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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.

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.

The Twitter logo
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.

Members of the Muslim community shopping in Whitechapel in London.
Knee-jerk Islamophobia: why Trevor Kavanagh is wrong about British Muslims
By Rob Ford - 21 January 12:53

This kind of evidence-free, stereotype-laden assault on the British Muslim community has got to stop, says Rob Ford.

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.