being among Mormons made him a better Muslim. Yes, you read that correctly: the student body president of BYU-H is Muslim. [HT Ashi]
I'm sure you've seen this link in half a dozen places already: A female Episcopal priest visits a Mormon temple.
Read the short article, and watch the video. It is fascinating to learn about an American teenager studying ballet at the Bolshoi. [HT Ashi]
The worst places to be a woman, as featured in Foreign Policy.
Why do they hate us? - on pervasive misogyny in the Middle East, by Mona Eltahawy, as featured in Foreign Policy. Even if you don't take everything the author says at face value, this is a riveting and disturbing article, and the main picture accompanying it (not the freaky painted ladies, but the woman being beaten in Cairo) is one of the most horrible images I've seen. I hate everything that picture stands for. [HT Jeremy]
In response to the above: some alternate viewpoints.
Look, just because the church is true doesn't mean it wasn't responsible for producing some truly sappy dreck back in the 1990s. A lot of people were putting out sappy dreck back then, ok? This particular specimen happens to star Aaron Eckhart, aka Harvey Dent. Enjoy...or SHUDDER. [HT Jill, but I kind of wish I could un-see this.]
To cleanse your palate, watch this video of a girl being swallowed up by a collapsing sidewalk in China, and her rescue by a brave taxi driver. [HT Ashi]
Here is some interesting context/background information about George Zimmerman, re: the Trayvon Martin shooting.