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The Arab World is at war with itself | Politics

As if the severe damage inflicted by the US-led invasion of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine were not enough, the Arab world is now engaged in a self-destructive process of sectarian polarisation and violence.<p>While it is true that the 2003 Iraq War triggered the rise of sectarian …

Middle East

Five geopolitical predictions in the wake of ISIL’s terror spree

Here is what we know: Over a span of several weeks, the Islamic State has conducted three mass casualty attacks outside of Syria and Iraq. On Oct. 31, a Russia-bound Airbus A321 with 224 passengers and crew on board was brought down by an explosive device that was placed somewhere on the aircraft, …

Obama Administration

Science proves your first-born won’t rule the world

Kids are mysterious, even to their parents. (Perhaps <i>especially</i> to their parents.) Why is the oldest so controlling? Or the youngest such a terror? Dismissing the potential effects of our neurotic parenting, we ascribe many of our kids’ traits to the self-evident truth of birth order.<p>Unfortunately, …

Psychology

How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction

Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be fundamentally different. Fortunately, there’s still time to stop …

Extinction

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …

Renewable Energy

The Myth of America’s Golden Age

What growing up in Gary, Indiana, taught me about inequality.<p><b>I hadn’t realized when I was growing up in Gary,</b> Indiana, an industrial town on the southern shore of Lake Michigan plagued by discrimination, poverty and bouts of high unemployment, that I was living in the golden era of capitalism. It …

Elizabeth Warren just delivered the realest talk on race by any American politician

The progressive favorite talks about the “dark underbelly” of “how America built a great middle class”<p>Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren just further burnished her progressive credentials with a thorough and explicit telling of racial injustice in America, focusing on what she called three …

Home Ownership

The last 15 years of Saddam Hussein's regime are crucial to understanding ISIS

To devise an effective strategy involves understanding where ISIS came from, and that involves examining the Saddam Hussein regime.<p>Saddam is commonly regarded as the quintessential secularist, and he was initially. But the Saddam regime Islamized over its last 15 years, effectively creating a …

Middle East

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Dinosaurs