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Thursday 13th February 2014

A Gay Rights Mountain to Climb?

A Gay Rights Mountain to Climb?
Description
On 29 June 2013, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' among people below the age of consent (18 years). For breaking the law, especially in the mass media or on the internet, individuals can be fined up to one million roubles.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014
Thursday 6th February 2014

Flooding, dredging and the here and now of environmental controversies

Flooding, dredging and the here and now of environmental controversies
Description
The unprecedented levels of rainfall in southern parts of Britain this winter (with the wettest January since records began) have brought widespread flooding. But is the unusual weather the only cause?
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 30th January 2014

UK trade with China: brighter prospects ahead?

UK trade with China: brighter prospects ahead?
Description
We know that the phenomenal economic growth of China represents a huge opportunity for British firms. So it may be a surprise to learn that the UK's track record of exports to China is very weak, relative to our European counterparts.
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014
Thursday 23rd January 2014

Crime on the high street goes missing

Crime on the high street goes missing
Description
For almost two decades now the statistics for recorded crime in England and Wales have been falling. And even though there has always been a difference, of some magnitude, between the numbers gathered through the British Crime Survey – a large-scale sample of the public's experiences of crime victimisation – and the (persistently smaller) statistics compiled by the police, there has been broad agreement at least in the downward trend.
Date:
Thursday 23rd January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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