Differing views on what should be done to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) emerged this week from two senior US defense establishment heavyweights. At a Pentagon news conference, Thursday, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described ISIL, also known as ISIS, as having an “apocalyptic, end-of-days” vision. Eventually said
By Robert Myles on Aug 22, 2014
Author's note: This concludes a three-part series. You may view Part One here; Part Two here. A remarkable aspect of recent studies showing that people express higher levels of "life satisfaction" as government intervention in the market economy increases is the finding that the effect of public policy on "life satisfaction" exceeds marriage or employment status. In an interview with The Washingto
By John-Thomas Didymus on Aug 22, 2014
"We have to create ignorance in order to sell tobacco." This was the tobacco industry's mantra since the beginning, said Golden Holocaust author Dr Robert Proctor, the first-ever historian to swear in court that cigarettes were bad for health. If you’re not familiar with the litigation against Philip Morris – the one that spurred the war on tobacco in the 90s – then you haven’t heard the worst (an
By Stef dela Cruz on Aug 22, 2014
What's the most basic thing about elections? Is it people and corporations who donate money by the truckload in an effort to influence candidates toward their positions? Is it media that seems somehow always to miss the point, covering the process rather than what matters? Is it single-issue groups who ignore everything but their own bete noir in picking winners? All those things matter, but not a
By Michael Rappaport on Aug 21, 2014
The sanctions battle between President Vladimir Putin and the United States took an ugly turn this week with news that the Russians ordered four McDonald’s hamburger outlets shuttered, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. That’s proof positive that this sanctions’ game is being played for keeps. The official reason for the closures is that the four restaurants, including Mickey D’s flagship Pushkin Sq
By Barry Ellsworth on Aug 21, 2014
As even the most casual observer of American politics knows, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions took a serious hit earlier this year over a scandal the press dubbed “Bridgegate.” Depending on how the aftermath of Christie’s encounter with a woman at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Long Branch, New Jersey, plays out, the possible presidential aspirant may have another problem on
By Darren Richardson on Aug 21, 2014
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