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The Children’s Rights Convention at 20
Carolyn Moynihan | 30 November 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: children's rights, United Nations
The twentieth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child passed 10 days ago, accompanied by much comment on the fact that the United States and Somalia are the only two countries that have not signed it.…

Jon minus Kate plus insane divorce laws
Helen M. Alvaré | 30 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: divorce, media
Kate has 'grown out of' Jon and there is nothing to stop them bringing misery on their eight minor children.

At last count…
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
The Manhattan Declaration is spreading at an astonishing rate.

Consistency for some?
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: media, religion
Religion reporters do not have the same aptitude for their subject as….say… or economy reporters, who have to know the language of the markets and translate it for those who don’t.

Smoke & mirrors in Congress
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: health care reform
We’ve already got problems in health care delivery in the US. Some of it is in Medicaid. That and more, including problems with Medicare, would get worse if the reform legislation currently written somehow got enacted.

Regressive politics
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: racism
How we’ve fallen back into the politics of race and class and victimization in the past year.

What job?
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Sarah Palin

Barack Obama has referred to himself as a blank screen on which people could project anything they wanted. Sarah Palin seems to have that same quality.

What deserves attention at the UN
Sheila Liaugminas | 28 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: children's rights, United Nations, women

C-Fam reports the goings-on in some of the United Nations’ committees. They’re covering issues that deserve more widespread attention.

Teenage brains and the harm of cannabis
Carolyn Moynihan | 27 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: cannabis, drugs, harm minimisation
Is smoking a joint really less harmful than boozing, as some experts maintain?

How to cure an addict: compassion or tough love?
Barbara Kay | 26 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: addiction, drugs, harm reduction
In reality, a heavy dose of moralism and judgement works wonders.

The puzzle of human dignity
Margaret Somerville | 26 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, human dignity
Both sides of the euthanasia debate claim to be advancing the cause of human dignity. Whom should we believe?

New Moon
Rebekah Hebbert | 25 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, Twilight
No important life lessons in this movie - unless you are planning to date a vampire.

How many people have ever lived?
Michael Cook | 25 November 2009 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: history, population
How many people have ever lived upon earth? There is an urban legend from the 1970s that 75% of the world’s total population from the Year 0 to now is alive today. This, it turns out, is nonsense. Demographer Carl…

To give thanks
Sheila Liaugminas | 25 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Thanksgiving, values
Thank God for everyone who holds core values and tries do live them.

Brain scans and neurotrash
Denyse O'Leary | 24 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: neuroscience, phrenology, science
It's the ultimate branding strategy. Just slap "neuro" before a word and the goofiest speculation becomes respectable science. 

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