Really great bit of in-depth journalism from Noor Tagouri, an aspiring journalist studying at the University of Maryland and 2013 ISF scholarship recipient.
Her coverage of the controversy and legal proceedings over the building of a new mosque cemetery in Mufreesboro, Tennessee proves we still have a long way to go in moving past Islamophobia in this country.
In a bleak milestone, the UN reported earlier this month that Lebanon has now taken in 1 million Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. The agency reports there are now 2.5 million Syrians registered as refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon.
By the end of this year, the Turkish government expects the number of Syrians within Turkey to balloon to 1.5 million.
The Republic of Turkey — the biggest, most stable state bordering Syria — has shouldered the burden of caring for the displaced mostly alone. It has spent close to $3 billion but has only received $183 million from the international community…
FULL ARTICLE (The Toronto Star)
The Syrian refugee crisis not only continues; it’s getting worse.
Turkey is using mostly its own resources. Less than 10% of the money it has spent on refugees is coming from international donors.
If those countries pushing for military intervention in Syria were truly motivated by humanitarian concerns, they would be providing the bulk of that aid.
The Gulf states funding the rebel groups are fighting a proxy war. They wanted the US to intervene to weaken Iran’s position in the region, not primarily out of concern for Syrian civilians.
Those who’ve supported US intervention should be leading the call for increased aid to refugees. Instead, the chief complaint we hear is of Obama’s “weakness.”
What do you think?
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Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.
Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.
HAPPY EASTER TO OUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS ACROSS THE WORLD!!
Orthodox Christians hold Palm Sunday procession at 1,607-year old Gaza City church.
GAZA, PALESTINE, April 13 - Following a Sunday morning worship service, members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, which turned 1,607 this year, held a procession marking Palm Sunday, the Christian feast that celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem. The festivities come a week before Pascha, or Easter, which will be celebrated next Sunday, April 20, in an unusual convergence of the Eastern and Western church calendars. (Photo by Joe Catron)