AN INTERVIEW WITH an 11-year-old Syrian boy broadcast last week on Russia’s main state-owned news channel, Russia-24, appears to have been filmed not in the boy’s hometown, where a suspected chemical attack took place, but at a Syrian army facility where Russian military advisers were present….MORE: theintercept.com
Niki Boon began taking photos as a hobby while living in Scotland. However, she later had to give it up because of changing life circumstances. Her passion for photography rekindled after she settled in one of the rural areas in New Zealand and gave birth to four children. Boon started to observe how her kids interacted with nature and perceived the world around them, and this became a major source of inspiration for her art…more pictures: /brightside.me/
There’s nothing inherently offensive in that synopsis (other than the lead of a TV series about an Arab family being played by a white Englishman) but what it does say is that your Muslim neighbors might not be trustworthy…more: theguardian.com
A new crisis had seemed possible on Tuesday when the crews of two US Navy patrol boats fell into Iranian hands. Instead, Iran and America moved quickly to defuse the situation – although Tehran could not resist humiliating its captives by broadcasting pictures of the US personnel kneeling and with their hands in their heads….more:.telegraph
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Horner is the first person in history to be charged with what is known as ‘swatting‘, a growing trend in which a person anonymously files a false police report, such as a murder or bomb threat, in hopes of provoking the police to raid an individual’s home or business. Prosecutors in the case proved that Horner called in multiple false threats against rival online gamers, resulting in SWAT team raids of their residence. more : http://www.firestorm.com
The tiresome debate over whether Islam is somehow more violent than other religions unfortunately won’t go away. Recent spats between outspoken commentator Reza Aslan, TV host Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris — who said on Maher’s show that Islam was “the mother lode of bad ideas” — have launched a thousand blog posts and vitriolic tweets.
Writing last week in The Washington Post’s opinion pages, Fareed Zakaria acknowledged the existence of an unpleasant level of intolerance in some Muslim-majority countries, but stressed such societal ills can’t be laid at the feet of a whole religion. “So, the strategy to reform Islam,” Zakaria asks Maher, Harris and their supporters, “is to tell 1.6 billion Muslims, most of whom are pious and devout, that their religion is evil and they should stop taking it seriously?” more washingtonpost.