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Tuesday 5th September: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

Discussing Militarising the Far East and a second topic

First Tuesday Current Affairs Forum
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News Reviews from 2013

Coup in Egypt

Military coup in Egypt

and the “hypocrisy” of the “human rights industry”

by Julia Savage

 

“There are many striking things about the political situation in Egypt. But perhaps the most striking thing is the silence of those who pose as human-rights cheerleaders, of the West’s head shakers over tyranny in far off lands, who have gone strangely mute, or at least uncharacteristically coy, in the face of the Egyptian military’s seizure of power and repression of dissent.”

Brendan O’Neill, Spiked, 30 July 2013

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News Reviews from 2013

Trying to manage behaviours on the internet

Protecting us from freedom

by Simon Belt

 

In the 1960s and 1970s when I grew up, the retort 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me' was often said in and around the school playground. Indeed, teachers would often send anyone who told tales about people calling them names, back out in the playground to deal with things themselves. The kids who told tales to teachers would usually have more harsh ribbing directed at them than anything prompting the tale telling in the first place. 

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Trying to manage behaviours on the internet

Pornography on the Internet - a necessity?

by Joanne Green


This article attempts to scrutinise if internet pornography is a necessity for today’s existence. Locating statistical popularity of internet pornography from reliable sources was difficult and much of the research of the effects of pornography was paediatric and animalia.

 

2005 research in America of a 1500 National Sample identified two in five 10-17 year olds had been ‘exposed to online pornography’ in 2004, and for 415 of those the exposure was unwanted (Wolak, Mitchell, & Finkelhor, 2007). They defined unwanted exposure as,

‘being exposed to pictures of naked people or people having sex without seeking or expecting such pictures, when doing online searches, surfing the web, opening email, or instant messages or links in messages.’
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News Reviews from 2013

Europe: In or Out?

UKIP, WEKIP, THEYKIP

by Dave Wenham

 

The EEC has changed over the years to be something other than was originally intended or at least expected. While things were going well the creeping social homogenisation of Europe went unchallenged, save for a few individuals, mainly in the UK but also some in other European countries. Now that times are hard many more individuals across Europe are questioning the new direction that the EC bureaucrats are taking us. Even the economic advantages are being questioned, particularly by Germany. In the UK, of nearly 800 votes cast in the latest Financial Director/Accountancy Age Debate, which proposed leaving the EU would damage the UK economy, only 28% voted in agreement.
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Censorship of Google by our betters

Are we all potential criminals?

by Simon Belt

 

Are we all potential criminals? The quick and banal answer being promoted by the mainstream media at the moment seems to be yes. The more balanced and sensible answer is clearly no. And as there's a lot at stake if the banalists triumph in determining policy in society, it's worth looking at some aspects of this worrying trend. The last couple of weeks have had a couple of high profile cases in the news that I'd Like to look at - firstly, the court case and conviction of Mark Bridger for the murder of April Jones in North Wales, and secondly, the murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby in a main street in Woolwich, London.

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