Young Dutch Turks’ radical views worry MPs, call for more research

Young Dutch Turks’ radical views worry MPs, call for more research - November 12, 2014 (Dutch News)
MPs from across the political spectrum have called for more research into the attitudes of young Dutch Turks to the Islamic State, after a poll of 300 showed 80% saw nothing wrong in jihad, or holy war, against non-believers.

Nur and Maryam join Muhammad in list of Britain’s top baby names

Nur and Maryam join Muhammad in list of Britain’s top baby names - November 30, 2014 (Daily Mail)
For years Muhammad has been racing up the chart of the country’s most popular baby names – and now he has been joined by his sisters Nur and Maryam. The two girls’ names have been among the most popular of 2014, according to website BabyCentre. The data shows a surge in Arabic names in the UK this year, with Omar, Ali and Ibrahim all entering the boys’ top 100 for the first time.

Israel heading for early national election: ministers

Israel heading for early national election: ministers - December 02, 2014 (Reuters)
Israel appeared to be heading on Tuesday toward an early election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his major centrist coalition partner failed to patch up differences. Netanyahu’s government, which is dominated by the right and came to power early last year, has been unraveling over issues including the 2015 budget. He said on Monday he would call an election unless ministers stopped attacking government policies.

Lack of Money at World Food Program Leaves 1.7 million Syrians Without Aid

Lack of Money at World Food Program Leaves 1.7 million Syrians Without Aid - December 01, 2014 (Washington Post)
A funding crisis has forced the World Food Program to suspend assistance to 1.7 million Syrian refugees, the U.N. agency announced Monday, warning that “many families will go hungry” without the aid. The program, which provides electronic vouchers for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt to buy food at local stores, faces a $64 million shortfall, the agency said, attributing the problem to “unfulfilled” donor commitments.

O Subtle Star of Bethlehem

O Subtle Star of Bethlehem - November 25, 2014 (Christianity Today)
For 400 years, astronomers have tried to explain the celestial phenomenon that attracted the Magi to the birth of Jesus. Johannes Kepler, the pioneer of modern astronomy, was the first to analyze it in 1614. Now, scholars increasingly agree that Michael Molnar, a former Rutgers University astronomer with a coin-collecting hobby, may have figured it out.

ISIS executes two men suspected of being homosexual

ISIS executes two men suspected of being homosexual - November 25, 2014 (Haaretz)
The Islamic State group reportedly executed two people in the Syrian province of Deir el-Zour Tuesday. Their crime? Being homosexual. This is the first report that Islamic State militants killed someone for being homosexual since the group declared its caliphate during the summer.

Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S.

Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S. - November 27, 2014 (Washington Times)
In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

Russian Navy Successfully Test New Missile

Russian Navy Successfully Test New Missile - November 28, 2014 (Associated Press)
The Russian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in as many months, proving its reliability following a troublesome development.

On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies

On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies - November 18, 2014 (Stratfor)
The midterm elections are over, and Congress and the president are in gridlock. This in itself is not significant; presidents as popular as Dwight Eisenhower found themselves in this condition. The problem occurs when there is not only an institutional split but also a shift in underlying public opinion against the president

Israel to stagger purchase of second F-35 batch

Israel to stagger purchase of second F-35 batch - November 30, 2014 (Reuters)
Isreal will stagger the purchase of its second batch of 31 US-made F-35 fighter jets over the next three years, an Israeli defense official said on Sunday after budget wrangling among Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top cabinet colleagues.

Russia warns France over warship delivery

Russia warns France over warship delivery - November 14, 2014 (PressTV)
Russia has warned France of “serious” consequences should Paris fail to deliver a Mistral-class assault warship by the end of the month, a report says.

ISIS ‘to set up Islamic Caliphate in Sinai’

ISIS ‘to set up Islamic Caliphate in Sinai’ - November 03, 2014 (ANSAmed)
The Islamic State (ISIS) has issued a statement saying that an Islamic Caliphate will be established in the Sinai, calling it the “first step towards the invasion of Jerusalem”.