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Like So Many Syrians, Anne Frank Was Also Refused Refuge By The United States

Refugee Frank

Syrian refugees face similar fears as Anne Frank did during World War II.

Feebleminded. Insane. Criminal. Mooching. All of these words have been invoked to legitimize the opinions of Americans who want to deny Syrian refugees entry to the United States. Not coincidentally, they’re also words that were used in 1924 by eugenics proponents in order to pass legislation to keep the world’s “undesirables” outside of the United States’ otherwise “pure” soil. They’re words which, when enshrined in law and popular discourse, had the effect of ending Anne Frank’s life, and countless others just like her.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to keep America “safe” by passing the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. In the act, which passed with a vote of 289-317, the House has motioned to suspend the Obama administration’s already meager vow to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, amid an ongoing conflict which has already produced over four million refugees and shows no signs of stopping.

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Shattering Stereotypes: This Is What Native Americans Really Look Like Today

As we celebrate the supposed historical unity among Native American tribes and European settlers each Thanksgiving, we often forget that story’s dark side: exclusion, racism, even genocide. In Project 562 (named after the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States), photographer Matika Wilbur — a Native American herself — seeks to dispel the stereotypes surrounding European oppression of Native Americans and to reclaim Native American identity through portraiture. Wilbur’s photos reveal the true resilience and diversity of today’s Native Americans:

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Modern Native Americans Swimming

Caleb and Jared Dunlap, also known as the "twindians," hail from the Anishinaabe Tribe in Minnesota.

Modern Native Americans Hands

Stephen Small Salmon of the Salish Kootenai people in northeastern Montana. Salmon works to bring back fluency of tribal languages, which has fallen drastically over the years.

Modern Native Americans Pageant

JoRee White Clay LaFrance. LaFrance graduated as valedictorian from St. Labre Indian Catholic High School Academy in Montana.

Modern Native Americans Red Elk

Laura Red Elk, a "Navajo Walker" who is fighting fracking on Navajo Nation land.

Modern Native Americans Duncan

Talon and Sky Duncan, World Champion hoop dancers.

Modern Native Americans Jane Blackmen

Jane Blackmen, from the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

Modern Native Americans Generations

Jennie Parker and granddaughter Sharlyse Parker of the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer, Montana.

Modern Native Americans Josh Mori

Josh Mori of Kaua'i Hawaii. Mori has a Masters Degree in Native American Studies from Montana State University and is the founder of two non-profits: Pakahi Academy and Na Lawai's Pono.

Modern Native Americans Bethany

Bethany Yellowtail of the Crow tribe.

Modern Native Americans Hayes Lewis

Hayes Lewis, Zuni tribe.

Modern Native Americans Mary Evelyn

Mary Evelyn, of the Ohkay Owingeh and Isleta Pueblos.

Modern Native Americans Painting

Louis Gong of the NookSack Tribe, Canada. Gong is an artist and activist.

Modern Native Americans Izon

Kumu Olelo Kaeo Izon, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Modern Native Americans Jacket

Michael Frank of the Miccosukee. Frank is a tribe seer who works to protect and restore his ancestral territory. Native Americans lost almost 98% of their land during the time of the American conquest.

Modern Native Americans Wedding

Desi and Kevin Lonebear celebrate their Cheyenne wedding in Maui, Hawaii.

Modern Native Americans Straw Hat

Kayah George and her mother, Deborah Parker, former Vice-Chairman of the Tulalip Tribe in Washington state. Both women are advocates for tribal women's rights.

Modern Native Americans Mitchells

Robert and Fannie Mitchell, Dine tribe.

Modern Native Americans Tatanka Means

Tatanka Means, of the Oglala Lakota, Omaha, and Navajo Nations tribes.

Modern Native Americans Sage Romero

Sage Romero, Big Pine Paiute tribe. Approximately one third of Native Americans today, like Romero, live on reservations.

Modern Native Americans Trinity

Darkfeather, Bibiana, and Eckos Ancheta of the Tulalip Tribe.

Modern Native Americans Prayer

Starflower Montoya of the tribes Barona and Toas.

Modern Native Americans Solemn

Bahazhoni Tso of the Navajo Nation. While many enjoy a comfortable life, one quarter of Native American children still live in poverty.

Modern Native Americans Marva Scott

Marva Scott, Tolowa tribe.

Modern Native Americans Guylish

Guylish Bommelyn, Tolowa.

Modern Native Americans Cowboy

Steven Yellowtail of Crow Nation.

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Graph Of The Day: See Your State’s Economy Compared To That Of A Foreign Country

Countries Gdp To States

Image Source: HowMuch

Among the world’s 196 countries, the United States has the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, most U.S. states’ own economies are comparable to those of other countries.

For example, California’s economic output is equivalent to that of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world. Texas’ economic output is equivalent to Canada’s, the tenth largest in the world. Each of these large (both in population and land mass) states have multiple cities with astounding GDPs of their own, but they aren’t the only ones who can stand toe-to-toe with entire countries. Even the smaller states, like North Dakota and Vermont, have economies equivalent in size to well-established countries around the world.

This map of the United States uses national GDP data from the International Monetary Fund and state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to visually convey just how large each state’s GDP is compared to the nations of the world.

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Photo Of The Day: Celebrate Edwin Hubble’s Birthday With This Awe-Inspiring Space Photo

Hubble Image

A picture of numerous galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Source: HubbleSite

When people hear the name “Hubble,” they likely think of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has brought the wonders of the universe to all of us. It showed us that we are just a drop in a system of 100 billion galaxies. Yet the scientist behind the telescope’s name, Edwin Hubble, was just as important (if not more) in opening the eyes of the world to the wonders of space.

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