Al Qaeda launches women’s magazine that mixes fashion tips and violence

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London, Asharq Al-Awsat – The jihadist media has moved to publish a new magazine that is concerned with women jihadists. Observers have said that the objective of the publication of the “Al-Shamikha” magazine, which translates as “The Majestic Woman”, is to promote Islamic values among women, in addition to fashion and beauty tips. This magazine has been dubbed the ‘Jihad Cosmo” in some quarters after the well-known Cosmopolitan style magazine. Continue reading

Fluent in another language? The CIA wants you

Multilingual recruits at a premium; but, U.S. is a living lab for how we learn

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CIAThe CIA relies on experts in many fields, including languages, science and technology, and economics. A shortage of multilingual speakers now has them scrambling to train college students.By Jeremy Hsu LiveScience

updated 3/9/2011 3:24:02 PM ET 2011-03-09T20:24:02

Many Americans don’t learn a second or a third language from birth, let alone a language that the CIA or U.S. Foreign Service might want. The situation has forced U.S. government agencies to learn how to cultivate the most talented second-language speakers from among college students with little to no other-language expertise.But experts who help select and train raw talent also see an opportunity in the mass of recruits who start out speaking only English. That’s because the U.S. represents a living laboratory for observing how adult brains change over time as they struggle to adapt to the new grammar and vocabulary of a second language. Continue reading