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Israel’s Response to the United Nation's Resolution on Palestine Is Hysterical: Noam Chomsky

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution 14-0 condemning all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as having “no legal validity” and amounting to “a flagrant violation under international law.” The resolution goes on to note that Israeli settlements pose “a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security.” Trump calls UN 'sad' club after vote on Israeli settlements - Raw Story ▶ Trump calls  UN  'sad' club after vote on  Israeli  settlements ...  resolution  2334,  which describes  Israel's  .. This represents the first UNSC resolution in almost eight years concerning Israel and Palestine, and the first in over 35 years regarding the issue of Israeli settlements. Typically the U.S. would veto resolutions critical of Israel, but in this case, the Obama administration opted to abstain, in effect allowing the resolution to pass. For comment, AlterNet contacted Noam Cho

writing efficient emails, like the US military email system

With so much at stake and so much else to accomplish, how does the U.S. military teach soldiers to manage email?  In the military, we all know, you learn how to fight, how to push past your perceived limits, even how to make your bed. But there's at least one thing most of us rarely imagine soldiers and sailors learning to do: wading through their inboxes. But, of course, just like the rest of us, folks in the military face the daunting task of keeping on top of an endless stream of messages. And, adding to their burden, in their job, processing email in a timely and effective manner could mean the difference between life and death. With so much at stake and so much else to accomplish (like, you know, winning wars and battling terrorists), how does the U.S. military teach soldiers to manage email? A recent HBR blogs post by Kabir Sehgal, a navy veteran and the author of "Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us," offers a gl

Is this how democracy ends? David Runciman

On election night, almost as soon as it was clear that the unthinkable had become a cold reality, Paul Krugman asked in the New York Times whether the US was now a failed state. Political scientists who normally study American democracy in splendid isolation are starting to turn their attention to Africa and Latin America. They want to know what happens when authoritarians win elections and democracy morphs into something else. The demagogue who promised to kill terrorists along with their families is moving his own family into the presidential palace. Even before he has taken up occupation his children are being seeded into positions of power. There he is on television, shiny and golden, his wife beside him and three of his children lined up behind, ready to take up what daddy has to offer. Here he is back on Twitter, unshackled by victory, rounding on his opponents in the free press. His ten-year-old son is still too young to join in, but he was by his father’s side on election n

Brothers in arms: Rise and Fall of Muslim Brotherhood (اخوان المسلمین )

They were waiting for some divine intervention to save their reputation, which they had earned over the past eight decades. They waited for 40 days and were finally shaken. They were Brothers and believed they had acquired the rule in Egypt as a divine reward for their long struggle. In 2013, they had staged a sit-in across the country to provide political and moral support to the Muslim Brotherhood’s first president, Mohamed Morsi. It was an incredible event in Egyptian history which was broadcast live by local and international media, including Al-Jazeera. Political scientists usually see the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in historical, ideological and contemporary political contexts. But Hazem Kandil, an Egyptian political sociologist at the University of Cambridge, has brought in another perspective to understand the Islamist movement, which is the spiritual element that glues the Brotherhood with its members. In his book, Inside the Brotherhood, Kandil m

These 63 Websites Will Make You Incredibly Smarter

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” —  Albert Einstein Learning should not end after formal education. Lifelong learning, the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge can enrich your understanding of different topics and make you a better person every day. Your career, personal life, and total well-being will never be the same if you can commit to some of these awesome resources. Peace Forum -  : Knowledge, Humanity, Religion, Culture, Science, Tolerance, Peace 1/  BBC — Future  — In-depth coverage of science, health and technology 2/  5-minute Drops : Learn a new language for no more than 5 minutes per day. 3/  Makezine : DIY projects, how-Tos, electronics, crafts and ideas for makers. 4/  Peace-Forum :  Knowledge, Humanity, Religion, Culture, Science, Tolerance, Peace 5/  Daily Bits Of : Learn anything, anywhere, with daily courses via email. 6/  Skillshare for Mobile : Learn just about anything.