By Thy Vo | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 7, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 7, 2019 at 7:40 am OAKLAND — Amid a national debate over the country’s policies toward immigrants and deportation policies, a group of panelists spoke of the complexity of being displaced and struggling for identity in the country they sought refuge. A collection of essays, titled “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives” seeks to give voice to the experience of being forced to leave one place and seek a home elsewhere, and challenge the political identity given to refugees by virtue of being unwanted. “One of the ways refugees become stigmatized or dehumanized is their voices are taken away from them,” said Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who edited the collection, at a panel at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Sunday. “They end up becoming spoken for and objects of pity.” The collection includes … [Read more...] about Struggling to find a place, refugee writers speak for themselves
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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police inside Ecuador's embassy in London. The 47-year-old Australian was ejected on April 11, 2019 - here's what you need to know. Who is Julian Assange? The 47-year-old is an Australian native who spearheaded the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks to expose the inner workings of governments, military and trade deals around the world. Assange is a hacker, freedom of information advocate and considers himself a political refugee. He was born in Queensland in 1971 and attended the city's Central university where he studied programming, mathematics and physics. Assange has a software designer son called Daniel with ex-wife Teresa. Why was Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy? Assange was visiting Sweden in August 2010 to speak at a conference when he met two women and had sex with them. They accused him of rape and molestation and Assange was questioned but never charged over the claims. He was initially told he could leave the … [Read more...] about Why was Julian Assange arrested, will he go to prison and did the WikiLeaks have a panic button at the Ecuador Embassy?
Hillary Clinton said during an interview with The Guardian that the one million migrants and refugees that have flooded into European Union nations since 2015 have thrust immigration into the spotlight and fueled the rise of hardline leaders around the globe. (Reuters) Hillary Clinton has issued frank advice to European leaders: If you want to stop the rise of rightwing populists than get a handle on your immigration crisis. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said during an interview with The Guardian that the one million migrants and refugees that have flooded into the European Union since 2015 have thrust immigration into the spotlight and fueled the rise of hardline leaders around the globe. And while she praised German chancellor Angela Merkel for her compassion, she cautioned that countries can’t leave the door open forever. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton: Europe ‘needs to get a handle on migration’ in order to halt rise of rightwing populists
News / UK and world by Press Association November 21, 2018, 6:49 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A 90 year-old man who was sheltered as a child refugee by Clement Attlee after fleeing the Nazis in the run-up to the Second World War said it was an overwhelming experience” as he met the former prime minister’s granddaughter for the first time. Paul Willer said that he and Mr Attlee’s granddaughter Jo Roundell-Greene “hugged many times”. They met ahead of an event in the Houses of Parliament, organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport which saved thousands of children who were escaping from the Nazis. Mr Willer, who was ten when he was taken in by the then opposition leader in 1939, said: “The whole day has been emotional.” A beaming Mrs Roundell-Greene added: “We are both absolutely delighted to have met each other. … [Read more...] about Refugee sheltered by Clement Attlee meets former PM’s granddaughter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. State Department official who had been sidelined last year from his post leading the refugee admissions program has returned to his former position, the department said on Monday. Lawrence Bartlett, who had been the head of refugee admissions, was given a series of temporary re-assignments unrelated to refugee issues starting late last year. Advocates for refugees feared the decision was part of the Trump administration’s drive to limit refugee resettlement. “As of Nov. 19, Larry Bartlett, who was on a detail with U.S. Embassy Ankara and the State Department’s Syria Transition Assistance Response Team (START), has returned to his position as Director of the Office of Admissions in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration,” a department spokeswoman said in a statement. In addition to the post in Turkey, Bartlett had also been assigned at one point to the State Department office that handles requests for information … [Read more...] about Sidelined State Department official returns to refugee post