Five ways the international community can alleviate Syria’s refugee crisis An outline of five concrete steps the international community can take to help those displaced by the Syrian conflict.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/09/five-ways-international-community-can-alleviate-syria-refugee-crisis-2013927114736690211.html

from Al Jazeera:

Watching the endless stream of dismal news from Syria, we can feel at a loss at how to help. The truth is that much more can be done to help millions bearing the brunt of the conflict; all that is missing is the political will to do it. 

Countries across the world can take concrete measures to alleviate the suffering of those who have been displaced by the conflict. More than 4.25 million have been displaced inside Syria and two million are refugees abroad, this amounts to nearly a third of the population. There is little political controversy in helping them, no bickering in the United Nations Security Council, no public disagreement between Russia and the USA. So why is it not happening? 

The scale of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is barely imaginable. The United Nations expects that by the end of the year, more than 10 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance: that is half of the population. The scale of the destruction in the country, the sectarian element of the conflict and the multiple factions fighting all but guarantee that the humanitarian crisis will continue for years, even after the conflict ends. 

There has been some help, but not nearly enough. The $5billion United Nations humanitarian appeal for Syria has received less than half of its funding. The UK newspaper the Guardian has published an informative infographic showing the contributions various countries have made relative to their GDPs. It makes it painfully clear how much more we could help, especially the difference between the money pledged and how much of it has actually been paid. 

So what must be done? 

First: Borders must stay open to those escaping the conflict. Neighbouring countries have taken very large numbers of refugees but there have been some unfortunate exceptions. Jordan is not letting in, among others, Palestinian refugees who have been resident in Syria for decades. Egypt has turned away Syrians arriving in the country and deported several hundred others. 

Second: The international community – particularly EU countries, Gulf countries Russia, China, India, the USA and others that have the economic means – must fully fund the UN humanitarian appeal for Syria. Humanitarian support must be sustained and not a one off contribution; there should be a clear commitment from individual countries and groupings like the G20 to ensure that humanitarian appeals continue to be funded. 

Neighbouring countries, in particular Jordan and Lebanon, will need ongoing support to be able to continue hosting large numbers of refugees and providing them with essential services, such schooling and health care. Lebanon is now hosting 759,000 refugees from Syria; one in every six people in the country. Jordan, one of the most water-stressed countries in the world is now home to 525,000 refugees from Syria, a twelfth of the country’s population. Here again, the role of the international community is critical. 

Third: Anyone fleeing Syria should be considered in need of international protection. The vast majority of refugees from Syria, including Palestinian refugees, are likely to meet the criteria for refugee status under international law. They should be able to access refugee protection and the benefits afforded by refugee status. Key to this is that refugees from Syria should not be restricted to short residency periods or excluded from family reunification. 

Fourth: Refugees from Syria, like all refugees, should not be subject to immigration detention. Refugees from Syria have been detained in various countries including Bulgaria, Egypt and Greece. Immigration detention of refugees is unlawful under international law. 

Fifth: European countries, which resettle a relatively small number of refugees, should take vulnerable refugees out of the region, either by offering to resettle them or through humanitarian admission programmes. These must be over and above paltry existing refugee resettlement programmes. And it must be a serious effort of resettling thousands of refugees, not just token numbers. Resettlement and humanitarian admission will only make a small dent in the very large number of refugees hosted by Syria’s neighbours, but it can be a very effective way of assisting those that are most vulnerable. 

The human suffering in the Syrian conflict is clear for all to see. Knowing there are concrete steps that can be taken to alleviate this suffering, the Arab and international community can and must to do better. A failure to act will complicate and delay the eventual rebuilding of Syria and aggravate the consequences of the conflict on neighbouring countries. 

the fuck is wrong with kids shows these days? well lets take a look shall we?

unrealistic ways to look on Nick!

unrealistic pretty boy-boy band that makes girls wet their panties

black girl who looks like white girl-THAT AIN’T YA HAIR!

two young girls…with lotsa lotsa make up!

oh look. white picket fence all american family! yay!

omg! a family that’s supposed to latino but aren’t (no one is) really because no one speaks spanish and only one of them has an accent and the special effects suck. oh and one of ums boning justin bbebher (fuck his name his)

this bitch looks like a doll baby…the fuck is this?

oooh she looks exotic…god forbid she be arab or something…

ARE THESE IMAGES DISTURBING TO YOU? BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE. OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING THESE THINGS-ALL OF THESE THINGS!

old betches? naw man, we ain’t that young-

So…

we were hangin with some folk slightly older than us. Between the ages of 25-30, dudes were fine…but the females not so much. “Older” females tend to be not so welcoming, they like to play that “Oh I’m older and I don’t party anymore so I’m gonna judge your young drunk ass because I feel insecure”

There’s no harm in enjoying life and having some fun-age is something one shouldn’t use to segregate folks. I’ve always hung with my ma and her friends who are 40+, old cats who lived with record players and not having tvs etc. I mean who has time to dig up the energy to mentally and physically seperate yourself from a couple of young drunk folk having a good time just because you feel so strongly to do so because you’re soooo much older.

I just remember one chic was like “Ohyeah I remember seeing the Fugees 1999- live in concert-“

I went, “Ah man lucky!”

and she goes “How old were you like 2?”

"Nah son I was 8." DamnI know I look young but I vividly remember Clinton, the Rugrats, Beavis & Butthead, when MTV was all bout music videos, old South Park, old Simpsons, great things man.   

Why do we have to be so catty to each other?

the Kony issue…here’s reality:

This is how I feel about the Joseph Kony issue:

Okay great we have a video that’s gone viral over the internet about how bad he is, the shit (that I’d much rather not repeat) that he has done to children-that he still is doing to children in Uganda. Africa that is.

couple of things: Europe has never really cared about Africa-history has showed that so this is just another issue that’s hot right now…but in a couple of weeks/months it won’t be so hot anymore. And there isn’t anything we can do. Even if you took a plane to Uganda and infiltrated his empire of children/slaves/soldiers…Do you see where I’m going with this? The UN kinda doesn’t really do much about issues like this, ESPECIALLY in Africa.

So folks-here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to watch the news, read about it on the internet, watch youtube videos of it, say “Omgosh that’s horrible! He’s a terrible person someone should take him out of power.” And then continue eating our dinner until there’s something else hot to rave about.

Universiality is bullshit in our world…

Sometimes one voice can change the world…and sometimes a million doesn’t do shit.

iracebeth:

harrystyleshisgirl:

If I’d ask you, who is Joseph Kony, you wouldn’t know. You should. And that’s why I’m going to tell you about him.
Joseph Kony considers himself as a good Christian. He abducts kids, little girls go in prostitution, little boys become kid soldiers and are forced to do horrible things, things a kid isn’t supposed to do. Neither is an adult, no one is. He started the LRA, Lord’s Resistance Army. 20.000 kids have been kidnapped, this needs to stop. And that’s why we need to Make Kony Famous. Let the world know about the horrible things he does, and the thousands of children and parents suffering. 
So come together, at the April the 20th. That is the day, we will cover the night. People in all kind of cities, all over the world meet at sundown & cover the city with posters and stickers of Joseph Kony. To Make Kony Famous. If you want to help these kids and parents, cover the night at 4/20/2012.
Not clear enough? Please watch: http://vimeo.com/37119711

discover the unseen

I’m sorry what? Whoa! What?

iracebeth:

harrystyleshisgirl:

If I’d ask you, who is Joseph Kony, you wouldn’t know. You should. And that’s why I’m going to tell you about him.

Joseph Kony considers himself as a good Christian. 
He abducts kids, little girls go in prostitution, little boys become kid soldiers and are forced to do horrible things, things a kid isn’t supposed to do. Neither is an adult, no one is. He started the LRA, Lord’s Resistance Army. 20.000 kids have been kidnapped, this needs to stop. And that’s why we need to Make Kony Famous. Let the world know about the horrible things he does, and the thousands of children and parents suffering. 

So come together, at the April the 20th. That is the day, we will cover the night. People in all kind of cities, all over the world meet at sundown & cover the city with posters and stickers of Joseph Kony. To Make Kony Famous. If you want to help these kids and parents, cover the night at 4/20/2012.

Not clear enough? Please watch: http://vimeo.com/37119711

discover the unseen


I’m sorry what? Whoa! What?

response to Transgender issue at Hollins-me jealous

"That’s unfortunate. We have a trans student, he’s being allowed to graduate, and admin is supportive of him. But I mean, we don’t have any policies forbidding trans students, you just have to be born female and apply as a female."

-greydesign

What! “Reasons why I should’ve/mighta should’ve applied to Sweet Briar…” Wait so how do you guys go about it, like is their a specific policy about that?

I think a big thing about here is that they want to use the bathroom as men do and etc…which again I have no problem with! 

shit like this pops up on the news while we’re eating our food, we say “oh that’s horrible” and keep eating.

But really what can you do. families are starving in Syria just as they are here. All of it is sad.

"(Reuters) - Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to let in urgently needed aid. 

Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro neighborhood of Homs city, and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province.

 

In Damascus, security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight, wounding at least four, activists said. Violence in has hit the capital over the past week, undermining Assad’s assertion that the 11-month-old uprising against his rule is limited to the provinces and the work of saboteurs.

 

Activist accounts of the violence could not be confirmed. The government bars most foreign journalists from Syria.

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had asked authorities and rebels to agree daily ceasefires so life-saving aid can reach civilians in hard-hit areas including Homs.

 

"It should last at least two hours every day, so that ICRC staff and Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have enough time to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick," ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said.

 

Western and Arab powers that are openly seeking Assad’s downfall are preparing for the inaugural meeting of a “Friends of Syria” contact group in Tunisia on Friday…”

right? isn’t it bullshit though-

right? isn’t it bullshit though-

"New York leaders have condemned a series of firebomb attacks, including one on a mosque, which police say they are investigating as a hate crime.

The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation in the borough of Queens suffered damage to its front door, but no-one was hurt.”

You know one, no one’s goin around and burning down your church…chill.

Rude.

Though I hate reality TV, we need this show. It’s a muslim family (I think they’re of Arab origin) in America living an American life, the only conflict is that some people are still quite ignorant and respond to it negatively.

"NEW YORK — A television show about members of a Muslim community in Michigan is focusing what may be its second-to-last episode almost entirely on the conflicted feelings that its featured participants have about marking anniversaries of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The episode of TLC’s “All-American Muslim” airs Sunday (10 p.m. EST). The series attracted attention earlier this month when a conservative Christian group called on advertisers to boycott the series, calling it “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

at least he hasn’t mispronounced Nuclear.

at least he hasn’t mispronounced Nuclear.

ah shit, where da time machines at?

ah shit, where da time machines at?

my friend was tweetin for Mitt Romney…I shall post reasons why NOT to.

my friend was tweetin for Mitt Romney…I shall post reasons why NOT to.

egg-fucking-xactly!!!!
nobody listens though, they go head and say “ah man, might as well just go with Ron Paul…or Obama?? god no Rick Perry…” fuck our presidential candidates.

egg-fucking-xactly!!!!

nobody listens though, they go head and say “ah man, might as well just go with Ron Paul…or Obama?? god no Rick Perry…” fuck our presidential candidates.