Category Archives: Current affairs

Why Do Our Boys Die?

A little quiz for you: What do you think is the highest cause of death amongst young men in the UK? Murder? No, too extreme. Drugs? Hmm, maybe not. Car crashes – everyone knows boys drive like lunatics? No. Did … Continue reading

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Migration & Misery

A while ago I watched a documentary about migrants from Central America trying to cross into the United States, and about the gangs that traffic them, and the dangers which they face on their journey. I was reminded of these … Continue reading

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The wrong kind of Islam

Timbuktu has a special place in the hearts of many travellers and historians alike. Evocative of deserts, massive adobe walls, and Tuareg camel trains the name is instilled into our psyche from childhood – “Head to Timbuktu, travel, see the … Continue reading

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To inform, educate and entertain

This year’s Reith Lectures – Excellent, informative and interesting insight into possibilities for the economic performance and prospects of the world. You can also view transcripts of last year’s Lectures by Aung San Suu Kyi and Eliza Manningham-Buller on Liberty … Continue reading

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Welfare reforms

Our Prime Minister David Cameron today complained in an interview about the cost of Housing Benefit for under twenty-fives. This is a subject I feel very strongly about, and I feel myself quite qualified to talk on this issue due … Continue reading

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Egypt: Women, Work and Waiting for Change

The turn-out in Egypt’s recent elections set a new standard. Compared to previous, single-figure turn-outs some 70% of the population, both male and female, turned out to choose their new President. Maybe it is not so surprising, then, that the … Continue reading

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Rock Art and Land Mines

The BBC World Service today published an article and interview with Sada Mire, Somali archaeologist now based in London. Affiliated to the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London, the 35 year old is also director of … Continue reading

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