As students across the country receive their GCSE results, many will be realising that there is no escape from comparisons with their peers thanks to the growth of social media. But does it represent the truth?
The UK may not have a police force that is equipped like an army, but through our arms trade we export death to some of the most volatile regions of the world. It has to stop.
Women Against Feminism is not only ahistorical, but fundamentally misreads the nature of feminism and the current status of women.
In light of the news that new cancer medications won’t be made available to NHS patients, it’s worth exploring the difficulties of drug commissioning.
On 11 August, I was asked to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight with two other transgender journalists. Hours later, they pulled out - amid a welter of accusations that I was a "violent transphobe" who does not believe in trans people's "right to exist". As a trans woman myself, is what I have to say really so unsayable?
Over the past few decades, US police departments have invested heavily in military-style equipment and training. The turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri shows the results.
The idea that LGBT equality should be justified on the grounds that being gay is natural is tenuous at best and harmful at worst; it actually frames being gay as a second preference to heterosexuality.
What will ultimately stop the deaths of innocent Palestinians and Israelis is a peace deal putting an end to the conflict. But in the meantime, a modification of the Israeli rules of engagement could reduce the number of innocent casualties.
Iraq is rapidly spiralling into an unprecedented situation - and the international community is standing by.
Theresa May has until Saturday to respond to a High Court ruling that deemed the government's level of support for asylum seekers "irrational".
Three years on from the riots that were mainly concentrated in London, cartography of the events throw up a few surprises.
Are we limited in the ways we can discuss suicide? It is not just a mental health problem – it’s a social, ethical and political issue too.
Moeen Ali has shown it is possible to be both a devoutly practising Muslim and a loyal participating citizen of Britain. There is no contradiction at all between the two.
The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand.
After tweeting his disapproval of a sexist song sung in the stands, James McMahon found himself on the receiving end of a social media onslaught.
The traditional reasons, animal welfare and (to lesser extent) a healthier diet, are now joined by concerns for the environment.
Mentally ill patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, forcible sectioning in order to get beds and medical students begging for greater teaching on psychiatry: we're not getting it right
Chinese pressure on the city's government is pushing the situation into dangerous territory.
“Although I ask my family what date it is every day, and I look it up myself whenever I can, I always forget within a few short moments.”
As the Ebola crisis in West Africa has shown, the conflict between society's best interests and a patient's own wishes can often be controversial.
Alan Johnson responds to the NS editor’s article about Israel, Gaza and the left.
Monogamy is rare, no matter what we might tell ourselves. We need a new currency of commitment.
Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.
Our understanding of placebo-based treatments suggests that alternative medicine could benefit patients. But the impact on medical ethics could lead to unintended consequences.
Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza.
An investigation into the murder of Natalie Esack by her estranged husband reveals it followed a campaign of terror waged by a man who could not countenance finally losing control over his victim. But police and prosecutors can only respond to individuals threats and acts of violence. It's time for a change in the law.
Extensive, behind-the-scenes reporting on the Israel-Palestine peace deal that almost was.
Laws like India's Section 377, which condemns gay sex as "unnatural", exist in 42 countries across the Commonwealth. It's time to repeal them.
The likes of American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch expect their sales staff to conform to a narrow conception of beauty, sometimes even calling them "models" so they can reject those whose faces don't fi.
The Roman Catholic state school – which was attended by two of Tony Blair’s children and where Nick Clegg’s son is currently a pupil – has been censured for using a faith-based entry system to cherrypick white, privileged pupils.