What could trigger the Twitter tribute “Unbelievably brave. Kevan Jones MP is a hero!” from a rival Conservative MP? Tory Louise Mensch was praising the Labour MP’s courageous decision to share his experience of depression in last week’s House of Commons debate on mental illness.
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The bodies were no longer there. Nonetheless pieces of brain, pools of blood and other human remains indicated that a massacre had taken place in the village of Qubair in Syria’s brutalised Hama province. The victims likely included children, according to eyewitness reports. The outrage was preceded by acts of venality and civilian slaughter in [...]
There are nearly twenty million people unemployed across Europe today; that’s over 10% of the entire working population. Against this backdrop, for doctors to go on strike for the first time in a generation in protest of pension arrangements that will still leave us with a retirement income in excess of £50,000 a year, looks callous from any perspective.
Derogatory language is common among children, but is using terms that have undoubtedly negative connotations detrimental to how children will view minority groups, or are efforts to quell offensive language among school children futile, and a step too far?
One organisation is working to document, highlight and publicise sexualised violence in Syria.
Nicklas Bendtner’s fine: UEFA’s approach to racism isn’t hypocritical – it’s all part of the package
Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been fined 100,000 euros and banned for one match for showing his pants. A much-retweeted sardonic comment laid it out thus: “UEFA fines: £45,000 Spain 2004 (racism); £16,500 Serbia 2007 (racism); £10,000 Croatia 2008 (racism). €100,000 Bendtner (exposing pants).”
Like Occupy London, local groups are concerned that high powered institutions are controlling their towns by silencing inhabitants and undermining democracy. Leek, a small market town in Staffordshire, is the latest town to join the national occupy movement.
State-sponsored foreign assassinations of military, religious, ideological and political figures are an ugly reality of world history.
As the number of unemployed young people (16 – 24) in the UK continues to hover around the one million mark, a perception persists amongst some professionals that these unemployed people are also disengaged, at odds with and disconnected from society.
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