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The VP Debate Served to Remind Americans Just How Extreme the Rest of the Republican Party Is

These days, with Donald Trump having dominated the news for more than a year, it’s easy to overlook the Republicans in Congress. But Mike Pence’s stances were a potent reminder of what a Republican Congress and White House would do.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE


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Mike Pence Is a Trump in Politician’s Clothing—as Dishonest and Erratic, Just Much Smoother

Trump running mate Mike Pence continued the unreality of this election season in Tuesday’s debate by denying many things that are true and asserting many things that are not true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

Gloater in Chief (Video)

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 ENLARGE

America’s Shameful Record on Syrian Refugees

The U.S. government played a role in the collapse of Syria. So surely we have helped out with the resultant massive refugee flow, right? Wrong.

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE

Eight Syrian-Americans We’d Miss

Here are a few of those with at least some Syrian ancestry who wouldn’t be here if Trumpism had kept their ancestors out.

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE

Despite Terrorism Fears, 59 Percent of Americans Welcome Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (Videos)

Despite the raft of Republican mayors who have pledged to keep Syrian refugees out of their states (that isn’t actually a thing) and the sewage that has spilled from the mouth of Donald Trump, a majority of Americans supports helping Syrian and Iraqi immigrants and letting them into the U.S.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

British Trumpism? The Slaying of MP Jo Cox by an Anti-Immigrant ‘Britain First’ White Man

The assassination of Jo Cox, a progressive Labour Party member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament, should make all of us wary of ultranationalism and where it can take our countries.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE

Syrian Refugees in Canada Donating to Help Climate Refugees (Video)

Syrian refugees in Canada are using Facebook and other websites to raise donations for climate refugees from the massive tar sands fire that has destroyed much of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people living in the city and its surroundings.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE

Pope Refugees

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 ENLARGE

Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Samantha Bee’s Clips on the Syrian Refugee Crisis Keep Getting Better

In the second part of her special on the Syrian refugee crisis, the “Full Frontal” host teaches refugees what they need to know about the United States.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Samantha Bee Shows Why GOP Paranoia About Syrian Refugees Is Ludicrous

The “Daily Show” veteran and host of the new TBS program “Full Frontal” flew to Jordan to visit a Syrian refugee camp and show right-wing politicians and pundits what the people they’re vilifying are really like.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

2015 in Review: The Best Ear to the Ground Posts of the Year

As the countdown to the new year begins, we take a look at 2015’s most popular stories.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 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

Angela Merkel: ‘Multiculturalism Leads to Parallel Societies’ and Is a ‘Sham’

In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, the German chancellor is calling some things like they are; the fact that Donald Trump gets so much more media coverage than Bernie Sanders is hurting political discourse; meanwhile, the Internet is actually getting slower. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

No Docking

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Posted on Nov 25, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Trevor Noah Slams Mike Huckabee for Comparing Syrian Refugees to Food

The “Daily Show” host recently discovered that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee seems to have a bit of an obsession with bizarre food metaphors.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Welcome Mat

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 ENLARGE

Guns N’ Refugees

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 ENLARGE

Christie Border

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 ENLARGE

Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK and Black Churches

As Trump supporters beat a “Black Lives Matter” protester at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the days when J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI monitored the Rev. Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference churches.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We Seriously Don’t Need to Make U.S. Refugee Vetting Any Harder

All this anti-refugee talk in America has inspired HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host to give another impassioned speech about refugees, just in time for Thanksgiving, the commemoration of the only time in American history when “the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true.”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Posted on Nov 22, 2015 ENLARGE

If Donald Trump Would Track Muslims and Close Mosques, What Would He Do to You? (Video)

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, having said earlier that as president he might seek to close mosques, last week went further and said he would implement a registration and tracking database for Muslim Americans.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

81 Percent of Islamic State-Linked Suspects Charged in the U.S. Are American

None of the Islamic State-linked suspects ever charged in the United States came from Syria, and the overwhelming majority were born here, research shows.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Paris Attacks Are Being Used to Justify Agendas They Have Nothing to Do With

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has “devolved into a dark and dishonest debate” in which governments consider banning encryption and barring Syrian refugees from entering their countries. But the attackers were neither Syrian nor refugees and there’s no evidence they used encryption to communicate.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Nov 18, 2015 ENLARGE

How Islamic State Gets Its Way Whenever It Inspires Hate Toward Refugees

A Washington Post piece states that “one of the most persuasive arguments against equating refugees with terrorists is simple: It’s exactly what the Islamic State wants.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Top 10 Reasons Governors Are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees

About half of U.S. governors have announced opposition to allowing their states to take in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. It’s a form of political hysteria.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Whether Dealing With Jewish Refugees in ’30s or Syrians Today, U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

If we’re going to bomb Syria, we need to take care of the displaced.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Ottomans Saved the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Ancestors; Now He Says Islam Was Never Part of Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban not only continued to defend his anti-immigrant bigotry but went on to say that Islam has never been part of Europe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 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 WATCH & LISTEN

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Call to Host Refugees Contrasts With America’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Religious Right’

Not all American Christian leaders have covered themselves in glory when it comes to the issue of Syrian refugees being accepted by the U.S.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Iceland Said It Would Take Only 50 Syrian Refugees, So 10,000 Icelanders Offered Up Their Own Homes

Sometimes governments fail miserably to reflect the humanitarian desires of their own people.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis in Jordan Reaches Out to Forgotten Syrian Refugees, Christians and Muslims

Syrian refugees, and Christian refugees in particular, are hoping that the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan on Saturday will raise the profile of their plight.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE

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Four Reasons Syria Refugees Are a Bigger Story Than Malaysian Air MH 370

The hours and hours of U.S. cable television speculation about the fate of the missing Malaysian Air flight during the past seven days are a “Daily Show” parody waiting to happen.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Syrian Refugee Girls Married Off for Protection

Though it is common for Syrian children to be married before 18, displacement has made marriage take on a new urgency. With rumors of rape and kidnapping roaming Syrian refugee camps, families often believe the best option for their girls is to be wed as soon as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

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