Category: Science & technology

Feb 09 2014

Their first institutional reflex

A clue as to why the Shin Bet might hack me

By Jonathan Cook, 7 February 2014


I have been pondering – probably more than is wise – what happened yesterday, when I lost control of my computer for an hour shortly after I had contacted the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman for a comment from the Shin Bet. I was working on a story about the various ways the Shin Bet seeks to exert pressure on Palestinians to recruit … [more]

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Feb 01 2014

Politically motivated and theologically inept

New Atheism’s big mistake: Debating creationists solves nothing

By Sean McElwee and Abigail Salvatore, Saturday, Feb  1, 2014 09:30 AM CST


Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it’s a bad idea for both scientists and Christians. Ham’s young-earth creationism represents the distinct tendency of American Christian fundamentalists to reject science and use their religion to defend economic ideas, environmental degradation and anti-science extremism. But these views aren’t actually inherent in Christianity … [more]

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Nov 13 2013

I didn’t do anything wrong

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

By , 01 Nov 2013 09:57


On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid holiday. However on this day the terrible event would occur that would forever alter the … [more]

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Oct 26 2013

The US chose to kill my mother

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother

By , Friday 25 October 2013 09.00 EDT


The last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children’s clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a traditional sweet made of milk. She always used to say: the joy of Eid is the excitement it brings to the children.

Last year, she never … [more]

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Jun 14 2013

A kind of paranoid art

NSA to Americans: ‘All your data are belong to us!’

By , 10 Jun 2013 18:19


A few days ago, the Guardian published details of the US National Security Administration’s PRISM programme. We now know that the NSA is able to access personal data stored by Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple. Though these companies have done their best to downplay the significance of the story, the revelations should force us to … [more]

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Apr 05 2013

So many

True costs of Iraq War whitewashed by fuzzy maths

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Apr 5, 2013


‘So many’, wrote TS Eliot, reflecting on the waste land left by the First World  War. “I had not thought death had undone so many.”

This notion is unlikely to cross the minds of those surveying the devastation  left by the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The most frequently quoted fatality figure –  about 115,000 Iraqis killed – is shocking. But compared to major … [more]

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Mar 31 2013

Like selling Bibles to believers

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

By , Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 02:00 PM CDT


Richard Dawkins, the preppy septuagenarian and professional atheist whose work in the field of evolutionary biology informs his godless worldview, has always been a prickly fellow. The British scientist and former Oxford University professor has expended considerable ink and precious breath rationalizing away the possibility of cosmic forces and explaining in scientific terms why those who believe in a divine … [more]

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