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Middle East

Islamic State introduces new restrictions to prevent Mosul residents from fleeing city

Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly wedded couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal life, away from the harsh dominion of the militants' self-styled caliphate, the young pair is searching for ways to bypass the extremists' newly-implemented departure …


Islamic State says it has accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance

Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Thursday.<p>The development comes as both movements, which are among the most ruthless in the world, are under increasing military …


Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

The Brain

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …


Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

We came across the following article by Stephen King a little while ago. We believe it was originally published in a 1986 edition of The Writer …

Creative Writing
North Africa

Privacy Activists Fight Police Bodycams

Everyone wanted police body cams, but the new accountability tool raises numerous privacy and public records questions.<p>Prodded by the public outcry …

“Fight for us now”: What Patricia Arquette got right (and wrong) about equal pay

Arquette’s heart was in the right place, but her comments flattened the struggles of women of color and LGBTQ women<p>Patricia Arquette took home an Oscar for her performance in “Boyhood,” and her acceptance speech brought the audience to its feet (and inspired Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to freak …

North Africa

Paralyzed By Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia

The slug­gish dis­in­teg­ra­tion of a weak peace deal in Ukraine has come as noth­ing less than a bless­ing for Pres­id­ent Obama. It has helped mask …

South Asia

“A deeply unserious fantasy”: Paul Krugman debunks claim that education explains inequality

Don’t buy the hype, the economist writes. It diverts attention from the deeper issue<p>The distribution of power -- not shortcomings in American education -- explains skyrocketing economic inequality, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman writes in his New York Times column today.<p>Summarizing the …

Income Inequality

Capitalism Vs. 'Smiley-Faced Socialism'

People who believe in the power of individual liberty and free enterprise have had a rough time lately. And with so many recent examples of government intrusion, it’s hard to feel good about the future of capitalism.<p>In the case of financial markets, the tide has never really turned in favor of free …