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The Syrian Refugees Who Pay With Their Lives To Leave

A growing number of Syrians have been trying to escape to Europe over the past year, some meeting their tragic ends after paying smugglers to cross the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats.

Immigrants being rescued in Libya
Immigrants being rescued in Libya
Patrick Strickland

EIN EL-HILWEH — Afaf Dashe has had to flee for her life twice in the 70 years she has been alive. She was displaced from her homeland in the Galilee region of present-day Israel as a 3-year-old, and two years ago she left her home in the southern outskirts of Damascus as fights intensified between rebel forces and the Syrian army.

Today, she lives with her son in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, the largest of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Camp officials say that an estimated 10,000 Palestinian and Syrian refugees have sought safety in the camp since the outbreak of Syrian unrest in March 2011.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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