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Sick Man of Europe: Turkey’s infection with the cancer of ISIS

"Turkey. how could you have sunk so low?" the whole world now asks. "Hey, it was easy," Turkey replies. "What else could we do?" What else could Turkey do indeed -- when the usual crew of polished and professional American and Israeli...Show More Summary

Talk Show Inspires 1 Million+ Callers to Protest India's Anti-Gay Law

"Satyamev Jayate" aired an episode on October 19, 2014 called "Accepting Alternative Sexualities" that attempted to challenge misconceptions about India's LGBT community. Soon after, #FreedomForLGBT was trending on Twitter.

Caution: Slippery Loan Ahead!

Co-authored by Nikola Peruši?, Project Manager at Cekor in Serbia Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered many losses and damage this spring when both countries were hit hard by the heaviest rain in 120 years of recorded weather measurements. Show More Summary

Kyrgyzstan's Historical Matriarch Makes a Bid for an Oscar

The seven figure budget of Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains may not raise eyebrows in Hollywood, but in Kyrgyzstan the film has divided movie-goers and spurred an Oscar charge.

Watch docu, "The Border States of America," revealing the perils of US administration's negligence, amnesty policies

For the past six years, the Obama Administration has invited and encouraged the wretched humanitarian crisis we now find on the Republic’s southern border. The president declared – in brazen violation of statutory and Constitutional law – that the government would no longer deport unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants. Show More Summary

Does Israel Have to Be Likable?

It's no secret that Israel has a bit of a P.R. problem. Especially after this summer's graphic Gaza operation, Israel supporters across the country have their hands wringing: how do you make Israel likable? How do you make the case for...Show More Summary

What Are the Differences Between al-Qaeda and IS?

When the Taliban regime fell after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and al-Qaeda was forced to flee towards the mountains of Pakistan, Osama bin Laden's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote a book called Knights Under the Prophet's Banner: The al-Qaeda mManifesto. Show More Summary

William Astore: America’s Hollow Foreign Legions

This article originally appeared at To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.   [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Many thanks for the little flood of donations in the last couple of weeks!  They really do help ensure the continued existence of this website. For anyone still interested in a signed, personalized [...]

Investing in Junk Armies

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail Cross-posted with In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. Show More Summary

Death By Firing Squad in Eastern Ukraine over a Cartoon?

The rebel "culture minister" allegedly demands that a court sentence a writer to death by firing squad, and also asks to be awarded 50,000 rubles in compensation for moral damages.

What’s Been Worse for India: Cyclone Hudhud or the Media Frenzy About It?

On Twitter, many Indians have complained that sensationalism in the news is causing more damage than the storm itself.

Sunday Talking Heads: October 12, 2014

Good morning. Yes, Ebola and ISIS this week, with Election 2014 as well. As an antidote to these Sunday Talking Heads, you can visit all national wildlife refuges for free today. Find one near you.

Iraq’s Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By ISIL To Be Raped, Sold

By Freshta Jalalzai and  Luke Johnson via RFE/RL Iraq's only ethnic Yazidi member of parliament says that the human rights situation in her country is "deteriorating," with Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapping, raping,…

Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land

"Islam is the motherload of bad ideas." - Sam Harris "That's just a fact." - Bill Maher When the host of Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher, tag-teamed with 'new atheist' Sam Harris, to lead an assault on Islam last week, it was Batman-to-be Ben Affleck who stood up as the inexplicable first line of defense against the disjointed attack. Show More Summary

Bill Maher Doesn't Know That FGM Is on the Rise in the West

Bill Maher's been busy telling the world about the poor treatment of women by Muslims, bringing up female genital mutilation or FGM as evidence. And Reza Aslan did an admirable job correcting his many misconceptions. Reza's correct in...Show More Summary

The Investigation Into Thailand’s Backpacker Slayings Is Officially a Farce

Allegations of torture, procedural irregularities and wild speculation in the press: Thai authorities are botching a high-profile murder probe

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 9 Oct 2014

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World USA.  When a question like this is the headline in a popular US news mag—“Will Fracking Fizzle?  The future of the ‘shale revolution’ hinges on the adoption of best practices as industry norms”—it makes one wonder if we might be turning a corner on this dirty business.  Several [...]

Storytelling: The Most Human of Arts

It has been said that the most difficult time comes after a revolution -- a sentiment born out in the tough reality of post-apartheid South Africa. At a conference in Bloemfontein that set out to examine issues of freedom, responsibility and reconciliation, a young black South African man posed a difficult question. Show More Summary

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