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The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

European Travel

THE BEADY EYE LOOKS AT WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE IN THE WORLD: PART ONE – The world’s urban population.

This is your world.<p><b>We have to see the world through issues and action.</b><p>It does not belong to me or you or any Generation, to any Religion, any …

Saudi Arabia is killing the Russian economy in its fight to control oil prices

A year ago, Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi made it plain that he didn't care what happened to Russia if oil-producing countries failed to cooperate with Saudi-dominated OPEC on keeping prices high by restricting production.<p>"We want to tell the world that high efficiency producing countries are the …

Oil

Do Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God?

Larycia Hawkins, a professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, decided to wear a headscarf during the Advent season as a gesture of solidarity with Muslims. In doing so, Hawkins quoted Pope Francis, saying that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God."<p>But some evangelical Christians disagree — …

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you | Salon.com

Iran was once a secular democracy. You would not know this from contemporary discussions of the much demonized country in U.S. politics and media.<p>What happened to Iran's democracy? The U.S. overthrew it in 1953, with the help of the U.K. Why? For oil.<p>Mohammad Mosaddegh may be the most popular …

Political Science

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century (It's a $cam!)

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Essentially dumped into the void that had once been …

The Mystery of the Nine Unknown Men

Humankind has always had a sort of fascination with the idea of secret societies. From the Freemasons to the Illuminati, there is a certain allure to …

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

<b>What Could Possibly Go Wrong (October 2015 Edition)</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Was Iraq, in the words of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the "worst foreign policy blunder" in American …

Middle East

Islamism, the Arab Spring, and the Failure of America’s Do-Nothing Policy in the Middle East

It was nice to think the region’s uprisings weren’t about the United States, or didn't have to be. But in part they were, and they did.<p>In the years leading up to the Arab Spring, Islamist parties developed something of an obsession with the role of Western powers in supporting democracy in the Arab …

Political Science

What Does The Illuminati Know About September 2015 That We Don't?

Kissinger poisoned the Middle East: America is living in a quagmire of his making

<b>(Reuters/Pascal Lauener)</b><p>W made matters worse, but the region’s radicalization can all be traced to our steady support of the Shah of Shahs<p>Greg Grandin<p>September 30, 2015 3:22pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The only person Henry Kissinger flattered more than President Richard …

Geopolitics

Blood Moon in pictures: Total 'supermoon' lunar eclipse seen around the world

What Is Generation Z, And What Does It Want?

And you thought you had just figured out millennials. It’s time to start wringing your hands about the new generation that’s about to enter the workforce. What do they even want?<p>Poor Generation Z. The oldest members of this cohort are barely 18 and they’re already getting a bad rap. Media and …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Public Speaking

This great map lets you explore the history of migration for every single country

<b>Amid all the recent clamour, arguments and figures regarding the refugee crisis and the wider, separate topic of immigration, it sometimes can be</b> …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

10 lessons that the Indian Military Academy taught me about entrepreneurship

I spent years waiting for the day I graduated from school so I could join the Indian Army. I spent seven years preparing—spending weekends learning martial arts, shooting, trekking, training, and excelling at the National Cadet Corps.<p>I never gave up.<p>Fast forward four years—after a graduate degree …

Startups

The Rise of Work-Doping

The drug modafinil was recently found to enhance cognition in healthy people. Should you take it to get a raise?<p>If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it?<p>In a meta-analysis recently published in <i>European</i> …

Medicine

Slavery to Mass Incarceration

61 min The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing …