Tarek Yousef

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The Real History of St. Patrick’s Day

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of green beer, shot glass necklaces that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish,” and everybody talking about …

Why do people fast for Lent?

And six other questions you were too embarrassed to ask.<p>Lent is a mystery to a lot of people. Many folks are generally aware that it’s a religious observance that happens every spring and somehow involves people getting ashes smeared on their forehead and/or giving up chocolate or booze or Facebook …

Christianity

Israel to re-evaluate relations with UN following Palestine resolution: PM Benjamin Netanyahu

The prime minister accused outgoing US President Barack Obama of a 'shameful ambush' because of his country's decision to abstain from voting.<p>Israeli …

Trump administration could upend decades of U.S. policy on Israel and Palestinians

Here in the desert hills of the West Bank, near the Palestinians' principal city of Ramallah, a group of Orthodox Jews has built the town of Beit El, a place that most of the world considers an illegal settlement constructed on occupied Palestinian land.<p>For decades, U.S. policy has opposed such …

Israel

Letter: Jews are the original Palestinians

I respond to the Monday letter "Palestinians relate to Native Americans" from Carolynn Aurnou. Jews are, in fact, the indigenous people in Israel.<p>I …

Israel

Is UN The Anti-Christ? No, But Settlements Are Detrimental To Peace

Growing up, I loved to read Christian fiction. In high school the <i>Left Behind</i> series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins was one of my favorites. One of the themes I recall in the series was that the evil powers of darkness would manifest in an enemy of Christ who would try to take over the world. I …

Israeli police investigate suspected £45m diamond fraud at world's largest exchange

Suspect claims business problems rather than criminality are reason for dealers’ complaints of missing cash and diamonds<p>Israeli police are investigating claims of massive theft from the world’s leading diamond exchange, amid reports that at least a dozen dealers may be facing bankruptcy over the …

Inside Hamas, a bitter and very personal battle for control

When Khaled Mashaal, head of Hamas’s political wing, was interviewed on the France 24 television channel this week, his statements about a possible …

If You Fly Chicago-Los Angeles, the Government Thinks You May Be a Drug Dealer (and Can Take All Your Money)

In June I wrote about a man who had his life savings confiscated because his luggage smelled of pot. It was one of over 90 such seizures in a year at …

Why Russia Dismissed ISIS Claim Of Shooting Down Jet Over Egypt

The opportunity for self-promotion seemed too tempting for the jihadis to pass up. On Saturday afternoon, hours after a Russian airliner packed with …

Russia

Three Habits Of Motivational Leaders

Here’s what it takes to earn the real commitment of your team.<p>Everyone should know a thing or two about how to inspire and motivate others–even non-leaders. It’s an important skill that helps us not only take on leadership challenges but engage better with new people, build new relationships, and …

Motivation

Recent news has renewed interest in Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem and founder of Palestinian nationalism, and has also shined a …

Israel

10 Ways to Get Bumped Up to First Class on Your Next Flight

First-class airline tickets can cost four times the price of coach. Don't splurge--try these 10 things and get upgraded for free.<p>Admit it: Flying first class can make the hassles of air travel so much better. I've been bumped up to first class twice: once while traveling solo on a business trip to …

Flying

The Guide to Productivity That Will Change Your Life

Sira Masetti<p>Blogger Read full profile<p>“If only I were more productive,” “If only I studied more,” “If only I took action.” Sounds familiar?<p>I think I …

Self-help

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

Psychology

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons …

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Photo by 'Camera Eye'<p><i>What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet</i><p>The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who, through his example and …

Religion

10 Common Misconceptions about Islam

<b>Misconception #1: Allah is exclusively the God of Islam</b><p>Allāh الله ‎is simply the Arabic word for "The God." This is the God of Abraham. Christians speaking Arabic would say Allah for God. The God of Abraham includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The lineage for Jews and Christians comes under …

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement

Wake Up America: the Real Threat Beside Iran's Nuclear Deal Is Saudi Arabia's Wahabism Ideology

If lawmakers returning to Washington this week are doing their homework, they'll realize Iran's nuclear deal isn't the only threat to international security at home and abroad. Our radical Islamic ally, Saudi Arabia, is also part of the problem, both in the Middle East and beyond.<p>It's rare that I …

Gaddafi and Castro clash over Soviet Union: archive, 8 September 1973

Libya,Muammar Gaddafi,Fidel Castro,Cuba,Russia,Middle East and North Africa,World news,Communism<p>Leaders from the Middle East and Cuba present differing views on communism at the Conference of Non-Aligned Nations

Cuba

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

"This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition."<p><i>This article first appeared on HuffPost UK.</i><p>In what could prove something of a pot hole for current readings of Islamic history, a carbon test carried out on a Quranic manuscript recently discovered in England reveals the book is likely …

Why IS militants destroy ancient sites

<b>The destruction of the grandest, most important temple in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra has flung so-called Islamic State's (IS) barbarous actions back into international consciousness.</b><p>Many will wonder why anyone would so actively seek to raze historical and cultural marvels that have lasted …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Fragments of world's oldest Koran may predate Muhammad, scholars say

British scholars have suggested that fragments of the world's oldest known Koran, which were discovered last month, may predate the accepted founding date of Islam by the Muslim prophet Muhammad.<p>The Times of London reported that radiocarbon dating carried out by experts at the University of Oxford …

The Founding of Detroit

America's "motor city" was founded on July 24th, 1701.<p>The motor capital of North America was founded by a man named Cadillac, menaced by one called …

August Rush: Palestinians and Allenby Crossing

As the incandescence of August's sun peaks over the travelers on King Hussein Bridge. A young girl, almost eight, cries to her mother. "Mama, when is this going to end? Mama, why is this happening?"<p>As a result of an Israeli ban, Palestinians with West Bank IDs do not possess the option to travel …