Tom Burns
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Trained in neuroscience, as an active vlogger and keen observer of the world, Tom values economic, objective word-warfare with a cosmopolitan flair. He has a special interest in the Asia-Pacific region and covers politics, economics and social issues.

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Why Animals Should Be Treated as Co-citizens

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 7:23 AM

Cats, dogs, dolphins, chimps, and humans - we're all technically animals, but do some of us deserve more rights than others? There is a tiny town in northern Spain that thinks not. In late July, the municipality of Trigueros del Valle unanimously passed a local law which officially defines cats...

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Don't Be Caught Grinning at Your Lamb Chops

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:43 AM

So-called 'extreme hunters' like giraffe killer Rebecca Francis regularly and deservedly receive public shaming, but few of us think twice about grinning at our lamb chops come dinner time.

No, this will not be another tired vegetarian diatribe; I want to pose the question as to why we humans seem...

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Some Scandals Matter More

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Over the last six months, sex scandals have intermittently plagued newsstands in France, Turkey and India, all involving high-profile political figures. But none of them should be as consequential to the voting public as scandals of the calibre Bridgegate.

Evoking "French mistress" stereotypes to the letter, glossy European...

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Intentions Matter

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:12 AM

In a recent column by Oliver Burkeman for The Guardian on why profiting from giving isn't always bad, he said that "starving refugees care about food and shelter, not motives." In essence, he takes an old consequentialist position - doing the right thing for the wrong reasons (or...

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On Hospital Heating and Moral Knee-Jerks

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Last month, media reports that NHS trusts were 'burning aborted babies' to heat UK hospitals sparked worldwide outrage.

Conservative pundits in the US labelled the practice akin to that of Nazi criminals like Josef Mengele, who performed gruesome medical experiments on Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz. Others...

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Tory Tony Nearly Followed Censorship Cameron

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:19 PM

In the dying heartbeats before Australia's September 7 election, both major parties have - as they always do - left releasing their costings and unpopular policies to beyond the last minute; too late for anyone to properly scrutinise. But wading through the paddock of political manure, many came across and...

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