World to Refugees: Go to Hell

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by John Feffer It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well… Continue Reading  

How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border (Wikimedia Commons)

by William Hartung Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes. And while statistics can’t… Continue Reading  

A Foreign Policy of Sticks and Stones

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by John Feffer The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as a “shithole” — because… Continue Reading  

Taking Issues “Off the Table”–First Jerusalem, Now Refugees

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by Lara Friedman Last month, President Donald Trump granted a cherished wish of American and Israeli hardliners, taking Jerusalem—an issue that the Oslo Agreement stipulated would be resolved only in permanent status negotiations—“off the table.” Now, only weeks later, American… Continue Reading  

What We Didn’t Know or Chose to Ignore About the ’67 War

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by James J. Zogby  In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in… Continue Reading