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Why the Verdict of the Oscar Pistorius Trial Will Reveal More About Us Than Him

(16) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:18 PM

Now that Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, and we are no longer mesmerized with the latest minute-by-minute news of the bail decision, perhaps it is time to reflect on our own reactions to this tragic story. How many of us, on hearing the news of the famous South African...

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Is Gluten the Culprit in Our Fight Against Obesity?

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2012 | 9:19 AM

With the summer of 2012 coming to a close, British athletes have put the 'great' back in Great Britain. So, there is no time like the present for the Department of Health and the Royal Medical Colleges to renew their campaign to try and make real progress in addressing the...

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Why Abortion Is Taking a Front Seat in American Politics

(407) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 3:16 PM

With the economy in free fall, moderate Republicans and disgruntled Obama supporters have been toying with the idea that Republican candidate Mitt Romney could be a viable alternative this November. Romney was actually starting to look like a "moderate Republican" on key social issues while having the business experience to...

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Should We Blame our Leaders or the System?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 7:58 AM

A latest poll just published revealed that the Conservatives have suffered a double digit loss of public support since the March budget announcement. Labour is now seen as the most competent of the three main parties for the first time since the coalition began.

How has it gone wrong so...

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To Snip or Not to Snip Is Not the Question

(46) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:06 AM

Last week the German court in Cologne ruled that circumcision by parents of sons is an unlawful act. This ruling will be enforced even if performed by a qualified doctor, making them liable to prosecution.

Is this a landmark ruling to remove religious liberty or an insidious return of anti-semiticism...

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Assisted Death or Assisted Living

(56) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 8:00 PM

This week in the UK there is a renewed push by MPs to review the current guidelines regarding assisted suicide on compassionate grounds. Lord Falconer, who heads up The Commission on Assisted Dying reported that the current legal status is inadequate and incoherent. Understandably there are concerns that the elderly...

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The Solution Can Not Be More Debt

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 8:00 PM

I remember when I was a young girl, my mother would always balance the family chequebook at the end of every month. She would stress that this was the secret to good financial planning and would warn me, "It doesn't matter how much money you earn, you will never have...

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Who Will Suffer This Time?

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Earlier this week I went to see the play Travelling Light at The National Theatre. It is a beautiful play about the birth of motion pictures, documenting local life in a Russian village (a shtetl) at the beginning of the last century . Although the play is a kind of...

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