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New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

Free Pussy Riot protestors approaching the Russian Embassy in London
The New Statesman Christmas campaign
By Caroline Crampton - 04 December 14:28

We're supporting Amnesty's Write for Rights campaign.

Protestors shackled outside the Russian Embassy in London
NS Christmas campaign: Show your solidarity for Pussy Riot
By Eulette Ewart - 04 December 14:12

The New Statesman is supporting Amnesty's Write for Rights Campaign.

A prison officer stands outside Winson Green Prison, Birmingham
Fathers in prison need support too
By Cat McShane - 04 December 11:39

Keeping dads connected to their children during their sentence gives them purpose.

Why Kelvin MacKenzie is wrong to diss the north
By Charlie Hallam - 03 December 15:59

There's so much wrong with Kelvin MacKenzie's idea for a "Southern Party" that it's hard to know where to start.

President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech at the Parliament in Cape Town
Can South Africa's ruling party overcome its reputation for corruption, nepotism and violence?
By Martin Plaut - 03 December 14:51

Ahead of the ANC conference, where the country's next president will likely be anointed, Martin Plaut examines the internal divisions plaguing the party.

Michael Gove.
Why is Whirlwind Gove acting so fast?
By David Harris - 03 December 12:20

By dismantling educational infrastructure at such a speed, Gove is ensuring that his successors as Education Secretary will struggle to reverse what he's done.

A porter at Lewisham hospital in 1981. (Getty.)
Where did the hysteria over the Liverpool Care Pathway originate?
By Kate Granger - 01 December 12:17

We need to talk openly about dying.

New Statesman
Lifting the veil in Turkey
By Raziye Akkoc - 30 November 15:50

Turkey's prime minister Recep Erdogan announced this week that the headscarf ban will be partially lifted.

HIV positive women make red ribbons
More than a prayer: Faith communities’ response to sexual violence
By Rowan Williams and Michel Sidib - 30 November 15:13

A dialogue between Archbishop Rowan Williams and Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS for World Aids Day.

The Leveson report
Leveson's purpose is to give ordinary victims fair redress against the media
By Martin Moore - 30 November 14:46

Beyond the celebrities and politicians, there are ordinary people who often find themselves in the glare of the media through no fault of their own.

Veiled women carrying their ID demonstrating in Paris in January 2004
France and the veil – the dark side of the law
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 30 November 11:16

French anti-veil laws are steeped in racism and have opened the door to abuse against Muslims.