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The Economy Has No Clothes

Elon Musk: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded because of ‘an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank’

Houston, we have a SpaceX problem. Again.<p>The privately held company today attempted to send its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station to deliver cargo from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But three minutes after launch, the rocket blew up.<p>Just …

Elon Musk

Greece imposes capital controls as crisis deepens

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system on Sunday, closing its banks and imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.<p>Protesters hold placards forming the word "No" during an anti-EU …

Europe

Watchdog finds ex-Nazis got $20.2 million in Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elfriede Rinkel's past as a Nazi concentration camp guard didn't keep her from collecting nearly $120,000 in American Social …

ISIL suicide bombers target Iraqi army HQ in Fallujah

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have launched a string of attacks on an Iraqi army headquarters near Fallujah, killing at least 20 soldiers.<p>Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said ISIL suicide bombers detonated eight fortified car bombs near the army's …

Egypt and Saudi Arabia deny split over Syria

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have denied reports of discord among the close allies over the latter's support of rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.<p>Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who is visiting Cairo for the first time since assuming his post, said on Sunday that …

Opec under siege as Isil threatens world's oil lifeline

As the bloc’s 12 oil ministers meet in Vienna, the march of Isil jihadists in the Middle East is putting Iran and Saudi Arabia on a collision course with explosive consequences<p>Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad …

How We're Failing in the Middle East - The American Interest

Middle East

John Kerry breaks leg in French Alps bike crash and is flown to hospital after meetings with Iran officials over nuclear deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bike crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb while taking a break after talks in Geneva, …

South Asia

Cameron prepares to send more troops to Iraq and Syria

British training missions to prepare moderate Syrian opposition and Iraqi forces expected to expand<p>David Cameron is preparing to send more British forces to the Middle East to train local troops for the war against the jihadists of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.<p>Military chiefs …

Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

Russia is pulling away from its relationship with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and withdrawing key personnel from Damascus, the …

The threat of North Korea's city-destroying killer hackers

Author:<p>Published<p>in Data loss, Malware 4<p>Remember the “Guardians of the Peace”?<p>They are the hackers who compromised the computer systems of Sony …

Mother Jones Pitches Bernie Sanders As “Your Internet Boyfriend”, Calls His ‘Rape Fantasy’ “Male-Female Sexual Dynamic”

We reported earlier on the rape fantasy that Bernie Sanders wrote about in 1972. We know had this been written by a Republican, the media would have …

Bernie Sanders

The Fifa fiasco proves it’s time to dismantle football’s edifice of corruption

Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges as World Cup inquiry launched<p>Read more<p>In comedy, football and politics, timing is everything and today’s events in Zurich have brought all three together with quite exceptional synchronicity. Just two days before Fifa’s annual congress and a fiercely …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, turns fury on Cameroonian civilians

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbours not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.<p>France's President warned that the world was not doing …

Jordan hits back at ISIS after pilot's death

<b>Karak, Jordan (CNN) —</b> Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more.<p>Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath …

Obama's Secret Iran Strategy

President Barack Obama wishes the Islamic Republic of Iran every success. Its leaders, he explained in a recent interview, stand at a crossroads. …

A Republican Against Prisons

Mass incarceration is a bad thing that we’ve become exceptionally good at in the United States. This dismal statistic may already be familiar: we are …

Criminal Sentencing

Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey

Israel<p>Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey<p>Martin Kramer / Feb. 3, 2015<p>A<p>Today, February 3, marks one year since Barry Rubin, scholar and friend, lost his …

Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack on Libyan Hotel

American Is Among Dead After Assailants Claiming Affiliation With Islamic State Storm Tripoli Hotel<p>An attack on a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital killed nine people, including an American, and stoked fears that the Islamic State militant group is expanding beyond the Middle East toward North Africa …

Photos From New York After the Blizzard of 1888

As the Northeast prepares for a potentially record-breaking blizzard this week, let's look back at the 1888 storm that set all those records. Between …

Davos’s Destructive Elites

“None of us is as dumb as all of us.”<p>Convening to ring the alarm about global warming, our putative betters and would-be rulers gathered in Davos, …

Society

Scientists Figure Out How to Unboil an Egg

Scientists at the University of California Irvine have developed a way to unboil egg whites by “untangling” their proteins, a development that has …

Argentine prosecutor shot point blank in forehead: official

Buenos Aires (AFP) - An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner …

In the Trenches with the F-35 - The American Interest

F-35

Counter-Factual World

One of the most interesting forms of rebuttal is to invoke the counterfactual. Apparent failure must always be contextualized against the background …