Backing into World War 111

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Denmark’s 29,000 Doctors Declare Circumcision of Healthy Boys an “Ethically Unacceptable”

I came across this article that appeared in The Huffington Post about a month ago. Here, research is discussed that furthers the debate as to whether one should circumcise or not.

Denmark’s 29,000 Doctors Declare Circumcision of Healthy Boys an “Ethically Unacceptable” Procedure Offering no Meaningful Health Benefits

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Why Companies Should Seek #INSTAFAME Right Now

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New Zealand’s Refugee Report Card

A campaign to increase New Zealand's refugee quota started two years ago, when I completed a documentary: "Stepping up: NZ's response to the refugee crisis" https://www.luciadore.com/blog/stepping-up-nz-s-response-to-the-refugee-crisis. 

Amnesty International then endorsed it. In it, I point out that while I agree with increasing the refugee quota, any increase should also go hand-in-hand with an increase in government funding. Refugees will only do well if they have employment, have educational prospects, overcome any language barrier and have good access to healthcare. The Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre (CRR&RC), formerly, the Canterbury Refugee Council (CRC) and I are about to embark on a study to investigate these issues further.

In the meantime, Tracey Barnett, has written this great article about NZ's response to the refugee crisis so far.

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The forgotten NZ deal behind Trump’s phone call

Amidst the frenzy of President Trump's first two week's in office, and of his phone calls with other world leaders, including the prime minister of NZ, Bill English, the plight of refugees has been forgotten. What does the new American vision mean for refugee policy and for New Zealand in particular? In this article, Tracey Barnett, founds out.

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Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

It would appear that America is no longer the country of the "free", with immigration being curbed and a ban on Muslim immigrants in particular, and a crackdown on the media. No longer can journalists say what they know to be true; it is clearly better to present "alternative facts".

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Saudi Arabia Opens the Hood on its Reserves

The volume of oil reserves in Saudi Arabia has interested me, ever since I covered oil and gas in the Middle East. There were often disputes about the oil reserves in the region, and that the current estimates were not believable. How much does Saudi Aramco administer? How much will it fetch for its planned IPO? This article that appeared in the Wall St Journal, on 26 January, sums up recent activities.

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Five things a professional communicator wouldn't do on the first day at the White House as Press Secretary

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America, you look like an Arab country right now

Having lived in the Arab World for some years I'm sympathetic to the views of many Arabs about the attitude of the West toward their countries. This article, that featured in Politico Magazine, sums up the ways in which America is similar to the Arab World.

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Joyless fantasies abound in Trump's inauguration speech

The presidential inauguration of Trump in the USA seems to be the only show in town. Every day the problems seems to get worse. Now, lies or falsehoods don't exist. There are only "alternative facts".

This article appeared in the Weekend Financial Times. I think it sums up the latest US administration well.

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Another survey finds users aren't that engaged with online video

I've had a great deal of information cross my desk saying that online video is the way to go for blogging and for dissemination of information since videos engage the readers more. This survey undertaken by the Nieman Lab says otherwise.

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Millennial Communication Professionals in the Workplace- study conducted by the IPR

Millennial communication professionals and their managers hold sharply different perceptions about millennials’ workplace factors, values and attributes

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Workplace automation: Separating fiction from fact

The future of technology and how it affects us, as companies and individuals, are important issues we ought to think about. In this article, James Manyika, Director, McKinsey Global Institute gives his opinion of what technology means for us.

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Death toll in Yemen conflict passes 10,00

UN humanitarian aid office says 40,000 people also injured in the conflict while 10 million need 'urgent assistance'.

While the war rages in Syria, it is raging in Yemen too. In case people forget about Yemen, here is one of the latest pieces on the subject, from Al Jazeera.
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CMS in 2017: Delivery & Transformation and Industry-Specific Predictions for the Year Ahead

It's always important to know what might happen in the year ahead and there are many ideas in various sectors. Here are some predictions for Customer Management Services.

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Republicans have no good reason not to impeach Donald Trump

BY ALEX PAREENE in THE CONCOURSE.deadspin.com
It’s been fun, but it’s about time for Republicans to admit that the great Donald Trump experiment isn’t going to work out—for them.One hypothetical version of President Trump—the ideal version, for Republicans, and one that many convinced themselves he would become, given practice and training—is a new Reagan: a mouthpiece for the ideas and policies inserted into his empty head by members of an ascendant conservative movement riding his television-mastery to power. Surround this version of Trump with good party men like Reince Priebus and Mike Pence, and he takes care of entertaining the masses—and distracting the opposition—while true-believing conservatives actually run the country, enacting their entire agenda too forcefully and quickly for anyone to effectively fight them.
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Jared Kushner has Trump’s trust but lacks experience for Middle East role

President-elect Trump takes over running the US on Friday. Is he up to the job? More importantly, is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, equipped to take over the Middle East peace process?

President-elect says his son-in-law ‘knows the region, knows the people,’ but the reality appears to be somewhat different

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Meyer to step down and Yahoo to change nam to Altaba

This story has come across my desk again and again. Many will gloat at the demise of Yahoo. But is it a good thing?

Moves will come after $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.

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Top 10 UX Articles of 2016

This article was sent through to me at the end of last year. Some of the links are useful.

All the best for 2017

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From a mosque to an Arabian party, in Christchurch, New Zealand

Going to a local mosque in Christchurch was a surreal experience. But I guess that’s because I had never imagined I’d be doing it. For a start, I’d never considered that the local Muslim community, in what was always the most English of cities, would be large enough to support one.

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