Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Merry Christmas! - from many angles (and angels)
15 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Not surprisingly, several articles in this last newsletter for the year have a Christmas theme, coming at feast from very different angles.

‘A holiday in Siberia’: a Polish survivor’s story
15 Dec 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethnic cleansing, Poland, refugees, Soviet Union, World War II
Whole families were among Poles deported to Soviet concentration camps in 1940 and 1941.

Frock shock-horror: a Democrat woman mentions female decorum
14 Dec 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: modesty, sexual harassment, US Congress
Congress colleagues are left speechless at the idea women could dress to protect.

Surrogacy and Trent Franks
13 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Whatever was wrong in his behaviour, it is apparent that Trent Franks is confused about the ethics of surrogate gestation itself.

The History of Mexico
11 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
James Bradshaw writes today about 'The History of Mexico', a iconic work of the country's revolutionary period. A second article will counterpose a famous religious icon.

Christmas symbolism in a hot season
8 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Can celebrating Christmas in the bright mid-summer instead of the deep mid-winter mean anything for Christians Down Under? Zac Alstin says yes.

Another reason for millennial women to shun the pill
8 Dec 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: breast cancer, hormonal contraception
A new Danish study shows hormonal contraception remains a risk for breast cancer

Darwin, and head transplants
6 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Debate about Darwin and his theory of evolution shows no sign of dying, as new books indicate.

Oh joy! Another Jane Austen anniversary!
4 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Oh joy! We are happy to mark another Jane Austen anniversary, this time the publication of 'Persuasion'.

The power of a smile
1 Dec 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Smiling is good for your health, but even faking it will do the trick. Your brain is a sucker for grins, say the experts.

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