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The Smack Track: Heroin Smuggling Is Undermining African Countries

Two drug busts in November, netting 712kg of the stuff, closed a record year for heroin seizures off the coast of Kenya. The haul is less a sign of improved policing and more evidence of the growing importance of the route.<p>The largest seizure took place in April, when an Australian warship found …

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr

The Week in Review: What Defines an American?

In 1993, 12-year-old Jose Antonio Vargas boarded a flight in his native Philippines and landed in the United States, where he’s lived ever since as …

The Week in Review: Violence in Gaza

Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen to a boil. …

A Drone For Dangerous Missions

The Ares drone lands like a chopper, so it can enter and exit a dangerous spot quickly<p>As early as next year, the Depart­ment of Defense will test-fly an entirely new type of combat drone. The craft is called Ares, for Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, and it’s designed to take off and land …

Drones

From artists to politicians, a selection of the best portraits by Guardian photographers this year http://gu.com/p/3yege/fb

France to use unarmed U.S.-made drones to hunt al Qaeda in Mali | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France will deploy its first U.S.-made unarmed surveillance drones to West Africa by the end of the year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, as it seeks to “eliminate all traces of al Qaeda”.<p>A soldier from France speaks to a Malian soldier during an infantry …

War from afar: How the Pentagon fell in love with drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles and smart bombs are the quintessential weapons of our age. And not just for Americans<p>In the last years of the twentieth century, two weapons changed the way that America fights air wars: smart bombs (bombs that “see” a target using a television camera or a radiation sensor, …

UN launches unmanned surveillance aircraft to better protect civilians in vast DR Congo - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

With top United Nations and Government officials and a crowd of reporters looking on, the world Organization today launched its first-ever unmanned …

The Pope Just Published One Of The Most Powerful Critiques Of Modern Capitalism That You Will Ever Read

Pope Francis is out with the first big, written text of his papacy. The full text can be found here (via Izabella Kaminska).<p>The section of the text that's getting the most attention is his powerful denouncement of our current financial system, the obsession with consumption, inequality, and the …

10 Tips to Being Deliciously Happy

<i>Photo credit: Simaje</i><p>Who wouldn't want a delicious life?<p>Life is meant to be experienced joyfully. We often believe we may not deserve the good life has to offer on a deeper level. We may allow so many things or conditions to base our happiness off of and in reality, happiness is a choice. It's not …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

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8 appalling ways America leads the world

Welcome to the new American exceptionalism: Number one in obesity, guns, prisoners, anxiety and more …<p>People uninterested in change and progress tend to cling to the jingoistic fantasy that America is an exceptional country. Often this implies that the U.S. is somehow superior to other nations. …