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Will The Crac des Chevaliers Survive The Syrian Civil War?

It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.<p>High on a hill, almost halfway …

The U.S. Supreme Court and Obama’s Immigration Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to determine the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants and could influence how future presidents wield …

Immigration
U.S. Dept. of State

ISIS’ looting of the Middle East is 'the largest-scale mass destruction of cultural heritage since' WWII

This not only provides a significant source of income for the terrorist group, but it also represents a systematic destruction of the region's cultural heritage. And it's difficult for authorities to recover stolen artifacts or prevent their sale on the black market, according to a report in The …

Archaeology

Oil, money, politics and evil: Our leading Middle East ally is the worst country imaginable

America’s BFF relationship with the corrupt, vicious and oil-rich Saudi despots might be our worst mistake of all<p>American foreign policy is full of things we can’t see and things we don’t talk about. The drone war of the Obama years; the “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation” of the …

Saudi Arabia

7 Ways to Increase Your Charisma, According to Psychologists

Anyone can become more charming and engaging over time--all it takes is a little practice.<p>As is the case with most personality traits, some people are naturally more charismatic than others. (Think Oprah Winfrey or Bill Clinton.)<p>But contrary to popular belief, anyone can become more charismatic …

Charisma

FBI Arrests Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli on Securities Fraud Charges

The pharma boss who became infamous after hiking the price of an HIV-related drug by 5,000 percent was arrested Thursday by the FBI, prosecutors said, accusing him of orchestrating a "trifecta of lies, deceit and greed."<p>The take down of Martin Shkreli — a hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical …

Corruption

It's Time for Washington to Get Out of Bed With the Wahhabists Saudis

When is enough, enough? Another day, another terrorist attack?<p>How is it possible that the United States is an "ally" with a regime as brutal as Assad that refuses to stop spreading its hateful, misogynistic anti-secular Wahhabists ideology all over the world (hereandhere)? And, how is it that We …

Middle East

Stunning Photos of Underwater Life You Need to See

Stunning Photos of Underwater Life You Need to SeeFlickr/Alexander SemenovFlickr/Alexander SemenovFlickr/Alexander SemenovFlickr/Alexander …

Flickr

Ahmed Chalabi: Iraqi exile whose reputation waned after return

Hailed as a transformative figure before the ousting of Saddam Hussein, Chalabi was sidelined by the US government within 15 months<p>Ahmed Chalabi, who did more than any other Iraqi to encourage the 2003 US invasion of Baghdad, has died aged 71. An exile for most of his life, he remained a political …

Middle East

Take a virtual tour of Mars' Gale Crater, an ancient land of lakes

Since its dramatic touchdown on Mars in 2012,<p>NASA’sCuriosityrover has inched its way toward Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-high peak in the middle of Gale Crater, finally arriving at its base late last year. And now, with the click of a mouse or the tap of a screen, you can experience the same dusty, …