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6 Strategies to Lighten Your Bug Out Bag

Is it time for BOB to go on a diet???<p>One very popular question I get is about Bug Out Bag weight. Unfortunately, it’s never that there is TOO MUCH …

Backpacking

Turkey election: Erdoğan and AKP return to power with outright majority

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tightens grip on power but leftist, pro-Kurdish HDP party passes 10% of vote share, enough to deny president a ‘supermajority’<p>Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has tightened his grip on power decisively after his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) …

Secular Blogger Bloodbath Continues in Bangladesh

The publisher of secular bloggers in Bangladesh was stabbed to death on Saturday. It is just the latest in a war for Bangladesh's identity.<p>A spate of …

The Real Power of ISIS

The West has failed utterly to understand the appeal of the ISIS narrative, much less to develop effective counternarratives.<p>As U.S. troops and their …

Political Science

What Wealthy People Teach Their Children That Others Don't

John Olson—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>John Olson—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>John Olson—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>John Olson—Time & …

The Shady Politics of Big Soda

People are drinking less liquid sugar than in previous decades, and the soda industry is doing everything it can to get back in the game.<p>Did your …

Diabetes

Robert Mugabe at UN General Assembly says: We are not gays

The Zimbabwean president made the comments during his speech and has previously described homosexuals as worse than "pigs, goats and birds"<p>Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe strayed from his script in startling fashion on Monday evening, and blurted out: "We are not gays" during his UN General …

Africa

Bill Clinton on email scrutiny: 'I've never seen so much expended on so little'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bill Clinton said Friday he believes Republicans are exaggerating scandals against his wife, using the scrutiny over her email use while at the State Department to tear her down.<p>"I think that there are lots of people who wanted there to be a race for different reasons. And they …

Driving

10 Useful Skills That Will Improve Your Life

The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.<p>That’s especially the case when …

Do political activists really need to be naked to make their point?

When did political campaigns become so vain? The latest instance involves a bunch of clowns from Spain (they’re literally clowns, I mean) protesting against the Israeli security barrier by standing in front of the wall, naked.<p>A statement on their Facebook page said:<p>‘When you stand before this …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Police Academy Teaches the ‘War on Cops’ Myth

In my rural red state police academy, instructors preach about ‘officers dying left and right’—even though the numbers show this isn’t happening.<p>The …

Law Enforcement

Libya’s Return to Barbarism

After four decades of Gaddafi, Libyans seem to have torture and abuse in their DNA. Amnesty International, at least, is horrified.<p>ROME — This isn’t …

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: the prophet of his own doom

As the heir apparent to his dictator father, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi led a charmed life, keeping pet tigers and speaking at Davos. Now a court in Libya has sentenced him to death. Is this really the end for the would-be reformer?<p>When the judge condemned him to death by firing squad, Saif al-Islam …

Stain of Japan's black rain lingers 70 years on | Japan

This week, Japan marks 70 years since it became the first and still only nation to be the victim of a nuclear attack - the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.<p>That moment - a little after 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945 - will be marked at the same time this Thursday in a ceremony in the …

Japan

Facing death for Boston bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains an enigma

During a gruelling five-month trial, defence lawyers struggled to reconcile the image ‘Jahar’ Tsarnaev’s friends painted with the horrific attack they admit he carried out – and they presented his brother Tamerlan as the mastermind<p>Just before 3pm on Monday 15 April 2013, two bombs went off on …

Islamic State launch 'fierce' attack Iraq’s largest oil refinery

An Iraqi military official says security forces continue to face tough clashes with the jihadist group<p><b>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant</b> (Isil) launched a fresh offensive on Thursday against <b>Iraq</b>’s largest refinery, where a military official said security forces are facing one of their toughest …

Paramilitary

Tower Hamlets anti-vote leaflets urging #StayMuslimDontVote stuck to car windscreens

Flyers claiming “Islam is the only real working solution for the UK” stuck to windscreens of residents’ cars in east London borough<p>Muslims in east London were warned not to vote in the General Election in what has been branded an “intimidating” and “covert” leafleting campaign.<p>Flyers claiming that …

Rubella Is Finally Gone—Unless Anti-Vaxxers Bring It Back

Rubella, which causes terrible birth defects in unborn infants, has finally been eradicated from the Americas. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.<p>A few …

'Am I being executed?' Brazilian killed by Indonesia unaware until end, says priest

Priest who counselled Rodrigo Gularte – who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – says he tried in vain for three days to explain to the inmate he was about to die<p>A Brazilian man executed by firing squad along with seven other prisoners in Indonesia on Wednesday had …

Europe's Deadly Immigration Policy

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Charlie Hebdo Editor Rips ‘Islamophobia’ From the Grave

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier blasts “Islamophobia” in a new book he was writing days before he was assassinated.<p>PARIS — The little book published in …

What jihadis plan for women

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a special kind of hell reserved for the women who fall into the clutches of today's Jihadi fighters.<p>We are all familiar with the brutality of ISIS, the self-anointed Islamic State, or Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorists who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.<p>This new wave of violent …

CNN

New drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis

A new experimental drug, called anti-LINGO-1, has been found to repair myelin, radically improving nerve signalling<p>A new drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis, curing balance and vision problems for sufferers, researchers believe.<p>The disorder occurs when myelin, the fatty material …

Multiple Sclerosis

Finance Is to Blame for Rise in Inequality

Economists, policy wonks, and politicians of both persuasions agree that middle class income stagnation, and the inequality that it causes, is the …

Islamic State releases video showing 'destruction of Nimrud'

Islamic State militants smash artefacts in the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before footage shows a massive explosion which is thought to have levelled the site<p><b>Nimrud</b>, which was shown being blown up in a jihadist video Saturday, was once the jewel of Assyria, home to a treasure considered …

Demand for more mosques in France raises tension

Muslim leaders' demand to double the number of mosques in France within two years causes anger<p>A call by Muslim leaders for the number of mosques in <b>France</b> to be doubled has aggravated community tensions barely three months after the <b>Charlie Hebdo attacks</b>.<p>"We have 2,200 mosques and we need double that …

How the U.S. Would Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Program

The U.S. military has been getting ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities to smithereens even longer than Secretary of State John Kerry has been …