IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Flight MH17 aftermath - Harrowing fragments of humanity

Authorities in Ukraine yesterday released a photograph of the arrival by train to government-held territory of the remains of those who died onboard Malaysia Airline plane MH17.

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Human rights record - Failures in the spotlight

The UN Human Rights Committee will tomorrow deliver its final verdict on Ireland’s human rights record in light of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the State ratified in 1989.

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UN ineffectiveness - Allowing tyranny to prevail

The United Nations Security Council yesterday called for an immediate end to hostilities in Gaza as the Palestinian death toll passed 500.

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Fur farming - Inhumane anachronism

In a world with a population of more than 7bn — and rising — tens of millions of animals live short and often brutal lives in industrial environments.

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Hypocritical reactions - Terror rules in Gaza and in Ukraine

When, almost 100 years ago — May 7, 1915 — the blue riband liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine 18km off Cork, the atrocity contributed to a train of events that cost scores of millions of lives and, to this day, defines our world.

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€17.45bn award - Death knell for tobacco?

The ground-breaking order from a Florida court that tobacco giant RJ Reynolds, America’s second largest cigarette company, pay a smoker’s widow €17.45bn may prove to be a nail in the coffin for the industry, one that depends on its customers’ self-destructive addiction to nicotine.

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The West must stop pandering to Putin

RESPONSIBILITY for shooting down the Malaysian jet, an outrageous international crime that claimed the lives of all 298 people on board, lies squarely at the door of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Good for our Health?

MUCH admired for calling a spade a spade, new Health Minister Leo Varadkar has certainly put the cat among the proverbial pigeons with his first official comment on the medical cards controversy.

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Health problems - Smoking and obesity must be tackled

If our children are our future, we could be in real trouble unless we face up to some unpalatable facts. More than a quarter of Irish children are now overweight or obese, double the figure of 15 years ago.

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Symphysiotomy - Women due an apology

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald spoke this week before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva about the "dreadful situation of the survivors of symphysiotomy".

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