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The Islamic school that ensures its boys understand the Israeli point of view

The private Abrar Academy is pioneering a groundbreaking method of teaching the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict<p>More than 550,000 students took GCSE history this summer, says Michael Davies, a history teacher at Lancaster Royal Grammar, a selective state boys’ school in Lancashire. “Of …

Israel

Russia's endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine?

Russia wants to use the gains it made in Syria as a bargaining chip with the US on Ukraine and the economic sanctions.<p>We may never know what was really discussed in the one-on-one meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit. Yet, it is becoming …

Middle East

Mindfulness training induces structural connectome changes in insula networks

Article |<p>Open | Published: 21 May 2018<p><i>Scientific Reports</i><b>volume 8</b>, Article number: 7929 (2018) | Download Citation<p>Abstract<p>Although mindfulness …

You’ve heard of mindfulness, now meet its young cousin sophrology

A modern blend of yoga, Zen Buddhism, hypnosis and psychology, it’s huge elsewhere in Europe and on its way to the UK<p>Mindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still …

Meditation

I Tried Ryan Reynolds’ Insane ‘Deadpool 2’ Workout—and Now I Know Why He’s Shredded

We started with sandbag lunges.<p>Just a few days before <i>Deadpool 2</i> premiered around the country, I took a trip to New York City gym Drive 495 to meet up …

Syria War's Game Theory Is Too Complex to Predict

Some strategic games are too complex to be readily modeled, and when we see such games in the real world that’s exactly when we should be the most worried. That’s my immediate reaction to the situation in Syria and environs.<p>Consider the distinct yet interrelated clashes going on. Not only did the …

Middle East

The Right Way to Drink Lemon Water (For Maximum Benefits), According to a Nutritionist

• Popsugar<br>• Health & Fitness<br>• Lemons<p>Is Lemon Water Actually Good For You?<p>The Right Way to Drink Lemon Water (For Maximum Benefits), According to a …

Fit in my 40s: ‘I hadn’t realised that fermentation is so vital to the gut’ | Zoe Williams

If you like your health awareness with a side-order of self-flagellation, fermentation is quite delicious<p>The problem with the science of diet is that if you’re only partially interested, gobbets of information go in and stick, surrounded by great gaps that you fill by whistling and not quite …

Simulation of peace talks by Israeli, Palestinian children productive

JERUSALEM, March 4 (Xinhua) -- On a sunny afternoon in central Israel, tens of Israeli, Palestinian students filled a small library and engaged in a …

Transcendental Meditation and Its Many Benefits

Transcendental meditation, also known as TM for short, is a simple and effective form of meditation that is shown by research to be quite effective …

Meditation

Israeli, Palestinian students reach elusive peace deal

The peace-talks simulation was the culmination of a course in peace mediation and conflict resolution that the students have taken over the past few …

How Iran’s rise is remaking the Middle East

Led by its ruthless Revolutionary Guards, Iran will do whatever it takes to defend and preserve the Islamic Republic.<p>On 10 February, Israel announced …

The Olive Branch on the Temple Mount

Two American Congressmen discover it’s a crime to bend down and pick an olive branch on this sacred spot.

Temple Mount

Little Gandhi: A Syrian movie about peaceful activism

This year's Oscar nominations will be announced later on Tuesday.<p>And for the first time, Syria had an entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, a documentary called, Little Gandhi.<p>The documentary is centred on the uprising that began in 2011 and tells the story of Ghiyath Matar, a young …

The deterrence myth

Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will<i>By David P Barash</i>Read at …

Geopolitics

Iran protests: 'Isolated regime unlikely to survive'

At least 21 people have been killed in protests across Iran. In a DW interview, analyst Paulo Casaca says the theocratic regime in Iran is …

China's ties with the world

As the US took a backseat in global leadership in 2017, China took steps to expand its global influence. It also built strategic ties with countries …

Why are people protesting in Iran?

Tensions are high in Iran as hundreds of people protest in multiple cities against the government's economic policies.<p>About 300 people protested in Kermanshah, a city in western Iran, on Friday, according to the semi-state news agency Fars. Police there used water cannon and tear gas to disperse …

Russian tankers have smuggled oil to North Korea, a breach of U.N. sanctions

LONDON/MOSCOW — Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.<p>The sales of oil or oil products …

Is Anyone Listening To Protests In Iran?

During this holiday week, much of the world may not have noticed, but there are protests being staged in Iran. Over the last few days, Iranians have taken to streets in anger. They are protesting high levels of unemployment (12.4%) and a stagnant economy with inflationary prices. They are also …

South Asia

The American empire is crumbling

America's power and global influence have plummeted like a stone during the Trump presidency. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently claimed …

Report: Israel, U.S. Form Joint Plan to Contain Iran

Israel and the United States have agreed on a joint plan to “curb Iranian activity” in the Middle East, Israeli TV 10’s Barak Ravid reported …

Ten Tips for Israel when Negotiating with Saudi Arabia and the Arab World

Dove of peace, image by Vimeo<p>BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 697, December 24, 2017<p><b>EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:</b> <b>Speculation is rife about the possibility of</b> …

Saudi Arabia

Why did the USSR help to create Israel, but then became its foe - Russia Beyond

In 1947, the situation in the Middle East was very tense, with bombs and violent clashes every week. Great Britain, which had been administrating Palestine since 1920, wanted to terminate the mandate and let the ex-colony go free. Still, it was clear that independence would lead to more bloodshed …

The Coming War on China

Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.<p><b>Scroll down for Part 2</b><p>Director: John Pilger<br>Executive producer: Christopher Hird<p>A major United States military build-up is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of …

China

Lebanon’s crisis sets the stage for a Middle East calamity

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Saad Hariri, the erstwhile prime minister of Lebanon, participated in an interview from Saudi Arabia on</b> …

Israel and the South Caucasus: Building a New Approach

The Caucasus region, University of Texas Library map, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons<p>BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 632, November 2,</b> …

Russia

A Grand Bargain for the Long Game on the Korean Peninsula

<i>Patricia Kim is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.</i><p>Despite President Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if …