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Balls's job guarantee is a left-wing idea wrapped in right-wing rhetoric
By Hannah Meltzer - 04 January 15:29

Labour's 'tough' message risks encouraging the belief that benefit claimants seek to avoid work.

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Why is the Daily Mail promoting a site that appears to be little more than an escort agency?
By Michael Marshall - 04 January 14:45

As the Daily Mail celebrates success in their online porn campaign, Michael Marshall explores the PR influence behind their headlines.

I try to tell myself: I am a human being. My existence is worthwhile
By Frances Ryan - 04 January 12:05

Intrusive questions about your health. The fear and uncertainty of a claim being rejected. Trying to make ends meet through bureaucratic delays. What is life really like for those who claim disability benefits?

Mukhtar Mai and her son. She has campaigned tirelessly for her rapists’ arrest.
Does the death penalty afford meaningful redress in rape cases?
By Aisha Gill - 04 January 10:49

Tackling rape requires change, not retribution. Why the death penalty doesn't help rape victims.

Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Jake Collin
Alex Ferguson’s latest display of petulance threatens to tarnish a formidable legacy
By Cameron Sharpe - 02 January 12:44

The FA’s failure to punish the biggest child in the playground makes a mockery of "Respect" campaigns.

Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.

Syrian activist Anas al-Shogre hasn't been seen since May 2011.
NS Christmas campaign: Show your support for Anas al-Shogre
By Eulette Ewart - 24 December 9:52

The Syrian activist disappeared in May 2011 and hasn't been seen since.

"If you can have gay Tories, it’s extraordinary you can’t have a gay footballer”
By Anmar Frangoul - 23 December 8:33

How close is football to tackling its historic problem with homophobia?

How would you feel about having a mental health centre on your street?
Stigma in crisis: mental health, fear-mongering and murder
By Philippa Willitts - 20 December 14:44

Opposition to having a charity-run mental health crisis centre in your street is both very telling and depressingly predictable.

Actress Megan Fox
In defence of Megan Fox
By Louise Pennington - 20 December 10:28

Hiring a night nurse doesn’t make Megan Fox neglectful of her child – she’s just a woman trying to survive in the patriarchy like the rest of us.

Russian opposition supporters shout during a rally in central Moscow on 5 Decemb
The danger of “business as usual” with Moscow
By Tanya Lokshina - 20 December 10:01

Human rights researcher Tanya Lokshina tells how she was blackmailed over her pregnancy.

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There's no such thing as a Twitter Elite
By Stuart Houghton - 18 December 16:37

Rather than ranting that people aren't replying to you on Twitter, try being friendly and/or interesting (just like in real life).

A 100 hours of solitude
By David Varela - 17 December 15:05

An epic writing challenge in aid of promoting access to writing for everyone.

Standing in opposition to the dominance of privilege
By Zoe Stavri - 17 December 14:23

Being aware of one’s own privilege doesn't detract from the struggle - working to ameliorate its effects can only enhance what we are trying to achieve.

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NS Christmas campaign: Show your solidarity for Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman
By Eulette Ewart - 17 December 12:42

The Egyptian activist was beaten by soldiers as she tried to come to a woman's aid during last year's protests in Tahrir Square.

David Cameron has a top hat placed on his head by morris dancer
The problem with privilege-checking
By Tom Midlane - 17 December 11:47

While we're concerned with our own potential prejudices, we're not fighting back against the Coalition.

Juan Manuel Marquez lands a blow for the nearly men of sporting history
By Cameron Sharpe - 16 December 16:29

The Mexican boxer’s dogged refusal to accept defeat resulted in the most glorious of pay-offs.

New media cracks Eritrea’s iron curtain
By Martin Plaut - 15 December 14:42

Isolated in exile, young Eritreans have developed new forms of resistance.

The coalition's support for fracking is based on ideology, not evidence
By Lawrence Carter - 13 December 15:40

The government's dash for gas will increase energy bills, not reduce them.

Ideology beats the facts as Gove pushes performance-related pay
By Hannah Meltzer - 12 December 15:35

The government’s plans to scrap the national salary scheme for teachers is nothing more than a thinly-veiled cost-cutting scheme.

Bondage by Ater Crudus on Flickr, via Creative Commons
The Sun loves Page 3, but it can't stand women on top
By Nichi Hodgson - 12 December 14:16

Former dominatrix Nichi Hodgson was stunned to discover that the pictures that accompanied her article on how to safely spank a man were deemed officially "too racy" for the paper that proudly prints Page 3.

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I'd Rather You'd Quit Partying Than Raped People
By Ropes to Infinity - 11 December 14:06

A response to an article by a rapist in the Good Men Project.

Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian.
We’re all complicit in the humour of humiliation
By Nicky Clark - 11 December 9:42

You can’t condemn the Australian DJs who prank called the Duchess of Cambridge’s hospital if you laughed at the results.

Gao Zhisheng with his son.
NS Christmas campaign: Show your support for Gao Zhisheng
By Eulette Ewart - 10 December 13:37

The distinguished lawyer is at risk of torture.

Trying out a new eBook reader app on an iPad.
The perils of a "use now, pay later" approach to intellectual property
By Andy Williams - 10 December 12:55

Andy Williams, Managing Director of ITN’s licensing arm, makes his argument for a robust and fair copyright framework.

A screenshot from Anita Sarkeesian's original Kickstarter video.
Why should Anita Sarkeesian have to work for free in return for misogynistic abuse?
By Paul Casey - 10 December 11:31

The reaction to Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter project is one of staggering hypocrisy.

A protest against honour killings in Lahore (Getty Images)
Why does a man murder his wife?
By Heather Harvey - 07 December 16:25

From "honour killing" to "family annihilation", the underlying causes are often the same

Climate change: what are world leaders waiting for?
By Bianca Jagger - 07 December 13:04

The effects of climate change can already be seen in extreme weather events across the world, says Bianca Jagger. Here's how to make your contribution to the fight against it.

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We need to volunteer, but we need to do it right
By Mark Topley - 06 December 13:41

There's no room for knee-jerk reactions, writes NGO boss Mark Topley.

The Stanserhorn mountain in Central Switzerland.
India’s strange addiction to Switzerland
By Ritwik Deo - 05 December 9:36

A love story based on scenery, souvenir T-shirts, watches and hope.