September 27, 2019

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced its plans to reduce refugee resettlement to an all-time low of 18,000 persons for 2020. This is a 40% reduction from the historically low cap for 2019, which permitted the admission of only 30,000 refugees. The new figure is a stunning rejection of a time-honored policy that for many years permitted the resettlement of at least 95,000 refugees annually.

There is also an accompanying executive order that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny refugee resettlement in their communities, despite having been approved for resettlement in the United States.

The current refugee crisis has reached staggering levels. More than 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, and 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict or persecution.

Syrians continue to be the largest forcibly displaced population in the world, with a total of 13 million people exiled by the end of 2018. This represents more than ha...

September 19, 2019

Syria: The Deliberate Bombing of Medical Facilities Demands an Interfaith Response

Summer and Labor Day have come and gone. Religious leaders of all faiths are welcoming their flocks back from vacation, with no lack of topics to discuss. However, there is one – the “weaponization” of healthcare in Syria – that simply demands the attention of religious leaders and their congregations to speak out against a “strategy of war” that defies every notion of human decency.

The statistics in Syria are mind-numbing. In nine years, over 500,00 have been killed; 6.6 million internally displaced; 13.1 million inside the country are in need of aid. Recent bombing in Idlib by Russia and the Assad Regime, has forced 750,000 from their homes, often to live in the open, without tents or shelter of any kind.

This “new normal” in Syria now evokes scant international press coverage, and remarkably little public attention. Syria is just too complex; an insoluble morass. So many international interests – Russia...

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