This Muslim Marine Has the Perfect Response to Donald Trump | GOOD

Last week, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump told Yahoo News that he would not rule out “a form of special identification” for Muslims “that noted their religion”—a recommendation that has drawn more than a few comparisons to Nazi Germany. Hours later, Sergeant Tayyib Rashid, a retired Marine from Chicago, posted his response on Twitter:

Source: This Muslim Marine Has the Perfect Response to Donald Trump | GOOD

Donald Trump on waterboarding: ‘Even if it doesn’t work they deserve it’ | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump touted the benefits of waterboarding in a campaign rally on Monday night, telling a crowd that “you bet your ass” he would bring it back into use.Addressing thousands of people in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican frontrunner praised waterboarding, an interrogation method that has been called torture. “I would approve more than that,” he said.Trump told supporters: “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.”The Republican frontrunner then added “… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us”.Trump is not the first Republican candidate to endorse the use of waterboarding, which involves simulating drowning, in an attempt to elicit information from terror suspects.

Source: Donald Trump on waterboarding: ‘Even if it doesn’t work they deserve it’ | US news | The Guardian

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Picture of Black and White

My soul is tired and aged,

Struggling without gain,

In limbo.

SometimesI break down into a hundred pieces,

Only to come together once again.

Sometimes

I don’t know where I am—

Here, there, everywhere, nowhere…

Sometimes

While out searching myself,

In the chaos of my mind,

I sink into the ocean of thoughts;

Mixed up with present, past, and future,

A question reflecting in my ear:

Who am I, who am I?

But I am nothing more than a picture of black and white.

Uncertain, confused, and lifeless—without light.

By Farida

Source: Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Picture of Black and White

Blue Shield got millions in excess 2014 Obamacare profits but has an explanation

markovichpaul-zek*100xx1200-1200-0-75.jpBlue Shield of California accounted for nearly 30 percent of what some call “excess profits” nationally from Obamacare exchanges, according to Nov.19 report by the federal government. It reported nearly $107 million in excess profits, out of a national total of $362 million.

Those figures relate to individual coverage on Covered California and other Affordable Care Act exchanges nationwide.

San Franicsco-based Blue Shield tallied the most excess profits of the 319 insurers included in the report…

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Israeli settlement wines back on Berlin store shelves | News | DW.COM | 23.11.2015

The iconic department store Kaufhaus des Westens in Berlin – known as KaDeWe – announced that eight Israeli wines it had removed from its shelves would be sold after all.KaDeWe said that the wines had been temporarily removed so the importer could relabel them in accordance with new European Union rules that require products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be labeled as such.

Source: Israeli settlement wines back on Berlin store shelves | News | DW.COM | 23.11.2015

Cameron calls for UK to join airstrikes in Syria | News | DW.COM | 23.11.2015 AKA: Cameron lusts for bloodsport to show manliness?

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that he would address parliament on Thursday to urge MPs to back strikes against the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) militants in Syria.”On Thursday I will come to this house to make a statement” on the air campaign, Cameron said, having flown back to London from an earlier meeting with President Francois Hollande in Paris.The announcement came as the British government pledged an increase in the country’s military spending.Writing in Monday’s “Daily Telegraph” newspaper, the prime minister said: “As the murders on the streets of Paris reminded us so starkly, Islamic State is not some remote problem thousands of miles away; it is a direct threat to our security.”

Source: Cameron calls for UK to join airstrikes in Syria | News | DW.COM | 23.11.2015

UNHCR: ′ We can′t cope with mass Burundian refugee influx in Tanzania′ | Africa | DW.COM | 23.11.2015

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that heavy rains, flooding and a spike in new arrivals could threaten the lives of over 110,000 Burundian refugees living in overcrowded camps in Tanzania.An upsurge of new arrivals in the camps in April saw the figures rise to almost 180,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzania. The violence in Burundi sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term has claimed at least 240 lives and sent more than 200,000 Burundian fleeing to neighboring countries.

Source: UNHCR: ′ We can′t cope with mass Burundian refugee influx in Tanzania′ | Africa | DW.COM | 23.11.2015