Opinion | Speak Your Mind

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    Thursday Jan 22

    Focus: Media bias

    As news on the Paris terrorist attacks flooded the news, in Nigeria more than 2,000 people were killed by Boko Haram in one of the “deadliest massacres” according to Amnesty International. However, the difference between the massacres is that one gained news coverage and worldwide support, while the other was completely ignored. On Facebook, our readers discussed media bias and what makes one attack more newsworthy than the other?

  • Saturday Dec 13

    Focus: Nutritional poverty

    The focus of this week’s debate is on nutritional poverty and whether it is linked to the lack of cookery skills?

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    Thursday Dec 11

    Focus: Social media psychology

    While a lot of mental health therapies rely on self-reporting, some international medical professionals are saying that social media is beneficial for mental health assessments as every action gets stored. So, looking through a patient’s posting pattern can help psychologists predict behaviour or detect changes. Gulf News asked its readers whether social media should be used to monitor patients?

  • Saturday Dec 6

    Focus: Social media psychology

    The focus of this week’s debate is on social media and whether psychologists should use social media to monitor their patients?

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    Friday Dec 5

    Have a heart, get a pet

    From dog adoption day to a new home

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    Thursday Dec 4

    Focus: Tablets vs textbooks

    Our debate this week is based on a reader suggestion by Mohana Iyer. While Mohana argued that tablets are too much of a distraction in the classroom, supporters say that tablets actually increase student interactivity and creativity. In an online debate, readers discussed the pros and cons of implementing technology in the classroom.

  • Monday Dec 1

    Ending wars harder than starting them

    With US President Barack Obama’s secret plans to strategically reengage with the Taliban revealed, the international media is wary and pragmatic in turns about what this presages for Afghanistan

  • Thursday Nov 27

    Focus: Tablets vs textbooks

    The focus of this week’s debate is whether tablets should replace textbooks in classrooms or if they should be removed altogether?

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    Thursday Nov 27

    Focus: Languages vs Internet

    It is that time of the year when various dictionaries announce their ‘Word of the Year’ and according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word judged should “reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.” Most of the words elected in recent times seem to have been derived from the internet. In an online debate, readers discussed whether the internet is influencing the evolution of languages?

  • Monday Nov 24

    Immigration reforms may have ‘volatile’ fallout

    US President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms that will lift the sword of Damocles off millions of Hispanic illegal immigrants is a mixed blessing, says international media. The pluses and minuses will eventually cancel each other

  • Thursday Nov 20

    Focus: Languages vs. internet

    The focus of this week’s debate is on languages and whether the internet has radically changed global communication?

  • Monday Nov 17

    Engagement rather than alienation

    The G20 summit that concluded in Brisbane made headlines for various reasons, including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pugilistic stance, but the international media is more keen on knowing what the summit will achieve with its true agenda — economic reforms in a world that sorely needs them

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    Thursday Nov 13

    Speak Your Mind: The toy question

    Are today’s toys appropriate for children?

  • Thursday Nov 6

    Focus: Violence against women

    In a campaign to highlight abuse against women, a Youtube video titled ‘One photo a day in the worst year of my life’ features a woman who appears to be a victim of violence and takes a picture of herself every day for an entire year. Our debate this week looked at the latest trend, that is degrading music that encourages men not to respect women. Readers discussed violence against women and music that glorifies violence against women and whether banning such music will protect women?

  • Monday Nov 3

    All eyes on US mid-term polls today

    What do today’s congressional elections in the US hold for President Obama? Are Americans, conflicted about their country’s many war engagements, in no mood to support him? Leading newspapers have mixed views on this

  • Sunday Nov 2

    Focus: Violence against women

    The focus of this week’s debate is on music that glorifies violence against women and whether it should be banned?

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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?

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