Indonesian slutwalk makes a point heard around the world

They may live in the world's most populous Muslim nation, but that didn't stop 50 women in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, from donning miniskirts and taking to the streets Sunday in protest against a public official's comments that women bring sexual assaults on themselves by dressing inappropriately. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo basically made these comments […]

Johann Hari's "apology" is worth zilch

For two months now we've been waiting for the Independent to investigate accusations made against one of its most lauded writers: Johann Hari. Hari was accused of lifting quotes from various sources, including other people's interviews, books and so on. He was also accused of maliciously altering the Wikipedia entries of other journalists with whom […]


I went out to Camden to meet a friend last night. Here are a few things that happened in the five hours I was out: A distressed-looking woman came up to me in the street and said, "Help me! Please! My fella has just beaten me up and I don't know what to do. I'm […]

Jumping to conclusions

By now, most of us are familiar with the case of 20-year-old Malaysian student Asyraf Haziq, whose mugging in East London went viral on YouTube. Here it is, in case you missed it: News reports have all said something along the lines of: The student was held up at knifepoint and punched. Several people were […]