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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

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The Disturbing Paradox of Presidential Power

Trump’s actions are forcing us into uncharted constitutional waters.

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Lebanon’s Shining Island of Example Is Shrinking

A tolerant and diverse cosmopolitan center, Beirut is a reminder of what the Arab world could be again.

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The Things They Carried: The Iraqis Who Fled Mosul

Escaping war and the Islamic State, families took with them what little they could carry — remembrances of loved ones and the past.

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A Language Haven in Baltimore

For young newcomers, the first step to becoming American is learning English.

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Why Do Some Countries Get Away With Taking Fewer Refugees?

Despite their ability to shelter those seeking refuge, some of the world's wealthiest countries, such as China and the United States, are closing their doors instead of opening them.

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A Silk Road Marriage

Are cross-cultural marriages the key to integrating a region?

Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp on the Jordanian border on May 31. (Photo Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A Refugee Without a River

Two years after fleeing Iraq, one woman’s plans for resettlement are still on hold. A minority among refugees in Jordan, is her plight being overlooked?

Kaveh Adel was born in Ahvaz and raised in Tehran. He is a dentist, cartoonist, author, coach and speaker who emigrated to the USA in 1986 at the height of Iran-Iraq war fleeing political persecution in Iran.  Currently he lives and practices in Illinois where he is writing an autobiographical graphic novel.

The Iranians Who Can’t (or Won’t) Go Home Again

After years of living in America, those who fled political turmoil in Iran reflect on a complicated relationship with their homeland.

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.

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Undocumented and on Patrol in Texas

Fort Worth police are partnering with the immigrants President Trump is threatening to deport — and they don’t intend to stop.

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What a Just Immigration Policy Doesn’t Look Like

It’s not a system based on chance, it does not encourage our enemies, and it can’t be addressed in 140 characters.

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The 1980s American Soap Opera That Explains How Russia Feels About Everything

A look at the peculiar obsession with “Santa Barbara” in the post-Soviet experience.

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