Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

The ultimate Christmas present
17 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, euthanasia, Netherlands
Santa came early for good little girls and boys in the Netherlands, bringing the gift of involuntary euthanasia for children under 12.

Is the biotech revolution a myth?
10 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
All over the world governments are staking the future of their economies on biotechnology, especially stem cell research. Have they been sold a pig in a poke?

A quiet breakthrough in AIDS policy
3 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, AIDS, Uganda
It was hard to miss World AIDS Day this week. If you weren't approached to buy a red ribbon on the sidewalk, the plight of AIDS sufferers around the globe leapt out of television screens and newspapers.

Beyond Britain’s fox-hunting ban
26 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
In an impressive display of its growing political clout, the animal rights movement helped bring about significant legal changes across the English-speaking world in the last two weeks.

OBITUARY: Christopher Reeve
26 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
Why are we rushing to canonize Christopher Reeve? To presidential hopeful John Kerry, the quadriplegic actor was "truly America's hero". As far away as Australia, he was "the most impressive person I have ever met" for one of that country's leading politicians. Even President Bush paid tribute to his "personal courage, optimism, and self-determination".

Cheating, America’s ethical crisis
19 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
Trust was a key issue in the recent American election. Words like integrity, honesty, lies, deceit and evasion filled the evening news. Bush supporters accused Kerry of lying over his war record. Kerry supporters accused Bush of lying over the weapons of mass destruction.

Joyce Jillson, astrologer to the stars
19 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
Bridging the gap between serious astrology and entertainment astrology.

The demented genius of The Far Side
19 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
Gary Larsen, The Complete Far Side, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003, 1272 pages (20 pounds/10kg), US$85 (Amazon)

Bush’s family edge
19 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
The most striking map of the American election was the distribution of blue Kerry counties and red Bush counties. What it shows is a fringe of blue within a few miles of the West Coast beaches, a ribbon of blue along the Mississippi and a stub of New England blue, along with a few Kerry counties in the immense Southwest. But basically there was a vast hinterland of red, stretching from East to West. Even in states which Kerry carried easily like Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York, specks of blue float in a sea of red.

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