Taksim Square Protests: 13 Photos Showing Severity Of the Protests

These Twitter photos show why we should take offense with mainstream media outlets for not covering what could become an historic event in Taksim Square.

13 Shocking Photos Of Brazilian Military Police Brutalizing Protesters in São Paulo

Protests on recent transportation hikes in São Paulo turned violent Thursday evening. Authorities claim they didn't use excessive force, but these photos show a different story.

Taksim Square Protest: 11 Images From Turkey That Will Give You the Warm Fuzzies

For over a week, Turkish protesters have responded to every instance of police violence with acts of kindness and community.

10 Biggest Lies You Were Told About Gay Men

Here are 10 of the most problematic myths and stereotypes which play a role in the mischaracterization and dehumanization of gay men in the U.S.

11 Pop Songs You Didn't Know Were Written By the One Republic Lead Singer

Most people who know the name Ryan Tedder usually associate him with the band, One Republic. But Tedder wrote and fastened his name to huge hits long before he joined the band.

Smash TV Show Finale: Why Did the Show Get Cancelled?

How 'Smash' went from a smashing success, to the ultimate TV bomb.

Why You Should Never Have Taken That Prestigious Internship

Journalist and scholar Sarah Kendzior explains how a prestige economy predicated on unpaid internships is bankrupting America's future.

'Secret Life Of the American Teenager' Series Finale: Worst Ending Ever

The final episode of "Secret Life" left so many questions unanswered.

Marijuana Legalization: 11 States On the Cusp Of Going Green

Eleven states are making great strides towards marijuana legalization. Is yours one of them?

4 Predictions From Orwell’s '1984' That Are Coming True Today

Big Brother, Newspeak, Doublethink — George Orwell included all this and more in his novel, "Nineteen Eighty-Four." How much of it has leapt off of the page and into real life?

5 Bands You'll Love If You Like Mumford and Sons

These bands make a racket without the static.

Edward Snowden Interview Transcript FULL TEXT: Read the Guardian's Entire Interview With the Man Who Leaked PRISM

The NSA whisteblower revealed himself to the world on Sunday. Read the transcript of his interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald.

How a Clear, Worthless Stone With a Brilliant Marketing Campaign Conquered the World

Diamonds have very little inherent worth, and they're not actually that rare. How they became so expensive and prestigious is the story of one greedy, murderous company.

10 Ways to Cure Your Homosexuality

An app called Door of Hope promises to cure your homosexuality in 60 days through faith and prayer. They only use the best and most trusted techniques in conversion therapy.

Russia Anti-Gay Bill: Russia Passes Radical Family Values Bill While President Announces Divorce On TV

Passing an anti-gay law after your president announces his divorce on a TV show is ridiculous. Doing it after a three gay men are murdered in May makes it unforgivable.

George Zimmerman Trial: The Evidence Points Toward a Guilty Verdict

Taking into account all the incriminating evidence against Zimmerman, it would be highly unlikely that the trial would result in an acquittal.

White Lady Heckles Michelle Obama — What Happens Next is Something Black Women Know All Too Well

The FLOTUS calmly confronted a heckler during her speech at a Democratic fundraiser, and the ensuing response has been fraught with racism and sexism.

5 Neil Gaiman Books That Will Make Him Your Favorite Author

Want to read some Neil Gaiman in preparation for his new book? Here's a list of his best work.

7 Countries That Show Us How Health Care Should Be Done

Despite all sorts of right-wing blather about how America has the world's best health care system, almost every study shows we don't. Here are seven countries who can show us a way forward.

Immigration Reform 2013: 6 Things You Need to Know About the Senate Bill

Everyone is talking about the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, which recently passed in the Senate. But what exactly does the bill do in the first place? The answer may surprise you.

2016 Presidential Candidates: 7 Republicans With the Most Momentum

The better question is, who isn't a candidate? Here's a recap of seven Republicans looking pretty strong as of June 2013.

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Atheists

We're here. We're skeptical. And we're dreadfully misunderstood.

50 Overlooked But Beautiful Places to Visit in New York City

A look at some of New York City's finest places to visit. You can rest assured you probably won't find many others there to ruin your fun.

That Nude Snapchat Photo You Took is Being Shared On Social Media

Social media pages are dedicated to "leaked" Snapchats, providing a new outlet to slut-shame women while exposing them without their consent.

6 Worst Beauty Pageant Responses in the History Of Miss America

In honor of Sunday's Miss America competition, here are the six of the worst beauty pageant responses that Americans have laughed (and maybe cried) at from their living rooms.

5 Crazy Facts About Texas' Gun Laws

It's no secret that Texans love their guns, but you might be surprised to find out just how much.

The NSA is Spying on You — Here is How You Should Fight Back

President Obama's broad spying scandal is a frightening civil liberties assault. Join me in fighting back by suing the NSA and restoring our privacy from an overreaching government.

5 Famous Whistleblowers Who Shaped History

Edward Snowden is only the most recent example in a long tradition of whistleblowing. Here's a look into the lives of the five men behind America's biggest information leaks.

Xbox 1 and Playstation 4: A Side By Side Comparison

Both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One are set for release later this year, but the way things are going it isn't going to be anything close to resembling a fair fight.

6 Shocking Things Censored by the Chinese Government

Along with big yellow ducks, here is a list of some of the other bizarre things that the Chinese government has censored, from penis-shaped buildings to empty chairs.

5 Most Overrated Rappers in the Music Industry

How did these rhymesayers get this huge?

17 Haunting Images Of China's Ghost Cities

All across China, massive construction products have caused skyscrapers to spring up overnight. But with no one to populate them, China's brand new metropolises are lonely places to live.

The $1 Trillion Problem That Nobody’s Talking About

We need to spend $1 trillion over the next 20+ years to fix our aging water infrastructure. A lot of this is going to come from increased water bill rates.

Flag Day 2013: 9 Things You Never Knew About the American Flag

June 14 is Flag Day. Here are nine facts you probably didn't know about the American flag and its annual holiday.

An End to DOMA

Why is this NFL superstar so committed to the gay rights cause? Because we, as defined by our laws, are trying to take away the essential human right to be free.

'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 9 Recap: The Red Wedding Causes a Social Media Meltdown

The latest episode of HBO's hit 'Game of Thrones' series was shocking, unsettling, and sad. Check the recap on the tragedy of House Stark here.

Kenan and Kel: Why Did Kenan Make It to 'SNL' While Kel Was Left in the Dust?

We all know Kel's character Ed was the best part of "Good Burger," so why did co-star Kenan make it as an adult comedian and not him as well?

Obama Impeachment: How Many Americans Really Want This?

Republicans are chomping at the bit to impeach Obama, but how many Americans truly want their President removed for "high crimes and misdemeanors?" The answer may surprise you.

10 Reasons Frappuccinos Are the Worst

Frappuccinos are objectively, unequivocally, categorically awful. Here’s why.

Ohio High School's Dress Code Bans African-American Hairstyles

In their new dress code, the high school states that black girls cannot wear ponytails or braids. What?

Anonymous Activist Who Exposed Steubenville Rape Could Spend More Time In Jail Than The Rapists

The man who exposed Steubenville could be facing a longer sentence than the rapists who committed the crime he helped solve.

5 Alternatives to the Happy Birthday Song

Turns out the original song is copyrighted. But nobody really likes it anyway, so let's just nominate a new one.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden may now be the most famous man in America. What do we know about the man who leaked NSA secrets to The Guardian?

'Love in the Future' Review: John Legend's New Album is Classically Sexy

Legend’s quest for “modern soul” leads us to the hot sex of R&B with the mild manners of Gospel.

12 Best Responses to the Dumbest Homophobic Protest Signs

We may not know which way the Supreme Court will swing, so to speak, on DOMA. But if protest signs determined it, DOMA would be overruled in a second.

What to Do With a Creep's Unsolicited Dick Pic? Send It to His Mom

Best story you've heard today? Possibly. Best story involving a dick pic? Definitely.

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: What Was in the Trunk?

'Pretty Little Liars' is back for Season 4. Everyone rejoice! Except for Mona, never Mona.

Wendy Davis: Meet The Woman Speaking For 13 Hours To Filibuster Texas' Anti-Abortion Bill

The woman, the legend. Watch this state senator talk her way to blocking Texas' most anti-abortion bill yet.

8 "Best" Left Wing Quotes on Guns So Far This Year

After hounding on the GOP for dumb comments, let's at least be fair and look at a category the left loves to attack and make legislation for, but somehow still doesn't understand: guns.

Olympic Swimmers Pose Half-Naked in Shower For Anti-Homophobia Campaign

Check out this awesome campaign to end homophobia in France.

5 Reasons Mermaids Are the New Vampires

Vampires may be popular right now, but mermaids are becoming the creature of fascination.

NASA Google Quantum Computer: The World's Most Expensive Computer Thinks Like a Human

With a price tag of $15 million, this computer's no MacBook Pro: By operating at a level smaller than even the most basic binary system, this processor models artificial intelligence.

George Zimmerman Trial: Zimmerman's Father Says Blacks Are the "True Racists" in New Book

As the George Zimmerman trial continues, his father has released a book refuting claims that this son's action were racially motivated and alleging that African Americans are the "true racists".

Watch What Happens When Wine "Connoisseurs" Are Given the Same Glass Of Wine Over and Over

Sorry, snobs, but science just demonstrated that Franzia = Grand Cru. Eat your blue-blooded heart out.

Superheroes Are a Lot More Super Today Than they Were 30 Years Ago

Marvel and DC film adaptations took off in the 80s. Perhaps today's remakes aren't as classic, but the new muscle of leading actors makes for a more realistic superhero.

7 Reasons Gay Marriage Will Help You Even If You're Straight

Allowing same-sex couples to marry harms no one. Instead, it benefits both LGBT people AND America as a nation.

The 7 Most Outrageous GOP Explanations For Why Rape Victims Can't Get Pregnant

Republicans who have recently argued that women can't get pregnant as a result of rape are drawing from a long and rich history of GOP pseudo-scientific sexism.

This Soldier Has 2,746 Confirmed Kills But Doesn't Want to Be Called a Hero

Sergeant Dillard Johnson is one of the deadliest U.S. soldiers on the record. But as he himself would be the first to tell you, that might not be something we want to celebrate.

7 Reasons 'The Lone Ranger' Will Be a Box Office Flop

"The Lone Ranger" is set to be another enormous failure for Walt Disney Studios in the vein of John Carter. Prepare yourselves.

The World Has Exploded in Revolt — Here Are the 3 Biggest Protests Happening Today

To quote V for Vendetta: "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people."

'The Bachelorette' Recap: Desiree Hartsock Slut-Shames in First Episode

Reality star Desiree Hartsock slut-shamed other women when she stood up for herself during the premiere of "The Bachelorette," and that's not okay.

10 Things Women Are Afraid Of (But Shouldn't Be)

"Lean In" writer Sheryl Sandberg asks "what would you do if you weren't afraid?" Here are some responses to that question.

13-Year-Old Colorado Boy Sodomized By Peers, and Then Ostracized by Town

This is a side of rape culture that hardly ever sees the light of day.

'Pretty Little Liars' Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: The Life-Ruining Parrot and Other Terrors

Everything that happened on 'Pretty Little Liars' last night was insane ... including the possessed parrot, that might be A?

15 Best Coming-Of-Age Summer Movies

Here are 15 movies about characters learning the challenges and lessons of growing up. These picks are so good you simply cannot watch them too many times.

Deric Lostutter: How the FBI Caught Up to an Anonymous Hacker

Deric Lostutter has confirmed that he is KYAnonymous, the leader of "Operation Roll Red Roll," which targeted Steubenville High School after the rape of a 16-year old girl by football players.

Tonto Racist: 'Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp Character Understandably Offends Native Americans

Johnny Depp's Tonto in "Lone Ranger" has caused a stir in the Native American community, which is also unhappy with the Redskins. Are we continuously ignoring the concerns of Native Americans?

Why Was Absinthe Banned For 100 Years? A Mystery As Murky As the Liquor Itself

It turns out a liquor we banned for over a century wasn't that harmful after all.

10 Reasons Florida is the Weirdest State in America

With the George Zimmerman trial under way, it's time to reflect on the things that have made Florida the nuttiest state in the union.

Russell Brand Video: Watch Him Rip MSNBC Talk Show Hosts a New One

After Russel Brand felt disrespected by Morning Joe hosts, he decided make an epic take down of America's faux-journalism.

2013 State Fairs Dates: Schedule For All 50 States

Looking for the dates of your 2013 state fairs? Look no further.

Gun Control Debate 2013: You Can't Argue With Facts

Sean McElwee's article that insists that "Guns and Gun Violence Go Hand in Hand" uses a truckload of strawman arguments and bad data to buttress my own hypothesis, rather than dismantle it.

Miley Cyrus Can't Stop, Won't Stop, But Probably Should Stop

Miley's new music video for "We Can't Stop" is nothing short of insane.

Marijuana Legalization: 20 Billion Is the One Number That Says It All

Can you guess how much money the U.S. government wastes every year on the ineffective, inefficient, foolish, destructive, and downright insane war on marijuana?

10 Must-Read Summer Books Of 2013

Want to stay on the cutting edge of literature? Keep an eye out for these 10 new books by high profile authors.

10 Takedowns of People Who Still Oppose Gay Marriage

In advance of the Supreme Court’s decision in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, here are the 10 worst arguments presented by opponents of marriage equality, debunked.

DOMA Decision: Key Quotes From Scalia's Dissent

Here are some key quotes that summarize Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent of the Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA.

Uncovered Nazi Letters Reveal Hitler Used Crystal Meth to Keep Soldiers Awake On the Front Lines

In a four-month span in 1940 more than 35 million three-milligram doses of Pervitin were manufactured for the German army and air force. Hitler had daily injections of the methamphetamine.

Kanye West 'Yeezus' Review: Song 'I'm In It' Unsurprisingly Vulgar (Video)

The shock value on this particular track is based around visceral sexuality (would you believe?) and is a nearly coherent narrative about Kanye’s ideals on a sexual encounter.

Xbox 1 E3 Announcement: Why It Was So Absolutely Scary

PRISM, E3, and WWDC. At the the intersection of three different news events we see the future of privacy battles in the U.S. The future of technology is also the future civil liberties battle.

Miami Heat 2013 Championship: Does it Prove the NBA Is Rigged?

Was NBA Commissioner David Stern involved in the NBA finals? Did Stern intentionally allow Joey Crawford to referee to increase merchandise sales?

Meet Kristin Beck, The First Transgender Navy SEAL

A retired Navy SEAL has just come out as transgender and this is what she has to say about her experience.

Is Nelson Mandela Dead? African Leader's Health in Critical Condition

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the day's top news and our favorite stories from around the web.

Obama Africa Trip 2013: Why Obama’s $100 Million African Trip Isn’t a Big Deal

As the president prepares for a trip to sub-Saharan Africa at the end of the month, the monumental logistics have some concerned about cost.

108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No Idea What They're Doing

Recent reports show that the number of private contractors in Afghanistan is growing, dwarfing the number of U.S. troops, and the Pentagon has no idea whether their presence is effective or not.

How Did the Good Men Project Get Hijacked By Such Bad Guys?

The Good Men Project started out as a woman-friendly space to discuss modern masculinity, but has devolved into a space that supports rape apology, misinformation, and misogyny.

Xbox 1 and Ps4 Price: $499 and $399 Respectively. But Which is More Competitive?

The E3 stage is set for a tiebreaker match between the two titanic companies.

A Startling Map Showing the State of Homophobia in the World

France, Russia, and Turkey are all more homophobic than they were in 2007. South Korea suddenly picked up a rainbow flag. And Nigeria has its own 1% -- the 1% that accepts gay people.

Chinese Police Are Giving Women the Worst Advice Ever On Avoiding Sexual Harassment

With complaints of sexual harassment on the rise in Beijing, the Chinese police have warned women against wearing “minimal clothing” such as mini-skirts and hot pants to avoid unwanted groping.

Will Your Xbox 1 Be the Ultimate NSA Spy Machine?

Germany's Federal Data Protection Commission thinks the new Xbox One might be a potential tool for the invasion of privacy of it's owner.

8 Of the Most Vicious Myths About Illegal Immigrants

Many myths have floated around for quite some time concerning illegal immigrants. From "anchor babies" to being "criminals" for crossing the border, here are 8 of the worst.

Wendy Davis Filibuster LIVE: Watch Her 13-Hour Speech for Abortion Rights

Texas state Senator Wendy Davis is attempting a heroic 13-hour filibuster to block some of the harshest anti-abortion laws ever proposed in America. Can she do it?