Friday, 11 July, 2008

With AIDS, as with all diseases, prevention is better than cure. As we propagate the ABC of Aids prevention (Abstinence, Being faithful to a partner and Condom use), we must stress the importance of the A and B just as we do the C.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

A British priest is seeking a judicial review of a late abortion case. What makes the debate significant is that it is not being carried out in terms of the usual absolutist positions.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

'Adolescence is the time in our lives when parents become most difficult,' says one teenager. Children learn far more from watching their parents than from listening to them.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Forty years ago, France and Germany signed a 'Friendship Treaty' that put an end to the repeated wars between their countries. Despite the arrogance or the indifference French and Germans show at times, the other members of the European Union can see the strong link between these two nations as an asset for Europe.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

It is easy to separate ourselves mentally from the evils we perceive in the world by herding people with particular traits under an imprisoning title - 'Muslims', 'the West', 'Jews', 'Americans'. Understanding requires care and effort.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Maybe instead of asking 'how smart are you?' we really should be asking 'how are you smart?'. If this is done for individuals as well as nations of the world, a new understanding and respect would be born; one that could transform relationships for a better world.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

We in the rich nations seem more intent on keeping needy people out than in doing what we can to tackle the root causes of their misery.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

It is only when we are willing to confront ourselves and those aspects of our own lives that are in need of change that we can ever hope to be bridge builders across civilizations.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

It's been a bad time for trust. Some years ago, business leaders were to be trusted. Today I trust less. Fortunately, the process is reversible.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

If it is true that in terms of influence on society, the market state is taking over from the nation state, then we would do well to have a better understanding of the moral philosophy of the founder of free market capitalism, Adam Smith.

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