Middle East

July 2, 2019 Restoring Pell Grants to incarcerated students In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the crime bill, in an attempt to be tough on crime. The bill included an amendment to ban Pell Grants for incarcerated students. As a result the number of education programs within…

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May 6, 2019 Syria: Rebuilding the ruined cities Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff who have visited Homs, Aleppo and other Syrian cities report mile after mile of destroyed buildings. Before the war, these cities were hubs of activity, bustling commercial centers and home to millions of people. MCC has been present in Syria since 1991,…

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Traditionally, the first bill of a congressional session has special significance. In the midst of a government shutdown, the Senate decided to focus its first bill on a package of four Middle East-related provisions. The S. 1. bill took up nearly a month of the Senate’s attention before passing on Feb. 5 with 77 senators…

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Toward an end to the Korean War The second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) took place in Hanoi last week. Many were hoping for more concrete action steps and details on the initial agreement that was signed at the Singapore summit in…

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Shutdown ends – for now On January 25, portions of the federal government that had been without funding for 35 days reopened under a continuing resolution through February 15. The deal came one day after a proposal to pair border wall funding with protections for DACA and TPS recipients failed in the Senate. The bill would have…

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January 7, 2019 Looking back at 2018 and ahead to 2019 As we begin 2019, we are grateful for the advocacy work that we have been able to do together with you over the past year. We celebrated reforms to our criminal justice system, legislation on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the renewal of…

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