Views from elsewhere


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.

Not everyone is allowed to sit at the Mean Girls' table for lunch.
There’s no point in online feminism if it’s an exclusive, Mean Girls club
By Sadie Smith - 21 March 12:38

Ever tried to engage with feminist discussion on the internet? Chances are, you won’t be welcome.

An Open Letter to Justin Welby from Peter Tatchell
By Peter Tatchell - 21 March 9:02

On the occasion of his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Khuram Shaik, who died in an attack in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day 2011.
The Rochdale Red Cross worker who continues to haunt Sri Lanka
By Simon Danczuk - 19 March 9:08

Travelling to Sri Lanka to try and find out about his constituent's murder, Simon Danczuk learned that when politicians are implicated, justice is kicked into the long grass.

“It’s the occupation, stupid”: what went wrong in Iraq
By James Rodgers - 19 March 8:49

Ten years on, James Rodgers reflects on the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

New Statesman
Bloody Tories: the shrinking realm of public discourse
By Preston Byrne - 18 March 12:54

The conviction of Bethan Tichborne begs the question: has Britain outlawed the truth?

Joey Skaggs: novelty silliness and well-packaged rebellion
By Josh Lowe - 18 March 12:02

Josh Lowe meets Joey Skaggs,the man who prides himself on being able to prank the media over and over again.

The curious case of Bernard Hopkins
By Cameron Sharpe - 17 March 10:20

The 48-year-old boxer’s world title win is a triumph for longevity but a death knell for the last link to sport’s last golden age.

Was the Falklands referendum the most unanimous election ever?
By James Dawson - 15 March 12:02

Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein and the Assads have all flirted with the 99 per cent electoral margin.

Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions
Keir Starmer's report on rape allegations tells us more about their nature than their number
By Ally Fogg - 14 March 11:46

The CPS review of false rape allegations doesn't offer any clear answers.

Bedroom tax: pushing those “getting by” over the edge
By Frances Ryan - 13 March 10:40

Despite the concessions made by Iain Duncan Smith yesterday, the bedroom tax will still hit thousands of disabled children and adults, and those fleeing domestic abuse, argues Frances Ryan as she speaks to some of the families affected.

New Statesman
So… Why does the Daily Express hate the EU?
By Scott Bryan - 13 March 9:05

The <em>Daily Express</em> doesn’t like The EU.

Why is Douglas Murray smearing me to distract from this damning UN report on Israel in Gaza?
By Owen Jones - 12 March 12:01

Owen Jones made the same error as the Telegraph, Mail, Haaretz, Guardian, Sun, Washington Post, Human Rights Watch and Spectator. If Douglas Murray wants that to be addressed, he also knows that Israel could be guilty of committing war crimes. So why the

Should feminists lay off Rihanna?
By Sarah Ditum - 11 March 10:20

The pop star gets criticised for her hypersexual persona - and for returning to the man who abused her. But before you attack her choices, work out what you'd do if someone you actually knew was making the same mistakes.

That's what she said: the experiences of women in "lad culture"
By Kelley Temple - 08 March 14:55

We have all been complicit in this everyday sexism, and now it's time we all changed.

Feminist activists protest at Parliament Square for women's rights
Ten ways to survive as a woman on the left
By Rosie Rogers - 08 March 12:32

We’re supposed to be the good guys, so let’s get it right on gender equality.

Young, behind bars and in peril in Yemen
By Belkis Wille - 07 March 14:40

“Nothing is worse than life in a Yemeni prison.”

Why are some university debating societies havens of misogyny?
By Willard Foxton - 07 March 14:31

The heckling experienced by female debaters at Glasgow University Union is an unwelcome reminder of a previous age where personal insults were fair game. And anyone who disagrees is a dickless baboon.

What can be done about the BBC’s raw deal for migrants?
By Martin Plaut - 07 March 14:11

Welsh and Scottish Gaelic have their own language broadcasts as well as the English output, but communities like British Somalis receive nothing, despite paying the same license fee.

Crufts: Making dogs suffer for "beauty"
By Mimi Bekhechi - 06 March 14:21

Competitions like Crufts encourage breeders to manipulate dogs' bodies as if they were modelling clay. Even dogs who will never set foot in a show ring suffer because of it.

A cottage. Flickr/markhillary
Leaving a home for a home
By Simon Parkin - 06 March 9:57

When Simon Parkin's grandfather moved into a nursing home, his grandmother was left alone in her cold house. Who has it worse, he wonders?

Intervention on FGM is complicated
The problem of female genital mutilation in Britain
By Sophie McBain - 06 March 9:23

Campaigners are worried that cuts will mean organisations working with women and children will close down.

Segregation and echoes of apartheid: Israel launches Palestinian-only buses
By Rachel Shabi - 05 March 8:41

Separation and discrimination is a numbing fact of life for Palestinians in the West Bank.

In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats
By David Wearing - 04 March 16:31

Without taking definite steps to promote democracy in Bahrain, Britain will, to all intents and purposes, have sided with the oppressor.

The Rain Room exhibition at the Barbican.
Britain's peculiar fascination with the weather
By Rosalind Goates - 02 March 14:36

The Barbican's Rain Room exhibition is a reminder of how the weather defines our nation’s character.

Myfyrdod adeg Gŵyl Ddewi
By Olivia Williams - 01 March 8:19

Heddiw o bob diwrnod, dylem ddathlu mor wyrthiol ydyw ein bod ni yng Nghymru, er i ni gael ein concro yn y drydedd ganrif ar ddeg, a byw yng nghysgod un o brif ieithoedd cyffredin y byd, eto’n medru siarad ein hiaith ein hun.

Not Rod Liddle.
Rod Liddle and friends, a word in your ear about harassment
By Ally Fogg - 28 February 15:28

There's a difference between flirting over the photocopier and being a groper. So even if you think you're Don Draper, you might be Uncle Monty.

Greek pensioners demonstrate outside the Labour Ministry in Athens
Greek government makes extraordinary and undemocratic attacks on free speech
By Yiannis Baboulias - 27 February 13:50

While no one is looking, the Greek government goes on a rampage.

A woman walks passed an electoral information banner at a polling station
Italy’s elections and the European “misunderstanding”
By Andrea Mammone - 27 February 8:40

Does the political return of Berlusconi represent a realistic danger for Western democracy?