Day: March 14, 2014

A History of Religion in 11 Objects

Huff Post: by S. Brent Plate — Humans are needy. We need things: keepsakes, stuff, tokens, tchotchkes, knickknacks, bits and pieces, junk and treasure. We carry special objects in our pockets and purses, or place them on shelves and desks in our homes and offices. As profane and ordinary as the […]

Denmark: Islamists threaten poet Yahya Hassan.

Der Spiegel Since his rise to fame, Islamists have threatened to kill 18-year-old Danish poet Yahya Hassan. They are angered by the portrayals in his writing of his immigrant family background, which he describes as backwards, hypocritical and blinded by religion.  Yahya Hassan has only written one volume of poetry. It’s modern, […]

My father came home from Iraq a monster

Kristi Anne Raspperry, 19, lives with her mother and father, Heather and John Moates, outside Savannah, Georgia. Heather cares full time for her husband, John, an Army veteran who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq. The strain of that, coupled with fights with her husband, prompted the Army […]

On Islam and Feminism

Huff Post: by Sami H. Elmansouri — For those who may use this piece to attempt to demonize over one billion Muslims, know this: I am not your ally. Although there are other communities which have indeed had more advanced conversations on this issue to date, statistically, this is not […]

Daniel Pipes and the anti-Islam crowd’s cries for attention sounding increasingly desperate Imagine if you picked up your morning paper and the news story read “Judaism’s inadvertent effects on adherents.” Imagine if article’s non-Jewish author wrote, “The Torah strictly bans the consumption of pork, leading to the virtual disappearance of domesticated pigs in Jewish-majority areas, then their replacement by sheep and […]

Crimean referendum, 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Crimean referendum, 2014 whether Crimea should join the Russian Federation or restore 1992 Constitution and remain within Ukraine Location Crimea, Ukraine Date 16 March 2014 (in 2 days) Results Result not yet known Results by county   Yes   No ‹ The template below (Crimean Crisis of 2014) is being considered for deletion. […]

The new Great (Threat) Game in Eurasia

Source: Asia Times: As if the EU had any feasible Plan B to escape its dependency on Russian gas (not to mention eschew the very profitable financial game played between key European capitals and Moscow). What are they do, import gas on Qatar Airways flights? Buy LNG from the US […]