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You can't plan things like this on MercatorNet: I just realised that nearly all of today's articles centre on the theme of courageous witness to conscience. Mathew Otineo writes about a doomed company of Kenyan soldiers who were overrun by al-Shebaab terrorists and how they remembered their families. Campbell Markham remembers Antigone, the heroine of one of the greatest dramas of Ancient Greece. Walt Heyer speaks up against a movement to ban "reparative therapy". And Jennifer Roback Morse takes a backward look at the sexual revolution. That's for starters...
They mesh nicely with our search for contributions to our list of books about "Heroes and heroines of conscience". Click here to do the survey: http://goo.gl/3um2fe
|Ancient wisdom about standing up to tyranny|
Campbell Markham | FEATURES | 15 April 2016
In 2500 years, Sophocles' Antigone has lost none of its relevance.
|‘Tell my family not to expect me back’|
Mathew Otieno | HARAMBEE | 15 April 2016
A terrorist cameraman captured the farewell messages of dying Kenyan soldiers to their loved ones
|Why governments shouldn’t ban ‘reparative therapy’|
Walt Heyer | CONJUGALITY | 15 April 2016
People who choose to not embrace their same-sex attraction should be afforded the same rights as those who do
|A message from the Pope’s field hospital|
Jennifer Roback Morse | ABOVE | 15 April 2016
His latest document, "The Joy of Love" is a gift to the Catholics and the world
|Abused children escape WWII bombings|
Jennifer Minicus | READING MATTERS | 15 April 2016
Ada has never been allowed to go outside.
|Another forgotten humanitarian crisis|
Marcus Roberts | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 15 April 2016
14.5 million people are facing severe food shortages, thousands more are dying.
|Hilllary Clinton is right: You can be a feminist and pro-life|
Rachael Wong | FEATURES | 15 April 2016
Why not? Abortion harms both women and unborn baby girls.
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