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Islamic Terrorism Was Born on This Mountain 1,000 Years Ago

Long before ISIS or Al Qaeda, killers from a secret base attacked great cities all over the world and invented “assassin.” It took a feisty British …

Genghis Khan

Rare look at the world of Jordan royals' Circassian guards

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Circassian guards, who have served Jordan's kings since the founding of the monarchy, still adhere to their ancient traditions, such as donning an incongruous cold weather uniform of black wool hats, red capes and leather boots in this desert climate.<p>The Associated Press was …

Roasted Potato Recipes

Roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish for any dinner. Try some of these easy and delicious recipes.

Republicans

There's a mission to this mysterious water world that could detect the first alien life

Their spacecraft, called the Europa Multi-Flyby Mission, would orbit Jupiter, taking frequent passes by Europa for a close look at its surface.<p>But there is another important piece of the puzzle that NASA is exploring, and in a recent conversation with US Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), Ars …

Astronomy

Why Muslim Rapists Prefer Blondes: A History

<i>FrontPage Magazine</i> The Muslim penchant to target “white” women for sexual exploitation—an epidemic currently plaguing Europe, especially Britain and …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality. Why Does Franklin Graham Not Get This?

<i>The word "homosexuality" didn't even show up in English translations of the Bible until 1946, so why do we say the Bible condemns it?</i><p>Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This week he was at it …

Who Called It 'Spiritual Rape' to Force Your Religion on Others? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Over the past two years, the term "spiritual rape," used by Mikey Weinstein to describe the unwanted and aggressive proselytizing of members of our military, has become one of the most popular go-to quotes in the world of fundamentalist Christian websites, the right-wing media -- and even in …

The U.S., Israel and "Anti-Semitic" Iran (Part 4): The Role of World's Jewish Intellectuals in Building the Iranian Society

<b>The Constitution of the Islamic Republic and the Iranian Jews</b><p>Article 3 of theConstitution of the Islamic Republic states"negation of all forms of oppression, both the infliction of and the submission to it, and of dominance, both its imposition and its acceptance" is a task of the government. …

Theodor W. Adorno

Republican 'Religious Freedom' Laws Will Hurt More Than Gay Couples

Did your parents or grandparents ever use the term "hissy fit"? If so, you know you've been witnessing a bunch of them from Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.<p>Jeb Bush said it is now crucial that as a country we protect religious</i> …

Here's what to do when an airline loses your luggage

Thankfully, the US Department of Transportation has started laying down the law on what should happen when you arrive somewhere and your baggage doesn't.<p>Unfortunately, this still varies wildly depending on each airline and each specific situation.<p>To help you navigate these tricky waters, we've …

Aviation

How I Learned About White Privilege

As an expat living in Scandinavia, it's a cheap shot to call my fellow Americans racist. Whenever I do, my smugness is dented by a comment attributed to the late Louis Armstrong. He, like many American jazz musicians in the 1930s came to Copenhagen because Danes loved jazz and American …

Allah Made Me Muslim; Allah Made Me Queer

<i>Co-authored by Terna and Andrew Stehlik</i><p>"I didn't know there was such a thing as a queer Muslim."<p>Even among the most progressive, well-educated and best-intentioned individuals, this is a comment which is heard far too often. People who have no trouble understanding that lesbians, gay men, bisexuals …

Charleston shooting: Black and Muslim killers are 'terrorists' and 'thugs'. Why are white shooters called 'mentally ill'?

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. …

Saudi Sunnis, Indian Shiites, and Israeli Jews Meet in India

In May 2015, I visited the Indian city of Lucknow, the most important Shiite center in India. The visit was exceptional in its composition—an Israeli …

Inside Mosul: What's life like under Islamic State?

<b>Exclusive footage reveals how Islamic State wields power over people's everyday lives in Iraq's second city, Mosul, a year after it was captured.</b><p>Secretly filmed videos obtained by the BBC's Ghadi Sary show mosques being blown up, abandoned schools, and women being forced to cover up their …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Rouhani clashes with Iranian clergy over women arrested for 'bad hijab'

With summer approaching, president has provoked a row with senior clerics after criticising police for enforcing a strict interpretation of dress codes<p>President Hassan Rouhani, who came to office in 2013 partly on the votes of young, middle-class women, knows that in the summer, hundreds or even …

Asia

The Islam I Know

The militant TV preacher Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, who said the Nazis were justified to kill Jews and called on Egyptians to rise up in revolution and war, was sentenced by Egypt to death in absentia on May 16.<p>From his exile in Qatar, Qaradawi said the death sentence violated Islamic law.<p>But …

Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State

PANKISI GORGE, Georgia (AP) — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.<p>In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a 20-year-old stole her friend's passport to make the same hazardous journey.<p>From New Zealand, came a former …

Bill O’Reilly’s all-American paranoia: What’s really behind his religion-infused doomsaying

The Fox New host is convinced of this country’s imminent moral collapse–but none of his frantic tirades make sense<p>Last week, Bill O'Reilly let it all out in one of his most bizarre rants of late, discussing what he sees as the moral decline of America, and the imminent fall of our empire -- much …

Asia

How pandas may be eating their way to extinction

A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside.<p>A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes living inside these animals' guts is optimized to digest meat. This is despite the fact that giant …

Biology
North Africa

How Did You Become Such a Friggin' Liberal?

I'm often asked by some family and some friends, "How did you become such a Liberal?" Usually not that nicely, but you can guess the rest. The question comes of course from my right leaning friends and family members, which I surprisingly have quite a few. The question generally has a tone of …

Viewpoint: Islam v feminism?

<b>Why on earth would any girl abandon the liberties of a modern democracy to join the dark ages of IS? Huda Jawad attempts to offer an answer.</b><p>I was born in Baghdad and grew up in the United Arab Emirates and Syria before coming to settle as a teenager in London in the late 1980s. My parents were …

Religion

America Snores When Christian Terrorist Threatens to Massacre Muslims

An ordained minister pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a New York town full of Muslims. Where's the FBI presser and Fox News panic?<p>Have you …

Religion

Equality and polyamory: why early humans weren't The Flintstones

A study released last week presented evidence that prehistoric men and women lived in relative equality. But is the truth even further from the nuclear narrative?<p>Last week, scientists from University College London released a paper presenting evidence that men and women in early society lived in …

Newfound 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' Discovered in Ancient Text

A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or …

Archaeology