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Book Review: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide – Lessons from Belgium

Editors: David Albert Jones, Chris Gastmans, and Calum MacKellar Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 363 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Belgium is one of only a few countries that allow physicians to assist in the death of patients. The other countries are: Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and in the United States in the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia (currently known as Washington D.C.). This information is obtained from a recent article in Wikipedia. ‘Assisted suicide’ is suicide committed with the aid of another person. When a physician...

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Book Review: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Wild Pigs and Peccaries

Editors: Mario Melletti and Erik Meijaard Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 448 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Pigs and peccaries are not only a food source for humans but also their competitors in hunting for other sources of food. This peculiar relationship between peccaries and humans, who have evolved together, began since the dawn of domestication. This book is packed with rich details on the domestication and spread of the species to which these animals belong. Today they are found in countries on all continents except Antarctica. A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the even-toed ungulate family Suidae. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa), along with other species. Related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog. The words pig, hog and swine are all generic terms without regard to gender, size or breed. A male pig is called a boar. A female pig is called a gilt if she hasn’t had piglets yet and a sow if she has. Pigs are very social animals. They form close bonds with each other and other species. In the paragraph below, you will note that the contributors hail from a wide range of environments where pigs, hogs, boar and their ‘cousins’ are found, from Australia and New Zealand to countries in the Pacific, to the Asian subcontinent, to Eastern and Western Europe, to Africa, and to...

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Book Review: Origins of the European Economy–Communications and Commerce, AD 300-900

Author: Michael McCormick Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 1101 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Debate has been raging for about 50 years over whether there was European commerce during the period between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In Europe, the Late Antiquity period spanned the years from 284 AD (after the end of the Roman Empire) to 500 AD. For those who do not know, ‘AD’ refers to ‘After the Death’ of Jesus Christ whereas the early Middle Ages were the years from 476 AD to 1066 AD. In this book, the author presents ample evidence, during...

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Book Review: Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Editors: Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 1842 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Languages and their characteristics and features, are always growing and changing. English, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, has also always not only been spreading geographically, but also evolving. This book provides a new, comprehensive, and highly descriptive grammar of English, combining the work of a collaborative team in five countries whose members examined research carried out since the 1950s. This book provides, in a way that is accessible to readers without formal training in linguistics,  ...

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Walmart Makes a $16 Billion Bet On India’s Booming Economy

Walmart to own about 77 percent of Flipkart, which has over 100 million registered users    and more than 100,000 registered sellers.                                                                                       By Money & Markets Editorial Team May 09, 2018 – Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India’s massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that’s known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on their motorcycles with oversized backpacks. The $16 billion controlling stake, announced Wednesday, is the largest acquisition yet by the world’s largest retailer. Walmart believes India, which has 1.3 billion people, could be the world’s top five-e-commerce markets within the next five...

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