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Photo Of The Day: Inside Islamic State’s ‘School Of Jihad’

School Of Jihad

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ISIS is still on the rise in the Middle East, and its members are recruiting kids to join the global jihad.

Islamic State militants have recently released a series of images revealing young boys and girls studying in an Afghanistan “school of Jihad.” The images show children training in martial arts, military-style assault courses, and reading in classrooms (though only certain books are permitted). The kids are also required to learn how to use rifles, as they are told that the use of Kalashnikov assault rifles (AK-47s) helps “to defend the faith.”

Said Abdullah Gul, a teacher at the school, to his students: “We must implement God’s religion over all people. God says do jihad until intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are finished in the world.”

The school will be the subject of an upcoming FRONTLINE documentary airing on Tuesday, November 17th on PBS.

Civil Rights And Sit Ins: How Bernie Sanders Was Shaped By Grassroots Politics

Bernie Sanders’ early political career was molded by economic uncertainty and social upheaval—situations that are all too familiar to most voters today.

Bernie Sanders

Independent firebrand Bernie Sanders is praised for re-injecting old school progressivism into the Democratic Party. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to races, Bernie Sanders has a track record of winning that goes back as far as his high school days: as a freshman, he was a bonafide track star capable of outrunning seniors. At 74, he’s in a far more philosophical, but no less daunting, long-distance race: the one for the White House.

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders graduated from New York City’s illustrious James Madison High School in 1959, and even from a young age was known to advocate for social—and some might argue far-flung—change. While still in high school, he ran for student body president on a platform to provide scholarships to war orphans in Korea.

Shortly after Sanders graduated from high school, his mother died, at the age of 46. She had been a stay-at-home mother in the Sanders’ Brooklyn apartment, and her death—taking place just as Sanders was beginning his post secondary education at Brooklyn College—shook him to his core. In an interview with Vermont’s corner of NPR, his brother Larry later said he and Bernard grew up “grew up feeling loved and secure—except in matters of money.”

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31 Crazy Narco Instagram Photos Posted By Mexico’s Most Feared Drug Cartels

Instagram has long been a place for people to brag—whether it’s folks showing off their post-workout muscles, their new shoes or even the nauseating #RichKidsOfInstagram—but Mexican drug cartels are taking things to the extreme. These aren’t police photos taken inside the home of a Mexican drug lord after an arrest, these are pictures taken by the gangs themselves. Take a look at these shockingly over-the-top narco Instagram photos to be found on these drug lords’ social media accounts:

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What You Missed This Week: The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure

This week’s top stories: Russia’s horrifying and accurately named “zombie drug,” the New York Nazi town still fighting to stay pure, handy 100-year-old life hacks, the adventurers who walk on cliff edges and inside volcanoes, and aerial photography that turns cities into acid trips.

Yaphank Ny Hitler Street Sign

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The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure

Yaphank Ny Nazi March

Image Source: The New York Times

Just 50 miles west of New York City’s borough of Queens–often cited as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world–lies the small, exclusively white, hamlet of Yaphank. And it’s no coincidence that Yaphank ended up that way. In the 1930s, the town was founded by the German American Settlement League, an offshoot of the Bund, the nationwide American network of Nazi sympathizers. Parades featuring swastika-adorned flags marched through the town and hundreds flocked to its Nazi summer camp.

Today, the German American Settlement League, which still essentially controls the town, is fighting to retain its law that any homeowner must be of primarily German extraction (unofficially: they must be white). One couple, former residents, are now taking the league to court, and shedding well-deserved light on Yaphank’s troubling past and present. Go in-depth at The New York Times.

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