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  • Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?

    12/17/2014 8:42:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 30 April 2014 | Oliver Wainwright
    Sitting on a salvaged sofa in the centre of her small tin shack, Nomfusi Panyaza looks increasingly worried, as heavy clouds gather in the sky outside. “When it rains, the public toilets overflow into my living room,” she says. “Water comes in through the ceiling and the electricity stops working.” Outside her makeshift home in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, on the eastern edge of Cape Town, barefoot children play on the banks of an open sewer, while cows roam next to an overflowing rubbish heap. Panyaza shares this tiny cabin with her two daughters and four grandchildren, a family...
  • U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor

    12/16/2014 8:42:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | DEC. 4, 2014 | TAMAR LEWIN
    The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year. The National Center for Health Statistics reported Thursday that there were 3.93 million births in the United States in 2013, down slightly from 3.95 million in 2012, but 9 percent below the high in 2007. According to the report, the general fertility rate in the United States — the average number of babies women from 15 to 44 bear over their lifetime — dropped to a record low last year, to 1.86 babies,...
  • High school students walk out over 'Redskins' name change

    12/14/2014 8:11:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed December 10, 2014 | Katia Hetter and Eliott C. McLaughlin
    (CNN) -- The debate over the "Redskins" name in sports isn't just at the professional level. Students at an Oklahoma City high school were refusing to go into Capitol Hill High School on Wednesday morning because their mascot no longer has the controversial name, according to CNN affiliate KOCO. Dozens of students stood on the lawn outside the building rather than heading into class. The city's public school board voted Monday to change the name in response to Native American students' feelings that the mascot name was offensive. The vote to change the mascot, which has been in place since...
  • This Millionaire Playboy Is The Most Interesting Man On Instagram

    12/14/2014 8:05:51 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 21, 2014 | Logan Rhoades
    Dan Bilzerian is a 33-year-old professional poker player who has made millions playing cards and gambling. He’s been referred to as “Instagram’s Playboy King” and here’s why:
  • Johnny Manziel's Putrid 1st Start Has to Be Alarming for Browns

    12/14/2014 7:38:48 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    B/R ^ | Dec 14, 2014 | Mike Freeman
    Hold on…do you mean you can't succeed at the quarterback position in the NFL by just upchucking lobs into the middle of the field like you're at the county fair trying to throw rings around milk bottles? Are you telling me that what you could do at Texas A&M, you can't do in the pros? That everyone is faster than you? More athletic? You mean if you don't study hard all the time in a league with so many intelligent men who bust their ass in the classroom, you might fail?
  • Movie slumber party: Beds replace theater seats

    12/14/2014 10:01:18 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 12, 2014 | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) — A furniture store has taken over a Moscow cinema, allowing theatergoers to enjoy what more closely resembles an enormous slumber party than an afternoon at the movies. This week the Swedish furniture giant IKEA replaced a movie theater's seats with beds in its Russian "Awake Love" campaign. The switchover took place in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, not far from a branch of the store beloved by many Russians. The campaign, which lasts until Dec. 14, is modeled after a similar event in 2010 at a Paris music hall.
  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • NFL Sees a Drop in Concussions, But Problems Linger

    12/10/2014 8:32:01 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    Frontline ^ | December 5, 2014 | Robert Collins
    As the final month of the NFL’s regular season begins, the league’s response to concerns over a link between football and traumatic brain injury may finally be making a difference on the field, according to a FRONTLINE analysis of officially reported head injuries. Through the first 13 weeks of the season, a total of 96* concussions have been disclosed on team injury reports, down from 115 at the same point last season and 128 in 2012. At the current pace, teams are on track to report at least 122 concussions, a drop of nearly 20 percent from a year ago.
  • Bloomberg Poll Shows Half of Americans Don't Want Their Sons Playing Football

    12/10/2014 8:18:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    B/R ^ | Dec 10, 2014 | Mike Chiari
    Football may be king in terms of sporting popularity in the United States currently, but a recent poll suggests that participation could wane in the coming years. According to Annie Linskey of Bloomberg, 50 percent of the 1,001 American adults polled in a survey from Dec. 3-5 said they would not want their sons to play competitive football.
  • Jeff Fisher Taunts 'Skins With RG3 Trade Haul Before Game

    12/07/2014 4:39:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Deadspin ^ | 12/7/14 | Samer Kalaf
    The Rams shut out the 'Skins 24-0 today, but St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher punked Washington before the game even started. Remember when Washington traded up in the 2012 draft to get Robert Griffin III? Oh, Fisher remembers.
  • How Rolling Stone failed in its story of alleged rape at the University of Virginia

    12/05/2014 7:04:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2014 | Paul Farhi
    Journalists are paid to be skeptical and to distinguish facts from assertions: Don’t get too close to your sources and check what they tell you. Rolling Stone magazine, it appears, ignored both principles in its explosive story, “A Rape on Campus.” The 9,000-word article about Jackie, a University of Virginia freshman who alleged a frat-house gang rape, was apparently fraught from the beginning with gaps in basic reporting. The story’s writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as well as a phalanx of editors, fact-checkers and lawyers who massaged the piece before publication, accepted Jackie’s account without locking down key details that would...
  • World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

    12/05/2014 6:56:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    Life ^ | Oct. 21, 2014
    On Sept. 1, 1939, one week after Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact, more than a million German troops—along with 50,000 Slovakian soldiers—invaded Poland. Two weeks later, a half-million Russian troops attacked Poland from the east. After years of vague rumblings, explicit threats and open conjecture about the likelihood of a global conflict—in Europe, the Pacific and beyond—the Second World War had begun.
  • 120-mile Ferguson march met with racist counter-protesters in rural Missouri

    12/04/2014 6:53:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2014
    Demonstrators marching from Ferguson to Missouri's capital to protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown were met with opposition as they passed through a rural town. Some people in Rosebud, population 400, shouted racial epithets and held signs telling them to 'go home.' According to the Missourian, the marchers even encountered a 'display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle' that was placed in the street.
  • 47% of white SA believe apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity

    12/03/2014 8:09:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    News 24 ^ | Dec 03, 2014
    A 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer released today revealed that Whites are less likely to remember the oppressive nature of apartheid than other citizens. According to the report, 53 percent of whites who took part in the survey agreed with the statement that apartheid was a crime against humanity. This was compared to 80 percent of blacks, 77 percent of Indians, and 70 percent of coloured citizens who agreed with the statement. Whites were half as likely as black South Africans to agree with redressing the injustice of the past. The barometer looked at 10 years of data collected between...
  • High school football can damage the brain in just ONE season

    12/01/2014 9:30:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 December 2014
    Researchers have found that playing a single season of football can change the brain of a teenager - even if they don't suffer concussions. Even though players were not concussed during the season, researchers found abnormalities similar to the effects of mild traumatic brain injury. They called for more research into the area, which raises new questions over the safety of contact sports for young adults.
  • Meet the house that inequality built: 432 Park Avenue

    11/28/2014 9:48:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 24, 2014 | Joshua Brown
    Along a stretch of New York City’s Park Avenue, between 56th and 57th Street, soars a tower so jaw-droppingly altitudinous that King Kong himself would likely think twice before scaling it.
  • Ferguson burns, South Africa simmers: Why America is but a matchstick away

    11/26/2014 7:50:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    daily maverick ^ | 26 November 2014 | Richard Poplak
    Yesterday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, the first day of the second round of what were in different times referred to as “race riots” unfolded, much as everyone expected they would. In the images of jacked-up riot cops facing off against enraged citizens, we find an American city aping South African archival footage.
  • Carson Palmer's lasting connection (When he tore his ACL in Week 10, donor family grieved)

    11/19/2014 4:19:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    ESPN ^ | November 19, 2014 | David Fleming
    NEARLY EVERY MORNING for the past eight years, Dorothy Hyde has followed the same routine. Wake at 7. Put the coffee on. Grab the paper from in front of her home in suburban Houston. And then, while standing alone in the predawn stillness of her dark kitchen, turn the pages of the paper over, searching for a connection to her daughter Julie in, of all places, the sports section. It wasn't always this way. The 85-year-old widow -- a quintessential Texas grammy, demure, stylish, fiercely independent and not to be trifled with -- used to start with the obits to...
  • Russia's Demography Continues To Improve

    11/17/2014 3:51:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/03/2014 | Mark Adomanis
    Russia is desperately short of good news at the moment. Inflation is substantially above target, the economy is stuck in neutral, the price of oil has dropped sharply (likely throwing the Russian budget into deficit), and the ruble has been probing new lows against both the US Dollar and Euro on a daily basis. The opposition has been scattered to the wind, and barely a week passes without the authorities concocting some kind of terrible plan (the latest: banning lots of school textbooks). Even among analysts that are usually a bit more optimistic about Russia, it is impossible to miss...
  • Can You Stomach Bad Football?

    11/16/2014 8:10:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 59 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Jason Gay
    --SNIP-- The Buccaneers entered the game at 1-8. Dan Snyder’s Washington Sadness Machine was a miserable but better 3-6, a record which included a surprise win over the Dallas Cowboys. Still, who was kidding whom? The Sadness Machine was the Sadness Machine. They are no more likely to be playing in the Super Bowl than the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • England v South Africa: Springbok rugby - still torn over race?

    11/13/2014 8:22:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Tom Fordyce
    "I do not care how the Springboks team does. It is not a reflection of the nation. It is not our team. I support the All Blacks instead. We don't support the national team, because it is a white South African team. It is not a true South African team." Where would you date that sentiment from Zola Ntlokoma, secretary of Soweto Rugby Club? Autumn 1986, when a rebel New Zealand team broke the sporting boycott to tour apartheid-era South Africa? June 1995, when the Springboks met All Blacks in the first World Cup final after Nelson Mandela's release from...
  • When white South Africans resort to begging

    11/08/2014 5:21:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | September 10, 2014 | Tsidi Bishop
    Johannesburg, South Africa - Linda Elfs, 58, spends eight hours at a street corner in Harteebesport dam, a small tourist town in the North West Province of South Africa, begging for money. She is too young to get state pension and "too old to be hired", she says. A former nurse and bartender, she joined the ranks of the unemployed white South Africans eight years ago, and life has since become a struggle. "On a good day I make R400.00 ($37.57), which is not enough to pay for rent or food," Elfs says.
  • WHEN PEYTON MET TOM

    11/02/2014 12:15:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/39445110/ ^ | October 4, 2012 | Mike Tanier
    When the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history made its debut, nobody cared. On the windy September afternoon in 2001, when the greatest quarterbacks of this generation met on the field for the first time, the eyes of the nation were on a Rams-Dolphins blowout.
  • The Unserious Air War Against ISIS

    10/14/2014 7:32:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 14, 2014 | MARK GUNZINGER And JOHN STILLION
    Since U.S. planes first struck targets in Iraq on Aug. 8, a debate has raged over the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s air campaign against Islamic State. The war of words has so far focused on the need to deploy American boots on the ground to provide accurate intelligence and possibly force ISIS fighters to defend key infrastructure they have seized, such as oil facilities. But debate is now beginning to focus on the apparent failure of airstrikes to halt the terror group’s advances in Iraq and Syria—especially Islamic State’s pending seizure of Kobani on the Syrian border with Turkey....
  • Syria air strikes: Reaction from small town America

    09/23/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Anthony Zurcher
    At the Main Event Bar and Grill in Yuma, Colorado, on Tuesday morning, locals took their usual tables to eat breakfast and talk, as country music played over the speakers. The crowd was a mix of farmers, ranchers and retirees, many of whom have spent their whole lives in the tiny town (population 3,500) on the plains in the eastern part of the state. While some of the bar's televisions showed sport highlights, several were tuned to Fox News, with talking heads analysing the previous night's air strikes against Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria. "Either just let them wipe...
  • ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State?

    09/09/2014 6:28:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue September 9, 2014 | Ray Sanchez
    Is it ISIL, ISIS or Islamic State? Whatever you call the jihadist group known for killing dozens of people at a time, carrying out public executions, beheadings, crucifixions and other brutal acts, there is no denying they have captured the world's attention. On the eve of President Barack Obama's speech outlining Washington's strategy against the group, in which he will likely refer to it as ISIL, we ask: What's in a name?
  • Brutal Efficiency: The Secret to Islamic State's Success

    09/03/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | SIOBHAN GORMAN, NOUR MALAS and MATT BRADLEY
    Islamic State's stunning success this summer as it swept across northern Iraq and Syria flows from a highly organized structure controlled by a tightknit cadre led by an Islamist zealot who learned from the mistakes of his al Qaeda predecessors. Blending familiar terrorist acts such as car bombings with conventional military tactics, the group bolsters its strength with local tribal connections and the skills of former generals in Saddam Hussein's army, said Western and Middle Eastern officials tracking the extremist movement. Thrown into the mix is an effective recruitment strategy—join us or die, some young men in captured areas are...
  • Iraq crisis: Shia and Kurdish forces move against IS

    09/01/2014 8:11:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 September 2014
    Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State militants after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. The joint forces have also seized the militant stronghold of Suleiman Beg. Meanwhile Amnesty International says that it has uncovered new evidence that Islamic State have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the north.
  • #BBCTrending: Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

    08/28/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 August 2014
    Russia posted this map in response to Canada's Twitter That's the message the Canadian Nato delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers "who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' entering Ukraine". "Geography can be tough," it notes snarkily. On Tuesday Ukraine released video of Russian paratroopers it says it captured within its eastern border. In response, Russian military sources said the men had crossed an unmarked portion of the border "by accident". Canadian officials, it seems, aren't buying the story. Since the tweet went live, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has alleged that Russian troops have been "deployed" in eastern Ukraine...
  • U.N.: 'Unspeakable' suffering in Iraqi town besieged by ISIS fighters

    08/23/2014 3:14:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat August 23, 2014 | Jomana Karadsheh, Laura Smith-Spark and Chelsea J. Carter
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- As violence CONTINUES to wrack Iraq, the United Nations warned Saturday of another ethnic slaughter in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS. ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and running out of food, water and medical supplies. "The situation of the PEOPLE in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative for Iraq. He said the suffering was "unspeakable" and...
  • EMBOLDENED ISIS THREATENS AMERICANS ON TWITTER

    08/22/2014 8:45:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 July 2014 | JOHN ROSSOMANDO AND RAVI KUMAR
    Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have launched a viral propaganda campaign on Twitter threatening to attack the United States and its interests if America acts militarily against the group in Iraq.
  • Was Putin right about Syria?

    08/22/2014 7:58:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug. 22, 2014 | Ishaan Tharoor
    What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East. Now, the U.S. is contemplating extending airstrikes on Islamic State militants operating in Iraq in Syria — fighters belonging to a terrorist organization that is leading the war against Assad....
  • Assad Policies Aided Rise of Islamic State Militant Group

    08/22/2014 7:43:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 22, 2014 | MARIA ABI-HABIB
    The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militants seeking to overthrow the Syrian government into a marauding army gobbling up chunks of the Middle East, gained momentum early on from a calculated decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go easy on it, according to people close to the regime. Earlier in the three-year-old Syrian uprising, Mr. Assad decided to mostly avoid fighting the Islamic State to enable it to cannibalize the more secular rebel group supported by the West, the Free Syrian Army, said Izzat Shahbandar, an Assad ally and former Iraqi lawmaker who was Baghdad's liaison...
  • Russia's Total Fertility Rate Is Rapidly Converging With America's

    08/22/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | Mark Adamonis
    In the long term any country’s demographic trajectory is ultimately reliant on its Total Fertility Rate (TFR) the number of children born to the average woman. Mortality matters, but if a country has a super low TFR it can have the best healthcare in the entire world and nothing will prevent its population from collapsing. Anyone who doubts this should consider the example of Japan, which boasts extremely high life expectancy but which is nonetheless caught in a demographic “death spiral.” Despite it’s excellent healthcare and the outstanding health of its people, Japan’s TFR has been so low for so...
  • Washington DC from murder capital to boomtown

    08/06/2014 9:24:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 August 2014 | Aidan Lewis and Bill McKenna
    A quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence - it was the "murder capital" of the US. But now, once-blighted neighbourhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving. When Ruben Castaneda moved to the US capital in 1989 to take up a job with the Washington Post, he was struck by how easy it was to score crack. Days after arriving in the city, he was taken to S Street Northwest by a "strawberry" - a streetwalker who offered sex in return for drugs. "The moment she...
  • Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?

    08/05/2014 7:13:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
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  • Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces

    08/03/2014 7:01:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/3/2014 | By Shwan Mohammed
    Sulaimaniyah (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy. The Islamic State's capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups that had found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the "caliphate" which the IS declared in June. "The (Kurdish) peshmerga have withdrawn from Sinjar, Daash has entered the city," Kurdish official Kheiri Sinjari told AFP, using the former Arabic acronym for the IS. "They have raised...
  • Winds of War, Again

    07/31/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 6:56 p.m. ET | DANIEL HENNINGER
    If it's true that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then maybe we're in luck. Many people in this unhappy year are reading histories of World War I, such as Margaret MacMillan's "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914." That long-ago catastrophe began 100 years ago this week. The revisiting of this dark history may be why so many people today are asking if our own world—tense or aflame in so many places—resembles 1914, or 1938. Whatever the answer, it is the remembering of past mistakes that matters, if the point is to...
  • Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

    07/30/2014 3:15:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/29/2014 | BY MICHAEL GEORGY
    (Reuters) - Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.
  • Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

    07/30/2014 2:53:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group, has not previously announced any role in the conflict in Iraq, which escalated last month when radical Sunni militants seized large areas of territory from the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.
  • Losing Iraq: A First Look at Frontline's New Documentary

    07/29/2014 5:45:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wire ^ | july 29, 2014 | David Luwig
    In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. During the subsequent eight years, the U.S. spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives fighting an insurgency waged against the new government. Today, two years after the last American combat forces left Iraq, the country is teetering on the edge of total chaos and threatening to pull the U.S. back into war. The Islamic State (ISIS), with the help of disenfranchised Sunnis, is gaining ground.
  • Frustrated husband creates spreadsheet detailing reasons why his wife would not have sex

    07/21/2014 9:55:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 118 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 July 2014 | Richard Spillett
    A spreadsheet that a man emailed his wife detailing her reasons for turning him down for sex has been shared by thousands of people online. For a whole month, the 26-year-old sexually-frustrated husband jotted down every response from his other half when he asked her for intimacy. He then collated the information and put it into an Excel document before cruelly emailing her as she arrived at an airport ahead of a ten-day business trip.
  • Kobe Bryant: Thinking about life after basketball is 'scary as hell'

    07/20/2014 10:27:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | July 19, 2014
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports. Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career. Bryant gives a peek into his life in a Showtime documentary airing in November. "Kobe Bryant's Muse" covers much of last...
  • Fighting intensifies in Libya, airport control at stake

    07/20/2014 8:45:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun July 20, 2014 | Jomana Karadsheh
    Fierce fighting raged on the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday as militias continued to battle for control of the airport in what's being called the worst fighting in Libya since the 2011 revolution. Clashes were concentrated around the airport, the airport road and a number of residential areas where militias have fought over the past week, residents said. At least five people have been killed, one local official said. The latest assaults were launched by militias from the city of Misrata and an Islamist militia umbrella group in the capital known as the "Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room."
  • Insurgents attack Kabul airport in predawn raid

    07/16/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed July 16, 2014 | Qadir Sediqi
    The airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul came under insurgent attack before dawn, the interior ministry said Thursday. Rapid response teams were deployed to the area of the airport where a firefight was underway, Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
  • Death toll in three-year Syria conflict crosses 170,000

    07/10/2014 10:45:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 10, 2014
    The death toll in Syria’s three-year war has eclipsed 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Thursday. “Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on March 18, 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171,509 people have been documented,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among the dead were 56,495 civilians, including 9,092 children, according to the toll, which included casualties documented up to July 8 this year. Another 65,803 were regime troops and pro-regime militiamen, while 46,301 were rebels seeking President Bashar Al Assad’s ouster...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil mourns a humiliating defeat – in pictures

    07/08/2014 9:07:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 8 July 2014 | Jonny Weeks and Steven Bloor
    In one of the most shocking World Cup semi-finals ever, Brazil, the host nation, conceded five goals in the first half an hour as they were utterly humiliated on home soil by Germany. Fans across the country reacted in shock and horror, while the players themselves could scarcely believe the magnitude of the defeat.
  • Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi addresses Muslims in Mosul

    07/05/2014 6:35:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 5, 2014 | Hannah Strange
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate declared by the Sunni jihadist group. The notoriously secretive jihadi, who has never before been seen in public, chose the first Friday prayer service of Ramadan to make an audacious display of power in the city that the Sunni Islamists have now controlled for three weeks. Speaking from the balcony in his new incarnation as self-anointed “Caliph Ibrahim”, al-Baghdadi announced himself as “the leader who...
  • Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years

    07/05/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2014 | JAN HROMADKO and HARRIET TORRY
    BERLIN—Germany plans to halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater. "There won't be [shale-gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday. The planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia, Germany's main natural gas supplier, and following intensive lobbying from environmentalists and brewers concerned about possible drinking-water contamination. The production of shale gas requires the application of the hydraulic fracturing technology known as fracking, which involves using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to break apart rocks to release the gas. The...
  • Baby bust: US fertility rates hit all-time lows

    07/04/2014 10:21:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | June 26, 2014 | Haya El Nasser
    The impact of the U.S. recession will reverberate for generations to come as women — both Anglos and Hispanics — continue to postpone having children. For the second year in a row, deaths of non-Hispanic whites outnumbered births from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. “These are the only two years in U.S. history when more non-Hispanic whites died than were born,” said Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute. Births have been fewer for some time, “but the decline since the onset...