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US military investigates activists’ claims of deaths in Manbij in what would be deadliest coalition attack on non-combatants in campaign against Isis<p>US airstrikes on a Syrian village have killed at least 73 civilians, a majority of them women and children, activists say, in the deadliest coalition …

Middle East

Artist Paints NEW Stunning Seaside Murals While Balancing On A Paddleboard

You might remember a post we did last year about Sean Yoro (a.k.a. Hula), the awesome paddleboard artist who paints amazing murals on abandoned …

There Is No Radical Christianity That Compares to Radical Islam

One of the persistent fallacies that emerges from the left side of the political spectrum after really any sort of mass atrocity, regardless of who …

Kerry and Saudi prince pledge to fight extremism after Orlando shooting, while LGBT Saudis face execution

Saudi Arabia bans homosexuality. Its extreme Wahhabi state ideology is very similar to that of ISIS and al-Qaeda<p>The U.S. secretary of state and the deputy crown prince of the Saudi monarchy pledged to "fight" the kind of extremism that led to the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, …

Meet the Black Blues Musician Who Befriended the KKK

Daryl Davis, the subject of the controversial documentary ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ opens up about why he’s spent thirty-plus years getting chummy with …

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and …

How scientists failed the public in the Flint water crisis

The Flint, Mich., water crisis, in which thousands of children were exposed to elevated lead levels after a supposedly money-saving decision to start using the corrosive Flint River as the city's water supply, is more than a massive failure of politics and regulation. It's also a failure of science …

Water

This Is "The Glassworker", Pakistan's First Fully Hand-Drawn Animated Film

The film is about a young boy named Vincent, and is influenced by Japanese anime style.<p>View this post on Facebook

Dovish Israeli groups say they face harsh crackdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel mired in a wave of near-daily Palestinian attacks, hard-line Israeli politicians and activists are stepping up the pressure on dovish groups that are critical of government policies— drawing accusations of a nationalist witch hunt that risks turning violent.<p>In recent …

Israel

A Virginia teacher's lesson on Islam mushroomed into national outrage

As a result, an estimated 10,000 students in Augusta County's public school system got a one-day jump on the Christmas break as a precaution. The cancellation of classes Friday also wiped out a holiday concert and weekend sporting events.<p>Some of the tens of thousands of emails and Facebook posts …

5 Horrible Things Congress Just Snuck Into Law

Congress has officially approved the latest omnibus budget deal, which now heads to President Obama's desk. The bill is essentially guaranteed to be signed into law, because anything less means the government would shut down. Again.<p>In what's become something of a sick annual tradition, members of …

Siberian Gender-Bending Warrior Princess

Debate is raging over the legendary Siberian warrior princess buried 2,500 years ago. Is she, in fact, a he? Or intersex?<p>One of the archaeological …

Who is Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the man who stumped Trump?

In an extraordinary interview on live radio this week,<p>Donald Trumpseemed to stumble when he landed in the Middle East.<p>It started when he was asked about Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the powerful and popular military officer who heads the elite Quds force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.<p>"The …

10 dating tips from the religious right that are so bad they border on self-parody

Who’d have thought Pat Robertson’s ideas about sex and relationships are totally backward. Oh right, everyone<p>We may have survived yet another war on Christmas. But we must remain vigilant. For the very same secularist, Muslim, homosexualist, communist, atheist freedom-haters who try to take the …