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Feminism in the wake of Isis

A new documentary profiles women’s rights advocates in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria In the documentary, I am the Revolution, the Iraqi women’s rights activist Yanar...

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Say hello to minority government: The DUP are on strike

The party's nine MPs are abstaining on almost every vote on budget legislation tonight.  The DUP has gone on strike. Its nine MPs – the 10th, Ian Paisley Jr, r...

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Despite the chaos, Labour is sticking to its line on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn told the CBI that the Opposition will vote down the Withdrawal Agreement. Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Confederation for British Industry’s annual c...

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The rise of the porn meme

Alongside GIFs, Vines, and pictures from pop culture, clips from porn videos are increasing popular meme fodder on social media sites. WARNING: Some of the content li...

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The experience of Gareth Thomas shows LGBT+ people are never the problem

If a tall, traditionally masculine sportsman with bulging biceps can be subjected to such a horrific crime, other LGBT+ people are even more vulnerable.  It’s a fe...

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Amber Rudd’s tricky frontbench return shows how toxic Universal Credit has become

The new Work and Pensions Secretary didn't take the opportunity to reset the policy. She may regret it. Amber Rudd had a difficult return to the frontbench in her...

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A new kind of university experience

Degree apprenticeships should be a key part of a diverse education system.  Workplaces are changing. The nature of work is being transformed. This poses a tough quest...

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Is Netflix really able to produce “proper cinema”?

“Oh,” said the snooty voice in my head, “it’s Netflix.”  One of my favourite films of the year is Tamara Jenkins’s funny and searching comedy-drama Privat...

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Is David Attenborough’s Dynasties team turning penguins into snowflakes?

The once resilient yeomen of the Antarctic are given a “safe space”. Another week, another victory for the “safe spaces” brigade, as penguins – once the rug...

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There's something everyone has missed about Theresa May and the Brexit vote

Even if the United Kingdom escapes the cliff-edge this time, there are other difficult votes ahead. There are a lot of things being neglected in discussion of our lo...

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I decided to start walking down the street like a man. Spoiler: it didn’t go well

The man stared in amazement as if I’d appeared in a puff of smoke. Then, it came: “F***ing b**ch, why aren’t you f***ing watching where you’re f***ing going?!”...

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Tory MP responds to mad cow disease victim’s benefit cut: “Strong economic management”

Unable to walk, talk or feed herself, doubly incontinent and depending on 24-hour care, Emily Lydon was given a work capability assessment and had her benefits halved...

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Whether or not Theresa May goes, her Brexit deal is a long way off the Labour support it needs

The Prime Minister may soon end up wishing the ERG had the numbers to get no confidence her after all.  Is Theresa May safe? It depends on the paper you read. Brexit...

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Brexit is turning Scottish politics in the SNP’s favour

Independence may not yet have majority support, but for many unaligned voters it is far from the unthinkable prospect it once was. “The UK is becoming a failed stat...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal shows the radical choice facing the Democrats

The party’s new left has put forward the most transformative economic proposal since the Roosevelt era.   This week Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly-elected so...

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