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16 days in Australian politics: 3 long years ahead?

Australia's 7 September election produced a conservative government that has acted swiftly on promises to reduce aid, increase defence spending and dismantle efforts to address climate change. However, a hostile Senate until July 2014 may block its legislative agenda

Gender, mental health, and intersectionality

Last month a pilot project was launched to add mental health nurses to police call-outs in parts of the UK.  This step will be most effective if the scheme is sensitive to the interplay between gender and identity in mental health issues.

Creating a safe haven in the intersection of state racism and structural patriarchy

The UK Feminista’s summer school heard how female asylum seekers fight back against the intersecting injustices they face.

Whose “Mission”? Celebrities, voice and refugees

A new Italian reality TV show is sending celebrities to refugee camps, but for refugees to be able to speak for themselves and convey the message they want to convey, the cameras must be given to refugees themselves, says Nath Gbikpi.

Jean Bethke Elshtain: the moral and the political

Reflecting on the life and work of the political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain, who died last month, Kathleen B Jones writes of a  friendship and thirty-year collegial exchange of ideas on subjects including just war, same sex marriage, and the limits of politics.

The future of Scottish immigration

The depiction of Scotland as being welcoming to newcomers is an important aspect of Scottish national identity, but what are the prospects for immigration reform in the case of Scottish independence? Joanna Wiseman reports from the Edinburgh Festival of Politics. 

Domestic violence: on the frontline of intersectionality

Provisions for those affected by domestic violence are in decline in the UK, but work in the area of domestic violence continues to be integral to the development of approaches to intersectional justice.  

The future of abortion rights in Islam

There is no explicit reference to abortion in the Qur'an, and classical jurisprudence and modern-day religious scholarship highlight the diversity of Islamic thought on this subject. Naureen Shameen asks what the new antipathy to family planning by some of the Muslim majority countries means for the future of abortion rights.

Tackling the normalisation of sexism in Irish political culture

Recent positive legislative change will hopefully encourage more Irish women into political life, but the laddish, sexist political culture which remains in the Dail must change if gender parity is to be fully achieved, argues Louise Hogan.

The UK migration debate: lessons from America

Why have US activists have been more successful than their British counterparts in building a constructive immigration dialogue within mainstream politics, asks Katy Long.

To eliminate WMD we need to disarm patriarchy

Civil society must stop the use of chemical weapons being used as a pretext for US-led bombing in Syria. A gendered understanding demonstrates that the only sustainable strategy is to pursue disarmament and strengthen international humanitarian law.

Your fatwa does not apply here

Democratic and secular voices in Muslim majority countries have too often been sacrificed by the left in the west in the name of anti-imperialism and identity politics. The authoritarian movements of the far right, which democrats of the South oppose, must be recognized for what they are, Karima Bennoune tells Deniz Kandiyoti.

The seeds of a movement: disabled women and their struggle to organize

Up against the male-centric nature of disability theory, and the slowness of women's movements and feminist scholars to address disability as a political issue, disabled women are laying down the basis for a transnational disabled women's movement.

Red tape or a red rag?: the Equality Act in the UK

With austerity measures in full swing, the government's decision to review the duty on state and government bodies to proactively tackle women's inequality in the UK has raised alarm bells amongst leading women's rights organisations

New nuclear weapons for the UK: a challenge Labour can’t dodge

Labour could turn opposition to the billion pound Trident replacement into an electoral asset, but instead appears to be sleepwalking to oblivion. Rebecca Johnson makes the case for challenging Trident replacement, and says it's time to mobilise civil society

Karzai: a legacy of failure on Afghan women's rights?

With more fundamentalists predicted to win seats in the forthcoming election, the future is likely to see once again the use of religion as an instrument of extreme gender based oppression in Afghanistan. Will President Karzai use his remaining days in office to cement the foundations of women’s rights?

Poverty: a human rights abuse in the UK

Internationally poverty has been recognised as a violation of human dignity and, when a consequence of government policy, a violation of human rights. What does this mean for women seeking asylum who are forced into poverty in the UK, asks Amanda Gray.

Spain: national television, government tool?

The Spanish government's  determination to manipulate public television and treat viewers as idiots is backfiring. Liz Cooper reports on the response of the private sector, backed by social networks and free press

From Morsi to Sisi: the evolution of targeting journalists in Egypt

One of the only consistencies in Egypt, from the Mubarak era through to the SCAF period to Morsi’s rule to the tumultuous summer of 2013, has been encroachments on press freedom and attacks on journalists.  But there have been subtle shifts in how journalists have been targeted, and attacks are becoming more systematic.

Egypt’s scorched earth

In the midst of the tragedy that Egypt is living through, Mariz Tadros looks at the future scenarios for the Muslim Brothers

The unsafe house of Italy: violence against women does not break for summer

Italy has just passed a new law offering better protection for victims of domestic violence.  But will this be enough to work against the damaging effect of under-funded safe houses and public figures who still blame women for their abuse?

Pro-nuclear propaganda in 1983: lessons for 2013

In the UK, Labour's nuclear disarmament policies of the 1980s were not to blame for electoral failure, argues Rebecca Johnson. A sensible, fact-based debate about Trident replacement requires Ed Miliband to overcome the Party’s ‘electoral defeat traumatic syndrome’.

Turkey: what lies behind the nationwide protests?

The nationwide demonstrations were spontaneous, universal and beyond distinct class characteristics. What we have witnessed can be described as the self-protection of society against a particular form of “governance” which neutered politics and silenced voices of dissent by appealing to the requirements of economic success, says Ayse Bugra

The Pahari indigenous people: dispossessed

Thousands of Pahari indigenous people have been left homeless and denied access to their traditional lands in Bangladesh’s eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts, a situation that is fuelling violent clashes with Bengali settlers. It is time the Pahari people's  fundamental human rights were protected, says Madhu Malhotra

Trident Alternatives Review: the elephant in the room

The recent Trident Alternatives Review excludes any consideration of alternative means that might provide effective deterrence and more reliable security for Britain in the 21st century.  Rebecca Johnson considers what the Review missed and calls for intelligent public and political debate

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