This picture from Aleppo has the world paying attention again. Photography can do that. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Some people can look away from the killings and attacks on innocent people in Syria. And then there are the Canadians. Read more →
For years, Star Tribune legend Sid Hartman warned his legions against the Twin Cities becoming ‘a cold Omaha.’ Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Read more →
It was one year ago Sunday that Canada’s prime minister greeted a planeload of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, welcoming them to his country. Read more →
There are angels who walk among us, but they are no match for the evil of war. Anas al-Basha could have left Aleppo any time but he stayed behind, trying to maintain a civil society. Al-Basha could make kids laugh. He’s a clown. Now, he’s dead.
We are told today that this image of a little boy, hurt in the civil war that has leveled Aleppo in Syria, is shocking the world. Now what? Read more →
When they arrived last night in Kansas City, a few people greeted them, but the family’s sponsors didn’t announce the time of their arrival so even if Kansas City wanted to put on a big display of open arms, Kansas City couldn’t. Read more →
Homs is Syria’s third-largest city. Or, at least it was before it was bombed literally back to the stone age. Read more →
The mass migration of people trying to flee war has one constant: the children. Always the children. Read more →
The situation in Ukraine is occupying our attention. And now it’s almost hard to remember what the big crisis was before that?
Syria is still happening. Read more →
The Rogers Twitter scandal, the business of the minimum wage, and the art of getting old (5×8 – 2/20/14)
A plea to step back from the brink in Rogers, the business of raising the minimum wage, the art of getting old, from Norway with love, and a boy and his dog. Read more →
A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes 999 of the words are wrong. This tweet raced across the Internet this week. It showed a boy “all alone” in the desert, fleeing the violence of Syria. It was based on a picture distributed by a U.N. agency. Here 4 year old Marwan, who was Read more →
Far too often, journalists act as stenographers, dutifully reporting bilge that professional spokespersons distribute that everyone knows to be nonsense. Read more →
It’s hard to remember the last time a national issue in the United States didn’t break down along party lines. The Syria question is an exception.
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Workers too loyal? Nursing home tasers and the young face of a civil war. Read more →