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Let’s Continue to Talk About Crimea

, 29 January 2023
At the heart of any resolution of the war in Ukraine is the issue of the Crimean Tatars. Maria Romanenko explains how a play, part of the UK/Ukraine season of culture, explores their subjugation and resistance

The Upside Down: Why Folk Songs Still Mean Something

, 13 January 2023
The longer we look at this traditional music, the more we see that its very malleability is its strength and its challenge, writes John Mitchinson

A Letter to Nowhere: ‘Like Many Disabled People, I’m Fearful’

, 12 January 2023
Penny Pepper pens an open letter to her Conservative MP, explaining why the NHS crisis is personal and political for those 'living in the real world'

The White Knuckle Ride of 2022

, 23 December 2022
From Partygate to Trussomics, the death of the Monarch, and the humiliation of Vladimir Putin, OttoEnglish's review of the year takes us on a roller coaster of major fails and meteoric falls

In Neo-Dickensian Britain Politicians Should Heed the Ghost of Marley

, 22 December 2022
There's a reason Dickens' Christmas Carol is a perennial festive favourite, says A V Deggar – the Malthusian ideas of Scrooge are still with us

‘Who’s Virginia Woolf Afraid Of?’

, 22 December 2022
Stephen Unwin explores how the famed author's views about disability were typical of a growing intellectual endorsement of the dangerous ideology of eugenics in the early 20th century

‘Behave Properly, Papa is Around’: The Relationship Indian Women Share with their Fathers

, 21 December 2022
Shreya Bansal explores how patriarchy in Indian households impacts the experience of growing up as daughters in the country

The Upside Down: Why We Still Celebrate Christmas with Dickens

, 21 December 2022
John Mitchinson explores the enduring relevance of the "little Christmas book" the author penned in 1843

‘Pity Porn on Santa’s Knees’

, 20 December 2022
Penny Pepper reflects on what the festive season means for her, as politicians and the media continue to marginalise the creation of new cultural narratives around disability

‘Swamping’, ‘Cockroaches’, ‘Invasion’: How Language Shapes our View of Migration

, 16 December 2022
Dan Clayton looks at a rising tide of martial, dehumanising and manipulative metaphors over asylum seekers and migrants in the UK

Irony: The Velvet Glove of Colonialism?

, 8 December 2022
Did the Greeks invent irony? Rahila Gupta makes the case for Britain's mastery and ownership of the device

Red Tory to Blue Labour – How Spiked and Unherd are Keeping National Populism Alive

, 7 December 2022
Jon Bloomfield and David Edgar look at the reach and influence of an unlikely coalition of ex-Trotskyites, traditionalist Tories and communitarian Labourites 

Why We Are Not ‘Albanian Criminals’ Arriving On Your Shores

, 6 December 2022
Albanian citizen Gresa Hasa explains why she wants an apology from the UK Government

Brexit’s Global Trade is Fit for Georgian England: Devoid of Ethical Responsibility

, 2 December 2022
Iain Overton reflects on the Government's policy of Free Trade Deals with countries regardless of their human rights

Peter Tatchell: ‘We Do Now Have the Right to Love Who We Wish But there Are Still Battles to Fight’

, 29 November 2022
The career of the civil rights activist is celebrated in a new Netflix documentary. To mark its release, he spoke to Adrian Goldberg for the Byline Times Podcast

The Upside Down: Men Are From Earth, So Are Women

, 25 November 2022

Nadine Dorries at War with Channel 4

, 21 November 2022

The Toxin of Televisuality

, 21 November 2022

‘A World Cup Like No Other’

, 18 November 2022

‘Where’s the World Cup Fever?’

, 18 November 2022

‘Whose Opera is it Anyway?’

, 16 November 2022

Being An Employer of Your Own Care

, 11 November 2022

The Upside Down: Why Apples are Odder than they Look

, 14 October 2022

How Russia Feeds the Factory of Unthinking

, 29 September 2022

British Identity: The Empire’s Spectacle

, 22 September 2022

Royal Ideology and the Future of Monarchy

, 21 September 2022

Putin’s Real War and His War of Words

, 16 September 2022

‘Why Jean-Luc Godard (Still) Matters’

, 15 September 2022

Liz Truss’ Leaked Acceptance Speech

, 5 September 2022

Can the Milk Tea Alliance Take Its Fight Offline?

, 2 September 2022
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