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.”
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.
An analysis of the US’ Middle East strategy under Obama from Gary Sick, founder of the Gulf 2000 project at Columbia University.
Some background information on the Yezidis. The picture above was taken at Lalish, the Yezidis spiritual homeland.
An insightful and optimistic analysis of the nuclear talks.
An interesting discussion concerning the Harper government’s position on Israel and the Palestinians.
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 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/iraqi-yazidis-if-move-they-will-kill-us-20148513656188206.html