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May 14 2016

17:23

Viewpoints: Is Tax Avoidance Destroying America?

Why don't the rich pay their fair share in taxes?
17:23

Viewpoints: Is Tax Avoidance Destroying America?

Why don't the rich pay their fair share in taxes?

April 26 2016

10:27

A family at war: saving my granddaughter from FGM

Thirty years ago, US anti-FGM campaigner Assetou Sy refused to cut her daughter. Decades later in New York, another battle began

For those who do not know her, Ban Soon-taek is a quiet first lady, married to the secretary general of the United Nations but rarely vocal on global issues. She showed another side, as a champion of human rights equalling her more famous husband, at a recent event on ending female genital mutilation (FGM).

Her ringing call to “end harmful traditional practices and unleash the power of young girls” came on at an event organised in the margins of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 18 April. She thanked participants for endeavouring to “change a harmful tradition into an empowering mission”.

Mutilation would have been a terrible violation of our daughter's rights

This is not a tradition, it is a crime

Related: Time 100: FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh makes prestigious list

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April 13 2016

15:11

FGM: a costly, organised crime against women and girls

Despite the physical horrors of FGM, why does it prevail? Hilary Burrage explains how often women are left with the worst of choices in the world’s poorest communities

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is big business. It’s trans-global and sometimes organised by centuries-old formal agencies, on a for-profit basis. Like most other efficient businesses, it markets itself as in the interest of the consumer, into whose lifestyle expectations it is firmly embedded.

These observations imply no disrespect for the immense suffering which FGM causes. Across the globe there are probably 200 million women and girls now alive who have experienced (and survived) FGM.

Related: Somalia enlists Irish FGM campaigner to rid country of practice

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March 22 2016

21:12

Finally girls matter: Why religious leaders are vital in fight to end FGM

In The Gambia renowned hardliner Imam Fatty admitted that FGM is not a religious obligation – this is progress

As someone who comes from a very conservative Muslim household, one of my biggest struggles has been trying understand the link between Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Islam. My father is an Imam and growing up I always heard my family refer to FGM as sunna. Even though sunna is not an obligation, it is a favoured action in Islam.

Related: How the Gambia banned female ​genital ​mutilation

Ninety per cent of the religious leaders who ​came to the conference were pro FGM

If this practice is bad for our daughters, lets please end it now

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February 29 2016

17:16

Global Refugee Crisis Deepens by the Day

We are currently seeing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, and developed countries are not doing nearly enough to help those in need.
17:16

Global Refugee Crisis Deepens by the Day

We are currently seeing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, and developed countries are not doing nearly enough to help those in need.

February 04 2016

19:51

Myanmar: Transition Within Transition

The elections are over and the transition towards a democratic government in Myanmar is currently underway. However, the sailing isn't smooth.
19:51

Myanmar: Transition Within Transition

The elections are over and the transition towards a democratic government in Myanmar is currently underway. However, the sailing isn't smooth.

December 02 2015

22:21

ISIS, Turkey and Oil: Interview with Pelicourt

Robert Bensh discusses the myriad ways that ISIS and the Paris attack impact global energy security and geopolitics in the Middle East.
22:21

ISIS, Turkey and Oil: Interview with Pelicourt

Robert Bensh discusses the myriad ways that ISIS and the Paris attack impact global energy security and geopolitics in the Middle East.

October 22 2015

22:26

Viewpoints: Violence Between Israel and Palestine

Since Israel restricted Muslim access to a holy site in Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians have plunged into a new battle in their eternal war.
22:26

Viewpoints: Violence Between Israel and Palestine

Since Israel restricted Muslim access to a holy site in Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians have plunged into a new battle in their eternal war.

October 06 2015

23:09

Is Russia Plotting to Bring Down OPEC?

Russia's economy is heavily dependent on its energy industry, and President Vladimir Putin is playing a long, complex game to combat low oil prices.
23:09

Is Russia Plotting to Bring Down OPEC?

Russia's economy is heavily dependent on its energy industry, and President Vladimir Putin is playing a long, complex game to combat low oil prices.

September 10 2015

07:15

New South Wales' new logo and slogan slips by unnoticed – almost

Even after premier Mike Baird’s sniping at Victoria’s new state logo, it took a week for the world to wake up to NSW’s mildly startling new effort

When Victoria unveiled its new state logo and tagline to much fanfare in August, the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, was quick to get a jibe in.

*offer excludes harbour, infrastructure and sunshine pic.twitter.com/kj8S5qrP9D

Confirmed. This is the new logo and phrase for #NSW getting its first outing. What do you think of it? pic.twitter.com/uNSoFFhPuG

The 30 day period where NSW had a better logo than Victoria has officially ended.

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August 22 2015

14:52

Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS

Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion.
14:52

Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS

Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion.

August 10 2015

10:31

Life after disappointing exam results: share your positive stories

What happens when you don’t get the grades you want? Share your positive stories of life after your disappointing exam results

Not everyone finds themselves jumping in the air on exam results day for an enthusiastic newspaper photographer. While some students receive the grades they want, others will be more than disappointed.

A levels and GCSEs are great markers in our lives, with the former signalling the end of thirteen years of school education. There is a lot to celebrate. But for those of us who don’t make the grades it can be hard to see a way forward.

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July 13 2015

10:24

What are your experiences of renting in London?

With rental prices in London rising five times faster than tenant pay, we want to hear your experiences of renting in the capital

Private renters in London face soaring costs with the shortage in housing, and a host of other factors, pushing up prices everywhere. Renters find it difficult to get on the ladder and workers are pushed further and further from the centre of the capital.

In the three months prior to June rental prices rose five times faster than the average tenant income, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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