One way or another, you've probably heard of ISIS.

No, not the Egyptian goddess. We mean the extremist rebel group that's located in Iraq and Syria.


ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

They are alternately known as ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

If there's anything almost everyone in this world can agree on, it's being anti-ISIS.

ISIS's actions and philosophies are just so extremist and unpopular, literally no nation in the world aligns with them.

Many regions are preparing anti-ISIS forces. One of the anti-ISIS forces is the Peshmerga: the Kurdish army.

In case you don't know, the Kurds are an ethnic group that live in the region of Kurdistan. The majority of the Kurds identify with the religion of Islam, particularly Sunni Islam.

And it has many women prepared to give their lives to stop ISIS.

Nope, this isn't just a recent phenomenon. The Peshmerga has had women in their forces for AGES. So while some U.S. media pundits might claim that Islam unilaterally oppresses women and holds them down, a Kurdish, overwhelmingly Muslim army has been equipping women to kill in the name of their families. Why don't we hear about this more?!

There are so many stories of brave women in the Peshmerga.

Here are some of them.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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