Drugs and Terror
Members of Mexico's drug cartels are throwing grenades into U.S. consulates—so why aren't the groups designated as terrorist organizations?
Members of Mexico's drug cartels are throwing grenades into U.S. consulates—so why aren't the groups designated as terrorist organizations? One reason, writes Malcolm Beith, is that they are not ideologically or politically motivated. "Their sole raison d'être is money." But recent attacks may make the U.S. reconsider the designation, as it is difficult to figure out which groups and individuals are motivated by financial gain, and which ones are motivated by political ideology.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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