Ben Rulli

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Designing a Renewable Food System

Lessons from the renewable energy sector on creating a sustainable food system that provides the responsiveness and resilience our communities deserve<p>…

A neuroscientist explains the radical theory that our free will is just an illusion

Dean Buonomano, a professor at UCLA and author of "Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time", gives a simple explanation of the theory of eternalism. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It seems that everything in the universe has already happened under eternalism.</i><p><i>In</i> …


The Taliban just released a map of territory it controls in Afghanistan — and it's surprisingly accurate

While the report may be seen as propaganda to bolster its claims of controlling territory, it does not inflate or exaggerate the Taliban's control of districts centers and contested areas throughout the country, compared to data compiled by FDD's Long War Journal.<p>The report was actually a rather …


Trump Is a Chinese Agent

The big story everyone is chasing is whether President Trump is a Russian stooge. Wrong. That’s all a smoke screen. Trump is actually a Chinese agent. He is clearly out to make China great again. Just look at the facts.<p>Trump took office promising to fix our trade imbalance with China, and what’s …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Afghanistan gunmen kidnap 52 farmers, regional officials say | Reuters

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Gunmen in Afghanistan kidnapped 52 farmers on Wednesday, most of them members of the minority Uzbek community in the remote northern province of Jowzjan, regional officials said, but the motive for the abductions was not immediately clear.<p>Afghanistan’s …


Why Tensions are Rising Between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

On January 2, 2017, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki scathingly criticized Saudi Arabia's Middle East policy and warned Iranian reporters that Riyadh was a breeding ground for terrorism. Maliki's strident rhetoric highlighted the marked deterioration in Iraq-Saudi Arabia relations in recent …

Meet the Israelis praying for a Trump win

"Trump was sent to us by God," said Michael Yigal Mimon, a former intelligence officer in the Israeli army who proudly counts himself among a growing number of Donald Trump supporters in Israel.<p>Like the United States, Mimon said, Israel longs for a return to a "purist" conservative politics – one …

Fears About China’s Economy Fester at Davos

World Economic Forum

China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis

Ongoing Oil Market Turmoil Isn't a 'Crude' Sequel to 2008

World Economic Forum

Plunging Oil Prices Set Off a Global Chess Game

It may be hard to ima­gine, but oth­er things have been go­ing on in the world be­sides the elec­tion. And while I no doubt will re­turn to the …

Middle East

'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now'

Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution began on January 25, 2011. Five years after Hosni Mubarak was toppled, families of detained activists say there is even less freedom than before<p>Of all the freedoms Egyptians thought they had won with the Tahrir Square Revolution, the one they thought irreversible …

Why Iran remains a danger

Despite the nuclear deal, Iran's recent behaviour shows it is as much a threat as ever, says Mohammed al-Yahya<p>In the mid 1980s, during the Iraq-Iran war, small Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) speedboats would set off in the dead of night to launch rockets at GCC oil tankers in efforts to …

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The Case of the So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Weirder

It’s probably not aliens. Seriously guys, it’s very, <i>very</i> unlikely that it’s aliens. But the weird, flickering star known as KIC 8462852 still isn’t …


50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

From superhero movies and serious dramas to a new 'Star Wars' movie, the year's must-sees<p>Chances are good that most folks are still a little hungover …

Middle East
Middle East

Russia’s New National Security Strategy | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>Acting by decree, an updated national security strategy, has been implemented which fundamentally redefines US-Russia relations.</i><p>It addresses …

Russia reportedly names US as threat to national security for first time

Russia has named the U.S. as one of the threats to its national security in a new assessment signed by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, according to a published report.<p>Reuters reported the document, “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation,” replaces the 2009 version …

ISIS tunnels: How ISIS militants evade airstrikes in Ramadi

<b>Ramadi, Iraq (CNN) —</b> The battle for the key Iraqi city of Ramadi has opened a window into the resilience of ISIS. It took months of daily onslaughts before Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition were able to expel the militants from the city center recently.<p>Ramadi witness: 'They wanted to use us …