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September
16th
  4:18:21 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140916

If you want to watch something really, really moving, check out the video on the home page. An elderly man severely handicapped with cerebral palsy has created hundred of works of art using a typewriter. Amazing. 


Michael Cook,
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September
15th
  8:49:50 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140915

THANKS to the hundreds of readers who participated in the annual survey. We'll pass on to you some of the feedback soon. 

"A deeply amoral defence of same-sex marriage" is the most-read article on the site. After it received about 250 comments in a single day, we decided to close the thread -- to encourage people to make comments on other articles. 


Michael Cook,
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September
12th
  2:15:58 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140912

RED ALERT: This is your very last chance to participate in the MercatorNet reader survey. Entries close at midnight. Your feedback is a great help for the editors as we make plans for the coming year.      
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7

 

The promise of global citizenship is as expansive as the rhetoric at the opening of a new session at the UN. Unfortunately, it’s often just as empty. To re-phrase H. Richard Niebuhr, this movement often imagines that citizens without countries will bring humans without a nature into society without culture through laws without foundation."~ Daniel L. Ritchie, in today's article about the global citizenship movement. A very interesting read.
 

Quote of the day: At 50, everyone has the face he deserves. ~ George Orwell, quoted by Zac Alstin in his article about the late Joan Rivers. 


Enjoy your weekend!


Carolyn Moynihan,
Deputy Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
11th
  6:08:30 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140811

Our piece about the spirited defence of mariage by US Judge Martin Feldman is the most read article on the site at present, but Michael Cook's analysis of another judicial decision, A deeply amoral defence of same-sex marriage (by Judge Richard Posner) is rising fast.

September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day and we have three articles on this theme, one a personal testimony from MercatorNet contributor Martyn Drakard. The death of Robin Williams has raised the profile of depression, which afflicts a lot of people. We need to understand just how serious an illness it can be and encourage sufferers to seek professional help.

Yes, and we are still nagging you to do the readers' survey. We really want to know what you think about our content. Just click the link: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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September
10th
  11:28:54 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140911

One of MercatorNet's contributors, Tom Mortier, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to condemn Belgium's euthanasia law. It is a courageous and daring move. We wish him luck. Read all about it here. It's our most popular article at the moment. 

Please don't forget about our survey! There's only one week to go... We need feedback from you to improve MercatorNet. It only takes three or four minutes. Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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September
09th
  4:33:58 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140909

+ Please don't forget about our survey! There's only one week to go... We need feedback from you to improve MercatorNet. It only takes three or four minutes. Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7


Michael Cook,
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September
08th
  10:23:34 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140908

+ The best-read story on MercatorNet at the moment is "Belgium's euthanasia law challenged". Tom Mortier, a MercatorNet contributor, has taken his government to court over its controversial legislation. 

+ Please don't forget about our survey. There's only one week to go.... 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7  


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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September
05th
  3:07:16 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140805

I would like to draw your attention to an article Michael Cook posted on the Harambee blog earlier this week that has been overlooked, judging by its absence from the "most viewed" list on the front page. Heroes of the war on Ebola is in my opiinion the most important article on the site this week, first, because it deals with a major human crisis among some of the world's poorest people, and second, because it reveals ordinary people from those places -- nobodies in the eyes of the world -- showing extraordinary love for their neighbours dying from the terrible virus and those at risk of contracting it. They are burying the dead and working in hospitals, risking their own lives hour by hour, and showing us what a human being really is capable of. Yes, they are real heroes.

Please don't forget about our survey.It would be a great help to us if you could take 3 minutes and answer a few questions about how you use MercatorNet. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSQ79Q7 


Carolyn Moynihan,
Deputy Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
04th
  5:41:50 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140904

Yesterday's book feature -- Ten novels to make you passionate about history -- is proving so popular that we think we have to have another list soon. Some readers have sent their own suggestions -- the more the merrier. 


Carolyn Moynihan,
Deputy Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
04th
  5:00:37 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140904

+ turning our Facebook page, our list of great historical novels is a runaway success (well, by our standards), with thousands of people viewing it. Why don't you check it out: "Ten novels to make you passionate about history"


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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