Views from elsewhere


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.

Hitman: Absolution shows you can't just be a good new game with a revered old name
By Phil Hartup - 29 November 16:00

The fans of these old games are older now too, and they expect to find something of what they liked about the franchise in the first place.

Jenny Hicks and Margaret Aspinall, members of the Hillsborough Family Support Gr
After Leveson, we must ensure the voices of victims are never drowned out again
By Zoe Margolis - 29 November 11:17

No industry should be so unaccountable that it can ride rough shod over people’s lives.

Israel football player Yossi Benayoun playing for West Ham
When Spurs fans celebrate being the "Yid Army", are they giving racists ammunition?
By David Rosenberg - 28 November 16:17

There's no excuse for anti-Semitic abuse in football, says David Rosenberg, but can offensive slurs ever be reclaimed?

A chai-wallah makes a brew in the Jari Mari slum, next to Mumbai Airport
Things are different in India: Starbucks vs the chai-wallah
By Ritwik Deo - 28 November 10:17

How could something so bland and corporate ever compete with the muzzein-like call of the friendly chai-wallah?

A UN peacekeeper stands on the roadside in the east of the Congo
In the Congo, United Nations peacekeepers stood and watched as Goma fell to rebel forces
By Martin Plaut - 27 November 11:24

Without US support, UN peacekeepers played a passive role.

A worker holds cotton at a cotton factory
Why are Indian farmers committing suicide over their debts?
By Leah Borromeo - 27 November 9:31

Cotton farming has such narrow margins that finding cash to hold a family together can prove too much.

David Dimbleby, host of Question Time
Is there bias on BBC Question Time?
By Phil Burton-Cartledge - 26 November 17:04

Phil Burton-Cartledge has crunched the numbers on the political persuasions of the guests on the BBC's flagship politics programme.

Climate change protestors in St Andrews
Should scientists be bolder in public?
By Alice Bell - 26 November 15:45

Is it the role of science to be brave and pick a side, or just to ask the searching questions?

A newspaper advertising board outside a corner shop in Rochdale
What does our society say about women and girls?
By Sara Khan - 26 November 13:00

Ingrained misogyny within sections of the British Pakistani community cannot be defended, but we all have to take collective responsibility for child sex exploitation.

A sticker supporting Women Bishops is displayed on a car
Disestablishment of the Church of England may be closer than we think
By Mark Thompson - 26 November 11:14

The idea that there should be a special place within our constitution for one particular religious outlook is increasingly anachronistic.

New Statesman
Aid can help African children realise their potential
By Susan Opok - 25 November 8:26

Developing education should be a priority.

Demonstrators wave Israeli flags in London
In times of crisis, UK Jews return to public support for Israel
By Keith Kahn-Harris - 23 November 10:25

The diversity of views that has developed has been temporarily obscured by Operation Pillar of Defence.

Pang Xinhua, the managing editor of China Central Television Africa
China’s "soft power" offensive in Africa
By Martin Plaut - 22 November 16:17

As western powers cut back their spending on international broadcasting, China launches an offensive to win the continent's hearts and minds.

Ellinah Wamukoya during her consecration.
Take note Church of England - first female bishop ordained in Africa
By Raziye Akkoc - 22 November 15:42

A growing number of women in Africa are attaining positions of power and influence.

A Palestinian woman walks past destroyed tents near bombed smuggling tunnels
With Israel and Gaza, separation is no guarantee of solution
By James Rodgers - 22 November 9:50

There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.

Why Israel's action in Gaza is not "disproportionate"
By Prof Alan Johnson - 21 November 11:51

Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.

Labour lawyer and convoy organiser Haitham Mohamedain
“We give our lives to Gaza” - the Egyptians who entered Gaza from Egypt
By Bel Trew and Nada El-Kouny - 21 November 11:32

Bel Trew and Nada El-Kouney report from the civilian convoy that travelled into the violence in solidarity.

Women’s minister Maria Miller has backed a four-week reduction in the limit for
We have to counter the anti-sex, anti-choice spin before it's too late
By Zoe Margolis - 21 November 10:28

A vocal minority is attempting to influence the political mandate on sexual health.

Charity workers hand out food to those in need
Shift the rhetoric from benefit scroungers to cheating corporations
By Chris Johnes - 20 November 9:00

Undue focus on "scrounging" is draining public support for welfare at a time when a proper safety net is desperately needed by millions of vulnerable people.

A butler brings his mistress breakfast in bed, in 1930
A day in the life of a modern-day butler
By Ritwik Deo - 19 November 10:56

An age-old profession is getting a new lease of life as the super-rich demand their very own Jeeves.

Club night themes often perpetuate the objectification and exploitation of women
Calling time on club nights that sexualise women
By Lauren Woods - 18 November 11:13

Why are women still expected to look a certain way?

Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Why must our sporting idols be nice?
By Cameron Sharpe - 17 November 12:34

Desire to place the highly successful on a pedestal does no one any favours.