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The smart fork and the crowding out of thought
By Matthew Flinders - 12 February 11:12

The launch of a new device that seeks to "nudge" us towards healthier eating just emphasises how reluctant our politicians are to tackle the problem of obesity head-on.

Cocaine – the South Africa connection
By Martin Plaut - 12 February 10:37

South Africa has become a major transit-point for the drugs trade, some of which is destined for Britain.

Five Stories: the harsh realities of the Government's "bedroom tax"
By Frances Ryan - 12 February 10:05

Almost two-thirds of households affected by the "bedroom tax" have a disability. Frances Ryan talks to five people who will face debt, discomfort and even homelessness once the bedroom tax is implemented.

Nobody Remembers Their First Kill: the importance of video game violence
By Simon Parkin - 12 February 9:50

Violence isn't unique to cinema or games - they're just the latest recruit to the aftermath blame tradition.

What we'll mostly miss about Pope Benedict XVI is . . . his hats
By Martha Gill - 11 February 12:17

For an octogenarian, he has an amazingly catholic taste in headwear.

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The Mid-Staffordshire inquiry: where there’s a political will, there’s a way
By Phil McCarvill - 10 February 11:44

There are interesting parallels between the Francis report and the Macpherson inquiry report into the death of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

A before and after montage of the photos released by the Greek police of one of
A disastrous and unconvincing case of brutality and mismanagement by the Greek police
By Yiannis Baboulias - 09 February 13:56

Conflicting stories and doctored photographs reveal clumsy attempts by the Greek police to conceal the degree of force used during and after the arrest of four anarchists.

New Statesman
Labour councils are the light at the end of this long, dark economic tunnel
By David Sparks - 08 February 16:11

The party's councils are filling the vacuum left by government inaction.

Andrew Brons with Nick Griffin in 2009
Neo-Nazi former BNP members launch new far-right party
By Matthew Collins - 08 February 9:51

They hope the new British Democratic Party will kill off the BNP, while security for the launch meeting will be provided by EDL activists.

New Statesman
Islamists tasked with drugs crackdown in Tripoli
By Lucy Provan and Rhiannon Smith - 07 February 14:13

What now for the rule of law in Libya?

"Is my dog gay?" Well, how could you even tell?
By Jane Fae - 04 February 12:40

Jane Fae ponders the lessons a gay dog from Tennessee can teach us all about human sexuality.

Collymore's twitter rant about "football snobbery" was misplaced
By Cameron Sharpe - 03 February 10:52

The gulf between critic and fan.

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.

A sign in a Lewisham window. Photo by @Brixtonite
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.

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