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Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis were monsters from Greek mythology thought to inhabit the Straits of Messina, the narrow sea between Sicily and the Italian …

Tom Hardy’s Taboo goes to the heart of our new imperialist darkness

The 19th-century alliance of crown and colonialist corporation exposed by Hardy’s Delaney foreshadows the sinister designs of today’s international capitalists<p>The first direct train service from China to the UK arrived in London last month. As part of China’s new silk road, The East Wind crossed 10 …

Globalization

America's secret and forgotten wars

<i>President Trump inherited several undeclared wars around the world. Will he change U.S. policy? Here's everything you need to know:</i><p><b>Where is the U.S.</b> …

Scott Pruitt

How a translation mistake ended up making India a part of the Bible

Whether medieval Christians saw India as a symbol of evil or as the home of saints, the Subcontinent remained a source of fascination.<p>Christianity …

Democrats persist with the slippery claim of a ’60-vote standard’ for Supreme Court nominees

<i>“One of things I talked with him [Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch] about is the standard which every other Supreme Court nominee has had to meet, and that is earning 60 bipartisan votes in the United States Senate.”</i> <b><br>— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), interview with “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” Feb.</b> …

Joe Biden

The True Story of the Reichstag Fire and the Nazi Rise to Power

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there’s fire, conspiracy theories are sure to follow. At least, that’s what happened in Germany on …

America Has Been Screwing Over Its Veterans Since the Revolutionary War

A dive into the long history of the US government making promises to soldiers, then breaking them.<p>Jackie Kilby, an archives technician at the National Archives, was parsing old letters to the US State Department when a name caught her eye: Caleb Brewster, a key member of George Washington's Culper …

Republican Primaries

Malta's secret tunnels: inside the newly discovered underworld of Valletta

Malta’s picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones – but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the …

European Travel

Cambodia’s hidden jungle temple

Beng Mealea, an eerie jungle temple that invokes the earlier, less-discovered days of Angkor Wat, gives plenty of hope to the Indiana Jones in all of us.<p>Siem Reap has become one of the world’s tourism darlings over the past years, ranked in 2015 as the second best spot on the planet to visit …

Asia Travel

This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible

In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. …

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

If history is a matter of dispute in the Middle East, so too is some of the archaeology underway to document and preserve remnants of that history.<p>The Israeli military has an archaeology unit that is responsible for excavations in most of the West Bank, land captured by Israel in 1967 and sought by …

Israel

A historian of Islam explains the greatest misconception people have about Muslims

Chase F. Robinson, a historian on Islam, author of "Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives," and president of the CUNY Graduate Center, explains the greatest misconception that people, specifically in the West, have about Muslims.<p><b>FULL TRANSCRIPT:</b><p><i>I think there are a number of misconceptions about</i> …

Religion

Meet the Virginia women who spied for the Union—right under Jefferson Davis’ nose

<i>With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute or trying</i> …

The Fall of Singapore: '75 years on, I'm still looking for answers'

Len Tadman remembers precisely the moment he heard. It was a cold February night and the nine o’clock news chimed on the family wireless set at home in Dulwich, south London. His mother was ironing. Len, then 16 years old, and two of his eight siblings were sat at the kitchen table, listening …

T.E. Lawrence and the Desert Bromance That Sold America on a War

Two guys have fun together blowing up trains and help to shape a new Middle East. A century later, nobody seems any wiser.<p>It was bromance at first …

Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left

This liberal philosopher predicted Trump’s rise in 1998 — and he has another warning for the left.<p>A prescient passage from a forgotten book made the rounds after Donald Trump’s election. It was plucked from a 1998 book titled <i>Achieving our Country</i>. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal philosopher …

Political Science

6 Steps to Achieving Hygge, the Danish Art of Contentment and Comfort

If you’ve ever sat in an Arne Jacobsen egg chair, been beguiled by the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, or enjoyed a piping hot <i>aebleskiver</i> at a county fair, you’ve had a taste of Danish culture. But Denmark’s latest export is less easily defined: Most closely aligned with the idea of …

This Chocolate Aphrodisiac Will Get You High on Love (and Other Things)

Chocolate is known to be an aphrodisiac, and having sex while high can be a pretty incredible experience. So combining the two to create the ultimate sexual stimulant only makes sense. A group of high-end cannabis chocolatiers, 1906, released the first edible weed aphrodisiac to hit the market. A …

Sanders, Cruz debate Obamacare: CNN's Reality Check Team vets the claims

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz debated the future of health care in the US Tuesday night, and CNN's Reality Check Team vetted the claims.<p>The team of reporters, researchers and editors across CNN listened throughout the event and analyzed key statements, rating them true, misleading or …

Health Care

The Bible has a very clear message about refugees—we should accept them

On Jan. 27, president Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim majority countries. Entrance of refugees from Syria, however, will be banned for the next 120 days.<p>Two days prior to that, he committed the United States to building a wall on its border …

Theology

In Pakistan’s most violent city, the Virgin Mary from south India brings together Hindus, Muslims, and Parsis

Karachi is the most violent city in Pakistan. A total of 1,046 deaths related to terror and militancy were reported there in 2016, and nearly 50% of the city’s young people want to leave Pakistan completely.<p>The violence has various causes, including divisions over politics, religion and ethnicity, …

Hinduism

This Cutting-Edge Marijuana Bill Could Keep Pot Users From Losing Their Jobs

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Marijuana had an incredible 2016, and the hope for pro-legalization enthusiasts is that momentum will continue to carry into 2017 and beyond.<p>As it currently stands, just 21 years after California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, 28 states …

Jon Stewart Visited Stephen Colbert to Discuss Exactly What You’d Expect

It’s been an interesting time in America lately, as we’ve watched the country make its way through uncharted political waters. It hasn’t been much …

Comedy

Braised Short Ribs Done Right

Braising is best during winter months since it fills the house with an unctuous aroma and fills your belly with succulent, spirit-warming meat. The …

The New Film, The Lost City of Z, Celebrates Adventure

The true story centers on explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who spent his life searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon.<p>Writer/director James Gray’s adventure epic, <i>The Lost City of Z</i>, follows British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) through his many voyages into the unknown jungles of the …

'Witch hunt' fears as US may outlaw Muslim Brotherhood

US civil liberties groups have slammed plans by members of Congress to proscribe the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.<p>The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the legislation, tabled by Republican senators Ted Cruz and Mario Diaz-Balart and supported by the Trump administration, …

Muslim Brotherhood

A Brief History of Military Motorcycles

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>eBay<br>• Motorcycles<p>The creation of the first viable motorcycles began in earnest in the early twentieth century, and as is …

Where America's Terrorists Actually Come From

Syrian refugees have committed zero attacks in the United States.<p>This weekend, Rudy Giuliani went on <i>Fox News</i> to explain why Donald Trump’s decision to bar Syrian refugees from U.S. shores and suspend visas for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries did not amount to a Muslim ban. “What we did …

Immigration