Since March this year, over 3500 people in western Africa have been affected by the Ebola virus, with over 1,800 people suffering fatalities. The virus, which is contagious, has affected the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone in this most recent outbreak. Discovered in 1976, the causes for Ebola are not clearly… Continue reading Ebola death toll: are we doing enough?
The parents of 5 year old Ashya King were released from a Spanish prison after a European arrest warrant against them was cancelled; this arose following their actions to smuggle him out of Southampton General Hospital and travel to Spain, believing he was not getting the best care and that his condition would deteriorate. They… Continue reading Ashya King: lessons to be learned
In recent weeks, the issue of extremism and brainwashing in UK schools has once again re-occurred in the media and in parliament. Specifically, education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that there would be certain school reforms following ‘disturbing’ findings in Birmingham schools. These findings were uncovered by education commissioner Peter Clarke. He was appointed to the… Continue reading Extremism and brainwashing kids at school – A crime against humanity?
Whistleblowers are being victimised when they go back to work. A recent government report found that whistleblowers were often victimised and bullied after exposing misconduct in companies and public services in the UK. As the expenditure of public money is often shrouded in a cloud of secrecy, a whistleblower can give us an insider’s perspective… Continue reading Are Whistleblowers being treated fairly?
GlaxoSmithKline faces criminal investigations… In an era where large companies control the majority of the different markets, the potential for serious crimes within such organisations are an unmeasured quantity. When a multi-billion pound company is guilty of wrongdoing, it is often on a massive level. So are the punishments they receive working as a deterrent?… Continue reading GlaxoSmithKline faces criminal investigation for allegations of bribery…are large enterprises untouchable?
Cyber bullying and anonymous bloggers Cyber bullying is defined as an action that ‘uses information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm another or others.’ Website browsing, discussion forums and other mobile technologies such as SMS text messaging are a part of… Continue reading Anonymous bloggers causing defamation, harassment, bullying and other illegal activities…What do we need to do to eliminate the bad ones? Any current UK laws to stop them?
Defamation control Before the digital age dictated our every movement, it took a lot more time and effort to find information about a specific person. You may have needed to hire an investigator or spend hours digging through dusty old court documents or financial statements. Since the explosion of the World Wide Web, access to… Continue reading Google…Can we trust Google? Especially when they allowed the defamation of hundreds of thousands under the Freedom of Speech Act
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and ‘Middle East Peace Envoy’, has urged the government to take action in Iraq or face terror attacks on British soil. These comments sound strikingly familiar as the legacy of 2003’s invasion is highlighted by mass-killing in the Middle East. Indeed, the former PM sent tens… Continue reading Tony Blair: False information and war
“Our shared vision is a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.” Statement on HIFA2015 website. HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information for All by 2015) is a global network of more than 10,000 members which aims to improve the availability of lifesaving information in developing nations. Based in the United Kingdom, HIFA2015… Continue reading HIFA2015: to achieve goals – more support is required
Educating women is purported to be one of the most valuable investments a developing country can make. Research has found that nations that educate girls to the same degree as boys benefit from longer life expectancies, lower birth rates and higher economic growth. Evidence also shows that educating girls reduces child malnutrition rates and lowers… Continue reading Educating women in the third world: what is the socio-economic impact?