Pablo A. Iturralde

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Muslims Lives Matter, Too (But Only in Theory)

Spring Fund Drive: Keep CounterPunch Afloat<br>CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible …

Texas Girl Was Taken Away From Parents Because They Smoked Pot, Only to Be Killed in Foster Care

By all accounts, towheaded Alexandria "Alex" Hill, was a healthy and happy toddler, living with her parents, Joshua Hill and Mary Sweeny, in Cameron, …

The Origins of the Anger Face

Why humans have evolved to flare their nostrils, furrow their brows, and frown<p>In the U.S., the thumbs-up is typically a gesture that everything’s just hunky-dory—but in the Middle East, it implies that the gesturer is about to do something decidedly unfriendly with that thumb and another person’s …

‘We Tortured Some Folks’

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Uruguayan backpacker, confused about visas, lands in U.S. detention

A man from Uruguay who has been backpacking through North America and doing volunteer work along the way was trying to head to Canada on the last day of his U.S. visa — and ended up in a U.S. detention center instead.<p>Diego Farre Simonassi, 29, told the Los Angeles Times that he hadn't realized he …

Ron Paul Says if Americans Understood This, the Hobby Lobby Contraception Case Would Likely Never Have Happened

Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas said Wednesday that if Americans understood the definition of “rights,” the battle over whether Hobby Lobby should have to pay for its employees’ birth control would likely never have happened.<p>“It’s the whole issue of the understanding of what rights …

The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence

The arrest of an Olympic gold medalist on charges of domestic violence would normally be an occasion for a soul-searching conversation about machismo …

Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16 Year-Old, Get a Promotion

If you think that as a United States citizen you’re entitled to a trial by jury before the government can decide to kill you–– you’re wrong. During …

AeroPress makes a killer cup of coffee, even on the road

The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes

They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. "Preacher Man", as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had ever read. A dozen or so others would listen, silently praying while stroking rosaries, sitting on bare mattresses, crammed into a …

Who’s your new mobile carrier? How ’bout Wi-Fi?

Almost two years ago Republic Wireless launched with a crazy plan to offer phones that would use Wi-Fi as their default network, sending any requests …

Syria chemical attacks: when science takes a back seat to morality

As the UN scientists and weapons inspectors analyse the data retrieved from the purported site of the chemical attack in Damascus, there remains little doubt that Assad's regime in Syria bears responsibility for the horrific gassing which killed over 1,400 people on 21 August. In any case, since …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Joe Biden's Case That Waging War Without Congress Is an Impeachable Offense

He took that position after years as a U.S. senator, and taught it during lectures on the separation of powers.<p>President Obama has been criticized by me and others for proceeding as if he has the legal authority to authorize acts of war against Syria, even though he declared in writing as a U.S. …

When Is College Worth It?

Today's <i>RealClearPolicy</i> slate features a piece from Dylan Matthews of the <i>Washington Post</i> claiming that college is a good investment. It pushes back …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

Professors Union: It’s Bad Policy To Measure Whether Colleges Help Students

One of the largest college teacher unions in the country has taken a rather odd education policy stance: opposition to measuring whether colleges are helping their graduates. In response to President Obama’s push to tie federal college aid to labor-market outcomes, the American Association of …

Justdelete.me Wants To Help You Pull The Plug On All Those Pesky Online Accounts

It’s tiring, isn’t it? Doing everything online, I mean. Everyday you log into services tailor-made for shopping, searching, sharing, watching, chatting, curating, reading, bragging — that’s a lot of places to keep your personal information, and no one could blame you if you wanted to try to pare …

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

Researchers invent wireless Morse code for the internet of things

One of the biggest challenges for the internet of things is batteries. As in, to communicate, sensors need them. That might be fine when you have one …

Are Elections Decided by Chance?

<i>The first of three parts</i><p>Over the past nine months, the Republican Party has been consumed by a debate over how it should respond to Mitt Romney's …