Tag Archives: Refugees

Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Is Not An Exception In US History

In this perceptive piece,  Stanley L Cohen,  an attorney and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa,  he  argues that ” The US has long targeted immigrants and American citizens alike for no reason other than heritage, race or religion. ”  Writing in Al Jazeera,  Cohen reminds us that “ours is an  experience  long rooted in theological and social animosity and domination; one where majority religious groups have long controlled domestic political power and opportunities that derive from its reach. Indeed, historically, theocratic rule has been quick to punish dissent within our midst and viewed immigrants with “competing” religious beliefs and values with suspicion as very much outsiders and undemocratic. “
“So, one might ask, what is there, then, about the most recent Trump attack upon Muslims, all Muslims, that stands in dramatic contrast from a long and sordid American history of targeted persecutions of minorities based upon nothing more than religious and immigrant status? “
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Heartbreaking stories of Iranian refugees turned into boat people

This incredible investigative reporting by two journalists who  went underground to see how and why refugees from the Middle East,  notably Iranians,  risk everything to make it to Australia. “Their doing so, and continuing to brave the Indian Ocean, and continuing to die, only illustrates their desperation in a new, disturbing kind of light. This is the subtext to the plight of every refugee: Whatever hardship he endures, he endures because it beats the hardship he escaped. Every story of exile implies the sadder story of a homeland.”