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ISIS Is Making Nearly $100 Million Per Month Selling Oil. Who’s Buying It?

ISIS is raking in the oil money. The Iraq Energy Institute estimates that the terrorist organization is making approximately $3.2 million per day selling oil on the black market: $1.2 from oil in Iraq and $2 million from oil in Syria. A complex smuggling operation funnels the oil out of the region through Iran, Kurdistan, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Hussein Allawi is the manager of the Iraq Energy Institute in Baghdad. He told CNN, “They use oil tank trucks instead of oil pipes.

Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests

Large crowds holding both Russian and Ukrainian flags flood the streets of Moscow to protest Russia's covert actions in Ukraine (Photo: RIA Novosti)

Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite

NASA Goes Commercial, Signing Manned-Spaceflight Contracts With SpaceX and Boeing

This past Tuesday (September 16, 2014), NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX as the winning commercial contracts for bringing astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017. According to YahooNews… “NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Center, next door to where the launches should occur in a few years.” The U.S. retired it’s own Space Shuttle in 2011, and since then has been relying on Russian rockets to bring NASA astronauts to

8 Russian Military Aircraft Intercepted By U.S. and Canadian Air Force

Yesterday evening, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) reported that a total of 8 Russian military aircraft had been intercepted along the west coasts of Canada and Alaska on Thursday. The crafts were intercepted in two separate events. In one encounter, two American F-22s based in Alaska intercepted, “two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers” that flew within 55 nautical miles (63.3 regular miles) of the Alaskan coast. NORAD reported that as the

45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World

Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center found that a whopping 45% of Russians agreed

Using Only Strips of Paper, This Lady Makes Spellbinding Masterpieces (Pictures)

Yulia Brodskaya is an exceptionally creative illustrator and artist who has totally revolutionized the way paper is used in art. Born in Moscow in 1983, Yulia moved to the UK in 2004 to continue her art education at the University of Hertfordshire. After finishing with her schooling in 2006, Yulia started off her professional career working mainly as an illustrator and graphic designer. But it didn’t take long for her to give up computers in order to pursue her true passion: paper art. “Paper always held

A “Burn the ISIS Flag Challenge” Has Gone Viral in the Arab World

First there was the ALS ice bucket challenge. Then, India introduced their own creative version, the rice bucket challenge. Now, yet another social media challenge is rapidly gaining momentum: the burn the ISIS flag challenge. It began a couple days ago when three young men from Lebanon took pictures of themselves burning the Islamic State flag in the middle of Sassine Square in Lebanon’s capital Beirut and then posted the pictures to social media. Not long afterwards, a Lebanese YouTube user

ISIS Captures Russian Jets in Syria, Tells Putin “We Are Coming to Russia”

Late last month, Islamic State fighters captured Taqba Airbase after a bloody battle with Syrian government forces that left hundreds dead on both sides. The airbase was the last government stronghold in the northern part of the country. After overrunning the base, Islamic State fighters made a YouTube video showing the mass execution of some 250 Syrian soldiers. The IS militants forced the captives march naked into the desert before killing them. The Islamic State also released a video in which they show off one of

Forgotten: The Coolest Abandoned Places In the World (Pictures)

Dadipark- Dadizel, Belgium

We as humans have proven to be phenomenal architects and builders, constructing amazing buildings, monuments, amusement parks and countless other structures. However, we’ve also proven to be somewhat fickle, often abandoning our creations when they are no longer useful or entertaining to us. As nature reclaims these places, it creates an enchanting scene, juxtaposing human development and the natural world in a way that we can’t help but be intrigued by. Check out some of the coolest examples in the pictures below (click an image

Did You Know… The First Video of Earth from Space Was Captured In 1946?

Most people have heard of the Space Race, a period of about 20 years from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s when the United States and Russia feverishly developed their space programs in a constant attempt to one up each other. The race was kicked off in earnest by the Russians when they launched Sputnik (the world’s first artificial satellite) on the evening of October 4, 1957. What many people don’t know, however, is that nearly 11 years before Sputnik, a team of

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