The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The extreme right has been pronounced dead a few times now, but it’s proven more resilient than some hoped; dolphins’ intelligence has come into serious doubt; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has invested his first $50 million into the project he’s starting with journalist Glenn Greenwald. These discoveries and more after the jump.
According to Israeli government documents, the former leader of South Africa was trained by Israel’s intelligence agency in the 1960s; there are many parallels to be drawn between the Sochi and Berlin Olympics; meanwhile, a White House review panel member expresses his “surprise” in finding that the NSA’s data collection has not stopped a single act of terrorism. These discoveries and more after the jump.