While many people around the country are trying to raise awareness for social injustice, some Hollywood stars are looking to protest with their wallets by boycotting black Friday.
Entertainers such as actor Jesse Williams, singer John Legend, actresses Tika Sumpter and Kat Graham, model Chanel Iman, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons and television host Terrence Jenkins, have decided to skip out on black Friday after news broke that Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for fatally shooting Michael Brown,18, last August.
A number of celebrities showed their support for the movement by using the hashtag #BlackOutBlackFriday on social media, in an attempt to boycott Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that sees many Americans shop in droves to find bargain deals. more >>
The death toll from a major Syrian airstrike on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday continues to rise and has almost reached 100 casualties. The dozens of wounded are meanwhile overflowing the last functioning hospital in the war-torn city, an activist has said.
"There are a lot of dead bodies and injured. There are just a few doctors, and because of that there are a lot of people dying from their wounds," an activist from inside Raqqa told BBC News.
"All the markets in the city closed after the air strikes. There is nobody walking in the streets — it's just like a zombie [film]," he added. "They are just afraid because they say in the morning there are regime air strikes and in the evening there are [US-led] alliance air strikes and it's very, very hard to live under IS." more >>
Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the "radicalization" of Muslims within its border.
Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
In the words of Arabic news site Elaph, "Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia's Muslims." more >>
Pope Francis has said that he would "never close the door" on dialogue with terror group ISIS if there is any way it could end the suffering in the region. The pontiff was speaking to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and added that states striking back against terrorism can lead to loss of innocent life as well.
"I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It's difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open," Francis said about talks with ISIS, responding to a specific question of dialogue with the jihadists.
The terror attack two week's ago on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun. Congress showed moral clarity when blaming the horrors on Hamas and Palestinian Authority incitement, but Obama's statements were perfunctorily "balanced." Obama warned of a "spiral" of violence – an obtuse refrain of those suggesting moral equivalency between terrorism and the fight against it. Obama also misleadingly claimed that "President Abbas...strongly condemned the attacks" omitting that Abbas did so only after pressure from the administration and with equivocation (Abbas suggested a link between recent terrorism and visits by Jews to the Temple Mount, as if to justify the attacks). It's also worth noting that Palestinians celebrated the massacre (as they did after the 2013 Boston bombing and the 9/11 attacks).
Obama's weak reaction is consistent with his mostly impotent response to ISIS terrorists who behead Americans and Mideast Christians and grow their Islamist empire by the day. Frighteningly, his approach to Iranian nukes follows the same meek pattern, but the stakes are exponentially higher, because when Iran goes nuclear, so does terrorism.
Iran is already the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, without nuclear weapons. Iran-supported Hamas has already tried to commit nuclear terror: last summer, Hamas launched rockets at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor. How much more dangerous will Iran become when it has nukes? Even if Iran doesn't directly commit nuclear terrorism, an Iranian nuclear umbrella will embolden the regime and the terrorist organizations it sponsors. more >>
Weapons recently supplied by the United States to Iraqi military forces and tribal militias are already ending up in the hands of Islamic State militants, Iraqi officers and lawmakers are claiming.
As the Pentagon requests $1.3 billion in 2015 to provide weapons to the Iraqi military and tribal forces to help them defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization, Iraqi lawmakers, officers and soldiers recently told The New York Times that corruption has run rampant among Iraq's military leadership and because of it, some of the "recently" supplied U.S. weapons have been sold on the black market to Islamic State fighters.
"I told the Americans, don't give any weapons through the army, not even one piece, because corruption is everywhere, and you will not see any of it," asserted Col. Shaaban al-Obeidi of the internal security forces, who is also a leader of a Sunni tribe on Anbar Province. "Our people will steal it." more >>