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Afghanistan.
What would Britain be like if it was at peace?
By Martin Plaut - 16 August 15:40

Since 1945, Britain has almost never been at peace. These conflicts have preoccupied the military and legitimised spending and facilities that would cause major problems if we stayed away from war.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

Troll. Flickr/aka Jens Rost, used under Creative Commons
The illusion of anonymity: how easy it is to hunt down a troll?
By Stuart Houghton - 12 August 12:39

"Come and find me," said the man who didn't believe it was easy to find people on the net, giving his real name. Twenty minutes later, I knew his address, university and current height and weight.

Newspapers.
The six most pointless summer "news" stories
By Bithia Large and Joe Collin - 09 August 15:00

It's August. There is no news to report, so our newspapers are filling their pages with this guff instead.

Selfridges Birmingham.
Birmingham or Manchester: Which is Britain's second city?
By Joe Collin - 08 August 17:00

Obviously, it's Birmingham.

Second homes: they do more damage than you realise
By William Hazell - 07 August 9:51

It’s hard to have a healthy community when locals can’t afford to live there anymore.

Myrna Simpson, mother of Joy Gardner.
Jimmy Mubenga: What kind of society can treat the death of an immigrant so casually?
By Symeon Brown - 06 August 10:18

Disrespected by the state, and demonised by the press - the most pressing "fears about migration" are those that belong to migrants.

Israel-Palestine: Forget the peace talks, follow the rail tracks
By Richard Irvine - 06 August 6:50

While the Israeli government's plans for a rail network linking Israel to the West Bank and Gaza may bring a slight improvement in living standards, it also has the potential to erase Palestinian opportunities for independent economic development and perm

Paul Gascoigne.
Why do we still remember Paul Gascoigne's best moments so fondly?
By Cameron Sharpe - 05 August 22:42

By now his credit is all used up.

Suffering in silence: What makes depression so prevalent among cricketers?
By Antoinette Muller - 04 August 11:56

Time away from home, the pressures of top-level sport, and even the game itself play a part. Antoinette Muller speaks to some of the players about why mental health problems are still a taboo subject in professional cricket.

Domestic violence: how to help without doing harm
By Anne Payne - 04 August 10:12

Domestic violence is the abuse of power over one person by another. Employers can use their power to support people in need of help, says Anne Payne.

The NHS logo on a sign outside St Thomas' Hospital in London.
NHS funding: Let's stop pretending we can see the emperor's new clothes
By Michael Crawford - 03 August 12:04

To pretend that extra resources are not urgently needed in the NHS is to be as foolish as the courtiers in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

A thumbs up or 'Like' icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California
The Writing on the Wall: How Facebook is destroying our capacity for political debate
By Jacob Mertens - 03 August 11:18

The increasing trend for Facebook users to share pre-made images with opinions attached is encouraging us to adopt a stranger's agenda wholesale and without question, argues Jacob Mertens.

Daniel Pelka’s murder shames Britain
By Jason Cowley - 01 August 16:49

Guilt lies with those who could have prevented it.

Is there ever a right time to have a baby?
By Sian Lawson - 01 August 15:05

If the media is to be believed, the answer is no. But do the casual assertions that fly around about women's reproductive choices have any basis in fact?

What was the border agency doing at Kensal Green station?
By Matt Kelcher - 31 July 10:43

In light of the "racist van", I found the Home Office's spot-checks at Kensal Green station intimidating and heavy-handed, says Matt Kelcher.

Holy Island.
The top 10 most desolate places in the north east
By Philip Maughan - 30 July 15:56

Lord Howell of Guildford has suggested the "desolate" north east would be the perfect place for fracking, and you can really see what he means.

A baby in a wire cage in 1936
"Babies are brilliant!": what's behind the increasing trend of social media baby bragging?
By Lulu Le Vay - 30 July 9:25

Why do we feel the need to "share" pictures of children for others to gawp at on social media? Lulu Le Vay argues that there's more to this smug hollering about our reproductive successes than meets the eye.

New Statesman
The time that I saw my balls on a giant television
By Paul Dean - 30 July 8:37

How do you tell a stranger, "I have too many balls"? Paul Dean has the answer.

A newspaper on the printing press.
Parasite journalism: is aggregation as bad as plagiarism?
By Willard Foxton - 29 July 16:26

When a writer lifts thoughts - or even paragraphs - from an existing work, we call it plagiarism. But news organisations do the same, and call it aggregation.

An honour guard lines up for the arrival of the US President
South Africa’s military meltdown
By Martin Plaut - 29 July 14:57

On the face of it, life continues as normal, but behind the scenes the South African military has been cut to the point where it's doubtful it will be able to live up to its African responsibilities.

Why I willingly handed over my credit card and PIN to a fraudster
By Andy Welch - 29 July 8:23

If scammers disguised themselves as your bank's fraud protection team, would you fall for it? Andy Welch did.

Clubbers queuing outside a nightclub.
In Buenos Aires, nights out start with pre-drinks or "previa" at 1am
By Elizabeth Yentumi - 27 July 12:05

Elizabeth Yentumi on nightlife in Argentina, which differs from the UK on more than just the time.

Why do we have so few disabled MPs?
By Teresa Fitzherbert - 25 July 11:36

With only a handful of disabled MPs, it’s time for Parliament - the biggest force for change in this country - to get the House in order before it preaches to others about the importance of disabled people advancing in the workplace.

Muslim women arrive at the Regent's Park Mosque in London
Let us speak for ourselves: five women's experiences of Islamophobic attacks
By Huma Qureshi - 24 July 11:56

Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death - but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. In an attempt to correc

The UK's new self-defence law opens the door for a Trayvon Martin case
By Jacob Turner - 23 July 11:45

By placing what is essentially a variant of Florida's "stand your ground" law on the statute book, the coalition has created the potential for greater acts of vigilantism.

Why the feminist movement has to be inclusive
By Charlie Webster - 23 July 9:49

In her experience, TV presenter Charlie Webster has found that discussions about modern feminism can become confused and fragmented among all the divisive discourse about who belongs or doesn’t to the feminist movement.

EDL marchers
A walk into town to defy the English Defence League
By Imran Awan - 21 July 18:37

When the far-right came to Birmingham looking for trouble, Muslim community leaders advised staying away but I wanted to see the threat for myself.

Martyrs' shrine
Burma's martyrs honoured despite ethnic troubles
By Lisa Tilley - 20 July 23:28

The pain of rapid economic liberalisation and inter-communal violence is left aside on the anniversary of the death of Aung San Suu Kyi's father.

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