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+ 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. 

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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.

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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,
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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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September
03rd
  10:37:45 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140903

+ "Pouring cold water on ice buckets" is still the most read story on the site. This may be popular, but I'm afraid that you won't catch me doing it. Unless, of course, it were part of a MercatorNet fund-raiser...

+ Is there anyone out there who can donate us some professional advice about SEO? We are keen to promote MercatorNet but we seem to have reached a point where common sense has reached the pain barrier. Please get in touch if you can help us cobble together a simple plan. 


Michael Cook,
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September
02nd
  4:22:37 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140902

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. 
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September
01st
  5:20:24 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140901

Perhaps proving that no one can resist the power of social media, "Pouring cold water on ice buckets" is the most read article on MercatorNet at the moment. 

And 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.
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Michael Cook,
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August
29th
  7:53:58 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140829

The first time I came across the name Johns Hopkins University I thought someone had committed a typo, but it gradually dawned on me that that was its real name -- strictly speaking The Johns Hopkins University. I assumed then it must be named after two people whose surnames were Johns and Hopkins, but no, it was one person, an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose first name was Johns. It still seems odd to me, but it's a genteel oddity compared with today's roll call of Jedis, Thunders and Vanilles...

I only mention it becaue the author of the article about the ice bucket challenge, Nathaniel Comfort, is a professor in the Department of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University, which is a private research university in Baltimore. So when he argues against giving charity money to biomedical research -- whether for Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is what the ALS ice challenge is about, or any other disease -- he should have good reasons. Check them out.

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Apologies to Demography Is Destiny subscribers who got a bad link to the article about gender balance in the latest update. The one above will work.

Cheers.


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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August
28th
  6:21:56 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140828

* "Cool heads are needed on the abortion-breast cancer link" has quickly become the most-read article on the site. This is an excellent overview of a highly controversial issue. 

* Please don't forget about our survey. We need to know how you use MercatorNet and how we can improve it. We are already learning that many more people are accessing it with mobile phones and tablets. Just click here

* Our companion publication, BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics in the news (euthanasia, surrogacy, informed consent, Ebola epidemics, etc) just passed a milestone today: 10,000 subscribers. Why don't you think about subscribing? Visit the website and see for yourself. 


Carolyn Moynihan,
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MercatorNet


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August
27th
  5:55:29 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140827

And now for something completely different: MercatorNet's annual survey! We need to know what our readers like about MercatorNet so that we can improve our content and delivery. It's short and painless. Give it a go. 

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