Around the world, migrants are facing deportations and general closed doors when they reach what they hope to be their new homes.
According to a report by The New York Times, Germany has just ordered its third mass deportation of people back to Afghanistan since the fall. This was just hours after the cabinet voted for tapping cellphones and putting electronic tracking bracelets on migrants who they felt could propose a threat.
Like the United States, Europe's newest counter-terrorism measures have made it clear that migrants are less welcome than they previously were.
According to the Times, Sweden, Britain, Italy and Hungary are just four countries that have doubled down on measures to keep migrants out.
For Germany, the push for deportations and strengthened borders comes from the December terrorist attack when a Tunisian man seeking asylum drove a truck through a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people. He had been removed from Italy and was listed as a terrorist threat to be deported, but never was.
In spite of that, human rights organizations argue that European governments are being too restrictive on people who are just searching for a better life, or worse, fleeing war and other danger. Discuss
The season finale of Dr. Ken is going to be so meta they should just title this episode, “Inception.” Except, instead of a dream within a dream, the episode titled “Ken’s Big Audition,” will be a show within a show.
Here’s what we know: The self-absorbed Dr. Ken, played by former Community star Ken Jeong, is going to be reconnected in the episode with Community creator Dan Harmon. Harmon will be appearing as “the creator of a new TV comedy set at a community college.” Sound familiar? It gets better.
According to Deadline, Harmon’s character even ends up inviting Dr. Ken to audition for a role on his new show after seeing him perform stand-up at an open mic. Our cup runneth over.
We can only hope the episode is a foreshadowing of another Community revival. Either way, we’re excited to see the madness play out when the episode airs on March 31st. Discuss
This is the kind of story your day needs. This week on her daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres gave the entire senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, New York full college scholarships. The students can now go to any New York state university for free.
The video is touching. Warning, there are a lot of tears.
The hashtag #SomeoneTellFox began trending on Monday night after an episode of 24: Legacy aired footage of a real terrorist attack. The footage was from 2013 when gunmen in Nairobi opened fire in a shopping mall and took the lives of 67 people.
The show attempted to use the footage from a real-life tragedy in order to depict a fictional attack. There’s been little to no explanation as to how or why the footage ended up in the episode, but executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto released an apology promising to remove the clip from future reruns:
“In Episode 4 of 24: Legacy, we regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi … It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show. We apologize for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry.” Discuss
The last remaining Dakota Access pipeline protestors were cleared from their encampment yesterday, as police and the National Guard marched in and arrested 33 people. The Guardian described the operation at the Oceti Sakowin camp as a “military-style takeover.” Authorities had placed an eviction deadline on the area for the day before.
Thousands of activists and demonstrators had been gathering in the area since this summer, protesting the construction of a gas pipeline that will run near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Leaders from the Native American tribe say it threatens their water supply and desecrates their land.
Earlier this week, government forces surrounded the camp as the eviction deadline loomed, and many left by Thursday.
According to witnesses, officers wore military fatigues and riot gear as they marched on camp. Large construction equipment destroyed the structures demonstrators had built there. Some of the activists had set fire to other structures.
It was just announced that Family Christian, a retail chain of more than 240 Christian book and gift stores, is closing down. The stores employed more than 3,000 people. Even though it’s been around for more than eight decades, the chain has struggled in recent years. Just over two years ago, the chain filed for bankruptcy and attempted a comeback.
They claimed to be “the largest non-profit Christian retailer selling books, bibles, movies, gifts, church supplies and more.”
We had two very difficult years post-bankruptcy. Despite improvements in product assortment and the store experience, sales continued to decline. In addition, we were not able to get the pricing and terms we needed from our vendors to successfully compete in the market.
We have prayerfully looked at all possible options, trusting God’s plan for our organization, and the difficult decision to liquidate is our only recourse.