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Here’s to happy life years
Carolyn Moynihan | 31 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: environment, family values, happiness
Why are Costa Ricans so happy and the world’s women so glum?


World’s oldest profession: Embrace it or banish it?
Barbara Lilley | 30 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: prostitution, self-control, sexualisation of children
Should prostitution be legal and supported by society or banished for good?


Raising kids makes married people happier
Carolyn Moynihan | 30 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: happiness, marriage, parenting
Do your children make you happy? When different researchers ask parents questions like that they tend to get contradictory results. The latest issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies reports on a British study that finds having children does increase…


What does a bioethicist do?
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 October 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: United States
now that President Obama has disbanded the President’s Council on Bioethics and instead, relies heavily on chief bioethicist Ezekial Emanuel, the debate within that community itself is getting very interesting.


He gave the New York Times a chance
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 October 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: Catholic Church, media
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan submitted an op-ed piece to the Times, the paper that claims to run ”All the news that’s fit to print”. But the Times didn’t see Archbishop Dolan’s opinion piece as fit to print.


The euthanasia debate resurfaces
Margaret Somerville | 29 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, euthanasia
There are deeply-rooted cultural reasons why the Western world returns again and again to euthanasia as a solution to the problems of suffering and death.


Scary stuff
Katie Hinderer | 29 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: consumerism, Halloween, United States
47 million Americans will don costumes this Halloween - and that’s just the adults.


How many Angles
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 October 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: Anglican, Catholic Church, media
The media are all over the Roman Catholic-Anglican Church arrangement recently announced by the Vatican, so we should be seeing a lot of interesting reporting and analysis. But oddly, most of it is coming from one direction.


Will chemical weapons proliferate?
Michael Crowley | 28 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: chemical weapons, Russia
The danger of security agencies, military forces and violent groups using “incapacitatant” chemical agents to disable adversaries has grown since the Moscow theatre siege of 2002. International regulation is needed.


The ABCs of fighting for free speech
Rebekah Hebbert | 28 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: blogging, free speech
An enthusiastic blogger offers her advice for winning battles in the war to protect free speech.


Parents, the first educators
Peter Jon Mitchell | 28 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: education, parenting
Married, biological parents are the gold standard for raising children successfully. 


Cleanliness is next to…virtue
Carolyn Moynihan | 28 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: environment, virtue
You might have heard of the odour of sanctity; today’s equivalent is “The Smell of Virtue” -- the title of a study by some management professors into the effects of a clean-smelling environment on behaviour.


Do it for the children
Sheila Liaugminas | 28 October 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: abortion
An international coalition of pro-life and pro-family groups has re-launched a petition that is expected to gather one million signatures in support of the unborn child and the traditional family.


Shouting is the new spanking
Carolyn Moynihan | 27 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: anger, parenting, smacking
Now that spanking is taboo, what are parents using as a last resort? Screaming, say people who are in the know.


Russia, Iran and the Biden speech
George Friedman and Peter Zeihan | 27 October 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: Barack Obama, Biden, Iran, Russia, Stratfor
The Obama Administration's aggressive diplomacy in Eastern Europe could sink its hopes for a peaceful resolution of its conflict with Iran.


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