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Australia's New Immigration Law Shifts Regional Focus to Security

Kyle Knight | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ravishly

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

Battered Women in Cuba: Where Can They Go?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

"Do you know what it feels like to break the wall?" she asked me years after we met. "It's like someone cracked a table on your face... it hurts, but you can't believe its your body."

Woolgathering Catastrophe in Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering.

Living in Exile: Ethiopian Journalist Betre Yacob Struggles

Maura Kelly | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Maura Kelly

In April 2011, I traveled to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission with non-profit organization Helping Other People (HOPe). While there we witnessed crushing poverty in cities and rural villages and encountered hope and strength in the people we worked with.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

US to Syrian Refugees: We'll Give You Money But Stay Away, Please

Bill Frelick | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Bill Frelick

With the number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East hitting 3 million, it's worth examining how the United States and other countries not on the frontline of the conflict have stepped in to help countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.

The Silent War in the Cradle of the Mediterranean

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Tens of thousands of migrants have landed on Italian shores so far this year 2014 and the number is expected to soar past the record of 63,000 set in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings.

Syrian Refugee Women Are Not the Sum of Their Hardships

Rose Foran | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Rose Foran

It is a truism to note that there are commonalities that unite us all, in one way or another - but reconcile that truism with the unimaginable: having to uproot your family to a strange place, on your own, only to find even more hardship waiting on the other side of a war zone.

Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

Neil Grungras | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Grungras

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate.

Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

Avoiding a Lost Generation

Claire Courteille-Mulder | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Claire Courteille-Mulder

One important step to be taken in order to bring down the high unemployment rate is to close the skills gap on youth labor markets. The skills mismatch has become a persistent and growing trend in Europe. Over-education and over‐skilling coexist with under-education and under‐skilling and increasingly with skills obsolescence brought about by long‐term unemployment. Evidence shows that there is a higher risk of mismatch for those at the bottom of the educational pyramid, which is reflected in relatively high unemployment rates for low‐skilled youth in comparison with high‐skilled youth.

It's Time to Assist Our Syrian Brothers and Sisters

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

History has shown us that instability leads to long periods of extremism and violence that affect the global community. This is a lesson the world should have learned over and over again, yet never seems to take to heart.

How To Help South Sudan After 200,000 Displaced From Homes

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

As pressure mounts for South Sudan to end weeks of violence that have pushed the world's youngest nation to the brink of civil war, a state of emerge...

Fourteen for 2014: A Human Rights Wishlist

Jack Healey | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As 2013 begins to draw into itself for holiday season and the arrival of the coming new year, it is worth thinking about what human rights issues might be put onto our collective front-burners.

War and Enlightenment in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

As for conditions among women in the area where the Fort Carson infantry are stationed, it's worth noting that Kandahar is one of several southern provinces in Afghanistan where the UN reported, in September, 2012, that one million children suffer acute malnourishment.

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Refugees Struggle With Loss Of Food Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Just inside the door of a health clinic that treats Syrian refugees, in a secluded residential neighborhood, sits a padlocked box with the U...

Joshua Hersh

As Syria Peace Talks Falter, Needed Aid For Refugees Remains Stuck

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- With hopes for comprehensive peace talks in the immediate future nearly quashed, groups monitoring the ongoing crisis in Syria say more atte...

Raising Hope for Syrian Refugees in Jordan Through the World's Most Popular Sport

Merissa Khurma | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Merissa Khurma

Football (soccer); the world's most popular sport has found its way to the world's second largest refugee camp in Za'atari; providing at risk young Syrians with an enjoyable outlet and helping them cope with the hardship of displacement and the psychological trauma of conflict.

IKEA Tackling Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact

IKEA is popping up in an unlikely location: a refugee camp on the savanna of Ethiopia. As part of an initiative to house Somali refugees, IKEA is ...

UN Official Makes Rare Case For Compensation For Haiti Cholera Victims

AP | TRENTON DANIEL | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A United Nations official on Tuesday made a rare case for compensation for the thousands of Ha...

Joshua Hersh

Promises, Promises: Donors Fail To Meet Pledges For Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- As the Syrian refugee crisis worsens in neighboring countries, the backlog of undelivered funds from donor countries, including the United S...

5 Things Lindsay Lohan Could Learn From Angelina Jolie

Arlene Schindler | Posted 11.13.2013 | Celebrity
Arlene Schindler

Lindsay, we love you... and want to love you more! Confiding in Oprah on national television is the first step to making a new life. We're cheering that your future performances will be Oscar worthy and not probation hearings on Court TV.

WATCH: Young Syrian Refugee Helps Sister With Disabilties, Has Best Attitude Ever

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 08.23.2013 | Impact

Aya, an 8-year-old Syrian refugee, hasn't been to school in two years, but her ambitions still loom large. She takes care of her sister with disabilit...