Is It Ever A Good Idea To Arm Violent Non-State Actors?

Patricia Sullivan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

In May, President Donald Trump authorized a plan to arm the YPG, a Kurdish militia in Syria. A month later, the YPG and their Arab partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces began the fight to take the Syrian city of Raqqa back from the Islamic State. While the U.S., Russia and Jordan agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria that went into effect Sunday, the intense battle for Raqqa continues in the north of the country.

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The World Is Facing A Global Sand Crisis

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Sand for use in hydraulic fracturing operations at a processing plant in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 2011. AP Photo/Steve Karnowski), Author provided
Aurora Torres, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research; Jianguo "Jack" Liu, Michigan State University; Jodi Brandt, Boise State University, and Kristen Lear, University of Georgia

When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they understandably think of it as an infinite resource. But as we discuss in a just-published perspective in the journal Science, over-exploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and promoting violent conflict.

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Proof Surfaces Insurance Companies Pay Massive Bonuses For Vaccinating Babies

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Here is a perfect example of the tactics that Big Pharma uses to incentivize doctors to push vaccines on the public. Insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) pays pediatricians $400 for EACH fully vaccinated child under the age of 2. This means that for every 100 vaccinated patients, the doctor gets a $40,000 bonus!

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How the Pentagon Tried to Cure America of its 'Vietnam syndrome

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A couple watch film footage of the Vietnam war on a television in their living room. Library of Congress

Paul Joseph, Tufts University

In August 1965, Morley Safer, a reporter for “CBS News,” accompanied a unit of U.S. marines on a search-and-destroy mission to the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne. Using cigarette lighters and a flamethrower, the troops proceeded to burn down 150 houses, wound three women, kill one child and take four men prisoner. Safer and his crew caught it all on film. The military command later claimed that the unit had received enemy fire. But according to Safer, no pitched battle had taken place. The only death had been the boy, and not a single weapon had been uncovered.

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Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?

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A baby plays with blocks spelling out one of the most famous formulas in history. vchal/From www.shutterstock.com

Keri Szejda, Arizona State University and Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University

The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

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The World's Most Evil Invention From SNL Adds Humor To A Sad Topic

In the quest for the most innovative inventions, scientists are probing all directions for ways to interact and influence the world around them.  What happens however when that drive for progression gets pushed further than one may hope to consider.  In today's media fueled chaos, it's not common to feel a bit dismayed at some of the horrible events affecting many people imprisoned by the beliefs of those around them.  

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