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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
Thursday 19th February 2015

'Official' papers may not tell whole story of historical paedophilia scandal

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The discovery and release of government papers detailing the investigation into the alleged 'unnatural' sexual conduct of diplomat Sir Peter Hayman generated substantial press coverage. Unreported, however, were alternative contemporary accounts offering a different story of the legal proceedings brought against members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the early 1980s.
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Thursday 19th February 2015
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Arts and Law
Thursday 15th January 2015

Counter-Terrorism Bill could be 'devastating' for university freedoms

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With the shock from the Paris terrorist attacks barely diminished, attention in a number of western capitals is understandably fixated on counter-terrorism. Specifically, how can future terrorist attacks be prevented?
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Thursday 15th January 2015
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Arts and Law
Thursday 11th December 2014

The 'Arab Spring' four years on: hopeful prospects or doomed experiment?

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In six days, it will be exactly four years since what would become known as the 'Arab Spring' began – an often forgotten reference to the revolutionary movements which swept over Europe in the spring of 1848. That day, a young street vendor called Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in the streets of his native Sidi Bouzid, in the centre of Tunisia. He had decided to take his own life as a sign of protest at the injustice inflicted upon him by petty officials of Ben Ali's autocratic government, which had been in power since 1987.
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
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