As aid agencies mobilise to relieve suffering in the Philippines following the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan, the impact of emergencies on women and girls will once again be thrown into sharp relief. As will the imperative of empowering women to develop their self-confidence, to speak up and tell their own stories as a means to increasing their protection against violence and abuse.
With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V, the roles have shuffled around a bit. Parents and news anchors seem largely disinterested in the latest instalment. Instead it's the fans, now grown up, calling it transgressive as a satirical text, in light of critics' dressing down of the game's attempts at a message.
The current moral argument regarding Syria is limited. The red line of chemical weapons is plotted on a wider graph of violence. Morality is relevant to the whole graph, not just the red line. For too long, innocent Syrian people have suffered greatly and lost lives at the violent hands of the regime.
Dreams of a peaceful resolution to Egypt's post-coup polarisation have been shattered by the recent savage violence in Cairo, poising civil war as a more likely outcome than a ceasefire. For weeks, stunning protests have overwhelmed the world's media as the Muslim Brotherhood and coup fight for control of the country. Whilst the ruling military claim they only react when provoked, using violence to end violence is a historically foolish move.
News broke yesterday that Jim Carrey has withdrawn his support for Kick-Ass 2, saying that in the wake of the horrifying Sandy Hook elementary school shooting he "cannot support that level of violence". Carrey's new standpoint... could be seen as a problematic conflation of the real-life and the fictional.
Was it an editorial decision by the Today programme bosses, out of fear of coming across as patronising or even 'left wing', to deliberately go soft on Robinson? Or did Montague and her team just not do their homework? Here are ten questions that I've bashed out over the past hour, which the Today programme could have put to the leader of the EDL.
Wednesday's horrific attack on the streets of southeast London was more than just a random murder; This murder, like all terrorist attacks, was intended to send a message, one of division and hate. Though the English Defence League is by no means a terrorist organisation, Wednesday's events have not only skyrocketed the movement's levels of support, but have yielded increasing calls for targeted violence against Muslim communities.
#thingsworsethanrape. That's right you read it correctly. This is not the kind of thing that victims of rape should have to deal with and read. It is the kind of thing that so many members of society should be protected from, because even if it doesn't directly affect you it may affect somebody you know.