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Question: How should countries address the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Creating International Emergency Panels: Written by Dalya Al Masri, Canada

The Syrian refugee crisis began long before it sparked attention from international media outlets. To fully understand the complexity of the refugee crisis, one must look to the source of where it all began. Syria has been engaged in a civil war between the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, and several opposing forces. Entering the seventh year of war, over 500,000 casualties have been claimed, and more than half the country's’ population (approx. 12 million) have been dispelled from their homes and forced to relocate.

The conflict commenced in 2011, influenced by an Arab Spring in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, each of whom saw their presidents overthrown. When Syrians began peacefully protesting the Assad Regime, President Assad ordered the mass killing of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators and imprisoned others. Lack of freedom, violation of hu...

November 6, 2016


In November of 2008, a 47 year old man, with bright eyes glistening with unadorned appreciation and a youthful face teeming with the abrupt, unconceivable moment felt by all Americans, one that cannot be forgotten in the collective memory of this union. This moment astonished and persevered; broke a norm and revived something latent underneath the American surface. Barack Obama, the soft-eyed, grinning senator from Chicago, wore a dark suit as he stood on stage, addressing the movement alive and emotional before him. Barack Obama had just won the presidential election, and was the first black man, and person, to do so. It is a moment we cannot reject as irrelevant to the crooked, bloodied tapestry of American history. The moment that yes we can shapeshifted into a fragile reality rather than a far-off pipe dream.

The year is now 2016, and we are in an election just as remarkable, but for most of us, in a far more negative way. The majority of America...

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