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Margaret Atwood: Plastics are poisoning us. We need change , now

Published in Odd and Fun on 23rd July 2017

In a new series marking the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation, the novelist calls for a rebellion against petrochemical polymers Ah, the Reformation. And then, unavoidably, the Counter-Reformation. We recollect them, kind of, especially after reading Dissolution, CJ Sansoms detective thriller about the shutting down of and , not incidentally, the looting of rich […]

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If Berlusconi is like Trump, what can America learn from Italy?

Published in Odd and Fun on 20th July 2017

Given that Italians were governed for nine years by a PM who has often been likened to the new president-elect, what can the US learn from them? Among the political figures who congratulated Donald Trump on his surprise election victory was the politician to whom the billionaire real estate mogul and reality television starring has […]

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China aims one-child policy after 35 years

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Government to allow all couples to have two children as response to an ageing population and amid concerns over economy China has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since draconian family planning regulations were introduced more than three decades ago. The announcement followed a four-day Communist […]

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UN recurs criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion statutes

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Human rights committee finds in favour of Siobhn Whelan, who was denied abortion despite fatal foetal syndrome diagnosis The United Nations has again ruled that Irelands abortion statutes have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. It is the second time in 12 months that the UNs human rights committee has denounced the […]

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Canada urged to quell discrimination against women after fall in UN ranking

Published in Odd and Fun on 13th July 2017

The country fell from first to 25 th in the United Nations gender equality ranking, inspiring a call for action from 14 non-profit organizations Activists have called on Canadian leaders to introduce concrete policies to confront discrimination against women and girls after the country fell from first to 25 th in the United Nations gender […]

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Emergence of populist leaders threatens republic, says Human Rights Watch

Published in Odd and Fun on 11th July 2017

Trump, Putin and Erdoan among world leaders accused in HRWs 2017 world report of usurping rule of statute and fostering global culture of intolerance The rise of populist leaders such as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin poses a dangerous threat to human rights that could foster global abuses around the world, Human Rights Watch has […]

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Which cities have the oldest residents?

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th July 2017

By 2020, the global population of people over 60 will outnumber children under five for the first time. How will our ageing communities affect urban life and where is the phenomenon most noticeable? One of Tokyos many grey-haired taxi drivers once challenged me to guess his age. Trying to be polite, I pegged him at […]

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14 -year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th July 2017

Judge backs UK mother in allowing body of teenage daughter, who died of cancer, to be preserved in US a process her estranged father opposed A 14 -year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically […]

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Indian physicians create IVF concerns after female in her 70 s dedicates birth

Published in Odd and Fun on 7th July 2017

Doctors call for upper age limit for fertility therapy after Daljinder Kaur has first child after 46 years of marriage Doctors in India have raised concerns about IVF treatment in the country, after a couple in their 70 s had their first infant after 46 years of marriage. Daljinder Kaur, who does not have a […]

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Trump’s Mexico bashing may backfire if peso plunge forces-out poor migrants north

Published in Odd and Fun on 6th July 2017

In Mexico it is known as el efecto Trump : a bombardment of tauntings and tweets that rattle the economy and hammer the peso. For the president, it is part of a strategy to pressure companies to move tasks back to the United States. Mexicos job will be to suck it up, accept the millions […]

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