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Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

As immigration issues grab headlines across the nation, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle resort to knee jerk reactions calling for wasteful, military-style tactics along the southern border, reflecting the deep misunderstanding that Capitol Hill has of border communities.

These efforts fail to address glaring systemic problems within the nation's largest law enforcement agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and fail to offer solutions that will move us forward together.

Unchecked abuse and corruption within CBP must be part of any discussion regarding the US southern border and the time has come to talk about reforming the agency. The Obama administration has the means to move us forward and should do so immediately.

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Dispatches: The Hidden Victims of Greece’s Crisis

Dispatches: The Hidden Victims of Greece’s Crisis

Greek citizens aren’t the only victims of the country’s financial crisis – the cost of this debacle includes thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who are streaming into Greece, only to find there’s not enough shelter, food, healthcare, and even toilets to go around.

“Here I’m really suffering. I’m trying to figure out every possible way to leave from here. I can’t handle sleeping anymore outside like this.”

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Dispatches: Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Has UK Forgotten the Past?

Dispatches: Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Has UK Forgotten the Past?

Isaac Levine arrived in the UK from Lithuania as a 17-year-old in 1894. Manfred Gorlin left his home in Nazi-controlled Danzig (now in Poland) and arrived in 1939. As the grandchildren of Jews who found refuge from persecution in the UK, we watch the debate on asylum seekers and migrants and wonder: would they have been welcomed in today’s Britain?

In recent days, Prime Minister David Cameron has referred to asylum seekers and migrants crossing the Mediterranean as “a swarm.” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned of “marauding migrants”  in Calais and of “millions” from Africa threatening Europe’s standard of living.

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How UK anti-terror guidance could violate children’s human rights

How UK anti-terror guidance could violate children’s human rights

There are enormous dangers in the way child protection legislation in the UK intersects with Channel, the government’s anti-radicalisation programme. There are only a few legal steps between the suggested interventions set out in the Channel guidance and the possibility of a child being removed from their home because their family’s political views are unacceptable and don’t adhere to “British values”.

This runs the risk of violating the overriding principles of both domestic UK child protection law and children’s rights set down in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has also been argued that it breaches the European Convention on Human Rights .

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Israeli Troops Shoot, then Abduct Palestinian Youth Near Ramallah

Israeli Troops Shoot, then Abduct Palestinian Youth Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded, on Saturday morning, a young Palestinian man near Beit ‘Aour al-Foqa town, West of the Central West Bank City of Ramallah, before abducting him; Israeli army sources claim the Palestinian stabbed a soldier, causing a mild injury.

The young Palestinian, identified as Mahmoud Nassim Jomhour, was shot near Road #443, southwest of Ramallah after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier in the hand with a sharp object. There has been no independent confirmation of the army's claim - in numerous previous incidents, Israeli military spokespeople have fabricated attacks by Palestinians to justify their shooting of the Palestinians, and these allegations are later proven to be false.

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