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‘Uber for photographers’ ensures the pictures of your next vacation will be resplendent

The pervasiveness of smartphones and accessories like selfie sticks means we’re taking more photos than ever before. Whether they’re actually any …

Tips for Shooting More Interesting Sports Portraits

Team portraits are easy to snap but difficult to master. A lot of basic portraits stick with the obvious shots—line up the players, stand in front of …

This Teen Rapper Wants to Be Afghanistan's Answer to Rihanna

Sonita Alizadeh narrowly escaped becoming a child bride. Now the subject of her own documentary, "Sonita," the 19-year-old wants to become a pop star that other Afghan girls can look up to.<p>There's a scene in Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's documentary, <i>Sonita</i>, in which a group of school-aged girls are sat …

A 77km hike that could inspire miracles

With Spain’s Camino de Santiago becoming a victim of its own success, Matthew Hirtes chose to walk this less-crowded, less-known version of the pilgrimage, 1,750km to the south.<p>Everyone’s heard of Spain’s Camino de Santiago, the 100km-plus Way of St James route that leads pilgrims to Galicia’s …

The lies told about refugees, city by city

By Adam Taylor<p>, Reporter<p>The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in Europe over the past year brought with it many legitimate concerns – but also plenty of illegitimate ones, too.<p>Misinformation and rumors that painted refugees as criminals or worse have spread widely online. In …

Refugees

7 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to …

Exercise

Can Disneyland Save the Syrian Refugees and Trump Donald Trump?

As a volunteer returning from a two-week stint in Syrian refugee camps on the island of Lesvos in Greece, I find Donald Trump's recent call to ban all Muslims (even American citizens) from entering the United States arguably the most outrageous response to the Hydra of catastrophe erupting from the …

Hidden Destination Known As “The Venice of Japan” Is a Tourist-Free Dream Town

When traveling, is there anything better than stumbling upon a hidden destination without crowds of tourists? Luckily, this traveler's dream town exists within Japan's Kyoto Prefecture–it's a place known as <i>Ine no Funaya</i> (or <i>The Boat Houses of Ine</i>). Here visitors will find a row of 230 wooden …

Refugees share stories of a violent welcome to Europe | Refugees

<b>Sofia, Bulgaria -</b> In mid-October, Bulgarian media reported that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had left a high-level European Union meeting in Brussels after he was informed of a shooting incident at the border.<p>Initial reports claimed that there had been a shoot-out after "armed migrants" attacked …

Woman Organizes Aid Caravan From Spain to Hungary To Help Refugees

Read on HuffPost Spain<p>"It's simple: I own a station wagon, and I'm tired of looking at sad images." That's how Natalia Álvarez explains the initiative she started last week on Facebook to help refugees in Budapest.<p>Her voice reveals deep exhaustion; she has been packing boxes in a small warehouse on …

Syrian refugees fear backlash: 'They don't want us to stay here'

Three years ago, Khadija Aloush fled the fighting in Syria for Denmark, where she found anything but a warm welcome.<p>At the market or bus stops, people would step away from the 41-year-old hairstylist and her family to avoid them. If she smiled or waved at Danish children, their parents sometimes …

The U.S. State Department Says Syrian Refugees Should Be Welcomed

Allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States is the American thing to do, the State Department said Tuesday after 24 governors issued …

The Response Paris Deserves: a Marshall Plan for Refugees in the Middle East

AMMAN, Jordan -- The recent barbaric violence in Paris claimed victims in France, but also beyond. Despite no clear evidence that one of the attackers posed as a refugee, some politicians, including heads of state, are using the terrorist attack to justify border closures for Syrian refugees. This …

Syrian Refugees: Meet the People Everyone's Talking About

Catholic Relief Services is assisting hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East and Europe. Working with and for them, we get to know them, learning not only about the fear and terror they fled, but also their hopes and dreams for a peaceful future. The tragic terrorist …

Why a History Lesson About World War II Refugees Went Viral

Peter A. Shulman has been running a Twitter account called @HistOpinion for a few years, sharing information he gleans from public opinion surveys of …

Where U.S. Refugees Come From — And Go — In Charts

More than 70,000 refugees arrived in America last year. Most came from Iraq and Burma. Since 2005, about 31% of arriving refugees have been Muslim.<p>(The U.S. has resettled more of Bhutan's Lhotshampa refugees than any other country has.)<p>Since 2005, about 31% of refugees arriving in America have been …

Paris Attacks: Syria Refugees in France's 'Jungle' Fear Backlash

CALAIS, France — At the vast, squalid camp known as “The Jungle,” the Paris terrorist attacks have only added to the troubles facing refugees and migrants.<p>“We escaped the war,” says Ahmed, a 29-year old who came to France from Syria. “The war followed us to here.”<p>The mechanical engineer fled his …

6 Reasons to Welcome Syrian Refugees After Paris

After the attacks on Paris, many politicians--including (so far) the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas--have called for stopping refugee flows to the United States from the Middle East, claiming that the refugee process poses a major threat to America's security. Here …

Middle East

4 U.S. Cities That Just Feel Like Europe

<i>By: Sarah Anderson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>We all dream of jet-setting off to Europe for an unforgettable getaway. A very, very expensive getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't get the full European experience right here in the ol' US of A. These cities are like little satellite versions of popular …

European Travel

Watch the Trailer for Ronaldo: The New Film About the World's 'Best' Soccer Player

It’s more difficult than not these days to find someone who doesn’t know who he is, but soccer’s global icon Cristiano Ronaldo was once a …

John Free Photography Lesson Is The Antidote To Your Lack Of Enthusiam

There’s so much more to being a great inspiration and a great teacher than simply knowing the material, or exhibiting the proper technique that leads …

Photography

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Ultimate Morocco itinerary - Adventurous Journeys

Jul 21, 2015 18 Comments<p><b>Morocco is such a diverse country so it is really hard to put together perfect itinerary if you are not planning to stay at</b> …

Ben Carson Would Be OK With A Muslim President; Just Rewrite The Koran

It's been around for more than a millennium but, really, find something new.<p>WASHINGTON -- 2016 Republican presidential contender and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson dug in Sunday on recent comments that a Muslim should not be America’s president. In fact, he said, before the U.S. embraces a Muslim …

Can a thinking person still have faith? My skeptical, honest quest for religious answers

<b>(AP/Andrew Medichini/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>I was a skeptic, until my son and wife got sick and suddenly faith in something seemed important. But in 2015, how?<p>Darin Strauss<p>September 26, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p><i>"I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist." -- Camus</i><p>When I searched for God I found a man who …

Five Must-Have Apps for the Working Photographer

There are thousands of apps out there to expand your mobile photography capabilities, but what about apps that augment your abilities when you're …

We are at war with an imaginary Islam: Lies, propaganda and the real story of America and the Muslim world

<b>Former President Bush holding hands with the late Saudi King Abdullah, during a visit to Bush's Texas ranch in 2005. (Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>American propaganda exaggerates the power and moral depravity of the Islamic enemy, in the service of our empire<p>Raymond William Baker<p>September 26, 2015 2:45pm …

A Look Inside the Illegal Mining Industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo

<i>War for Minerals</i> is photographer Erberto Zani‘s visual investigation of the men who mine for coltan, manganese, and other rare metals in the …