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24 мая, 17:00

Он год ежедневно ел рыбу, проверяя пользу омега-3 жирных кислот, и результаты его поразили

Одним из таких продуктов, обладающих множеством преимуществ, является рыба, являющаяся источником омега-3 жирных кислот. И это также еда, которую автор бестселлеров и заядлый рыбак Пол Гринберг решил есть каждый день в течение года и даже заснял этот процесс для нового документального фильма Frontline «Рыба на моей тарелке»(«The Fish on My Plate»), который дебютировал на днях.Каждый любитель здоровой пищи знаком с обещанными преимуществами омега-3 жирных кислот, которых особенно много в рыбе — вроде снижения артериального давления и предотвращения инсульта.Тем не менее, несмотря на то, что нет достаточных доказательств, подтверждающих эти утверждения, их было достаточно для того, чтобы в 2012 году 18,8 миллиона человек приняли добавки рыбьего жира омега-3.А более недавнее исследование, проведенное в 2016 году, показало даже, что потребление добавок продолжает расти.Поэтому, в попытке проверить раз и навсегда, приведёт ли поедание рыбы к чудесным превращениям, Гринберг отправился в приключение, во время которого съел более 700 блюд из морепродуктов в течение одного года.Перед тем, как начать новую диету, Гринберг посетил своего врача, чтобы узнать, какие именно у него проблемы со здоровьем, которые могут быть улучшены благодаря регулярному употреблению морепродуктов.«У меня слегка повышенное кровяное давление. У меня проблемы с холестерином. У меня проблемы с депрессией. У меня проблемы со сном и мне это не нравится, — говорит он в начале нового документального фильма. — Поэтому я начал прислушиваться к мягкому урчанию индустрии омега-3: это все, что они должны исправить».Во время своего приключения Гринберг обнаружил увлекательные факты о привычках питания жителей Америки и рыбной промышленности, в том числе то, что рыба в среднем совершает путешествие в 8 тысяч километров, прежде чем попасть на вашу тарелку.Однако в конце эксперимента писатель снова вернулся к врачу и узнал, что показатели его здоровья были «практически теми же». Без изменений.Фактически, единственное отличие заключалось в том, что его кровяное давление немного повысилось — вероятный результат увеличения потребления соли — и произошло увеличение уровня ртути, которая потенциально может нанести вред функции мозга.И хотя Гринберг утверждает, что чувствует себя лучше, да и другие заметили, что мужчина выглядит превосходно после года с морепродуктами, медицинские результаты, безусловно, не благоприятствуют индустрии омега-3 с бюджетом 30 миллиардов долларов.Но были и другие преимущества, ведь Гринберг утверждает, что употребление в пищу рыбы намного лучше для окружающей среды, чем употребление любого сухопутного существа.В ответ на результаты документального исследования Всемирная организация EPA и DHA Omega-3 сообщила в BuzzFeed News: «Каждый индивидуум отличается и эти клинические показатели — холестерин, кровяное давление и триглицериды — подвержены влиянию многих факторов образа жизни, включая диету, физические упражнения , стресс и т. д.».«Вот почему большие популяционные исследования настолько важны для определения причины и следствия, потому что они могут реально определить воздействие одного фактора, такого как потребление омега-3»источник

24 мая, 11:50

Why California Is a Case Study for Monitoring Police Misconduct

The attorney general doesn’t plan on using his oversight authority to monitor and intervene in local departments. Can states compensate for that absence?

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23 мая, 23:32

Health volunteers on the front lines of Venezuelan protests

Over a hundred medical students, doctors and other volunteers are going out to the frontlines to help Venezuelan protesters as the situation continues to get worse. Colette Luke reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

23 мая, 16:58

'Bannon's War' sheds light on controversial Trump advisor

The frenetic pace of Trump administration news endangers any documentary of becoming instantly dated. Yet "Bannon's War," Frontline's look at the president's chief strategist Steve Bannon, deftly bores into the roots of the "nativist voice" that helped sweep Donald Trump into the White House.

23 мая, 14:08

How This Nearly 60-Year-Old U.S. Fighter Is Battling Chinese Jets (And Winning)

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II keeps winning.  The Israelis pioneered the art of Phantom upgrades in the 1980s with the Phantom 2000 Kurnass, or “Sledgehammer.” Though retired from Israeli service in 2004, Israeli firms went on to upgrade Greece’s 41 Peace Icarus Phantoms, equipping them with ANPG-65 pulse-Doppler radars and the ability to fire AMRAAM missiles. Israeli upgrades contributed to the Turkish air force’s Terminator 2020, which has additional wing strakes for improved maneuverability. The 2020s have had 20 kilometers of wiring replaced for a net loss of 1,600 pounds in weight. The Turkish versions also feature a diverse array of modern sensors and electronics. Like other modern F-4s, they can deploy advanced ordnance such as Paveway bombs, HARM anti-radar missiles and 3,000-pound Popeye missiles with a range of 48 miles. The Terminators are primarily ground-attack planes … with some notoriety. They’ve bombed Kurdish PKK fighters in Turkey and Iraq in 2015 and 2016. An RF-4 reconnaissance plane was shot down over Syria in 2012, and three F-4s crashed in 2015 — earning them the appellation “Flying Coffins” in the Turkish media. The Iranian air force in 2009 claimed to operate 76 F-4Ds and Es, and six RF-4s. Tehran has reportedly modified the planes to fire Russian or Chinese air-to-ground and anti-shipping missiles. They still rely on AIM-7 Sparrows acquired second hand. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000 of these heavy supersonic fighters were built, and hundreds continue to serve and even see combat in several air forces today. But the Phantom’s record in air-to-air combat over Vietnam — especially when compared to its successor, the F-15 Eagle, which has never been shot down in air-to-air combat — has left it with a reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology. This is unfair. The Phantom’s fundamental flaws were corrected by 1970 — while more recently, Phantoms have had their avionics and ordnance upgraded to modern standards. These modernized Phantoms flown by the Turkish and Greek air forces can do pretty much what an F-15 can do … at a much lower price. Baptism of Fire: Read full article

23 мая, 11:59

Trump is Bullied by Anonymous Sources

If you believe a popular opinion among the American elite that a US President really becomes one, when he starts a war, then Donald Trump hasn't even begun his duties.

22 мая, 19:01

Cathay laying off nearly 600 staff

Passenger planes of Cathay Pacific Airways park at Hong Kong’s airport. Cathay Pacific yesterday said it’s laying off nearly 600 staff at its headquarters in its biggest round of firings in two decades as it faces rising competition from rival carriers and tough business conditions. The Hong Kong airline said it plans to axe about 190 managers, or a quarter of all the company’s management jobs. It’s also eliminating the jobs of 400 workers in non-managerial roles. Cathay said in a statement that frontline workers, including pilots and cabin crew, would not be affected, but “will also be asked to deliver greater efficiencies and productivity.”

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22 мая, 12:30

There’s a streak of Harold Wilson in Corbyn – and that’s a good thing | Anne Perkins

Labour leaders rarely speak warmly of their predecessors. But like Wilson, Corbyn could deliver genuine change with his politics of non-personalityHarold Wilson has sometimes looked like Labour’s forgotten prime minister. No more. In power from 1964-1970 and again from 1974-1976, last week he was unexpectedly relaunched into the frontline of politics. Wilson was namechecked three times in Jeremy Corbyn’s speech launching the Labour manifesto, and only once was it because he had been chancellor of Bradford University, where the launch took place. Yet, at least until Tony Blair stood down, Wilson was probably the most unpopular Labour leader since Ramsay MacDonald.Labour leaders rarely speak warmly of their predecessors. The party doesn’t do the recent past Continue reading...

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22 мая, 00:12

A Maker Revolution in Healthcare

From Makerfaire:Health making is revolutionizing the way care is delivered in hospitals, clinics, and home care divisions across the globe. Patient-made machines are changing the provider-patient dynamic. The solutions by frontline staff are making care better and more affordable...[more]

21 мая, 14:04

The Boy Who Started the Syrian War (35 minutes)

Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a minor act would spark a full-blown civil war. More than half a million people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. Mouawiya's home city has been ravaged by street fighting, shelling and barrel bombing. The war has left scars that may never heal. Now a young man, fighting on the frontline for the Free Syrian Army, Mouawiya admits that had he known what the consequences of his actions would be, he would never have taunted the country's president, Bashar al-Assad. His life has been transformed by that adolescent prank. He has lost friends and relatives, including his father. And Syria has been changed for ever. The Boy who started the Syrian War offers a glimpse into life in Deraa since the start of the conflict. We meet Syrians trying to lead normal lives amid the chaos as well as those who have taken up arms against Assad's forces.

20 мая, 11:00

Why Hill Republicans Are Breathing a Sigh of Relief

For the moment, the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel takes the weight of defending Trump on Russia off the GOP majority.

20 мая, 04:24

The Air Force Still Hasn't Unleashed the Full Potential of the F-35 (Yet)

Dave Majumdar Security, But by the end of the year that will change.  The United States Air Force is currently operating interim Block 3i configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters with limited capabilities. To unlock the full warfighting capabilities of the new stealth fighter, the service will need to field the Block 3F configuration of the F-35—which is the fully operational configuration that Lockheed is contractually obligated to deliver. Lockheed is expected to deliver the first of those fully operational Block 3F jets later this year according the Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC). “We’re testing that right now. 3F testing scheduled to finish at the end of the year,” Lt. Col. Steve Speares, ACC’s deputy division chief of the F-35 system management office told The National Interest on April 25 during a visit to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. “We already have operational testers that are looking at it from MAJCOM [major command] perspective at Nellis and Edwards as well.” The 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah will be the first frontline operational unit to receive the new configuration aircraft. “The first 3F get delivered off the line this fall up to Hill, and then to Luke and to a couple other places as well,” Speares said. “But next year is when 3F will be fielded.” Once Block 3F is declared fully operational, the Pentagon will finally have concluded the F-35 System Development and Demonstration phase that began in 2001. But that doesn’t mean that development work on the F-35 will cease—it just means that the aircraft will move into the block upgrade phase. The Pentagon is already working on the requirements for the follow-on Block 4 configuration of the F-35. The next block will add new capabilities and address certain obsolesce issues with some the jet’s sensors. “Block 4 divided up in four different blocks,” Speares said. “That’s what we’ll be working on the next couple of years.” One of the advantages of the F-35 as a joint program, Speares said, is that the services can share resources for developing new capabilities. “Our ability to leverage and share requirements lets each service [is a huge advantage],” Speares said. “Instead of each service paying 100 cents on the dollar, we can pay something less that because the partners share the cost, the Navy shares the cost, the Air Force shares the cost for the same capability.” Read full article

19 мая, 16:44

Which weapons will Russia sell Latin America?

From May 18 to 21, on the territory of the Army Headquarters in Peru, 27 countries will present their newest weapons and technology. Among them are the leading players in the market: The U.S., Russia, China, France, Germany, and others. The Russian defense industry will demonstrate armament models for the Latin American region: The Yak-130 training-combat plane, the MiG-29M multipurpose frontline fighter, and the supermaneuverable Su-30MK. Furthermore, Rosoboronexport intends to attract buyers' interest to its helicopter technology: The Mi-171Sh transport helicopter, the Mi-28NE combat helicopter, and the Mi-35M attack helicopter. Su-30MKI fighter. / Photo: TASS Infantry technology will also be presented at the stand, including the T-90C tank, and the BTR-80A and BTR-82A armored vehicles. Finally, Russia will get a chance to show off its air defense technology: The Tor-M2 and Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft and gun systems, and the latest air defense systems - the S-400 Triumphs. What does Russia expect from the exhibition? Despite the long list of technology, Russian experts do not expect Moscow to make any armament supply deals during the exhibition. Mikoyan MiG-29. / Vadim Savitsky/Global Look Press "During exhibitions vendors just lobby their interests. Contracts will be discussed later, in a bilateral arrangement, if we are indeed able to interest some clients," said Victor Litovkin, military analyst from the TASS news agency. In his words, negotiations with Russia will concern maintenance of the MiG-29s that in the 1990s the Latin American countries bought from Ukraine and Belarus, thus bypassing Moscow. "At a certain point we had a conflict with the region because of this situation, but now it seems we will return to discussing this issue. Neither Kiev nor Minsk are capable of maintaining Latin American technology in a state of flight readiness," assumes Litovkin. Mi-35M of the Russian Air Force. / Photo: Alexey Mikheev/Russian Helicopters Moreover, there will be talks on the modernization of Peru's T-72 tank fleet to the level of the T-72B3. "It’s also necessary to create a maintenance center for this technology in the region, so that they don't have to bring the tank to Russia from Peru. If these contracts are not concluded at the exhibition, they will in the near future," Litovkin noted. The expert added that Russia should not expect any large armament contracts in the region in the upcoming future. With the crisis and the fall in oil prices the buyers' possibilities have been sharply reduced. Russia will show off its air defense technology. / Vitaly Kuzmin/wikipedia What does the Latin American market represent for Russia? "Latin America is called ‘America's backyard.’ While the U.S. has been involved in the Middle East, Russia has entered a large weapons market right next to them and got a piece of the pie," said a source from Russia's defense industry. In his words, today for Russia,  Latin American countries are the second most significant market after Southeast Asia - and Moscow aims to develop cooperation in the region. Read more: Russia delivers modern weaponry worth over $10 billion to Latin America

16 мая, 03:48

Turning Point Approaching In War Against The Islamic State

The war against the Islamic State, currently being waged (to varying degrees) by the United States, Iraq, Iraqi Kurds, Iran, Syria, Syrian Kurds, Syrian Rebels, Turkey, and Russia is approaching a big turning point. The Islamic State has been steadily losing territory for over a year now, and they’re on the brink of losing control over the two most important cities in their self-proclaimed caliphate: Mosul and Raqqa. This could be a death blow to the Islamic State’s territorial claims, although the group itself will probably survive as a stateless international terrorist organization (much like Al Qaeda). This war is both complicated and slow, which are two reasons why Americans haven’t been paying much attention to it lately. Military alliances shift as you cross the Syrian/Iraqi border, and Syria is engaged in its own multiyear civil war, of which the fight against the Islamic State is but one part. Complexities abound, which isn’t really that surprising for a conflict in the Middle East. Putting most of those complexities aside, though, when you focus solely on the Islamic State, it’s pretty obvious that they’re losing, and losing badly. By the end of the year (at the latest), the Islamic State could lose control of all the territory in Iraq they once held. The situation in Syria is much harder to predict, but even there the Islamic State’s footprint is definitely shrinking. While breaking down the progress made so far, it is helpful to refer to three maps. The first map was published in the Washington Post at the real turning point of the struggle to stop the Islamic State’s advance and turn it into a retreat. This was published in February of 2015, when Kurdish fighters took control of a section of major roadway in northern Iraq, which heads from Mosul into the Islamic State’s Syrian territory. Together with the successful defense of Kobani, a town on the border between Syria and Turkey, this halted the advancing Islamic State blitzkrieg and began the offensive to retake all the territory they had grabbed. The map is useful now to show the maximum extent of the Islamic State’s control. In Syria, they controlled a large stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border, allowing a pipeline for foreign fighters to join their cause. They were threatening Aleppo, Hama, and Homs in the western part of Syria as well. In Iraq, they were closing in on Baghdad itself, only miles away from the city limits in multiple directions. The second map to look at is the Wikipedia tracking map which shows the current state of the war. In Syria, the government forces (Assad’s troops) are marked in red, Turkish forces in green, Kurds in yellow, and rebel forces in light green. Islamic State territory is marked in black. In Iraq, Kurds are still marked in yellow and the Islamic State is still black, but the red dots are the Iraqi government forces and the Iranian militias. The third map is an inset of the second, which shows the current state of the battle for Mosul. As you can see, the noose is tightening on the remaining Islamic State fighters there. Iraq The liberation of Mosul has been a hard slog, but the end is now in sight. Estimating progress is tough in this urban fight, but it now seems that within the next few weeks (by the end of June, at the latest), Islamic State fighters will be completely evicted from the city, captured, or killed. Mosul was always the crown jewel for the Islamic State ― the biggest city they had ever seized. Initially, the Iraqi army fled the Islamic State fighters, and beat a humiliating and disorganized retreat. This was part of the initial Islamic State tsunami which almost led to fighting within Baghdad. But since the tide began to turn, the Iraqi army forces have had an unbroken string of successes at liberating cities and towns the Islamic State once controlled. On the large-scale Wikipedia map, you can clearly see the progress that has so far been made. From Baghdad heading west, the following have been retaken: Abu Ghraib, Fallujah, and Ramadi, as well as all the territory extending to the town of Haditha. The Islamic State still controls the border town of Qaim, and a stretch of the Baghdad highway. From Baghdad heading north, the government forces have retaken Tikrit and the Baiji oil fields, and then they continued north along the highway to Mosul. The Islamic State still controls an “island” of territory around Hawija, and they still control a section south of Sinjar, against the Syrian border. On the outskirts of Mosul, the town of Tal Afar is still in Islamic State hands as well. The fight to retake Mosul started last October (you can see on the inset map’s history list how this fight has progressed). It’s been a long, hard slog and it’s not over yet, but the end is finally in sight. Mosul was always partially surrounded by Kurdish-held territory, as the Kurds prevented the Islamic State from advancing all the way to Irbil. Mosul was bordered to the east, north, and northwest by Kurdish territory. Kurds also began to retake territory before the fight for Mosul was launched, by retaking Sinjar and the major road from Mosul into Syria (including retaking the border crossing itself). But the Kurds halted this advance and never pushed very far south of the road or retook the town of Tal Afar from the Islamic State. This set the stage for the battle for Mosul. Government and militia forces pushed up from the south, retaking town after town on the main Mosul-Baghdad route. They took the key Qayyarah airfield that allowed for air support during the urban fighting ahead. Then they began the push for Mosul itself, from the east and south. It took months, but eventually this succeeded in taking all the land on the east bank of the Tigris River. The advance then pushed north of the city and retook all territory on that side of the river all the way up to the Kurdish lines. While this was going on, the Iranian militias (for the most part) threw a cordon around the city’s outlying towns to the south and west. They made it all the way to the road to Sinjar, and by doing so totally cut off the Islamic State forces within Mosul itself. The noose had been drawn, and it now would tighten. The militia forces still haven’t advanced to Tal Afar, and are instead appear to be waiting for the final fall of Mosul. The west bank of the Tigris contained the old city, with narrow streets that armored vehicles cannot navigate. This will likely be where the Islamic State forces make their final stand (marked on the inset map as the Prophet Zarzis district of the city). The Iraqi forces pushed up from the south and then worked their way around the outskirts in a clockwise fashion, also leaving the old city for the final fight. They have almost completed this work. Eventually they’ll retake everything but the city center, all the way to the banks of the Tigris. The final siege of the old city may take longer than expected, as the Iraqi forces are trying to avoid as many civilian casualties as they can (after an airstrike that killed many civilians was condemned in the worldwide media). The street-by-street urban warfare will be most intense at the end, in the narrow alleys of the city center. But although it’s been excruciatingly slow, the Iraqi forces have so far won ground consistently, without a major setback. The Islamic State has been on a losing streak in Iraq for over a year. This will be celebrated when Mosul finally is completely liberated, no doubt. Syria Syria is much more complicated, obviously, since there are so many warring factions it is hard to keep them all straight. This makes it hard to see which Islamic State areas are likely to be retaken by which armies, among other things. In Syria, the Islamic State has also been losing ground in a major way since their high-water mark. In the north of Syria, the Kurds have been the most successful at resisting and turning back the Islamic State tide. Kurdish fighters have successfully retaken an impressive stretch of the Turkish border, and were only halted in their westward march when Turkey sent troops to deny them any further territory (Turkey considers all the Kurdish fighters to be terrorists, one of the major complications for the United States). The Kurds retook all the borderlands up to Manbij and are now pushing southward towards Raqqa. Assad’s forces have been having more mixed success at retaking Islamic State ground. The government forces have had to retake Palmyra twice now, after they lost control when the Islamic State counterattacked. But, to date, this has been the only victory the Islamic State has managed since the tide turned on them over a year ago. And even this wasn’t ultimately successful, when Assad’s troops retook the city a second time. The battle for Raqqa is imminent, however, and it will be the biggest psychological defeat for the Islamic State yet. The city was proclaimed the capital of the new caliphate, so losing it is going to be a propaganda blow against the Islamic State’s claims to glory. Coming almost simultaneously with the defeat in Mosul, losing Raqqa will be a one-two punch that (hopefully) the Islamic State will never recover from. The Kurds have pushed into the outskirts of Raqqa from the north and from the northwest. In preparation for this fight, they have retaken the road heading east from Raqqa, on the north bank of the Euphrates River. They’ve pushed down the routes from the north, and are now reportedly only a few miles from the city limits. With American help, Kurdish fighters were airlifted in to the area around Tabqa (and the dam nearby), and have now cut off a supply line to Raqqa’s west. This hasn’t completely circled Raqqa, but a Mosul-style complete siege probably won’t be necessary (Raqqa is smaller than Mosul, for one). Especially considering that last week the U.S. announced it would be sending heavy arms to the Kurdish forces for the fight for Raqqa (Turkey’s not happy about this, but it was always pretty obvious geographically that the Kurds would be the only logical force to take Raqqa). It’s anyone’s guess how soon the battle for the city actually begins in earnest. The Kurds may wait and continue retaking surrounding towns and territory, or they may elect to just push on into Raqqa within the next few weeks. It also remains to be seen how long it’ll take to defeat the Islamic State fighters and retake the whole city. But at this point it’s a pretty safe bet that the Islamic State will indeed be defeated and their hold on Raqqa will end. They’ll likely fight hard to keep it because of the symbolism of losing their self-proclaimed capital, but they’ve been on such a long losing streak that it doesn’t seem possible they’re going to be successful in defending Raqqa. Aftermath If the Islamic State loses both Mosul and Raqqa within a fairly short period of time, it could be the end of their dreams of controlling a territory they call a “caliphate.” It probably won’t be the end of the Islamic State group, but it will be at least the beginning of the end of their reign of terror over major portions of Iraq and Syria. This is not to say there won’t be further battles to win to completely wrest control of territory currently under Islamic State control. In both Iraq and Syria, there will still be pockets to be cleaned up. This will probably be accomplished in Iraq first. There will still be four remaining areas of Iraq that will need reconquering, even after Mosul falls. Tal Afar will likely be the first of these to be retaken, as part of the mopping-up of the Mosul operation. There are indications that the militias will also clean out the area south of Sinjar as part of this mopping-up as well. If true, this will leave only two chunks of territory left to reclaim: the area surrounding Hawija, and the border area around Qaim. These will require major offensives, but nothing like the scale of the battle for Mosul. Which is why it is now conceivable that all of these objectives could be completed by the end of this year, denying the Islamic State any remaining foothold within Iraq. In Syria, the biggest problem is going to be how far the Kurds are willing to push south. Kurds are more interested in fighting for their historic lands, and the remnants of the Islamic State are going to flee far beyond these areas. So at some point the Kurdish fighters may voluntarily decide they’ve gone far enough, and hunker down to defend the territory they’ve taken. This will most likely leave it up to the Syrian government forces to finish the job, and Assad’s troops are in the midst of fighting other forces than just the Islamic State. So it remains to be seen whether the government forces have the resources (or the will) to completely finish off the last pockets of the Islamic State. Even if they did sweep all towns held by the Islamic State clean, it’s doubtful these areas wouldn’t be vulnerable to be retaken when Assad is busy with other battles. So while it looks like the future of the Islamic State in Iraq is about to be ended, they may be able to tenaciously cling to the lands around the town of Deir Ez-Zor and the border towns across from Qaim in Iraq, as well as some other isolated pockets of territory in western Syria. So it is too soon to say the complete defeat and eradication of the Islamic State is close to being at hand. This won’t lessen their upcoming defeats in Mosul and Raqqa, though. The Islamic State was built on the concept of blitzkrieg warfare ― advance so swiftly that your opponent flees in complete disorganization. But this plan only works as long as your forces are advancing. Propaganda victories draw in thousands of foreign fighters only when it looks like you’ve got a real chance of winning. When it is obvious to the world you are constantly losing ground, nobody’s going to want to commit to your cause. This is why the defeat of the Islamic State in both Mosul and Raqqa are so important. Psychologically, it should break the back of the Islamic State’s grandiose claims. Of course, even should the Islamic State be completely eradicated from both Iraq and Syria, that doesn’t mean everything will be rosy in either country. To achieve this victory, the Iraqi government allowed Iranian militias to fight the Islamic State, and they’ve been guilty of so many atrocities in the towns they’ve taken control of that Iraq could move straight from the war with the Islamic State to a period of civil war. The possibility definitely exists. As for Syria, even if the Islamic State were completely removed from the board, there will still be a multi-army civil war raging, which doesn’t seem to have any end in sight. While all of that is important and concerning, the main objective of the United States military in the region has been defeating and destroying the Islamic State. This has been an overwhelming success, although it has been moving at too slow a pace for most Americans to pay attention. Under both Presidents Obama and Trump, the war plan has not appreciably been different. It has allowed not only for successes against the Islamic State but has also mostly avoided any American troop casualties, since it has relied on airstrikes and advising existing fighters on the ground rather than sending in American frontline ground troops. All of this is about to be highlighted, in the next few weeks. The media loves big war stories rather than ongoing strategic analyses, and they’re about to have two big war victories to focus on. Retaking both Mosul and Raqqa from the Islamic State is going to be a heavy one-two punch that may serve as the biggest psychological defeat they’ve ever suffered ― one that largely ends the draw for foreign fighters to join them altogether. That would represent a major turning point in the battle against the Islamic State ― both for the military fight and for the “hearts and minds” effort as well. Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 мая, 22:00

Hillsborough, Brexit and gun control: 2017 Orwell prize shortlist announced

With Orwell back in headlines due to the rise of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, six books with ‘something prescient to say’ are up for best political writing prizeSix books that demonstrate how political writers have stepped up to the challenge of global change have been shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell prize for political writing. Ranging in topic from classic political biography to frontline reportage and revisionist history, all six had “something prescient to say”, the judges said.“We are at a huge moment in the history of the Western world like the rise of China and of populism, and these are issues that everyone is grappling with. We found writers are stepping up to the challenge,” judge Jonathan Derbyshire, executive comment editor of the Financial Times, said. He added: “I feel very optimistic about the future of political writing.” Continue reading...

15 мая, 07:00

Сирия новости 15 мая 07.00: САА выбила боевиков ИГ с аэродрома в Алеппо, в Хасаке прошел митинг против США

Армия правительства Сирии выбила террористов «Исламского государства» с военного аэродрома в Алеппо, в Хасаке прошел митинг сирийской коммунистической партии против США.

14 мая, 14:45

Sweepstakes heat up for FBI chief

Some FBI insiders are rallying around preferred picks, including an agent-turned-lawmaker and a veteran counterterrorism prosecutor.

14 мая, 02:02

Yes, we must listen to experts, but which ones? | Sonia Sodha

Heeding professionals is right, but what do we do when ideologies clash?Britain has had enough of experts; so said Michael Gove during last summer’s Brexit campaign. It was a preposterous thing to say and I suspect Gove knew it. When it comes to matters of life and death, we crave the reassuring wisdom of experts. Even those of us who are frantic Googlers of symptoms deep down just want to be firmly told what the problem is and advised on the best course of action.The very nature of what frontline professionals in our public services do – diagnosing us, delivering our babies, teaching our children – means they have enormous power over our lives. But what if they are not quite as expert as we would like to believe? After all, they’re only human. Insights from psychology tell us that we rarely make decisions based on rationally weighing up all the evidence – we simply don’t have the time. Instead, our brains rely on short cuts: gut feeling and instinct drive many of our choices, opening the door to the influence of personal values and irrational bias. Continue reading...

13 мая, 12:21

Our ambulances are wrecks and we're scrimping on life-saving kit

This government may say NHS spending has increased – but as a paramedic I know that on the frontline things are getting drastically worseI’m the one to restart your heart in the back of an ambulance, and I’m exhausted. I wrote those words for this series back in 2015 about paramedics like me who are underpaid and working to the point of exhaustion. Related: I'm the one to restart your heart in the back of an ambulance – and I'm exhausted Continue reading...

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12 мая, 12:29

Sean Spicer’s ‘Letter Home’ May Almost Make You Feel Sorry For Him

White House press secretary Sean Spicer would be happier fighting on the frontline than working for President Donald Trump. That’s according to this spoof letter at least. On Thursday, the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” imagined a letter that Spicer would pen to his temporary replacement Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as he takes time out from politics to carry out his Navy Reserve duties. “I feel impelled to write a few lines that will fall upon your eyes in the event that I am unable to return, which if I had my druthers, I would not,” Spicer “writes” in the fake missive. “The possibility of dysentery and trench foot are more agreeable than defending the president’s tweets,” he “adds.” Find out the full contents of the letter in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=591413eae4b00b643ebb31da,590d9366e4b0d5d9049ccbc9,58d22bd0e4b0f838c62dbc40,590d683fe4b0e7021e97fe0c -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 января 2013, 17:16

euronews on the frontline - Европа борется с киберпреступностью

http://ru.euronews.com/ Представьте себе мир, где преступники действуют совершенно безнаказанно. Мир, в котором данные Вашей кредитки можно приобрести за 1 доллар, а заработать на таком бизнесе один триллион долларов в год, или 770 000 000 евро. Программа "На линии огня" провела собственное расследование, чтобы понять, как бороться с организованной преступностью в кибер пространстве, а главное - как победить. Эксперты в области кибербезопасности предупреждают, что в 2013 году кибератаки на финансовый сектор станут еще более изощренными и вредоносными и могут привести к миллионам долларов убытков. Наша зависимость от интернета растет, а вместе с этим резко увеличиваются возможности мошенников и преступников. О противостоянии растущей угрозе мы поговорили с Троэлсом Оертиномг, главой Европейского центра по борьбе с кибер-преступлениям и Риком Фергюсоном, директором Trend Micro, компании, разрабатывающей программное обеспечение для защиты информации. Ñ�оциальные Ñ�ети : YouTube: http://bit.ly/zqVL10 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronewsru Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru