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Hillary Clinton Campaign: Let Dreamers Serve In The Military

Elise Foley | October 24, 2016 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out on Thursday in full support of allowing certain undocumented young people to join the military, as the House of Representatives debates the issue. Her campaign issued a statement in support of allowing young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as...

These Cats Competed In An International Show While You Were Out Partying This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | October 24, 2016 | Arts
Did you groggily hit your alarm this morning, dreading another week ahead? Did you hope that somewhere in this world there were fluffy, soft cats winning awards for simply being cats? Could such a beautiful thing exist? In short: Yes. It all happened on Oct. 22 at...

Gunmen Launch Attack On Police Academy In Quetta, Pakistan

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | October 24, 2016 | World
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday night, wounding up to a dozen recruits, officials said. Reports from police sources of hostages could not be immediately confirmed. Some 200 trainees are stationed at the...

Maritime Archaeologists Accidentally Discovered 41 Ancient Shipwrecks

Quartz | Rowaida Abdelaziz | October 24, 2016 | World
A group of maritime archeologists studying sea levels in the Black Sea have uncovered 41 shipwrecks this year as a “complete bonus.” The Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project has been trawling the seabed to understand how quickly the water level rose after the last Ice...

Bakery That Refused To Make Pro-Gay Cake Loses Discrimination Appeal

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | October 24, 2016 | Queer Voices
A Northern Irish bakery that refused to bake a cake iced with a pro-gay slogan lost its bid to overturn its prosecution for discrimination on Monday as a local court rejected an appeal based on its owners’ Christian beliefs. Ashers Baking Co in Belfast had been found...

How This Former Extremist Embraced The Real Meaning Of Jihad

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | October 24, 2016 | Religion
A British man who once preached violence in the name of religion is now using his voice to spread peace. Manwar Ali, a former extremist who claims he was involved in radicalizing “thousands” of young Muslims in the 1980s and 1990s, talked about how his mindset changed after realizing that he’d bought into a warped and violent interpretation of jihad. Jihad is a concept within Islam that literally means “to struggle.” For the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, the word jihad represents an internal struggle to serve God, to be good to yourself and to others.   In a TEDxExeter talk, Ali describes how he came to misuse this word. “I was a young man who believed that jihad is to be understood in the language of force and violence. I tried to right wrongs through power and aggression,” Ali said during the speech, which was filmed in April and featured on TED’s home page in October. “At a time when so many of our people ― young people especially ― are at risk of radicalization through groups like al Qaeda, Islamic State and others, when these groups are claiming that their horrific brutality and violence are true jihad, I want to say that their idea of jihad is wrong ― completely wrong ― as was mine, then.” Ali, also known as Abu Muntasir, was born in Bangladesh. During the talk, Ali spoke about how he lived through his country’s War of Independence, witnessing starvation and violence all around him. Twenty-two of his relatives died during the conflict, he said. These early experiences shaped how he thought about injustice and instilled in him a deep desire to “right wrongs and help the victims of oppression.” While studying in college in the UK, he met people who offered him a way to channel that desire through a distorted version of Islam that treated violence as a virtue. Ali began to fight on the frontline in Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Burma, and recruit young men for extremist organizations.  It was the senseless deaths of these young men around the world that served as Ali’s wake-up call. He faced the truth in 2000 ― that the organizations he was involved in had become “the very instrument through which more deaths occurred, complicit in causing further misery for the selfish benefit of the cruel few.” Ali now believes there are no circumstances on earth in which violent jihad is permissible.  “The verses in the Koran that are connected to jihad or fighting do not cancel out the verses that talk about forgiveness, benevolence or patience,” he said. “I have come to understand that true jihad means striving to the utmost to strengthen and live those qualities which God loves: honesty, trustworthiness,compassion, benevolence, reliability, respect, truthfulness ― human values that so many of us share.” He went on to start Jimas, a UK charity that works to educate people about the true teachings of Islam. He gives talks at mosques and Islamic centers, and serves as a chaplain at the University of Suffolk. At the end of his speech, Ali pleaded with those who use Islam to justify cruelty, to “let go of anger, hatred and violence.”  “Instead create a few beautiful and useful things that outlive us. Approach the world, life, with love. Learn to develop or cultivate your hearts to see goodness, beauty and truth in others and in the world,” Ali said. “That way we do matter more to ourselves ... to each other, to our communities and, for me, to God. This is jihad ― my true...

Meet Shakespeare’s Official Co-Author

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | October 24, 2016 | Arts
If this month’s Elena Ferrante–related news has taught us anything about our reading habits, it’s that we’re obsessed with authorship. The woman behind the popular Neapolitan novels wished to remain anonymous behind her pen name, but, rather than respecting her wishes and enjoying her work, we...

Hungry and Isolated, Women Who Survived Boko Haram Face New Nightmare

Refugees Deeply | Rowaida Abdelaziz | October 24, 2016 | World
MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – Yagna Ibrahim is a woman who has a presence that is difficult to ignore. She strides into the room with grace and confidence, pulls out a chair and sits down next to her friend and fellow women’s rights activist Rabia Musa....

Duterte Deploys Questionable Data To Justify The Philippines' Drug War

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | October 24, 2016 | World
MANILA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. But police statistics have shown that figure to be exaggerated. From...

Mosul Could Be A Make Or Break Battle For Iraq

Samia Nakhoul, Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin | Willa Frej | October 24, 2016 | World
It has taken two years of training a demoralized army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world’s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. Almost week into the U.S.-led onslaught, many of those running the campaign say...

Gunfire & Protests Erupt In Central African Republic

Reuters | Willa Frej | October 24, 2016 | World
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Pub Staff Swear This Freaky Footage Proves Their Bar Is Haunted

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | October 24, 2016 | Weird News
This specter just wants everything to be spotless. Eerie surveillance footage shows what staff at The Chapel House pub in Dudley, central England, claim is a “ghost” helping them to clean up at closing time. The “spirit” first topples a wet floor sign over in a back room. As pub manager Katie Ann Round and her fiancé, Ben Parkes, go to investigate, a mop tumbles to the ground. “He jumped out of his skin,” Round told the local Express & Star newspaper on Saturday. “When we looked at the footage later, we couldn’t believe it.” “I didn’t believe in ghosts at all but this really spooked me,” Round told the Daily Mirror. Parkes claims the “ghost” later thrust a glass from a shelf, which struck him in his chest. Round took charge of the pubwith her business partner, James Stevens, less than three months ago. They posted the clip to Facebook on Oct. 4, and it attracted substantial media coverage over the weekend. Some viewers, however, have suggested the footage is fake and staged for publicity.  The managers deny the claim, saying there could be ghostly goings-on because the venue’s cellar historically provided overflow cells for a nearby police station. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage +...

After 3 Years Of Drought, A Starving Madagascar Teeters On The Brink Of 'Catastrophe'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | October 24, 2016 | World
Even in good years, hunger is rife in Madagascar. More than 90 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and nearly half of the country’s children are chronically malnourished or stunted. But three consecutive years of...

Australian Comedy Team Fitzy and Wippa Take On Donald Trump In Hilarious Wham! Parody

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | October 24, 2016 | Comedy
You don’t have to be an American to see the absurdities in the U.S. presidential election.  Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and Michael “Wippa” Wipfli ― a.k.a. Fitzy and Wippa of Australia’s NOVA FM radio ― have cooked up a new parody that roasts Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Set to the tune of the 1984 Wham! hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” the song’s chorus includes the line: “Donald Trump, you have to go go ― you’re a bigot, racist and homophobe.”  “A lot of people have been watching [Trump’s presidential bid] going ‘nah, nah, this won’t happen,’” Fitzgerald told News.com.au. “But as the election got closer we just felt we had to do something and get involved.” Check it out above. Donate to support Muslims, refugees, women, Latinos and other groups Donald Trump has insulted.   Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the...

Gold-Medal Swimmer Thanks Eagle-Eyed Fan Who Spotted Suspicious Mole

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | October 24, 2016 | Sports
Australian swimmer Mack Horton has one incredible fan. The Olympic gold medalist posted a photo of himself to Instagram on Friday, in which he’s wearing a bandage and giving a thumbs up.  “Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get...

Fate Of Child Migrants Uncertain A Day Before France Demolishes 'Jungle' Camp

Nick Robins-Early | October 24, 2016 | World
CALAIS, France, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Aid workers accused France and Britain on Sunday of failing more than 1,300 unaccompanied child migrants whose future remained uncertain just a day before the French government begins dismantling the filthy camp where they are holed up. Charities operating in the...

'Colonization Road' Is A Film. It's Also An Actual Road Because Canada

Joshua Ostroff | October 24, 2016 | Canada Living
A new film reminds us that colonization is still with us.

Fox News Just Landed A Brutal, Clean Hit On Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Zach Carter | October 23, 2016 | Politics
In the beforetime, in the long, long ago of 2015, a woman named Hillary Clinton was about to launch her campaign for president. She was also trying really hard to secure $12 million for her family’s charitable foundation from King Mohammed VI of Morocco. And...

Iran's President Says The U.S. Election Is A Choice Between 'Bad And Worse'

Nick Robins-Early | October 23, 2016 | World
DUBAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the choice offered to voters in the U.S. presidential election was between “bad and worse” and that harsh exchanges in the debates pointed to a lack of morality in America, Tehran’s arch adversary. “America claims...

Monday Deadline Set For Massive EU-Canada Trade Deal

Nick Robins-Early | October 23, 2016 | World
BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The European Union has given Belgium until late on Monday to overcome opposition to a free trade deal with Canada from its French-speaking region or a summit to sign the pact that could boost both economies is off, EU sources said on Sunday.
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