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Time for Plumbers Without Borders

Médicins Sans Frontieres – known as MSF internationally and Doctors Without Borders in the US – was founded in 1971 in the aftermath of the Biafra War, in which parts of south eastern Nigeria sought to secede from the federation. It is certainly a remarkable organization. It facilitates the work of over 34,000 volunteers, providing […]

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A miracle…A miracle…

When I was a schoolboy I was forced to attend Church three times a week. This made me disgruntled. I had concluded that there was no evidence for any of the religions when I was 8 years old. Having been sent to private sessions with a peddler of Roman Catholicism (fortunately not the touchy-feely type), […]

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EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

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The unacceptable face of policing

Ferguson divided a nation, but Staten Island has united it. In the shooting for Michael Brown there was enormous room for doubt. In the Staten Island strangulation of Eric Garner, the room is much, much, narrower. Two large, black, men have been killed by law enforcement officers, but there are more differences than similarities. Brown […]

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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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Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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The unacceptable face of policing

Ferguson divided a nation, but Staten Island has united it. In the shooting for Michael Brown there was enormous room for doubt. In the Staten Island strangulation of Eric Garner, the room is much, much, narrower. Two large, black, men have been killed by law enforcement officers, but there are more differences than similarities. Brown […]

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An unlikely conviction

While it is unusual for a grand jury to refuse an indictment we should not mistake satire for a standard of justice to which we should aspire. When Tom Wolfe wrote in Bonfire of the Vanities that a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich if a prosecutor asked it to, he did not mean […]

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Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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