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Where were you when JFK was shot?
By Bonnie Greer - 12 November 16:09

Bonnie Greer remembers how “Mom and Apple Pie America” came to an end with the assassination of John F Kennedy fifty years ago.

Occupy Wall Street protesters picket during a May Day rally
Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America?
By Max Strasser - 09 November 9:52

Every time I’ve come home to the US from my home abroad over the past four years, I notice a trend among people of my demographic: they have become increasingly politicised – and increasingly radical.

How and why do we use animals in research?
By Nancy Lee - 04 November 12:44

There are few topics as emotive as the use of animals in research, and few topics where public trust is so essential. This is your chance to have your say.

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Why the threat of genocide hangs over the Central African Republic
By Martin Plaut - 04 November 11:23

The Central African Republic (CAR) – a byword for human rights abuses for decades – is slipping towards a bloodbath.

Britain’s economy is now beholden to big finance
The financialisation of everyday life must be confronted
By Costas Lapavitsas - 01 November 11:02

Unless we can reverse this financialisation and create a healthier basis for growth, the prospects for working people look grim.

Reclaim the Night: how analog campaigning can triumph in an age of archair activism
By Rebecca Winson - 31 October 9:51

Modern feminism is all webzines and, but there is a lot to be said still for campaigns like Reclaim the Night, launced in a time when there were no hashtags, no Facebook event, and no Instagrams of placards.

Why Prince George will never be king
By Christopher Lee - 23 October 14:54

Former BBC Royal Correspondent Christopher Lee says there's little chance the new prince will ever wear the crown.

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Five lessons from Derby: The Significance of Al-Madinah Free School
By Laura McInerney - 18 October 9:57

Even if 90 per cent of Free Schools are brilliant, it is not okay to sacrifice 400 children in a process that was obviously foolish from the outset.

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The Care Bill presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for disabled rights
By Richard Hawkes - 10 October 15:59

The Care Bill returns to the House of Lords this week. The Government has put down some welcome changes. But political leaders have to be visionary, be bold and think beyond the next election. So do councils – and so, too, do organisations like Scope.

What the duffin tells us about the power of the PR machine
By Rachel McCormack - 10 October 13:37

There are precious few options left to tiny fish left in a sea of trademarking sharks.

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From Siegfried Sassoon to Sinead O'Connor, those who write open letters know their power
By Hope Whitmore - 10 October 11:45

A whole lot of young men and women have just had their first introduction to concepts like women’s sexual freedom, structural oppression and liberation, and mental health stigmas by means of the Miley/Sinead debate.

Are the Austrian FPÖ party really neo-Nazis?
By Liam McLaughlin - 09 October 9:14

At an FPÖ rally, I mix with those who are both for and vehemently against the controversial party. FPÖ are compared to Nazis, one man says, because the FPÖ is an identity cult which exists only through the leader: “Strache is the FPÖ”.

How I became a lads' mag feminist
By Lulu Le Vay - 08 October 10:58

Lulu Le Vay used to physically balk at the sight of a young bloke flicking through the bosom-heavy pages of a lads’ mag. But once she started working for one, she became a lot less sure that these publications were as "degrading and harmful" as she had al

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Meet Matthew Lee, the scourge of the United Nations
By Martin Plaut - 08 October 10:34

Unrecognised by the public, lone journalist Matthew Lee's work in trying to hold the UN to account has made him someone few diplomats can afford to ignore.

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We need to talk about revenge porn
By Ellie Hutchinson - 05 October 11:47

"Young women who have contacted us talk about feeling “dirty” and “shamed”, they talk about self -harming and depression"

Let's all stop kicking Joe Hart
By Joshua Funnell - 05 October 11:27

The footballer deserves our compassion. Not cruel psychological abuse.

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Qatar wades into the Sudanese revolt
By Martin Plaut - 04 October 10:51

The government of Qatar is well known for its forays into foreign policy, and is accused by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia of buying the votes in last year's Somali election. Now it has turned its attention to Sudan.

A girl and her mother cross the road together
Government policy is forcing single parents into poverty
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 02 October 11:23

Loneliness, isolation and poverty are now the fate of many single parents in this country. Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi finds out why so many of them feel like they're being punished "like naughty children".

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Osborne shouts bingo - but let's first keep up with Paraguay
By Michael Meacher - 30 September 14:48

The UK cannot achieve a sustainable recovery until it can pay its way in the world, and despite a 25% depreciation of the currency over the last 5 years it still fails lamentably to do so.

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Did I betray my religion by falling in love with a Gentile?
By Dina Rickman - 27 September 13:48

I've been called worse than Hitler for being with the man I'm in love with. But to me, my boyfriend's religion is even more arbitrary than his fashion sense.

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The macho world of scientific research
By Kay Davies - 26 September 16:03

When I was interviewed for a lectureship at Oxford, where my husband worked, I was advised that a junior position would be more appropriate as it would enable me to go home and cook dinner.

A girl spray paints figures of male and female couples
Violence against women starts with school stereotypes
By Nancy Lombard - 26 September 13:23

If we are ever going to combat the attitudes and behaviour that can lead to violence, we have to prevent early stereotypes from taking root.

If you know you’re right, then does it matter if you make up the numbers?
By Robert De Vries - 26 September 10:16

The Tories have always had disdain for scientific evidence - and the situation is getting worse.

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A doctor's letter from the besieged Syrian city of Homs
By Dr Mosab - 20 September 13:44

A Syrian surgeon describes his struggles to treat the wounded in Homs and calls on the international community to intervene.

What should social democrats believe?
By Nick Pearce - 19 September 14:36

A new vision for welfare.

Children playing the violin.
Deal with it, parents: Violin lessons are pointless
By Mark Oppenheimer - 18 September 13:25

Parents who drag their children through music and dance lessons in order to give them skills for life, are wasting their time. Such lessons are pointless - but that needn't be a bad thing.

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The march that made Gandhi the Mahatma
By Martin Plaut - 17 September 13:33

One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.

Have you ever met a woman in a niqab? Has one ever harmed you?
By Aisha Gani - 17 September 9:43

As politicians call for a "national debate" on the niqab, Aisha Gani speaks to women who choose to wear a full-face veil to discover why they do so.

High street.
Crap Towns is nothing but an exercise in laughing at neglect
By Daniel Gray - 16 September 11:57

Why don't we love our neglected towns? When he returned to England to research his latest book, author Daniel Gray found the country's towns a haven of the beautiful and bizarre.

Why are we still relying on decades-old stereotypes when we talk about the Middle East?
By Samira Shackle - 13 September 11:49

Media narratives and the stereotypes they employ matter because they frame the way the world understands events. The reporting of Middle Eastern conflicts has the potential power to impact western political responses.