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ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria - Commons Library briefing - UK Parliament. A coalition of 67 countries are engaged in international efforts to counter ISIS (also known as Daesh, ISIL or so-called Islamic State).

ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria - Commons Library briefing - UK Parliament

The military campaign in Iraq and Syria is just one aspect of that broader strategy which also includes measures to restrict the flow of foreign fighters, stop foreign financing, provide humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria and strategic communications (propaganda, public diplomacy and psychological operations) intended to counter ISIS’ ideology. It is the military campaign against ISIS which is the focus of this paper. It does not examine the ongoing civil war in Syria or the role of third parties in that conflict. The military campaign The United States has led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq since 8 August 2014.

The other element of the campaign is the training of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces as a means of enabling them to take responsibility for operations against ISIS on the ground. Situational report Iraq: Syria: Airstrikes Training Cost. Hate on the Rise After Trump’s Election. Since Donald Trump won the Presidential election, there has been a dramatic uptick in incidents of racist and xenophobic harassment across the country.

Hate on the Rise After Trump’s Election

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that there were four hundred and thirty-seven incidents of intimidation between the election, on November 8th, and November 14th, targeting blacks and other people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the L.G.B.T. community, and women. Who are ISIS and what do they want? Islamic State (IS) militants have claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Brussels on both the airport and the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital. 34 people are reported to have died in Brussels, with a further 198 injured on March 22.

Who are ISIS and what do they want?

It comes around four months after the Paris attacks where co-ordinated suicide bombings and shootings at cafés, bars, a rock concert and a stadium left 130 people dead in the worst terrorist assault on Europe in a decade. Terrorism expert Shiraz Maher said the attacks "underscore how pointed and significant the threat facing Europe is right now". First US soldier killed fighting Islamic State in Syria. Islamic State retreat reveals terror plots against Europe. Lady Gaga protests outside Trump Tower. Watch Amandla Stenberg school the world on gender, sexuality.

Amandla Stenberg defends millennials and online activism. Amandla Stenberg has spoken out in a new op-ed, published in Teen Vogue, celebrating youth activism on the internet and beyond.

Amandla Stenberg defends millennials and online activism

The actor, activist, writer and all-round teen hero began by shutting down the tired generalisations and stereotypes that surround millenials and Gen Z-ers. She explains how this generation is constantly criticized for a want of “instant gratification”, obsessed with our smartphones and with tunnel vision purely for Snapchat stories and Instagram likes. Stenberg however, writes about how youth activism online has prospered with positive results. Biography - Amandla Stenberg - Official Website. Black Lives Matter's DeRay Mckesson Released from Jail After Protest. One of Black Lives Matter's out leaders, DeRay Mckesson, was among more than 100 people arrested during a peaceful protest in Baton Rouge Saturday night, sending the hashtag #FreeDeray trending.

Black Lives Matter's DeRay Mckesson Released from Jail After Protest

NBC News reports he was released this afternoon, after Mckesson, who was on the cover of The Advocate earlier this year and is one of the most well known faces in the movement, sparked an online firestorm. Activists feared he would be harmed in jail and urged people to call the Baton Rouge Police Department and demand Mckesson's release. (RELATED COVER STORY: Why DeRay Matters) The protesters had taken to the streets on Saturday night to peacefully rally against the death of Alton Sterling and police brutality.

How 2016 Became The Year Of The Slogan. 'There is a woman who loves these iconic slogans, who has a sense of humour,' says Natalie Kingham, Buying Director at matchesfashion.com.

How 2016 Became The Year Of The Slogan

STYLENANDA Bonded Velvet Jacket With Back Slogan. SHINY SLOGAN TOP - View all-T-SHIRTS-GIRL. Globalisation. Globalisation Globalisation refers to the integration of markets in the global economy.

Globalisation

Markets where globalisation is particularly common include financial markets, such as capital markets, money and credit markets, and insurance markets, commodity markets, such as markets for oil, coffee, tin, and gold, and product markets, such as markets for motor vehicles and consumer electronics. 'Pressure on children to get into top schools has reached a crisis point'

As a result the pressure on many young children to succeed and fulfil their parents’ dreams of gaining a place at the ‘right’ school has, in some areas, spiralled out of control.

'Pressure on children to get into top schools has reached a crisis point'

In London, the pressure on children to succeed and gain a place at a leading school has almost certainly reached crisis point with experts predicting that this situation will only continue to worsen as the demand for school places grows and grows in the next decade. Employing a tutor for your child, which only a few years ago would have been seen as an unusual step, is now commonplace for many parents. Children as young as six 'stressed' about exams and tests. BBC One - Planet Earth II. Our team - TripAdvisor. Dermot Halpin President, Vacation Rentals Dermot Halpin is responsible for the vacation rentals division at TripAdvisor which includes the management of all aspects of FlipKey, Holiday Lettings, Niumba and Vacation Home Rentals.

Our team - TripAdvisor

Before joining TripAdvisor, Dermot was CEO of Autoquake, an Accel/Highland venture-backed consumer internet business focused on retailing automobiles, and a board member/advisor to several European venture-backed consumer internet businesses and funds. Prior to that, Dermot held the position of President of Expedia EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Forbes Welcome. Effect of tech-advancement in tourism – a report. GCSE Bitesize: What is globalisation?

US election: How age, race and education are deciding factors in the race for President. Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU. The surge in anti-immigrant hate crimes seen after the EU referendum was particularly intense in areas of the country that strongly voted Leave, an investigation by The Independent has found.

Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU

Disturbing new figures drawn directly from local police forces’ databases show consistent doubling and tripling of relevant hate crimes in the most Eurosceptic parts of Britain. They go even further than the average 57 per cent nationwide increase in hate crimes reported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) in the aftermath of the referendum. Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU.

Image copyright Getty Images This article is designed to be an easy-to-understand guide on what happens now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. What does Brexit mean? It is a word that has become used as a shorthand way of saying the UK leaving the EU - merging the words Britain and exit to get Brexit, in a same way as a possible Greek exit from the euro was dubbed Grexit in the past.

Why is Britain leaving the European Union? A referendum - a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part - was held on Thursday 23 June, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Log In. Photo LONDON — Three weeks after naming the 17-year-old makeup artist James Charles its first cover boy, CoverGirl, one of the largest cosmetics companies in the United States, has announced another first: its debut CoverGirl in a hijab.

Nura Afia, 24, a Colorado native, first started watching online beauty tutorials in 2011 while breast-feeding her baby daughter, Laila. Married at 18 and caring for a child by 19, Ms. Average age of social media users. 8 activists using social media to fight for irl change. Social media activism — or clicktavism, as it's sometimes less favorably known — can get a bad rap in activist communities.

Its critics' most common complaint is that an awareness-raising Facebook status or Instagram post does little to create real change. Even #PrayingforParis was hit with backlash for sounding too religious, or for being too apolitical and self-promotional (#TBT Eiffel Tower selfies contribute very little to solving international crises). But at the same time, filters, hashtags, and tweets have dramatically elevated the visibility of Black Lives Matter, conversations about intersectionality, and movements to support victims and their families in the wake of tragedies.

We continue to create and use hashtags every time we need to voice a social concern, whether it's #BringBackOurGirls, #SayHerName, or #BlackLivesMatter. Women, you can stop working now. Here's why. Amazon Teams Up With Luxury Merchant to Sell $7,000 Ball Gowns. Amazon.com Inc. built a $100 billion business giving online shoppers convenient access to low-cost books, HDMI cables and paper towels. Did Anna Wintour and Vogue’s Hillary Clinton Advocacy Go Too Far? – WWD. The plethora of media endorsements for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton apparently did not have hold much sway with the electorate, who chose Republican Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president. Forbes Welcome.