Tag Archives: Syria

Phew, what a weekend!

screenshot-2017-01-29-09-26-37As I write this, protests have gone on and are being planned all over the country (including one scheduled by CAIR at  Bradley International Airport here in Connecticut) over an executive order signed by the Republican president on Friday night. (This is an old hat trick used by despots everywhere — do  your dirty work when newsrooms already decimated by corporate ownership are even more sparsely inhabited.)

The order banned immigrants from seven countries, none of which have any business ties with the Republican president. Here are some of the countries with whom the Republican president does have business ties — and studies show, says the New York Daily News:

…that nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by citizens from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in the same time period — with the bulk of those killed being victims of the 9/11 attacks. Yet, people from those three countries are still welcome to apply for U.S. visas and travel permits.

Even more interestingly, people from the seven countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — according to the Cato Institute — yes, the conservative Cato Institute:

…have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015. 

Late on Saturday, federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a temporary stay. And so the fight begins. ‘Murica!

Oh, and because this is a snarky blog masquerading as a religion blog, here’s your scriptural reference:


This is incredibly powerful:


This just stunned me. Here is more on the artist.

Dear President Obama,

Traumatized Syrians go online for mental health care

This ABC story lifts the curtain just a little on the effect of war on Syrians.

Here’s a timeline of the Syrian civil war, up through May.

Dear Syrian refugees: Come to CT.

ZA'ATARI, JORDAN - FEBRUARY 01: Children pose for a picture as Syrian refugees go about their daily business in the Za'atari refugee camp on February 1, 2013 in Za'atari, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the Za'atari camp. The Jordanian government are appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer numbers arriving in the country. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 160600686The New York Times carried a story today about a Syrian family whose members waited three years to be accepted into the U.S. The story includes the work of Chris George, and his wonderful Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, which has done incredible work getting new Americans settled.

The family, whose members waited in Jordan, in a camp similar to the one pictured above, was destined to move to Indiana, but the governor there, Mike Pence, is among 26 governors who refuse to allow Syrian refugees in their states. More than half of the country’s governors are closing their states to people fleeing the kind of carnage we saw in Paris this weekend. Oddly, those governors are acting as separate parties of one. They are not (and thanks, Leftover) legally capable of blocking refugees from their states. So letters this like one, from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

You can read the story here. Rock on, Chris, who, according to the story, accepted the request to settle the Syrian family “without hesitation.” As it should be, both here in Connecticut and elsewhere. We. Are. All. Refugees. If you want to help IRIS do their work, go here.

This may be hard to read, but here’s a chart on the Syrian refugee crisis

Syria-refugeesMaybe this one is easier to read.

We cannot look away from Syria

Screen-Shot-2015-09-11-at-12.50.02-PM-750x408I wrote this for Mother Courant.