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Israel's two tribes: which will Netanyahu choose?
By Prof Alan Johnson - 20 January 13:52

Could the Israeli prime minister be tempted to turn away from the far right and look left? Unlikely but not impossible.

The helplessness of the redundant
By Caitlin Leyshon - 19 January 12:48

Before letting rip at HMV staff, remember that while you have lost your £10 gift card, the person you are screaming at has lost their livelihood.

By the age of fifteen my PS3 was my entire world
The dangers of an adolescent, abusive relationship with gaming
By William Hazell - 18 January 11:58

We need a proactive and empathetic understanding of why some teenagers seem glued to their screens.

Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups
Trans people and the current feminist movement
By Petra Davis - 18 January 10:17

Don't be fooled: feminism is about exploring gender, not policing it.

The majority of the public isn't aware of the issues around moving beyond gender
Non-binary: An introduction to another way of thinking about identity
By Sky Yarlett - 18 January 9:35

Do not assume you can tell someone’s gender identity just by looking at their gender presentation.

 Inspector Walter Pepper of British Rail with a roomful of parcels
Missing presents and parcels in bins: why are private delivery firms so terrible?
By Jonn Elledge - 17 January 16:36

Maybe we just get the service we’re willing to pay for.

Mali: Is France entering a desert quicksand?
By Martin Plaut - 17 January 16:15

This conflict could prove far more intractable than Western powers and West African backers anticipate.

Janet Mock, a journalist who came out as trans in 2011
Trans role models: Janet Mock, Paris Lees, CN Lester and Luke Anderson
By Matthew Reuben - 17 January 8:30

You may not have heard of them, but popular culture has its fair share of trans people in public life braving the slurs - living examples of what trans people can achieve.

Serena Williams serving during her first round match at the 2013 Australian Open
Tennis needs to do more to show that women’s sport deserves greater exposure
By Cameron Sharpe - 16 January 14:05

The women’s game is riddled with an unprecedented level of mediocrity, and needs to change.

A researcher handles vials of blood for testing
Police demand DNA samples from gay men
By Peter Tatchell - 16 January 12:02

Men convicted of victimless homosexual offences three decades ago are threatened with arrest if they refuse to provide samples for the national DNA database.

The bridge over the River Tyne.
Nick Forbes: Newcastle’s king of cuts
By Andrew Hankinson - 15 January 13:40

Newcastle’s council leader has decided to make £100m of budget cuts over the next three years. Andrew Hankinson meets the man behind the budget.

Everything you've always wanted to know about trans issues (but were afraid to ask)
By Jennie Kermode - 15 January 8:30

Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jennie Kermode outlines the facts about trans issues and language - an area where prejudice and confusion so often get in the way.

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband
Why does Labour get a much easier ride from the left than the Lib Dems?
By Alan Martin - 14 January 16:21

Nick Clegg and the fleeting nature of hatred.

New Statesman
Why is there such a lack of ethnic minority journalists?
By Kaamil Ahmed - 14 January 15:51

Getting ethnic minorities through the door in the media in the first place is not the only problem.

Children are often far better at dealing with transness than adults
How a trans teacher showed adults have more hang-ups about gender than primary school kids
By Jane Fae - 14 January 9:36

Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jane Fae explains why the "think of the children" reaction to transness is just a technique for concealing overt prejudice.

New Statesman
Are Delhi lawyers jeopardising justice?
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 14 January 9:29

The Lawyers Association's refusal to defend the men accused of the Delhi gang rape might be one step too far.

The Savile case shows what happens when a celebrity becomes untouchable
By Paul Donovan - 11 January 16:36

An unhealthy type of Faustian pact has developed between the media and the celebrity class.

As the #transdocfail hashtag showed, many trans people are afraid of their doctors
By Charlie Hallam - 09 January 8:48

Trans patients should not have to please medical staff before they can access treatment, writes Charlie Hallam.

Seeing red: the power of female anger
By Suzanne Moore - 08 January 9:51

Every statistic available shows that women and children are being hit hardest by this recession. Outbursts of fury, politicised and scalpel sharp, are everywhere we look, says Suzanne Moore.

Britain's own war on women
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 07 January 16:04

Since 2010, women - old, young, rich, poor - have received blow after blow to their economic independence and social wellbeing.

The storm over Suarez's handball is a simple case of double standards
By Cameron Sharpe - 07 January 16:02

Those defending and condemning the Liverpool striker cannot have it all ways.

Microfinance shouldn't do the government's job
By Carl Packman - 07 January 14:05

It is a requirement of civil society that government obviate the need for payday lenders, writes Carl Packman.

Rejoice! John Redwood has discovered the root cause of poverty
By Sarah Ditum - 07 January 13:55

Tory MP's comments on gambling show why casting poverty as the result of individual spiritual failure is seductive - because it gets the government off the hook.

A screen shot from Grand Theft Auto V.
If we deplore racism and sexism in videogames, how can we defend violence?
By Phil Hartup - 07 January 13:43

A culture of violence is something that normalises violence and makes it acceptable. Games don’t do that because they don’t feature real violence or anything that feels like it, argues Phil Hartup.

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.