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It is high time Israeli authorities guaranteed Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers access to fair asylum procedures.

They are "a cancer in our body", and "a threat to the social fabric of society … national security [and the] identity and existence [of the] Jewish and democratic state". As "infiltrators", they should be "encourage[d] … to leave" and "lock[ed] … up to…
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Thanks to a ruling on December 13 from the European Court of Human Rights, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily detained in Malta each year may finally have a way to challenge their imprisonment. Growing numbers of migrants and asylum…
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If officials in a foreign country to which you had fled forced you and hundreds of your compatriots to live in isolation in the desert, surrounded by a fence and armed guards to monitor your every move, limited the public transport available to take you…
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Oped on cnn.com

This week kicks off one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Millions will set out for Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates how refugees from religious persecution found freedom in a new land. I’ll be one of those traveling. And while I’m looking…
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Your government forces you into its army, whose conscripts spend years or decades on starvation wages in barracks and construction sites policed by corrupt and abusive superiors. You escape, creeping at night past border guards with shoot-to-kill orders.…
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Film Festival, Iran, Ecuador, Laos, Africa, Syria...

The polls closed in Iran with many opposition candidates forced to remain on the sidelines... In the midst of a rough week for press freedom Ecuador approved a new law that opens the door to censorship and…
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Ask people what they know about Somalia and most will probably start talking about pirates, terrorists, and Black Hawk Down. Not many would think to mention democracy or free elections as well, but they should. Last month, Somaliland--an impoverished…
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How to keep foreign dictators from living large in the U.S.

In sunny Malibu a real estate agent named Neal Baddin helps the playboy son of one of the world's most corrupt leaders buy a $30 million mansion. Teodoro Nguema Obiang lives off money taken from the coffers of Equatorial Guinea, a tiny but oil-rich…
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A nation once respected for its independence struggle is now disfigured by severe political repression

Eritrea has avoided international attention in recent years in ways that may have protected the Red Sea country's rulers from proper scrutiny but benefit no one else. Even those who recall that the continent's youngest state gained its unlikely…