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How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

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7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable — but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to …

The true story of the Soviet engineer who became a CIA spy and saved the US $1 billion

A KH-11 ‘Keyhole’ spy satellite costs, give or take, around $2 billion. In 1979, the US Air Force estimated that Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev had <i>saved</i> Uncle Sam about as much–in just his first year as a CIA agent. David Hoffman’s intriguing <i>The Billion Dollar Spy</i> (Doubleday, 2015) tells …

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Summer has begun: where to book a last-minute holiday

So, tomorrow is the longest day of the year and you still haven’t booked your summer holiday? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Late booking has become far more prevalent in recent years. Before the rise of the internet, the vast majority of people had booked their summer break by Easter at the very …

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88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary by Robert Grenier review – US’s Afghan war shambles laid bare

A CIA station chief’s account adds considerable value to the historical record, despite its self-serving tone and defence of US torture practices<p>It is easy to forget that until he started criticising the Americans for bombing too many Afghan civilians and comparing them to “occupiers”, Hamid Karzai …

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

The inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse<p>On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, …