Last week, two men were arrested after undercover investigators from the Sunday Times filmed medical professionals in the UK offering to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls as young as ten. They have denied any wrongdoing, but it is estimated that 100,000 women living in the UK have survived FGM, with a further 22,000 girls under 16 at risk. I spoke to Nimco Ali from the Bristol-based organisation Daughters of Eve about her work to eradicate this harmful practice and support survivors of FGM.
Boris Johnson’s likely re-election as mayor of London tomorrow confounds those who thought that the intersection of comedy and politics was a left-wing thing. David Hayes has an excellent article on the mayoral campaign on the Australian Inside Story, which, incidentally, proves that good long-form journalism is not exclusively American. Here is a sample:
So familiar has [...]
Election time is not the most exciting time in the political calendar, but the most boring and predictable one, for it invariably requires of a party person that they leave their critical faculties at the door, else it be said that they are handing ammunition to the enemy.
The superficial appeal of the “independent” political candidate is glinting like fool’s gold again. This time it is Siobhan Benita, a “non-party” candidate for mayor of London (pictured). I can see why some sensible people are tempted to vote for her. Many Labour supporters find it hard to support Ken Livingstone, as even a Guardian leading [...]
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