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Top 5 Good News Solar Energy Stories Today

1. Morocco has announced that the first of a planned five solar mega-plants will go operational in 2015. The North African country, which is poor in hydrocarbons, has awarded the bid to…

Dear USA:  Liberian-Americans don’t Have Ebola

Dear USA: Liberian-Americans don’t Have Ebola

By Philippa Garson (Follow @PhilippaGarson ) NEW YORK, 17 October 2014 (IRIN) – Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous…

Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

By Juan Cole In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, US jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning. Turkey’s…

Top 1% ‘own half global wealth’

Top 1% ‘own half global wealth’

BBC News: “The richest 1% of people own nearly half the world’s wealth, according to a report out this week. With total global wealth more than doubling this century, total household wealth…

Can Marijuana save your Life in a Car Collision?

Can Marijuana save your Life in a Car Collision?

TheLipTV “Marijuana users’ brains survive traumatic brain injury at higher rates, according to a study conducted on 446 participants, which showed that those with THC in their systems at the time of…

Will Ireland Recognize Palestine?

Will Ireland Recognize Palestine?

By Juan Cole After Sweden recognized Palestine, the Irish government began considering doing so. On Thursday, the Irish parliament asked Irish Foreign Minister, Eamon Gilmore, questions regarding this plan. Gilmore affirmed that…

Reza Aslan, religion Ph.D. vs. Sam Harris

Reza Aslan, religion Ph.D. vs. Sam Harris

The Young Turks: Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks and Professor Reza Aslan discuss Sam Harris. Cenk asks Reza how he feels about Harris’ comments about him and islam. Reza explains…

The Tunisian Exception

The Tunisian Exception

By L. Carl Brown What has made Tunisia’s transition from authoritarian government, for all its ups and downs, more successful than those of its Arab neighbors? It will soon be four years…

The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

By Juan Cole al-Quds al-`Arabi [Arab Jerusalem] reports on the appeal of ISIL to Salafi hard line Sunni Muslims. In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called…

America’s Oil Wars on ISIL, Iran & Russia

America’s Oil Wars on ISIL, Iran & Russia

By Michael T. Klare via Tomdispatch.com It was heinous. It was underhanded.  It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life.  It was…

Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

By Juan Cole Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristoff for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry. (He would say he doesn’t hate Muslims, only their religion,…

NASA Photo of Sahara:  Richat Structure, Mauritania

NASA Photo of Sahara: Richat Structure, Mauritania

NASA Richat Structure, Mauritania, Western Sahara Desert “Richat Structure, Mauritania This prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a…