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Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven – review

Guardian/Observer 30th April 2011

'Anatol Lieven's clear-sighted study asks if Pakistan has lost control of its international narrative. Still, Lieven overturns many prejudices, and gives general readers plenty of fresh concepts with which to think about a routinely misrepresented country.' Review of 'Pakistan: A Hard Country', by Anatol Lieven, in the Department of War Studies.

Media-savvy youngsters pull off coup

The Australian/Wall St Journal (Europe) 30th April 2011

A piece on how the royal wedding will improve the Windsor 'brand', which was damaged during the 1990s.

Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton last night marked a major milestone in the British monarchy's long effort to repair the family business - and a step toward a different and uncertain future for the world's most prominent royal clan, reports The Australian. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, from King's Institute of Contemporary History, comments on the greater activism of Prince Charles compared to the Queen: 'One couldn't imagine the Queen making a speech about Shakespeare as heir to the throne, as the Prince of Wales has done.'

Hope of the House of Windsor

The Australian 30th April 2011

A piece looking forward to the next era of the House of Windsor, analysing the prospects of the new Duchess of Cambridge. Professor David Carpenter, from the Department of History comments. 'This marriage just has to work,' he says.

'I honestly don't think the monarchy and the royal family could survive another disastrous marriage like Charles and Diana or Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The souring of Charles's marriage had a souring effect on national life. It brought the institution of the monarchy into disrepute and altered the whole tone of the kingdom.'

King James Bible Still Going Strong at Age 400

Associated Press (AP) 30th April 2011

A piece on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, looking at the religious and literary landmark and its formative linguistic and cultural influence on the English-speaking world. Revd Professor Alister McGrath, from the department of Education and Professional Studies, comments on the English used when the bible was first translated. 'English was in a particularly fluid state. Both the works of Shakespeare and the King James Bible appeared around this formative time and stamped their imprint on the newer forms of the language.' *Associated Press copy was run by the New York Times, plus a number of other US news outlets.

Britain is on the verge of constitutional upheaval

The Economist 30th April 2011

In a piece about constitutional change as we approach the AV referendum this week, Professor Vernon Bogdanor is quoted in relation to the changes expected in the House of Lords.

Simple test can avert dangerous birth complication

The Times 30th April 2011

Researchers from the Women's Health Division at King's have created a formula for healthy first-time mothers that reveals how likely they are to develop pre-eclampsia, which affects one in ten pregnancies.

Turkey: Inspiring or insidious

Financial Times (Europe) 29th April 2011

A piece on Fethullah Gulen – a preacher in Turkey who has inspired the creation of a vast network of schools and student dormitories that blend academic rigour, especially in the sciences, with a moral education based on Islamic principles. Bill Park, from the Department of Defence Studies comments, describing it as a 'heady and promising combination of faith, identity, material progress, democratisation and dialogue'.

Kate and William become Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

BBC News (Online) 29th April 2011

Professor David Carpenter, from the Department of History comments on the new titles for Prince William and Kate Middleton. He said there may have been consideration of using the title of Duke of Clarence but it had some unfortunate associations.
'Queen Victoria's grandson Albert Victor, who was second in line to the throne, was made Duke of Clarence when he reached full age, but he was a womanising philanderer who died in the 1890s.'

Health Check

BBC Radio 28th April 2011

Dr Metin Basoglu from the Institute of Psychiatry talks to Claudia Hammond about the Japanese earthquake and the affects that the subsequent aftershocks will have on the population. He predicts that feelings of helplessness and eventual depression will sit in and people will find themselves emotionally and mentally trapped.

Why we shouldn't rush to modernise the British monarchy

The Times (p73) 28th April 2011

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, from King's Institute of Contemporary History, addresses the issues raised by potentially changing the laws of royal succession and 1701 Act of Settlement, which bans Catholics, or anyone marrying a Catholic from inheriting the throne. He also reflects on the Queen's formal role that enables her to avoid making politically contentious decisions. 'With no history of political involvement, the Queen is in a far stronger position than a republican head of state to represent the nation to itself,' he writes, and helps Britain 'punch above her weight in international affairs.' He concludes that the British monarchy is a valuable institution in a globalising world. 'The royal wedding is a good time to remind ourselves of its advantages.'

Woman's emotional guide for sex

Times of India 28th April 2011

A recent study revealed that women with a high emotional intelligence have better sex lives and they experienced more orgasms than those with low EI who suffered orgasmic disorder, reports the Times of India. 'The findings show that emotional intelligence is an added advantage in many aspects of your life, including the bedroom. This study enormously helps in the development of behavioural and cognitive therapies to improve women's sexual lives,' said Professor Tim Spector, director of the Twin Research Department at King's.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Pulse 27th April 2011

Professor Neil Greenberg continues the Institute of Psychiatry's Pulse series on psychiatric problems looking at post-traumatic stress disorder.

No air quality benefit from London's traffic levy

Reuters 27th April 2011

A study led by Frank Kelly's Environmental Research Group at King's found that the London congestion charge has helped reduced traffic in the city centre, but has so far shown little evidence of improving air quality. *Also reported by the Guardian and BBC News.

Tuition fees

BBC Radio London 94.9 27th April 2011

A survey carried out by High Fliers shows that over half of final year students surveyed at 24 universities across the country said they would have been put off going to university if they had to pay £9,000 a year tuition fees. But in contrast, the majority of the students surveyed at four London universities (including King's) said that they would not have been put off by the £9,000 a year tuition fees.

Who holds power on the internet?

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 25th April 2011

A debate on controls on the internet hosted by Robin Lustig, featuring Professor Sir David Omand, who is a visiting professor in the Department of War Studies.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are 'last chance' for royals to keep Britain's affection

Christian Science Monitor (USA) 25th April 2011

A piece on the importance of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the survival of the monarchy. 'It’s vital that their marriage works,' says Professor David Carpenter (Department of History), who was interviewed for the piece. 'The failure of Charles and Diana’s marriage, in particularly ... unpleasant circumstances, destroyed the role of monarchy as iconic family unit. That role must be restored.'

Anti-smog buildings could be the future as pollution soars

The Independent on Sunday 24th April 2011

As dangerous levels of smog are forecast to continue across the country, an invention that turns buildings into pollution-absorbing sponges could offer help in the future. Professor Frank Kelly, from the Environmental Research Group (ERG), explains the current pollution situation in London. The Mayor is examining a new Spanish invention which turns buildings into pollution-absorbing sponges as a possible solution to the problem. Dr Ben Barratt, also from the ERG at King's, is also quoted in relation to a trial he led looking into a paint which removes pollution.

Tests key to premature baby risk

BBC News online 24th April 2011

The number of babies being born early is not going down and that the cost to society is huge. Dr Rachel Tribe from the Division of Women's Health has carried out research on why the uterus begins contracting too early, which causes labour to start early. Her team identified that a drug already developed for pain and epilepsy can suppress these contractions.

Sound and fury of the New Atheists

The Times (Christian Faith supplement) 23rd April 2011

Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, writes about the 'New Atheism', and how cultural interest in God and religion has resurged.

Bring in the Taliban

New York Times/International Herald Tribune 23rd April 2011

Professor Anatol Lieven, from the Department of War Studies writes an op-ed on Washington's military strategy in Afghanistan and why the Taliban should be included in peace talks.

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