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Declan McVeigh
Staff Opinion Writer

A Grauer’s gorilla in Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019. There is little doubt that humanity's relationship with the great apes is complicated. Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund via AP
Should apes have human rights?

Some say that to protect our evolutionary cousins, we must rethink our definition of personhood

June 04, 2024, 7:00 AM
Giving an 'easy' English name while ordering a coffee is one thing, but the marginalisation of certain other names has been linked to prejudice and disadvantage. The National
It's 2024, and most software still can't handle non-English names

Equality campaigners and academics say the othering of non-Anglo identities is more than just an irritating nuisance

April 30, 2024, 7:00 AM
Despite the challenges, the goal of a society that has largely thrown off the self-inflicted sickness, addiction and death caused by tobacco is a worthy one. Christopher Pike / The National
How the world can quit smoking – forever

Graduated, age-linked tobacco bans could save countless lives and billions in healthcare costs

March 26, 2024, 7:00 AM
A Gaelic football game in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Photo essay: Playing Gaelic games in Dubai

Ahead of St Patrick's Day on Sunday, The National joins the Irish sporting community for a spot of hurling and camogie

March 15, 2024, 6:01 PM
A woman prays at the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Philip the Apostle in Sharjah. Millions of Orthodox Christians in the Middle East will begin their Lenten fast on Monday. EPA
Fasting is the pause button for our 21st century lives

In this era of unparalleled - if unequal – plenty, traditions such as Ramadan and Lent encourage mindfulness about food, ourselves and our fellow human beings

March 14, 2024, 4:00 AM
A transport safety board investigator examines the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 that was forced to make an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday. Reuters
Is flying still safe? The Alaska Airlines incident shows that it is

Flight 1282's passengers had a frightening experience but modern aviation remains arguably one of the most successful examples of global human co-operation

January 11, 2024, 2:05 PM
Actors Sir Patrick Stewart, left, and Brent Spiner debate the morality of political violence in their roles as Cpt Picard and Lt Commander Data in a 'Star Trek' episode that first aired in 1990. The episode was not shown unedited on UK television until 2007. Paramount Television
A united Ireland isn't approaching at warp speed but it's far from being a fantasy

A 1990 episode of 'Star Trek' predicted Irish unification in 2024. Although north and south still have some way to travel before coming together, the idea is firmly back on the political agenda

December 27, 2023, 2:00 PM
Teaching children the fundamentals of investing now seems less like a drab imposition than an important form of empowerment. Getty
Let kids be kids, but prepare them for the financial jungle

Schools and parents teach children how to use the internet effectively but safely – the same should apply to online investing

December 21, 2023, 7:00 AM
Currently it is only GCC citizens who enjoy free movement between the bloc’s six nations, but for everyone else getting around the region might be about to get easier. GDRFA Dubai
How a single GCC visa could revolutionise Gulf tourism

Imagine a travel permit that would help visitors explore the Arabian Peninsula in all its variety

November 01, 2023, 7:00 AM
Federal National Council election candidates register in Sharjah. Campaigning has its ups and downs, but it is an experience that offers challenge and fulfilment. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Standing for election is tough but someone's got to do it

Decision-making benefits from having a diverse range of voices and experience

August 25, 2023, 6:09 AM
People play beach volleyball on a July evening in Dubai. The assumption that it’s too hot to keep active during the UAE summer is one that is being challenged, bit by bit. AFP
How the Emirates became a year-round country for all

Summers in the UAE are changing and the idea of a 'dead' season from June to September has lost ground

August 11, 2023, 5:00 AM
An armed officer holds a submachine gun at a police cordon in Belfast, 2022. Police in Northern Ireland carry guns and wear body armour while on patrol, unlike their counterparts in Great Britain or in the Republic of Ireland. PA
Policing Northern Ireland just became more dangerous

The publishing of officer and staff details online has serious security implications

August 09, 2023, 8:15 AM
A man gives blood in Arras, northern France. For the most part, the global supply of blood and plasma largely depends upon the goodwill of voluntary donors. AFP
Give blood – you never know when you'll need it

Blood stocks are of life-saving importance but cannot be synthesised and are always at risk of running low

June 29, 2023, 7:00 AM
Estimates vary but the number of spam emails sent every day is now well into the billions. Getty
Return to sender: the spam email turns 45

Born out of a marketing pitch in 1978, billions of daily unsolicited messages now pose a security and environmental threat

May 11, 2023, 7:00 AM
A radiologist scans a patient for signs of lung cancer on the French island of Corsica. Despite advances in medical technology, some forms of cancer screening remain a challenge. AFP
Cancer screening is a life saver but millions lack access to it

High-tech testing for people on low incomes or in the developing world remains a challenge

March 20, 2023, 2:00 PM