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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.

Moving forward: what name will the next Pope choose?
1 Mar 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, papacy
The odds on who will be elected are very long, but we have some good tips on what name he will choose.

What money can’t buy
26 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, commodification, market economy, utilitarianism
What is the proper role of money and markets in a democratic society? How can we protect the priceless goods in moral and civic life from being bought and sold?

Books for fun and inspiration…
26 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book lists, cheerfulness
… and an antidote for the over-cheerful. All good literature, though.

Rwanda’s stunning improvement in public health
25 Feb 2013 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: health policy, Rwanda
Rwanda. A byword for mayhem and darkest Africa, right? Well, once up on a time. But the latest news from Rwanda is that the improvement in its healthcare statistics are so good that it might export its systems to the United States.

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

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

A smile on the dial: films
14 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: cheerfulness, films
Want a film to put a spring in your step? Here are our nominations for films of good cheer. Send us yours.

A pure, gem-like flame
12 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abdicatiions, Benedict XVI, Catholic Church
A good man, but a poor Pope? Think again.

The art form of coffin-making in Ghana
8 Feb 2013 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: funerals, Ghana
If you want colour and exuberance, it's hard to beat a funeral in Ghana, according to The Guardian. (Click here for a gallery of snazzy caskets -- real works of art which put boring teak shoe boxes to shame.) "We estimate that the cost of funerals in Ghana often runs into thousands of dollars," a UK life insurance executive in Ghana says. "There is obviously this cultural thing that seems to have spiralled slightly out of control."

Innocents abroad
5 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Tasmania
Lightweight politicians have written a lightweight report on euthanasia for Tasmanian voters.

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