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Waq al-Waq

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Missing
almost 5 years ago

James King, an expert on Zaydism, has a good and accessible over-view of the situation in Yemen at Truthout.org He was also kind enough to email me a link to a paper he has written titled "Zaydi's in a Post-Zaydi Yemen". I look forward to reading it and blogging about it, as I think that it is too ...

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Davos Before Bono, Etc.

Davos
almost 5 years ago

Each January, an observer in Davos will find a small, well-selected set of men and women taking refuge from the world to try to come to terms with its problems. Yet this small Swiss town was also the setting for a great work of literature: German Nobel Laureate Thomas Mann’s novel Magic Mountain ...

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Shrink Torture

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almost 5 years ago

Despite it being US military practise to have a psychologist present during torture to "protect the victim", experts argue there is “no role for mental health professionals” in such situations.

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Doing Good?

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almost 5 years ago

The ten US Baptists who were arrested trying to take 33 children out of Haiti say they were “just trying to do the right thing” despite having no legal documentation to do so.

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Not Flashy!

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almost 5 years ago

Audience members present at its launch have noticed something missing from Steve Jobs’ latest Apple offering – apparently the iPad touch screen notebook won’t play flash video.

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Budget Cuts

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almost 5 years ago

President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8tr budget for fiscal 2011 that foresees the deficit hitting a record $1.6tr in the current fiscal year but falling by about 4% by 2013.

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Tutankhamun

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almost 5 years ago

The results of DNA tests made on the world’s most famous Egyptian king, Pharaoh Tutankhamun, will soon be published, revealing answers to mysteries about his lineage.

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Nuclear Leaks

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almost 5 years ago

Despite recasting itself as a green energy alternative, nuclear power is still mistrusted by many due to recent leaks of radioactive material at more than 20 US nuclear plants.

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Voodoo Children

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almost 5 years ago

The old religion of Voodoo is rising from the rubble in Haiti as, in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst earthquakes, priests and missionaries compete for the souls of the survivors.