Category: Family & Teens

Salman Abedi: How Manchester attacker turned from cannabis-smoking dropout to Isis suicide bomber

Image result for Salman Abedi: How Manchester attacker turned from cannabis-smoking dropout to Isis suicide bomberThe 22-year-old was remembered as a “fun guy” who drank, took drugs and possibly had links with local gangs before appearing increasingly religious as his radicalisation deepened. The same transformation has been documented in many of Europe’s deadliest terrorists, including petty criminals and drug dealers in the Isis “super cell” behind the Paris and Brussels attacks. …more: INDEPENDENT.CO.UK

more:  Anti-terror hotline ‘received warnings about Manchester bomber years

The 712-page Google Doc that Proves Muslims do Condemn Terrorism

‘I wanted to show how weak the argument is that Muslims don’t care about terrorism’ … Heraa Hashmi.You can see that double standard at play in the aftermath of the London attacks. Khalid Masood, the London attacker, was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent and is believed to have converted to Islam in prison. Have we heard Kent natives – hello Nigel Farage! – condemn the actions of the people born in their county? (“I hope my Kentish brothers and sisters will reach out to fellow Britons in solidarity to demonstrate that such hatred will not defeat the inherent bonhomie of the home counties?”) No, we haven’t, because that would be ridiculous. And yet Muslims have often been expected to apologise for the actions of someone on the very fringes of their community, and have done so…more: theguardian 

“The Only Good Muslim Is a Dead Muslim”

A meatpacking town in Kansas opened its doors to Somali refugees. Then a group of Trump supporters plotted to kill them after Election Day.
On October 11, 2016, less than a month before Election Day, police in Liberal, Kansas, sat in their cruisers outside G&G Home Center, waiting for Curtis Allen to emerge. The mobile home dealership where Allen worked was nothing more than a prefab trailer hauled onto a patch of scrub grass along a remote stretch of Highway 83 on the outskirts of town. .more: newrepublic.com

Researchers identify 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women

Image result for differently in men and womenMen and women differ in obvious and less obvious ways — for example, in the prevalence of certain diseases or reactions to drugs. How are these connected to one’s sex? Weizmann Institute of Science researchers recently uncovered thousands of human genes that are expressed — copied out to make proteins — differently in the two sexes. Their findings showed that harmful mutations in these particular genes tend to accumulate in the population in relatively high frequencies, and the study explains why. The detailed map of these genes, reported in BMC Biology, provides evidence that males and females undergo a sort of separate, but interconnected evolution…more: .sciencedaily

Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now?

Related image“As a Muslim, I’d vote for Jesus, but the Republicans won’t let him in, and the Democrats don’t believe in him,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Barnard College, who concedes that he’s a tad bitter about his political options. Like him, many American Muslims can’t imagine voting for the “Home Alone 2” actor who trumpeted anti-Muslim bigotry all the way to the White House. They also support progressive policies, like affordable health care and a living wage. But privately, they adhere to traditional values, believe in God and think gay marriage is a sin, even though an increasing number support marriage equality…

more:  www.nytimes.com

Substitute teacher fired after allegedly ripping girl’s hijab off

Image result for Substitute teacher fired after allegedly ripping girl’s hijab offA substitute teacher at a Bronx elementary school was fired after ripping the hijab off an 8-year-old girl’s head because she refused to get out of his chair, cops said.

Oghenetega Edah, 31, demanded that the girl at the Bennington School on Adee Avenue take off her religious scarf around 1 p.m. last Tuesday, cops said.MORE: nypost.com

How Poverty Changes the Brain

Image result for brain art exhibitionYou saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works with the limbic system, which is connected and sits closer to the center of the brain. The limbic system processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its storage of long-term memory…more:www.theatlantic.com