A Syrian actor - with help from a filmmaker friend - has become an overnight sensation in Germany by posting YouTube videos about the everyday life of a refugee.
The videos take a comedic look at serious subjects and, the filmmakers say, are an attempt to bridge the gap between those who support taking in more migrants and those Germans who are opposed to the influx.
Published March 26, 2016·7:27 AM ET
Commentary: Scott Simon
Stefan Jagsch took part in a neo-Nazi march in January, where immigrants were assailed as "benefit-scrounging tourists," "invaders," and "lawless primates." Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the NPD "anti-democratic, xenophobic, ant-Semitic, and anti-constitutional."
Earlier this month, Stefan Jagsch was driving when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree.
The local fire brigade says that passengers in a mini-bus driving along the road saw his crumpled automobile and stopped. Two people got out of the bus and pulled Stefan Jagsch from the…Read
Berlin’s gigantic Tempelhof airport, a Nazi architectural icon, is best known today for being the German capital’s biggest refugee camp. Since late last year up to 2,300 asylum seekers have been camped inside its vast aircraft hangers, sleeping 12 to a cubicle on wooden bunk beds and queuing up to use portable toilets.
The people of Lesbos orchestrated a heroic humanitarian effort to support the refugees. An 85-year-old grandmother who fed children on the beach and a local fisherman who rescued scores of refugees from the water have been nominated for the Nobel peace prize – as representatives of the island’s collective response. Then in September the UN and the NGOs arrived and began stabilising the situation.
As Greece evacuates its eastern Aegean islands under the terms of Friday's EU-Turkey agreement, the number of refugees on the mainland is climbing, straining official resources. Of the current refugee total in the country - just over 50,000 - 90 percent are spread between Athens and the northern border with the former Yugoslav Macedonia.
The army has been opening up disused military bases at a rate of two a week for the past month to house them, but lacks the manpower to care for them. Instead, an army of volunteers has poured into the breach to distribute food…Read
There are tens of millions of people in the world who have fled their homeland because of war or persecution. But there are millions more who cross borders to be with family, to retire to a warm climate, or to earn more money. Countries have the right to restrict immigration, at least in theory. The question is whether they should have this right.
Berlin, Germany - In a small reception hall at Herz Jesu church in Berlin, a few members of the local parish prepare the tables for the celebration. In the kitchen, men check the cooking pots while women decorate dessert plates and children run round playing and singing.
Berlin, Germany - Berlin is a kaleidoscope of identities, a colourful blend of cultures and styles. It is an eclectic mix to which the latest wave of Syrian refugees have added their own customs and hopes for the future.
But the city to which they have arrived - escaping their tumultuous present - has been shaped by its own tumultuous past.
In the 20th century, the German capital barely survived two World Wars - at the end of the second it lay mostly in ruins.
The victorious American, Soviet, British and French forces…Read
Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin’s Free University said the CDU’s refugee policy was “supported by the majority of voters."
Germany has decided to take leadership of Europe's refugee crisis. This is no longer just a general observation; meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel says quite openly that without clear guidance, Europe will probably fail to find a way through this historic crisis.
"If we show courage and lead the way, a common European approach is more likely," Angela Merkel said on Wednesday in a speech to the…Read
To join the scheme, people must register their interest online and give details of their housing situation before they are put in touch with a refugee organisation with a shortlist of registered asylum seekers needing homes in their area.
People are introduced to their perspective new housemate by volunteers, often meeting over a coffee or meal, and if they decide to take them in they are offered help financing the rent.
A German group named Fluchtlinge Wilkommen, or Refugees Welcome, has built an "Airbnb for refugees" allowing Germans, Austrians, French and soon more Europeans to offer space in their homes to those fleeing wars in Africa and the Middle East.
Airbnb is a website for people to list, find and rent housing, rooms, or apartments. It has over a million listings in over 190 countries.
A defence specialist, who recently stood down as deputy assistant secretary of defence in the Pentagon, has told the BBC she believes the West needs to be much tougher on the Kremlin.
Evelyn Farkas told Richard Galpin that this could mean imposing sanctions on Russian officials involved in the military operation in Syria.
Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia. She served previously as Senior Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, U.S. European Command, and…Read
What are the chances of the ceasefire holding and for how long? What could it hold and why might it not?
The ceasefire is unlikely to hold for three main reasons: First, Russia and its allies have reserved the right to attack forces outside of the ceasefire. This means that any violence on the ground that is committed by Russia or regime-led forces can be justified within the framework of the Munich agreement and the ceasefire under the pretence of fighting ISIL.
As such, Russia can have its cake and eat it, too; it has…Read
According to a messages from Mike Thomson of the BBC World news Russia is allegedly bombing civilian homes and many attrocities are being perpetuated by ISIS. This is an abomination and an inditement on every human being. It's a state of absolute lawlessness and should not be allowed to continue. Is there no military force that can stop this happening?
By Zoe Thomas
BBC Business reporter, Detroit 3rd March 2016
"The word refugee is painful to hear," says 28-year-old Nedal, through a translator.
In the front room of his house, surrounded by his family, Nedal tells a story about the excitement of a revolution turning to fear, of arrest turning to torture, of hiding and fleeing Syria - and then of a two-year wait in Jordan to receive refugee status in the US.
Nedal says the day he learned he, his wife Raeda and their two children would be allowed to move to the…Read
Cindy Saine,VOA Congressional Correspondent who covers Capitol Hill for the world.
March 02, 2016 5:30 PM
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed two resolutions to increase pressure on the Obama administration to do more to stop Islamic State terrorists and to help the people of Syria.
The first resolution accuses Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, singling out Russia and Iran, of committing war crimes against Syrian civilians. It contends that “the vast majority of the civilians who have died in the Syrian conflict…Read
March 01, 2016 12:51 PM
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said that Russia is eager to exert unquestioned influence over neighboring countries
Russia’s entry into the fight in Syria has changed the dynamic in the air and on the ground, despite public statements to the contrary, Breedlove said. He added that Russia has done little to counter the Islamic State militant group, but has greatly bolstered the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies
The UN chief says a shaky ceasefire in Syria is holding "by and large" on its third day, despite scattered fighting and growing accusations of violations.
However, a war of words between the Syrian government and Saudi Arabia, a key backer of the opposition, has added to rising tensions.
Speaking in Geneva, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, confirmed receiving a letter from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the main umbrella opposition group, complaining of continuing violations by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian backers.