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Thursday 14th April 2011

'African solutions to African problems' – national, continental or international project?

'African solutions to African problems' – national, continental or international project?
Description
Recent events in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire have once again highlighted the issue of conflict in Africa, raising the question of whether the continent is capable of addressing crises without international intervention.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Friday 8th April 2011

What does Additional Parental Leave mean for fathers?

Description
Fathers of children born after 3 April 2011 are entitled to take Additional Parental Leave (APL), in addition to two weeks statutory paternity leave. By allowing both (qualifying) parents to share paid parental leave, APL seemingly demonstrates a commitment to giving fathers a genuine opportunity to parent their children in the first year of life. In fact, it is not obvious that APL will make a significant difference.
Date:
Friday 8th April 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Thursday 24th March 2011

Is our atmosphere a commodity?

Description
This week is Climate Week but has anyone noticed? Events in Libya and Japan have quite rightly grabbed both the headlines and the inside pages of the media. Nevertheless, climate events have been running throughout the country to try and show that climate should still be high on the nation's agenda. 23 March, as well as being Budget Day in the UK, was also World Meteorological Day commemorating the founding of the World Meteorological Organisation in 1950. The theme this year is 'Climate for you'.
Date:
Thursday 24th March 2011
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Libya: A solution worse than the problem?

Libya: A solution worse than the problem?
Description
As the crisis in Libya unfolds and as the US, France and the UK get potentially sucked ever deeper into yet another disastrous military intervention, policy debates and decisions appear to be driven primarily by humanitarian concern. Unsurprisingly, supporters and opponents alike use the humanitarian argument—one side seeks to stop a murderous dictator from slaughtering his own people, the other is concerned about the inevitable civilian casualties and 'collateral damage' caused by airstrikes, no matter how sophisticated the military technology behind them might be.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd March 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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