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An Arab billionaire shares his explosive views on Obama, Iran, ISIS, and what falling oil prices will do to the Middle East

This is the second year in a row we spoke with this investor.<p>Last year, the investor agreed to answer our questions, but only if we redacted his name and only referred to him as an "Arab" investor and billionaire. We went with the same set up this year so we could get the most honest outlook on …

Discover Russia's Ghost Villages

Reflections of the Ulyanovsky monastery, almost destroyed during the Soviet time, are seen along the banks of the Vycheg<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Denis Sinyakov<p>1 …

Adventures in Islam: Algebras of Intimacy

We continue our adventures in Islam...<p><b>"Islam and the West"</b><p>If you google the phrase "Islam and the West" you get over 115 million results in 0.56 seconds.<p>A vast majority of the articles come with titles such as<p>"Why the West Fears Islam", "Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations?" and "Islam Vs …

South-east Asia

Ruble's freefall leaves Russians bewildered

The ruble's plunge in value has prompted some Russians to rush into big-ticket purchases, while others despair as to how they will repay foreign …

US applications for jobless aid dropped last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, reflecting a job market that continues to look persistently …

Analysis finds Trump's tax plan would produce 'gaping holes' in the US budget

While federal taxes would be lower for households across all income levels, the highest earners - the top 1 percent and particularly the top 0.1 of 1 percent - would reap the largest rewards, according to the analysis, which was released on Tuesday.<p>The plan would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 …

Barack Obama chips in from 40 feet in front of world's media

US president nails effortlessly cool chip-in from off the green during Christmas holiday round of golf in Hawaii<p>George W Bush famously told the world "we must stop these terrorists" – before adding "now watch this drive" and booming a wood down the fairway.<p>Barack Obama's golf moment was not …

This map shows how much territory ISIS has lost this year

In the year after ISIS rampaged across the Middle East in a bid to seize territory and establish a self-declared Islamic "caliphate," the terrorist group continued to be a major threat to the world, pulling off sophisticated attacks and recruiting thousands more people to its cause.<p>But though …

This Telling Graphic Compares Russia's Navy At The End Of The Cold War To Today

When it comes to news, anything related to the Russian military is hot right now—there are even many headlines claiming how the U.S. should fear the …

Tennessee Officials Confirm First Cougar Sighting in 100 Years

<i>Photograph via BZ Outdoors/YouTube</i><p>In late November, a trail camera caught sight of a cougar in Humphreys County, Tennessee, 70 miles west of …

The truth about Muslims in America

<i>This report includes facts and figures from various surveys and studies, all of which are hyperlinked in the body of the story.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism from liberals, conservatives and those in between when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.<p>But …

Duke University

The single ugliest myth the rich perpetuate about the poor

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Manuel Balce Ceneta/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Wealthy white conservatives want to believe they’ve earned their fortunes, so they pathologize the lower classes<p>Paul Buchheit<p>December 7, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Many wealthy white conservative …

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Tumors

Albert Einstein's special mark on the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has been exactly 100 years since Albert Einstein presented his theory of general relativity to an audience of scientists on November 25, 1915. While virtually everyone has heard of Einstein and his theory, very few people have any idea of what the theory actually is.<p>This is a shame, not …

U.S. jobless claims fall more than expected

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, drifting back to near 42-year lows as labor market conditions continue to tighten.<p>A job seeker holds literature while waiting to speak with a representative of the Golden …

'Electronic Plants' Grow Wires Inside Themselves to Form Living Machines

Innovation<p>Inside most plants is a complex network of cells and pathways that pass water, nutrients and information from the roots to the leaves and everywhere in-between. Eager to take advantage of this "vascular circuitry," researchers at Linköping University in Sweden managed to get the plant to …

Breakthroughs

Epic oil glut sparks super tanker 'traffic jams' at sea

Here's a traffic jam that will actually make drivers smile.<p>It's no secret that a massive supply glut has caused global oil prices to crash this year. Ferocious production from OPEC and near-record U.S. output is adding to sky-high oil inventories around the world.<p>But what's less widely known is …

Oil

A Classic Formula For Pi Was Discovered Hidden in Hydrogen Atoms

Two years ago ... this was an amazing find.<p>Back in 2015, scientists found something amazing for the first time - a classic formula for pi hidden in …

The GOP is living in a fantasy world: Every single Republican’s economic plan is made of wishes and fairy dust

<b>(Fox Business)</b><p>After listening to Republicans lay out their economic “plans,” the only conclusion is they’re all barking mad<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 11, 2015 5:45pm (UTC)<p>A little more than halfway through what felt like the millionth Republican primary debate, this time in Wisconsin and run by Fox …

Saudi Arabia's mission to blow everyone out of the oil market isn't over yet

The country's policy of pumping so much oil that prices stay too low for competitors to make a profit has led to losses at big oil companies, suppressed inflation globally, and even seen Saudi Arabia's own sovereign debt downgraded.<p>And the country has no plans to stop.<p>The chairman of Saudi Aramco, …

Weird and Wonderful Tennessee

It was barely noon, but the gloomy November rain made it feel more like midnight when I jumped in my rental Chevy and began the journey from …

A proxy war in the Middle East: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vs. Islamic Republic of Iran. Source and full article

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Russia and the Curse of Geography

Want to understand why Putin does what he does? Look at a map.<p>Vladimir Putin says he is a religious man, a great supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church. If so, he may well go to bed each night, say his prayers, and ask God: “Why didn’t you put mountains in eastern Ukraine?”<p>If God had built …

Rob Zombie shares the ultimate Halloween playlist

Rob Zombie knows a thing or two about getting spooky — peep these album names from his time as White Zombie frontman as well as a solo act:</i> …

Yes, Marco Rubio’s Finances Are a Big Deal

The big post-debate story is about the media. CNBC is being pilloried by Republicans for the way it conducted last night’s event, in Boulder, Colorado. “CNBC should be ashamed of themselves,” Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “Let's …

Watch the world’s fastest amphibious car in action

Why choose between a supercar and one of the fastest superyacht tenders when you can have both? WaterCar’s newest model, the Panther, has recently …

Boating

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