Kentucky's Gov.-elect Matt Bevin doesn't want Syrian refugees coming to his state. He is also a parent of multiple adopted children from Africa.
That's the hypocrisy cartoonist Joel Pett, who is now in serious hot water, tried to convey in a political cartoon published in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
But some are calling his cartoon, which shows Bevin cowering under his desk from pictures of his adopted children, racist.
Bevins called out the cartoonist on Twitter and said his children should be off-limits in political discussions.
The tone of racial intolerance being struck by the @HeraldLeader has no place in Kentucky and won't be tolerated by our administration (2/2)— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) November 19, 2015
Pett defended his cartoon in an editorial, saying it had nothing to do with the children and everything to do with Bevin's fear of Syrian refugees.
Did I attack his children? Of course not. Was the cartoon racist or critical of adopting children, as some are suggesting? The fact that he adopted children from Africa, a continent whose promise and challenges I routinely draw about, is the thing I admire the most about Bevin.
I did use the fact that he has children from another country in a piece designed to express outrage over a legitimate hot-button political issue. (Bevin used them in photo-ops and on TV commercials over the past two campaigns, but that's another story.) I did this with my name signed to it, in a newspaper with a long history of tolerating and publishing opinions of all persuasions and on a page labeled "opinion."
So, Internet. Racist or nah?
GOP presidential candidate and literal 24/7 sleepwalking man Ben Carson really doesn't want Syrian refugees to be allowed in the United States.
Unfortunately, he can't even draw a map of the country he wants to deny them access to (and be leader of).
His campaign tweeted out a message of support for the dozens of governors who have expressed concern over allowing Syrian refugees into the country following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
From The Washington Post:
As you can see, in Carson's map the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are moved northeast by about 150 miles or so. Vermont and New York now have hundreds of miles of new beachfront property. Massachusetts shares a border with Canada. Maine straddles what is now the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Also, if you look closely at the mid-Atlantic area, you'll see that Virginia's portion of the Delmarva Peninsula is colored red to match Maryland, rather than gray with the rest of Virginia.
Nice job, Ben!
Hungarian journalist Petra Laszlo has reportedly been fired after a video surfaced on social media of her appearing to trip a fleeing refugee carrying a child.
Freelance journalist Stephan Richter tweeted the video, which shows the incident, in the Hungarian border town of Röszke as dozens of Syrian refugees fled a nearby camp.
Laszlo was also allegedly captured on film kicking another refugee during the same incident.
A Facebook post from Laszlo's employer, N1TV, says that the station fired a cameraman. But the name of the employee was not given.
Reaction to the videos was swift on social media, with many people condemning her alleged actions.
It's people like #PetraLászló that make me loose faith in humanity.— Seifo (@seifo92) September 8, 2015
Several news agencies and web monitoring services are reporting that the Internet has been completely cut off in Syria since early afternoon today. While the government apparently blamed "terrorists" for the nationwide outage, activists and humanitarian organizations are raising concerns that it may have been a drastic measure taken by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to limit the flow of information amidst the civil war that has been ongoing for nearly two years.
Know Your Meme user X-singular has been providing a daring first-hand account of the escalating bloody violence between the Syrian Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army.
The words, pictures and video (some Not Safe For Work) are a harrowing glimpse into a conflict which has seen a daily body count into the hundreds, and sent thousands of refugees fleeing towards friendlier borders.
The report is based on more than 200 interviews conducted with former detainees and defectors since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in Syria in March 2011.
According to Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at HRW:
The intelligence agencies are running an archipelago of torture centers scattered across the country. By publishing their locations, describing the torture methods, and identifying those in charge we are putting those responsible on notice that they will have to answer for these horrific crimes.
Unfortunately, the atrocities in Syria have received scant attention from global media. So in the absence of a KONY-esque video that could rally the world against human rights abuses, we'll have to be satisfied instead with a (surprisingly compelling) interview with HRW's Nadim Houry.