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Canada’s Hug-a-Muslim Experiment Comes To NYC

Will the Big Apple embrace this cuddly performance project?

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There’s no disputing that Torontonians are friendlier than New Yorkers, but can one of the world’s “toughest” cities handle a hug? Recently, New York actor Karim Metwaly re-created a popular Canadian social experiment meant to promote tolerance and understanding of Islam, asking only that you give him a squeeze. In the experiment, originally staged in January by activist Asoomii Jay in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, a young Muslim is blindfolded, holding up a sign that reads "I'm Muslim and I Trust You. Do You Trust me Enough for a Hug?"

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The Indian Sisters Who Went Viral After Attacking Harassers On The Bus

When the Haryana sisters were harassed by men on a crowded bus, they fought back.

When men began harassing two women on a crowded bus in Northern India, the sisters, named Arati and Pooja Haryana, began fighting back. One of the women wielded a belt and another threw punches at the men, who began pushing them away. Nearby, a camera phone captured the whole ordeal and soon the video was being broadcast on Indian television stations. They called them the “Fightback Sisters”.

“One of the boys started touching my sister and making kissing gestures,” Arati Haryana told reporters. “I told him to go away or I would teach him a lesson. Then he called another boy saying that we have to beat up two girls. And then the other boy got on the bus.”

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Homophobic Maniac Taken Down by Some Texan Good Ol’ Boys (But Not Paul Rudd)

Around the 1-minute mark, the attack goes from verbal to physical. That’s when the bystanders rushed in.

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