This Is What Wannabe Jihadists Order on Amazon Before Leaving for Syria, “Islam for Dummies” -New Republic


This Is What Wannabe Jihadists Order on Amazon Before Leaving for Syria


“In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could … be regarded as religious novices.” The analysts concluded that “a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation,” the newspaper said.”

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop -Vox


Back to school!

“the psychologists who conducted the new research, believe it’s because students on laptops usually just mindlessly type everything a professor says. Those taking notes by hand, though, have to actively listen and decide what’s important — because they generally can’t write fast enough to get everything down”

So, if you are going to use a laptop in class, don’t try to take down everything, be selective and think about the notes you are taking.



Sectarian-Based Violence: The Case of the Yezidis in Iraq and Syria -Middle East Institute


A brief overview of the persecution experienced by the Yezidis community in Syria and Iraq. As IS (ISIS) makes gains in Northern Iraq, the Yezidis are once again under siege: see