US intel assessment suggests Trump's Iran policy not working

Iran is like a sword in the side of America. It won't go away. The US, or at least President Trump, has decided that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and may use them soon. US intelligence agencies disagree. When I was living in the UAE there was one occasion, in 2013, when Israel was firing at Iran's nuclear plant in the south of the country. We...
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Trump's embrace of MBS puts both countries at risk

How the bizarre relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia will play out is open to interpretation. It may be that the bigger bet is with Saudi Arabia on the US rather than the other way around. In this article written by James Foley, a former US ambassador, on Al Jazeera some possibilities are laid out. Trump's embrace of MBS puts both countries...
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Why self publishing works

I confess, I’ve thought about self-publishing, like many people no doubt. I’ve heard good and bad things. The latter is mostly to do with the time that the author must take to edit the manuscript and get it just right for the reader. I think that’s not a bad thing.

I don’t understand all the pros and cons of self publishing. I haven’t had to- yet- but I am learning. And the article below, from Salon magazine, ( explains the benefits and costs of self publishing well. It's by Hugh Howey, an American science fiction writer.

 Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers

Books have changed forever, and that’s good. Writers will find readers and make more money going it alone, like me

Contrary to recent reports, I am not the story of self-publishing.

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Why are there so many mass shootings in the US?

With the mass shooting in the US of school children, again, I took a close look at what data and literature there was abour crime in the US, particularly gun crime. People talk about a link between gun ownership and mass shooting. Is there one?

It appears so, according to an article that appeared in the New York times in November. “Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns”, the article says. What a statistic!

The Interpreter, New York Times

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

By Max Fisher and Josh Keller

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