Ryan Carragher

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

Jingoists conveniently forget the West’s Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida<p>History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.<p>Gore Vidal …

Fatal Guesswork: Why the U.S. Military Attacked that Afghan Hospital

Army General John Campbell looked stricken Thanksgiving Eve as he detailed how U.S. troops blasted away at an Afghan hospital last month, killing 30. …

Noam Chomsky: America’s ISIS strategy is plainly not working

Noam Chomksy on our difficult choices after Paris and why military intervention would likely make matters worse<p>Noam Chomsky, to rehearse a cliché, is among the world’s greatest living radical intellectuals. It is no less trite or true to add that he is also a broadly controversial figure: accused …

Glenn Greenwald: Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks

Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity.<p>Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when<p>CIAoperatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political …

Surveillance

The Five NSA Programs You Should Know About

By Kunal Jasty<p>“Taken together, the revelations have brought to light a global surveillancesystem that cast off many of its historical restraints …

Jewish Nation-State Bill Passed by Israeli Cabinet

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to call Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, a measure that critics say could further strain …

Interactive map compares London life to other cities

A data scientist from UCL's Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis has created an interactive online map that allows people to play with …

Rituals That Work And Why

• Ancient Egyptians transport a large statue by sledge, headed by a person who pours water from a vessel.<br>• Before stepping onto the pitch, a soccer player ties and reties his shoelaces for good luck.<br>• In Indonesia, a Kantu' farmer decides where to establish a new farming site based on the locations at …

31 Pictures That Prove South Africa Is The Craziest Place On Earth

"Invisible shit terror!"

South Africa

Not Just Echolocation: Bats Use Polarized Light to Navigate

Polarized light is something people wear sunglasses to avoid, but for bats, it's actually useful, and can help them find their way.<p>The greater …

Why Israel Launched a Ground War in Gaza

After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. But why, you say? War, what’s it good for? Israel’s Iron Dome has kept the home front safe; Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire offer has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the …

Medical marijuana research stalls after Arizona professor is let go

A well-known medical marijuana researcher at the University of Arizona says a study she's been planning for four years has cost her her job.<p>Dr. Sue Sisley, a clinical assistant professor in the college of medicine, has been with the university for nearly eight years in several capacities. She has …

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

Global Warming

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10% of Their Brains

It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.<p>By now, perhaps you’ve seen the trailer for the new sci-fi thriller <i>Lucy.</i> It starts with a flurry of stylized special effects and Scarlett Johansson serving up a barrage of bad-guy beatings. Then comes Morgan Freeman, …

Scientists restore normal blood sugar levels in diabetic mice

Scientists have discovered a novel protein-based treatment that restores normal blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice for a period of seven days. The study, published in <i>Nature</i> today, reveals a possible new therapeutic pathway for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. "We had no idea that this …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Do Humans Live Too Long?

“Public health fundamentally changed what it means to be human,” S. Jay Olashansky argues in a short video explaining the jump in human life expectancy in the mid-19th Century. For more than 200,000 years, most humans died by 30 and infant mortality was endemic. But over the last two centuries …

Stand-off in brain project debate

<b>After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.</b><p>Last week an open message, signed by over 600 researchers, said the HBP was "not on course", demanding a review.<p>An official reply said HBP members were …

Personal Organizing

How Realistic Are Hamas' Cease-Fire Terms?

TEL AVIV, Israel — Amid the escalating violence, Hamas has reportedly set 10 conditions for a cease-fire with Israel. The list was disclosed Wednesday by Israel's Maa’riv newspaper. Citing Palestinian sources, Maariv said Hamas handed the list to Egyptian mediators, and offered in return a ten-year …

Israel

Pope Francis's Radical Environmentalism

Exploiting the earth "is our sin," the pontiff says.<p>This past weekend, Pope Francis did something that was quietly revolutionary. In a talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis characterized concerns about the environment as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”—a challenge that is …

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions

With research findings widely available on websites and Twitter feeds, it's easier than ever to oversimplify the results—and risk bringing half-formed ideas into America's classrooms.<p>Education has entered the era of Big Data. The Internet is teeming with stories touting the latest groundbreaking …

U.S.-Jihadist Relations (Part 1): Creating the Mujahedin in Afghanistan

The intensifying war in Iraq has surprised the world. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist group, has taken over a large part of Iraq's territory and is still advancing toward other areas. Western and Middle Eastern governments are concerned about ISIS. How can we understand such …

Study: People prefer electric shocks to being alone with their thoughts

Matthew writes, "A new paper in Science reports that when people are asked to entertain themselves with their own thoughts for 15 minutes, many …

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.<p>Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I …

Good Country Index: Ireland is Best Country in the World

Ireland is the best country in the world, according to a new survey.<p>The Good Country Index ranks the Republic top of 125 nations based on its …

Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread

The Sunni militant group that has stormed across Iraq invaded the country's largest oil refinery today, hitting it with mortars. The government is using limited air attacks to strike back at ISIS, which now controls large areas of Iraq's north.<p>"The oil refinery in Beiji has been under siege since …

Why Americans Call Soccer 'Soccer'

The British started it.<p>New Zealand's largest newspaper is deeply conflicted. With the World Cup underway in Brazil, should <i>The New Zealand Herald</i> refer to the "global round-ball game" as "soccer" or "football"? The question has been put to readers, and the readers have spoken. It's "football"—by a …

Iraq crisis: the West now faces a world beyond known extremes

As a psychotic Sunni jihadist state establishes itself on the border of Turkey, it is clear America is losing control of the Middle East<p>Events in northern <b>Iraq</b> are a fearsome demonstration of what has become ever clearer over the last three years: America is losing control of the Middle East.<p>A …

Ireland closest to Islamic economic teachings

Israel more compliant with ideals of the Koran than any predominantly Muslim country according to study<p>Mon, Jun 9, 2014, 21:53 Updated: Mon, Jun 9, …

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