George Takei, Who Was Interned During WWII, Has a Few Words For That Virginia Mayor
The Star Trek actor has some words on invoking Japanese internment camps in the context of the current Syrian refugee conversation.
The Syrian refugee crisis — President Barack Obama has been quite vocal about America’s commitment to helping the cause. As he tweeted this week, “Welcoming the world’s vulnerable who seek the safety of America is not new to us. We've safely welcomed 3 million refugees since 1975.” But not everyone agrees with the president on the matter, and the terrorist threat is making the refugee issue that much more controversial.
Author Salman Rushdie acknowledges the risks of infiltrators arriving to the West among the flood of refugees, though that's not an excuse to turn everyone away.
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Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
Yes, a coup d'état.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
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