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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.



The underground Dutch system for do-it-yourself euthanasia
30 Nov 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, peaceful pill
Right-to-die groups are illegally promoting a "peaceful pill"


Sandblasting history
27 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: history, Princeton University, progressivism, racism, Woodrow Wilson
Student activists have forced Princeton University to repudiate the legacy of Woodrow Wilson.


Is ISIS an ‘existential threat’?
23 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: existential threat, ISIS, Islam, Islamic State
Now, no. Later, possibly.


Free speech gets a hammering in Tasmania
20 Nov 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Catholic Church, free speech, homosexuality, Tasmania
The Catholic archbishop has been hauled before a tribunal for "insulting" homosexuals in a booklet on same-sex marriage.


Can IVF reverse population decline?
18 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: demography, global aging, IVF
There is very little evidence that IVF is a solution to declining birth rates.


Reality TV for toffs: The Economist and euthanasia
17 Nov 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, suicide, The Economist
Journalists need guidelines for covering euthanasia.


Fearsome threats
16 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, France, ISIS, Islam, terrorism
France must resist the temptation to sink to the level of its ISIS foes.


Signs of push-back against Obergefell
13 Nov 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: judicial supremacy, Mississippi, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage
As in other states, same-sex marriage is the law in Mississippi. But after surprising resistance.


Why is America’s youth too fat to fight?
9 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: family structure, national security, obesity, US Army
A question for GOP candidates in tomorrow's debate.


I do, I do, I do: Brazil’s polyamorous marriage
6 Nov 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Brazil, multiple parents, polyamory
Three lesbians tied the knot in Rio last month.


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