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Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

If you want a hot take about the Middle East, Raphael Badani is your man.

As a Newsmax “Insider” columnist, he has thoughts about how Iraq needs to rid itself of Iranian influence to attract investment and why Dubai is an oasis of stability in a turbulent region. His career as a “geopolitical risk consultant and interactive simulation designer” and an “international relations senior analyst” for the Department of Labor have given him plenty of insights about the Middle East. He’s printed those insights at a range of conservative outlets like the Washington Examiner, RealClear Markets, American Thinker, and The National Interest.

Unfortunately for the outlets who published his articles and the readers who believed them, Raphael Badani does not exist. 

His profile photos are stolen from the blog of an unwitting San Diego startup founder. His LinkedIn profile, which described him

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I’ve experienced the world’s strictest lockdown, but I’d rather be here than America

Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch - lucie grace
Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch – lucie grace

June in India was dramatic by anyone’s reckoning. Cyclones on both sides of the country, a plague of locusts eating their way across the north, and violent tiffs with China in the Himalayas and Pakistan in Kashmir all hit the giant nation as it attempted to reboot during the Covid crisis. Fortunately, the worst things to hit the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur were sandstorms and a heatwave that would make the Sahara sweat, as June 1 marked the beginning of “Unlock 1.0” – the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions. 

My lockdown was the opposite to that of my friends in the UK. While so many struggled with isolation-induced loneliness, I battled to get a moment to

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I’ve endured the world’s strictest lockdown in India, but I’d rather be here than America

Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch - lucie grace
Obediently boxed in our adopted home (no daily walks or bike rides were allowed) for over a month, we emerged to a silent, shell-shocked Jaipur still reeling from the punch – lucie grace

June in India was dramatic by anyone’s reckoning. Cyclones on both sides of the country, a plague of locusts eating their way across the north, and violent tiffs with China in the Himalayas and Pakistan in Kashmir all hit the giant nation as it attempted to reboot during the Covid crisis. Fortunately, the worst things to hit the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur were sandstorms and a heatwave that would make the Sahara sweat, as June 1 marked the beginning of “Unlock 1.0” – the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions. 

My lockdown was the opposite to that of my friends in the UK. While so many struggled with isolation-induced loneliness, I battled to get a moment to

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A timeline of every COVID-19 case in Canada throughout May 1-15

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Authorities in Canada are working to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization deemed a pandemic in mid-March.

This is a timeline of cases from May 1-15. For the latest news on cases around the nation, you can find them here. For a breakdown of cases from throughout April, you can read here.

May 15

Alberta reports four more deaths, 50 cases among asymptomatic patients in Calgary

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported four more deaths, all in Calgary continuing care facilities, increasing the province’s death toll to 125. 

Fifty-eight new cases were also recorded in the last 24 hours, in which the province completed 4,505 tests for the respiratory virus. It brings Alberta’s total case count to 6,515. That includes 5,317 people who have

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Does living in New York make any financial sense after this pandemic?

I have long known that much of my life’s frustrations come from trying to have it both ways. Though they were made available to me, I shunned more traditional and more stable careers. Instead, I have continued, time and again, to try to be a writer, knowing full well this is not a stable choice. I simultaneously hoped for and attempted to create a stable life for our kids. I continued to attempt to perpetuate the illusion that I live the kind of life that people with more traditional jobs are able to afford – we kept living in New York, with two kids, kept trying to have health insurance and sometimes go to the dentist, kept trying to send our children to good public schools and summer camps.

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I wanted, in other words, to both be a writer and to live a life that cannot be sustained on

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21 Too-Real Tweets About The Reopening Process

Over the past couple of months, many states and cities have outlined their plans for reopening businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout that process, the funny folks on Twitter have shared how they really feel about these seemingly premature moves. 

The coronavirus crisis is far from over, and public health experts have warned against fully returning to business as usual, at least at this point, particularly in areas that are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases. If your community is reopening, it’s best to follow local expert guidance, practice social distancing and wear a mask while out in public. 

Below, we’ve rounded up 22 too-real tweets that sum up the chaos, confusion and disagreement surrounding the various stages of reopening across the United States.

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Trump in Tulsa Demonstrates Show of Force Against Dihydrogen Monoxide

Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN - Getty Images
Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN – Getty Images

From ELLE

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, in front of a half-empty stadium, Donald Trump drank a glass of water and deeply owned everyone. They said it couldn’t be done in four years and he did it in three and a half, folks. Despite the fact that he claims to not have time to read Twitter, Trump responded to a trend of ableist online derision about the way he drinks water not by critiquing it for its scattershot pettiness, but by accepting it on its merits.

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41 Things to Do to Before Lockdown Ends

Photo credit: BartekSzewczyk/istockphoto
Photo credit: BartekSzewczyk/istockphoto

What Are You Waiting For?

As states and cities begin to ease restrictions on social isolation and public activities, many Americans are looking forward to returning to the everyday activities the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to. But there are days (if not weeks) remaining of staying close to home, which means it’s time to tackle some of those items on your to-do list that you’ve somehow managed to avoid completing. Don’t fret; we’ve done the hard work and put together a list of projects, pastimes, and pursuits to keep you and your family engaged and entertained. Get to it!

Related: Ways to Help During the Coronavirus Crisis in All 50 States

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Photo credit: CasarsaGuru/istockphoto

Tune Into Meditation

It seems simple enough — so simple, in fact, you probably aren’t doing it, or got bored when you did. Given that meditation can reduce anxiety and promote emotional

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How dentist appointments are going to change

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Photo credit: Peter Dazeley – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

Routine dental treatments have been put on hold since 23 March, the day that the the UK went into lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus. In England, dentists were allowed to reopen from 8 June if they put in place appropriate safety measures. However, a survey found only a third of dental surgeries felt ready to open, citing a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as the biggest concern.

Here is everything you need to know about when dentists will reopen in the UK.

When will dentists reopen in the UK?

England

Dental practises in England were allowed to reopen from 8 June. However, according to a survey of more than 2,000 surgeries by the BDA, only 36 per cent felt ready to open by that date due to a lack of PPE available.

Patients with dental emergencies who

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How will dentist appointments change?

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Photo credit: svetikd – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

Routine dental treatments have been put on hold since 23 March, the day that the the UK went into lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus. In England, dentists were allowed to reopen from 8 June if they put in place appropriate safety measures. However, a survey found only a third of dental surgeries felt ready to open, citing a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as the biggest concern.

Here is everything you need to know about when dentists will reopen in the UK.

When will dentists reopen in the UK?

England

Dental practises in England were allowed to reopen from 8 June. However, according to a survey of more than 2,000 surgeries by the BDA, only 36 per cent felt ready to open by that date due to a lack of PPE available.

Patients with dental emergencies who cannot

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