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Baltimore’s Bloods, Crips, BGF Gangs Explain Their Truce Throughout Freddie Gray Protests

Those involved in the partnership say they’re not out to get cops.

Bloods, Crips, and members of the Nation of Islam. Image via Facebook, photo by Farajii Muhammad

In the midst of the protests for Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the city’s major gangs—namely the Crips, Bloods, and BGF—reportedly called a truce with the intent of protecting the community and standing together non-violently against police brutality.

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After the Copenhagen Synagogue Shooting, This Muslim Community Is Responding in the Best Way Possible

A “Friendship Ring” made up of hundreds of people will surround an Oslo synagogue while worshipers pray.

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The past several months have seen a series of attacks aimed at Jewish businesses and places of worship across Europe, including—but not limited to—the horrific murder of Jews buying groceries in a Paris market, and the recent shooting death of a volunteer security guard at Copenhagen’s Central Synagogue. In response to those acts of violence perpetrated against Jews, the Muslim community in Oslo, Norway is standing up—literally—to support and defend their Jewish neighbors.

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How Environmentalism Can Foster Nation-Building

A reforestation program unites the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

Anyone who manages to make their way to the isolated Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in the southern Caucasus Mountains will find rolling, jagged terrain dotted with unexpected wonders. In biblical times, so the legends go, this was the land where Noah settled. Roaming across the peaks and plains, you’ll find a mountain with a gap in its peak supposedly caused by the Ark slamming through during its descent, ancient salt caverns so deep they’ve carved houses and hotels into the shafts, and hundreds of stone sheep carved by Turkic invaders centuries ago. But perhaps the most amazing, if overlooked, sites in the region are the small groves of weedy tree saplings popping up by the roadside. Although Nakchivan’s history is full of wonder, its recent past is one of strife, which, over the past 30 years, stripped away almost every piece of wood in the countryside. Yet, despite continued hardships, the peoples of this small and secluded part of the world are, of their own accord and powers, bringing back their lost forests.

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What You Won't Hear in the Presidential Debates: Real Middle East Peace Solutions

This election season, like all election seasons, the presidential candidates will inundate us with all sorts of issues they think we think are...

This election season, like all election seasons, the presidential candidates will inundate us with all sorts of issues they think we think are important. In North Carolina and Iowa, they’ll talk about farmers and agriculture and small businesses. In Detroit, they’ll talk about the auto industry and labor unions and factories. In Florida, they’ll talk about Medicare and retirement benefits and social security. Top that off with a heaping dose of rhetoric on education, unemployment, spending, saving, government cuts, women, housing, gay rights, veterans, foreign policy, and Big Bird, and one is likely to become nauseated by the sheer plethora of topics that will be amplified before November 6.

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