Posted by Joan Hanna on November 23, 2015 in Blog
Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-VA), along with over 250 people, came together over the weekend to celebrate Roanoke, VA’s diversity and the city’s welcoming nature, using the hashtag #RealRoanoke to spread their message over social media. The event was organized as a direct response to recent hateful rhetoric and actions by elected officials, not only by many governors who oppose resettlement of Syrian refugees, but also by the current Roanoke Mayor, David Bowers. On November 18th, Mayor Bowers released a statement on Syrian refugees which appear to give his approval to the detention of Japanese...Read more
Posted on October 10, 2015 in Washington Watch
Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 23, 2015 in Blog
“The central problem in Syria is that Sunni Arabs will not be willing partners against the Islamic State unless we commit to protect them and the broader Syrian population against all enemies, not just ISIS,” according to former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and military officer Gen. David Petreaus. Gen. Petreaus made this assertion, among others, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy in the Middle East on September 22, 2015. In his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since disclosing classified information during his...Read more
Posted by Washington Times on September 13, 2015 in News Clips
By Stephen Dinan
Human rights groups say President Obama's opening bid of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees next year is far too timid in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe playing out in the Middle East, and even his own party colleagues in Congress are preparing to raise him tenfold, calling for the U.S. to take in 100,000 Syrians.
Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, warn that the U.S. isn't nearly prepared to vet the refugees, and say radicalized Muslims are certain to use the program to try to gain a foothold in the U.S.
Trapped in the middle is Mr. Obama, who...Read more Original Article
Posted on August 10, 2015 in Washington Watch
Posted on January 12, 2015 in Washington Watch
Posted by on October 08, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014
In times of conflict, individuals have often found art to be an effective device to document experiences and to address political and social grievances.
The artists and filmmakers featured in the Syria Relief and Development’s upcoming event in Washington, D.C. on October 13 and 14, called “Art in Exile,” are no different. Each artist included in the affair will present a piece that revolves around political themes and discussions of political events and exile.
However, perhaps more interestingly, the event will provide attendees with a human perspective on...Read more