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The Iraq-Iran war claimed so many lives. But this is a story about how it brought two lives together.

Also known as the Gulf War before the Persian Gulf War of the 1990s, it lasted 8 years, from 1980 to 1988. It tore almost a million people from their families and their futures. And in that chaos, two men — one Iraqi and one Iranian — met for the first time ... and then again 20 years later, under amazing circumstances:

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These men's lifelines became inextricably linked on the battlefield.


Unbelievable, right? These two men were enemies on the battlefield. But when Iranian Zahed Haftlang (who was only 13 at the time) came across an injured Iraqi soldier Najah Aboud, he could have just shot him and gone on his way. Instead, he decided to go through his pockets. It was there he found Najah's Quran.

When he picked up the book, he saw Najah's girlfriend and her child's picture in the injured soldier's pocket. It was then that he became another human to him. And that he realized that human had a family.

Compassion isn't usually the first thing on someone's mind in a situation like they were. Even in a time where Zahed's orders were to kill every enemy, he found it in his heart to spare Najah.

In war, too often we think of death and death only, but there are many stories about life in war, just like this.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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