Gulf Monarchies Bristle at Criticism Over Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis – The New York Times

“We know that the Gulf could take in Syrian refugees, but they have never responded,” said Omar Hariri, a Syrian who had recently fled Turkey on an inflatable raft with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.Speaking by phone from Athens, he said he saw hope in Europe, not in the Gulf.“They have helped the rebels, not the refugees,” Mr. Hariri said.This week, the Kuwaiti commentator Fahad Alshelaimi said in a TV interview that his country was too expensive for refugees, but appropriate for laborers.

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Hillary Clinton takes aim at rivals but has no qualms about playing gender card

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Democratic frontrunner sets agenda and has choice words for Trump as supporters gather in New Hampshire at ‘Women for Hillary’ event

Twenty years to the day since her iconic address on women’s rights in a suburb of Beijing, Hillary Clinton delivered a stirring speech on gender issues in America while casting her Republican rivals as decidedly anti-women.

And for those who might accuse her of playing the gender card, Clinton repeated a simple message: “Deal me in.”

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An ‘Appeal to Affection and Empathy’: Barcelona’s Mayor Wants Spain’s Cities to Welcome Refugees · Global Voices

she also thanked all the families who offered their homes as shelters, whose solidarity “dignifies our city,” and announced that her council will start working on a project very soon, creating “a volunteer families database” and “organizing networks for sheltering and assisting refugees.”She finished by highlighting the human lives behind the refugee quotas with which European governments seem to be bargaining, and the responsibility of cities, families, and citizens to take action:Translation Original QuoteIn Turkey, Greece, or Lebanon they are taking in millions of refugees, [but in] Spain [it’s] barely 2,000, in spite of having many more resources. These are no quotas: they are human lives. And if states refuse to understand this, [then] here we are, the cities and the citizens, ready to take action. Because yes, we can… and we must.

Source: An ‘Appeal to Affection and Empathy’: Barcelona’s Mayor Wants Spain’s Cities to Welcome Refugees · Global Voices

Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Active Fire on Colville Indian Reservation on Monday

The North Star Fire has burned more than 205,000 acres, primarily on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and evacuations are in effect for approximately 3,000 single residences. More than 1,000 personnel, including state and federal firefighters, are working to contain the fire.

Source: Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Active Fire on Colville Indian Reservation on Monday