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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

Obama floundering in fight against ISIS
19 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, ISIS, Islamic extremism, Islamic State
The President is recycling tired old slogans.

Hey, gamers, try the ultimate video game, ISIS
19 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ISIS, Islamic extremism, video games
Why don’t the manufacturers of ultra-violent games acknowledge their role?

Caution: language change ahead
16 Feb 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, dictionary, George Orwell
Right-to-die activists want to create a cuddly word for assisted suicide.

The “no difference” theory is dead
9 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
A US study finds that opposite-sex parents are better than same-sex parents. Wait for the fireworks.

How scientists won the 3-parent IVF battle
7 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: media spin, three-parent embryos, UK
With hard work, money and a lot of fancy footwork

Canada’s supreme court strikes down ban on assisted suicide
7 Feb 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada
Will it have a knock-on effect south of the border?

The torture-abortion nexus
2 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, torture
Why do philosophers who defend abortion also defend torture?

Remembering Auschwitz
27 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Auschwitz, Enlightenment, Holocaust
70 years ago today, the most notorious Nazi death camp was liberated by the Red Army.

The Middle East’s vanishing Christians
22 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Islam, Islamic State, Middle East Christians, persecution of Christians
But some of the region's bishops urge Christians to work with Muslims for free and tolerant society.

US Supreme Court to tackle same-sex marriage
19 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
We need to know more about the effects of legalisation.

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