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Over 20,000 foreign fighters have joined the conflict in Iraq and Syria, including around 3,400 from the Western world, according to a recent report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence. ISIS's digital presence and online strategy are largely attributed to its success in attracting foreign fighters, but Affinis Labs is working to combat this trend.

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In the public mind in the United States today, local politics, and especially local politics as they relate to economic development, is often portrayed as a forced choice between doing what is right and what is effective. We are led to believe that the economy is a zero sum game in which one can take public resources and make decisions to support livable neighborhoods, social welfare, and environmental protection, but...

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Snow leopards, a strikingly magnificent species of wild cats, are facing the risk of decreasing rapidly into...

In higher education as well as the worldwide workforce, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, particularly...

The literacy rate of women in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world, with UNESCO reporting only 24 percent of...

Nev Hyman is famous in the surfing world for founding Firewire, one of the world's largest and most successful...

On Thursday, May 14, an unprecedented alliance took a stand against the North American coal industry. The historic...

What happens when Tinder meets the Israel–Palestine conflict? A new dating and friendship app that aims to tackle...

The secret is out: New York City has been quietly dumping its retired and decrepit subway cars into the ocean for...

This fall, a new kind of public school will open its doors for a new era of students in Owensboro, Kentucky in the...

Nineteen-year-old Sara Covelli is leading the charge at Union College in New York towards a more sustainable way of...

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The influence and impact that the fashion industry has on this world is no secret. However, few know the tremendous amount of pollution created by the fashion industry, and even fewer realize its...
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When browsing among the shelves at the local book store, The Cost Disease is apt to be a turnoff for those looking for an upbeat read. In a sense, this would be a serious error, and a daring reader...
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Business-as-usual is sure to deliver us a future that is both unsustainable and undesirable, with climate change arguably our most pressing problem. Had we begun to tackle it when first identified,...
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Syrian refugee women put on their own version of Sophocles' play, Antigone, from December 10 to 12, 2014 at Al Madina Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. Antigone is about a young woman who buries her...
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Maude Barlow, the author of Blue Planet, is the chair of the board of Food and Water Watch, founder of the Blue Planet Project, a much honored and tireless human rights activist, and a recipient of...
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With a burgeoning, wealthier middle class demanding luxuries once reserved for the privileged, cooks in China have come under fire for a hallmark dish of many Chinese weddings since the Ming dynasty...
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This book addresses the following problem that will be of interest to readers of Solutions: in spite of ever stronger scientific evidence that the climate is warming due to human emissions of...
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In Turkey, women often have fewer opportunities than men, receiving less education, lower pay and less assistance in developing businesses. An online initiative is seeking to narrow the gender gap by...