Views from elsewhere


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.

New Statesman
Why are NHS doctors are still treating trans people like they’re mentally ill?
By Anna Leach - 17 November 12:08

“You’re an attractive girl, why do you want to do this?”

Why is the Arab League silent about Darfur?
By Magdy el-Baghdady - 16 November 11:37

Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.

Conquering coal – A tale in two countries
By Guppi Bola and Chaitanya Kumar - 15 November 17:29

It's not just the west which is fighting investment in coal – grassroots campaigns in India are also calling for cleaner energy, write Guppi Bola and Chaitanya Kumar.

Trust, turnout and the PCC elections
By Ian Simpson - 15 November 15:47

There's a difference between apathy and lack of interest when it comes to elections.

A plume of smoke rises over Gaza during an Israeli air strike, as seen from Sder
What does Israel hope to achieve by striking Gaza?
By Rachel Shabi - 15 November 12:38

Israel says the goal is not to remove Hamas but to reassert Israel’s “deterrence” capability.

Ireland has avoided confronting its repressive laws by exporting its abortions. That must stop
By Sarah Ditum - 14 November 17:39

Savita Halappanavar should still be alive. Her death should be the galvanising moment for Ireland to reform its abortion laws, says Sarah Ditum.

The state is still failing schizophrenia sufferers
By Francis Davis - 14 November 14:04

Rethink's Schizophrenia Commission shows how a technocratic system is letting patients down.

Statutory regulation of the press will hurt free speech
By Padraig Reidy - 14 November 8:54

Self-regulation is the only way to ensure that journalist don't end up with less of a right to free expression than anyone else.

I took a married name for SEO purposes, but it's not for everyone
By Sarah Ditum - 13 November 12:54

Less sentiment, more search-optimisation - that's the way forward, says Sarah Ditum (née Webster).

Louise Mensch
For Louise Mensch, Corby was nothing more than a stepping stone
By Anmar Frangoul - 12 November 16:09

Labour are poised to take control of a constituency where voters feel duped and used by their previous MP's time in office.

If you're desperate to torture Nadine Dorries on TV, what does that say about you?
By Caron Lindsay - 12 November 10:42

Why we should feel sorry for the Conservative MP.

Neelam, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Madhya Pradesh, India.
When Neelam started her period, she thought she was dying like her mother
By Rose George - 09 November 17:11

The subject of periods and menstruation is even more taboo for India's girls than defecation - many have no idea what is happening when the bleeding starts.

Jacob Zuma is attempting to secure re-election
Militant Tendency sends shivers through South Africa
By Martin Plaut - 09 November 10:49

The group expelled from the UK Labour Party by Neil Kinnock in 1983 has surprising echoes in a row erupting in South Africa's ANC.

An apple
Shades of Anorexia: it is a mental illness, not a statement
By Lucy Britton - 08 November 16:24

An eating disorder made Lucy Britton "want to disappear". Here, she responds to Rachel Cusk's article on the "anorexic statement".

Chris Grayling at the Conservative Party conference
“Two Strikes and You’re Out”: Shouldn’t we be more proactive about criminal justice?
By Craig Harper - 08 November 15:53

Our political system is fixated on punishing ex-prisoners after they have reoffended, as opposed to trying to get things right in the first place.

New Statesman
Finding female experts - doing the BBC's job for them
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 05 November 9:05

Women are underrepresented on the airwaves. Broadcasters say they can’t find female experts. The founders of "The Women's Room", a new index of female talking heads, say they're just not looking hard enough.