UK politics

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes.
By George Eaton - 28 Jul 2014

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes. 

Labour leader says the Prime Minister should take questions "from members of the public in the Palace of Westminster".
By George Eaton - 27 Jul 2014

Labour leader says voters should be able to ask the Prime Minister questions in the Palace of Westminster. 

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.
By Michael Dugher - 27 Jul 2014

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding.
By Marcus Roberts - 25 Jul 2014

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding. 

Image by Dan Murrell
By Kevin Maguire - 25 Jul 2014

Farage looked a bit of a prat in an old boy’s black-and-blue-striped blazer and tie on a return to his alma mater, Dulwich College. 

By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 Jul 2014

The Shadow Cabinet Office minister Chi Onwurah on how her experience of the Biafran war informed her politics, why we need more scientists on the front benches and how Labour desperately needs more working-class MPs. 

Human Rights

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.

Roma children arrive by bus in Romania after being sent back by French authorities in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.

Blogs

By Harry Lambert - 28 Jul 2014

Ed Miliband thinks image should be secondary to issues and ideas, but snap judgements matter when voters have little time.

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes.
By George Eaton - 28 Jul 2014

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes. 

Labour leader says the Prime Minister should take questions "from members of the public in the Palace of Westminster".
By George Eaton - 27 Jul 2014

Labour leader says voters should be able to ask the Prime Minister questions in the Palace of Westminster. 

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.
By Michael Dugher - 27 Jul 2014

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding.
By Marcus Roberts - 25 Jul 2014

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding. 

By Harry Lambert - 25 Jul 2014

The UK economy has now grown by 4 per cent in eighteen months. George Osborne may yet be the next Tory leader.

International politics

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. 

What future? A medic helps a man in the wreckage of Shejaia, Gaza. Photo: Reuters
By Uri Dromi - 22 Jul 2014

The Israeli economist Yaacov Sheinin proposes a bold economic answer to the rockets – but with the repressive Hamas in charge, would it have any chance of materialising?

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
By Lucy Fisher - 21 Jul 2014

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

John Kerry.
By Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon - 21 Jul 2014

Extensive, behind-the-scenes reporting on the Israel-Palestine peace deal that almost was.

Philip Hammond, the newly appointed Foreign Secretary. Photo: Getty
By John Bew - 17 Jul 2014

Philip Hammond's appointment as Foreign Secretary is a triumph for capable functionaries and Little Englanders.

Destroyed: ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, blown up by the Taliban in 2001. Photo: Salim Saheb Ettaba/AFP/Getty
By Darius Guppy - 17 Jul 2014

Iran does has grave problems but family life is of a quality that has largely disappeared in the west and privacy is respected. Nor is there any sense of the oppression one finds in Wahhabi societies.

Environment

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.

Texas.
By Naomi Klein - 29 Oct 2013

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

By Natalie Bennett - 27 Sep 2013

The IPCC report has given the government a wake-up call.

Law

A memorial to French victims of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 23 Jul 2014

An investigation into the murder of Natalie Esack by her estranged husband reveals it followed a campaign of terror waged by a man who could not countenance finally losing control over his victim. But police and prosecutors can only respond to individuals threats and acts of violence. It's time for a change in the law.

Cartoon by Ralph Steadman
By Peter Jukes - 17 Jul 2014

Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.

Crossbench peer and former paralympic athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson. Photo: Getty
By Frances Ryan - 15 Jul 2014

The crossbench peer talks to Frances Ryan about the debate surrounding the UK’s first piece of legislation to address the right-to-die, and her concerns that it will put pressure on vulnerable people to “take the next step”.

CCTV is everywhere in Britain, but it isn't as effective as we think. Photo: Getty
By Emma Woollacott - 07 Jul 2014

In the UK, we already have one of the most closely watched societies in the world, and yet our current CCTV arrangements aren’t nearly as effective at fighting crime as we think. What comes next?

Rebekah Brooks arriving at the Old Bailey in May 2014. Photo: Getty
By Carl Gardner - 25 Jun 2014

The gap between accusation and guilt is not a bug in our criminal justice: it’s a necessary and desirable feature.

A woman holds a banner as she takes part in a "slut walk" in London in 2012. Photo: Getty
By Willard Foxton - 24 Jun 2014

From 1976 until 1988, both sides in sexual cases had anonymity. The Thatcher government – not generally known for its strong stand on women’s rights – repealed it, because it had appalling consequences.