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November 18, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
EXPLOSIONS LIT the sky over Damascus while Khaldoun partied with his friends late into a weekend night in August 2014. Despite the nightly firefights, the shelling that tore children and other innocents to shreds one morning while Khaldoun was walking to class, despite the night that bullets ripped through his kitchen window, the soft-spoken 20-year-old psychology student had made it through three years of Syria's civil war. He had no intention of...
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November 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) on Monday called for barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States, joining a host of Republicans - including Gov. Christie - urging new restrictions in the aftermath of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The stand, which spread rapidly through Republican ranks Monday, drew sharp condemnations from President Obama and Toomey's potential Democratic opponents in next year's election, who urged sympathy for people fleeing the Islamic State.
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November 16, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hazami Sayed, executive director of Philadelphia's Al-Bustan center for Arab culture, has one son in college and another about to go. In the fall she will be an empty nester - and ready, willing, and able to open her West Philadelphia home to a new initiative designed to assuage the world's worst refugee crisis since World War II. "With both my boys away next year I would gladly accommodate one or two refugees and help them get resettled," she...
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September 29, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAPE MAY - It was a respectful, but smaller than anticipated, group of worshipers that gathered in Convention Hall here Sunday to view Pope Francis' public Mass on a giant screen, the culmination of a Jersey Shore "Pope Weekend. " "We knew we needed to get away from all that," Lisa Bialy, 52, of Mount Ephraim, said of the crowds gathered 85 miles away on the Parkway in Philadelphia. "I don't even want to think of what it was like to get around up there. We just wanted to get down here and avoid it all. " Still, Bialy and her boyfriend, Jim Schaffer, also of Mount Ephraim, took time out from strolling around Cape May and catching a classic-car show in Wildwood to watch the Mass simulcast.
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September 19, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Humanitarian groups are right to ask the United States to take more of the multitudes fleeing war-torn Syria, but if they put President Obama's order to accept a relatively modest 10,000 refugees into perspective, they will realize that even that number may be overly ambitious. This country has accepted only about 1,600 refugees since Syria's civil war began in 2011. That's largely due to security precautions instituted to ensure that terrorists aren't accepted. It takes 18 to 24 months for the average Syrian refugee to be vetted for entry into the United States.
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September 19, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born in Syria and living in Bryn Mawr, Nizar Alkurdi grieves the tragedies of his homeland: Crude barrel bombs that kill and maim. Swathes of Syria under Islamic State control. The photograph of a refugee toddler lying drowned on the shore. Published worldwide this month, the photo of the toddler became an instant icon of Syria's civil war and refugee crisis, which have displaced half the country's 22 million people. Similar to the Vietnam War-era photo of a girl running naked because napalm burned off her clothes, the powerful picture of this one dead boy seemed to cut through the noise.
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September 18, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The desperate refugees setting sail on rickety boats and scaling barbed-wire fences to enter the European Union come predominantly from Syria. This crisis won't end soon, because the Syrian conflict isn't going to end soon. The Europeans can't solve it on their own. So it's time for the United States to provide leadership - by pressing our rich Gulf Arab allies to do much more for the refugees and by doing more ourselves. That is not just a moral imperative. It makes national security sense.
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September 16, 2015
Yay, Owls! However ... My pleasure at Temple's victory over Penn State in football ("Historic win for Owls," Sept. 6) is tempered by the sad realization that this aberration will enable the mind-set that has caused Temple to mutilate its athletic program in the hopeless pursuit of big-time football success. Temple eliminated varsity programs in baseball, track, gymnastics, and softball last year. Earlier, the college eliminated wrestling, badminton, and bowling. Temple (like many "big-time" athletic schools)
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September 14, 2015
U.S. must do its part for fleeing masses The United States should offer asylum to at least 250,000 of the migrants flooding into Europe from the Middle East, giving top priority to Iraqis and Afghans, whose countries we invaded. Additionally, our failure to thwart Bashar al-Assad's criminal government makes us responsible for the thousands of Syrians fleeing in fear. The "migrant problem" is every bit as much an American as a European problem, and we must do our share to take in people who are fleeing for their very lives.
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July 6, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When July Fourth rolls around, I always think of my grandparents, who emigrated to the "land of the free" from Russia, which undoubtedly saved their lives and enabled mine. Needless to say, I believe immigrants are a source of America's strength. But this year, when musing on immigration, my thoughts turn to the record numbers of desperate migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in flimsy boats organized by Libyan smugglers. More than 137,000 refugees crossed from January to June, landing in Greece, Italy, Malta, and Spain, an 83 percent increase from the same period in 2014.
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