Middle East

Is math discovered or invented? – Jeff Dekofsky

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Published on 27 Oct 2014 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-math-dis… Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question. Lesson by Jeff Dekofsky, animation by The Tremendousness Collective. Read More »

287 Turkish women murdered in first 10 months of 2014

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Some 287 women were murdered in the first 10 months of this year in Turkey, as additional clauses to the law on the protection of families are drafted. Despite changes to laws, court rulings, restraining orders on guilty men, protection granted to exposed women, and the application of a panic button system, the number of murdered women has continued to ... Read More »

Resetting Pakistan’s Relations with Afghanistan

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As Pakistan seeks to consolidate its fragile democracy, it should seize the moment to improve relations with its Afghan neighbour. Its biggest challenge comes from within. The civilian government has to regain control over national security and foreign policy from the military. In its latest report, Resetting Pakistan’s Relations with Afghanistan, the International Crisis Group examines the opportunities and constraints ... Read More »

9 Year-Old Spanish Boy Becomes Young Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

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Since 1964, the National History Museum in London has been organizing their annual Wildlife Photographer Of The Year contest. This year, the Grand title winner in Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which includes photographers up to 17 years of age, was Carlos Perez Naval – a 9-year-old boy from Spain. Carlos’ parents are tireless travelers, and they always take ... Read More »

Taliban tumult

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Pakistan’s militants Strains are showing among the country’s jihadist groups FOR years Pakistan’s government and army put off confronting the Pakistani Taliban and their allied fanatics who had set up what was almost a state of their own in North Waziristan, the wildest of several tribal agencies on the country’s north-west frontier with Afghanistan. The reason for such reluctance was ... Read More »

Foreign Affairs: Turkey’s elusive promised land and the war on Islamic State

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As the war on Islamic State reaches Turkey’s border, its victims include Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s vision of a Turkish-led Sunni world. By sheer coincidence, the Syrian town of Kobani – where Kurdish and Islamic State fighters have been squaring off in recent weeks – happens to be tucked just west of Haran, the Turkish spot from which Abraham disembarked ... Read More »

Turkey: The “Great Muslim Democracy”

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Where Turkey stands today is a perfect example of how, when Islamists — mild or otherwise — rule a county, even the most basic liberties are systematically suppressed. “A climate of fear has emerged in Turkey.” — Hasam Kilic, President, Turkey’s Constitutional Court. The prosecutor demanded a heavier penalty for the victim than for her torturers. The European Commission identified ... Read More »

Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari despite campaign

A Facebook campaign calling for a halt to the execution appeared to have won a temporary stay

Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. Human rights group Amnesty International said she ... Read More »

Saturday Mothers meet for 500th time in hope of finding lost loved ones

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The mothers of people who have disappeared at the hands of the state in recent decades, known as the “Saturday Mothers,” will meet for the 500th time today since their first gathering in the mid-1990s. The landmark meeting comes amid calls for solidarity from the Scholars for Peace initiative. The initiative, group together over 150 scholars from 50 universities, published ... Read More »