Day: December 31, 2014

Obama Envoy John Allen: No ‘Short-Term Solutions’ for Stopping Islamic State

Obama Envoy John Allen: No ‘Short-Term Solutions’ for Stopping Islamic State Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark AP/dpa Islamic State fighters parade in Mosul, Iraq in June: “When you can defeat the idea, then you have destroyed the organization” says Obama’s envoy tasked to help stop the terrorist group’s menace. In an interview, […]

Picture of the day: Ancient Trees: Photographer Beth Moon’s portraits of the oldest trees on Earth

  “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time” is one of the most beautiful books to come out in 2014.Filled with “mesmerizing black-and-white photographs of the world’s most majestic ancient trees,” San Francisco photographer Beth Moon‘s masterpiece makes me want to follow in her footsteps and see these beauties for myself in real […]

A new Arab disorder

2014 marked a farewell to a turbulent decade, but it could be replaced by an even more chaotic one, writes Salah Nasrawi  A map generated by the Islamic State group, with regions renamed to conform to its representation of the ‘caliphate’ They weren’t exactly foreseen by Nostradamus, but the dramatic events […]

The death of international development – The development industry needs an overhaul of strategy, not a change of language.

Jason Hickel Follow @@jasonhickel Dr Jason Hickel lectures at the London School of Economics and serves as an adviser to /The Rules. Poverty is created by rules that rig the economy in the interests of the rich, writes Hickel [AFP] International development is dying; people just don’t buy it anymore. […]

Obama’s Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

By SPIEGEL Staff AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth Combat operations in Afghanistan may be coming to an end, but a look at secret NATO documents reveals that the US and the UK were far less scrupulous in choosing targets for killing than previously believed. Drug dealers were also on the lists. […]

Ireland’s lack of action on blasphemy law disappoints atheists and secularists

theguardian: by Henry McDonald  — Atheists have called the Irish government’s failure to put the controversial blasphemy laws up for a vote a betrayal. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Irish atheists and secularists have accused their government of breaking a promise to call a referendum over the Republic’s controversial blasphemy laws […]