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One of the most-asked questions I’ve received is: What is this thing — Jihad — that is causing Muslims around the world to be violent in the name of holy war? Heh, okay, let’s break it down, shall we? It’s really quite simple, and probably not what you’ve heard on your television screens. Jihad means “struggle.” Nothing more, nothing less.A struggle with oneself internally, a struggle against injustice, a struggle against tyranny. Jihad does NOT mean, on the other hand, holy-war-against-so-called-infidels-that-all-Muslims-are-supposed-to-do-so-non-Muslims-should-be-scared-of-their-Muslim-neighbors-and-kill-recent-college-graduates-over-a-supposed-parking-spot.Yeah. How about not. While my neighbors are still...
You can’t scan social media right now without seeing headlines about women running for office, a phenomenon known as the “Trump bump.” And it couldn’t happen a minute too soon. Women remain dramatically underrepresented in elected offices across every level of government. According to Pew Research Center data, women comprise just 19.4 percent of the U.S. Congress. A corresponding report from Pew notes, “While this share is nearly nine times higher than it was in 1965, it remains well below the 51.4 percent of women...

“Properly trained and looked after, there is no pet which can be so interesting or amusing as a monkey.” - Hardwicke’s Science Gossip, 1889. Throughout most of the 19th century, it was not at all uncommon for a family to keep a monkey as a household pet. Monkeys were playful, mischievous, and adept at mimicry. In short, they were amusing. They were also human-like enough to be regarded by some affectionate owners as no more than naughty children. Indeed, for some, the pet monkey may even...
Crunchy, cool, salty and light, poke (pronounced POH-keh), a raw fish salad that originates from Hawaii, makes for the perfect summer meal. The fish (our recipe calls for tuna but you can easily substitute salmon or firm tofu) is typically marinated in sesame oil and soy sauce with green onions; topped with a variety of add-ons like avocado, sesame seeds, or mango; and can be served over rice. Throw a poke party and let everyone experiment with different toppings and sauce combinations — everything can...
Pony Sweat is an amazing aerobics workout, created by Emilia Richeson, for all skill levels that allows people to do their own thing to Emilia’s killer playlists. Based in Los Angeles, she teaches classes 4 days a week with prices and times listed on her site. But for those of us not in L.A., she is releasing her first official workout video entitled Pony Sweat: Volume 1 the week of June 12th. The 50-minute dance video is easy to follow and curated perfectly with warm...
James Comey, the former director of the FBI, is testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee today, almost one month after he was fired by Donald Trump. The hearing is set to cover the F.B.I.’s investigation into Trump’s possible ties with Russia, with regards to their attempt to tamper with the 2016 presidential election. The hearing begins this morning at 10:00, and will begin with prepared opening remarks, followed by a question and answer segment with the senate panel, and then into a two part testimony...
Using birth control to curb menstrual cramps is nothing new, but for a teen in Albuquerque, sufficient care was still out of reach. According to Teen Vogue, the 13-year-old was denied prescribed medication that she needed in preparation for her IUD because of the pharmacist’s personal beliefs. The drug, misoprostol, was prescribed in order to soften her cervix from the insertion of an IUD. It is also recognized as one of the two drugs used to induce abortion. The teen had struggled with other birth control...

As a sci-fi geek, I know all about the Mystical Pregnancy trope. This is a plot device in science fiction where a pregnancy is caused or affected by supernatural or alien means, often causing the pregnancy to be accelerated so that it doesn’t take up too much of a season or story arc, and occasionally doing away with the baby through other supernatural means so that the character giving birth can go back to business as usual. I’ve laughed at some of the more ridiculous...
Cherries, chickpeas, and chocolate are just a few of the foods that get the star treatment from Short Stack, a series of 'zine-like cookbooks that highlights a single ingredient with each edition. Combining retro-inspired designs with top-notch recipes from notable food industry folks, the tiny tomes pack a tasty punch. Tahini's got glazed cod and chocolate truffles, while Avocados offers dishes from guac to grains to greens. Buy individually ($14) or subscribe (6 per year for $75).   - Lisa Butterworth This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print edition of...
  This Sunday, head to York Hall in Bethnal Green for the London edition of the BUST Summer Craftacular. When we open the doors at 11am, the first 100 shoppers will get goodie bags filled with swag from Look Lane, Awesome Merchandise, Mollie Makes, English Handmade Soap– and more! Remember, the early bird gets the goodies!    We are thrilled to have teamed up with all-handmade online marketplace Look Lane for this giveaway. The site is well worth a browse; we spy a couple of briliant BUST Craftacular stallholder's in the mix...