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Thursday 17th July 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu

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The most depressing aspect of the current round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the death toll and the human suffering, is the sheer predictability of this crisis. As far as contemporary armed conflicts go, few could match the intensity, inevitability and perpetuity of the ongoing struggle between the militant group Hamas and the Israeli government.
Date:
Thursday 17th July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 10th July 2014

To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

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Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report, calling for an increase in UK forest land cover of 700,000 hectares to increase the quantity of natural benefits provided by the UK's land.
Date:
Thursday 10th July 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 3rd July 2014

Creative planning for 'self-made' UK cities of the future

Creative planning for 'self-made' UK cities of the future
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The University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living launches its report in the House of Lords on Monday 7 July. The report is the culmination of a year's evidence taken from a wide range of leading practitioners and thinkers on cities from the UK and elsewhere, drawing from it ideas to inform the way we live, work and play in the cities of the future.
Date:
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Thursday 26th June 2014

The moral complexities of child protection: mothers, children and the state

The moral complexities of child protection: mothers, children and the state
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University researchers have drawn attention to the numbers of children successively compulsorily removed from the same mother through the family courts. The Nuffield Foundation-funded work, by Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Judith Harwin of the Universities of Brunel and Manchester, has caused a flurry of media interest, with the BBC noting that 7,143 mothers were involved in repeat care cases, affecting 22,790 children.
Date:
Thursday 26th June 2014
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