Today: The Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon

2015 Summer Solstice parade, Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Today, Monday, June 20, is a very special day. It’s both the Summer Solstice, and the Strawberry Moon–a very rare occurrence. The last time the Strawberry Moon fell on the same day as the Summer Solstice happened in 1967!

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, when the northern hemisphere receives the most direct sunlight, due to the tilt of our planet as it revolves around the sun. The Summer Solstice falls between June 20 and June 22, varying from year to year. The Summer Solstice had great significance in many ancient pagan religions, and is still marked by parades and other celebrations in many places.

The Strawberry Moon was named by Native American Tribes, and it’s a full moon that marks the beginning of the strawberry season, which always occurs sometime in June.

Learn about The Summer Solstice and The Strawberry Moon (



Photo: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic, 2015 Summer Solstice parade, Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Islamists attack Radiohead fans in Turkey


Fans of the band Radiohead were roughed up and frightened in Turkey, during a release party for the band’s recent album. Angry men burst in, demanding that the store close and shut down the party. The men were angry because alcohol was being served at the event during Ramadan.

Shouts of “I kill you” and “I will burn you alive inside,” were heard, which evoked memories of a tragic Islamist attack in 1993, during which 30 intellectuals were burned alive. Also one man was forcibly pulled from the store into the street, and another was hit on the head with a bottle, requiring stitches. But fortunately nobody was more seriously hurt during this week’s frightening episode.

However, there’s a very disturbing trend: more and more, Turkish Islamist groups are responsible for an increasing number of threats against secular groups and citizens, including ominous threats that have lead to the cancellation of  the country’s 13th Gay Pride Parade, scheduled for next week. These threats to liberty are a serious cause for concern, and members of secular Turkish society are very worried.

Learn about Islamist threats to liberties in Turkey (CNN)


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True Glory, with an introduction by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1945

True Glory, 1945

A film by The Department of War

This documentary film covers the defeat of the Axis powers by the allies in WWII, and was released for the public at the end of the war. General Dwight D. Eisenhower introduces the film. It’s a joint production of the U.S. and British Governments. (Browse our Movie Archive)

War of words over proposed Muslim ban: President Obama, Clinton, Trump

Today, in the ongoing the aftermath of the tragic nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, the media was filled with heated exchanges between President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, on one hand, and Donald Trump, on the other.

Both Democrats pounced on the presumptive republican nominee, who had doubled-down on his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump has long cited potential dangers from terrorists that might sneak in with law-abiding refugees and other visitors as a reason to severely restrict Muslim immigration into the U.S., including refugees from Syria. Read more

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