Tag: Rights & responsibilities
US military lifts ban on being openly gay
Under a policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, gay men and women in the American armed forces have been forced to hide their sexuality. This week ushers in a new era of openness.
Top UK journalist in plagiarism row
Johann Hari, an award-winning newspaper columnist, faces a storm of condemnation after misrepresenting quotes in interviews. Should journalists ever bend the truth?
Milly Dowler trial 'cruel' to her grieving parents
The treatment of Milly Dowler's family during her killer's trial shocked a top policeman. Was the defence lawyer out of order – or just doing his job?
Teenage mastermind hacker is charged
The arrest of Ryan Cleary, who has just been charged with a string of cyber-offences, has brought online hacker groups into the spotlight. They are anarchic, rebellious and frighteningly...
The secret life of Britain's violent gangs
Journalist Gavin Knight spent two years studying youth gangs in Britain. In a new book, published next month, he lifts the lid on a dangerous and often tragic existence.
Professors at war over ‘odious’ private college
A vicious spat has torn through the sedate world of academia, as philosopher A. C. Grayling attempts to set up his own private university.
Drug firms offer cheap vaccines to poor countries
Several major pharmaceutical companies have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world. Many lives will be saved.
Report calls time on sexualisation of childhood
Parents voice concern at sexualised images surrounding their children. Publishers, retailers and broadcasters find themselves in the dock.
From churl to chav: shaming the underclass
A new book suggests we enjoy ridiculing people at the bottom of the heap for everything: their accent, their behaviour and even their clothes. Often by using the word 'chav'.
Young and old in the UK face growing care crisis
Many people in the UK, from children to old people, need care. But some councils say they can't afford it and care companies are running out of money.
Horrific cruelty to elderly patients revealed
Appalling treatment of senior citizens in NHS is exposed by Health Ombudsman. Patients are left thirsty, hungry and unwashed. Are we an ageist society?