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Law and Policy Used to Address & Aggravate Palestinian Isolation: A Focus on Case Studies from Lebanon, Jordan, Israel


Jordan Cope, Esq. explores how the role of law and policy has been used in three countries—Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, respectively—to both accelerate and to frustrate Palestinian integration. In doing so, the essay also explores the necessary history to contextualize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the status of the Palestinian diaspora.

An Untold Story: The Need to Address Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Refugee Boys


At the young age of 12, Mohammad’s family sold him to an older man to serve as a bacha, or boy child entertainer.[1] In this role, he would have to dance, sing, and sometimes provide sex for the man who owned him. Mohammad escaped quickly and embarked on the 3,500-mile journey from Afghanistan to Europe, […]

Human Rights

In Humanitarian Crises, Periods are a Public Health Issue


Last April, cyclone Idai killed over a thousand people and displaced over three million across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Of those affected, approximately 650,000 people were particularly at risk – because they have periods. Menstrual hygiene is an urgent public health and policy issue that is frequently overlooked during humanitarian relief operations. It is time […]

Gender, Race and Identity

The Balkan Refugee Route – Three Years On


BY ZIAD RESLAN Adnan lifts his shirt to reveal bruising covering almost his entire body.  The only interruption to the purple are deep red scars, the result, he says, of trying to cross the border between Serbia and Hungary 19 times.  Each time, he has been apprehended, beaten up and pushed back to Serbia.  He […]

Home No More


This article is bring published in collaboration with Pangyrus BY BOYAH J. FARAH I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the innovators—who were drinking their morning coffees and teas—and the Syrian refugees on the large flat-screen TV. While the news watchers seemed sympathetic, I knew […]

How Germany Shifted To The Far-Right In Less Than Two Years – A Personal Journey


BY KIRSTEN RULF Two years ago, exactly one week before Angela Merkel opened the German borders to more than one million refugees, I started my first term at the Harvard Kennedy School. Every time I have gone home since, the Germany I left behind seems altered—and with it, my friends. After the federal election on […]

Kara Tepe Refugee Camp

Searching for Dignity and Work in Kara Tepe Refugee Camp


BY WEN HOE If you visited Kara Tepe on a Saturday night, you might not guess it is a refugee camp. The main hall bursts with music, men and women dance in white pants and colorful robes, and teens tussle in a three-on-three soccer match outside. A cool breeze carries the day’s heat away from […]

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