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December 25, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In this Christmas season, Christian Arabs are under threat as never before in the region where Jesus and Christianity were born. In reality, Christian communities in the Mideast have been endangered for years, but their sufferings only grabbed U.S. attention in the era of ISIS - and in an election year. This has sparked a political debate over how to help them. Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush are proposing to admit only Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq - and exclude Muslims. Conservatives claim the administration is actively discriminating against Syrian Christians, since there are only 53 Christians among the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted since 2011.
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December 23, 2015
"The greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind. "   - U.S. Maritime Administration   By Chris Gibbons On Dec. 22, 1950, Capt. Leonard LaRue, of Philadelphia, peered through his binoculars from the deck of his merchant cargo vessel, SS Meredith Victory, as it approached the besieged North Korean port of Hungnam. LaRue could see thousands of shivering refugees lining the harbor in a desperate attempt to escape the marauding Communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers who surrounded, and were quickly closing in on, the city.
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December 7, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It was an act of terror. Authorities didn't immediately place that label on Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in which the assailants sprayed a holiday party with hundreds of bullets, killing 14 people and wounding 21. But there is no better word than terrorism for such a bloody act of intimidation. The assault was meant to terrorize, although exactly why is still under investigation. Radical Islamist ideology is suspected. CNN reported Friday that one of the assailants used Facebook to post a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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December 1, 2015
ISSUE | REFUGEES Closed borders: Irony . . . How ironic that your letter writer ("Borders: Closed," Thursday) is so afraid that those nasty refugees - "undesirables," as he calls them - will be "shooting up our schools," "mowing us down" in movie theaters, and "murdering us . . . in our churches. " It's not those nasty refugees who have done that; it's our own, homegrown, 100 percent American citizens in our own, gun-saturated country. We kill as many people with guns every two days as those terrorists killed in Paris - usually one or two or six at a time, but also sometimes by the dozen in our schools, our movie theaters, and, yes, in our churches.
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November 27, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
During the Thanksgiving season I normally give thanks to my grandparents for fleeing Russia in 1905 and to America for taking them in. But this year, given the hysteria over Syrian immigrants, I want to pay tribute to some voices of sanity who are standing up for American values and upholding our long tradition of welcoming refugees. Let me start with Chris George, the head of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), a New Haven-based nonprofit that helps settle refugees in Connecticut ( www.irisct.org )
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November 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It's understandable that many Americans fear another terrorist attack on U.S. soil after seeing the carnage inflicted on Paris by operatives claimed by Islamic State. Also understandable, but discouraging, is the exploitation of that fear by poll-watching politicians spouting xenophobic rhetoric to keep their personal ambitions on track. It's no coincidence that 30 Republican governors and one Democrat facing a strong reelection challenge oppose resettling Syrian refugees in their states because terrorists could be hiding among them.
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November 24, 2015
CURRENT AND would-be political leaders ought to be ashamed. I mean, even more so than usual. Let me tell you why. Last week was the anniversary of Lincoln's 1864 Gettysburg Address. It was a short speech. We're created equal. We need to preserve government of, by and for the people. A speech, in other words, aimed at unifying the nation. This is the week of Thanksgiving, an American holiday whose date varied from state to state until set by Lincoln in an 1864 proclamation - aimed at unifying the nation.
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November 23, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINDHAM, N.H. - Gov. Christie blasted "murderous, radical Islam" and spoke at length of the toll of Sept. 11 while bringing a national security focus to town-hall meetings Saturday in New Hampshire. "This campaign changed eight days ago. It changed," Christie told a packed room at a municipal building in Stratham on Saturday morning, referring to the terror attacks in Paris. "When evil gets visited upon innocent people, the American people react. " Later Saturday, at a town-hall meeting at a bar in a bowling alley, Christie described learning that people he knew had been killed in the Sept.
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November 23, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - After a week of rising rhetoric against Syrian refugees and congressional action that could halt their resettlement, refugee Farhan Alqadri, 55, wants to be the Syrian who alters perceptions. Just as any jihadi who hides in the flow of desperate refugees "spoils it for a million," he said in Arabic through an interpreter Friday, "I hope I can be the one person on the opposite side who changes millions of minds. " He arrived here in June, with his wife, Muna, and four of their nine children - a Muslim family fleeing violence, resettled in this city near Amish farms, by Church World Service, a philanthropic cooperative of Christian denominations.
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November 23, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Galeb Salman has lived in North Philadelphia for just two months. But for the first time in 25 years, he feels as if he's home. An Iraqi citizen raised in Kuwait, Salman was traveling in Thailand on a tourist visa in 1990 on the day Iraq invaded Kuwait. The war left him stranded, unable to return home or secure travel documents. He stayed, married a Thai woman and started a family. But he could not obtain work permits, and at one point spent more than two years in an immigrant jail.
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