GOOD

This App Is Helping Young Iranians Dodge the Morality Police

Users can crowdsource police sightings to help others avoid unnecessary encounters.

Anonymous developers in Iran are making people’s lives just a little bit easier with Gershad, an app that helps Iranians identify (and avoid) locations where officers of the Gashte Ershad (“Guidance Patrol,” better known as the morality police) are lurking. Users can submit, confirm, and deny sightings of the police, and the app reflects the strength of these sightings accordingly; when enough users report the same location, an alert depicting small cartoon officers will appear on the map until sightings decrease, causing the alert to fade slowly from the map.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Meet the First Muslim American Olympian to Compete in a Hijab

President Obama told fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad to “bring home the gold.”

Image via Instagram user ibtihajmuhammad

Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim woman from New Jersey, secured a place on the American Olympic team during an event in Athens, Greece, earlier this week. This summer in Rio, she will participate in the Olympics as the first American to compete in the international event while wearing her religious head covering, or hijab. The official U.S. fencing team will be formally announced on April 11, but according to USA Today, Muhammad has already secured enough points to qualify for the team.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Campaign to Nominate Greek Islanders for Nobel Peace Prize Gets More Than 500,000 Signatures

Organizers hope to gain recognition for the islanders’ generosity and sacrifice in helping refugees.

Image by Ggia via Wikimedia Commons

In late 2015, “Stephen K.” of the United States created a petition asking that the Greek islanders who have been helping refugees receive the Nobel Peace Prize “for their contributions aiding the refugee crisis.” The Greek isles of Lesbos, Kos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, and Leros have been key points in the perilous journeys of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who entered Europe in 2015, and many local people have volunteered to help these travelers as they come ashore, in need.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Women Are All on Board for NASA’s Highest-Risk Trip to Date

Astronauts will spend the next 15 years in increasingly uncomfortable situations to prepare for the mission.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Preparations for the first trip to Mars are well underway, and four out of eight of the astronauts selected as candidates for the journey are women. The trip is scheduled to happen 15 years from now, by which time humans may be able to visit and live on Mars. Until then, these astronauts will be practicing for the real deal, both on Earth and on neighboring asteroids.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Libya’s Masked Men Take on Human Traffickers

The crime-fighting group is a breath of fresh air for worried citizens and incompetent officials alike.

Image by Tobias "ToMar" Maier via Wikimedia Commons

In the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara, some 130 young men, often referred to as the “Masked Men” in reference to their all-black fatigues and balaclavas, have formed a provisional police force in the absence of rule of law. They began patrolling their neighborhoods to protect against militia infighting and general crime in 2012, but have since also found themselves taking on human traffickers and taking care of migrants.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles