New Anwar al-Awlaki Interview (Updated)
Abdillah Haydar al-Shay'a has published the text of his interview from a few weeks back with Anwar al-Awlaki on al-Jazeera.
Update: It is difficult to square al-Awlaki's description of this e-mail exchange with Hassan as the sort of innocent exchange that could be ignored by US officials or as being consistent with his research - but this is only al-Awlaki's characterization of it and not necessarily the truth.
Money quotes: (The first refers to what is in the letters/e-mails)
كان يسأل عن قتل الجنود الأميركيين والضباط هل ذلك شرعي أم لا؟
سألك هذا السؤال قبل ما يقرب من عام من تنفيذه العملية؟
نعم، وأنا أستغرب أين كانت الأجهزة الأمنية الأميركية التي زعمت في يوم من الأيام أنها تستطيع من الفضاء أن تقرأ أرقام أي لوحة سيارة في أي مكان في العالم.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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