James Bloodworth

James is a political journalist and editor of Left Foot Forward. He has previously written for the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the Irish Independent, the Huffington Post, Red Pepper and Jacobin.

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French intervention in Mali is not colonialism. The Islamists really are our enemies

Too often commentators do not weigh the human cost of Western inaction

The Game and Real Social dynamics: Is the seduction community pushing the idea that ‘no’ just means ‘not yet’?

This form of teaching 'how to pick up women' can have a darker meaning

With rates of social mobility stagnant, it’s time to admit we got it wrong on grammar schools

Anybody who believes the life chances of a child shouldn't be determined by their parents' bank balance must recognise the tragedy of our education system

As benefits dry up, Wonga will prosper: 2013 could be the year of the payday lender

The Tories prioritise being "tough" on benefits above being correct about them

Three cheers for the UN: female genital mutilation is male insecurity defined

The UN has rightly called for a ban on female genital mutilation

Cigarette companies ordered to apologise, but is junk food the new tobacco?

Pointing the finger of blame at others for our poor health and obesity isn't acceptable.

Boys inspect the rubble in Gaza City

Israel, Hamas, and why the conflict in Gaza needs less ideological posturing

Hysterical commentary from both Left and Right will only prolong warfare

War is never glorious, so why we do we bully those who protest against poppy culture?

A student refused to lay a poppy wreath last Sunday

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Natanz nuclear plant in 2007

Iran and the nuclear threat will define President Obama’s second term

The fear of previous generations that a lunatic regime would one day have a nuclear weapon may soon be realised

Christopher Hitchens had been undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer

It's time to give Christopher Hitchens a statue

The great essayist's opinions in later life were more solid than critics allow. But they shouldn't matter to any possible memorial

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
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Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
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