By: Sonali Kohli
Americans receiving food aid have much higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than the U.S. population as a whole, and some of the habits they resort to in order to stretch their dollars just make the situation worse. The nonprofit Feeding America surveyed 60,000 people who access meal and grocery programs around the country, and the study provides a comprehensive look at who is hungry and seeking help in America.
By: Loon Watch
According to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.”
Yet, Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes. If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”
”Muslims and their “leftist dhimmi allies” respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that “nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”
But perception is not reality. The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion. On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. That list can be accessed here (scroll down all the way to the bottom).
Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database
It would serve Americans greatly to take a page out of Sweden’s book about recycling their waste.
The Scandinavian nation of Sweden has set a new precedent in the world of recycling its trash, with a near zero waste amount of 99 percent. Sweden was already ahead of the game back in 2012, when they were recycling 96 percent of their trash, but the three percent jump in just two years is quite impressive. Image credit: sweden.media
How does Sweden do it? They have an aggressive recycling policy, which goes in an order of importance: prevention, reuse, recycling, recycling alternatives, and as a last resort, disposal in landfill. As of 2014, only 1 percent of their waste ends up in a landfill.
Lebanese campaign to save water amid a shortage is unlikely to work without government regulation, experts say.
By: Sophie Cousins
Beirut, Lebanon – Plastered across billboards, flashing across television screens, and splashed on pamphlets and stickers, a new message is suddenly everywhere you look in Lebanon: “If you love me, save me some water.”
LONDON – Senegal national team and Chelsea Muslim striker Demba Ba has offered money necessary to fund the construction of a mosque in his parents’ hometown in Senegal.
“Being a Muslim is more important than me being a footballer,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Independent by sen24heures website reported on Friday, May 9.
“A good Muslim is a good person, so I try to be a good person,” he added.
Being a devout Muslim, the Chelsea star usually celebrates his goal to performing prostration. Ba is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Chelsea and the Senegal national team.
It is also known that he was brought up in a religious home.
The news about his contribution to fund a new mosque hit the Senegalese media last week.
The new mosque is expected to be inaugurated within the coming weeks.
Ba is one of 40 other Muslim stars in the English Premier league.
The Muslim existence on English football pitches dated back to 1992 Tottenham’s Spanish midfielder Nayim was the only Muslim player in the league.
Seeking new talented players for the league, scouts brought new players from West Africa and Paris to become global stars.
The growing influx of Muslim players has been fuelled by the internationalization of football.
Ba’s homeland, Senegal, is a country in West Africa where Islam is the predominant religion. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s population is estimated to be Muslim.