Fox News and CNN Brace With The Launch of Al Jazeera America Near

The Al Jazeera America airing is close to becoming a reality; with fourteen hours of straight news every day. Hard-hitting documentaries. Correspondents in oft-overlooked corners of the country. And fewer commercials than any other news channel. It sounds like something a journalism professor would … [Read more...]

600 Lashes and 7 Years of Prison in Saudi Arabia For Criticizing Islam

Convicted of Insulting Islam Through Website, TV Interviews A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison. The Criminal Court found Raif Badawi, the founder of the Free Saudi … [Read more...]

Pakistan’s young Malala, takes education plea to U.N.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world. "Let us pick up our books and pens. They … [Read more...]

Conversation robot ‘Kirobo’ ready for outer space – Japan

TOKYO –  The world's first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched. Developers from the Kirobo project, named after "kibo" or hope in Japanese and "robot," gathered in Tokyo Wednesday to demonstrate the humanoid robot's ability to talk. "Russia was the … [Read more...]

Photos That Will Make Your Stomach Drop

1) Extreme skiing at Grand Targhee, Wyoming. Source: 2) Skywalking on Mount Nimbus in Canada. Source: 3) Vintage climbing photo taken from Gaston Rébuffat's book. Source: 4) Blake Aldridge dives 29 meters from the rock … [Read more...]

33 Must See Abandoned Places on Earth

When it comes to abandoned places, in particular must see ones, you will not find out about them from a marketing team representing it. Unless, you know somebody that has some type of connection to the places, this is one of the few ways that you are going to find out about it. We have compiled … [Read more...]

Syria Conflict: From the eyes of the photographers (graphic)

Forgotten in the recent news cycles has been the continuing quagmire with the Syria conflict. Recently re-transmitted by the Associated Press has been a collection of images from the Syria conflict. With the reporters being the front image of the conflict for their media outlets, it remains an … [Read more...]

Lake Michigan Frozen Lighthouses (Gallery)

Winter has left us for 2013; at least on paper (Spring officially started on Wednesday). However, there are still reminders around the Lake Michigan lighthouses if you follow Tom Gills fascinating photography (check out his blog here). If you have traveled to the west coast of the State of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Faces Critical Decision on Selection of Vatican Secretary of State

Pope Francis has been lauded so far for his simplicity and warmth in public, but if his pontificate is to avoid the pitfalls of Benedict's, he'll have to pick the right men for a few key positions underneath him. The Secretariat of State is arguably the second most important office in the … [Read more...]

Five things you should know about Pope Francis

From the Vatican to Buenos Aires, Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope. He's the first Jesuit and the first Latin American in modern times to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. But in some ways, he's just a normal guy. Here are five things to know … [Read more...]

Meet Pope Francis

In case you have not been following the news the past 24 hours there is a new pope in Vatican City. Yesterday, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former of archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected to lead the Catholic Church and its 1.2 Billion followers. So, who is Pope Francis? Bergoglio, who … [Read more...]

The New Pope Is Chosen; As White Smoke Rises From The Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY — With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday. The name of the new pope, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, … [Read more...]