Tag: humanitarian crisis

Sea of Troubles

In June, I joined the crew of the rescue ship Alan Kurdi. It was a cantankerous old brute of a boat, a former East German research vessel that now belongs to a small German nonprofit called Sea-Eye. “You are an eye on the sea,” the crew manager told us at our first briefing on board, […]

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‘I Am the Face of a Refugee’: Iman Joins Humanitarian Leader CARE as Its 1st Global Advocate

Photo: CARE She’s been a supermodel, a beauty industry entrepreneur and pioneer, a fashion designer, activist, mother, and wife and partner to a rock star. But the fashion industry icon known simply as Iman wants to remind us that she is also a refugee. On Tuesday, the Somali-American beauty, born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, announced a […]

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Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Key Jamestown Anniversary’s No Present; Many Boycott, Protest

Virginia state Del. Ibraheem Samirah holds up a sign as Donald Trump delivers remarks during the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative legislative assembly at Jamestown on July 30, 2019 in Jamestown, Va. Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) An event to mark the 400th anniversary of the legislative start of Jamestown, Va.—the English colonial settlement […]

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Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Jamestown Anniversary Brings Boycott, Protest

Virginia state Del. Ibraheem Samirah holds up a sign as Donald Trump delivers remarks during the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative legislative assembly at Jamestown on July 30, 2019, in Jamestown, Va. Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) An event to mark the 400th anniversary of the legislative start of Jamestown, Va.,—the English colonial settlement […]

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AOC Slams ‘Manufactured Cruelty’ at US Southern Border in Testimony Before House Panel

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stands to be sworn in before she testifies before the House Oversight Committee hearing on family separation and detention centers, July 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill, flanked on her left by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais (Associated Press) Four Democratic congresswomen shared harrowing accounts […]

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Today in Congressional Clapbacks: Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar Respond to ‘Distraction Becky’ and Lip-Deficient ‘Racist Fool’

Photo: AP Ah, the long, glorious of days of summer: when the drink menus are filled with rosé, the racists are furious and sunburned, and our favorite freshman congresswomen have officially run out of patience for white nonsense. On this past Tuesday afternoon, the Congresswomen in question included Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), […]

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15-Year-Old Girl Says a Border Patrol Agent Sexually Assaulted Her at an Arizona Camp

Yvonne Nieves of El Paso, Texas demonstrates in front of the U.S. Border Patrol facility where lawyers reported that detained migrant children were held unbathed and hungry on June 27, 2019 in Clint, Texas. Photo: Mario Tama (Getty) A 15-year-old migrant girl says a border agent sexually assaulted her during what was supposed to be […]

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Haitians and Africans Are Increasingly Among Those Stranded Along US-Mexico Border by Trump Immigration Policies

In this photo from September 2016, Haitian refugees, many of them deportees from the United States, await breakfast at an immigrant center in Tijuana, Mexico. Donald Trump’s current immigration policy limiting the number of people allowed to make asylum applications makes images like these current as thousands of immigrants, including those from Haiti and countries throughout […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kellyanne Conway Trade Barbs Over Conditions at Southern Border

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), appearing next to Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), addresses the media after touring a border patrol facility housing children on July 1, 2019 in Clint, Texas. Photo: Christ Chavez (Getty) After what by all accounts was a harrowing visit to immigrant detention facilities, the last thing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably had time […]

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‘This Is About the Preservation of Our Humanity’: Democrats Speak Out About Vile Conditions, Racist Rhetoric at Border Facilities

Photo: Christ Chavez (Getty Images) Democrats visiting three detention facilities in Texas on Monday had to raise their voices—despite having microphones—to be heard over the shouts and heckling of pro-Donald Trump, anti-immigrant groups. “Keep yelling. This is very appropriate. Vile rhetoric for vile actions. Hateful rhetoric for hateful behavior. Racist words and venom for racist […]

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Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Over the last few years, much of the conversation around Melania Trump has hinged on her foreignness—both in the literal sense, and in the ways she breaks from White House traditions: She’s a former lingerie model, the first first lady in more than two centuries to be born outside of […]

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When Will Congress Get Serious About the Suffering at the Border?

Last week, as American and Mexican officials haggled over how to address the migrant crisis at their countries’ shared border, United States Customs and Border Protection released its monthly migration statistics. They tell an alarming story. In May, 144,278 migrants were taken into custody. It was the third consecutive month in which apprehensions topped 100,000 […]

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