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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
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
Categories:
Arts and Law
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