Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins says while former President George W. Bush and failures in Western foreign policy have played a role in the rise of the Islamic State terror group, it's radical Islam that's responsible for the atrocities committed by the jihadists.
"Yes, blame Bush for IS gaining power in Iraq. But don't blame him for IS's cruel, misogynist, homophobic, etc. policies when they got power," Dawkins wrote via Twitter on Tuesday.
GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been heavily criticized by Democrats for claiming that President Barack Obama is "marching Israelis to the door of the oven" over the nuclear deal with Iran.
Rep. Deborah Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said making "cavalier analogies" to the Nazi-Germany holocaust of Jewish people were unacceptable.
The nuclear deal negotiated in Vienna between Iran and the world's six leading powers plus the European Union may be the only solution apart from war, according to one national security analyst.
"Critics of the deal feel that tougher sanctions could bring about a better deal and decrease the chances of war. Others believe that Iran is taking one step back in order to take a giant leap forward later," explains professor Ryan Mauro, national security analyst and adjunct professor of homeland security.
Marking a new chapter for Iran and it's relationship with the world, a successful agreement will also open the door for Iran to reconcile a feud that spans over three decades with the United States. more >>
A new policy update issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which became effective Tuesday July 21, 2015, has clarified the conditions under which an individual becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen can refuse to bear arms for America for religious reasons.
In the update, the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance for naturalization.
"In general, a naturalization applicant must take an oath of allegiance in a public ceremony, in addition to meeting other eligibility requirements, in order to naturalize. The oath includes the clauses to bear arms on behalf of the United States and to perform noncombatant service in the U.S. armed forces when required by law," explains the document. more >>
Edmund Burke famously said, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
This could not be more relevant to the debate raging over the Iran nuclear deal.
On Oct. 21, 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at ending its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. "This is a good deal for the United States," Clinton said. "North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons." more >>
Survivors and witnesses to Monday's terror attack by suspected ISIS militants on the Turkish border town of Suruc have shared stories of the horrors they witnessed following the bomb blast that killed at least 32 people and wounded 100 others.
"People's faces were blown off, arms scattered ... you could smell burned bodies," eyewitness Erhan Subasi told CNN.
"Kids were screaming, everyone was screaming and running," Subasi continued. "Everyone was in a panic but trying to help." more >>