Tears for a Dying World

Erdogan promoting Imam Hatip Schools

Erdogan turning Turkey into Islamist State

Erdogan promoting Imam Hatip Schools   Istanbul (AFP) — When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise. His daughter had been assigned to a religious high school, like thousands of other students...

Cheap quinoa from Peru

Cheap Peruvian Quinoa contaminated by pesticide use

In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, a man holds Peruvian quinoa, part of 23 metric tons to be burned in Guaqui, Bolivia. International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.” As...

US Vice President Biden with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Joe Biden to press Turkey over Islamic State role

US Vice President Biden with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Despite the disagreements, it was all smiles when Mr Biden met Turkey’s prime minister   US-Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to push for a bigger Turkish role in the fight against Islamic...

Her heroism is humble as opposed to "sexy," says this Wired article. It is a different kind of quiet heroism that we aren't used to in big screen films, and that makes it even more interesting to watch.

Why We Love Teenage Female Heroines

I wanted to find out where this love for the teenage female heroine comes from.   Let’s take a lok at Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. Numerous literary critics and analysts have differing opinions on why readers and film-goers are drawn to Katniss. In a NY Times article, one film critic...

Extremist Muslims in Europe

A study about Muslim Fundamentalism: not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe

  published in: WZB Mitteilungen, December 2013 Fundamentalism and out-group hostility Muslim immigrants and Christian natives in Western Europe Ruud Koopmans In the heated controversies over immigration and Islam in the early 21st century, Muslims have widely become associated in media debates and the popular imagery with religious fundamentalism. Against...

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: IS has not come out of thin air

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: IS has not come out of Thin Air

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: IS has not come out of thin air   Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, the fight against the ISIS required “true and sincere international cooperation.” “ISIS has not come out of thin air,” al-Assad told a meeting of ruling Baath Party late Thursday, according to the...

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, and US Vice President Joe Biden shake hands before a statement after their talks in Kiev on Friday. (AFP)

Biden in Ukraine as tensions rise

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, and US Vice President Joe Biden shake hands before a statement after their talks in Kiev on Friday. (AFP)   KIEV: US Vice-President Joe Biden warned on a visit to Kiev Friday that Russia risked further isolation over its “unacceptable” aggression in Ukraine. “It’s simply...

Villagers in northwest Bangladesh tending a floating farm. Credit Amy Yee

How one intelligent man changed the lives of Bangladeshians

Villagers in northwest Bangladesh tending a floating farm. Credit Amy Yee   The Floating Gardens of Bangladesh Farming on Water to Prevent the Effects of Climate Change CHARBHANGURA, Bangladesh — Each year the brown waters of the Gumani river swell during the summer monsoon, creeping over the surrounding fields to...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. A new graphic video purportedly produced by Islamic State militants in Syria released Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 claims U.S. aid worker Kassig was beheaded. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family, File)

Thousands of moderate European muslims are joining IS

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. A new graphic video purportedly produced by Islamic State militants in Syria released Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 claims U.S. aid worker Kassig was beheaded....

Fukushima water woes

Fukushima nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes

Fukushima nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes   OKUMA, Japan — More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive...