Kira Cochrane

Kira Cochrane works from London. Head of features, The Guardian Kira Cochrane has over 11752 followers on Twitter.

How female corpses became a fashion trend

Women posed as dead bodies are an advertising staple, including the new Marc Jacobs ad with Miley Cyrus. Why does fashion fetishise the female corpse?

Why is America giving gun licences to blind people?

It might seem like asking for trouble, but Iowa is not the only US state to allow blind people to carry guns.

xoJane cranks up the blog dial

The founder of the women’s website ?notorious for its lurid headlines and confessional writing finds licking eyeballs part of a good days' work.

‘Ageing gracefully is a lost concept for us’

As many as 10-million women worldwide have risked having the operation. <b>Kira Cochrane</b> asks why.

Living a lie for the American dream

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas kept a secret that could have meant his deportation from the United States.

Gay girls in the web of hoaxes

Sexual kicks do not seem to be the reason two men posted as lesbians online.

Bunny tales, rabbit droppings and life in the Playboy mansion

Playboy is about to open a new club in London aimed at men 'with money and taste'. But can Hugh Hefner's brand regain the glamorous sheen it once had?

More people make a clean break

It might be worth us all occasionally missing a shower or two, then, so long as we don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Lady, tramp, feminist icon

Is Lady Gaga an important feminist, a force for good? Or is she simply a canny performance artist? <b>Kira Cochrane</b> enters the debate.

Filling in the gaps

<b>Barbara Kingsolver</b>, winner of the Orange prize for fiction, talks about communism, Frida Kahlo and hate mail she received after 9/11.

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


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Introducing Sabinet Judgments

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The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries