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Islam Isn't Just Compatible With Western Values, It Fully Endorses Them

<i>Originally published in The Independent</i><p>Photo by Karsun Designs<p>A recent poll published by the BBC suggested the majority of Brits don't think Islam is compatible with Western values, a thoroughly concerning finding considering how there are nearly 3 million people in the UK and 3 million in the …

Religion

5 Things That Could Tell Others A Lot About Your Personality Secrets

Sometimes we tend to judge people by their attitude rather than getting to know the person. Each of us also has our own unique threshold for …

Period drama: why menstrual leave does not strike a blow for gender equality

There I was, sandwiched between two women, both of whom were wearing faux-bloodied tampons as earrings.<p>At the front of the room another woman was …

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

Entertainment

How Islamophobia Affects the Mental Health of Young South Asians in the West (And How to Help)

Too often many approach mental health issues as personal problems, rather than reflective of greater social and political injustices -- or perhaps even caused by. I think it's one of the reasons mental health problems are not taken seriously enough.<p>Yet "the personal is political." For centuries, …

Science Says You Should Quit Your Demanding, High-Paying Job

Want to be happy? Prioritize free time instead of money.<p>Working ever-longer hours to bring in more cash might make your life more comfortable, but it isn’t going to make you happy. Instead, we should value our time as the precious resource it is. That, says a new study published in the Society for …

These illustrations perfectly sum up the reality of living with anxiety and depression

LONDON — Anyone who suffers from anxiety will know that the condition is far from amusing. But British illustrator Gemma Correll has created comical …

Muslim fever goes viral: After Paris and San Bernardino, Islam-bashing is back and bigger than ever

From Trump to Fox News to Bill Maher, the forces of anti-Muslim panic and paranoia are having a glorious year<p>There was a deeply unfortunate, if predictable, period of national debate in the middle of the 19th century that was summed up in a memorable New York Times headline from December 1862, just …

Religion

The 10 best natural ways to treat depression

Affecting more than 340 million people in the world, depression is one of the most well-known mental disorders.<p>Similar in ways to the symptoms that indicate a general anxiety disorder, the symptoms of depression can be slower to detect, but can have easy remedies.<p>Below, we take an exclusive look at …

Wellness
Islamophobia

The West Is Giving ISIS Exactly What It Wants

Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris by calling to close their countries’ doors to Syrian refugees and framing the fight against the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attacks, as a “clash of civilizations.”<p>But shutting …

Framing

What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

If you're not familiar with <i>Game of Thrones</i> here's the gist. There's a zombie apocalypse coming. The humans build a wall to keep the zombies out, but in doing so, block out an entirely different group of humans, who are now stuck with the zombies. The catch is, when the zombies attack, everyone they …

Game of Thrones

Who is 'us' and 'them' in the war against radical Islam?

Christians can rightly say "the attacks were not perpetrated in our name". Likewise Jews can say "the attacks are not done in our name", even though …

Islam

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

Jingoists conveniently forget the West’s Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida<p>History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.<p>Gore Vidal …

Political Science

16 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.<p>To help you get into your interviewer's head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, …

Employment

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

Mental Health

12 Phrases You Should Never Say To People With Depression (Unless You're Cold-Hearted Enough To Hurt Them)

Living with depression is like living in an alternate universe that your brain isn’t equipped to handle. Supporting a friend while they are living …

11 Things Those Who Love A Person With Mental Illness Should Know

Relationships are challenging for anyone, but for someone battling a mental health condition, that illness can often hinder more than help. A mental health disorder acts like a magnifying glass to problems. It convinces the sufferer that they don't deserve someone's affection. It can cause them to …

Mental Health

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world. Its wealth is built upon the dirty oil under its sands, its legitimacy crafted upon an even …

Saudi Arabia

Filmmaker Parvez Sharma on Islam, homosexuality and the new 'A Sinner in Mecca'

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma crossed several dangerous lines when documenting his 2010<p>hajj pilgrimageto Mecca on his iPhone for the newly released “A Sinner in Mecca.”<p>Though it's discouraged by Saudi law to film inside Mecca's Grand Mosque and other sacred sites where Muslims complete their …

I’m Agnostic because I Don’t F*ckin’ Know. {Warning: Adult Language}

<i>*Warning: naughty language ahead!</i><p>Whenever religion is brought up and I tell someone I’m agnostic, I’m almost always met with one of two reactions: …

Faith

Here Is All You Need To Prove Bigots Wrong About 'Traditional Marriage'

In a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show "The Line of Fire" and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide …

LGBTQI

24 Ways to Make Doing Your Hair Incredibly Easy

From the editors at Cosmo.com, fun and unusual ways to cut down on your styling time.<p><b>1. Make sure your style stays put by flipping the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.</b><p>If you have a hard time keeping your hair in place, try flipping the bobby pin over. The straight side is …

Five Reasons The ISIS Fight Isn't About Islam

Over the last several weeks, there has been a highly partisan debate in Washington about the proper characterization to apply to ISIS, the terrorist group that last year changed its name to Islamic State after declaring a caliphate in seized sections of Iraq and Syria. President Obama has resisted …

Online

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS

Trolling the Internet with stories dressed up as sober, centrist scholarship — it’s what the Atlantic does best<p>Imagine a group of people who rape. Enslave. Maim. Murder. Ethnically cleanse. Extort. Burn. Behead. But then imagine this—they don’t lie? Can't lie. Won't lie. That’s what Graeme Wood’s …

Islam

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz, review: 'relentlessly self-mocking'

Helen Brown is amused by the light-hearted memoir of a Muslim scriptwriter raised in America<p>Detained by police on a charge he described as “flying while Muslim”, the hero of Zarqa Nawaz’s hit sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007) made things worse for himself in the first episode by joking. …