What ISIS Really Wants What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. Watch highlights from the 2015 Giro d'Italia (video) - Cycling Weekly Video highlights from the entirety of the 2015 Giro d'Italia, which was won by Alberto Contador despite the best efforts of Fabio Aru While perhaps not an absolute classic, this year’s 98th edition of the Giro d’Italia was full of drama and intrigue. For much of the race, Alberto Contador was in charge. His victory did not come without incident, but a shoulder dislocation on stage six couldn’t stop him, and nor did getting stuck behind another crash on stage 13, which led him to sacrifice the pink jersey to Fabio Aru. The Spaniard took the overall lead straight back in the following day’s individual time trial and would not relinquish it again, despite a late resurgence and two stage wins from his young Italian rival. Meanwhile, Richie Porte (Team Sky), touted as a potential winner before the race, crashed early, losing time thanks both to his injuries and to a penalty for taking a wheel from fellow Australian Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), and pulled out after stage 15.
Afghan Officials and Taliban Meet in Possible Step Toward Peace Talks Photo KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan government delegation met with Taliban officials in the Pakistani capital for the first time on Tuesday, in a significant effort to open formal peace negotiations, according to Afghan, Pakistani and Western officials. The Islamabad meeting, brokered by Pakistani officials after months of intense effort by President Ashraf Ghani of to get them more centrally involved in the peace process, was the most promising contact between the two warring sides in years.
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 RELATED | Cell Phones Stimulate the Brain, but Health Effects for Kids Unknown
The Rise of ISIS October 28, 2014 FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. What an Estimate of 10,000 ISIS Fighters Killed Doesn’t Tell Us June 4, 2015, 6:02 pm ET · by Priyanka Boghani A senior U.S. official said this week that airstrikes have killed 10,000 ISIS fighters. Pros gear down for a big day at the Giro d'Italia - Cycling Weekly With today’s queen stage of the Giro including 4500 metres of climbing, even the pros are looking for ways to ease the pain. Today’s Giro d’Italia queen stage from Pinzolo to Aprica starts with two category two climbs: Campo Carlo Magno at 1681m then the Passo del Tonale at 1883m. The climb up to Aprica at 1173m comes as a breather before 1300m climb to the monster Passo del Mortirolo at 1854m with some sections at 18%. And to finish things off, there’s the final climb back to Aprica, for a total ascent of 4500m in 177km. Ultegra 11-32 cassette and rear mech on a Trek Factory Racing bike You can tell a serious day’s climbing is scheduled when the pros start to ask for lower gears to get them over the hills.
Greece's debt crisis explained in charts and maps 1) If you had to pick one chart that encapsulates Greece's crisis, it would be this one Desmond Lachman/American Enterprise Institute The roots of Greece's crisis are simple. Before Greece joined the Eurozone, investors treated it as a middle-income country with poor governance — which is to say, a credit risk. After Greece joined the Eurozone, investors thought that Greece was no longer a credit risk — they figured, if push came to shove, other Eurozone members like Germany would bail Greece out. They were wrong.
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. Who’s Killing Who? ICSR Insight: The Islamic State Model This article by ICSR’s Rena and Sami David Fellow Aaron Y. Zelin is part of the Islamist Politics in the Shadow of the Islamic State symposium, and was published on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The Islamic State announced several months ago that it was “annexing” territory in Algeria (Wilayat al-Jazair), Libya (Wilayat al-Barqah, Wilayat al-Tarabulus and Wilayat al-Fizan), Sinai (Wilayat Sinai), Saudi Arabia (Wilayat al-Haramayn) and Yemen (Wilayat al-Yaman).
A Grisly Find Under a Supermarket Illuminates France’s Medieval History PARIS — Past the racks of hair accessories on the ground floor of the Monoprix supermarket on the corner of the Rue Réaumur and the Boulevard de Sébastopol in the Second Arrondissement, there is a door marked staff only. Slip through that passageway and turn left down a spiraling metal staircase into the basement. Past pallets of juice and soda bottles, down another flight of stairs, you will find a grim reminder of Paris’s history: a mass grave, with row upon row of medieval skeletons, 316 in total.
Water Shortages Unite Iraq, Islamic State Against Turkey There’s one thing Islamic State militants and the Iraqi government they’re besieging agree on: Turkey is using more than its fair share of water. Water levels on the Euphrates River that flows 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq past ancient Mesopotamian lands have fallen more than half this year, withering farmers’ crops and raising the risk of a wider regional conflict, Iraqi officials say. Iraq and Islamic State say Turkey needs to release more water from its dams to replenish the river in the former Fertile Crescent area where drought-like conditions endanger millions. The situation has grown even more acute for Iraq after Islamic State, whose holdings fall within the watershed, used a dam captured in Ramadi in June to cut off water to government areas. Turkey, for its part, says it has to look after its own and is investing $35.5 billion in dam and irrigation works to ensure reliable water supplies.