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Scotland says “Nay”

Imagine that the United States contained not 50 states but four: New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. Could the Constitution cope in these circumstances? Could New York, with the large bulk of the population, really tolerate equal representation in the Senate, where it could be outvoted by three to one if the other states all […]

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Scotland says “Nay”

Imagine that the United States contained not 50 states but four: New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. Could the Constitution cope in these circumstances? Could New York, with the large bulk of the population, really tolerate equal representation in the Senate, where it could be outvoted by three to one if the other states all […]

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The EU. Time for reflection?

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a Czech broadsheet ‘The Prague Post’ about the impending Schengen policy that was due to come into effect for all invited EU members. This legislation ostensibly allowed the citizens of its members to freely move across national borders with an ID card effective as valid documentation […]

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And if she says no?

Last week, NPR was suggesting that Hillary Clinton will announce in January whether or not she plans to run for president. She is certainly behaving like someone who intends to be a candidate, and it is the near unanimous opinion of commentators and insiders that she will, and that she is a prohibitive favorite in […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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And if she says no?

Last week, NPR was suggesting that Hillary Clinton will announce in January whether or not she plans to run for president. She is certainly behaving like someone who intends to be a candidate, and it is the near unanimous opinion of commentators and insiders that she will, and that she is a prohibitive favorite in […]

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Humans behind helmets

I’m Israeli and I can’t even work a BB gun. It’s true! I scream like the girl I am and the sight of it perturbs me. They shouldn’t let people like me anywhere near the army, but for Israeli teenagers, going to the army is a fact of life. Israeli conscription is mandatory for girls […]

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FGM

Considering the degree to which the West consistently eulogises its own moral and cultural fortitude as the peak of modern civilisation, we should be ashamed that in this year of grace, 2014, the first prosecution for female genital mutilation has only just been announced on our shores. It would seem axiomatic that child mutilation would […]

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