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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Bill Gates and his mixed up global health agenda
15 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Bill Gates, polio eradication, population control
Bill and Melinda Gates want to stop polio and also the growth of third world population. One of these campaigns could be undermining the other.

A science lesson about faith and families (cartoon)
14 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family structure, religion
Social science provides ample evidence that churchgoing kids flourish. So why are some secularists crusading against religion?

How texting kills language skills
13 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: grammar, techspeak, texting
A infographic showing how text abbreviations commonly used by middle schoolers can ruin their grasp of grammar at a critical time.

Mapping the world’s family patterns
12 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family structure, World Family Map
The first in a series of annual reports shows how the family is faring in different parts of the world. Find out how your own region compares.

Tests, and why some kids stress out
8 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: education of children, standardised tests, stress
Some people are genetically better equipped to handle stress, but others can learn through less serious forms of competition.

Do babies need their mums more than their dads?
7 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: parental leave, UK, women's issues
A British government minister says it's time to "shatter" that perception.

Shape or be shaped: Christians in an era of marriage decline
6 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, divorce, Institute for American Values, young adults
The religious lives of young people are being damaged by family breakdown, a new report shows. How will churches respond?

Parents should allow kids to fail
5 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: education of children, failure, resposnsibility
These are the parents who worry me the most -- parents who won't let their child learn, writes a teacher.

Queen Beatrix steps down
1 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: monarchy, The Netherlands
The Dutch Queen is probably unknown to most of us, but it is not too late to learn something from her.

Pride and Prejudice at 200
31 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: books, gender equality, Jane Austen, marriage
The romantic appeal of the novel is, of course, at odds with its outmoded gender paradigm.

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