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A picture taken from the Israeli border shows the sun setting over the Gaza strip. Photo: Getty
A reply to Jason Cowley on Gaza
By Prof Alan Johnson - 30 July 14:08

Alan Johnson responds to the NS editor’s article about Israel, Gaza and the left.

We don’t have the language to reflect the diversity and breadth of connections we experience. Photo: Getty
Isn’t it time we admitted we’re all a bit polyamorous?
By Rosie Wilby - 30 July 11:06

Monogamy is rare, no matter what we might tell ourselves. We need a new currency of commitment.

Those killed in Operation Protective Edge are remembered at the rally in Tel Aviv. Photo: Getty
“Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies”: what it’s like to be an anti-war Israeli
By Marina Strinkovsky - 30 July 10:18

Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.

A nurse with bottles of medicine. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images
David Tredinnick's right that alternative medicine could work - but that's not reason to embrace it
By George Gillett - 29 July 16:08

Our understanding of placebo-based treatments suggests that alternative medicine could benefit patients. But the impact on medical ethics could lead to unintended consequences.

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
Letter from Gaza: “You cannot understand how it feels... There is no dignity”
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 July 13:35

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

A memorial to French victims of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
"Isolated incidents": how the laws around domestic violence are failing its victims
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 23 July 10:42

An investigation into the murder of Natalie Esack by her estranged husband reveals it followed a campaign of terror waged by a man who could not countenance finally losing control over his victim. But police and prosecutors can only respond to individuals threats and acts of violence. It's time for a change in the law.

John Kerry.
How John Kerry built a peace process for Israel-Palestine, then watched it burn
By Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon - 21 July 15:09

Extensive, behind-the-scenes reporting on the Israel-Palestine peace deal that almost was.

Along with millions of other gay Indians, last year I became a criminal overnight
By Pallav Patankar - 18 July 12:15

Laws like India's Section 377, which condemns gay sex as "unnatural", exist in 42 countries across the Commonwealth. It's time to repeal them.

A shopper leaves an Abercrombie & Fitch store in London. Photo: Getty
Model workers: The clothes shops that only hire beautiful people
By Harriet Williamson - 18 July 8:45

The likes of American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch expect their sales staff to conform to a narrow conception of beauty, sometimes even calling them "models" so they can reject those whose faces don't fi.

The London Oratory School has been found to have broken broken an unprecedented 105 aspects of the School Admissions Code. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The London Oratory is just the latest faith school to use religion to exclude poor pupils
By Richy Thompson - 16 July 14:08

The Roman Catholic state school – which was attended by two of Tony Blair’s children and where Nick Clegg’s son is currently a pupil – has been censured for using a faith-based entry system to cherrypick white, privileged pupils.

We need to be braver and more radical in finding solutions. Photo: Getty
Homelessness will not be solved by building private homes – we need a radical solution
By Leslie Morphy - 15 July 13:22

After a decade advocating for homeless people at the helm of Crisis, Leslie Morphy has a message for government.

"I am one of thousands of women to have suffered – widows, orphans, victims of sexual abuse and rape".
“My son was killed... but it strengthened my commitment”
By Lucy Fisher - 11 July 11:36

Despite tragedy, two Afghan women explain how they refuse to be cowed by militants from carrying out their work.

MailOnline is “the benchmark of anonymous bullying, abuse and grammatically incorrect barbs”.
“Your family are losers and your children are adopted”: what it’s like to write for MailOnline
By Grant Feller - 09 July 11:17

Grant Feller thought he knew what he was getting into when he wrote about his new life as a stay-at-home dad for MailOnline – but the vileness of the response surpassed his wildest expectations.

A smear test can trap a survivor in unstoppable and violent memories. Photo: Getty
Why rape survivors often refuse cervical smears - even if it risks their lives
By Pavan Amara - 08 July 15:29

Cervical smear tests aren’t just stressful for rape survivors – they can trigger powerful flashbacks and violent memories. But avoiding a test can mean preserving your mental health at the risk of your physical well-being.

Rising cities.
If you want to go to university, you’re better off poor in London than rich anywhere else
By Haf Davies - 07 July 13:00

Reports show that London schools are outperforming the rest of the country. And it’s not just London - the “city effect” is improving results in Birmingham and Manchester too.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photo: Getty
Diagnosing cancer: why shaming and blaming GPs isn’t about improving patient safety
By Jonathon Tomlinson - 01 July 13:58

Cancer very often presents in ways we don’t expect. Creating a culture of fear around diagnosis isn’t a good thing.

How exactly is England hurt by Scottish independence? Photo: Getty
Wise up England, you’d be better off without Scotland
By Bryan Glass - 01 July 11:14

There are several powerful reasons why the English should accept or even be enthusiastic about the Scots going it alone when they vote at the end of the summer.

What is cyberbullying?
What is cyberbullying?
By Aoife Moriarty - 01 July 10:33

Cyberbullying became a major subject last year after a number of teen suicides linked to social network Ask.fm. But what is it, and how can we prevent young people from abusing each other online?

Rebekah Brooks arriving at the Old Bailey in May 2014. Photo: Getty
The presumption of innocence: why we shouldn’t assume it was wrong to charge Rebekah Brooks
By Carl Gardner - 25 June 10:13

The gap between accusation and guilt is not a bug in our criminal justice: it’s a necessary and desirable feature.

A woman holds a banner as she takes part in a "slut walk" in London in 2012. Photo: Getty
Nigel Evans and Ben Sullivan are wrong: rape suspects should not be given anonymity
By Willard Foxton - 24 June 15:24

From 1976 until 1988, both sides in sexual cases had anonymity. The Thatcher government – not generally known for its strong stand on women’s rights – repealed it, because it had appalling consequences.

The welfare of sex workers themselves needs to be the prime concern. Photo: Getty
The biggest myths about street-based sex work
By Clare Jones - 23 June 10:27

No, not all prostitutes get paid loads - and they're aren't all on drugs or from Eastern Europe. To make better policy around street-based sex work, we must first understand the reality of what it involves.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Photo: Getty
The Sudanese dictatorship: twenty-five years of impunity
By Martin Plaut - 20 June 12:50

Once, the plight of Darfur’s two million refugees would have made front page news. Today they seldom make even a paragraph in the inside pages of British broadsheets, although the repression continues unabated.

The Heygate Estate is being reduced to rubble. Photo: Sophie Foster
Sanitised nostalgia won’t bring back the communities destroyed to make way for luxury flats
By Sophie Foster - 20 June 12:22

The new “regeneration” in places like Elephant and Castle in south London destroys social housing, and then invites those who have been forced out to help “preserve” the history and culture of the area.

Particularly hard hit are mothers whose partners have been abusive towards them. Photo: Getty
Mothers4Justice: why we need a single mothers’ pressure group
By Ann Carlton - 17 June 11:58

Thanks to the success of the fathers’ campaigns, public policy is now biased against responsible mothers.

The rude intrusion of current affairs exposed the limitations of the summit. Photo: Foreign Office on Flickr
Is this the beginning of the end of the war on women’s bodies?
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 17 June 10:55

The recent summit in London has grabbed headlines, but whether we have now reached a turning point in the fight to end sexual violence in conflict remains to be seen.

The pills can solve your problem, while not really solving it at all. Photo: Getty
What happens when you go to the doctor and say you can’t get an erection
By David Vernon - 17 June 9:18

It is estimated that only a third of men with erectile dysfunction seek treatment. This is what happens if you do.

Resplendent in high boots, leather and latex, the dominatrix continues to influence trendsetters. Photo: Getty
How the Nordic Model will close the door on the professional dominatrix
By Margaret Corvid - 16 June 16:21

Under the Nordic Model – which criminalises the clients of sex workers – the role of the dominatrix, which is as classically British as that of a steam train conductor, will be greatly changed and diminished.

Taking control of the divorce can be a way of taking control of the situation. Photo: Keonl Cabral / Flickr / Creative Commons
Why I chose to write the Bad Wife’s Guide to Divorce
By Emma Burnell - 16 June 11:46

To get what I wanted from my divorce, I had to be tough and demanding – things women are constantly told we must not be.

The UN special envoy Angelina Jolie speaking at the summit. Photo: Getty
The End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit is a chance to stop the female body being a battleground
By Aisha Gill - 12 June 15:21

International humanitarian law needs to include serious redress for those using rape as a method of conflict.

Nia Sanchez, winner of Miss USA 2014, is a black belt in taekwondo and has suggested women learn to defend themselves. Photo: Getty
Suggesting women learn self-defence is the opposite of victim-blaming
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 11 June 12:54

In a perfect world, no woman would need to defend herself from attack. But until that world arrives, learning self-defence is a solution that defies the patriarchy’s attempt to impose passivity and blame on women.

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