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Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Proves It’s Possible to Win a Debate You Didn’t Attend

The clear winner of the final Republican debate before the first votes are cast in Iowa was nowhere to be found, and poor Ted Cruz suffered terribly for it, The Guardian writes.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Denmark to Refugees: Want In? Hand Over Those Valuables

Those seeking asylum in Denmark will have to pay to stay, following a referendum Tuesday that established new guidelines for refugees, including stipulations about handing over certain personal belongings upon arrival.

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Negligent Federal Policy Puts Migrant Children in Danger

Some of the tens of thousands of children who have fled violence in Central America were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay after U.S. officials weakened child protection policies as part of an effort to accommodate a surge in migration.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Senators Call on Obama to End Deportation Raids on Women and Children

Nearly half of all Senate Democrats have urged the president to end the raids, amid fears that they could resume this weekend.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Stateless and the State of the Union

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



2,000 Refugees Given Three Days to Leave as Bulldozers Move Into ‘Jungle’ Camp in France

The “Jungle” is used by up to 5,000 asylum seekers as a base from which they attempt to enter the U.K. via the channel tunnel. Residents at the informal refugee camp say they will peacefully resist eviction-and-transfer to a purpose-built facility nearby, which they describe as resembling a prison that contains no communal areas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Marco Rubio’s Strategically Gloomy Detour

This year’s Republican presidential campaign is where hope and optimism go to die. Don’t pretend Donald Trump is an exotic outlier. His spirit haunts a party that can’t get enough of gloom and fear.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



An Act of Terror: Deporting a Kurdish Activist Back to Turkey

The U.S. government is trying to deport Ibrahim Parlak to Turkey, where he has a well-founded fear of imprisonment, torture and possibly death.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



Would Syrian Refugee Baby Jesus Be Allowed to Immigrate to the U.S.?

In this political season, in which Syrian refugees have become a political football, it is worth remembering that baby Jesus is depicted in the Bible, not once but twice, as being a Syrian political refugee.

Posted on Dec 25, 2015 READ MORE



A Christmas Plea to the World From the Father of Drowned Syrian Child

“Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Calls for Banning All Muslims From Entering U.S.

In his most despicable declaration yet, the Republican presidential front-runner is urging the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” according to a statement his campaign released to the media Monday.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE


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The GOP’s Self-Inflicted Wound

As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



The NYT Praises Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan: ‘Reality-Based, Moderate, Practical and Hopeful’

Sanders’ immigration plan “starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited,” the editors of The New York Times declare.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE


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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: On the Post-Paris Era

In this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” panelists give their take on the world after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, engaging in a spirited debate over the origins of Islamic State, what to do about the refugee crisis and how to tackle terrorism on a global scale.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Is Income Inequality Actually About Housing?

An MIT graduate has a new theory about the root cause of inequality; more Mexican immigrants have gone back to their native country since the 2008 economic crash than have moved to the U.S.; and a professor of linguistics explains why English is an extremely weird language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump and Ben Carson: The Outsiders Have Found Their Way In

Why haven’t Trump and Carson faded away? Because they’re saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Here’s the Truth Behind the 4 Biggest Lies About Immigrants

Donald Trump has opened the floodgates to lies about immigration.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation

In the span of just a few weeks, the state Legislature passed—and Gov. Jerry Brown approved—a series of bills that further the cause of social justice on a wide range of issues.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: ‘It’s Time to Put an End to Private Prisons’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on Americans to help him undo the laws that let private interests profit off the mass incarceration of Americans and migrants.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists’

By Kasia Anderson

Is Ann Coulter the mastermind behind Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration rhetoric? The conservative pundit herself apparently thinks so.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders in Tucson: Immigrants Are ‘Doing the Hardest Work in America’

The Democratic presidential candidate called for reforms that would protect from deportation the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission. He also called for an end to the easy availability of assault weapons.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jorge Ramos on Why More Immigrants = Less Crime

When politicians blame immigrants for some of the most significant problems in the U.S., many people might believe that the vast majority of immigrants here without permission are criminals. Journalist and broadcaster Jorge Ramos explains why the opposite is true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Money Haul Should Make Hillary Clinton Nervous

Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter—essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



STUDY: Share of Immigrants in U.S. Nears Early 20th-Century Highs

The immigration of 59 million people to the U.S. since 1965, when Congress ended quotas that overwhelmingly favored Northern Europeans, has more than quadrupled the number of immigrants in the country.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why Taking In Syrian Refugees Will Actually Make Europe a Better Place

Citing important economic and social examples of how countries in Europe would benefit from opening their doors to refugees who’ve risked their lives to escape Syria, the “Last Week Tonight” host makes a compelling case about how to address the current crisis. Oliver also makes a young refugee’s dream come true, with the help of a couple of soap stars.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Journalist Jorge Ramos Puts Bill Maher in His Place After He Uses the Term ‘Illegals’

“No human being is illegal,” explained the Mexican-American journalist on a recent episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” And yet the show host responded to this statement with even more ignorance, prompting Ramos to reply with a priceless quip.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Fools, Fascists and Cold Warriors: Take Your Pick

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars Western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Immigrants Don’t Drain Welfare—They Fund It

A New Republic piece explains why Republican candidates complaining about immigrants and demanding they be deported have the facts all wrong.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes

As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE


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Ghoul’s Glossary: ‘Migrants’ or ‘Refugees’ or ‘Anchor Babies’? (Video)

Migrants: Those who voluntarily go to another country to live and work, seeking a better life.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE


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