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I was raped when I was drunk. I was 14. Do you believe me, Richard Dawkins?
By Name Withheld - 19 September 13:53

I had not consented because I was not conscious enough to consent. Do you understand what that means?

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Rufus Hound: The Scotland debate showed how much voters value the NHS. But few realise how close it is to being destroyed
By Rufus Hound - 19 September 12:43

Politicians haven't told us the truth about the NHS and their plans for it for years.

Teens today.
Are my generation really as boring as everyone says?
By Jess Williams - 19 September 11:50

The Department of Health has reported a decrease in drinking, drugs and pregnancy among teenagers - but our generation has problems of its own, writes Jess Williams.

In the slums of Manila, inequality is so bad that the worst off have no chance to protest
By Paul Roy - 18 September 8:42

Independent filmmaker Paul Roy recounts his experiences in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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One in four students experience unwanted sexual advances. What can we do about it?
By Toni Pearce - 15 September 11:45

Harassment is rife in UK universities – the passing the buck approach of “not on my campus” is no longer acceptable.

Audiences may no longer understand Monty Python’s Life of Brian because of the biblical references.
Why religious education is letting our children down
By Adam Dinham - 03 September 15:02

Religious illiteracy leads to an anxiety about the role of religion in the public sphere: from fear of terrorism to fear of exclusion and fear of litigation.

Cambodian Inspectors examine suspected medicine in a crowded market along Thai-Cambodian border during an inspection July 23, 2010 in Pailin province, Cambodia. Photo: Getty Images
Unregulated fake medicines are threatening the fight against diseases like malaria
By Paul Newton - 29 August 12:11

There is currently no international law or body that can organise the detection and prevention of fake medicines - and it's a critical threat to our ability to fight deadly diseases.

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How we grew up: an Israeli veteran on the dehumanising power of military control
By Yehuda Shaul - 29 August 11:41

Yehuda Shaul writes of how he and his friends learned to glorify power, and lost their ability to see Palestinians as people whose lives are no less valuable. Now, he and hundreds of others are working to end the occupation.

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“You’ll ruin my life”: one woman’s experience of abortion and the Catholic church
By Eva Beeching - 27 August 12:21

“Asking the nurse not to turn the ultrasound away, I saw our baby, the same size as a chickpea, and wondered how an innocent thing could ever be shameful.”

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In defence of idle students
By George Gillett - 26 August 10:21

Students graduating from university face huge debt, a difficult job market and declining starting salaries. Despite this, we shouldn’t allow education to become dominated by economics.

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Angela Eagle: The Tories have broken their promises on political reform
By Angela Eagle - 23 August 10:16

David Cameron has reinforced the political power of a few big money donors and well established vested interests, argues the shadow leader of the Commons.  Now that his grassroots have taken flight he is even more reliant on the privileged few he uses his power to support.

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Why Richard Dawkins’ “abort it and try again” comments about Down’s syndrome babies are so harmful
By Graham Duncan - 22 August 16:02

Parents receiving a pre-natal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome are faced with an awful dilemma and need our care and support. They do not need pseudo-morality and outdated stereotypes.

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Islamic State stands for the deaths of journalists and of free speech
By William Horsley - 22 August 12:59

Making a global spectacle of the murder of a western journalist carries a uniquely powerful propaganda message for the jihadists.

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GCSE results day reveals the sinister side of social media
By George Gillett - 21 August 10:30

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?

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Britain should not look at the militarised police in Ferguson and congratulate itself
By Harry Leslie Smith - 21 August 9:55

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.

Actually, women, you do need feminism
By Michelle Smith - 20 August 11:14

Women Against Feminism is not only ahistorical, but fundamentally misreads the nature of feminism and the current status of women.

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NHS drugs, Aristotle and health economics: the problem of quantifying the value of life
By George Gillett - 18 August 11:05

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.

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Kellie Maloney, Newsnight and the debate the transgender community refused to have
By Miranda Yardley - 18 August 10:19

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?

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Michael Brown, Ferguson and the United States' police-soldiers
By Robert Macquarie - 14 August 13:21

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.

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Being gay is not a choice but it’s simplistic and conservative to say “We’re born this way”
By George Gillett - 12 August 16:25

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. 

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My time in Israeli Defence Force tells me the level of casualties in Gaza is avoidable
By Ahron Bregman - 11 August 11:15

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.

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Iraq’s Yazidis are on the brink of genocide – who will save them?
By Ali Mamouri - 08 August 10:13

Iraq is rapidly spiralling into an unprecedented situation - and the international community is standing by.

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The UK government must reform its treatment of asylum seekers
By George Gillett - 07 August 15:26

Theresa May has until Saturday to respond to a High Court ruling that deemed the government's level of support for asylum seekers "irrational".

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Danny Dorling: mapping the August 2011 riots
By Danny Dorling - 05 August 17:40

Three years on from the riots that were mainly concentrated in London, cartography of the events throw up a few surprises. 

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Suicide: the hidden cost of the financial crisis
By Ian Marsh - 05 August 12:02

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.

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Could cricketer Moeen Ali be the saviour of multiculturalism in Britain?
By Harcharan Chandhoke - 05 August 11:23

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.

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

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It’s not you, Leyton Orient: why a sexist song means I’m walking away from my football club
By James McMahon - 01 August 14:47

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.

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Why I’m a vegetarian – it’s a matter of statistics, not sentiment
By Haf Davies - 01 August 14:14

The traditional reasons, animal welfare and (to lesser extent) a healthier diet, are now joined by concerns for the environment.

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The UK’s mental health care is in crisis – the next government must act urgently
By George Gillett - 01 August 10:59

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

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