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Victim blaming: how to abuse women and get away with it

We fail women and girls when we victim-blame. When they don’t fit into our cookie-cutter image of a victim of abuse; fragile and pure, naive and innocent. The media love the ‘good girl’; there is always a louder outcry for justice when people cannot fault the victim because of her background. So what about when the victim lives and works in the dark underbelly of society, denied privileges that could keep her safe from harm? Society makes excuses and often justifies the crimes against her. “If she had kept her nose clean, she would never have ended up in that situation,” they tut, turning the page over, erasing it from their conscience.

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Libya, post-Gadaffi: NATO must carry its share of the blame

It is almost 3 years since David Cameron stood in alleged solidarity with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, amongst a jubilant and partisan Benghazi crowd. The British Prime Minister celebrating and basking in the glory of Post Gaddafi Libya; triumphantly gazed across the vast swathes of adoring Libyans and famously bellowed ‘It is great to be here in free Benghazi and free Libya.’ Three years into the future and post Gaddafi Libya couldn’t be more unstable, as the country finds itself entrenched in a viscous and an extremely complex Civil War.

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The UK is pulling itself apart

The federal moment approaches but it may yet turn out to be as elusive as at previous periods of constitutional soul-searching. The accumulation of support for a federal settlement has been noticeable even if not always expressed in explicit terms. At the most basic, it’s typically framed in terms of a written constitution underpinning a newly formalised relationship between the nations of the UK and the centre. A reformed second chamber is also mentioned frequently. David Torrance usefully provided a representative sample of such opinion towards the end of Britain Rebooted: Scotland in a Federal Union. What was noticeable was its wide-sweep, embracing figures of left and right from different parts of the UK. But it also provoked questions about how such an expanse of opinion could coalesce and be brought to bear on the problems of governance and power. Furthermore, there was concern about how to generate the popular engagement that would be necessary to confer legitimacy on proceedings.