Author Archives: marypmadigan

About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).

Oil Prices Tumble

Oil had rallied above $53 a barrel after some members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries voiced support for prolonging cuts past June, but rising U.S. output is undermining the effort to trim a global glut. Production from major … Continue reading

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Is Silicon-Based life possible?

Star Trek may have been right… … researchers have long speculated that alien life could have a completely different chemical basis than life on Earth. For example, instead of relying on water as the solvent in which biological molecules operate, … Continue reading

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Trusting Qatar

Hostage Qatari royals ‘used as leverage’ to end Syrian sieges | Middle East Eye What happened here? As far as I can tell: 1. Qatar is a major source of funds for Sunni ‘militant’ groups like ISIS and al Qaeda … Continue reading

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Intelligence Networks

The U.S. intelligence community is officially made of 17 organizations, but there is even more to the story. A groundbreaking investigation from the Washington Post found some rather daunting figures: — 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies are working … Continue reading

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Private and Government organizations funding ISIS

Qatar and Kuwait’s involvement with radical Islam, particularly in Syria, is neither new nor limited to these two kingdoms. Initially, these states were joined by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, funding the opposition to the Assad regime in … Continue reading

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Normalizing Women in Hijabs

Recent trends we have seen involve search terms like “immigration,” “migration,” and “global.” All of these have increased in popularity. Over the last year searches for “Muslim” and “Muslim woman” have skyrocketed. In fact, “Muslim woman” is up 83 percent. … Continue reading

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Normalizing Trump

“Normal” means different things to different people. In the wake of this week’s election results, there has been a lot of talk about the ways in which dangerous things come to be viewed as just another part of everyday life. … Continue reading

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