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The arrest of lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa - a new low for lawyers in Zimbabwe
By Frances Webber - 27 May 9:18

We should remember the price lawyers sometimes pay for the courageous defence of their clients.

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Facebook can't keep turning a blind eye to the women-haters it enables
By Jane Fae - 26 May 12:10

By dealing with violent misogyny on a "case by case" basis, Facebook sends the message that the wider ideas are OK, writes Jane Fae.

How the English fell in love with German football
By Sunder Katwala - 25 May 12:48

Sport has a reputation for stoking historic enmities, but football has helped to transform the Anglo-German relationship into one of friendly rivalries and mutual respect.

The African Union turns 50, but the continent's people deserve so much more
By Martin Plaut - 25 May 12:09

Martin Plaut asks how a body with so much hope can have done so little?

The latest Israel-Palestine peace talks were doomed to fail before they began
By Matt Hill - 24 May 8:28

If you want the bottom line about why William Hague and other dignitaries are in Israel for sham talks about peace, look at the bottom line.

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Why legal aid reforms must be stopped, Exhibit C: the "paedophile"
By Barrister's Wife - 23 May 17:48

Innocent people could be in jail if proposed changes to the legal system are implemented. Here is one of them.

Facing the aftermath: putting the Woolwich attack in context

Targeting a community at large for the criminal activity of a few is unacceptable.

Gender and consent: trans is not a deception
By Jane Fae - 23 May 10:24

Conservatives have made their peace with gay marriage, but trans issues remain beyond their grasp.

The slow burn of food prices is squeezing the world dry
By Duncan Green - 23 May 10:18

A new Oxfam report reveals the crushing effects of roller-coaster food prices.

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Why legal aid reforms must be stopped, Exhibit B: the "murderer"
By Barrister's Wife - 22 May 17:55

Innocent people could be in jail if proposed changes to the legal system are implemented. Here is one of them.

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The voices of austerity
By Mary O'Hara - 22 May 11:22

A new project aims to give a voice to the people harmed by austerity. Mary O'Hara introduces it.

The assessment for PIP requires claimants to attend face-to-face consultations,
The transition from DLA to PIP will harm disabled claimants
By Erin Mee - 22 May 11:14

Causes for concern from a care worker.

In Defence of Swivel Eyed Lunacy
By Alan Martin - 21 May 15:58

Obsessive, narrowly-focused activists are exactly the kind of people you want in your party's grassroots, argues Alan Martin.

Why legal aid reforms must be stopped, Exhibit A: the "child pornographer"
By Barrister's Wife - 21 May 10:18

Innocent people could be in jail if proposed changes to the legal system are implemented. Here is one of them.

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Exhibits A-D : four reasons why the legal aid reforms need to be stopped
By Barrister's Wife - 21 May 9:51

The legal aid reforms will lead to innocent people being jailed. A barrister's wife explains why.

Sandi Toksvig, one of the women Jane considers to have helped make feminism funn
Jane Duffus: "We're brought up to see men being funny and women being homely"
By Nicky Clark - 21 May 8:48

The founder of the What the Frock! comedy night talks to Nicky Clark.

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My 'crisis of masculinity' and how feminism set me free
By Samuel C L Jones - 20 May 14:18

When I realised that gender was made up I stopped worrying about what "being a man" meant.

A protester holds up a placard at a demonstration for equal rights
Myths and realities about Equal Marriage
By Adam Wagner - 20 May 11:12

The complexity of the process should not dissuade the Government from sticking to its guns.

The stereotypes used against Eastern Europe are as old as they are wrong
By Alan Anstead - 17 May 12:30

The tabloids are smearing Roma – but we've heard these myths before.

Three woman reading.
Sexual squeamishness does women no favours
By Girl on the Net - 17 May 11:46

The opinions in this article are NSFW. Or breakfast. Or anywhere - that's the problem. Women aren't supposed to be filthy.

Ed Miliband with his wife Justine Thornton and his two children.
From the Tories' "feckless dads" to the "crisis in masculinity": can Labour go father?
By Glen Poole - 17 May 11:04

Jon Cruddas and Diane Abbot have argued this week that Labour must value the roles that fathers play in modern families. But first, it must stop policies which disadvantage men.

Prayers at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London in 2011.
Confessions of an ex-Muslim
By Omar Shahid - 17 May 10:33

Over 100,000 people in Britain converted to Islam between 2001-2011, yet it is believed that up to 75 per cent may have since lost their faith. Who are they - and how do they feel about the way of life they embraced then quickly abandoned?

The government is building a network of spies to make immigrants' lives impossible
By Asiya Islam - 17 May 10:16

Just try renting a house on a valid student visa after the latest proposals go through.

A nurse walks with children outside an orphanage and hospital in Addis Ababa.
10 per cent of the world uses 90 per cent of the morphine: this needs to change
By Sheila Payne - 16 May 10:23

Pain relief and palliative care is a human right - and yet global access to drugs is grossly unequal. Change is urgently needed.

My mother didn’t have any say in her divorce - I did.
In a generation, everything has changed for British Muslim women
By Irna Qureshi - 15 May 17:33

My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.

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The Oxford abuse case and the myth of the “good girl” victim
By Aisha Gill - 15 May 16:48

It is widely believed that ‘true’ victims are always happy and willing to co-operate with the authorities and that ‘good girls’ would never accept payment for their own exploitation and that they would always contrive to escape such situations. That's not

Toronto Pride.
Israel row: The bid to defund Toronto LGBT Pride is straightforward censorship
By Peter Tatchell - 15 May 12:17

The bid to ban pro-Palestine group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid as well as the slogan “Israeli apartheid” is a direct attack on freedom of speech and the right to protest.

On the Thames estuary
By Caroline Crampton - 15 May 10:42

"The estuary doesn’t yield all its secrets on first glance. An hour or so out from the Isle of Sheppey, we arrive at seven bizarre constructions that look as if they belong in War of the Worlds..."

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth Tsvangirai.
On the fifth anniversary of Tonderai Ndira's death, how much has changed in Zimbabwe?
By Mark Olden - 14 May 15:38

Amid all the bloodshed of Zimbabwe’s 2008 election, it was the murder of the 30-year-old Tonderai Ndira that caught the international media’s attention. He became a symbol for the country's political struggles. Five years on, Zimbabwe is transformed, but

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The irony of the press criticising Michael Gove's dodgy surveys
By Michael Marshall - 14 May 12:28

Most PR-commissioned surveys are bunk – but it's not just Michael Gove who cites them.