30 September 2014   2 comments

About 10% of the people leaving North America and Europe to join the Islamic State are women and girls.  There are a variety of motives for the exodus, ranging from a powerful commitment to the cause of jihad to a romantic sense of waging war that unfortunately is always a phenomenon at the beginning of a struggle.  The consequences of the decision appear to be mixed.  We do not have solid information about life under the Islamic State, but some reports claim that women are poorly treated.

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest body of water; it is now almost completely dried up.  NASA has released time-lapse satellite photos of the Aral Sea that show its slow demise.  The rivers that once fed the Aral Sea were diverted by the then-Soviet Union for agricultural irrigation.  The result of the change was an unmitigated disaster, and one that most likely can never be reversed.

The London Zoological Society has tried for several years to conduct a valid census of wildlife on the planet, and its most recent effort has attracted a great deal of attention.  One should acknowledge at the beginning that the effort can only be considered a very rough approximation of reality–the methodological problems with such a census are formidable.  Within this range of error, however, some of the results are truly troubling.  The report indicates that “populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%”….and that “[p]opulations of freshwater species have suffered an even worse fall of 76%.”  All of these declines are attributable to human activity.


Posted October 1, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11117835/Woman-secretly-films-life-under-Isil-in-Raqqa-Syria.html

    HI Vinnie,
    Here is a brief undercover view of women in Ragga Syria.

    Video: Woman secretly films life under Isil in Raqqa, Syria – Telegraph


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