "Would you deport these kids knowing that there's a good chance they would be hurt or killed within days or weeks of their return?"

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.