He seems to have been a classic “lone wolf”. As far as police can tell, the man who murdered 50 worshippers, and critically wounded nine more, at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15th was not part of any organisation. The 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Tarrant, claimed to have developed his violent beliefs on his own, surfing the internet and visiting Europe. He bought his weapons himself. He honed his skills at a suburban shooting-range. No one there suspected that he was preparing a massacre. Yet he was part of something much bigger….more: economist
Critics have denounced the forum as a PR initiative to boost the UAE’s image abroad and deflect criticism by human rights groups. Hiba Zayadin, a Human Rights Watch researcher who focuses on the UAE, said that the Emirates regularly attempts to “present itself on the global stage as progressive”…more: middleeasteye
Miracle: Prophet Muhammad said: “Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, a little of it is haraam.” (Authentic statement).
“Drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful than previously thought, according to a new study that concludes there’s no “safe” level of alcohol consumption…”MORE: livescience
Asian education systems have come out on top in the OECD’s latest PISAglobal survey. Singapore placed first in the three-yearly report, with Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam all performing well.
The programme tests 15 year-olds from 72 countries in maths, reading and science.
So why do Asian countries continue to dominate?
Euronews’ Charlotte Cullen asked Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff for the OECD..more: .euronews.com
A Review Essay of The Field of Fight by Lt. General (Retired) Mike Flynn and Michael Ledeen: The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies
Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children who have grown up exposed to violence, was given the second annual Global Teacher prize at a star-studded ceremony in Dubai.
Looking delighted as she was handed the award, Hroub said: “I did it, I won!” …more: theguardian
“I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.”
Amy Goodman and Juan González got a chance to ask a three-star general some tough questions today. This is a much-watch interview.