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A still from Bioshock Infinite.
The end of the epic: why the success of Bioshock Infinite is bad for gaming
By Phil Hartup - 21 April 11:54

Phil Hartup hated the critically acclaimed blockbuster. And he thinks you should too.

Forty years on, Bangladesh is still in the shadows of war
By Aisha Gani - 19 April 13:21

A focus on unity and closure is desperately needed.

Anglo-American and the finance sector: exporting abuse
By Deborah Doane - 19 April 9:19

We need to be aware of the impact our government’s policies have well beyond our shores.

Author Sam Harris, whose work is central to the Islamophobia allegations.
New Atheism should be able to criticise Islam without being accused of Islamophobia
By Andrew Zak Williams - 19 April 8:49

The atheist community is right to pursue rational, civilised debate, and should be able to do so without being tarred as bigots.

White doesn’t always mean privileged: why Femen's Ukrainian context matters
By Agata Pyzik - 18 April 12:54

The criticism of Femen and their topless protests as “fast-food feminism” ignores the postcommunist macho culture in Ukraine, the country from which the group emerged.

America tells Britain to pick: replace Trident, or be a "real military partner"
By Kate Hudson - 17 April 15:24

It's just not possible for us to have both at the same time, writes the CND's Kate Hudson.

A homeless man in Liverpool.
A band of brothers
By Nathan Roberts - 13 April 17:12

Suicide is the second most common cause of death among men under 35. This must change.

Pakistan Calling: Still hope at the end of the line
By Salman Shaheen - 10 April 9:08

DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the

Margaret Thatcher: a jewel-frocked siren in a sea of grey suits
By Sarah Ditum - 10 April 8:46

Margaret Thatcher was sexy, and she used her sex appeal as a weapon to disarm male colleagues at a time when politics was an even more hostile environment for women than it is now.

New Statesman
The Saudi paralysis case: do two wrongs make a right?
By Hannah Buchanan - 09 April 9:37

The reported sentencing of paralysis for a Saudi man as punishment for paralysing another man is grotesque. What we do not need is a person with a needless disability.

Paris Brown during an emotional BBC interview.
Paris Brown: Social media means your awful 17-year-old self is shackled to you forever
By Dorian Lynskey - 08 April 12:25

The attacks on Britain’s first youth police commissioner for some carelessly offensive tweets show that unless you’re an unusually cautious or discreet teenager, you’re writing a patchwork public diary without realising it.

Don't use Mick Philpott's case as a stick to bash polyamory
By Charlie Hallam - 07 April 9:25

I'm in a relationship with three men, says Charlie Hallam, and it's nothing like the controlling, coercive hold that Mick Philpott had over his wife and mistress.

A protestor holds up a sign calling for the release of Shaker Aamer
Shaker Aamer: "I’m a bit of a professional hunger striker, I’ve done it so often"
By Shaker Aamer - 05 April 11:58

A Guantánamo inmate since 2002, Shaker Aamer explains why he's joined the other detainees in a hunger strike.

The Philpott case shows us that the welfare state is our better self
By Sarah Ditum - 05 April 10:17

We can't simply rely on the kindness of strangers. The welfare state is there to help the people we are too flaky or prudish to reach out to.

Mandela, Queen Elizabeth and Handel’s Messiah
By Martin Plaut - 04 April 9:48

There is no doubt that the reaction to Mandela's death will reflect his values of reconciliation, understanding and harmony.

New Statesman
Are schools really expelling 15 "sex bullies" a day?
By Ally Fogg - 02 April 13:47

It is entirely reasonable for parents to worry about the influence of a sexualised culture on their kids, but there's a lot more to these statistics than the Mail's "moral calamity" reporting suggests.

Are black feminists too defensive about violence in our communities?
By Rahila Gupta - 01 April 11:00

The desire to avoid the racism that characterises some debates about rape and FGM abroad can lead us to make untenable comparisons with Britain, argues Rahila Gupta.

Feminists: beware ‘the decoy effect’
By Dalia Ben-Galim - 31 March 11:55

The success of a few outlying women does not mean that the struggle is over.

Postgraduate funding is an inequitable mess and we urgently need to fix it
By William Lord - 30 March 11:57

The current system of financing means that many people who are not from wealthy families are simply priced out.

Without the UK Border Agency, what will happen to those seeking sanctuary on our shores?
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 28 March 12:37

Restructuring the UKBA will not confront its fundamental problems.

Where do disabled people fit into George Osborne's "aspiration nation"?
By Richard Hawkes - 28 March 8:59

From 1 April, six different cuts to support started affecting disabled people. The result will be disabled people losing their independence, struggling to heat their homes and forced to withdraw from communities. What part can they play under such conditi

Pigeons should not have to pay with their lives for our entertainment
By Reg Pycroft - 27 March 16:46

Many racing pigeons don't even make it to a year old. We must end this cruel sport, argues Reg Pycroft.

Massacre in Meiktila: That was my friend
By Assed Baig - 27 March 15:48

More deaths are likely in Burma in the coming weeks as anti-Muslim violence intensifies.

"Why not just wear a burqa": Experiences of ethnic minority women writing online
By Asiya Islam - 27 March 13:14

Five ethnic minority writers share their experiences with Asiya Islam.

Paralympians speak out about disability benefit cuts
By Frances Ryan - 25 March 12:02

Several British medallists could lose much-needed financial support when Iain Duncan Smith's Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance on 8 April.

What lies behind the monstering of trans people in the press?
By Hannah Buchanan - 23 March 11:15

We have to get to a place where the trans population are not pantomime but people.

Banning the anti-gay bus advert is wrong. Free speech trumps offensiveness
By Peter Tatchell - 22 March 15:38

In a free society there is no right to not be offended, and the right to free speech extends to those with whom we disagree, too.

Look around you - who else is in the room?
Don’t like the Mean Girls’ table? Check out the rest of the room
By CN Lester - 22 March 13:33

Chances are you won’t be welcome in the world of online feminism? It depends on which part of the world you’re visiting – and what kind of attitude you bring with you.

How the press has failed to represent the public mood over Leveson
By Gordon Ramsay - 21 March 17:12

Where the Sun leads, the public follow? Not quite…

A punishing budget: but the government prepares to spend £100bn on nuclear weapons
By Bruce Kent - 21 March 13:42

Nuclear weapons provide the illusion of security not the reality.