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Naomi Wolf's "Vagina" is full of bad science about the brain
By Neuroskeptic - 05 September 9:58

Given that she's written a book about the vagina, Wolf seems to mention the brain a lot.

President Morsi shakes hands with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
Pragmatism will rule President Morsi's new foreign policy in Egypt
By David Wearing - 04 September 9:10

The current threat to western power is not from the Muslim Brotherhood but from ongoing revolutionary dynamics in Egypt.

New Statesman
Darayya: Fear translated
By Tam Hussein - 01 September 9:05

There is a perverse logic behind the Syrian regime’s measures.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Morsi in Tehran: strategic realignment or a safe pair of hands?
By Dan Glazebrook - 31 August 17:13

For now, Egypt’s financial stability depends on keeping the US and Saudi Arabia happy.

Striking Lonmin mine workers
Marikana massacre: charging miners with murder
By Martin Plaut - 31 August 15:21

Supreme irony that the ANC should deploy the very laws that sent their comrades to the gallows.

For Sale: NHS Records. Condition, morally dubious
By Emma Geen - 31 August 14:46

Should we be worried about the monetization of access to NHS records?

"Showing off her bump" - the vanishing identity of a pregnant woman
By Caron Lindsay - 31 August 12:58

A pregnant woman is more than just a bump with a woman attached.

A Bedouin carries wood on his back as he walks barefoot back to his tent
Occupation from within: the Arab Bedouin in Israel
By Rebecca Greig - 31 August 10:48

At the beginning of this year the Israeli government announced a that will displace more than 70 000 Arab Bedouin from their ancestral lands.

Student accommodation in the Ariel settlement in the West Bank
Welcome to Israel's first settler university
By Michael Chessum - 30 August 16:10

Ariel University is part academic institution, part political statement.

Bic For Her!
Pink Bic Pens and Man Crisps might be patronising, but we buy them
By Ally Fogg - 29 August 17:02

At a crude level, marketeers and advertisers will only produce such guff because enough of us indulge their campaigns with our custom. It's more troubling when companies start prescribing gender roles to infants.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti
The Sun's interview with violinist Nicola Benedetti was a masterclass in sexism
By Alan Williamson - 29 August 10:49

Why have words at all when you could use the space for derogatory comments and suggestive pictures?

Team GB's David Weir competes in the Paralympics test event
Do the Paralympics put extra pressure on disabled people?

Philippa Willitts and Frances Ryan debate whether being told to be an inspiration is any easier than being called a villain.

Michael Gove. (Getty Images.)
Call Michael Gove: I've got an idea
By Anna Lezard - 26 August 8:51

How to solve the schools crisis.

Young Syrians demonstrate in Aleppo on 24 August. (Getty Images.)
Syria: Cutting out the Middle Man
By Tam Hussein - 25 August 9:36

What hope for democracy after Assad?

Can men be feminists?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 24 August 10:14

Men have to be part of feminism, but that doesn't mean they have to run the show.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims raise their hands during a religious procession
The complex relationship between Islamism and democracy
By Daniel Jacobius Morgan - 23 August 14:59

Moderate Islamism should be seen as a means of institutionalising religious conservatism.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with his young son
Soon, ignoring tyranny in Belarus won’t be an option
By Jack Barton - 21 August 17:12

The diplomatic row between Belarus and Sweden means the UK won't be able to remain detached for long.

Why do we let the Prudocracy police our sexual fantasies?
By Martin Robbins - 20 August 13:33

I masturbate. You masturbate. Let's not get our knickers in such a twist about it, says Martin Robbins.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
What people who talk about "legitimate rape" really mean
By Naomi McAuliffe - 20 August 13:08

At the heart of both the Julian Assange and Todd Akin debates are some very questionable assumptions about what constitutes rape.

A member of the Somali National Army during a passing-out parade
History repeats itself in Somalia
By Dr Roland Marchal - 20 August 11:47

From a tragedy to a bloody farce.

Miners sit together during a strike calling for increased wages
Behind the Marikana massacre
By Martin Plaut - 20 August 10:56

South Africa is not a country at peace with its people.

Director Tony Scott dies aged 68
By New Statesman - 20 August 9:10

The Top Gun director died on Sunday.

Thirty years since Mexico’s default, Greece must break this sadistic debt spiral
By Nick Dearden - 18 August 18:39

We must retake control of our economies from the banks.

A Pussy Riot supporter protests in Barcelona
Pussy Riot is just the start of the fight for free speech in Russia
By Padraig Reidy - 17 August 14:42

There are indications that people are ready to kick back against Putin.

Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' in court.
Is feminism in Russia a mortal sin?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 16 August 14:00

The trial of Pussy Riot is encouraging Russians to talk openly about corruption. But how is their message being received in a country where feminism is still a dirty word?

Niall Ferguson's ignorant defence of British rule in India
By Paul Cotterill - 16 August 12:38

Oddly for a historian, Ferguson doesn't appear to have taken much notice of history.

Opium poppy buds in an Afghan field
The battle to tackle drug addiction is not lost
By Paul Hayes - 16 August 11:36

The debate about legalisation is a distraction.

A drug user injects heroin
Crises and radical thinking on drug policy
By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch - 16 August 9:29

Reform has always been a “two-steps forward, one-step back” undertaking.

Tunisian women shout slogans during a protest calling for the respect of women's
Will the Tunisian constitution erode the gains of women in the Arab Spring?
By Heather McRobie - 15 August 11:21

The dignity of gender equality could have a hard time penetrating the written constitution.