Joan Smith

Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.

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Clifford is already serving an eight-year jail sentence for indecent assault

Keith Vaz has got it wrong - protecting men should not be the aim of rape laws

I don't doubt it is unpleasant to be wrongly accused of rape but such events are rare

Red Cross health workers in Liberia

Inequality remains the real killer in Africa - as the Ebola outbreak has shown

Images of listless patients, lying on mats in makeshift clinics, play into a false narrative of inevitability

Half Life: Women in India are expected to keep themselves out of harm’s way

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Michael Adebolajo killed Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May last year

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After he fell out with his parents, Ziamani was radicalised in only 12 weeks

Ed Miliband is smeared because of his determination to finish the Leveson process

If Ed Miliband is useless, why are some newspapers so bothered by him?

As prime minister, the Labour leader would revisit self-regulation, and that terrifies the right-wing press

The investigation into Rotherham Council last year concluded that 1,400 children had suffered sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013 (Getty/PA)

Male power and a sense of impunity is at the heart of all child abuse rings

Rotherham is high on Ukip's target list, and it has tried to make political capital out of the scandal

Stalin MKII? Vladimir Putin isn’t going to give up power of his own accord

President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him

A secret war in Ukraine, murder in London, incursions into others' airspace. His behaviour is getting worse

King Abdullah died this week at the age of 90

King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account

Sucking up to the Saudis didn't stop the 9/11 attacks, the Chibok kidnappings, or Paris

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How can a girl of 16 'groom' a teacher?

The judge who spared a deputy head from jail after he had sex with a pupil condoned the male fantasy eulogised in 'Lolita'

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