UK politics

By Katja Hall - 31 Oct 2014

The realities of further fiscal consolidation present us with an opportunity to fundamentally re-shape public service provision.

By Paul Buddery - 31 Oct 2014

The NHS needs a highly personalised and co-productive approach that calls on the creative collaboration of individuals, families and communities.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 Oct 2014

"Theresa May has totally failed".

By Dan Jarvis - 31 Oct 2014

It’s 100 years since the first documented case of shell shock today. What progress should we be making a century on?

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader.
By New Statesman - 30 Oct 2014

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader. 

The shadow cabinet could be his next stop.
By George Eaton - 30 Oct 2014

The shadow cabinet is likely his next stop.

Human Rights

Naples.
By New Statesman - 17 Sep 2014

The critics’ verdicts on Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, A N Wilson’s Victoria: A Life and Elena Ferrante’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 Jul 2014

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

By Lucy Fisher - 22 Jul 2014

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Instead of immediately implementing protective measures to fight female genital mutilation, the government has called for further "consultation". But it's time for action, not more talking.

New face of justice: along with many black South Africans, Pumla Godobo-Madikizela thinks Eugene de Kock should be freed. Photo: Bloomberg
By Eric Abraham - 13 Jun 2014

Ten years ago psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wrote a book about the encounters she had with Eugene de Kock, head of apartheid South Africa’s death squad, when in Pretoria prison. She thinks he should be pardoned. 

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
By Reema Patel - 11 Apr 2014

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Blogs

By Katja Hall - 31 Oct 2014

The realities of further fiscal consolidation present us with an opportunity to fundamentally re-shape public service provision.

By Paul Buddery - 31 Oct 2014

The NHS needs a highly personalised and co-productive approach that calls on the creative collaboration of individuals, families and communities.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 Oct 2014

"Theresa May has totally failed".

By Dan Jarvis - 31 Oct 2014

It’s 100 years since the first documented case of shell shock today. What progress should we be making a century on?

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader.
By New Statesman - 30 Oct 2014

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader. 

The shadow cabinet could be his next stop.
By George Eaton - 30 Oct 2014

The shadow cabinet is likely his next stop.

International politics

Red terror: Stalin combined "sociopathic tendencies and exceptional diligence and resolve". Getty Images
By Lucy Hughes-Hallett - 31 Oct 2014

Stalin emerges from Stephen Kotkin’s book as that most frightening of figures – a man of absolute conviction.

Fort Kent, Maine, where nurse Kaci Hickox has become the centre of a political controversy. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty
By David Millward - 31 Oct 2014

The febrile atmosphere of the mid-term elections has turned the response to the disease into a way of playing politics.

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images
By Martin Plaut - 30 Oct 2014

The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.

Rather than waiting for a presidential knight or knightess in shining armour, progressives are getting back to basics and organising from the bottom-up.
By Jake Richards - 24 Oct 2014

Rather than waiting for a presidential knight or knightess in shining armour, progressives are getting back to basics and organising from the bottom-up.

Echoing Roosevelt: Matthew Barzun greets President Obama at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, 3 September. Photo: Getty
By Matthew Barzun - 23 Oct 2014

Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain. 

People watch from the Turkish-Syria border as Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobani fight Islamic State militants. Photo: Getty
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 Oct 2014

These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State.

Environment

Houses not covered by the coalition's Flood Re scheme could become uninsurable. Photo: Getty
By Guy Shrubsole - 12 Aug 2014

New Conservative Environment Secretary Liz Truss ahd her Lib Dem coalition partners need to be clear on how they will better protect Britain from climate change.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
By Bob Ward - 30 Jul 2014

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
By Ed Wallis - 09 Jun 2014

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

They're wrong: John Oliver prepares to do battle with climate deniers
By Hillary Kelly - 13 May 2014

John Oliver, once of The Daily Show, and America's “Science Guy” Bill Nye show the world how to debate with climate-change deniers. 

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians.
By Guy Shrubsole - 19 Feb 2014

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians that have led to a spike in public concern.

By Guy Shrubsole - 14 Jan 2014

To date, the coalition has unforgivably weakened Britain's climate adaptation plans.

Law

Not this kind of tiger, clearly. Photo: Getty
By Margaret Corvid - 27 Oct 2014

Experts predicted that the law would result in fewer than 30 cases a year. Instead, there have been thousands of convictions. The Act is not fit for purpose.

The term “revenge porn” implies a level of consent that isn’t present. Photo: Getty
By Lyndon Harris - 15 Oct 2014

In the past, governments have used the creation of new criminal law as a political football to score cheap points in the eyes of the public and press. But in the case of revenge porn, fresh legislation is sorely needed.

A hearing room in the European Court of Human Rights. Photo: Getty Images
By David Banks - 06 Oct 2014

The European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act have both done a huge amount of good for people in the UK.

A puppet of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling during a protest against legal aid cuts in March 2014. Photo: Getty
By Carl Gardner - 03 Oct 2014

The plan for a “British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” isn’t as significant as it sounds, says Carl Gardner.

To put it bluntly, I am not South Park’s Timmy or Ricky Gervais’ Derek. Photo: Steve Johnson on Flickr via Creative Commons
By Alex Taylor - 26 Sep 2014

A court can only deter and punish, not challenge prevailing mindsets.

Members of the ANC Women’s League protest outside the court in Pretoria. Photo: Getty
By Sarah Ditum - 12 Sep 2014

The South African athlete has been found guilty of culpable homicide, not murder, following the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. In a world where men kill women and not the other way around, that means justice must bend to the male version of events.