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What It Feels Like To Be Targeted By Trump’s Muslim Ban

You went through the legal channels, faced all the vetting and then—because of time—fell into a trench. You were reduced to your passport, and since it is hated, you were hated. One U.S. agency confounds another. This is chaos. Trump is not draining the swamp, he is muddying the waters.

February 7, 2017
Syrian refugees

U.S. To Resume Admitting Refugees As Trump Fights Judge’s Order

The U.S. State Department on Saturday moved to begin admitting refugees, including Syrians, as soon as Monday after a federal judge on Friday blocked a Trump administration temporary ban on refugee admissions. For refugee families, they are trying to keep expectations in check and hope they do not end up back where they started.

February 5, 2017
Saudi kingdom's financial power protects terrorism

The Saudi Hypocrisy Behind Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and hedge funds with extensive fundraising operations in Saudi Arabia reads like a “Who’s Who” of American business, including major firms from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to Blackstone and BlackRock. All these corporations are unwittingly helping to fund Saudi Arabia’s expansion of extremism.
Not surprisingly, Trump is continuing this awful partnership with the Saudis. But this time, it’s for an even more self-centered reason—they help keep him rich.

January 31, 2017
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: 2017 Is A Year Of Hard Questions

This new year will be marked by change and upheaval across the globe, including new leadership in the United States, and elections in France, Germany, Iran and India. Whatever the outcome, these moments are an opportunity to ask clear, honest questions of ourselves and of our world.

January 4, 2017

Thousands Return To The Freezing Ruins Of Aleppo

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city. Given the appalling conditions, the U.N. is not encouraging people to return.

January 4, 2017
Trump conspiracy theories, tax returns

The Dark Conspiracy Theories That Consume The Mind Of Donald Trump

Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.

December 5, 2016

Appeals Court Rejects Pence Order Barring Syrian Refugees As Discriminatory

Judge Richard Posner, writing for the panel that decided unanimously against Pence, said his assertions of a national security threat were presented “without evidence” and amounted to “nightmare speculation.”

October 3, 2016

#EndorseThis: Chris Cuomo Grills ‘Extreme Vetter’ Congressman

When Chris Cuomo interviewed Trump surrogate Rep. Sean Duffy this morning, it was a bizarre display of just how irrelevant facts have become.

September 20, 2016
syrian refugees

EU Grants 348 Million Euros In Aid For Syrian Refugees In Turkey

The European Union on Thursday announced it was contracting 348 million euros ($393 mln) to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey, part of the bloc’s migration cooperation with Ankara.

September 8, 2016
Syrian Refugees

Meet The Syrian Refugees Who Terrify Donald Trump

Violence and chaos in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya, combined with long-running conflicts elsewhere, are fueling the largest mass migration of people since World War II.

August 23, 2016

Trump’s New Ad Is The Worst General Election ‘Dog Whistle’ In Nearly 30 Years

Donald Trump’s last stand is — like everything Trump has done since he birthered his way into conservative politics — all about winning over white people.

August 22, 2016

Cory Booker, Visiting Mideast, Says U.S. Must Do More To Help Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, touring a refugee camp in the Middle East, called on the U.S. to do more to help those fleeing the Syrian civil war and address “a humanitarian crisis of a scale rarely witnessed in the last 50 years.”

August 22, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following a news conference, at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

What The Brexit Means For The U.S. Presidential Election

As the world still reels in shock at Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, several experts and commentators are saying that the success of the “Leave” campaign represents a dangerous sign of hope for Donald Trump.

June 24, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump’s Speech: The Fact-Checking Game

Donald Trump gave a speech Wednesday in New York City attacking Hillary Clinton’s economic and foreign policy positions and record. But how do you know if what he said was true or false? Test your lie-detecting skills below in The National Memo’s fun new fact-checking game, “Go Fact-Check Yourself”!

June 23, 2016

Cartoon: Europeans Kick Out Syrian Children

Next time be more careful about where you are born!

May 11, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

In Congress, Expect Renewed Battles On Refugees, Guns And Health Care

Anything Obama does, Republicans will pounce.

January 6, 2016
2016 gold lights new year's

2015: Our Very Own Year In Review

A selection of our best analysis, commentary, and reporting from 2015.

December 31, 2015

No Sign Of Letup In Refugee Surge

With the onset of winter, there is little sign of a letup in the migrant surge that has created a crisis in the European Union and refocused attention on Syria’s war.

December 29, 2015

Plight Of Syrian Refugees Recalls Tale Of 2,000 Years Ago

There is irony aplenty in this season, which is celebrated throughout Christendom because of the tale of a babe born in a troubled precinct in the Middle East a little more than 2,000 years ago. You know the story.

December 26, 2015

Cartoon: Texas Hospitality

December 10, 2015

Senator Cruz Introduces Bill To Let States Reject Refugees

Cruz also commended Donald Trump, for “standing up and focusing America’s attention on the need to secure our borders.”

December 8, 2015

Christian Syrians Are Seeking Asylum

When Syrians showed up at a Texas border crossing twice in one week last month amid the national debate about screening Syrian refugees, some immigration officials and lawmakers became alarmed, afraid they might be Muslim terrorists

December 8, 2015

As Syrian Refugees Head To Texas, State Vows To Keep Them Out

As a group of Syrian refugees prepares to arrive in Texas, government officials are locked in an intensifying legal battle over whether the families can be blocked from resettling in the state.

December 5, 2015

Fleeing Syria: A Family Is Lucky To Be In California, But Life Is Far From Easy

This is the family’s third week living in two cramped rooms at the American Inn & Suites, and their third week in America. Refugees from Syria who fled a comfortable life in the suburbs of Damascus, they’re trying to make sense of this strange first chapter of their new life.

December 5, 2015
Kevin McCarthy

Analyst Puts Odds Of Government Shutdown Over Refugees At 50-50

Congress returns to Washington this week facing a potential showdown over Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S., a battle that could lead to a partial shutdown of the government.

December 2, 2015