Eric John McLaughlin

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All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in January

It’s a whole new year, and already the science fiction and fantasy publishers are hitting the ground running. There are tons of great new books in …

Books

The 10 Best and 10 Worst Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies of 2015

First, the good news: 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. There were great original stories, sequels done right, adaptations that match their …

Movies

Must See! Top 10 Life Changing Quotes By William Shakespeare

<b>8. “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”</b><br>(Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 5, Page 4)<p>This quote revolves around the basic concept of untrustworthy …

Iran banks unprepared for post-sanctions world

<b>Iran knows full well that the end of international sanctions will only translate to more foreign trade and investment if major global banks re-connect with the Islamic republic.</b><p>But of all foreign companies, banks are the most reluctant to resume relations with Iran.<p>Tasked with courting prospective …

Uzbekistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Poisoned Legacy of the Durand Line

<i>Pashtun mujahidin on the Durand border line between Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1985</i><p>Historically, Afghanistan has lain astride the invasion route from central Asia into the Indian subcontinent. It was also the shortest route from central Asia to the Indian Ocean. This was the route that the Persian …

Think ISIS Is Not Islamic? Think Again

The internet has been awashed with a hackneyed platitude amid the horrific Paris terror attacks last week. It's basically become the mother of all clichés. Almost no one can resist it. It's employed by everyone from President Obama to social media bloggers. It crops up everywhere from Qatar's Al …

The Most Shameless ‘Star Wars’ Rip-Offs

In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or …