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America is divided over whether to call them refugees, illegal aliens, or just kids who need protection after risking their lives to come to this country. Should they be given asylum as refugees, or sent back to Central America as soon as possible with the message that others will not be welcome? President Obama is stuck with a law that makes resolution a laborious process, and he’s been forced to ask for help from an unsympathetic Congress. We’ll hear about a humanitarian crisis that’s become a political minefield.

Also, the UN chief calls for an end to the fighting between Israel and Palestine, and where did the new generation get new technology to re-shape the Middle East?

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UN Chief Calls on Israel-Palestine Ceasefire 6 MIN, 29 SEC

As the UN Security Council met today, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said it’s more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war. Meantime, new long-range missiles continue to fly out of Gaza toward major Israeli cities, and the Palestinian death toll from Israel’s retaliatory strikes is on the increase. Aaron David Miller is a former Middle East negotiator for both Republican and Democratic administrations. He’s currently at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)

President Obama Walks Tightrope on Immigration Reform 34 MIN, 40 SEC

Murrieta is a rural outback in Southern California that's getting its moment of fame by dramatizing both sides of the latest political crisis over immigration. Last week, protesters there stopped immigration officials from unloading buses of Central American children who had crossed the border in Texas, which didn’t have room to house them to be officially processed.

Last night, resident Ilene Barker told Saul Gonzalez of KCRW public radio that the US can’t afford any more immigrants. Meantime, across town, Cassandra Rules took part in a counter-protest on the side of the immigrant kids. The opposing voices in Murietta reflect a nation divided over what to do about those 57,000 children who have risked abuse, injury and death to make their way to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Michelle Garcia, Columbia Journalism Review (@pistoleraprod)
Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News (@toddgillman)
Jerry Kammer, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO Institute (@AlexNowrasteh)

The New Arabs 8 MIN, 41 SEC

In many ways, it appears that the Arab Spring has turned into an especially stormy winter, but Juan Cole, an early critic of the war in Iraq, says there’s still hope in generational change and communications technology. Cole is a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Michigan. From the early days of the war in Iraq, his blog Informed Comment suggested that American foreign policy would do more harm than good in the region. Now he’s turned his attention to the young people of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt in a book called, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.

Juan Cole, University of Michigan (@jricole)

The New Arabs

Juan Cole


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