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How anti-Western dogma drives odious conspiracy theorists

Last week a group of British academics held an event promoting pro-Assad conspiracy theories under the title 'Media on Trial'. We've been here before with anti-Western cranks who supported Milosevic, Pol Pot and the USSR. They may be small in number and intellectually lightweight, but their ideas are dangerous and must be countered.

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Could Italy be next out of the EU?

Italy is no stranger to political crises. But this time things could be different. The rise of both Lega Nord and Five Star has given vent to a strong feeling of euroscepticism among Italian voters. Rather than dismiss them as populists, Brussels needs to listen to voters' concerns and stop trying to meddle in member states' affairs.


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Does regulation breed financial illiteracy?

Regulation is meant to make banking and credit safer, but it also makes it much harder to shop around. Reams of red tape mean financial products have become standardised, while it's much harder for innovators to enter the market. And when what's on offer is so similar, it minimises the reward for being an active, financially literate consumer.

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Beware the 'margin of error' poll fallacy

Pundits have a habit of batting away small changes in polls by arguing that results are 'within the margin of error'. That may technically be true, but it's not the whole story. The key to watching the polls is to pay attention to long-term trends, rather than simply dismissing changes as the result of random variation.

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The deadly campaign against vaping

Critics of vaping have misled the public with a campaign of quack science, doubt and diversion. As a result many people now mistakenly think e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as tobacco. Governments must act briskly to debunk unscientific claims about vaping and help consumers make an informed choice.

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