Views from elsewhere


Clubbers queuing outside a nightclub.
In Buenos Aires, nights out start with pre-drinks or "previa" at 1am
By Elizabeth Yentumi - 27 July 12:05

Elizabeth Yentumi on nightlife in Argentina, which differs from the UK on more than just the time.

Why do we have so few disabled MPs?
By Teresa Fitzherbert - 25 July 11:36

With only a handful of disabled MPs, it’s time for Parliament - the biggest force for change in this country - to get the House in order before it preaches to others about the importance of disabled people advancing in the workplace.

Muslim women arrive at the Regent's Park Mosque in London
Let us speak for ourselves: five women's experiences of Islamophobic attacks
By Huma Qureshi - 24 July 11:56

Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death - but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. In an attempt to correc

The UK's new self-defence law opens the door for a Trayvon Martin case
By Jacob Turner - 23 July 11:45

By placing what is essentially a variant of Florida's "stand your ground" law on the statute book, the coalition has created the potential for greater acts of vigilantism.

Why the feminist movement has to be inclusive
By Charlie Webster - 23 July 9:49

In her experience, TV presenter Charlie Webster has found that discussions about modern feminism can become confused and fragmented among all the divisive discourse about who belongs or doesn’t to the feminist movement.

EDL marchers
A walk into town to defy the English Defence League
By Imran Awan - 21 July 18:37

When the far-right came to Birmingham looking for trouble, Muslim community leaders advised staying away but I wanted to see the threat for myself.

Martyrs' shrine
Burma's martyrs honoured despite ethnic troubles
By Lisa Tilley - 20 July 23:28

The pain of rapid economic liberalisation and inter-communal violence is left aside on the anniversary of the death of Aung San Suu Kyi's father.

Why our new same-sex marriage is not yet equal marriage
By Peter Tatchell - 19 July 11:18

The six discriminatory aspects of the same-sex marriage legislation that was passed this week mean that this is not yet true equality.

“The Syrian revolution is a baby – it needs nourishment”
By Ewa Jasiewicz - 18 July 8:25

Ewa Jasiewicz reports on the plight of the relief efforts in Syria.

Empty shoes.
Trading torture for poverty
By Bithia Large and Joe Collin - 17 July 11:33

As the Freedom from Torture charity publishes its report on the poverty of torture survivors, its clients have published photographs documenting their living conditions.

David Kelly, ten years on: A spectacular failure of accountability
By Justin Schlosberg - 17 July 8:59

Ironically, those calling for an inquest into David Kelly’s death - ten years on today – base their arguments on precisely the values held so dear by professional journalists: the need for a full, impartial appraisal of the facts without fear or favour.

A young man uses a laptop outside a cafe in Brixton Village.
YUPPIES OUT! Living on the front line of gentrification in Brixton
By Cal Flyn - 16 July 17:30

On Monday hard-hatted bailiffs evicted 70 squatters from six Victorian mansion blocks on Rushcroft Road: my road. Is this really the price that must be paid for low crime rates and organic bread?

An Open Letter To HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge
By Michael Moran - 15 July 13:52

Women are devoting increasing amounts of time to their "birth day" appearance. Please don't give in to the trend, ma'am.

Homophobia won't go away once same-sex marriage becomes law
By Symon Hill - 15 July 13:16

The passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill into law is cause for celebration. But we must avoid complacency, says Symon Hill.

Why are politicians still pretending Ireland is an abortion-free wonderland?
By Anna Carey - 12 July 14:24

While our legislators bask in their moral superiority, thousands of Irish women have to travel to the UK in order to have an abortion, says Anna Carey.

Are women still getting short-changed on Question Time?
By James Evans - 10 July 14:34

A bit of number-crunching reveals on average in 2013, only two of the five panellists on <em>Question Time</em> were women. It's time for the BBC to be bold.

Nelson Mandela's legacy will be measured in symbolic moments
By Rachael Jolley - 10 July 14:01

Massive structural symbolic changes in South African life are Mandela’s legacy, and for too long their importance has faded, but this is a moment to remember the momentous change that opened up the country to a different level of freedom, writes Rachael J

Downtown Harrison, Arkansas. Photograph via WikiCommons
In which a black man hires a member of the KKK as his lawyer
By Tabatha Leggett - 10 July 10:44

Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.

Why is women's cricket still considered a second-class game?
By Antoinette Muller - 10 July 8:52

As the first Ashes test gets underway, Antoinette Muller looks into the often-overlooked women's game, where unequal prize money and a lack of professional contracts means many female cricketers must hold down other jobs in order to take to the field.

Campaigners outside the Bank of England.
What has made the women on banknotes campaign so successful?
By James Evans - 05 July 15:34

A petition calling for the Bank of England to include women on banknotes has garnered over 30,000 signatures. Social media and a tangible, realistic goal have helped its success.

A classroom
Migrants want to learn English: why isn't the government investing to help them do so?
By Eli Davies - 05 July 11:06

“If you're not prepared to learn English, your benefits will be cut," said George Osborne during the Spending Review. ESOL teacher Eli Davies explains that migrants are keen to learn English, but unless we have properly funded ESOL provision across the b

Obstetric Fistula: Africa’s silent epidemic
By Alan White - 04 July 12:08

While all women of reproductive age are vulnerable to suffer fistula, the underage girls who are victims of child marriages, female genital mutilation and teenage pregnancies are at highest risk.

Food, fuel and faith divide Cairo’s streets
By Bel Trew - 03 July 14:15

While the president and army appear locked in conflict, the streets are divided between the extraordinary groundswell of dissent against the president and those loyalists staging their own sit-ins and demos.

A woman and child look at trees showing their autumn colours in Bath.
Mumsnot: If a woman doesn't have any kids, does she have any value?
By Lulu Le Vay - 02 July 15:36

The time has come for change, says Lulu Le Vay. We need to accept that a woman can live a happy and fulfilled life without children.

Channel 4 are right to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer
By Imran Awan - 02 July 14:49

It will be a refreshing treat to listen to the call for prayer via a mainstream British media channel for the first time, says Imran Awan.

New Statesman
Trans or otherwise, it's time to overhaul the law on "rape by deception"
By Jane Fae - 30 June 22:13

Take your bed-partners as you find them and if they turn you on, what’s past history got to do with it?

Keith Farnan, with a skull.
What comedians can teach politicians: audiences are angrier than they used to be
By Keith Farnan - 28 June 12:41

There you are: a boy, standing in front of a whole bunch of other boys and girls, asking them to love you. But when times are tough, people need a target and politicians are much too canny to actually go out in front of a crowd, says Keith Farnan.

New Statesman
Mobile phones basically haven't progressed since the Nokia 1110
By Jacob Strauss - 28 June 7:31

It's the pinnacle of phones. Why try harder, asks Jacob Strauss.

Why is sterilisation still being forced on transgender people?
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35

Compensation demanded in Sweden.