No Tack? No Horse? No Problem!

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association is an organization that does not require a horse or tack to become involved in equestrian sports. “The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation,” reads their website. They include both English and Western disciplines.
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US, Israel, UK vow response against Iran over tanker attack

The U.S., Israel and the U.K. all vowed to respond to a deadly drone attack on a tanker last week in a major waterway for global oil shipments that they blamed on Iran. Middle East foes Iran and Israel have traded multiple accusations of shipping attacks in recent months. But Thursday’s strike off the coast of Oman, which Tehran denied carrying out, was the first to kill crew members — a Romanian and a Briton.
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Germany is returning Nigeria’s looted Benin Bronzes: why it’s not nearly enough

After years of pressure, Germany recently announced that an agreement had been reached to return hundreds of priceless artefacts and artworks that had been looted from Nigeria in colonial times and were on display in German museums. Commonly called the Benin Bronzes, these beautiful and technically remarkable artworks have come to symbolise the broader restitution debate. Why has it taken so long, will other countries follow Germany and what happens next? We asked a leading expert on colonial German history and a prominent voice in the debate around the artefacts, Dr Jürgen Zimmerer, to tell us.
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Why Leaving Behind Diet Culture Meant Giving Up Labels

Humans like labels. It’s why we follow astrology accounts on Instagram, read up on our Myers-Briggs personality types, and tell anyone who’ll listen that we need ample alone time because we’re sensitive introverts. And we really like to label ourselves through the lens of diet and food preferences. When we identify as keto, Paleo, vegan, raw, pescatarian, carnivorous, locavore, or a zillion other descriptors, we’re reaching for something. But what? And why? And, most importantly, do these labels really make our lives healthier and better?

The Sound of Silence: What Happens When Our Brains Imagine Music?

In a pair of new studies, researchers have shown how our brains continue to activate in response to music, even when listening to gaps between notes and when imagining music without sound. When we listen to music, we might feel our skin tingle, a rush of nostalgia or perhaps a...

West faces dilemmas over tanker attack

Angry words are being traded, diplomats are being summoned to foreign ministries and threats of retaliation made public after a deadly drone attack on a merchant tanker last week. Britain, the US and Israel all blame Iran, which has vehemently denied it while vowing a severe response to anything that harms its interests. So what exactly happened and what's behind this?
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President Ghani calls on Afghanis to rise up against ‘destructive’ Taliban

Afghanistan’s President has called for a full-scale national mobilisation to counter sweeping gains by the Taliban, warning that the Islamist group will only negotiate seriously once their military momentum is halted. Addressing an emergency cabinet meeting in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani said that the Taliban are effectively demanding surrender from the Afghan government in talks being held between the two sides in Qatar. The fate that awaits the Afghan people if the Taliban did gain control of the country can be plainly seen in the “cruel and repressive” rule they have imposed in the areas they have occupied, said Mr Ghani....

Firefighters continue to battle wildfires near Turkey’s beaches

Turkish firefighters were battling for the sixth straight day to control the blazes tearing through forests near Turkey’s beach destinations. Fed by strong winds and scorching temperatures, the fires that began on Wednesday have left eight people dead and forced residents and tourists to flee vacation resorts in a flotilla of small boats.
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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Shirley Beeman's mother used to get drunk and beat her daughter with a wooden spoon, even throwing her through the wall on several occasions. When she was just a toddler, a teenage cousin began molesting her, and years later an uncle did so as well. Today, Beeman* has confronted her...
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Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed

The magic of video games is that they allow for experiences that just might not come up in ordinary life! You can explore fantasy worlds, see the galaxy, battle others without any lasting damage aside from your ego…it’s great. Sometimes games even allow for somewhat more specific experiences. Like, y’know, running around Japan beating up vampires and stripping them.