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A Question of Life & Death?

Covid-19 Vaccines: A Question of Life & Death – Is the TRIPS Waiver a potential solution to the pandemic and is it an opportunity to prioritise morality and compassion instead of Big Pharma flexing an unquenchable thirst for profits. 

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Harry Potter & The Shaming

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat on New Year’s Eve 2021 when at the stroke of midnight, HBO will air a special programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”, the first film in the epic franchise. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the iconic wizards, have re-united to make “Harry Potter 20 Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” They will be joined by the cream of British acting talent such as Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, and Gary Oldman.
But the woman, whose imagination created the world of magic, muggles, and wizards, will not be there.

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Israel; Friend or Foe

Israel has long been held up as a beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, however, they have a long history of clandestine activities and dealing with tyrants and dictators when it serves their needs.

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We need to talk about suicide

Over 700,000 people globally die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among young people. For each death, many others have tried. The majority of deaths by suicide happen in low to middle-income countries. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in Ireland. Suicide is a public health issue everywhere, especially among men. In Ireland, 437 people died by suicide in 2018. Analysing the gender breakdown in 2018, 75%  were men compared to 25% of women.

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Locked in a Time Warp

It’s easy to draw parallels between the United Kingdom’s bleak economic prospects in the early 2020s and the devastating and epochal Winter of Discontent that augured the Thatcher years in 1978-79. Indeed, many in the media already have

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Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly –
In 2020, worldwide, around 3.6 billion people were using social media. The average screen time is 144 minutes per day, with the exception of Latin America which had a higher average. The most famous platform is Facebook with over 1 billion registered accounts. The number of social media users in the world is expected to rise to 4.41 billion in 2025.

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The Moral Question?

At the core of the neoliberal ideology is the privatisation of public services. Water is a natural resource required by all inhabitants of this planet. A human right. Not simply a necessity to sustain oneself but central to the sanitation that has been at the heart of prosperous societies for centuries. The liquid of life, some might say.

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Bad journalism 101

Sadly, the media coverage/ circus that surrounded the murder of a 15 year-old girl in 2008 illustrates the media shortcomings from an ethical perspective. Her name was Eloa Pimentel. She was kept hostage in her own home for a week by an ex-boyfriend who didn’t accept the end of the relationship. From day one, media outlets rushed their teams of reporters to the girl’s house. They stayed outside her house 24/7 until she was murdered. All was live on national television.

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