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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.



Where is the worst place in the world to be a doctor?
20 Sep 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, Netherlands
At least in Niger and Afghanistan, doctors are supposed to save lives, not take them. Not so in the Netherlands.


Arguments for all seasons
16 Sep 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: bullying, homosexuality, paedophilia, rhetoric
Arguments for tolerance of homosexuality work equally well for paedophilia.


Bulgarian parliament spurns euthanasia
5 Sep 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia
The Bulgarian Parliament has rejected a euthanasia bill by a vote of 59 to 13, with 29 abstentions.


Sauntering beyond good and evil
30 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: amoralism, atheism, morality
In a race to the bottom of ethics, an American philosopher may have got there first.


7 reasons for good cheer after Madrid
22 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, World Youth Day
Who cares if the media ignored World Youth Day?


A tipping point for the family?
17 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: David Cameron, London riots, UK
Britain's families need to be reformed, says the Prime Minister. Are his politicians up to the job?


Australian politician ridicules same-sex marriage
16 Aug 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australian politics, family, same-sex marriage
Bob Katter is a member of Federal Parliament from an electorate in North Queensland which is larger than Spain. He is one of the great mavericks of Australian politics. Today he addressed the issue of same-sex unions at the National Marriage Day in Canberra.


It was a dark and stormy night as I set about writing the novel…
15 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: novels, opening sentences
Our summer special: the best 50 opening sentences in English-language fiction.


Good intentions, flawed policies
9 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia, family
Why aren't Australian politicians and bureaucrats worried about the state of the Aboriginal family?


Dutch doctors solidly behind euthanasia: poll
6 Aug 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Netherlands, poll
How much can on-line polls be trusted? Not much. An on-line poll about euthanasia? Even less. However, in view of the sketchy state of information about euthanasia in the first country to legalise it, any poll is welcome. The EinVandaag website in the Netherlands surveyed general practitioners in the last week in July and found that Dutch doctors support it, though sometimes reluctantly. (The number of official notifications of deaths by euthanasia rose 13% to 2,636 in 2009, although many deaths are apparently not reported.)


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