Syrian Children Carry Trauma Into the Classroom

NAM/New Canadian Media, News Feature, Beatriz Paez When Syrian refugee children arrive in Canadian classrooms for the very first time, the anxiety they feel might be more than simply first-day-of-school jitters, say humanitarian relief workers and health-care providers. Many may be experiencing the trauma of loss and displacement after months, if not years, of being…

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India Questioning Deportation of Indian Students from U.S.

India Questioning Deportation of Indian Students from U.S.

WASHINGTON — India has questioned the deportation of some students from India when they came to the U.S. with valid student visas to study at two Silicon Valley institutions which have denied being “blacklisted.”

“There is definitely a glitch within the U.S. system,” sources said pointing out that the U.S. consulate in Hyderabad issued F-1 student visas and they carried the requisite I-20 forms issued by the educational institutions certifying their admission.

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The Republicans Are Being Trumped

The Republicans Are Being Trumped

The entire GOP is having a massive ISIS freakout and is now doing its utmost to protect America from Syrian refugees. Obviously, much of this is purely political.

This moment could not have come at a worse time for the sane Republican establishment hoping to derail Trump. We are now only 10 weeks from the Iowa caucuses and 11 weeks from the New Hampshire primary. Politics will also get sidelined by Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years, so the calendar is much more compressed than it seems. Time is running short to establish order, and two weeks on the clock are getting chewed up by the ISIS/Paris/Terror/Syria storyline, which is in Trump’s wheelhouse of xenophobia.

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Visa Waiver Program Overhaul is Discriminatory and Illegal

Visa Waiver Program Overhaul is Discriminatory and Illegal

At a time when America was busy denouncing Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from coming to the United States, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill that restricts Arabs and Muslims’ entry into the country.

The bill excludes Iraqis and Syrians from the Visa Waiver Program even if they are also citizens of countries from which travel to the United States is allowed without pre-approval.

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Escaping Conscription: One Syrian Man's Story

Escaping Conscription: One Syrian Man’s Story

Kareem doesn’t fit the image of a Syrian refugee often seen in the media. Clean cut, dressed in well-fitting business casual with a young professional’s composure, he sits calmly in a Hamburg café and listens to Adele on his smartphone.

It’s hard to imagine that just this past August, he and his older brother Ghaith — like so many other young Syrian men — fled the country to escape conscription into Bashar al-Assad’s army.

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Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism

Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism

There is no such thing as “international terrorism”.

To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.

Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side fire against the cannon of the other.

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'They Call Us Terrorists' -- Islamophobia in CA Schools

‘They Call Us Terrorists’ — Islamophobia in CA Schools

Last week’s shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California has prompted renewed fears of a backlash against the Muslim American community. According to one group, Muslim students in California experience bullying and other forms of harassment at a rate that is double the national average. In this audio podcast, Muslim students in Long Beach discuss their own experiences with bullying and other forms of discrimination.

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