“The Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019" Introduced in Congress

Congressmen Wilson, Kildee, Chabot, and Gonzalez Introduce “The Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019 On October 28th, Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) introduced the bi-partisan bill HR 4868, the Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019, which will ensure that U.S. taxpayer money does not benefit the Assad regime in Syria. Bennett Gross, Executive Director of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrians Refugees (MFA) welcomed this announcement, stating that, “In delivering humanitarian relief into war-torn Syria, MFA has seen first-hand the Assad Regime’s callous disregard for its people and country. The cruelty has been overwhelming in

Turkish Military Offensive in Syria

Turkish Military Offensive in Syria Recent events in Northern Syria are certainly disturbing. On October 6th, President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1000 US troops that remained in Syria. On October 9th, Turkey’s President Recap Tayip Erdogan ordered Operation Peaceful Spring to commence as the bombing of Northern Syria began. Since 2011, Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that worked with the United States to fight the Islamic State, was the region’s overarching political force. For many years, northeast Syria had been a place of refuge for people fleeing other battle-stricken parts of Syria. 650,000 living in the region have already been displaced at least one ti

Moria Camp in Greece: A Researcher's Reflection

Moria Camp: A Researcher's Reflection In certain places, just a few kilometers separate the Greek island of Lesvos from the Turkish coast, making it one of the most frequented points of entry into Europe for refugees and migrants. Since 2015, boats have arrived on the island almost daily. Oftentimes, they are dinghies crammed with dozens of people who have risked everything to make the journey to Europe. For the first several years, most of the arrivals to Lesvos were Syrians who were fleeing the ongoing conflict in their homeland, however now most of the boats are filled Afghan, Congolese or Eritrean individuals. The journey to Greece is incredibly treacherous from start to finish and since

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