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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Rafida Bonya Ahmed spoke with heartfelt eloquence during last week’s Voltaire lecture

Machetes fail to maim this human spirit

Rafida Bonya Ahmed survived a brutal Islamic extremist attack; her husband did not ... yet she speaks only of compassion

A woman injured in the attack at Sousse is carried from the beach

One of the purposes of terrorism is to magnify the terrorist

Attacks such as last Friday's target not only innocent people, but our sense of proportion, too

Andy Burnham

Labour leadership race: Can anyone seriously imagine any of the four candidates on offer beating George Osborne or Boris Johnson?

David Cameron's likely successors must be thrilled by the lacklustre shortlist

Honours system: Have a gong, and leave your principles at home

It's a world where traditional 'British' values – snobbery, deference and minute degrees of distinction – exist in defiance of modern principles of equality and social justice

Prince Charles' letters reveal him to be a prolix pesterer of government departments

His correspondence are full of straw men whose purpose is to portray their author as a radical thinker

CCTV still of 15-year-old Amira Abase, left, Kadiza Sultana,16, center, and Shamima Begum, 15, walk through Gatwick airport, south of London, before catching their flight to Turkey. The three teenage girls left the country in a suspected bid to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group

Girls in the West must be taught that there's nothing romantic about life in Islamic State's 'caliphate'

The phenomenon of teenage girls lured by the prospect of meals by candlelight and bathing in the Euphrates

Theresa May, the Home Secretary

Theresa May's threat to broadcast freedom is staggering

Leaked letter shows that the Home Secretary was planning TV censorship

Isis threatens Palmyra, the ancient city that stands for both empire and resistance

The art and architecture express something which speaks to us centuries later

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive to N10 Downing street in London

Human rights are at risk under our new Conservative Government

Some classes of people living in the UK will no longer be able to use the legislation

Joyce Carol Oates is among 150 writers to protest that the award decision was ‘neither clear nor inarguable’

Charlie Hebdo's PEN Freedom of Expression Courage Award is well deserved

Those who oppose the award have fallen for a false narrative of universal Muslim victimhood

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