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Does the Mind Create the Brain or Does the Brain Create Mind?

By Deepak Chopra, MD<p>Neuroscience has risen over the past few decades to a crowning place in medical science, due to two innovations, advanced brain scans like fMRIs and the completion of the Human genome Project in 2003. Brain scans allow us to peer into the activity of a living brain without …

Consciousness

TPP: How Obama Traded Away His Legacy

<i>This Entry Was Co-Authored By Lori Wallach & Murshed Zaheed</i><p>Donald Trump is preparing to wipe President Barack Obama's legacy from existence. The Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank and protections for the environment and immigrants all are set to disappear in no part small part thanks to President …

Middle-class

Resentment and tension in Jarabulus after the kill of citizen by a fighter of "Euphrates Shield" - SOHR

Mesopotamia

Shoot This 52 Week Photo Challenge in 2017 to Improve Your Skills

My original 52 Week Challenge in 2016 was a huge success, with tens of thousands of photographers participating from around the world. In celebration …

Using Home Renovation To Create The Perfect House

Some home buyers, on failing to find the house they dream of, jump straight to new, custom construction. Others compromise on quality, location, or …

Europe's Oldest Living Tree Discovered

In northern Greece, a Bosnian pine has been dated at more than 1,000 years.<p>A Bosnian pine growing in the highlands of Northern Greece is the …

What to Know About Doing Business in Iran

Foreign companies, foreign governments, and Iranians expected to see improvements to Iran’s investment climate after implementing a nuclear deal and sanctions relief in the country. But peruse some of the recent headlines about Iran, and you might wonder whether the market’s potential was …

South Asia

Nadia Tehran Gives the Middle Finger to Fear in Her Stunning Video for "Refugee"

"This is my history; right in the gap between the systems, belonging nowhere and everywhere."<p>Nadia Tehran is fearless. That much is evident from the first ten seconds of her blazing new EP <i>Life is Cheap, Death is Free,</i> which opens with the lyrics "With a mouth full of shit and a stolen tongue" and …

Middle East

Sadiq Khan: The antidote to Trump

It is not often that a Muslim woman feels good about what is going on around her, particularly when it comes to her Muslim faith. Islam is on the hot seat. The word Muslim stirs up all kinds of unkind associations in the minds of the public. Muslims cannot be trusted. Muslims are the trouble …

Donald Trump

Why I Travel the World Alone

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at South Africa’s O.R. Tambo …

Sri Lanka

The Cheapest Places to Travel for Each Month of the Year

Domestic: Los Angeles<p>You can save 33 percent on hotels in the city of angels this month, when the nightly average rate for four-star properties dips …

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Upheld and Updated

Eleanor Roosevelt was fond of saying that documents expressing ideals "carry no weight unless the people know them, unless the people understand …

Rights & Freedoms

Camera Pointed Upwards Captures the Mesmerizing Ceilings of Iran's Ornate Architecture

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has an affinity for capturing the breathtaking nature of Iran's grand architecture. His series of photographs showcase the mesmerizing details built into the ceilings of the nation's beautiful palaces, historic houses, cathedrals, bazaars, and mosques. Flipping through …

Middle East

The world's most enchanting ruins

The women at the frontline of documentary photography

As with a lot of professions traditionally deemed as masculine, women have often been written out of the history of documentary photography, especially when they choose to report on war and conflict. Despite this, there are plenty of women who put risk aside in order to go to the frontline of …

Afghanistan

How to tell stories through photography

The creator of hauntingly striking photographs, Minneapolis-born and based Alec Soth is a storyteller disguised as a documentary photographer. His images hint at an underlying story; capturing people and places set with a melancholy tone. A Magnum photographer as well as founder of his own …

Turkey is screwed. And it’s all US fault (corrected text)

<b>by Arras</b><p>Amid rising tensions between Turkey and Russia over the situation in Syria, one important fact got lost. It’s not Russia that caused the …

Middle East
Islamic Law

Photos: Meet the teenage girls on Iran’s death row

Mahsa’s story begins like any other teenager’s story: She fell in love. The 17-year-old Iranian hoped to marry the boy, but her father opposed the marriage. One day she got into an argument with her father over the romance, got angry, and killed him with a kitchen knife. Now, Mahsa’s brothers are …

Death Row

Iran's economic puppeteers

They may dress in clerical garb or call themselves the "Seals of the Prophet," but their focus is on a different kind of profit. Religious …

South Asia

We're back from Iran. Here's what most surprised us.

Iran has been shut off for most people in America for 37 years, so us first-timers were visiting a place we knew about only through the headlines, and had to be totally open to having our perceptions changed. And they were.<p>Since we're just back with these fresh thoughts, we wanted to run down the …

Asia

Syria Before The War

Lately I've been feeling a little homesick and with all the insane news and horrific images that keep pouring out of the syrian war, with shelling and bombing that is ruining much of Syrias antiquities, architecture and heritage sites, I wanted to put together a series of images from Syrian cities …

Middle East

Iran wants India to pay oil dues in euros

Iran has asked Indian refiners such as Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) to clear its past oil dues amounting to over $6 …

India

The 'Invisible' Truck That You Can See Right Through

If you’ve ever driven behind a tractor-trailer on a two-lane road, you may be familiar with the feelings of frustration and terror when trying to …

Autonomous Cars

Why Airstrikes Won't Destroy the Islamic State

Experts say bombings by the US and its allies may cost ISIS some turf but won't stop it from launching attacks around the world.<p><i>In anticipation of the upcoming fourth season of our HBO show, which will premiere February 5 at 11 PM, we are releasing all of season three for free online along with</i> …

Islam

Saudi Arabia vs Iran: The view from Turkey, stuck in the middle

Observers suggest Turkey should not rush to support either side in this Middle East showdown.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening …

Protests over Saudi Executions: Pictures

Pakistan

Healing on the Syria-Turkey border

As the number of dead continues to rise in Syria, other people are struggling to cope with devastating injuries that will stay with them forever, such as the loss of limbs or impaired mobility.<p>Yet throughout Syria, it has becoming increasingly difficult for victims to access life-saving care. …

Middle East