• Life as a Syrian refugee: A look inside the world’s second largest refugee camp

    On The Radar

    Well over a million people have fled Syria to escape the war, and as more people continue to seek safety in refugee camps in bordering countries, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it is a challenge to meet the Syrian refugees’ “basic needs” and “ensure their dignity.”

    In an exclusive interview with On The Radar during his visit to the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan—now the second largest camp in the world—High Commissioner António Guterres says the Zaatari camp is “a place in the world where human tragedy is more evident than anywhere else.”

    “Here you can see how brutal the conflict has been, how dramatic the situation of the people is, and how difficult it is for us all to be able to support them to ensure their dignity,” Guterres tells On The Radar.

    Actress and a special envoy for the U.N. Refugee Agency Angelina Jolie joined Guterres at the Zaatari camp to highlight the humanitarian crisis, saying “every 14 seconds someone crosses Syria's border and

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  • Reporter reflects on Obama’s emotional visit — and her own — to African slave site

    Politics Confidential

    In a emotional visit to Senegal’s Goree Island, President Obama stood at the threshold of the “Door of No Return,” the place that’s come to symbolize the journey of millions of African slaves, who were bound, shackled and sent to America and other foreign lands.

    American Urban Radio’s April Ryan, herself a descendent of slaves, has now visited Goree Island with three U.S. presidents, including Obama. She told Politics Confidential she gets goose bumps talking about the significance of the first African-American president’s visit to the “Door of No Return” at the historic slave house.

    “Now you have an African-American president, a true African-American president, a son of a man born in Kenya, who does not necessarily have a direct link to slavery, and he will walk through that door,” Ryan told Politics Confidential aboard a ferry bound for Goree Island.

    “He's come home, he's come home,” Ryan said. “And when I say he's come home, he, like myself, is a child of the

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  • Bottom Line

    History was made this week when the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act- a federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman- and also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Many of you had questions about the details of the rulings, and what they mean for same-sex couples across the country.

    Heather Cutts asked: "My question is... In states that have a constitutional ban on gay marriage such as Florida, how will my rights be affected? I was legally married in Washington DC in 2011. While gay marriage may not be legally recognized in my state, will it federally be recognized?"

    Russ Blaze tweeted: "Partner and I together for 30 years, live in Utah and not married. Can we get any of the Federal allowed pgms?"

    Pauline Parrish wanted to know: "Does DOMA provide for the IRS to recognize same-sex marriage for tax filing purposes?"

    And Chris Foshee wrote in on Facebook: "I think that a potentially good question was

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