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Weekend political roundup: Immigration, Russia, and Israel vs Hamas

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2014 – This week in politics highlighted twin refugee crises in America and the Middle East, an airline tragedy and disgusting behavior in Eastern Ukraine, and rumblings of potential incipient interest rate hawkishness at the Fed – maybe. After the murder of three Jewish teens, Israeli Defense Forces arrested 900 members of ...

The ruins of Saint Elijah's Monastery founded in 595 AD south of Mosul by the Christian monk Mar Elia

Islamists force Christians to flee Mosul, Iraq

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS a group so brutal al Qaeda distances themselves from it, sent letters to Iraqi Christians living in Mosul they must convert to Islam, pay a fine or face "death by the sword."

Malaysian Airlines 777.

Stocks spooked by Malaysian MH17 crash, lousy housing numbers

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 – The Dow Jones Industrials got off the chocks not long after this morning’s opening bell, somewhat feebly attempting to break yesterday’s record high. But first, lousy housing numbers took the wind out of the market’s sails. Housing starts fell “unexpectedly” in May. Who knew? Then around 11 a.m. EDT, news ...

"Sameera" poses with her record breaking Starbucks drink (Caffeine Informer)

Muslim girl breaks world record for most expensive Starbucks drink

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 — Identifying herself only as Sameera, a young Muslim girl from Pembroke Pines, Fl is the latest to break the world record for most expensive Starbucks drink. Posting her account on Consumerist, Sameera revealed that her original bill came out to $60.58. When she applied a rewards card, the amount decreased ...

A new Ancient Egyptian discovery at Abydos

CAIRO, July 11, 2014 — On July 2, 2014 an Egyptian excavation team from the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage (MAH) discovered a well preserved limestone ancient Egyptian chapel that dates back to the 11th Dynasty. As the team deciphered the hieroglyphic text on the chapel’s wall, they recognized clearly the name of king Mentohotep II, ...

Egypt: President Sissi cuts subsidies

CAIRO, July 8, 2014 — The decision by new Egyptian President El Sissi to cut subsidies on several products will test his popularity. On Saturday July 5, Egyptians were surprised by a sudden increase of gas prices. Mini-bus drivers throughout Cairo and the city of Ismalia took to the streets to demonstrate against the price ...

Bahrain expels senior US diplomat for meeting with Shiite Muslims

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — Bahrain expelled U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski from its borders today in what could be the beginning of an international incident. AP reports, “Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry says that a top U.S. official has been declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country, just ...

Could ISIS be a victim of their own success?

As they have swept eastward out of Syria, where they have a foothold which they have carved out for themselves during the turmoil of the Syrian Civil War, they have gained strength in numbers and assets. Their benefactors see that they are making progress, with each new city they take they gain both recruits and fighting experience. They are picking up armored vehicles, helicopters, and whatever equipment the Iraqi army left behind or abandoned when they surrendered.