United States Must Send A Strong Message On Syrian RefugeesĀ»

Facts and Figures for the 10th Presidents Cup

They achieved expansion and dominance in the Middle East.” The best thing about Wrathall’s film is the way he captures Gore Vidal in his twilight, when so much that he predicted had come true–a bittersweet turn of events. “It was amazing,” Wrathall says. “He had such a sharp intellect. It was an honor and learning experience for me. He could speak on any subject, with parallels back to ancient times. He knew Australian politics, where I’m from. He not only knew ex-Prime Ministers but he was a mentor to them. It was astounding to see the breadth of his knowledge and reach…. He was still very angry and disappointed about the way things were going. He saw [President Barack] Obama as another gatekeeper. He was hopeful about the Occupy movement and happy when he saw young people marching in the street.” The documentary begins and ends with Gore Vidal at his grave, his tombstone ready beside his beloved partner’s at the end of a long and unprecedented life.

delegation, led by Deputy Secretary Bill Burns, even greater standing to use this high-level meeting to: 1) advocate strongly for access to protection for Syrian refugees; 2) encourage other donors to increase their contributions to assist Syrian refugees; and 3) make a firm commitment to increase its own resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States. This special session follows a meeting earlier this month between the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon the countries that, along with Egypt, host around 97% of the more than two million Syrian refugees registered by UNHCR. Syrias neighbors have responded generously to the crisis by taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees. But some have introduced stricter border policies that have blocked refugees fleeing Syria from accessing international protection.These kinds of restrictions and border closuresare inconsistent with international human rights and refugee protection obligations. Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt have each at some time placed restrictions on access to protection such as: closing a border crossing ; restricting the number of refugees who can cross each day ; refusing to allow Syrians without identity documents to seek asylum; denying entry to specific populations such as Iraqi refugees or Palestinians who were living in Syria; or introducing new difficult-to-fulfill visa requirements. As more Syrian refugees travel beyond the region in search of protection into Europe and North Africa , many have been denied entry or have been detained, and in some cases deported . While states may have different reasons for placing restrictions on entry, these should not result in refugees being denied international protection. The United States should work with these states to help address their concerns but make it clear that access to protection must not be compromised. The United States has been the largest contributor of humanitarian aid in response to the Syrian crisis. On Monday, President Obama announced an additional $339 million to support the humanitarian response inside Syria, in addition to the aid for refugees.

The United States of Gore Vidal

Series: United States leads, 7-1-1 Last time: The Americans avenged their only loss and worst loss in any cup with a 19-15 victory. They won the opening session of foursomes and never trailed the rest of the week at Royal Melbourne. Jim Furyk won all five of his matches. Tiger Woods, a captain’s pick for the first time in any cup competition, delivered the decisive point with a singles win over Aaron Baddeley. International team: Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Jason Day (Australia), Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe), Graham DeLaet (Canada), Ernie Els (South Africa), Branden Grace (South Africa), Marc Leishman (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia), Richard Sterne (South Africa). U.S. team: Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods. Tale of the tape: Adam Scott is the only player on the International team who won on the PGA Tour this year. The entire American is in the top 30 in the world ranking. Key Statistic: If the International team wins, it would be the first time the Americans did not have possession of the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup or Solheim Cup. Notable: Muirfield Village is the only club to have hosted the Ryder Cup (1987), Solheim Cup (1998) and Presidents Cup (2013). Quotable: “On paper, everything seems great. But it’s not played on paper.” Brandt Snedeker.