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MercatorNet’s pick of 2005
Michael Cook | 31 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Since our launch last May, MercatorNet has published an amazing range of reading. Here are a dozen of our readers' favourites in 2005.


International adoptions: the role of the media
Adam Pertman | 30 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: adoption, media
In adoptions, as in the rest of life, mistakes and even disasters happen, but this is a field in which the media should be especially careful not to sensationalise. The happiness of tens of thousands of children and would-parents is at stake.


What happens to kids who do drugs when they?re old codgers?
Michael Cook | 28 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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New Year celebrations are often a time for recreation drug use. It’s not a good idea, says Britain’s foremost expert on the medical effects of illegal drugs, Professor John Henry.


Munich
William Park | 28 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Steven Spielberg has made a controversial but thoughtful film about Israel’s eye-for-an-eye payback for the murders of its athletes at the 1972 Olympic games.


Drunken Santas in a stem cell sleigh
Michael Cook | 22 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Australia could have the world’s most liberal regulation of embryo research if the recommendations of a government committee are adopted.


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, too, just to cover the bases
Carolyn Moynihan | 18 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, tolerance
Can the West celebrate Christmas without offending its non-Christian minorities, or do we have to settle for mere holiday spirit? And what will happen if we do?


It�s a Wiki world out there
Michael Cook | 18 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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A defamatory entry in the on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia has put one of the internet’s great success stories under the spotlight.


Hark, the age-old carols sing
Michael Cook | 16 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Singing Christmas carols is an indispensable part of our heritage.


UK to shake up retirement scheme
Dermot Grenham | 16 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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The British are living longer and having fewer children. How are they going to cover the cost of caring for their elderly? A new report outlines the options.


My grandma would trash this Marxist rubbish
Guiomar Barbi | 14 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Publishers keep churning out how-to-find-a-guy guides for young women. Why haven't they asked my grandmother to write one?


The ultimate free market: selling herself
Carolyn Moynihan | 08 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Can there be anything wrong with transactions made between consenting adults, no matter how degrading? MercatorNet investigates arguments for legalised prostitution.


Deciphering the Bard
Francis Phillips | 08 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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Two recent biographies of Shakespeare show once again that the life of the greatest poet of the English language is a mystery with tantalising clues.


To clone or not to clone
James Sherley | 07 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: stem cells
Whether or not embryos should be cloned and then destroyed for their stem cells has been one of the hottest issues in science this year. James Sherley, a professor at MIT, says that the use of cells from cloned embryos is scientifically and ethically dubious.


Manga mania
Matthew Mehan | 03 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: comic books, manga, pop culture
The Japanese have invented a unique genre of comic books for all ages and tastes -- and they are flying off the shelves even in the US.


The $100 laptop
Michael Cook | 03 December 2005 | FEATURES |  
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The IT world is abuzz with excitement about a project to hook up millions of children in poor countries to the internet. Have all the bases been covered?


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