Siddharth Tiwari

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This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you

We talk democracy, then overthrow elected governments and prop up awful regimes. Let’s discuss the actual history<p>The soi-disant Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has a long and iniquitous history of overthrowing democratically elected leftist governments and propping up right-wing dictators in …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1</b><b>. Chinese gross domestic product grew by 6.9% during the third quarter,</b> its slowest quarterly growth since 2009 but still beating expectations by 0.1%.<p><b>2. T yphoon Koppu is battering the Philippines for a second day,</b> leaving two dead and thousands homeless.<p><b>3</b><b>. Henriette Reker was elected as mayor of</b> …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> President Vladimir Putin has ordered a Russian-led investigation into claims the country's athletes sabotaged the London Olympics as part of a doping scandal.<p><b>2</b><b>.</b> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the UK on Thursday for a two-day official visit. During his visit, he'll address …

Everything the Internet hoax machine tricked you into believing about Paris

<i>Misinformation is common online; so common, in fact, that we debunk it every Friday. But in the wake of a major international tragedy, Internet rumors only become more frequent and more damaging. Often that’s because people are frightened and seeking information as quickly as they can; in other</i> …

Libya conflict: breaches of international law by all sides, says UN

United Nations reports widespread abductions, torture and killing of civilians by Islamic State and opponents<p>All sides in Libya’s conflict are committing breaches of international law that may amount to war crimes, including abductions, torture and the killing of civilians, the United Nations has …

Middle East

From "Freedom Fries" to "We are all French." The Republicans' History of Vilifying the French

France has been hit twice by radical Islamist terrorism in the last year to punish it for its strong military support for Obama's war against ISIS known as Operation Inherent Resolve. First there was the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, which led people across America to proclaim on their Facebook …

The Jew/Atheist Paradox

When I recently wrote about Godless Jews, I cited a Harris survey that surprised a lot of people. The majority of Jews don't believe in God. They are atheists. What makes this result even more interesting is another finding in a Pew Research Center survey on how Americans feel about different …

Religion

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s | Salon.com

The newspaper noted that bin Laden organized a militia of thousands of foreign fighters from throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and "supported them with weapons and his own construction equipment" in their fight against the USSR in the 1980s. "We beat the Soviet Union," bin Laden …

Middle East

Blowback -- the Washington War Party's Folly Comes Home to Roost

Exactly 26 years ago last week, peace was breaking out in a manner that the world had not experienced since June 1914. The Berlin Wall—the symbol of a century of state tyranny, grotesque mass warfare and the nuclear sword of Damocles hanging over the planet—had come tumbling down on November 9, …

Coming Home to God: On Losing My Unbelief

<i>Let us come home at last to you, O Lord, for fear that we be lost.</i> ∼ St. Augustine<p><b>My recent conversion to Christianity</b> (and although I was raised …

The U.S., Israel and "Anti-Semitic" Iran (Part 5): The Academic and Cultural Footprint of Jews in Iran

<b>Propaganda for Judaism</b><p>Although book publishing is subject to severe censorship in Iran, and there are redlines set by the state, they are sometimes crossed. Christopher Patridge's The World's Religions was translated into Farsi and presented to Khamenei during this year's Tehran Annual …