Opinion | Speak Your Mind

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    Thursday Oct 30

    Focus: Social media

    While social media enables us to stay connected with friends and family, it is completely eliminating our face-to-face interactions. We spend numerous hours browsing one social networking site after another, but are we actually benefitting from it or is it merely a way to waste time? In an online debate, readers discussed whether social media does more good or bad to our society?

  • Friday Oct 24

    Focus: Is social media good for our society?

    The focus of this week’s debate is on social media and whether it does more good than bad?

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    Thursday Oct 23

    Focus: Saving child brides

    According to the global organisation ‘Girls Not Brides’, 13.5 million girls were married before they turned 18 in 2010 and an estimated 15.4 million girls a year will marry as children by 2030 if nothing is done. In an online debate, readers discussed child marriages and the urgent need to save child brides around the world.

  • Monday Oct 20

    Ebola: A global emergency

    The Ebola epidemic continues to agitate the world and the world media is keenly pursuing the many angles that the international community needs to consider to vanquish the power of this virus

  • Friday Oct 17

    Focus: Girls not brides

    The focus of this week’s debate is on child marriage and the urgent need to put an end to it.

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    Thursday Oct 16

    Focus: Animal rights

    Recently, a Spanish Ebola patient’s dog was euthanised due to suspicions that he might have been infected with the virus. In an online debate, readers discussed animal rights and whether fear was enough of a justification to put down an otherwise healthy animal.

  • Monday Oct 13

    Ebola: Identifying the threat for what it is

    Should the world isolate the region of West Africa where Ebola is rife? Is social media distorting facts on the spread of Ebola? Is the news media guilty of 
misrepresenting Ebola? International media editorials tackle these issues

  • Friday Oct 10

    Focus: Animal rights

    The focus of this week’s debate is on animal rights and whether fear was enough of a justification to put down an otherwise healthy animal.

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    Thursday Oct 9

    Focus: Is gender equality possible?

    Emma Watson’s ‘HeForShe’ campaign sparked a major debate on social media as it was launched last month. More and more people are now using various platforms to voice their opinion on the issue, and so did our readers. In an online debate, readers debated gender equality and whether it will ever be possible to achieve?

  • Friday Oct 3

    Focus: Is gender equality possible?

    The focus of this week’s debate is on gender equality and whether it will ever be possible to achieve this?

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    Thursday Oct 2

    Focus: Global extremism online

    With the rise of various extremist groups around the world, comes the rise in challenges for social media sites. In an online debate, readers discussed global extremism online and whether certain content should be censored to protect the security of the citizens of the world.

  • Sunday Sep 28

    Focus: Global extremism online

    The focus of this week’s debate is on global extremism online and whether such content should be censored?

  • Sunday Sep 21

    Focus: Inheritance

    The focus of this week’s debate is on inheritance and whether it is morally right of parents to deny it to their children?

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    Friday Sep 19

    Focus: Juvenile Delinquency

    Studies have found that factors like hostility from teachers and peers at school, abusive conditions at home, parental alcoholism, poverty, breakdown of the family, or death of parents can result in children turning into criminals. Michael Turner, an associate professor in the department of criminal justice and criminology at the University of North Carolina, USA, found that more than 20 per cent of victims of bullying had higher rates of criminal conviction and substance abuse, compared to those who were not bullied. Gulf News asked readers, why childre were becoming increasingly violent and what can be done to stop it.

  • Tuesday Sep 16

    Focus: Juvenile Delinquency

    Children are becoming increasingly violent. Why is this happening? What can be done to stop it?

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    Thursday Sep 11

    Focus: The new face of racism?

    A recent study by economists from the Australian National University, which included sending out 4000 identical fake resumes using Anglo-Sazon, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Italian and Chinese names revealed that to receive the same number of interviews as a candidate with an Anglo-Saxon name, a Chinese applicant must submit 68 per cent more applications, a Middle Eastern applicant 64 per cent, an Indigenous applicant 35 per cent more and an Italian applicant 12 per cent more. Is résumé racism the new face of racism?

  • Monday Sep 8

    Nato’s new-found relevance

    Against the backdrop of Russia’s unabashed greed for expansion, the Nato summit in Wales underlined an important truth — the Alliance has got a fresh lease of purpose after years of dormancy. Will its members fulfil their promise of increased defence spending, world media wonders

  • Saturday Sep 6

    Focus: The new face of racism?

    The focus of this week’s debate is on resume racism and the ignorance of some hiring managers.

  • Sunday Aug 31

    Focus: ALS ice bucket challenge

    The focus of this week’s debate is on the latest trend – the ALS ice bucket challenge – and the changes that it brought not only to traditional fundraising, but also to ourselves.

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    Thursday Aug 28

    Focus: Piracy

    Various European governments have reached the conclusion that treating file-sharing as a criminal offence is pointless as enforcing the law doesn’t necessarily mean that people will follow it. Gulf News asked readers whether whether leniency or sanctions is the best way to approach the issue of illegal file sharing?

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    Thursday Aug 21

    Focus: Modern parenting

    A recent study by researchers from Boston Medical Centre that observed caregivers and children at fast-food restaurants, revealed that out of 55 caregivers, 40 used their mobile devices. Their primary engagement was with the device rather than with the child. In an online debate. readers discussed modern parenting and whether the attention children need from their parents is in jeopardy?

  • Thursday Aug 21

    Focus: Piracy

    The focus of this week’s debate is on piracy and whether leniency or sanctions is the best way to approach this issue.

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    Monday Aug 18

    Creating an inclusive government in Iraq no easy task

    Not all US media, however, is in favour of intervention in Iraq

  • Thursday Aug 14

    Focus: Modern parenting

    The focus of our debate this week is on modern parenting and whether the attention children need from their parents is in jeopardy.

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    Thursday Aug 14

    Focus: Poaching

    According to ‘Fighting illicit wildlife trafficking’ a World Wildlife Fund report conducted by Dalberg Global Development Advisors, illegal trade in wildlife is the fourth largest international crime after narcotics, counterfeiting of products and currency and human trafficking. Gulf News asked readers whether there is a need to fight for beings that cannot fight for themselves?