1. Ok, you’ve likely seen this everywhere, but how could we NOT post this?! 

    We love this. Even better, our erstwhile team members in the UK even recognized some of these happy dancers! …it’s a small world indeed. 

  2. guardian:

    CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

    The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

    In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, James Mitchell was dismissive of a Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture in which he features, and which is currently at the heart of an intense row between legislators and the agency. Read more

    Photograph: US Department of Defense/AP

  3. The Lebanese Civil War, 15 years On

    Last Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Lebanese civil war. The war lasted for 15 years, from 1975 to 1990, and reportedly left 200,000 people dead and an estimated 17,000 missing.

    In commemoration, people gathered in Beirut for a vigil on the steps of the Beirut National Museum; afterwards, they marched towards parliament where children delivered flowers to the members of the parliament.

    According to Al Jazeera English, some at the commemoration spoke about the current atmosphere in Lebanon as precarious, citing a rise in car bombings, a bad economy, and ongoing violence in Tripoli. The war in neighboring Syria, as well as the influx of refugees, has also raised concerns.

    As one university student interviewed said: 

    "I feel the next civil war is waiting to happen, and I am planning to finish university this year and leave Lebanon while I still can," he told Al Jazeera. “This summer will be another summer without tourists [and] people like me cannot find jobs in Lebanon if the situation continues to escalate.”

    It’s understandable those living in Lebanon might feel concerned now about their future and security. The Syrian war has had unfathomable consequences, and America’s foreign policy has probably wreaked more havoc than helped in the last 10 years. 

  4. This 13-Year-Old Girl Hunts With Golden Eagles

    This stunning series has definitely made its rounds on the internet. But, it doesn’t get old and is SO worth sharing. The visuals aren’t only stunning, but open up viewers to a cultural landscape they may not otherwise have access to. Such is the power of extraordinary people…and extraordinary moments captured on “film”. 

    Would you learn to hunt with eagles?

    (we SO would). 

  5. Meet G. Willow Wilson, the Muslim Woman Revolutionizing Superhero Comics

    Vulture Magazine interviews Willow Wilson, a Muslim comic artist who created the female Muslim superhero Kamala Khan for Marvel. 

    Kamala Khan is a 16 year old child of immigrant parents from Pakistan living in Jersey City who, like any other superhero, fights bad guys and saves the day. Equally as interesting as Kamala is her creator, Willow Wilson, who resembled the average white woman - before she converted to Islam. 

    Muslim superhero comics are nothing new— Naif Al-Mutawa from Kuwait created the 99, a group of Muslim superheroes from around the world that resemble all of Allah’s 99 traits. 19 year old Deena Mohamed created the Muslim veiled superhero Qahera who fights social problems affecting women in Egypt. But what Miss Kamala Khan represents is one of the first mainstream Muslim superheroes in the United States

  6. fuckyeahsaudiarabia:

    Handing On the Heritage
    Photograph by Reza

    In the desert near the border with Iraq, a Bedouin father pauses to play with his children. Throughout Saudi Arabia, Bedouin ways and Islamic traditions are passed down from parent to child. Although clan and creed helped create the nation of Saudi Arabia, they may not be sufficient to sustain it. Far more Saudi students now graduate with degrees in theology than in engineering, which leaves the government with a massive challenge: how to train a labor force for the jobs of tomorrow in a culture that’s focused intensely on its past.
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  7. thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
    thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
    thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
    thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)
thetehrantimes:

Seyed Hossein Fasih
Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)
Ser  - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)
Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)

    thetehrantimes:

    Seyed Hossein Fasih

    Sefat - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)

    Behtar - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 39.5×65.5 cm)

    Ser - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 49.5×65 cm)

    Ensaf - 2009 (Mixed media on Paper - 63×50 cm)

    (via thedailypersian)

  8. fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 

Can drones reinvent themselves in the future and lose their blood soaked war legacy?
    fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 

Can drones reinvent themselves in the future and lose their blood soaked war legacy?
    fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 

Can drones reinvent themselves in the future and lose their blood soaked war legacy?
    fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 

Can drones reinvent themselves in the future and lose their blood soaked war legacy?

    fastcompany:

    Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC

    Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”

    Read more> 

    Can drones reinvent themselves in the future and lose their blood soaked war legacy?

    (via npr)

  9. Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief

    From NYTimes:

    Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have seen little in the way of a boost from the sanctions relief they had been expecting, trade lawyers and diplomatic analysts say.

    Despite world powers lifting some of the economic sanctions on Iran during the nuclear talks, investment in the Iranian economy remains slow, and any vision of a full economic recovery out of sight. The international community has gotten used to sanctioning Iran, and has found other sources of oil, and many other of Iran’s exports.

    The fact that Tehran sees little relief in the easing of sanctions could discourage the new Rouhani administration from making major concessions—or a deal at all—with world powers on its nuclear program.

    Sanctions brought the Iranians to the negotiation tables. However now that they are seeing that the damage may be irreversible, it’ll take a lot more incentive from the P5+1 to keep them negotiating. 

  10. Timeline: Al-Aqsa mosque

    Al Jazeera published a timeline of the critical events that have marked the history of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

    The timeline serves as an important reminder of the historical significance al-Aqsa Mosque has for not only Palestinians, but all Muslims.

    For the past few months, Israel has limited access for Muslims into the Mosque for what they deem as security reasons.