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In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a movement.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The slight, sad-faced man of 26, in a plain white tunic and a red embroidered cap, might seem miscast as the emerging leader of millions of ethnic Pashtuns and the voice of pent-up grievances that this struggling tribal minority has accumulated in the years since the Cold War …

Pakistan

America's Next Generation Of Muslims Insists On Crafting Its Own Story

Fashion designers. Community activists. Parents. Converts. High school students facing down bullies. Podcasters creating their own space to exhale.<p>The newest generation of American Muslims is a mosaic, one of the most racially and ethnically diverse faith groups in the country. At a time when all …

Religion

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States.<p><b>Edward Baptist</b> argues in his new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” that the forced migration and …

Black History

Journalist uncovers 1988 report showing Shell foresaw climate change three decades ago

A Dutch journalist has uncovered a pile of Royal Dutch Shell documents as old as 1988 that showed the company understood the gravity of climate …

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

George Washington

Muslim Refugees Team Up With Anarchists in an Effort To Shame Greece

A squat in Athens is both a residence for asylum-seekers and a political statement.<p>ATHENS—City Plaza Hotel is no longer a hotel. As a business, it shuttered years ago. But the abandoned seven-story building with faux art deco charms is now home to about 400 people. They’re made up of two groups: …

Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.<p><i>This article was originally</i> …

Africa

Europe’s central banks are starting to replace dollar reserves with the yuan

Late last year, China’s Xi Jinping said it was time for the nation to “take center stage in the world.” There are many ways for China to do this, including promoting globalization, boosting foreign aid, and developing advanced technologies. Another critical step in taking “center stage” is to be at …

Can an Arrow Fired Straight Up Fall Fast Enough to Kill You?

In a recent episode of Mythbusters, Brian and Jon (the new MythBusters) wanted to see what happens when you shoot an arrow straight up into the air. …

These Are The 'Smartest' Dog Breeds, According to a Canine Psychologist

Where does your dog rank?<p>There's no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing.<p>As canine psychologist Stanley Coren …

Pets

Even if you’ve forgotten the language you spoke as a child, it still stays with you

Natasha Mumbi Nkonde tells me she’s “haunted” by what she sounded like as a child. Nkonde, who was born in Zambia in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was six, remembers speaking two different languages—Bemba and Nyanja. Naturally, she was forced to switch to English once she migrated to Britain. …

Language Learning

A Senior Fox News Analyst Thinks A Man Can't Be Alone With A Woman Without Sexually Assaulting Her

In the face of a landslide of sexual misconduct allegations against public figures, some men have come to a backwards conclusion—men should never be …

Why Niger and Mali's cattle herders turned to jihad | Reuters

NIAMEY/NAIROBI (Reuters) - When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock.<p>A Fulani cattle herder walks with his cows outside the city of Tillaberi, southwest Niger, …

Africa

The Supreme Court Is Allergic To Math

The Supreme Court does not compute. Or at least some of its members would rather not. The justices, the most powerful jurists in the land, seem to …

How five great leaders dealt with crisis, and what we can learn from them

In the early 2000s, Nancy Koehn was socked with one personal blow after the next within a three-year period: Her father dropped dead suddenly. Her husband walked out and a terrible divorce ensued. And she was diagnosed with breast cancer.<p>As these “big hunky blocks” of her life were falling around …

Breast Cancer

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Which People Would Agree to Have Sex With a Stranger?

Choosing to have sex with a total stranger is not something everyone would do. It probably takes a certain type of person. Quite a bit of evidence …

Psychology

Fostering row exposes how words fail us when we talk about Muslims in Britain

Court cases involving children being taken into care are inevitably messy. There are deep emotions involved and conflicting viewpoints. Parents are often angry, children confused and fearful. Those outside the process can find it difficult to discern the facts, as much of the decision-making takes …

Religion

Challenge Sam Harris for His Bigotry and Like Any Cult Leader, He'll Say He's Been Misunderstood

If you have ever gone online to criticize renowned New Atheist Sam Harris for any of his baseless assertions or wrong-headed arguments, you risk …

Religion

Cheap Chinese Aluminum Is a National Security Threat

Cheap Chinese steel has upset U.S. steel producers for years, as Chinese manufacturers have unloaded excess capacity on world markets at unbeatably …

Texans are questioning the state's commitment to punishing hate crimes

In Austin the following year, it didn't take long for Akbar Amin-Akbari to sense that the man who climbed into his cab shortly after midnight was drunk and angry.<p>But Amin-Akbari drove on, and minutes later, with the cab going 65 mph on I-35, the man suddenly grabbed him by the hair, yanking out a …

Crime

China's Communist Party hardens rhetoric on Islam

China's ruling Communist Party has hardened its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious "extremism" seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.<p>Sharhat Ahan, a top party official in Xinjiang, on Sunday …

China

Israeli allies condemn settlement law as lawsuits loom

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new Israeli law legalizing dozens of unlawfully built West Bank settlement outposts came under heavy criticism on Tuesday from …

Israel

First on the White House agenda – the collapse of the global order. Next, war?

Trump’s allies yearn to wreck alliances that have kept the peace for decades. Progressives must preserve them<p>Donald Trump doesn’t read books. He leaves that to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the man rapidly emerging as the true power behind the gaudy Trump throne. Given Bannon’s influence – he …

Geopolitics

Does Having More Black Officers Reduce Police Violence?

The unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown in summer 2015 drew renewed scrutiny to police violence and revealed just how little the public knew about its pervasiveness. At first, there were widespread calls to address what officers <i>looked</i> like since Brown was African-American …

Law Enforcement

These declassified maps show how the CIA saw the world at the height of the Cold War

Perhaps more so than any other tool used by the clandestine services, an accurate map can mean the difference between success and failure, or life and death.<p>The CIA, renowned for its secrecy, has long kept its maps and cartographic methods under wraps.<p>But, in honor of the agency's Cartography …

In India, Muslim men can end a marriage by saying ‘divorce’ three times. One woman wants to stop that.

KASHIPUR, India — More than a year ago, the letter carrier handed the soft-spoken Shayara a letter that would not only change her life but trigger a national storm about the rights of Muslim women in India.<p>In the letter, her husband wrote the words “I divorce you” three times.<p>That is all it took. …

Religion

Twitter feed marks 1939 US refugee block of Holocaust victims

<b>On the day that President Donald Trump banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, a Twitter bot was also sharing the names of Jewish refugees on a ship which was turned away from the United States, some of whom went on to die during the Holocaust.</b><p>Every five minutes, a tweet from the …

St. Louis

Trump's next target? Work visas tech firms rely on

A newly drafted executive order could dramatically change hiring practices in the tech industry, reports Bloomberg.<p>President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration last week were just the beginning.<p>The administration has drafted a new executive order that takes aim at the work visa program …

Immigration

Your Dog Knows Exactly What You’re Saying

Until now, scientists didn't know that the canines understand both our words and the tone in which we say them.<p>It doesn't take a scientific study for dog owners to believe that their pets know what they're saying. (We cat owners are a little less certain.)<p>But it’s not always clear exactly what Fido …