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May 20, 2012
Re "Payback for a tax refugee," Opinion, May 16 In calling for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin to be exiled from the United States, Bruce Ackerman seems to argue that people should not be able to move freely around the world, even as our policies embrace free trade. Ackerman ignores that Saverin has always had two national loyalties and now lives in a third country. Such "third culture kids" are increasingly common today, and many are not super-rich. Rather, their statuses reflect a beneficial global market of talent moving across borders.
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NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip. The hopes of the 937 Jewish refugees who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, to flee Hitler's Nazi regime were dashed when their plan to land in Cuba and await transport to the U.S. was denied. The U.S. also didn't allow them to enter, and the ship was sent back to Europe.
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OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "The voyage back," Feb. 3 Thanks to Robert Krakow for writing the play "The Trial of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," and to The Times for printing the article about the hundreds of European Jewish refugees in 1939 who were refused entry into Cuba and the U.S. and sent back to die in the Holocaust. This was one of America's darkest and most inhumane decisions. Perhaps we should remember "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" when we think of American values.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was under heavy police presence and restricted access Sunday, a day after stone-throwing Syrian refugees clashed with anti-riot police, leaving one resident shot to death, according to official and media accounts. On Saturday, Jordanian security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse thousands of angry Zaatari residents. Video and still images posted on social media depicted smashed and smoldering tents, with blood-covered refugees shouting as they fled from the chaos.
WORLD
April 10, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Jordan on Wednesday opened a second camp to shelter the increasing numbers of refugees pouring out of Syria, one day after a United Nations official warned that the regional crisis had hit “a breaking point.” About 100 Syrians arrived Wednesday at the Mrajeeb Fhood camp, said Andrew Harper, the U.N. refugee agency representative in Jordan. The new camp, funded by the United Arab Emirates and operated by its Red Crescent Society, is equipped with solar power and a water treatment plant, Harper said.
WORLD
March 1, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi's loyalists appeared to have strengthened their grip on the Libyan capital, while chaos roiled much of the country and spilled over its borders in a wave of frightened refugees. The unrest in Libya has left hundreds dead and nearly frozen the country's oil-based economy. The United Nations reported Monday that more than 100,000 refugees, many of them laborers from nearby countries, have fled to Tunisia and Egypt over the last week to escape destitution and an outbreak of violence that has drawn international condemnation.
WORLD
October 31, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- Jordan has denied entry to "hundreds, if not thousands," of refugees fleeing the fighting in neighboring Syria, Amnesty International said Thursday. In a 40-page report, the rights group accused the Jordanian government of discriminating against certain categories of refugees, including stateless Palestinians and Iraqi nationals. Amnesty International also charges that Jordan has sometimes closed the border to refugees and that hundreds have been forced to return to Syria from Jordanian territory.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is changing the rules for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States so that people will no longer be barred entry for providing incidental or unintentional support to terrorist organizations. The new definition of what it means to provide “material support” to terrorists comes after years of complaints from human rights advocates that the old rules led to the exclusion of vulnerable refugees who pose no harm. Among those turned away in recent months were a Syrian refugee who paid an opposition group to gain safe passage out of Syria and a farmer who paid tolls to a resistance group to cross a bridge to take his food to market, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
WORLD
December 11, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - More than half a million Syrian refugees are seeking international aid, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 a day as violence continues to rage in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. The onset of winter-like weather has posed new perils for those seeking asylum outside of war-ravaged Syria. “Winter can be extremely harsh, particularly when you've got people already weakened by the ordeal of coming out of Syria,” said Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency.
WORLD
August 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - International concern is rising as Syria's neighboring countries, overburdened with refugees fleeing the war, are sharply reducing the number they allow into their territory. Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, which have taken 1.1 million of the 1.9 million Syrians who have left the country, have reduced entry sharply, worried about the cost of caring for the refugees and the risk they may pose. “Tens of thousands of people are at risk of being trapped,” Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's commissioner for humanitarian aid, said in an interview in Washington earlier this week.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpassed 1 million Thursday, the United Nations said, marking a “devastating milestone,” even as many more continue to arrive each day. Tiny Lebanon has borne a disproportionate burden of the refugee crisis that has arisen from the 3-year-old Syrian conflict. The vast influx of Syrians has contributed to political, social and economic instability in this strategically situated nation wedged between Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean.
OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "The voyage back," Feb. 3 Thanks to Robert Krakow for writing the play "The Trial of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," and to The Times for printing the article about the hundreds of European Jewish refugees in 1939 who were refused entry into Cuba and the U.S. and sent back to die in the Holocaust. This was one of America's darkest and most inhumane decisions. Perhaps we should remember "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" when we think of American values.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is changing the rules for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States so that people will no longer be barred entry for providing incidental or unintentional support to terrorist organizations. The new definition of what it means to provide “material support” to terrorists comes after years of complaints from human rights advocates that the old rules led to the exclusion of vulnerable refugees who pose no harm. Among those turned away in recent months were a Syrian refugee who paid an opposition group to gain safe passage out of Syria and a farmer who paid tolls to a resistance group to cross a bridge to take his food to market, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
WORLD
January 29, 2014 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been updated. Please see note below for details.
LONDON - Bowing to increasing pressure, Britain will offer refuge to several hundred Syrians fleeing their country's civil war, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday. The decision comes after weeks of contentious debate over the government's non-participation in a United Nations program that aims to resettle some 30,000 Syrian refugees in willing host countries. Wednesday's announcement came after lobbying from opposition members and Liberal Democrats within Britain's Conservative-led coalition government, as well as from humanitarian organizations.
WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A food convoy was allowed into the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria for the first time in months on Saturday after an agreement was worked out with the Syrian government and leaders in the camp. The food was brought in by the Palestinian Authority after many previous failed attempts. Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestinian emissary to Damascus, told reporters in Ramallah that after a Palestinian team had talked to faction leaders in the camp on Friday, it was agreed that they would guarantee a safe passage into the camp to bring in badly needed food and medicine.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW, Times Staff Writer
Cambodian children in a refugee camp frantically chase a truck delivering food. A Guatemalan boy, wistfully peering from a bus, sees the hills of his homeland for the first time in five years. A cooking pot-helmet her only protection, a frightened African woman flees strafing Ethiopian MIGs with her daughter in tow.
IMAGE
January 16, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just before the Ludus Athletics models began parading down the runway at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vincent Cochetel, North America's representative to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, suggested people imagine an area the size of California under five to eight feet of water for two and a half months. That is the scope, Cochetel said, of last summer's disastrous Pakistan floods, which affected an estimated 20 million people. With Pakistan hosting 1.7 million refugees, primarily from Afghanistan, the U.S. association for UNHCR paired up with Ludus Athletics to raise awareness and funds for these refugees.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Twenty thousand North Koreans flee Kim Jong Un's Communist regime every year. The possibility that a few of the defectors who settle in the South might be sleeper agents was the premise of 1999's "Shiri," South Korea's first Hollywood-style action movie. The spy thriller "The Suspect" exploits that same anxiety about welcoming North Korean refugees but displays much grander ambitions than its predecessor. The murder of an aging corporate executive sets in motion the hunt for Ji Dong-cheol (Gong Yoo)
WORLD
December 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM-- About 150 African migrants Tuesday protested Israel's policy of detaining people illegally in the country, saying they are refugees seeking freedom and human rights. The protesters outside parliament had made their way to Jerusalem after leaving a new detention center in southern Israel over the weekend. They described their act as a "walk for freedom and humanity" and held placards reading, "We are refugees, not criminals. " Israeli law allows authorities to detain African migrants without trial for a year before moving them to what is known as an open detention facility in a remote area called Holot.
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