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Thursday 18th June 2015

The Conservatives, Britain and Europe: The Remake

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The Conservative Party's bickering about the 'best' vision for Britain's relationship with Europe continues.
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Thursday 18th June 2015
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Arts and Law
Thursday 4th June 2015

In the US, the surveillance sky is falling

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At least temporarily, 'Big Brother' was listening less intensely. That was the reality in the United States after provisions authorised by the USA Patriot Act, the law passed in the aftermath of 9/11, failed to be renewed by the US Senate on Sunday evening (31 May).
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Thursday 4th June 2015
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Arts and Law
Thursday 23rd April 2015

Migrants in peril on the sea: illegal immigration, past and present

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On 15 April, reports that a migrant ship carrying an estimated 550 refugees had capsized off the coast of Libya, resulting in the deaths of 400 people, dominated news headlines. Three days later, another vessel foundered south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, with a staggering death toll of 800 people, including children. With only 28 survivors rescued, officials predict that the event will go down as the deadliest migration disaster in the Mediterranean to date.
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Thursday 23rd April 2015
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Arts and Law
Thursday 26th March 2015

Methods of poverty assessment must be overhauled if we really want to make a difference

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Globally, what percentage of people living in poverty are women? The answer, if we believe some eminent sources, is 70%. In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for women claimed that 'the great majority' of the world's poor were women, while the 70% figure is still quoted today by UN Women. You will even find it on the occasional bumper sticker.
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Thursday 26th March 2015
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Arts and Law
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