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Question and debate the veil, don’t rush to ban it

As a practising Muslim I don’t believe that covering a woman’s face is something that Islam requires of her. I also don’t believe it’s fair to say that people who find the face veil threatening or intimidating are simply being racist or Islamophobic I don’t even believe that covering the face is particularly conducive to the country we live in. But then neither is the idea of banning it! writes Rabiha Hannan

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First world war bookshelf

The general reader can choose from thousands of books published on the war, in our publication Do Mention The...

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Birth of a changing nation

There could well be at least 10 babies born today at St Mary's Hospital in London, of which one...

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Child of the NHS

I am a child of the NHS, which celebrates its 65th birthday this week. I took my first breath...

London's Chinatown during Chinese New Year, 2009. Photo: chrisjohnbeckett

In UK, Chinese whispers need to become shouts

With the recent staging of Yellow Face at London's Park Theatre this summer, a spotlight was cast on the...

Headlines on Woolwich in the national press

After Woolwich: how the media got it wrong and how the public can get it right

Too many titles handed the killers in Woolwich the megaphone they craved. Those who quietly reject the offer of...

A British Future workshop and debate in Eltham

1993 to 2013: How has Britain changed since Stephen was killed?

Britain is a fairer and less racist country than it was when Stephen Lawrence was murdered 20 years ago....

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20 Years On: Why anniversary of Stephen’s death is moment to consider modern Britain

20 years on, we can now see that Stephen Lawrence's death has come to play an important symbolic role,...

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Where are the ‘78% British’ headlines about London?

The inclusive pride so many Londoners felt in its confident claim to be one of the world's great global...

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Photo: tompagenet

Commitment to NHS founding principles remains high in UK

The NHS beat both the monarchy and the Olympics to take gold in the patriotism stakes, as Ipsos-Mori's polling...

Military personnel at the Olympic Stadium in July, 2012. Photo: openDemocracy.

Visible armed forces are source of pride for young Brits

The popularity of the armed forces as an icon of British pride among young people shows the value of...

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visiting Birmingham as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour. Photo: West Midlands Police

Even JK Rowling wouldn’t have made it a more magical year for the royals

The bigger picture suggests the Monarchy ended 2012 more secure than ever. Even when things went wrong, as the...

The New Patriotism: Beyond the Spirit of 2012

Farewell to 2012, the year of British exceptionalism

The spirit of 2012 challenged the core instincts of both left and right, argues Sunder Katwala. But will that...

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Who do we think we are? Britain in 2012

British Future's Matthew Rhodes gave a speech in Dudley on International Migrants Day, at a Migrants Alive event run...

Bangor in Wales

Welsh country life: what’s there for young people?

Living in pretty north Wales might be idyllic appearance for some. But for the youth of the area there...

Union Jack scarves on sale in Covent Garden

Can Labour build a Britain that works together?

Having declared himself a "One Nation" politician at his party conference last Autumn, Ed Miliband was bound to have...

The Melting Pot Generation

Melting pot Britain

Jessica Ennis has been the face of Britain in 2012.  She could stake a fair claim to be…

Giving the Past a Future exhibition

REVIEW: Giving our Past a Future

Bringing the crucial work of the World Monuments Fund alive away from the actual buildings being restored is a...

Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? by Anthony Clavane

Stadium v synagogue: The hidden history of Jewish football in Britain

“Football is not for a Yiddisher boy,” Anthony Clavane is told at school and so has a football confiscated,...

Republican Mitt Romney

Romney’s strategy could have won 1988 election

The Republicans used to routinely win Presidential elections. Now the party will have to have a fundamental rethink if...