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Downtown Harrison, Arkansas. Photograph via WikiCommons
In which a black man hires a member of the KKK as his lawyer
By Tabatha Leggett - 10 July 10:44

Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.

Why is women's cricket still considered a second-class game?
By Antoinette Muller - 10 July 8:52

As the first Ashes test gets underway, Antoinette Muller looks into the often-overlooked women's game, where unequal prize money and a lack of professional contracts means many female cricketers must hold down other jobs in order to take to the field.

Campaigners outside the Bank of England.
What has made the women on banknotes campaign so successful?
By James Evans - 05 July 15:34

A petition calling for the Bank of England to include women on banknotes has garnered over 30,000 signatures. Social media and a tangible, realistic goal have helped its success.

A classroom
Migrants want to learn English: why isn't the government investing to help them do so?
By Eli Davies - 05 July 11:06

“If you're not prepared to learn English, your benefits will be cut," said George Osborne during the Spending Review. ESOL teacher Eli Davies explains that migrants are keen to learn English, but unless we have properly funded ESOL provision across the b

Obstetric Fistula: Africa’s silent epidemic
By Alan White - 04 July 12:08

While all women of reproductive age are vulnerable to suffer fistula, the underage girls who are victims of child marriages, female genital mutilation and teenage pregnancies are at highest risk.

Food, fuel and faith divide Cairo’s streets
By Bel Trew - 03 July 14:15

While the president and army appear locked in conflict, the streets are divided between the extraordinary groundswell of dissent against the president and those loyalists staging their own sit-ins and demos.

A woman and child look at trees showing their autumn colours in Bath.
Mumsnot: If a woman doesn't have any kids, does she have any value?
By Lulu Le Vay - 02 July 15:36

The time has come for change, says Lulu Le Vay. We need to accept that a woman can live a happy and fulfilled life without children.

Channel 4 are right to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer
By Imran Awan - 02 July 14:49

It will be a refreshing treat to listen to the call for prayer via a mainstream British media channel for the first time, says Imran Awan.

New Statesman
Trans or otherwise, it's time to overhaul the law on "rape by deception"
By Jane Fae - 30 June 22:13

Take your bed-partners as you find them and if they turn you on, what’s past history got to do with it?

Keith Farnan, with a skull.
What comedians can teach politicians: audiences are angrier than they used to be
By Keith Farnan - 28 June 12:41

There you are: a boy, standing in front of a whole bunch of other boys and girls, asking them to love you. But when times are tough, people need a target and politicians are much too canny to actually go out in front of a crowd, says Keith Farnan.

New Statesman
Mobile phones basically haven't progressed since the Nokia 1110
By Jacob Strauss - 28 June 7:31

It's the pinnacle of phones. Why try harder, asks Jacob Strauss.

Why is sterilisation still being forced on transgender people?
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35

Compensation demanded in Sweden.

A make or break moment for Egypt's President Morsi
By Bel Trew - 26 June 13:23

The first anniversary of the president's inauguration is expected to spark nationwide protests. The grassroots campaign Tamarod aims to secure enough signatures to a vote-of-no-confidence petition to outweigh the 13 million votes that brought Morsi into p

The final Page 3 News in Briefs.
Good riddance to News in Briefs, the nastiest part of Page 3
By Sarah Ditum - 26 June 9:48

The Sun has ditched its "joke" that attractive, topless women can't possibly have opinions on politics.

Refusing Trenton Oldfield leave to remain is vindictive and baseless
By Lyndon Harris - 25 June 14:22

The man who disrupted the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race last year has been refused a visa. At best this is a woefully inconsistent application of policy, and at worst a vengeful, vindictive and juvenile act.

The New College of the Humanities: Would you pay double university fees for a better education?
By Tabatha Leggett - 25 June 10:38

Tabatha Leggett visits A C Grayling's elite start-up, where the first intake of students are getting to grips with life at a private university.

Would you swim in China's rivers?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15

A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.

It's time to remember Tony Wilding, the first tennis superstar
By Sunder Katwala - 24 June 9:46

Of the great sportsmen who lost their lives in the Great War, Wilding was quite probably the greatest of them all.

The social care system is on its knees: what is the Chancellor going to do?
By Richard Hawkes - 24 June 8:57

This week's Spending Review and next week's Lords debate of the Care Bill provide the government with opportunities to start solving our care crisis.

Can Mamphela Ramphele crack South Africa’s political mould?
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41

Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18

Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.

Dropping Trident will lead to a richer, safer Britain
By Nick Brown - 21 June 16:00

Labour should consider the non-renewal of the trident nuclear weapons system as part of its future defence and security policy, writes Nick Brown.

"We remain peaceful and happy, but now we are not dreaming anymore": Rio's rude awakening
By Liam McLaughlin - 21 June 14:12

The protests in Brazil began as a demand for cheap public transport, but are now so much more.

The "Gay Cure" movement is in its death throes – but there's still more to do
By Patrick Strudwick - 21 June 10:33

Patrick Strudwick cheers the death of Exodus International.

Inside Alpha: An atheist’s foray into Christianity
By Tabatha Leggett - 20 June 8:38

Tabatha Leggett signs up to Christianity’s most successful recruitment programme.

“It started with the narrowest of hairline fractures, so small I didn’t see what it would become”
By Sarah Pinborough - 19 June 15:55

Seeing the Nigella Lawson photographs everywhere, Sarah Pinborough remembers her own experience of a relationship that turned abusive.

Julian Assange speaking to supporters out of the window
Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy: one year older
By Carl Gardner - 19 June 14:15

Britain’s only real option is to doggedly pursue arrest and extradition, however long it takes.

The women of Gezi Park are protesters, not pin-up girls
By Harriet Fitch Little - 19 June 13:09

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan wants to cast women as mothers, sisters and wives, and those who oppose him should be careful that their imagery doesn’t do the same.

Virginia Woolf.
Shame on Vice: There is nothing glamorous about being in so much pain you want to die
By Rebecca Wait - 18 June 15:47

The Samaritans do great work offering guidance on depictions of suicide in the media and creative arts. I took them very seriously when writing my debut novel. Vice's glamorous depiction of women writers' last moments was depressingly irresponsible.

Elizabeth Fry on the reverse of the five pound note
Removing Elizabeth Fry from the five pound note isn't a small fry issue
By Stella Creasy - 18 June 13:38

Mervyn King's decision to put Winston Churchill on our five pound notes rather than Elizabeth Fry might seem trivial, but by not commemorating any women on our cash, we're encouraging the perception women are secondary to men, says Stella Creasy.