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Creationism and the “conspiracy” of evolution: inside the UK's evangelical schools
By Jonny Scaramanga - 05 February 9:02

Teaching creationism is unquestionably harmful, but should we be trying to ban it? Jonny Scaramanga, a former pupil at an evangelical school, examines how we are failing to hold such institutions to account.

How many models will speak out against Terry Richardson before the fashion industry cares?
By Harriet Williamson - 04 February 11:08

Allegations abound that the photographer behaves inappropriately on shoots. But he continues to be booked by fashion magazines and brands.

Don't trust the government's citizenship-stripping policy
By Matthew J Gibney - 03 February 10:30

Even if depriving dangerous individuals of their citizenship can be right in principle, can we really trust governments to use such a power prudently in practice?

Why we must end the detention of female asylum seekers in the UK
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 30 January 17:20

We must believe these women when they tell us they would never have left their home, their family, their country, if they had a choice, and we must demonstrate this belief by telling our government that they must not be locked up.

How to get ants to solve a chess problem
By Graham Kendall - 30 January 14:59

Ants use a certain pattern, or algorithm, to forage for food, and this can be used to solve the famous “knight’s tour” chess problem.

The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

The dangers of public shaming, mob justice and scolding on the internet
By Tauriq Moosa - 29 January 11:26

Even when people are obviously wrong, is shaming them on the internet a good way to improve the world?

South Africa’s emerging new left: the birth of a new socialist party
By Martin Plaut - 27 January 12:09

The aim is to create a movement similar to the United Democratic Front that fought the apartheid government.

“I have been waiting for him to come home for 27 years, 3 months and 10 days”
By Marita Maharaj - 27 January 10:09

For more than half of his time in prison, Marita Maharaj's husband Kris was on death row. His sentence was commuted in 2002, but he still faces life imprisonment.

The future of the UK's tech industry is in the hands of thirteen-year-old girls
By Belinda Parmar - 24 January 15:12

If Martha Lane Fox is right, and the UK needs to fill one million technology jobs by 2020, then we're going to have to change the perception of technology careers among teenage girls.

Why don't young people want to join trade unions?
By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - 22 January 16:29

Everybody needs representation to fight against the inequalities caused by capitalism.

If you don’t want to, say No: a porn star's guide to sexual consent
By Stoya - 22 January 14:03

Stoya can't give talks in high schools, because she makes porn films. If she could, here's what she'd say about respecting other people's boundaries during sex.

Tough Young Teachers.
A lesson in appreciation: why don't we care about teachers?
By Ruby Lott-Lavigna - 17 January 17:00

"Tough Young Teachers" on BBC 3 has exposed some of the difficulties of life in the classroom. So why do we still undervalue a profession from which we've all benefited?

Hollande and the French kiss goodbye to era of private presidential affairs
By John Gaffney - 15 January 10:27

When things are going well, the “private life” is deliberately on display for all to see. That is how the French presidency thrives.

New Statesman
From Nayla to Tommy: my life as a "Drag King"
By Nayla Ziadeh - 02 January 11:57

It’s more a question of going about my everyday life while experiencing something of what it is to be in a man’s skin.

New Statesman
The London clinic fighting back against female genital mutilation
By Natasha Tsangarides - 21 December 10:17

Natasha Tsangarides visits the West London African Women's Community Centre, which carries out "reversal" surgery for FGM survivors and campaigns for stronger protection for women.

Older people will always need support
Cutting the budget for social care is a false economy
By Sue Brown - 16 December 9:44

Social care is higher on the political agenda than at any time during the last few Parliaments, and yet disabled and older people now face a worse situation than when it was a low-profile issue.

New Statesman
Why the UK needs to help deliver on women’s rights in Afghanistan
By Caroline Wright - 10 December 9:15

Caroline Wright tells the story of a fellow gynaecologist, “Dr D”, an Afghan health professional who has experienced death threats and attacks on her family in Afghanistan.

Don't abandon the women of Afghanistan
By Sandra Osborne - 03 December 12:20

The Afghan government’s move to consider reintroducing stoning for adultery may be a sign of things to come. Britain must act now to protect the women of Afghanistan.

Why Channel 4's Gogglebox is the best thing on television
By Jenny Landreth - 29 November 15:42

It reminds me that TV executives can get things right, which is bloody annoying.

The triumph of Oxford University's joke president is another symptom of disengagement
By Joe Collin - 29 November 15:37

Our fetishisation of the man who promised to turn the Bodleian Library into a night club demonstrates the dearth of remotely interesting people elsewhere.

Texting.
Once the full stop meant a sentence was over - now it means you're angry
By Ben Crair - 26 November 13:07

The perpetual flow of instant messaging fears a heavy full stop - it means the conversation is over, or that you're being sarcastic, or angry. How did this happen to a once neutral punctuation mark?

Nega Eskinder.
The New Statesman Christmas campaign 2013: Help get Eskinder Nega home
By Naomi Westland - 26 November 10:30

The 44-year-old journalist was recently imprisoned for eighteen years on "terrorism" charges after criticising the Ethiopian government's use of anti-terror laws to silence free opposition.

After speaking out against FGM, I faced a backlash. That's why we all need to stand together
By Nimko Ali - 25 November 12:49

After coming out as a survivor of female genital mutilation, Nimko Ali heard from men who wanted to kill her and lost contact with people who she considered to be family. That's why we have to speak out on behalf of those who are still finding their voice

Julius Malema.
Campaigning has already begun in South Africa - so who are the hopefuls for 2014?
By Martin Plaut - 24 November 13:50

Next year's election is likely to be the most difficult the governing ANC has fought since it was first elected in 1994.

New Statesman
How the legacy of Victorian times still looms over single mothers
By Ben Gwalchmai - 23 November 12:53

No single mother I’ve known could be called a "shirker" - and yet the discriminatory influence of the 19th century continues.

The drug that could save tens of thousands of lives - if only doctors could be told about it
By Ian Roberts - 22 November 11:25

The clotting drug tranexamic acid has already been included in the White House Medical Unit treatment protocols for President Obama. But until more people know about it, thousands of trauma victims all over the world will die needlessly without it.

Why is China such fertile ground for young, ambitious Brits?
By Lu-Hai Liang - 20 November 17:01

Young British people are choosing to emigrate to China, armed with strategies for chasing success. Why?

London's new African best friends
By Martin Plaut - 19 November 16:59

Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania are to form “High Level Prosperity Partnerships” with the UK. But this odd collection of new partners has one thing in common: all have oil or gas deposits.

Where were you when JFK was shot?
By Bonnie Greer - 12 November 16:09

Bonnie Greer remembers how “Mom and Apple Pie America” came to an end with the assassination of John F Kennedy fifty years ago.

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