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Preview: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Human Rights Watch wants to use film to make a difference in the world. The organization’s film festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts tonight for the fourth year.  

Congress Extends Visa Program For Iraqi And Afghan Interpreters

Dec. 20
By Jill Replogle
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On December 19, Congress extended the special visa program for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters and mandated improvements.

Family Separation Across Border Leaves Lasting Emotional Distance

Oct. 23
Midday Edition
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Award-winning novelist Reyna Grande is out with a memoir about her childhood spent in Mexico — while her parents worked in the United States.

California Grants Driver's Licenses To Immigrants Living In US Illegally

Oct. 3
By Adrian Florido
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The governor signed a bill that will make California the 10th state in the nation, plus Washington D.C., to grant driver's licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Behind The Scenes: 'Logan Heights'

Sept. 20
Evening Edition
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Last weekend, playwright Josefina Lopez had two plays running in San Diego, the politically charged "Detained in the Desert" at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Shank Theater and the highly personal "Logan Heights" at Onstage Playhouse. The productions reveal the role community theater plays in telling these stories.

Fabiola Navarro, Local Hero & Human Rights Activist

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

Sept. 13
By Monica Medina
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The world is filled with injustice. All you need do is pick up a newspaper or go online and you’ll find a litany of human rights violations—victims of torture and kidnappings, people being sent to prison camps by their own government, women suffering untold abuse at the hands of their husbands or fathers while authorities look the other way, and children being forced into labor and prostitution. Here in San Diego, Chilean-born Fabiola Navarro sees fighting such human rights violations as a life-long cause.

Local Syrians Want Action, Military Suicides And Insurance, Plastic Bags May Get Tossed

Sept. 13
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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On Roundtable: Local Syrian-Americans were disappointed that air strikes by the U.S. were tabled; a new look at the causes of military suicides reveals some surprises; and plastic bags may be banned in some San Diego stores.

Review: 'The Citizen'

Sept. 11
By Rebecca Romani
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A Syrian immigrates to the U.S. on September 10, 2001 to find the American Dream...and gets much more than he bargained for. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani reviews "The Citizen" (opening Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema).

Iraqi Refugee Family Struggles To Make A New Life In San Diego

Sept. 5
By Jill Replogle
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Refugee families face major trials to make it to the U.S. Once the initial relief wears off, many, like one local Iraqi family, face tough times.

US To Leave Missiles, Jets Behind In Jordan After Military Exercise (Video)

June 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. troops currently in Jordan participating in the military exercise Eager Lion plan to leave the country Thursday when the training ends. But the Pentagon says they'll be leaving behind a detachment of F-16s and U.S. Patriot missiles at Jordan's request.

Roundtable: Underground Market For Taxi Permits, Scathing NCTD Audit, Deported Parents

June 14
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There's a burgeoning underground market in San Diego taxi permits. The North Coast Transit District has received a scathing audit of its practices. Parents deported by the INS must leave their American-born kids behind.

And, The 2013 One Book Selection Is…

May 14
By Monica Medina
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The verdict is in. The new One Book, One San Diego selection has been chosen. Starting in October, this will be the book that the entire community will come together to read for one extraordinary purpose—to enrich our lives through reading, and discover new worlds while sharing a common experience.

Yale Strom, A Champion for Klezmer

Jewish Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

May 1
By Monica Medina
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Listen to klezmer music and it will harken you back to another time. Rich with tradition, the haunting melodies are a testament to the Jewish people and all they’ve endured throughout the course of history. To me, klezmer has the capacity to reach into our hearts and stir us to feel its beauty and soul.

Review: 'The List'

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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The International Rescue Committee provides support to refugees forced to flee from war and disaster. One way they raise funds and help spread the word about humanitarian crises is through their Annual International Documentary Film Series.

Savor San Diego with Su-Mei Yu

April 25
By Monica Medina
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For as long as she can remember, Su-Mei Yu’s dream was to leave her home in Thailand to come to America. So, when the opportunity arose at the age of 15, she seized it.

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