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Thursday 31st July 2014

We want our political leaders to display good character - but what does it mean?

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With just ten months to go before the next General Election, Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his vision for government last week in a speech that named 'decency and empathy' as two of the defining principles of leadership:
Date:
Thursday 31st July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 24th July 2014

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English
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A multilingual research team will conduct detailed linguistic ethnographic investigations in super-diverse neighbourhoods in the four cities, working with speakers of Chinese languages in Birmingham, Arabic speakers in Cardiff; Polish speakers in London; and Czech, Slovak, and Romani speakers in Leeds.
Date:
Thursday 24th July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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
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