US Responds to Blowback on Syrian Refugees

VOA Pamela Dockins, Nike Ching President Barack Obama’s administration is defending plans to admit thousands of Syrian refugees to the United States this year, in the wake of blowback from lawmakers, governors and presidential candidates who say the plan carries too much
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US Considering Military Talks With Russia on Syria

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is considering Russia's offer of military-to-military talks on the war in Syria, as Moscow bolsters its military presence there. Kerry, who held talks this week by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said Wednesday he wants a "complete and clear (more...)

Migrant Toddler Found on Turkish Beach Identified

VOA News The 3-year-old migrant Syrian boy whose dead body was found on a Turkish beach when his boat sank was identified Thursday as Aylan Kurdi. The heartbreaking photograph of Aylan, dressed in a red T-shirt and sneakers and lying face down in the surf, ran on front pages around the globe (more...)

U.S. Welcomes Record Number of Refugees

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The United States welcomed a record number of refugees in fiscal year 2013. The 69,930 refugees who found safe haven this year in the United States represent the Obama administration’s commitment to creating a refugee admissions program that meets important security screening standards as well (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

Obama’s National Address on Why Syria Matters

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. (more...)

International Youth Day Celebrates Youth on the Move

Today’s youth, who have access to relatively cheap and easy means of transport and information about opportunities beyond their borders, are more likely than ever to migrate, according to the United Nations. A recent U.N. report finds that young people represent a major proportion of people migrating (more...)

How a Quiet Pennsylvania Town Changed U.S. History in 1863

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer From July 1 to July 3, Americans are marking the 150th anniversary of what is arguably the most historically pivotal and symbolic battle of the country’s bloody 1861–1865 Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1863 the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, became the (more...)

Global Refugee Movement Reaches a High Mark

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The number of refugees fleeing their homes reached an almost 20-year high in 2012, according to a report on global trends issued June 19 by the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR. More than 45.2 million people were displaced at the end of 2012, the highest (more...)

Obama Nominates Two for National Security Team

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama rounded out his second-term national security team January 7 by nominating former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). With the recent nomination of Senate Foreign Relations (more...)

“The Christmas Truce of 1914” at Fort Mifflin

December 1914 marked the first holiday season in the trenches along the Western Front of World War I.  Soldiers who entered the war jubilant and hopeful learned the harsh reality of trench warfare and faced a cold and lonely holiday far from loved ones. An extraordinary yet unofficial (more...)

Israel Is At War Again

Israel was attacked by more than 200 rockets on November 15. "A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday and Israeli bombs brought the Palestinian death toll to 13 in a worsening military showdown after Israel assassinated a top Hamas military commander the (more...)

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The founders of the United States knew that independence was something to celebrate. And although U.S. Independence Day celebrations have evolved over time, July 4th festivities remain an important part of American life. But Independence Day wasn’t supposed to be on July 4. In the spring of (more...)

Documentary “Hell and Back Again” Receives Oscar Nomination

On January the film Hell and Back Again has received a nomination for the best documentary feature Oscar. Fiona Otway, a Master of Fine Arts student in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University edited the documentary about 25-year-old Sgt. Nathan Harris who was wounded in Afghanistan. It (more...)

Short Film Gives Insight To The Military Family

A present-day piece on the personal implications of international conflict, Toy Soldier is a senior short film about how a young boy comprehends and perceives war. The story follows the Gold family - Barbara, David and their 8-year-old son Sam – as David is deployed for the last time (more...)

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