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New Statesman
Is marriage really better than any other type of relationship?
By Josie Cluer - 03 February 9:39

Tax-breaks would send a clear signal.

New Statesman
In search of the lost generation
By Lewis G. Parker - 02 February 11:01

Voting Lib Dem, burning effigies, being systematically ignored.

New Statesman
EU leaders should not fear a 'Turkish invasion of Europe'
By Ibrahim Sirkeci - 01 February 15:17

Just 13 per cent of Turkey’s adult population expressed a desire to migrate, lower than many other countries.

Two men kiss during a demonstration in support of the legalisation of gay marria
Whatever they do, right-wing parties will lose out from the equal marriage debate
By Marie Le Conte - 01 February 10:59

As the issue of same-sex unions finally turns into a parliamentary debate on both sides of the Channel, it is becoming more and more obvious that the Conservatives and their French counterparts have little to win and a lot to lose.

Somali journalists protesting the arrest and trial of their collegaue
Alleged gang rape and suppression of press freedom in Somalia
By Zoe Flood - 01 February 9:42

As Somalia’s President visits London to meet with David Cameron, a woman who alleges she was raped by state security forces goes on trial for “insulting the dignity of a national institution”, alongside her husband and a journalist who interviewed her.

Free schools will invite corruption unless we fix them now
By Laura McInerney - 31 January 12:41

American free schools went through 20 years of shady deals because of their shoddy legislation. Now Britain is heading down the same path.

We don’t make our country stronger by forcing refugees into desperation
By Natasha Walter - 30 January 17:54

When women come to our shores for help, we owe them a chance to rebuild their lives, writes Natasha Walter.

Europe: democracy, or barbarism?
By Benjamin Abtan - 30 January 14:36

An open letter to Angela Merkel.

Malian soldiers arrest a man suspected of being an Islamist in Timbuktu.
Mali: now for the hard part
By Martin Plaut - 30 January 9:28

As David Cameron visits Algeria, it seems that Downing Street is only now realising just how long-term a project defeating the Islamist rebels in North Africa will be.

The fall in student applications could devastate the UK’s creative economy
By Simon Ofield-Kerr - 30 January 8:42

The changes to student finance, the promotion of STEM subjects through the EBacc and visa issues for international students are all discouraging potential students from realising their talents by following a creative arts degree.

Everyone has aspirations. We should focus on helping people achieve them
By Loic Menzies - 29 January 10:29

The idea that there is an "aspiration gap" isn't true: and that myth helps people ignore the real problems with our education system, writes Loic Menzies.

The government's opportunistic support for referenda will damage democracy
By Alex Hern - 29 January 9:23

The tool of dictators and demagogues makes its return.

 Look at this lovely picture of a baby giraffe instead.
What I’ve learned from Objectify A Male Tech Writer Day – and why I’m calling it off
By Leigh Alexander - 28 January 10:22

The real mission has to be making everyone feel welcome, period.

A homeless man begs for small change on a street in Glasgow.
People without homes, not "homeless people"
By Jack Watling - 28 January 9:46

There is no such thing as a stereotypical "homeless person", as Jack Watling finds out when he meets some of the people living without a home.

Benjamin Netanyahu heads the first weekly Cabinet meeting since the election
Has Israel shifted further to the right?
By James Dawson - 28 January 9:15

The latest election results analysed.

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Thousands turn out for "Save Lewisham A&E" hospital march
By Brixtonite - 27 January 18:50

. . . and the Jeremy Hunt coconut shy went down a storm.

Louise. All pictures reproduced with her permission
Being me: what it really means to be disabled
By Louise Page - 25 January 11:54

Louise Page, who has had four amputations, explains how her disability hasn't changed her essential feeling of who she is.

Disability cuts: the big picture is terrifying
By Richard Hawkes - 25 January 10:56

Individual benefit changes seem minor, says the head of Scope. But taken together, they present a worrying vision of life for disabled people in Britain.

Egyptians carry a wounded protestor during clashes with riot police
The People's Republic: the rise of civil disobedience in Egypt
By Bel Trew and Yassin Gaber - 25 January 10:33

As Egypt celebrates the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, cities are threatening to declare independence from central government.

New Statesman
Is the new IF campaign trying to ‘Make Poverty History’, again?
By Leni Wild and Sarah Mulley - 25 January 0:00

The development community must be brave enough to have an honest debate with the public and with politicians about the difficulties and challenges of aid, as well as its benefits.

Faced with cuts, Newcastle is fighting for fairness
By Nick Forbes - 24 January 16:14

The leader of Newcastle City Council calls for more honesty and openness in local government funding.

New Zealand, legal highs and sensible supply-side policies
By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch - 24 January 15:44

Existing policy in the UK is rooted in the false assumption that if you make something illegal, people will stop doing it.

Rongelap Island, part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific
Tax return done? Nah, I've offshored myself
By Willard Foxton - 24 January 13:08

Never mind trying to minimise your tax liability - it's surprisingly easy just to take yourself completely offshore and pay no tax at all, says Willard Foxton.

The real reason the right is baying for Denis MacShane's blood
By Francis Beckett - 24 January 12:16

The former Labour MP has been targeted because he's the EU's greatest defender, not because of his expenses.

Make the G8 History? Not just yet…
By Leah Kreitzman - 23 January 14:58

2013 must be the year in which the root causes of hunger and malnutrition are tackled head on, writes Leah Kreitzman.

Roll Up For The First Annual Objectify A Man in Tech Day
By Leigh Alexander - 23 January 11:15

What if men writing tech journalism had to field compliments about their looks or sexual attractiveness any time they wanted to talk about issues of concern to their space? I’d love to find out.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki
Seething discontent in the Horn of Africa: Eritrea's strange "coup"
By Martin Plaut - 23 January 9:08

A further crack in an unpredictable and repressive regime.

The response to austerity can't be on the terms which led us into it
By Molly Scott Cato - 23 January 8:29

The only effective response must be to repudiate the debt, writes Molly Scott Cato

A woman waits for clients in the Bois de Boulogne, in Paris
Should prostitution be legalised in France?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 22 January 15:51

Back from Paris where she has been interviewing prostitutes, politicians, police, and feminists who argue both for and against legalising prostitution, Valeria Costa-Kostritsky asks whether this is the answer.

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Misogyny, intimidation, silencing – the realities of online bullying
By Jane Fae - 22 January 8:08

The aggregated effect of floods of negative comments online can be enough to put opinionated women off appearing in public.