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Welcome to the age of anger

The seismic events of 2016 have revealed a world in chaos – and one that old ideas of liberal rationalism can no longer explain<p>The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is the biggest political earthquake of our times, and its reverberations are inescapably global. It has fully …

Political Science

US warns of 'heightened' risk of terror attacks on Christmas markets in Europe as Isil loses grip on Mosul and Raqqa

The US has warned its citizens that Europe is facing a “heightened risk of terror attacks” at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.<p>The US State Department said it had “credible information” that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda were planning attacks and …

China Finds Allure in Pakistan Equity

China's push into Pakistan is shifting from building highways and ports, part of the Silk Road link to the Middle East and beyond, to taking over …

China

Why Malaysia and Singapore are nervous as Iraq looks to retake Mosul from ISIS

Baghdad with the support of US advisers and Kurdish fighters this week launched a long-awaited military campaign to retake the city of over one million people two years after the militant group seized control and declared it the centrepiece of a new Islamic caliphate.<p>There is a mix of around 8,000 …

Asia
Surveillance
Environmentalism
Terrorism
Ronald Reagan

Solicitors slam The Archers for creating 'unrealistic' expections of British legal system

Leading solicitors have complained they are being sidelined by The Archers’ trial plot which has given those accused of crimes unrealistic expectations from barristers.<p>Millions have tuned into the long-running Radio 4 soap opera, which has drawn widespread praise for its portrayal of domestic …

Sociology

Multi-Factor IT Authentication Hampers Progress, Say 47% US Companies

9/9/2016<br>10:05 AM<p>0%<p>100%<p>IS Decisions survey finds organizations are looking for alternate to multi-factor verification, which they believe takes up …

Information Security

Why China Fears North Korea (and Its Not All About Nuclear Weapons)

On Sept. 8, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, the second since January 2016.<p>The regime confirmed the nuclear test, claiming to now have …

US military: Iranian behavior getting worse in Persian Gulf

Iran has stepped up its harassment of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, angering the U.S. military and members of Congress.<p>Since the international …

U.S. slams Netanyahu after he equates opposition to Israeli settlements with 'ethnic cleansing'

The Obama administration on Friday blasted new comments by Israeli Prime Minister<p>Benjamin Netanyahuin which he said critics of Israel’s settlement expansion in the West Bank are advocating the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews.<p>Using unusually forceful language to criticize a longstanding ally, the State …

First high-profile Al Qaeda suspect caught after 9/11 makes rare public appearance

The first high-profile al-Qaida terror suspect captured after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 appeared Tuesday at a U.S. government hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian not seen publicly since …

Latest World, US & Local News

Scott Eisen / Getty Images<p>Nor'easter leaves eight dead and swaths of East Coast in the dark<p>U.S. news<p>advertisement<p>Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Man …

WOW: $99 Fares to Europe from Several US Cities

Yesterday Wow Air announced that they’re moving Stockholm service to the area’s main Arlanda International Airport (ARN) effective November 18 and …

Los Angeles
Middle East
Middle East

What It's Like to Do Prison Time Without Ever Being Convicted of a Crime

We spoke to Moazzam Begg, a British man caught in center of the war on terror, and held for years in prisons around the world for no clear reason.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Moazzam Begg's had a markedly unusual adult life. He spent years in some of the world's most notorious …

Terrorism

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The recent arrest in Colombia of two veteran air traffic controllers linked...<p>It’s one of those …

U.S. Air Force

Zika virus infection may harm adult brain: study

File: Two parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, which is associated with memory, saw evidence of cell death and reduced generation of new …

Obama’s Legacy of Failure in the Middle East

The creation of the Islamic State has as much to do with Obama's policy toward Syria as it does with Bush's invasion of Iraq.The article Obama’s …

Middle East

The fatwa hotline: 'We have heard everything'

Can men and women work together? (Yes) Should I fast during Ramadan if I have my period? (No) These are just some of the dilemmas answered by women running a Muslim helpline in Abu Dhabi<p>Sheikha Naeema lifts her glass to take a sip of water, but the large grey telephone on her desk blinks again, red …

Religion

Omran’s picture must be a turning point in Syria’s war

A British surgeon who has spent months working in Aleppo calls on Theresa May to act where her predecessor did not<p>Ten days ago my phone pinged. It was my plastic surgeon colleague from M1 Hospital in Aleppo asking my advice about a patient with a deep defect in his pelvis. He told me that around 20 …

Middle East

Russia and Iran Fly Across a Key Threshold in the Middle East

Looks like the U.S. and its allies have a new “axis of evil” in the Middle East: Syria, Iran and Russia. The growing pro-Moscow alliance got a big …

Middle East

White Christian America is dying

Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). His new book, “The End of White Christian America,” has been called “quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year.” He kindly answered some questions about the book via email. Below is a …

Religion

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

PARIS (AP) — The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of 1 to 3, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the Islamic State applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly ignorant.<p>The extremist group could hardly have hoped for …

German Language

ISIS losses mount with liberation of Manbij, Syria

The Islamic State group's loss of the northern Syrian town of Manbij to U.S.-backed fighters marks the latest in a string of defeats for the extremists across their self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.<p>The strategic town, which lies on a supply route between the Turkish border and the de facto …

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