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Bad Habits We Can Break That Are Linked To Depression And Anxiety

We often wonder if there are things that we are doing in our daily routine that actually increase our feelings of depression and anxiety. We also wonder if there are simple changes that we can make in our lives to decrease these feelings and provide us some relief. There are indeed things that we …

Wellness

In France, the home of human rights, a grown woman asked my permission to sit on the beach

On Friday morning I was on the beach in Nice, at the spot where that now-infamous photo was taken of a Muslim woman surrounded by armed police who looked like they were making her take her top off. There were rumours that the photo had somehow been staged and I was sniffing around to see if there …

Nicolas Sarkozy

The internet can harm your productivity by making you sad – here's what to do

Following a few simple tips should protect you from the subtly depressing influence of social media, keeping you both happy and productive<p>In September, the first positivity officers of the United Arab Emirates’s Ministry for Happiness will begin their training in happiness science, a program …

Social Media

Getting Specific About Critical Thinking

Published Online:<p>All disciplines have their technical vocabulary. A lay person might use "speed" and "velocity" to refer to the same thing, but a …

Study Reinforces That Prior Knowledge Is Important – As Well As Critical Thinking Skills

As all teachers understand, it’s critical for students to have – and be able to access – prior knowledge in order to learn something new (see The …

Why Smart People Are Lazier than Their Dumb Friends

According to a new study, people with a high need for cognition are more likely to spend their days lounging around and not exercising.<p>According to a new study published this month by the <i>Journal of Health Psychology</i>, people who prefer not to spend their time thinking tend to be more physically …

Psychology

Vancouver Drug Users Fight Poverty Tourism by Gawking at Yuppies

They walked around until a rich prick told them to fuck off.<p>Hey, look over here—it's the Downtown Eastside, "widely considered the worst neighbourhood in Canada" if you read the <i>Toronto Star</i>.<p>It turns out there is a poor person or two living here capable of reading and speaking and walking—not just …

Vancouver

Why your smart friends can seem like such slackers

People who like to use their brains are a lot less physically active than people who don't, according to research published this month in the Journal of Health Psychology.<p>Now, you may think this isn't terribly surprising. Smarter people are probably more likely to go to college and take jobs that …

The Brain

66 long-lost polaroids of madonna in '83 show a mega star on the verge

Photographer Richard Corman looks back on meeting and shooting the charismatic East Village club kid as she was poised for stratospheric stardom.<p>In June 1983, Madonna was an ambitious 24-year-old getting some heat on the club charts. When photographer Richard Corman met the young singer, she served …

Aretha Franklin

IS conflict: US allies agree on 'final push'

<b>The US and its allies in the coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) have agreed on a strategy to defeat the group, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said.</b><p>They will corner the militants in their bastions of Raqqa, in Syria, and Mosul, in Iraq, he added.<p>But he warned this would not …

Middle East

Ten years on, is Hezbollah prepared for another war with Israel?

<b>In a region transformed by the wars in Syria and Iraq, the stand-off between Israel and Hezbollah, the Shia jihadist group it last confronted in full-scale warfare in 2006, appears to be one thing that has not changed.</b><p>Ten years is the longest period without major fighting between them - a sign, …

Middle East

Israel 'readier' for new Hezbollah war

<b>Some Israelis refer to the war with Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah 10 years ago as a national trauma. Its civilians in the north of the country came under attack and Israel hit back hard, bombing Lebanese towns and infrastructure.</b><p>It was a conflict many feel Israel was not prepared for. …

Middle East

Bill Black: When Is Crime Not a Crime? When It Is White-Collar Crime

Yves here. Black reminds us how deeply embedded the narrative is that white-collar criminals do not commit crime. At most, they make “mistakes”.<p>A …

In the fight against Isis, there's hope in the history of Islam

The Near East School of Theology in Beirut is housed in a bland grey and brown building near the Mediterranean Sea. A few days ago, the audience in …

What Blair accidentally revealed about Iraq during his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn was very interesting indeed

Normally anybody who criticises Jeremy Corbyn is guaranteed knee-jerk support by the British media which apparently feels that it does not even have …

Brexit: Whistling Past the Graveyard

<i>by Graham E. Fuller</i><p>What an irony that Great Britain should be the one country in the world to deliver what could be the coup de grâce to the modern …

'If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote out'

Brexit is about more than the EU: it’s about class, inequality, and voters feeling excluded from politics. So how do we even begin to put Britain the right way up?<p>“If you’ve got money, you vote in,” she said, with a bracing certainty. “If you haven’t got money, you vote out.” We were in Collyhurst, …

Boris Johnson

Why ad blocking hangs like a dark cloud over online advertising

When the grandees of the global advertising industry met in the south of France earlier this week for the annual Cannes Lions International Festival …

Digital Advertising

To Diagnose Mental Illness, Read the Brain

Although scientists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, approaches to treating mental illnesses have not kept up. As …

Mental Health

Iraqi army declares final 'liberation' of Fallujah from Isil

Iraq’s army declared that Fallujah had been “fully liberated” on Sunday after the city endured more than two years of Isil rule.<p>The month-long military operation to retake the Isil stronghold is “done and the city is fully liberated”, said General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, according to the Associated …

North Africa

'Pronoia' and other emotions you never knew you had

In recent years, neuroscience has introduced a new way of thinking about our emotions. The scientists behind the latest brain-imaging studies say they can now pinpoint with precision where these feelings are located within our heads. In 2013, for instance, a team of psychologists published a study …

University of London

Islamic State conflict: The Libyans gaining ground in Sirte

<b>From the sand dunes of eastern Sirte, the so-called Islamic State's port is clearly visible. Fishing boats are docked on the quayside, out of the water. Over the horizon is Europe. At the port, nothing stirs.</b><p>But put your head above the dunes here and you risk getting shot.<p>IS group snipers have …

Special Forces

Russian cluster munitions: Now you see them, now you don't?

<b>Just a few days ago Russian warplanes, allegedly using cluster munitions, attacked a US-backed Syrian opposition group based near al-Tanf - a small town close to the border with Iraq.</b><p>The Syrian Observatory for Human rights has released images from the location that appear to show the tail-section …

War

Syria conflict: Air strikes on IS-held Raqqa 'kill 18 civilians'

<b>Activists say at least 18 civilians have been killed in air strikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of so-called Islamic State (IS).</b><p>Dozens more people were injured in the raids on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.<p>It said it was not able to determine who …

Middle East

Syria conflict: Russia 'wants long-term Aleppo ceasefire'

<b>Russia has called for a long-term ceasefire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, hours after declaring a two-day pause in the fighting there.</b><p>The Russian defence ministry said the "regime of calm", which went into effect at midnight, was an effort to stabilise the situation in Aleppo.<p>Hundreds of …

Middle East

Syria conflict: Report says UN has lost impartiality

<b>The United Nations has been accused of breaching its principles in the Syrian conflict by effectively letting the government control aid deliveries.</b><p>More than 50 humanitarian, human rights and civil society groups back a report that says the UN has given in to demands not to help rebel-held …

Middle East

Facing Up to the World’s Health Crises....and the TPP Would Make Matters Worse

Yves here. This post is yet another reminder of how short-sighted the elites in the US have become. For instance, the UN regards universal health …