The UN high commissioner for refugees has warned that the world is standing on the precipice of a global humanitarian crisis, one that the international community is unprepared and ill-equipped to face.
For people the world over, Washington's budget gridlock is a life and death situation. In the context of a $3.6 trillion federal budget, $150 million seems like little more than couch change, microscopic acreage within the sprawling empire of government spending.
During George Rupp’s extensive career, in which he has led two major universities and an international relief organization, he has held himself to two rules: Never stay in a job more than a dozen years and never have the next one lined up before leaving.
During last week’s Superstorm, I stayed with a friend in the Upper West Side, and local bar patrons asked me if I was a refugee. While I laughed in the moment, in truth, the subject should not be taken lightly.