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Israel's True Face

<b>Following the non-binding British Parliament's recognition of Palestine, it has been written a lot about Israel's inaction regarding the peace process. While reporting on Israel's politics and policy, it is important to draw the full picture -- most Israelis want peace.</b><p>Since Israel's very early …

Six Months After 200 Nigerian Girls Were Abducted, Here's What's Being Done

Humanitarian organizations and the parents of the kidnapped girls are calling on the Nigerian government to do more. President Obama has ordered the U.S. to do "everything it can to help the Nigerian government find and free the abducted girls."<p>For months after the kidnapping, the group has been …

"Birdman" Will Make You Fall Back In Love With Movies

Michael Keaton makes a thrilling comeback in Alejandro González Iñárritu's movie about acting, fame, and the hilarious messiness of life. It's one of the year's best.<p>The first time we see Riggan (Michael Keaton), the conflicted soul at the center of <i>Birdman</i>, he's meditating. In his undies. His bared …

Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Speech After Threat Of "Massacre-Style Attack"

The creator of popular video blog Feminist Frequency canceled an appearance at a Utah university after receiving a threat of a mass shooting.<p>Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular video blog Feminist Frequency and the video series <i>Tropes vs. Women</i>, received an email Tuesday threatening a mass …

The U.S. War Against ISIS Finally Has A Name

Even though it was considered kind of "bleh."<p>Earlier in October, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported that the top brass had ruled out Inherent Resolve outright. "One senior official said Inherent Resolve was a placeholder name and never seriously considered for the overall war effort," the <i>WSJ</i> said.<p>"It …

23 Signs Fall TV Has Completely Taken Over Your Life

As told by Fall TV GIFs.

Stock Markets All Around The World Are Down

While US markets almost recovered from a steep drop today, investors all over the globe are freaking out about economic growth.<p>10 year US government bond yields crashed, at one point falling 34 basis points to 1.87% percent, the biggest drop since March, 2009, according to the <i>Financial Times</i>. …

"Sex And The City" Writers Respond To Chris Noth Calling Carrie Bradshaw A "Whore"

"Oh my god, that's such a 'Big' thing to say!" SATC writers Michael Patrick King and Jenny Bicks respond exclusively to BuzzFeed News. UPDATED with a statement from Noth.<p>Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) had nearly 20 boyfriends over the course of <i>Sex and the City</i>'s six-season run, but she …

10 Photos That Justify Washington as the Most Instagrammable State in America

A version of this post was first published on TRAVELBREAK.<p>Ten years ago, you'd plan your next vacation by browsing through tour books. You'd purchase a map at a gas station or follow highway signs for a spontaneous road trip.<p>Now, the atlas serves little purpose for wandering -- just a debilitated …

Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the …

Supporting These Organizations Can Help Fight The Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

Today Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight Ebola in West Africa. Last month, Bill Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would give $50 million toward efforts to stop the outbreak, with money …

Graham: 'I am not Nancy Pelosi'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gwen Graham, one of the top Democratic House candidates of this cycle, said she would oppose Nancy Pelosi’s candidacy for the party’s top leadership slot.<p>“No, I would not,” Graham said without skipping a beat, when asked if she would vote for Pelosi (D-Calif.). “And this is why. …

Obama, Ebola and optics

President Barack Obama is on high alert about Ebola, and doesn’t want anybody to think otherwise.<p>Any time Obama is campaigning or on vacation when something big goes wrong — from a downed plane to race riots — aides scoff at the idea that he is not focusing on his day job. Air Force One has a …

15 Facts About Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams' portrayal of John Keating was one of his iconic roles, and this drama about boys at a prep school in 1959 still endures. Here are 15 …

15 Gifts For Punctuation Nerds & Language Lovers

One ampersand item in your apartment is charming; two is a trend. We already had a medium-sized tin ampersand from the Brooklyn Fort Greene Flea …

A Warning to Mars Travelers

Note to Self: Don’t Go To Mars<p>People involved in the Mars One expedition should take note of this simulation created by MIT students. It doesn’t …

Democratic National Convention

The Origins of 15 Spooky Halloween Traditions

This Halloween, don’t just have the best costume and the spookiest decorations on your block—share these sweet facts, too.<p>1. …

Women in Science

10 new-ish books to get you through the end of the year

It’s that time of the year, guys. And I don’t mean the pumpkin-overload-Halloween– costume-stress,-already-thinking-about-Thanksgiving time of year …

Meet the rad woman behind 'The Womansplainer'

If you were pirouetting around the feminist Internet last week, you may have danced across an article about “The Womansplainer,” a rad new art …

Homemade Irish Cream, Gossip Girl, and Free Labels!

Confession time: I’ve been binge watching <i>Gossip Girl</i> on Netflix (Canadian Netflix is years behind the times, we only just got it), and the trouble …

Your Guide To Great Cyber Monday Deals

I’d like to shake the hand of the person who invented the concept of Cyber Monday. It was probably multiple people, but that doesn’t matter – I love …

Carrie Underwood & Jimmy Fallon Deliver The Most Awesome Holiday Medley

If your idea of a holiday medley is Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and a little Mariah, what Carrie Underwood did on <i>Late Night With Jimmy Fallon</i> this …

Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take On A Christmas Classic — We Melt In Puddles

You know how you can like something so much that you think your heart might explode, but then one day something happens to make you like it <i>soooooo</i> …

We Should All Be Pickier

When a woman finds herself single at an age when most people are coupling off, she is often scolded for being too picky. If someone passes on an …

Tis the Season for Gifts and Traveling

This time of year can be tough when you are on a budget. Whether you live in a place where it snows or where the sun shines year round, the end of …

If Google Were A Man, He'd Be Russell Brand

If you’ve been anywhere near the media or any social networks lately, you probably would have heard about Russell Brand’s recent rant about …

Let's Stop Shaming, And Start Celebrating, Everyone's Life Choices

There’s this episode of <i>Sex And The City</i>, “A Woman’s Right To Shoes,” that I used to really not like because I thought Carrie basically spent the …

6 Signs You May Have Become An Adult…Without Realizing It (plus 4 more)

<b>Outings With The ‘Rents</b><p>Gone are the days of being humiliated by being seen out with your parents (one or both, both was always worse), or walking a …

25 Ways To Feel Better When You Feel Sad

Take a bath. While bathing, listen to shitty 80s glam, but make sure you keep the radio your iPhone more than an arm’s reach away from the tub.<p>Eat …

Romancing the Ordinary - Living Better on a Budget

Sometimes the worst part about being on a budget is the thought of it. That idea that you “can’t” do something can be really frustrating. Imagining …