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The life and death of language

2014.06.05 Of all the things that matter to humans, language might be the most important – considerably more so that politics, race, or even money. Language is probably the most inherent part of human culture: it separates us from the animals but it also distinguishes us from each other and helps us form particular communities…

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FoodNews Juice Asia Conference

2014.05.24 We spend a lot of time here attending conferences on serious issues of oil, energy, and environment and reporting back to you with what we’ve learned, but sometimes something that initially seems a bit more light-hearted comes around. This was the case with this week’s FoodNews Juice Asia conference, held in the Singapore Sheraton…

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Sinking without a trace

2014.05.20 Last week a court in New Zealand passed a potentially landmark ruling over what initially seems like rather a minor issue – the immigration of a single family from the Pacific island of Kiribati (pronounced kirr-e-bas, despite those final two letters). The family was returned to the island nation, but it is the reason…

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An end to the war on terror

2014.05.12 The kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the extremist sect Boko Haram is starting to make big waves in the international media, partially due to the horrifying nature of the story and partially due to the sheer unlikeliness of managing to kidnap so many people without anyone knowing where they’ve been taken. The…

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A barbaric practice, even when it goes right

2014.05.08 Last week’s tragically botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma has brought the issue of the death penalty and its inhumanity back into the light. After a long legal battle over obtaining the chemicals to be used in the execution (with the state refusing to explain where they bought the lethal drugs for fear…

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Education, economics, or exploitation?

2014.04.25 The New York Times has recently reported that British universities are facing a big problem – student enrolment is falling for the first time in years. Not among British students, who are still taking out their £9,000 loans to pay for tuition every year, having been told that you need a degree to get…

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Hatred through the ages

2014.04.22 To some extent, last week’s shooting at a Jewish community centre in Kansas City should seem unexceptional. After all, shootings in the US are not exactly rare – both in terms of individual gun crimes and multiple shootings like this one. The fact that only three people were killed should, if anything, make it…

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Godlessness and destroying families: The fertile soil for totalitarianism

2014.04.15 Why do weakened/destroyed families and the destruction of a belief in God allow a totalitarian government to flourish? It tears down the walls of defense and strength that these institutions provide. The following are some of the goals of Communism for the United States: Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression.  An…

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