Sectarian Divide Erupts in Egypt
At least 24 people have been killed and dozens more injured in clashes between Catholic demonstrators and military police outside the state television building in central Cairo.
What's the Latest Development?
At least 24 people have been killed in violent clashes between a group of Coptic Catholics and Egypt's military authority in the capital of Cairo. The religious group was protesting the burning of a church in southern Egypt when they say a military vehicle jumped the sidewalk and ran over ten peaceful protesters. In response, the Catholics began setting fire to vehicles parked in the street. Their actions instigated a response from the population at large as the conflict engulfed thousands and pushed into Tahrir Square.
What's the Big Idea?
Since the Arab Spring brought down ex-president Hosni Mubarak last February, Catholics have been critical of the interim government for being too lenient in the face of attacks targeting the country's Catholics. "Tensions are not uncommon between Copts and the country's Muslim majority. In March, 13 people were killed in sectarian clashes around the Cairo neighbourhood of Manshiyet Nasser after a church was torched in the village of Sol, south of the capital." Yesterday, Egypt's leadership called an emergency meeting.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this phenomenon happens in the pharmaceutical world, companies quickly apply for broad protection of their patents, which can last up to 20 years, and fence off research areas for others. The result of this? They stay at the top of the ladder, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation the same as product invention. Companies should still receive an incentive for coming up with new products, he says, but not 20 years if the product is the result of "tweaking" an existing one.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.