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Why the dead live on in Africa
Robert Odero | 23 February 2013 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: africa cult of ancestors, african community life, barack obama family, close-knit family, dreams from my father, love for life
Starting with the so-called African "Cult of the Ancestors", the author identifies some values that this continent has, such as life, and the awareness of being part of a family - a close-knit community. He recognizes that many of these…


Singapore’s rocky search for more migrants
Marcus Roberts | 22 February 2013 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: birth rates, immigration, Singapore
Singapore's government is facing dissent over its plans to bring in more migrants to make up for a low birth rate.


“I’m conservative - but I support gay marriage”
Jennifer Thieme | 22 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: conservatism, same-sex marriage
Really? If words have any meaning, this is wishful thinking.


Working abroad, supporting the family at home
Vincenzina Santoro | 22 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: migrant workers, Philippines, remittances
Emigrants’ remittances are at the core of poverty alleviation in many developing countries.


Of Pope Benedict XVI and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Sheila Liaugminas | 22 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion law, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, human rights, infanticide, late-term abortion, new humanism, Pope Benedict legacy, Pope Benedict XVI
So there, side by side in two top-of-the-fold articles in the Sunday New York Times the other day, were two stories that are seemingly unrelated, but are totally of a piece. A few days later now, they demand attention.


Homemakers Project launches
Carolyn Moynihan | 22 February 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family meals, HomeMakers Project
An international effort to draw attention to and support the unsung but vital work of the home launches in London next week.


Korea’s elderly turn to suicide as family bonds fray
Carolyn Moynihan | 21 February 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing population, Asian family values, South Korea
Parents who have spent everything on their children find there is no-one around to care for them in old age.


The myth of disappearing Lebanese Christians
Michael Cook | 20 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: demography, Lebanon
A bombshell report shows that Christians are making a demographic comeback in Lebanon because of tumbling Muslim birth rates.


Hellfire, morality and strategy
George Friedman | 20 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: drones, ethics of warfare, US
The use of drones may be legal under international war, but it is leading the US into unknown territory.


A Good Day to Die Hard
Raffaele Chiarulli | 20 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews
Entertaining for action movie lovers, but not a patch on the early films of the Die Hard franchise.


The Stamp Collector
Jennifer Minicus | 20 February 2013 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: freedom, picture books, writing
A simple book with a profound message.


The joys of Weltschmerz
Michael Cook | 19 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, melancholy, Weltschmerz
Feeling too happy? Need something to remind you that life is a serious business? Here are our suggestions.


The guilty silence that killed Reeva Steenkamp
Carolyn Moynihan | 19 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Oscar Pistorius, sexual behaviour
Why does no one mention the most obvious thing that put Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend in harm's way?


While Benedict XVI is still Pope
Sheila Liaugminas | 19 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron, new evangelization, papal resignation, Pope Benedict XVI, Romano Guardini
The media and Vatican watchers are busy speculating about the recent past (what ‘really’ prompted this resignation) and the future (who is ‘most likely’ to replace him), I think it’s important to take the opportunity while he’s still in the…


The least of these
Anthony Esolen | 19 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Boy Scouts, childhood, homosexuality
Our government has failed to admit that its own selfishness is the root of many societal problems it has tried to address.


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