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Ontario Government Drastically Cuts Legal Aid and Ends Aid for Refugee and Immigration Matters

May 29, 2019           |                                       

There are some important changes that are going to impact refugees and even Permanent Residents in Canada. In the Ontario budget, released on April 11, 2019, Legal Aid Ontario’s funding was $133 million less in fiscal year 2019-2020 than the $456 million it had anticipated.1 In 2020 Legal Aid Ontario will somehow have to operate […]

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Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. “We have a present for you waiting outside,” read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa’s cellphone during Saturday worship. “Mom, they’re threatening me,” said Rosa, eyes wide. Teresa, whose family members’ […]

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Trump threatens to shut US-Mexico border, cuts aid to Central America By Patrick Martin 1 April 2019 President Donald Trump has escalated his persecution of immigrants and refugees, ordering the cutoff of all US aid to the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador because the right-wing US-backed regimes in all three countries […]

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Special unit of the Maltese army storms refugee ship By Martin Kreickenbaum 30 March 2019 Soldiers in military fatigues with machine guns, balaclavas and bulletproof vests stride across the deck of the tanker El Hiblu 1. They confront frightened, unarmed migrants, including women and children, whose only possessions are what they can carry. This description […]

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Merkel Urges European Realism On Refugees

March 29, 2019           |                                       

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 29 presented a peace prize to Jordan’s King Abdullah II and called for a European sense of perspective in its handling of refugees. Speaking in Assisi, Italy, Merkel highlighted Jordan’s major role during the refugee crisis, taking in not only Palestinian refugees but more than 670,000 Syrians over the […]

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The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a final call to keep the global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of preindustrial levels. Doing so will require “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” When the Trump administration downplays climate change across the country, it puts everyone […]

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LONDON—Stand by for long hot summers marked by riot and racial tension. As climate change stokes mayhem, global warming is likely to see a direct rise in human irritability. Climate change accompanied by natural disaster such as flood or drought could lead to harvest failure and food and water shortages for which people must compete. […]

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“Make America Cruel Again.” That’s how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump’s trademark slogan. Shipler’s version is particularly apt when you think about the president’s record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other humanitarian-related immigration issues. President Trump’s border-wall obsession and the political uproar over it have […]

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Is There a Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon?

December 18, 2018           |                                       

An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one ‘Hajj Jamal Ghalaini’ occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo for saving the Palestinian refugee youth of Lebanon, by facilitating their departure to Europe. […]

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Not long ago, the world watched heartbreaking images of fleeing refugees, not unlike those now emerging from the southern U.S. border. As thousands of Central American refugees from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala continue to surge toward the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s worth noting important similarities to how European countries responded to its migrant crisis, the […]

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Rebuking the Trump administration’s horrific treatment of migrants approaching the Southern border, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Thursday offered advice to U.S. lawmakers: “Don’t greet refugees with tear gas.” “Don’t greet refugees with tear gas…It’s never their fault” —Malala Yousafzai addresses members of Congress in the audience about refugee policy #MalalaForum — Harvard CPL (@harvardcpl) […]

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From Central America to Syria: The Conspiracy against Refugees

December 4, 2018           |                                       

Watching the ongoing debate between US liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the Central American bedlam and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the […]

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Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. The world watched in horror last weekend as U.S. border patrol agents opened fire with tear gas on a group of refugees seeking asylum in the United States. This week on Intercepted: Decades of CIA death squads, economic warfare, […]

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