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Assad's 'Shabiha' Terrorize Syrians After Shelling

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The Shabiha are Syrian paramilitary fighters largely from Bashar Assad's Alawite sect that have become an instrumental part of the Syrian regime's effort to crush that country's uprising. Eye-witness accounts detail the plainclothes fighters working in tandem with the Syrian military and brutally slaughtering men, women and children in rebel strongholds. Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Tabler, senior fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about who the Shabiha are and how they operate.

5 Sisters Struggle With The Shackles Of A Conservative Culture In 'Mustang'

Five Turkish teens are censured by a culture threatened by their burgeoning sexuality in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut film. Critic John Powers says Mustang brims with "the zing and energy of life."

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

After Paris, Obama Administration Changes Visa Waiver Program

Holes in the visa program that allow easy entry into the United States are being re-examined. President Obama is taking steps to tighten the program, while Congress works on a fix.

Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes

In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."

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