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Word in the news: Mastermind..
28 March 2016

by Charlotte Buxton, OUP Blog, Oxford, UK

In a speech made after the November terrorist attacks in Paris, President Obama criticized the media’s use of the word mastermind to describe Abdelhamid Abaaoud. “He’s not a mastermind,” he stated. “He found a few other vicious people, got hands on some fairly conventional weapons, and sadly, it turns out that if you’re willing to die you can kill a lot of people.”

Why did Obama single out this particular word? What in its history and current use make it a problematic term?

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A new phrase? ‘Not Face’ is Universal Part of Language..
27 March 2016

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A team of scientists, led by Ohio State University cognitive researcher Prof. Aleix Martinez, has identified a universal facial expression that is interpreted across many cultures as the embodiment of negative emotion.

“To our knowledge, this is the first evidence that the facial expressions we use to communicate negative moral judgment have been compounded into a unique, universal part of language,” said Prof. Martinez, who is the senior author on a study published in the May 2016 issue of the journal Cognition.

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ISIS Open English-Language Schools in Caliphate Capital..
24 February 2015


ISIS has reportedly opened the doors of its first two English-language schools in the group’s de-facto capital Raqqa, according to activists.

Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, who is part of the undercover group in the city, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, shared an image on social media of a flyer advertising the schools for the “English speaking Muhajiroon”, which revealed the schools would be open for children aged from six to 14 years old.

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