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21st
  6:40:41 PM

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Demography blogger Shannon Roberts today asks the interesting question, Will we all be Africans one day soon? It is prompted by a new UNICEF report on child demographics in Africa -- in which, from a quick scan, I detect a note of anxiety rather than celebration over the continent's burgeoning population. And yet, after Asia, it is the most attractive investment destination in the world. From whichever angle you look at it, Africa is not a part of the world to be ignored. 

If you have anything to do with young adults take a look at my piece on some brand new research from the US National Marriage Project -- Before 'I do': how the new relationship script can affect marital happiness. The vast majority of young people still dream about a happy marriage one day and they have a right to know what raises or reduces their chance of achieving that.


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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August
20th
  12:16:45 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140820

IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER: Dr Michelle Cretella has written a brisk, persuasive case against legalising marijuana. She says that smoking it is unhealthy compared to tobacco and that its purported health benefits are adequately covered by other medications. Check it out.

But while I was backgrounding myself on this, I came across a YouTube video from Bloomberg on the world's most expensive cigars. These apparently come from a company in the Dominican Republic, Gurkha Cigars. A box currently costs about $25,000 -- or about $1,000 per cigar. Holy Smoke! you might say. Somehow they seem overpriced. If this is your favourite after-dinner entertainment, perhaps you could send one to MercatorNet so that we can raffle it off to raise funds for our autumn marketing drive. 


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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August
19th
  10:45:05 PM

Ferguson

+ This is the story which keeps on going on: "The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother". It's still the most-read article on the site. 

+ And don't forget about the MercatorNet iPhone app. It's free. Download it now!



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August
18th
  5:43:30 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140818

+ CHECK OUT the video on our home page: "A first taste of chocolate in the Ivory Coast". This country is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans, but many of the small farmers who supply them have never had a chocolate bar. Their look of pure delight is priceless -- and also a bit sad. The disparity in wealth between there and here is incredible. 


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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August
15th
  9:24:20 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140815

The top article on the site today is The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother by Joanna Roughton of the Home Renaissance Foundation. When freedoms collide presents a video of a great lecture by Professor Helen Alvare of George Mason University on freedom of conscience.  


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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August
14th
  5:36:44 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140814

The most vieiwed article on the site today is Sheila Liaugminas' Friday post, Obama to Iraq refugees: “Today, America is coming to help". Second on the list is Three ways to happiness, with the Courage documentary film, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, in which, says Michael Cook, two men and a woman relate with scarifying honesty how they turned away from a gay lifestyle towards the love of God in the Catholic Church. Essential viewing -- for the weekend, if not before.


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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August
13th
  2:34:04 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140813

+ The most popular story on the site is still "The truth about childbirth and death", by Carolyn Moynihan. This is a MercatorNet scoop -- do not miss it!


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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August
12th
  4:05:36 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140812

+ The most popular article on the site at the moment is "The truth about childbirth and death", by Carolyn Moynihan. The maternal mortality statistics which are used to bolster campaigns for abortion rights are pretty dodgy...

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August
11th
  10:04:09 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140811

The truth about childbirth and death, by Carolyn Moynihan, is our most popular story at the moment. Although reducing deaths in childbirth is one of the main reasons for promoting abortion, the numbers are wildly exaggerated, according to a recent study. 


Michael Cook,
Editor,
MercatorNet


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August
08th
  5:44:05 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140808

Our focus is on Iraq today, and the agony of hundreds of thousands of citzens fleeing before the jihadi onslaught. Sheila Liaugminas gives a round-up of developments as Obama authorises airtsrikes against militants. 


Carolyn Moynihan,
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