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Making the Good Book animal-friendly
An animal rights group wants a non-discriminatory translation of the Bible.
Euthanasia makes it easier to have a customised funeral
If you are up for some spine-chilling excitement, take a look at this video clip from Flanders News, in Belgium.
Another great Spinelli story: Crash
10-15 year old boys have to read this. Teachers have to read this. And (boys, don't look), even girls should read this.
Whatever happened to declarations of war?
The last time an American President asked Congress to declare war was on December 8, 1941. What about all the wars since then?
Baby Joseph comes home
The Maraachli family now hopes to take Joseph home to die in peace and privacy. One hesitates to call it a happy ending; how can you when you’re talking about a terminally ill infant? But the family is satisfied with…
South Australia: “legislative fatigue” sets in
The South Australian parliament is once again preparing to vote on euthanasia. But this time – the third in two years – there have been allegations of sly manoeuvring to push the bill through.
Filipinos debate population control
Earlier this year “The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011” unanimously passed the House Committee on Population and Family Relations in the Philippines. This means that this controversial Bill is a step closer towards becoming…
The slaughter unseen
The global community is intervening in certain geopolitical hotspots where a humanitarian crisis looms. But there’s a place that’s hidden in plain sight where massacre is an everyday occurrence, and it goes unnoticed by the power elite.
Under conditions of extreme stress, doctors need extremely strong ethical codes.
The science of population projections
The Population Reference Bureau takes a dim view of large families and favours contraception and so on, but it does produce excellent material about how to interpret demographic information. In this video well-known demographer Carl Haub goes through the assumptions…
The Ivory Coast is not so far away
If you are a humanitarian, are there limits to relief efforts? With all the news lately reporting on the “international community” responding to the crisis in Libya (Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, the entire region..), the question arises: How can our…
Are we sufficiently jarred? Why would anybody devise a method to help people end their lives? And what in the world drives people to want to do that?
Women want a pay rise, men want a baby
A recent study by market research company, Colmar Brunton, into New Zealand young people in their 20’s indicates that young women are increasingly finding their self esteem and identity outside the traditional family structure of marriage and family, and want…
Bullying: the YouTube connection
Becoming an internet sensation has its down side, as eighth grader Rebecca Black and her parents painfully learned.
The puzzle of intolerant tolerance
How can liberal democracies justify prosecuting people who wear crosses or refuse to preside at same-sex marriages and still pride themselves on being tolerant?
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