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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why I Have Mixed Feelings About MLK Day

I have mixed emotions about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For me, it’s a time of hopeful celebration — but also of cautionary vigilance. I celebrate an …

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

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Arctic snap will ice Northern states, whipped down by 'bomb cyclone'

The ice man cometh. And does so early this year, after a former Pacific typhoon flew up toward the Arctic and rammed the jet stream.<p>The stream has whipped south, dragging down frigid air from Canada over the northern Plains and Mountain States and the Upper Midwest, according to the National …

British journalist John Cantlie appears in new Isis video

Islamic State militants have released a fifth video of a British journalist who has been held captive for two years.<p>In the film, John Cantlie delivers a message under duress, warning that western governments and media are gearing up for a third Gulf war.<p>Appearing to read from a script, he says the …

Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian.<p>The Guardian says that during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with Whisper, it …

ISIS Retreating from Kobani, Says Kurdish Official

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has suffered setbacks and has begun retreating from parts of the Syrian border town of Kobani, …

Steve McQueen: a lot of people didn’t want 12 Years A Slave to be made

The British film-maker Steve McQueen has said a lot of people did not want his award-winning movie 12 Years A Slave to be made.<p>McQueen, who has said previously that becoming the first black director to win a best picture Oscar was “of no consequence”, said people “want to close their eyes” on …