More than 10,000 children traveled on their own to Europe in the last year alone. As Christmas approaches, two of them told us about spending it in Italy, far from home and family, and their hopes for Christmas yet to come. Last winter, the young refugees decorated their Christmas tree with hope. Save for horrific memories of their journeys, it was all they had. “I wish to see my parents again,” one boy scrawled on a scrap of purple paper, before pinning it with a clothes peg
Aleppo was, until recently, a thriving metropolis and tourist destination known for its medieval architecture and rich cultural history. One of the biggest cities in Syria and one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, it’s a United Nations World Heritage site that was named the “Islamic Capital of Culture” in 2006...
"Now, therefore, The General Assembly, Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."
In a most tumultuous year, perhaps one event stands out as most virulent - most retrograde: the continuing and mounting violence at Standing Rock. In an age where perception is reality, why be tempted by even the appearance of old-school subjugation? Both at the corporate mow-down level, and via boots on the ground? Maybe all the 24/7 Twitter feeds just don't matter anymore. Speaking of which, where has the media been in all this? No doubt collecting those checks. MEANS take