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Meet Yusra Mardini: From Refugee to the Olympics

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics theme, the “Worlds We Share” could not be more fitting for this year’s athletes. After surviving a global pandemic, each athlete brings forth their stories, strength, and resilience. Yusra Mardini’s story highlights each of these components, and encompasses this year’s theme. “I tell my story because I want people to understand…

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Syrian Refugees Flee War-Torn Country for Cable TV?

If you were questioning your sanity after the Mike Huckabee Q&A, don’t worry — you heard him completely correctly. The former Arkansas governor said, in some attempt at twisted humor, “Are they [Syrian refugees] really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV?… [Syrian refugees] could…

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Syrian internally displaced people walk in the Atme camp, along the Turkish border in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 19, 2013. The conflict in Syria between rebel forces and pro-government troops has killed at least 70,000 people, and forced more than one million Syrians to seek refuge abroad. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

Syria: Escalation and the Ballooning Refugee Crisis

More than 100,000 dead in 2 years. This astonishing figure is the ghastly reality for Syrians today, who now live in a country where no corner has been left untouched by the fighting between the government and a diversely composed band of rebels whose divergent motivations are unified only by the goal of ousting the…

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