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New Statesman
Grant Morrison: Why I'm stepping away from superheroes
By Laura Sneddon - 15 September 17:08

The comics author on gay Batman, fan entitlement - and why accepting an honour from the Queen doesn't mean he's sold out.

Don't turn off the future
By Alastair Harper - 15 September 16:54

The green economy in Britain is thriving - so why are politicians so reluctant to talk about it?

An honour killing with a difference
By Julian Sayarer - 14 September 11:59

A Turkish woman takes the law into her own hands and kills the man who raped her.

In Aleppo, death comes from above and there's no knowing where it will fall
By Toby Muse - 14 September 10:29

Toby Muse reports on the horrors caused by the constant shelling he experienced in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

US ambassador to Libya killed in violence over anti-Islam film
By Lucy Provan - 12 September 15:33

The reaction to a nonsensical and offensive film has sparked protests in Bengazi and Cairo.

Games Makers waiting for Team GB on the Mall
Let's celebrate the Games Makers on the fourth plinth
By Rachael Jolley - 12 September 10:21

The anti-Paxmans in purple deserve public recognition.

Opposition activists protest against the alleged mass electoral fraud
Is Vladimir Putin's adolescent Russia ever going to grow up?
By James Rodgers - 11 September 12:32

It's now 21 years since the end of the Soviet Union, but Russia's politics are still strikingly teenage in nature.

The trouble with TED talks
By Martin Robbins - 10 September 13:33

In the cult of TED, everything is awesome and inspirational, and ideas aren’t supposed to be challenged, says Martin Robbins.

Anna Soubry is right: we must stop fudging issue of assisted dying
By James Harris - 09 September 11:18

Compassion should win the argument

Is this a turning point for Pakistan's blasphemy laws?
By Catriona Luke - 07 September 12:49

The case of Rimsha Masih could be a watershed moment in the struggle for religious toleration.

Dan Poulter appearing on BBC News
Dr Dan Poulter and the 100-hour weeks
By Pete Deveson - 07 September 11:34

Could the new health minister please clear up his statement about his hours as a junior doctor?

The new Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller
Cameron has reshuffled a Tory government into power
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 05 September 11:38

Against abortion, in favour of homeopathy, indifferent to gay marriage - why didn't we get a say on these new ministers?

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.