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Striking differences between the leadership styles of Saudi Arabia's crown prince and Iran's Ayatollah could decide the future of peace in the Middle East

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history.<p>His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities against Iran and even war rhetoric. As Saudi-Iran tensions increase, …

The Conflict in Jerusalem Is Distinctly Modern. Here’s the History.

In December 1917 — 100 years ago this month — the British general Edmund Allenby seized control of Jerusalem from its Ottoman Turkish defenders. Dismounting his horse, he entered the Old City on foot, through Jaffa Gate, out of respect for its holy status.<p>In the century since, Jerusalem has been …

America's New World Order Is Officially Dead

China and Russia have fully derailed the post-Cold War movement toward U.S.-led global integration.<p>American foreign policy has reached a historic inflection point, and here's the surprise: It has very little to do with the all-consuming presidency and controversies of Donald Trump.<p>For roughly 25 …

Geopolitics

Why Are These Iranians ‘Really, Really Happy With Trump’?

TEHRAN — Mocking presidents of the Great Satan, the United States, has long been standard practice during state-backed rallies in Iran, where anti-Americanism is ingrained in state ideology.<p>For decades, Iranian revolutionary families would work late into the night to make sock puppets, cartoons and …

Iran’s top diplomat calls Trump’s statement on Tehran attacks ‘repugnant’

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday derided as “repugnant” a statement from President Trump that linked twin attacks in Tehran to what he called Iran’s support for terrorism.<p>Meanwhile, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry identified five of the attackers — all killed during Wednesday’s bloodshed — as …

South Asia

The Tehran attack makes it clear: we’re on the same side as Iran against Isis

The attacks by Islamic State in Tehran on 7 June, apparently perpetrated by two groups of four terrorists, cost 12 or more innocent lives. Forty or more were wounded and at a number of points (the attack on parliament, pictures of children escaping the scene) they echoed recent attacks in Europe …

Middle East

From Labyrinth: Growing Up in Post-Revolution Iran

“It is the society which fashions us in its image, fills us with religious, political, and moral beliefs that control our actions.”<p>—Emile Durkheim<p>My project is about the fears and the effects of the Islamic revolution in Iran as well as the impact of eight years of war that will be felt for …

Is Global Warming Real?

There is proof the earth is warming, but the debate continues.<p>In recent years, global warming has been the subject of a great deal of political controversy. As scientific knowledge has grown, this debate is moving away from whether humans are causing warming and toward questions of how best to …

Climate Change

A Silicon Valley startup is under scrutiny after a former employee sued and alleged there was a sex bed in the office ‘kink room’

On May 8, UploadVR was sued by a former female employee, for allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, failure to prevent harassment, and retaliation.<p>The startup is a catalyst for the nascent virtual reality and augmented reality industries, providing everything from online …

Industry 4.0 – Building the IIoT ecosystem the right way

Is Industry 4.0 just another buzz term that’s being hyped up by technology vendors with the aim of selling more products, or a legitimate trend that will transform sectors such as manufacturing in the months and years to come?<p>The evidence points to the latter. Industry 4.0, also referred to as the …

Manufacturing

As Globalization Breaks Down, Wars of Identity Loom

Perversely, the progressive resistance to Trump within the United States mirrors the grim identity conflicts his withdrawal from the global order …

Donald Trump’s Carelessness Is a National Security Disaster Waiting to Happen

Even without Michael Flynn in the mix.<p>The first scandal-fueled resignation of the Donald Trump regime took less than a month, and it was a big one. National security adviser and conspiracy-theory buff Michael Flynn resigned yesterday after reports surfaced that he not only engaged in illicit …

How Trump Made Iran Great Again

"Reality has a way of catching up with you," President Barack Obama counseled the incoming administration in his farewell address, and so it did on January 28 as tens of thousands showed up at dozens of US and international airports to protest an executive order barring entry to all immigrants and …

Here Are The European Politicians And Parties That Support Trump's Refugee Ban

Most are far-right political parties, including one that was founded by former Nazi officers.<p>From German chancellor Angela Merkel to French president François Hollande, most of Europe's leaders strongly condemned Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and restrictions on arrivals from seven majority-Muslim …

Will Marine Le Pen Give France a Trump-Style Election Surprise?

Members of France’s governing Socialist party will choose their candidate to stand in April’s presidential election Sunday.<p>But if polls are any indication, whoever wins the contest is not likely to win the presidency.<p>And with the conservative front-runner facing a scandal, the chances for the …

How Trump's travel ban is affecting people around the world

Donald Trump’s executive order suspending entry to the US of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), has disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, ripping families apart and leaving careers in limbo.<p>Here are the stories of …

Immigration

Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science

Iranian scientists have been a major boon to everything from Mars exploration to Ebola-fighting to advanced mathematics.<p>Samira Asgari had been preparing for the trip for months. She had just earned her Ph.D. from a Swiss university and was ready to start a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and …

Immigration

Tech industry reacts to Trump's executive order on immigration with fear and frustration

The morning after<p>Donald Trumpwon the presidential election, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Amr Shady called his immigration lawyer in a panic.<p>"My 10-year-old daughter asked me, 'Does this mean we're going to get kicked out?'" said the 40-year-old founder of analytics start-up Reveel, who emigrated …

Residents of Los Angeles' Little Persia denounce Trump's 'unjust' travel ban

The sun still shined on Westwood Boulevard, the thrumming commercial heart of the biggest Iranian community outside Iran.<p>Families lunched on chicken kabob at Flame, Shaherzad and other restaurants. Students browsed titles in Farsi bookstores. Music lovers flicked through CDs of Ebrahim “Ebi” …

Middle East

Families divided by Trump's refugee order worry about the future

Mohammed Rawi fielded death threats and live gunfire while helping American reporters cover the war in Iraq.<p>Seven years ago, he was granted asylum in the United States. He found a county government job and settled in Long Beach with his wife and children.<p>This weekend, Rawi's 69-year-old father, a …

I left my home for freedom in Europe but I’m terribly lonely

<b>The dilemma</b> I am a 30-year-old guy and I am really lonely. I was born in Iran and was raised in a conservative family and society. I went to university there and graduated with a master’s degree in English language studies. I am now at university in Germany, but I am not able to make friends with …

Loneliness

Thanks to Trump ties, #DeleteUber campaign grows on social media

Links to President Donald Trump are shaping up to be a liability for Silicon Valley's golden boys. Case in point: Uber.<p>The hashtag #DeleteUber has …

Social Media

How to stop arguing and actually change someone's mind on social media

Whenever a major story breaks in the social media age, from the supreme court judgement on article 50 to the news that roast potatoes can apparently cause cancer – it sparks a heated debate. And in this post-truth world of alternative facts even the US president conducts his battles on Twitter. But …

Social Media

How Does Trump's Immigration Freeze Square With His Business Interests?

Even as President Trump takes steps to restrict visitors from some majority-Muslim countries, he and his family continue to do business in some of the others.<p>Ethics experts question whether that might indicate conflicts between Trump's business interests and his role as U.S. president.<p>The executive …

Donald Trump

This French startup is trying to take away one of Amazon's crucial advantages over small businesses

And this huge size helps reinforce its dominance, allowing it to offer a huge selection of items at cheap prices. Even if smaller businesses can compete with its product range in narrow fields, it's hard to keep up with it in other areas — like delivery, where the Seattle company offers relatively …

Iran's former president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s greatest political survivor who served as president for two consecutive terms, has died aged 82.<p>Rafsanjani, a pragmatist ayatollah considered the country’s second most powerful political figure for much of the Islamic Republic’s history, died in hospital in …

South Asia

Iran censored porn so hard it broke the internet in Hong Kong

If you had trouble visiting explicit websites in the last few days, the fault may have come from an unexpected source: Iran. According to a new report from <i>The Verge</i>, a recent attempt to block pornography websites in the country's borders hampered access in Russia, Hong Kong and other nations in the …

Internet

What the King of Hawaii Can Teach Us About Trump

A political fable from 1819.<p>To the ever-expanding literature of How to Explain Trump, I’d like to add a short little fable. It was first told 35 years ago by Alasdair MacIntyre, one of our greatest living philosophers, but it concerns an actual event that took place in the kingdom of Hawaii in …

Political Science

F-Stops vs T-Stops - What are they? and when do you use them?

F-Stops are a familiar term when it comes to photography. As more photographer start to delve into the world of video, though, they’ve started …