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How to make Isis fall on its own sword

theguardian.com — The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.
Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning: #ISIS "know how we tick in America—what pushes us toward intervention and overreach" theguardian.com/commentisfree/… CC @ggreenwald

Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning says don't fight ISIS. Then says best way to go about that is by fighting ISIS. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning is more or less saying that ISIS is fueled by imperialism. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

"When the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing $ even more fighting." theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

"When the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing $ even more fighting." theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Ed Miliband forced to abandon walkabout in Edinburgh

theguardian.com — Ed Miliband was forced to abandon a walkabout in Edinburgh after he became caught in a crush of media and pro-independence protesters, who drowned out his interviews with shouts of "fucking liar" and "serial murderer".
Sep 16, 2014

RT @mattholehouse: A foreign correspondent might report this as: Pro-govenment crowd breaks up left-wing opposition meeting theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @mattholehouse: A foreign correspondent might report this as: Pro-govenment crowd breaks up left-wing opposition meeting theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @mattholehouse: A foreign correspondent might report this as: Pro-govenment crowd breaks up left-wing opposition meeting theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis

theguardian.com — The US defense secretary told senators on Tuesday that America is "at war" with the Islamic State (Isis), while the senior US military officer suggested US ground troops might directly join Iraqis in combat.
Sep 16, 2014

Text book mission creep. US troops may now join Iraqis in combat against #Isis as “close combat advisors” theguardian.com/world/2014/sep…

Sep 16, 2014

Obama: no US ground combat troops in Iraq Dempsey: "He told me as well to come back to him on a case-by-case basis" theguardian.com/world/2014/sep…

Sep 16, 2014

Newer version: Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis theguardian.com/world/2014/sep… way more Dempseyness

Sep 16, 2014

So… boots on the ground then? RT @guardian: Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis bit.ly/1qZ3LTo

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Chaotic Kansas race has GOP desperate to keep Democrat in the running

theguardian.com — The Kansas supreme court will on Tuesday hear details of a lawsuit brought by a Democratic candidate who wants his name erased from the ballot in the forthcoming Senate election. His Republican adversary, on the other hand, is insisting the Democrat's candidacy should remain intact.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @melissaKSHB: Good Cliff Notes to "catch up" on what is happening politically in KS w/ Taylor V Kobach (the Bush v Gore of KS) ow.ly/Bz2WC

Sep 16, 2014

Good Cliff Notes to "catch up" on what is happening politically in KS w/ Taylor V Kobach (the Bush v Gore of KS) ow.ly/Bz2WC

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Stephen Colbert backs independence for Scotland: 'Ich bin ein Edinburgher'

theguardian.com — Queen Elizabeth electrified the Scottish independence debate with her first public comments at the weekend. But in what may prove to be an even more significant intervention, the American satirist Stephen Colbert has come out for secession.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @MatthewWells: Colbert backs independence for Scotland: 'Ich bin ein Edinburgher' gu.com/p/4xjvv/tw #indyref

Sep 16, 2014

RT @stuartmillar159: "Could the Queen have done something to stop this? Could she have worn a different hat?" Colbert asked @MatthewWells theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Sep 16, 2014

"Could the Queen have done something to stop this? Could she have worn a different hat?" Colbert asked @MatthewWells theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @holpuch: Stephen Colbert asks @MatthewWells if "difficult" is the English word for "firebombing." theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2… #indyref

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Leap in the dark: 11 sporting questions raised by Scottish independence

theguardian.com — The wide-ranging consequences for sport of a vote for Scottish independence on Thursday have only become a matter for debate relatively late in the day. UK Sport, the body that distributes £125m a year in National Lottery and exchequer funding to Olympic sport, insists that it will wait for the result before considering its plans.
Sep 16, 2014

So if Scotland votes yes, is it time to resume the wait for Fred Perry's "English" successor at #Wimbledon? bit.ly/1oVKvmP

Sep 16, 2014

Good overview by @owen_g on the impact Scottish independence would have on sport: bit.ly/1oVKvmP

Sep 16, 2014

Good primer before the vote RT @owen_g Leap in the dark: 11 sporting questions raised by Scottish independence bit.ly/1oVKvmP

Sep 16, 2014

Leap in the dark: 11 sporting questions raised by Scottish independence | Owen Gibson bit.ly/1oVKvmP

Sep 16, 2014

Racing in Scotland could be severely threatened by yes vote. What would Scottish independence mean for sport @owen_g theguardian.com/sport/blog/201…

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Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change

theguardian.com — Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
Sep 16, 2014

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change - theguardian.com nzzl.me/1oVJUBk

Sep 16, 2014

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change gu.com/p/4xtyz/tw via @suzyji

Sep 16, 2014

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade #climate change gu.com/p/4xtyz/tw by @suzyji

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August was hottest on record worldwide, says Nasa

theguardian.com — August 2014 was marginally the warmest August worldwide since records began 130 years ago, according to new data from Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Temperatures measured by government meteorological offices using land, sea and satellite data suggest this year's global global high was very close to those of 2011, 2008, 2006 and 2003.

China and India - 13 charts that show how the countries compare

theguardian.com — As China's president Xi Jinping heads to India to meet prime minister Narendra Modi, it is tempting to hold the two countries up against each other. Each contains more than a sixth of the world's population. Each has seen dramatic economic growth in recent decades yet each is still beset by widespread poverty.
Sep 16, 2014

Fantastic info here! China female workforce participation is double of India: 13 charts compare the two countries gu.com/p/4xt2f/tw

Sep 16, 2014

RT @RamCNN: China and India - 13 charts that show how the countries compare theguardian.com/news/datablog/… (h/t to @KWangCNN who spots them all!)

Sep 16, 2014

China and India - 13 charts that show how the countries compare gu.com/p/4xt2f/tw

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Putin's 'girlfriend' Alina Kabayeva to head pro-Kremlin media group

theguardian.com — Alina Kabayeva, a former Olympic gymnastics champion long rumoured to be Vladimir Putin's girlfriend, has been appointed to run a major pro-Kremlin media group. Kabayeva spent more than six years as an MP, one of many high-achievers in the sports and entertainment fields to represent Putin's United Russia party, before announcing on Monday she was stepping down from parliament to take up control of the media holding.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @GuardianNewEast: Putin's 'girlfriend' Alina Kabayeva to head pro-Kremlin media group: gu.com/p/4xtq8

Sep 16, 2014

Putin's 'girlfriend' Alina Kabayeva to head pro-Kremlin media group gu.com/p/4xtq8/tw via @guardian

Sep 16, 2014

Nothing succeeds like talent. Putin's 'girlfriend' Alina Kabayeva to head pro-Kremlin media group gu.com/p/4xtq8/tw via @guardian

Sep 16, 2014

RT @guardian: Putin's 'girlfriend' Alina Kabayeva to head pro-Kremlin media group gu.com/p/4xtq8/tw

Scottish independence: answers to seven less obvious questions

theguardian.com — Precisely what would happen to the flag in the event of a yes vote is not clear. Constitutional experts suggest there would not necessarily be any requirement for the remainder of the UK to abandon the current flag, although Lord West, deputy chairman of the parliamentary flags and heraldry committee, has suggested it would be "nonsense" to imagine the St Andrew's blue could remain in the flag.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @guardian: Scottish independence: answers to seven less obvious questions gu.com/p/4xtme/tw

Sep 16, 2014

RT @guardian: Scottish independence: answers to seven less obvious questions gu.com/p/4xtme/tw

Sep 16, 2014

RT @dansabbagh: Scotland, the key problems answered, eg what happens to the union flag? Nobody knows. It's not an official flag. gu.com/p/4xtme/tw

Sep 16, 2014

RT @dansabbagh: Scotland, the key problems answered, eg what happens to the union flag? Nobody knows. It's not an official flag. gu.com/p/4xtme/tw

Sep 16, 2014

RT @guardian: Scottish independence: answers to seven less obvious questions gu.com/p/4xtme/tw

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Scottish independence referendum: Reaction to the Cameron/Miliband/Clegg 'vow' - live

theguardian.com — Rolling coverage of the all the developments in the Scottish independence referendum campaign, including reaction to the Daily Record "vow" from David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg Live Sort by: It was a ploy that students of Northern Ireland politics will recognise: the signed pledge.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @MarkAOliver: ! RT @BenQuinn75 ... a Balmoral ceilidh thrown by the Queen has been switched from its usual Thursday to Friday slot bit.ly/1DfCKSi

Sep 16, 2014

RT @AndrewSparrow: Only 55% of ppl in England and Wales care about the #indyref vote, poll finds - theguardian.com/politics/scott…

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Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy

theguardian.com — The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.
Sep 16, 2014

#Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy #climatecliff gu.com/p/4xt7v

Sep 16, 2014

Economic growth, or tackling #climate change? Yes, you can have both. But only if we act quickly. #newclimateeconomy theguardian.com/environment/20…

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Timbuktu: portrait of a city on the edge of existence - in pictures

theguardian.com — What is life like in Mali's 'city in the middle of nowhere'? Guardian photographer Sean Smith recently spent a week there, meeting everyone from Timbuktu's chief muezzin to its only DJ

When given the chance, countries tend to say yes to independence

theguardian.com — Every election, country and place's history is unique and different. Scotland is no exception. Yet, when given the opportunity, countries tend to vote yes to independence, and to do so decisively. We've looked at about 50 independence votes since 1846, and the vote for independence has averaged 82.9%, and came out on top in 88% of the votes.
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