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We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s | Salon.com

The newspaper noted that bin Laden organized a militia of thousands of foreign fighters from throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and "supported them with weapons and his own construction equipment" in their fight against the USSR in the 1980s. "We beat the Soviet Union," bin Laden …

Middle East

Ted Cruz has always had a master plan. Now it could win him the White House.

<i>Sen. Ted Cruz announcing his candidacy for the presidency at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in March. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)</i><p><i>This</i> …

One Degree of Separation in the Forever War

The tale of Reese and Yuri Hines, two brothers in two wars, suggests the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game needs a new name in the US military.<p>On April 9, 2011, Captain Jaymes Collin Uriah "Yuri" Hines drank a beer with a friend at a brewery in Bruges, Belgium, and tried desperately to relax.<p>Yuri was …

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

Shares 413K<p>Don’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free<p><i>Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking</i> …

The TSA Doesn't Work—and Never Has

After undercover agents snuck weapons past screeners in 95 percent of cases, the acting administrator has been fired.<p>It’s customary among critics to deride the Transportation Security Administration as “security theater.” One has to wonder what kind of theater this is, though. A period drama, …

National Security

Photo Raises Doubts About Police Shooting of Jermaine McBean

After Florida police shot Jermaine McBean to death as he walked home with an unloaded air rifle, they said there was no reason to believe he did not hear their orders to drop the weapon and that he pointed it at them.<p>But a newly emerged photo that shows headphones in McBean’s ears immediately after …

Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises

It’s time to debunk the myths about who is good in math, and Common Core state standards move us toward this worthy goal. Mathematics and technology …

Mathematics

How UK Journalism Explains Baltimore Riots Better Than American Media

April 28, 2015Marc Belisle International, News, World<p>Two of America’s most dominant mainstream news sources, the New York Times and CNN, can’t seem …

Justice

The Dangers of a Constitutional 'Right to Dignity'

It may provide support for same-sex marriage, but it also empowers judges to decide whose 'dignity' they wish to prioritize.<p>If the Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage bans, it may well do so on the grounds that they violate the dignity of gay couples. And although proponents of marriage …

Ferguson's Fortune 500 Company

Why the Missouri city—despite hosting a multinational corporation—relied on municipal fees and fines to extract revenue from its poorest residents<p>Take a walk along West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, Missouri. Head south of the burned-out Quik Trip and the famous McDonalds, south of the …

Study Links Autism to Epigenetic Changes in Dads’ Sperm

Researchers have found tell-tale “epigenetic” changes in the DNA from the sperm of men whose children have early signs of autism. These changes – …

The Myth of Police Reform

The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.<p>There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, …

Justice

Why Garry Trudeau Is Wrong About Charlie Hebdo

The cartoonist urged satirists to "punch up" against authority, but the world does not divide so neatly between the privileged and their victims.<p>One of the most attractive features of Anglo-American liberalism is its instinct to sympathize with the underdog. This is not a universal human norm. …

hebdo

How Iran deal is changing the way Mideast sees US

The allies look at recent US leadership in the region and are increasingly doubtful of US resolve to enforce an Iran nuclear deal in the face of …

South Asia

Death of Ibragim Todashev: Why did the FBI kill Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend?

<i>Excerpted from</i> <b>The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy</b><i>, by Masha Gessen, published on Tuesday by Riverhead.</i><p>Elena Teyer thought it was only …

Crime

A dangerous deal for the region | Human Rights

The background of the Iran deal almost makes it seem like, while the whole of the Middle East is on fire due to Iranian meddling in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon; that the negotiations have been taking place on another planet.<p>US President Barack Obama quoted a 14th century Persian poet as he noted …

Welcome To Normandy, One Of The Many Fergusons You've Never Heard Of

NORMANDY, Mo. -- This St. Louis suburb has problems that may sound familiar to anyone who followed the unrest in nearby Ferguson.<p>The city budget relies on tickets and court revenue. Its population of 5,000 is more than two-thirds black, but African-Americans are underrepresented on the city …

The Real Achievement of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Details of the accord matter less than the potential end of Washington's cold war with Tehran.<p>Right now, a thousand pundits and politicians are debating the details of Thursday’s framework nuclear deal with Iran. That’s fine. I think the details are far, far better than the alternative—which was a …

Middle East

The Awful Mystery of Two Suicides in Missouri Politics

Auditor Tom Schweich killed himself in February, and now his former spokesman has done the same. What has gone wrong in the state's Republican Party?<p>“Words do hurt. Words can kill.”<p>So said John Danforth, a former U.S. senator and Episcopal priest, during a eulogy for Tom Schweich on March 3. …

Why ball-tracking can't be trusted

In the absence of information on how the technology works, it's hard for some of us to shake doubts about why what we're seeing with our eyes differs …

Flat Earth Society

‘In Islam, they are all rotten apples’: Ex-Muslim’s call for religion’s reboot

There was a time when author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali believed it all: that, according to Islam, the infidel should die, that the Quran is …

The 1 percent rigged everything: Why no one can end Ronald Reagan’s “dead wrong” voodoo economics

A thriving middle class is the cause of growth. The middle class creates rich people — not the other way around<p>Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a highly visible champion of Seattle's $15/hour minimum wage, wrote a piece in the Atlantic last month pushing on another front in the war against toxic …

East Middle Earth: A Story Worth Telling?

It is often said that Tolkien had only finished 1/3 of his life's work before he died and looking through all his books and notes shows much truth to …

Ancient History

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

Egypt's New Potemkin Capital

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced plans to replace Cairo with a new city built to its east. But the money would be better spent elsewhere.<p>The teeming, maddening, and indescribably charming city of Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for 1,000 years. When it emerged it was perhaps the …

Suez Canal

Machiavelli Was Right

The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.<p>You remember the photograph: President Obama hunched in a corner of the Situation Room with his national-security staff, including Hillary Clinton with a hand over her mouth, watching the …

The Killer Inside Kid Rock

Ten miles outside town on a two-lane county road, just past the trailer park and across the street from Hank Williams Jr.'s place, there's a driveway …

White Privilege, Quantified

Recent experiments put numbers on everyday discrimination, shifting the dialogue away from victim-blaming and anecdotal observations.<p>Thirty-seven percent of white Americans believe that the police treat black people less fairly; 70 percent of black Americans feel the same way. Similar chasms exist …