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Making the Good Book animal-friendly
Bill Muehlenberg | 31 March 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, personhood, religion
An animal rights group wants a non-discriminatory translation of the Bible.

Euthanasia makes it easier to have a customised funeral
Michael Cook | 31 March 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium
If you are up for some spine-chilling excitement, take a look at this video clip from Flanders News, in Belgium.

Another great Spinelli story: Crash
Clare Cannon | 31 March 2011 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: boys, family, friendship, heroic boys
10-15 year old boys have to read this. Teachers have to read this. And (boys, don't look), even girls should read this.

The Everest Series
Jennifer Minicus | 31 March 2011 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: adventure
A team of teens finds high adventure on Mt. Everest.

Whatever happened to declarations of war?
George Friedman | 30 March 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Stratfor, war
The last time an American President asked Congress to declare war was on December 8, 1941. What about all the wars since then?

Baby Joseph comes home
Mariette Ulrich | 30 March 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Baby Joseph
The Maraachli family now hopes to take Joseph home to die in peace and privacy. One hesitates to call it a happy ending; how can you when you’re talking about a terminally ill infant? But the family is satisfied with…

South Australia: “legislative fatigue” sets in
Michael Cook | 30 March 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: South Australia
The South Australian parliament is once again preparing to vote on euthanasia. But this time – the third in two years – there have been allegations of sly manoeuvring to push the bill through.

Filipinos debate population control
Marcus Roberts | 30 March 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Philippines, population control
Earlier this year “The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011” unanimously passed the House Committee on Population and Family Relations in the Philippines. This means that this controversial Bill is a step closer towards becoming…

China considers scrapping 1-child policy
Michael Cook | 30 March 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: China, one-child policy
The Chinese government may consider lifting restrictions on its notorious one-child policy. Wang Yuqing, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told the government newspaper People’s Daily that he would like to see a gradual opening of the…

The slaughter unseen
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 March 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, human life, humanitarian crisis, Libya crisis
The global community is intervening in certain geopolitical hotspots where a humanitarian crisis looms. But there’s a place that’s hidden in plain sight where massacre is an everyday occurrence, and it goes unnoticed by the power elite.

Battlefield bioethics
Michael Cook | 30 March 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, ethics of warfare, mercy killing, war
Under conditions of extreme stress, doctors need extremely strong ethical codes.

California company selling helium hoods for suicides
Jared Yee | 30 March 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
Some Oregon legislators want a law to ban the sale of helium hoods, a new device produced by a two-person company in California to help people commit suicide.

Nitschke plans suicide clinic for Adelaide
Michael Cook | 29 March 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Philip Nitschke, South Australia
The prospect of opening a suicide clinic in his home town of Adelaide has brought out the hidden human side of euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke. Today’s Australian featured a tender picture of Dr Nitschke holding the hands of his…

Half of Austrian medical students favour euthanasia
Michael Cook | 29 March 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Austria, euthanasia, medical students
The proportion of medical students in Austria who are sympathetic to voluntary euthanasia has more than tripled in the past ten years. According to researchers at the Medical University of Graz acceptance of active euthanasia increased from 16.3% to 29.1%…

The science of population projections
Michael Cook | 29 March 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, YouTube
The Population Reference Bureau takes a dim view of large families and favours contraception and so on, but it does produce excellent material about how to interpret demographic information. In this video well-known demographer Carl Haub goes through the assumptions…

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