Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) is shown in a courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts January 5, 2015. A U.S. judge on Monday began the process of selecting the jury that will hear the trial of Tsarnaev, telling the first of some 1,200 prospects to read no more news accounts about the deadly blasts.Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, could get the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 others by detonating a pair of homemade bombs placed amid a crowd of thousands of spectators at the race's finish line on April 15, 2013.    REUTERS/Jane Flavell Collins    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4K4UY

Tsarnaev & the Death Penalty

After two years the jury has finally come to agreement that the 2013 Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty. Sadly, it was not surprising to see some of the reactions pouring through on Twitter under the #Tsarnaev hashtag: You get the picture. Of course, this is not to make a claim of having brought…

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The Dumbest Generation?

Given the chosen title, let alone the specific content, it is not surprising that Mark Bauerlein did not garner a lot fans or high ratings for his book “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future“. But that is precisely what he set out not to do. “The Dumbest…

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Antiprotips 2

Protips are commonly presented by various experts and professionals in different fields to those interested in participating or are still in the beginner stages of said fields. They’re helpful tips and general advices given to correct the approach to different tasks so they’re done correctly and in some cases made easier to perform.  Sometimes they’re…

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ISIS & the Academic Veil for Islamophobia

Article originally appeared in Middle East Eye In a recent article for The Atlantic, Graeme Wood takes great pains and goes to considerable lengths in explaining what the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), as an organisation really wants. In summary, Wood’s position is that a proper understanding of ISIS…

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Abdullah Alkadi: A Freed Soul

(UPDATE at the end) Abdullah Alkadi, a California State University Northridge student went missing on Wednesday, September 17th after selling his car on Craigslist. His mother posted on Reddit a desperate plea for people to find him, explaining he had just graduated from CSUN and was selling his car in preparation to come back. A month…

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How I Fell Into ISIS’ Extremism

Sometimes, when one is faced with an intense form of extremism, they can fall for an opposite form of extremism that is different in type, but similar in kind. This is why evil is evil. It is not just about it as a specific act. It is that it can push one to do and…

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The Noble American

The following is a translation of an August 22, 2014 article written by Majed Abdul Hadi for Al Arabi Al Jadeed (The New Arab) about the barbaric murder of American journalist James Foley. Majed Abdul Hadi is a Palestinian journalist and writer living in Qatar and working for Al Jazeera. I decided to translate this instead…

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Hamas: Resistance, Terrorism, & Anti-Semitic Charters

Ever since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, a number of myths in the Zionist propaganda have been exposed one after another. At first analysts were tackling one or two myths at a time. Then came articles refuting five Israeli talking points on Gaza, including the claim that Hamas provoked Israel by firing their rockets, that…

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Israel’s Gaza Politics of Death

“Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defines, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armour, no command in control, no army and it calls it a war. It…