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'Everyone wants to leave': death of hope drives young Syrians to Europe Suheil, a softly spoken 23-year-old, sees no hope for the future in Syria. The video engineer is scraping together around $2,500 (£1,600) to finance a perilous journey to seek a new life in Europe, fleeing what looks like a war without end. In his baseball cap, checked shirt and jeans, Suheil would not stand out in a Damascus crowd or among the hundreds of thousands of his compatriots crossing the border to Lebanon. From there they are scrambling on to planes to Turkey, and then boats, buses and trains to reach Germany or other safe havens in the biggest movement of people the world has seen in 70 years. 1914-1918: How charities helped to win WW1 As the First World War began in the early days of August 1914, a stream of wealthy and well-connected people visited Whitehall and volunteered to put their substantial resources at the disposal of the War Office. Typical among them were Almeric Paget, Conservative MP for Cambridge, and his wife Pauline, who proposed funding a corps of 50 trained volunteer masseuses or "medical rubbers" - the forerunners of today's physiotherapists - to treat injured men. Paget's Massage Corps was established within days and run from his London home. The Pagets had long campaigned for remedial massage to be established as a legitimate therapy, practised by trained and respectable women.

Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test Brian Nosek's team set out to replicate scores of studies. Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted. In the biggest project of its kind, Brian Nosek, a social psychologist and head of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 269 co-authors repeated work reported in 98 original papers from three psychology journals, to see if they independently came up with the same results. The studies they took on ranged from whether expressing insecurities perpetuates them to differences in how children and adults respond to fear stimuli, to effective ways to teach arithmetic.

France bans WiFi in childcare facilities that cater to children under age 3 We’re disappointed that big news in France hasn’t made its way to the top of U.S. headlines: the French National Assembly recently passed a law that will help to limit young children’s exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by wireless technologies. Two years in the works, the law encompasses various rules, including: Banning WiFi in any childcare facilities catering to children under the age of 3.Requiring cell phone manufacturers to recommend the use of hands-free kits to everyone.Banning any advertising that specifically targets youth under the age of 14. The law, passed by a majority vote and adopted into place on January 29, 2015, is the first in France to suggest and establish that WiFi over-exposure may indeed be hazardous to young children — a controversial topic, not just in France, but around the world. Photo by Shutterstock

Why elections are bad for democracy Brexit is a turning point in the history of western democracy. Never before has such a drastic decision been taken through so primitive a procedure – a one-round referendum based on a simple majority. Never before has the fate of a country – of an entire continent, in fact – been changed by the single swing of such a blunt axe, wielded by disenchanted and poorly informed citizens. But this is just the latest in a series of worrying blows to the health of democracy. On the surface, everything still seems fine. A few years ago, the World Values Survey, a large-scale international research project, asked more than 73,000 people in 57 countries if they believed democracy was a good way to govern a country – and nearly 92% said yes.

German Lawmaker: At the Root of Refugee Crisis are Wars Led by the United States in the Middle East This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The United Nations is now estimating at least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean this year and next, seeking refuge in Europe to escape violence and unrest in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. Three hundred sixty-six thousand people have already arrived in Europe this year. On Monday, a single-day record of 7,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. Earlier today, the president of the European Commission called on the member states of the European Union to accept a total of 160,000 asylum seekers from war-torn countries.

Saudi Arabia Has 100,000 Empty Tents with AC for 3 Million People – They’ve Taken Zero Refugees Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars While European countries are being lectured about their failure to take in enough refugees, Saudi Arabia – which has taken in precisely zero migrants – has 100,000 air conditioned tents that can house over 3 million people sitting empty. The sprawling network of high quality tents are located in the city of Mina, spreading across a 20 square km valley, and are only used for 5 days of the year by Hajj pilgrims. As the website Amusing Planet reports, “For the rest of the year, Mina remains pretty much deserted.”

Massive Flower Sculptures Honor Van Gogh at World's Largest Flower Parade Photo Credit:, Facebook/CorsoZundert This year’s Bloemencorso Zundert, or Zundert Flower Parade, in the Netherlands featured 19 teams which designed floats inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, who was born in Zundert 162 years ago. The massive flower sculptures honor Van Gogh, with towering floats borrowing colors, motifs, and imagery from the artist’s paintings including several interpretations of the artist’s self-portraits, make up the world’s largest flower parade.

This Hilarious 3 Minute Animation Illustrates the Israel-Palestine Conflict Like Nothing Else! The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been shown by various documentary films, but no one of them has ever attempted to present it in the way the hilarious short animation film below does. With beautiful graphics and a good sense of humor, this animation manages to illustrate the history of the place that at one time was called Israel, Palestine, Canaan and the Levant. Below is a viewer’s guide that will help you better understand what’s going on in the video.

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