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September
30th
  3:27:13 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140930

In one of our feature stories today, a leading Saudi Arabian intellectual argues that progress in the Arab and Islamic world depends upon Western civilization. It's a fascinating insight into a behind-the-scenes debate in the Muslim world. 


Michael Cook,
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September
29th
  4:48:49 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140929

It may seem rather shocking to link incest and pornography, but Christopher O. Tollefsen's insightful article shows that the wrongs warded off by our last taboo are present in the contemporary scourge of pornography. 


Michael Cook,
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September
26th
  3:20:45 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140926

"Even liberals are getting cold feet on legalizing pot" has moved to the top of the ladder today. Have a good weekend!


Michael Cook,
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September
25th
  2:22:26 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140925

I see that President Obama mentioned the video on our home page, #NotInMyName, in his foreign policy speech yesterday. Perhaps he had seen it first on MercatorNet. Check it out. 


Michael Cook,
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September
24th
  3:10:20 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140924

"Teaching your kids to be happy" has shot to the top of the most-read articles. Check out Tamara Rajakariar's simple, straightforward advice. 


Michael Cook,
Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
23rd
  5:05:31 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140923

The top story at the moment is really a video: "The must-watch video on same-sex marriage". Ryan T. Anderson picks apart the argument for same-sex marriage in an engaging lecture at Stanford. Well worth watching. 


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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September
22nd
  10:56:25 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140922

"The slow, tentative return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour", a provocative article by Canadian Barbara Kay, is at the top of the list today. 


Michael Cook,
Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
19th
  6:13:53 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140919

So it was "no" to Scottish independence after all. According to an update I received today, "In The Times Philip Collins says the referendum shows the death of political activity has been prematurely declared. Argument has been joined and 97 per cent of the Scots have registered to vote. It has been invigorating and exciting in the way British politics rarely is. When there is something real at stake and the people wield real power, they care. They take part. It comes alive."

That sounds about right. Tomorrow I'll be casting my vote in New Zealand's triennial elections, whose outcome is certain to be another coaltion government. The only question is whether it will be on the centre right or centre left -- not very inspiring stuff, despite efforts by certain players to spice the campaign up by revelations about "dirty politics" and spying.

There are really fundamental issues hiding in the background -- marriage, the family, abortion, euthanasia -- things we should fired up about, but as a nation are not. Those of us who do care about these things simply have to do more to make them come alive for people.


Carolyn Moynihan,
Deputy Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
18th
  8:52:27 PM

NEWSLETTER 20120918

The Scots are heading to the polling booths right now. Who would have thought that Scotland could have caused the world so much agitation? Perhaps it is time to read George Friedman's article on the implications of a Yes majority for independence from Westminster, if you haven't already. They are far-reaching. 


Carolyn Moynihan,
Deputy Editor,
MercatorNet


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September
17th
  8:16:09 PM

NEWSLETTER 20140917

"Why Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent" has quickly become the most popular article on MercatorNet. My favourite lines:

"I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow. Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close."

Denyse O'Leary's follow-up story below is also quite interesting. She says that "the type of mental activity that social media encourage makes long-term learning difficult."


Michael Cook,
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MercatorNet


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