Longform’s Picks Of The Week

October 29, 2015 Nemes Worldwide News

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The Imam’s Curse by Evan Osnos, the New Yorker

A Pakistani family in the United States of is accused of funding Taliban militants by the FBI

At strike May 14, 2011, more than two dozen federal agents and local police officers converged on a working-class community near the Miami airport and surrounded a small green-and-white stucco structure– Mosque Miami, among the city’s earliest mosques. Authorities sealed off a two-block radius, and FBI. representatives, some equipped with AR-15 rifles, put together outside the door.

Inside, eight males were kneeling for the very first prayer of the day. When agents called for them to open, one of the worshippers, a previous cops officer, headed out and inquired to wait till the prayer was finished. The agents complied, and then they apprehended the mosque’s imam, Hafiz Khan, an migr from a mountainous corner of Pakistan near the Afghan border. Khan remained in his late seventies, an albino with thick glasses and a long colorless rush of beard. He had relocated to America, with members of his family, in 1994, at the motivation of a younger sibling in Alabama. They became residents, however Khan spoke no English and seldom left the mosque or a one-room apartment or condo throughout the street, which he shared with his spouse, Fatima. He was known to a few of the residents as el viejito barbón– the old bearded man. Kids referred to him as the Santa Claus imam.

Who Eliminated the 20th Century’s Greatest Spy? by Simon Parkin, the Guardian

When Ashraf Marwan was up to his death from the veranda of a London flat, he took his keys with him. Was he working for Egypt or Israel? And did the revelation of his identity cause his murder?

This much is specific: Ashraf Marwan, a male some describe as the 20th century’s greatest spy, was alive when he tumbled from the fifth-floor veranda of his ₤ 4.4 m London flat. The Egyptian business person landed, shortly after 1.30 pm on 27 June 2007, in the personal increased garden at number 24 Carlton House Terrace, a street whose former occupants consist of 3 prime ministers (Palmerston, Earl Grey and Gladstone) and which lies a couple of hundred metres from Piccadilly Circus. Overhead, the lunch sky was obnoxious with helicopters, swarming above Tony Blair’s Teflon-plated convoy as it brought the prime minister to Buckingham Palace, where he would hand in his resignation. A female yelled. Somebody called the cops. The paramedics showed up too late. Marwan died from a burst aorta.

The Road to Damascus by Sonia Smith, Texas Month-to-month

In 2012 Houston native Austin Tice heeded a calling to become a reporter in war-ravaged Syria. His photos, stories, and tweets shed new light on the conflict– until one day they stopped.

Prior to he ever thought about taking a trip to Syria, prior to he saw his byline in the Washington Post, and before he made worldwide news, Austin Tice had a revelation in the desert. At 29, he had insatiable curiosity and a surfeit of charisma, and though he typically wasn’t one to entertain visions, he ‘d been thinking a lot about his future. It was 2011, and he was three months into his deployment at Camp Leatherneck, in southern Afghanistan, with his fellow Marines. Despite remaining in a war zone, he was agitated. The Arab Spring, the wave of democratic uprisings sweeping through Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, had actually been making headlines; the Islamic world was altering quick, and he felt seriously gotten rid of from the action. “So often I seem like I was born in the wrong age, or a minimum of on the wrong continent,” he composed on Facebook that July. However then, as he spent his downtime in between missions looking at images of protesters in the streets of the Libyan capital and reading tweets about rebels clashing with forces faithful to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, an idea pertained to him.

Was Tom Hayes Running the Greatest Monetary Conspiracy in History? by Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch, Bloomberg

Or simply taking the fall for one?

Hayes was a phenom at UBS, among the best the bank had at trading derivatives. All year long, the monetary crisis had been goodbenefited him. The chaos had let him buy cheaply from those desperate to get out and sell high to the unfortunate few who still required to trade. While most dealerships closed up store in fear, Hayes, with his relatively unlimited cravings for threat, stayedremained in. He was 28 years old, and he was up more than $70 million for the year.

Now that was under hazard. Not only did Hayes have to remove himself from every deal he had actually done with Lehman, but he ‘d also made a series of huge bets that in the coming days, interest rates would continue to be stable. The collapse of the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States would undoubtedly cause those rates, which were actually simply barometers of danger, to spike. As Hayes analyzed his tradebook, one rate mattered more than other: the London interbank provided rate, or Libor, a standard that influenced $350 trillion of securities around the globe. For traders like Hayes, this number was the Holy Grail. And two years earlier, he had discovered a way to rig it.

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain as a Weapon by Tim Requarth, Diplomacy

Advanced neural technologies can eliminate terrible memories and read people’s ideas. They could likewise end up being the 21st century’s next battlefield.

On an otherwise routine July day, inside a laboratory at Duke University, 2 rhesus monkeys sat in different rooms, each seeing a computer screen that featured an image of a virtual arm in two-dimensional area. The monkeys’ task was to direct the arm from the center of the screen to a target, when they did so successfully, the researchers rewarded them with sips of juice.

But there was a twist. The monkeys were not offered with joysticks or other devices that could manipulate the arm. Rather, they were counting on electrodes implanted in portions of their brains that affect motion. The electrodes had the ability to capture and send neural activity through a wired connection to the computers.

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