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There are endless difficulties in definitions. Here's an excellent example.

The USA is undertaking research into crime against and within ethnic racial groups. It is trying hard to define groups. Here's a quote: " If issuing specific guidelines for the collection of detailed White race and ethnicity data, should OMB adopt the NCT format, which includes separately German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, and French?"

It's not the fault of the US Government that it's confused. We, the English, have the most tangled ethnicity imaginable. The only effective classification for us is "unclassifiable."

Bryan Edwards

The announcement by the National Health Service in England that General Practitioners (family doctors, known as GPs) are to be required to ask patients if they are heterosexual, homosexual/lesbian or bisexual has both support and opposition from across the spectrum. One specific comment by someone interviewed on a tv news programme caught our attention: people from sexual minorities, she said, suffer from a higher incidence of mental health problems than the heterosexual majority and therefore collecting data is valuable for that reason alone. That begs the question: are those mental health problems a symptom, a cause or a result of being part of a sexual minority?

Editorial Staff

The USA went into shock and meltdown and it continues to suffer from the after effects of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and other targets on 11 September 2001. It continues to use so-called Islamic Terrorism as an excuse for ever-tighter restrictions on its population and on visitors. And yet, while its people are being murdered in unprecedented numbers by Americans, for whom any affinity with Islam is rare, the USA Government refuses to entertain any view that there must be control over weapons in the hands of people.

Editorial Staff

Across much of Europe, late night TV viewers can often find themselves channel surfing and subjected to pornographic "teasers" for even more outrageous material as paid-for services. Thai women (girls, mostly) often feature on these promotional videos, sometimes alone, sometimes with another girl. Thailand has a new law about on-line obscenity and has brought the first charges against two women who engaged in very mild acts using Facebook Live.

Editorial Staff

Annabelle Natalie "Belle" Gibson, an Australian, claimed that she was 20 years old when, in 1999, she was told she had cancer. But that was a lie: she was only 8 years old in 1999. That was just the first in this shameful tale of exploitation of those who suffer from the disease. She's been convicted and fined. Many people think this is not enough.

Editorial Staff

In one of the most extraordinary results of a court case in recent memory, the New South Wales has ordered that a man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is to be approved to run a childcare business despite a conviction for sexual offences, a number of other reported alleged sexual events that did not result in prosecution and alleged domestic violence. Whatever happened to the basic "fit and proper" test?

Editorial Staff

The tendency to create child-free zones is growing. Some people strongly applaud the fact that they have the choice to be in an environment where they are less likely to be disturbed by children but others consider it a restriction on their freedom. But surely there should be one over-riding principle - my place, my rules, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

USA: Deaths from opioid overdose continue to rise - and the problem has spread outside the USA

Almost anything we can write as a first sentence about this subject sounds flippant and that is absolutely not the impression we want to give. For sure, a recent press briefing from Tom Price, the Secretary for Health and Human Services is written in such poor English that at times one has to re-read it to work out what he is trying to say, and that's ignoring all the superfluous verbiage as he tries to sound interesting. But cut through the mass of chatter and vague statements and the hard facts are far more than merely interesting, they are disturbing: every year, the number of Americans who die from an overdose of legal pain-killers is more than the previous year and the numbers are big enough to become genuine statistics. For example, in 2015, approx half of all drugs overdoses resulting in death in the USA were from opioids. And that's not even the most fascinating fact, as other information shows.

Editorial Staff

Many people, especially those making statements on behalf of companies, are afraid to say "sorry" in case it becomes an admission of liability that brings with it adverse consequences. It's time for change.

Editorial Staff

California's Attorney-General Xavier Becerra is rightly pleased with himself. The United States Supreme Court was set to hear an appeal from the San Diego District Court in the case of Peruta v. California relating to the carrying of firearms in public, in particular concealed weapons. But seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices found that there were no grounds for appeal and dismissed it. The two who dissented included POTUS Trump's appointment, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. The decision is unlikely to be the final word as Peruta and others claim their case is a constitutional matter and they almost never seem to go away, even if they are catatonic for a while.

Editorial Staff

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