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Surely, if super-intelligent robots are ever developed (NI 507) they will say, ‘here is a species hell-bent on destroying itself and its environment: it must be exterminated’, and devise a quick way of doing it.

Richard Betts Norwich, England

Window to the soul

Congratulations to Payam Boromand for his excellent cartoon (Open Window, NI 507). I don’t often cry when looking at a cartoon, but this one is so poignant, and says so much about the way we treat refugees.

Ann Collins Hinckley, England


Grace Meneer’s disingenuous anti-vaccination letter in NI 507 is part of a profoundly misleading anti-science movement, whose core claim, that the overwhelming majority of qualified scientists are callously and spinelessly lying to the public, is absurd and irresponsible: it’s the exact same dishonest attack on scientists that’s made by climate change deniers.

Struck-off, disgraced ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield and the debunked film Vaxxed have no peer-reviewed scientific credibility, despite the support this mass panic has received from rightwing gutter tabloids like the Daily Mail... and Donald Trump.

The ‘follow-the-money’ argument that often uncovers corporate misbehaviour falls flat on its face in the case of vaccines, which are far less profitable than treating the lifetime of severe symptoms that are caused by the diseases vaccines prevent.

Ironically, it’s the anti-vaccination movement who are militantly one-sided about this issue, refusing to acknowledge the vast amount of simple, easily available and solid evidence that regularly debunks their pseudo-scientific claims.

Paul Fitzgerald Manchester, England

Little beacon

Please, please can we have more details in the Reasons to be cheerful section. Among the often rather depressing or disturbing articles, it’s a little beacon of light. But with extremely scant yet tantalizing information, eg NI 506 – who are the amazing Robin Hood Army or the mothers2mothers? Why not make a full feature of each of these heart-warming stories?

Sue Williams Brighton, England

A Kiss

It was a day
a day when the heart
no longer cries –

A day when the sweetness
of a kiss
has lost its memory –

A day when a kiss
no longer cradles
a fragment of hope –

It is an hour when
yearning to be trembles
in shadows heavily walked upon –

The brevity of the moment
forecloses on the soul as each day
terror is lived seen by the world
and passed by –

It is a moment when the fractured self
is replaced by nothingness
and dignity has expired –

After reflecting on the Making Waves article on Jamila Afghani in NI 506 where she recounts seeing a refugee Afghan woman in Pakistan begging for one rupee in exchange for a kiss.

Judith Morrison Mt Waverley, Australia