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The scars you don't see: what it's like to live with PTSD
By Willard Foxton - 02 May 11:13

I didn’t break down instantly. It was at least a month before I had the first dream where I woke up, safe in my bed, but sheeted in sweat, scared to go back to sleep.

The One Barnet case heralds local government’s disappearing act
By Reema Patel and Sarah Sackman - 01 May 16:58

This is a future vision of local government where councils are reduced to mere technocratic commissioning bodies.

Domestic violence and mental illness: "I have honestly never felt so alone in my life"
By Faridah Newman - 01 May 11:17

Domestic violence, especially related to an intimate partner, is inextricably connected to mental illness. Faridah Newman explains how mental illness can often represent a vulnerability which is exploited by abusive partners.

Giving think tanks a direct policy role is good for democracy
By Peter Cuthbertson - 01 May 9:47

Excluding think tanks of left, right or centre from the policy process is undemocratic as well as impossibly naïve.

Kick the racism out of football, don't kick out the discussion of racism
By Musa Okwonga - 01 May 9:24

Reginald D Hunter's set at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner, and the response to it, shines a light on one of the great linguistic arm-wrestles of our time.

The "snooper's charter" showed just what the Government is capable of
By Dr Richard Clayton - 30 April 9:40

The proposed "Filter" programme would have been a vast step up in terms of the state's ability to spy on its citizens.

Jason Collins: “I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
By Paolo Bandini - 30 April 8:32

The media storm surrounding NBA centre Jason Collins coming out shows the sporting world is ready to hear what he has to say.

Why any tax avoidance "clampdown" is a ridiculous game of whack-a-mole
By Willard Foxton - 29 April 16:24

Danny Alexander's "mansion tax lite" has been torpedoed by oligarchs claiming their £2m+ properties are "open to the public". It shows how hard it is to stop the rich - and their lawyers - finding creative ways to beat the taxman.

Think that Royal Mail is bad? Wait until you see its privatised successors
By Paul Mills - 29 April 13:47

The important task of getting crucial and confidential letters to people on time is jeopardised by profit-oriented thinking that prioritises getting postmen back to the depot to meet targets.

Argentina’s farewell to Margaret Thatcher
By Elizabeth Yentumi - 29 April 12:20

Reactions to her death quickly turned from the personal to the political.

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Owner of collapsed factory caught at Bangladesh-India border
By Alex Hern - 29 April 11:30

Sohel Rana arrested trying to flee the country.

Sleeping Girl.
The darkness beyond language
By Rebecca Wait - 29 April 9:38

A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.

The "better off on benefits than in work" claim is a complete fallacy - where's the evidence?
By Mark Serwotka - 29 April 8:54

The real issue for the government is not making work pay, but making work exist, says the PCS union's Mark Serwotka.

Spotted on Facebook: a sexist and degrading form of cyber-bullying in disguise
By Rosaleen Fenton - 27 April 9:25

A new trend of "Spotted" Facebook pages is allowing people space to post anonymous abuse at individuals who can easily identify themselves, and then scolding dissenters for lacking a sense of humour.

Why is Britain rolling out the red carpet for the UAE's Sheikh Khalifa?
By Donald Campbell - 27 April 8:11

Three British citizens continue to be held under appalling conditions in the United Arab Emirates, while the Government prepares to host the country's unelected leader for a state visit.

Wikipedia wars: are there really novelists and 'women novelists'?
By Sarah Ditum - 26 April 9:44

How many brilliant writers will be sorted away entirely, never making the cut as novelists because they're weighed down with the tag "woman"?

A placard is seen as demonstrators participate in a protest in Allahabad.
Child abuse: can India afford to remain in denial?
By Priya Virmani - 25 April 12:13

Traditional notions of the Indian family allow child abuse to happen with impunity.

Zuma’s final battle for control of the ANC
By Martin Plaut - 23 April 12:27

The power struggle between President Zuma and trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi is a prelude to a battle for wider control of the political landscape.

Duwayne Brooks, friend of Stephen Lawrence: "Has police culture changed? No"
By Catherine Lafferty - 23 April 8:24

Twenty years on from the murder case that has become emblematic of police failure and racially-aggravated violence, Duwayne Brooks looks back.

The latest Suarez scandal is unlikely to spell the end for troublesome striker
By Cameron Sharpe - 22 April 9:27

The Liverpool board will chew over selling their prized asset - but not for long, says Cameron Sharpe.

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