Abdullah Al Johani

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Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?<p>1. Soft Targets<p>On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—<i>aktivniye meropriyatiya</i>—against the reëlection campaign of President …

27 Oscar-Winning Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Netflix is full of classics, if you only know where to look...

Do Our Memories Make Us Who We Are? One Artist’s Memory Loss Suggests Maybe Not

“When the neuroscientists discovered that Lonni Sue existed, they realized that she had all of these skills that don’t necessarily fit into our idea …

The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids

Merging animal and human forms brought terror to our ancestors – and this fear persists right the way into our modern age.<p>In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging …

How Israelis See the Settlements

A billboard near the highway entering Jerusalem proclaims in Hebrew: “The Time for Sovereignty Has Come.” It is part of a new campaign for the formal incorporation into Israel of Ma’ale Adumim, one of the largest settlements in the West Bank and barely a 10-minute drive east of Israel’s capital. …

Israel

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

9 maps and charts that explain the global refugee crisis

Donald Trump has officially closed America’s doors to some of the world’s most desperate, banning all refugees from entering the country for 90 days — and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely.<p>His timing could hardly be worse.<p>The world is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything …

Middle East

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick.<p>“Humans are social animals” is a phrase often repeated by psychologists to sum up why we’ve been such a successful species. Our ability to live, work, and cooperate in groups is <i>the</i> key to our survival.<p>But it comes with a tradeoff. …

Psychology

The Secret to Keeping Your Goals When You Have Zero Willpower

Don't worry, this is not another New Year's resolutions how-to article. This is a beautiful challenge to be accepted, a desperate call to action, and …