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Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US - BBC News

Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Central American nations will allow some 7,000 Cuban migrants stranded in the region to continue towards the US.
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It is time for the US to stop giving Cubans special treatment. Given the refugee problem in the world, it hardly seems that Cubans, whatever their feelings about communism vs capitalism, are the most in need of our support and help.
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Pakistan Sends 30 Migrants Back to Europe

Pakistan Sends 30 Migrants Back to Europe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The asylum seekers were not allowed to disembark from a chartered plane at an Islamabad airport, officials said, reflecting growing frustration with European countries.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The world is filled with the unwanted. It is difficult to know who is a legitimate refugee and who a terrorist in disguise. It is even more difficult to know who will enrich a country and a culture and who will have a detrimental or at least an unwanted effect. Humanity calls out to us all to resolve this modern mass of migration, to make all countries good places to live and to raise ones children so that people are not forced to flee their homes. It is only when we make the world a safe place for all that it will be a haven for us all.

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This 9-Year-Old Syrian Boy Got Lost Along the Refugee Trail in Greece

This 9-Year-Old Syrian Boy Got Lost Along the Refugee Trail in Greece | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A TIME reporter on the island of Leros finds a young refugee separated from his parents during the long journey to Europe — and safety
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One thing that is changing in the study of history is how much easier it has become—because of the Internet and social media—to put a face on the human dimension of mass events. It is easy to ignore numbers but difficult to ignore the fate of one child.

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How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger

How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.
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Throughout the world people are starving. Iraq, which has typically had good grain production, is slipping into a food desert as strive cuts production, displacement of people increases need, and government mismanagement hurts the market for what is grown. Soon that poor country will be suffering famine to go along with war and the pestilence of ISIS. We know what dark force has cast these plagues on the Iraq, but does anybody from the Bush administration care?

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Immigrant keeps suicide watch over fellow refugees from Bhutan

Immigrant keeps suicide watch over fellow refugees from Bhutan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Som Subedi is stuck in traffic. He's running late to check on one of his flock: a 37-year-old woman who's among scores of newly arrived Bhutanese immigrants he watches over like a worried parent.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It upsets me that Bhutan rejects its Hindu minority. It upsets me more that refuges groups who come in such small numbers to America find themselves so lonely. It makes me wonder if we average Americans do enough to welcome the wayfarers into our communities and our lives. When my grandparents came to America, were they welcomed? Sure, they were not pat of such a tiny diaspora, but were they welcomed by the people who were here? Probably not, and that makes it all the more imperative that I behave better, that I welcome strangers to my land. What about you?

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UN: World's Refugees And Displaced To Exceed 60 Million

UN: World's Refugees And Displaced To Exceed 60 Million | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"One in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes."
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What a horrifying commentary on our species. My heart aches for these millions. 

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What the ruins of Kobane tell us about the destruction of Syria

What the ruins of Kobane tell us about the destruction of Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The battle for Kobane was a victory in the U.S. war against the Islamic State, but the town was destroyed in the process.
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In case you don't understand who those Syrian refugees really are; in case you don't understand why they are fleeing; in case you don't understand that the United States is part of the terror which is forcing their flight: visit Kobane, the sight of a great American victory in the war on ISIS. And now we hold back the aid they so desperately need, but we don't want them here? What is wrong with America? We have become the worst form of mob enforcer in a world that once wanted so much to be like us.

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China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is so much suffering in the world and here is a handful of women and children being given sanctuary. Why would any "great power" object to that? Why do they want to force people to stay in China, so they can persecute them? Shame on the Chinese government.

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Lack of money at World Food Program leaves 1.7 million Syrians without aid

Lack of money at World Food Program leaves 1.7 million Syrians without aid | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With donor nations failing to fulfill their pledges, the World Food Program is forced to halt its assistance program.
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Yet we in the developed world will still wonder why organizations like ISIS can gain such great followings.

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Honduran Children Deported From U.S. Back to World's 'Most Violent City'

Honduran Children Deported From U.S. Back to World's 'Most Violent City' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A chartered flight of minors and mothers deported from the U.S. landed on Monday in San Pedro Sula, said to be the world's murder capital
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is no easy answer. My heart goes out to these people looking for a safer place and a better life. Sadly, we must remember that even if we allowed them to stay in the U.S., there is a high likelihood that the children would end up in violent gangs in their teens. In fact, earlier refugees since deported from the U.S. make up a significant part of the gangs in their homelands. The real issues are the American war on drugs and poverty, both of which make the violence strangely viable. When we contribute to ending that violence, we may actually help both the innocent and ourselves. Meanwhile, we can only feel for those who so desperately want something better.

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