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Why Mark Anthony Conditt – a white Christian – isn't called a terrorist

Racial and religious privilege intersect in how the Austin serial bomber is being perceived<p>If a Muslim man planted bombs in predominately white neighborhoods before blowing himself up, you could bet that the White House and various media outlets would label him a terrorist and draw some connection …

Austin Bombings

Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Businessmen once considered giants of the Saudi economy now wear ankle bracelets that track their movements. Princes who led military forces and appeared in glossy magazines are monitored by guards they do not command. Families who flew on private jets cannot gain access to …

Corruption

The wholesale looting of America

Unchecked by norms or political prudence, it’s smash-and-grab time for the GOP.<p>Over the course of 2017, both in Congress and in the executive branch, we have watched the task of government devolve into the full-scale looting of America.<p>Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and …

Donald Trump

Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang

Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged between 12 and 65 in Xinjiang, adding to controls in a …

China

The indignity of being Muslim in India

My first name was chosen by my mother because it was, as she put it, a “secular” name. Being a mildly religious woman, that really meant the name came as close as it could to a Hindu one, without sounding like a complete cop-out to some of her more orthodox Muslim relatives.<p>At any rate, it was …

Religion

Trump has to live with the consequences of his Israel decision

<b>(CNN) —</b> At ground zero, by Jerusalem's Old City walls, reaction to President Trump's declaration that the United States now recognizes the city as being Israel's capital is both mixed and muted.<p>A small group of Palestinian women sat chanting outside the ancient Damascus Gate and youths who in other …

Israel

Roy Moore is the last straw, you can now call me a Democrat

The GOP would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers than a prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat. That's it, I'm switching parties.<p>My first exposure to politics was at the local level.<p>I was a 16-year-old junior at Escondido High School who was selected to be a part of a new Youth …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump risks 'destroying peace hopes of Israelis and Palestinians'

UN secretary general opposes Washington unilateral move, as voices across world condemn ‘opportunity for extremists’<p>News: Defiant Trump confirms US will recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel<p>Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has drawn an angry and despairing …

Israel

Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You …

Smart Homes

The populist mask is slipping for Trump and the GOP

Dec. 1, 2017, will be remembered as the day when the vast majority of Americans fully grasped the consequences of the 2016 elections. They installed a man in the White House “likely to be under investigation for criminality for a very, very long time to come.” And they gave power to a Republican …

Donald Trump

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts tax plan, peddles false videos

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's recent rally in Missouri was a set-piece of distortion about taxes and the economy. He compounded his growing legacy of false tales on Twitter, where he spread a British fringe group's factually twisted propaganda aimed at stirring hate and fear of Muslims.<p>…

Donald Trump

Sheryl Sandberg Warns Of #MeToo Backlash Against Women

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg warned Sunday morning about the potential for women to wind up on the losing end of what seems like a watershed moment in feminism.<p>The <i>Lean In</i> author is cheering women on, but she writes in a lengthy Facebook post<p>, “I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash.”<p>…

Sexual Harassment
Mitch McConnell

4 winners and 3 losers in the Senate tax bill

Winner: corporations. Loser: charities.<p>The tax bill the Senate passed Friday is a sweeping piece of legislation, transforming the US health care sector, higher education, philanthropy, and, of course, the federal tax code. It’s a major policy change that creates big winners and big losers across …

Income Inequality

Vitamins and Other Ways to Trick Your Body Into Losing Weight

With so much misinformation out there, you're probably wondering if vitamins to lose weight or other similar tips, like drinking a lot of water, or …

These Muslim Convert Stories Will Challenge Your Perspective Of Islam

“Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture.” Islam is “like a malignant cancer.” “I think Islam hates us.”<p>These are just a few of the outlandish statements made by Western voices of political influence in recent times, one of whom is the president of the United …

Why Jefferson's vision of American Islam matters today

An estimated 3.3 million American Muslims are celebrating the month of Ramadan. It was during this month that Prophet Mohammad first received …

Religion

This Rolls-Royce might be the most expensive new car ever built

On Saturday, Rolls-Royce unveiled a one-off custom build called the Sweptail. At a reported price of nearly $13 million, it is believed to be the most expensive new car ever commissioned, The Telegraph reported.<p>While it may not be quite as pricey as the most expensive car of all time — the $38 …

Rolls-Royce

Pakistan's media targets Nawaz Sharif as country gets snubbed at Arab-Islamic-American summit - Firstpost

To say that the Pakistani media is disappointed with the way the country's prime minister Nawaz Sharif was treated at the Arab-Islamic-American …

Muslim youth group urges re-examination of Islamic texts to fight extremism

Gerakan Permuda Ansor warns extremists are gaining upper hand in face of moderate Islam.<p>The world's largest Muslim youth organisation, Gerakan …

Donald Trump Discovers Muslims

You have to hand it to President Trump. To have gone from his call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to “this is a not a battle between different faiths” in less than 18 months is an achievement. In others, it might be considered a radical ideological shift …

Middle East

To Saudis, President Trump has become 'Abu Ivanka'

The top trending Twitter hashtag in Saudi Arabia on Saturday wasn’t visiting<p>President Trumpor even First LadyMelania Trump. Instead, Saudis were abuzz about #binttrump — Arabic for “Trump’s daughter,” Ivanka.<p>Saudi Arabia's fascination with Ivanka Trump highlights how far women have advanced in the …

A Short History of U.S. Presidents Explaining Islam to Muslims

In giving a speech about the religion in Saudi Arabia this weekend, Donald Trump is poised to adopt one of Barack Obama’s errors, and likely to make it worse.<p>Islam, like many other religions, values exegesis. Historically, Muslims were expected to be learned in Arabic, the Qur’an, <i>hadith</i>, and …

Religion

How to earn $10,000 a month as a photographer

Dear friend, I think the purpose of my life is to empower others, especially my fellow photographers and you. If you are passionate about …

Street Photography

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3

“All the signs of a looming war on the Korean peninsula are surfacing,” the group says in the ominous six-minute clip, posted on YouTube over the …

‘We must protect our country’: extremist Buddhists target Mandalay’s Muslims

In a cluttered room in a monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second city, a group of crimson-robed monks and their followers feverishly smoke and talk. One monk wearing black, thick-rimmed glasses feeds paper into a photocopier. Another lies on the floor, stapling pages of propaganda together. …

India Tells United Nations, Ours Is A Secular State With No State Religion

India on Thursday said it is a secular state with no state religion and safeguarding the rights of minorities forms an essential core of its polity, …

India

San Diego schools defend effort to fight Islamophobia

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of the nation's largest school districts is defending its campaign to fight Islamophobia and promote understanding of Muslim culture against critics who say it is favoring a religion.<p>Kevin Beiser, vice president of the San Diego Unified School District board, said Tuesday that …

CAIR

'Media freedom has never been so threatened... We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms'

Its annual World Press Freedom Index warned of the "highly toxic" media-bashing of Trump's election campaign and Britain's Brexit referendum.<p>The situation is at "a tipping point," it said bluntly.<p>Media freedom is being undermined by the rise in surveillance and of authoritarian strongmen across the …

North Korea

Consumer Reports has demoted the Tesla Model S from its top luxury-car rating

The magazine, which provides an annual rating of vehicles sold in the US, said the Tesla Model S sedan was losing its top ranking in the ultra-luxury car category, falling to third place behind the Lexus LS and the BMW 7 Series.<p>In a statement, Tesla said it had begun enabling the automatic …

Tesla