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Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning about today's politics

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning about today’s politics
“Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany…” (CNN)

At Pensacola rally, Trump says ‘get out and vote for Roy Moore’
“President Donald Trump urged Alabama voters to “get out and vote for Roy Moore” in Tuesday’s Senate special election…” (CNN)

This Soul-Crushing Video of a Starving Polar Bear Reminds Us Global Warming Is Destroying Wildlife
“A video of a starving wild polar bear roaming around dry land looking for food has gone viral…” (Science Alert)

This 530-Million-Year-Old Fossil Could Be The Oldest Eye Ever Discovered
“Palaeontologists have found what could well be the oldest example of a fossilised eye the world has ever seen, preserved for over half a billion years….” (Science Alert)

Chocolate makers win at international event
“Mexican chocolate makers shared the three top spots with their counterparts from Costa Rica and Nicaragua in a competition organized by the International Chocolate Awards…” (Mexico News Daily)

At least one death as winter storm strikes
“The 14th cold front and the first winter storm of the season brought light snow to states in northern Mexico, indirectly causing the death of a homeless man in Matamoros, Tamaulipas…” (Mexico News Daily)

UK universities accused of complacency over sexual misconduct
“UK universities have been accused of a complacent and inadequate response to sexual harassment and gender violence after a Guardian investigation found inconsistencies in the support and services offered to victims across the country…” (The Guardian)

Stephen Hawking joins lawsuit aimed at foiling Hunt’s NHS shake-up
“Stephen Hawking has reignited his public dispute with Jeremy Hunt by joining a legal action aimed at scuppering an NHS shake-up that he fears will lead to greater privatisation and rationing of resources…” (The Guardian)

What’s the matter with eastern Europe?
ddd “e was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Brazil’s right challenges the Workers’ Party
“The hard right is running the country without being elected after Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment last year. It has surprising support among the new lower middle class…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Jordanians stand united behind Jerusalem
“Jordanians from all walks of life and political spectra took to the streets on Friday to condemn and reject US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and demand swift actions…” (The Jordan Times)

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert
“Applause and shrieks of joy erupted as Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji dazzled Riyadh in its first female-only music concert, as Saudi Arabia seeks to ease social restrictions on women…” (The Jordan Times)


Photo: By kalexnova from Alexandria, VA, USA – Barak Obama at Webb Rally, CC BY 2.0, Link

Happy Thanksgiving! What’s the history of this traditional holiday?

History of Thanksgiving

The management team of Face Activities wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our members who celebrate this traditional American Holiday! We hope you enjoy a joyful, bountiful holiday with friends and family.


Learn about the history of the American Thanksgiving Holiday (History Channel / Youtube)

Millions of Americans will travel to sit down with family members across the land for a grand feast, typically comprising turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and much more. But what is the history of this very American holiday?

Photo: By Glen Edelson from ATLANTA, USA – Turkey Time, CC BY 2.0, Link

The American Music Awards: Diana Ross to be honored

American Music Awards 2017

Diana Ross – Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Watch the American Music awards, on ABC: 8:00 p.m. ET, November 19.

Tracy Ellis Ross, star of the ABC comedy Blackish, will host. Ross will also present a life-time achievement award to her legendary mother, famed Motown singer Diana Ross.

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas are slated to perform.

How to Live Stream the 2017 American Music Awards

If you have cable (or a cable login), you can watch live on or on ABC’s free app.

Those with Hulu’s live TV package can also tune in. A free week-long trial is also available for those who are desperate and without another option.

If you don’t have cable and really don’t want to sign up for a Hulu trial, you can still catch the red carpet pre-show, which will stream free of charge on Twitter at 6 p.m. ET.



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Terrorist Attack in New York City

Terrorist attack in New York City

The members of the management team of Face Activities extend our sympathies to the victims of the terrorist attack in New York City, and their families.

A 29-year-old Uzbekistani immigrant with terrorist sympathies rented a Home Depot truck and drove into peaceful pedestrians and bicyclists on a popular Manhattan bike path, killing 8 and injuring several more. The perpetrator confronted police with an air rifle and a toy gun, evidently in an attempt to commit suicide by police. He was wounded and rushed to a hospital, where he is expected to recover. He left a note on the truck indicating that the attack was dedicated to ISIS.

The brutal attack follows the pattern of many similar ISIS-inspired crimes over the last few years. An individual becomes radicalized, typically by watching internet propaganda created by ISIS, and decides to plan and execute his own attack. Typically cars or trucks are used as weapons, since they are easily obtained, but make effective killing machines when misused. This kind of attack requires no training or specialized skills or knowledge to carry out, and very little money and resources. But casualty numbers are potentially quite high. For this reason it’s one of the most insidious, unpredictable, and disturbing terrorist attacks we encounter.

ISIS has been effectively defeated on the battle field in Iraq and Syria, but the propaganda war online rages on, virtually unchecked. The governments of the United States and other nations around the world must pool their resources to fight this internet menace. Young disgruntled men are exposed to misleading and radicalizing videos and other media. For some this is enough to set them on the path to violence, with tragic results. We must intervene to the best of our ability to break this terrible cycle.

Learn more about this tragic event (CNN)


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Musician Tom Petty dies at 66

Beloved musician Tom Petty died on Monday evening, of heart failure. His band, Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, debuted to critical acclaim with the 1979 album “Damn the Torpedoes.”

He was also a member of the esteemed Travelling Wilburys, along with such musical luminaries as Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.

Partial to a 12 string acoustic guitar early in his career, Petty’s love of the simpler musical styles of the 1960s combined with a penchant for innovation and a genuine passion for storytelling to produce a fun, emotive and highly creative style that delighted fans world-wide.

In an era of change, when popular music became increasingly ironic, his work, always evolving and deeply sincere, never went out of style; he remained a fan favorite, crossing generational barriers.


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