Max Benwell

Max Benwell is Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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Hafeez and Khalida Bhatti were targeted by a fellow passenger

Stacey Eden was right to defend a couple against racist abuse, but what was gained by sharing it?

I can see why you’d want to a record abuse so the perpetrator can be punished, but the fact that she filmed and uploaded it herself makes it all a bit weird

'Take that, Fink!': Why Ed Miliband's first political victory in ages makes me feel uncharacteristically hopeful and aggressive

Like many people I've despaired at how weird and ineffective Miliband is, but could he finally be turning it around?

Wii U Underground review: mixing surgical training and Lemmings

£15.99; Wii U; Nintendo eShop

'When the wounded started to appear on the street, it was all too much to take': Bryan Adams on photographing wounded veterans

The rock musician and photographer describes his experience taking photos of soldiers disabled by war, and what he learnt from the project

5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your fitness regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech

Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the CEO of Stockholm based Klarna

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Russell Brand on Question Time

If Russell Brand really cared about his cause he wouldn’t have gone on Question Time

He should have known that anyone who is genuinely anti-establishment will always come a bit undone

Prince Harry's secret: This was supposed to be a gesture of solidarity with those living with HIV, but all our Prince did was belittle them

How is sharing dull facts about yourself supposed to tackle stigma?

Reading School, where the author attended between 2002 and 2007

My grammar school didn't directly encourage the anti-Semitic abuse I received while there, but its culture of one-upmanship did

My time at Reading School taught me how dangerous a highly competitive environment can be, and how important a zero tolerance approach to bullying is

A man winning at life

International Men's Day: Plenty of men need our help, but they don't need their own day

As well as a telling lack of demand for such a day, there are already campaigns in place for male-specific problems

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'