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Can you really be addicted to sex?

When Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behaviour became public, he reportedly checked into rehab as a sex addict. But does sex addiction exist? As Emily Bobrow found, a growing number of therapists suspect the idea may do more harm than good

Europe’s heart of darkness

Migration, tribalism, drug-smuggling and nationalism – a continent’s problems reverberate through one small Greek town. Alexander Clapp travels to Aspropyrgos

Austenistan

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen’s books are remarkably relevant to women in Pakistan today, as Moni Mohsin found when she met the sub-continental Janeites

When girls won’t be girls

Growing numbers of teenagers, convinced they have been born in the wrong body, are switching gender. But young people change their minds about lots of things. What if one of them is their gender? Charlie McCann investigates

Animal spirits

According to animist beliefs, nature is alive with spirits. That’s a problem when a mining boom is despoiling the landscape. The solution, as Alec Ash discovered in Mongolia, is to employ a shaman to intercede with the supernatural

Rocking the Kremlin

Russia’s biggest rock star paved the way for Putinism, but has now become an obstacle to the regime. Arkady Ostrovsky joins the band

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