UK politics

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change.
By George Eaton - 23 Oct 2014

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change. 

Heading for the Brexit? David Cameron arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels determined to take a harder line with Europe, 23 October. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 23 Oct 2014

The possibility of withdrawal is not one that should be regarded with equanimity. Outside the EU, the world’s single largest market, the UK would suffer high economic loss and would be cut adrift.

Back to school: Douglas Carswell arrives for his first day in parliament as a Ukip MP. Photo: Getty
By Kevin Maguire - 23 Oct 2014

Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell has opted to sit in the Commons chamber on the front bench below the gangway populated by the socialist heckler tendency.

By Sadiq Khan - 23 Oct 2014

We can't forget how many policies the Lib Dems have happily supported that are against the grain of everything we thought they believed in.

By Paul Hunter - 23 Oct 2014

A new inquiry into Britain's work problems presents a vision of workplace citizenship.

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

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change.
By George Eaton - 23 Oct 2014

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change. 

By Sadiq Khan - 23 Oct 2014

We can't forget how many policies the Lib Dems have happily supported that are against the grain of everything we thought they believed in.

By Paul Hunter - 23 Oct 2014

A new inquiry into Britain's work problems presents a vision of workplace citizenship.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 Oct 2014

Health service leaders have released a report calling for drastic changes; could this help Ed Miliband on the way to the election?

Ukip may have contaminated the eurosceptic brand, but there are other factors at play.
By George Eaton - 22 Oct 2014

Ukip may have contaminated the eurosceptic brand, but there are other factors at play.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 Oct 2014

"Oh, look! Ukip's doing something funny again!" stories only really work to overshadow the party's actual failings.

International politics

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.

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 21 Oct 2014

He also receives a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.

Watching and waiting: tanks outside Kobane, where Islamic State forces are ballting Syrian Kurds. Photo: Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
By John Simpson - 19 Oct 2014

The jihadis are fighting on several fronts in two countries – and reports say that demoralised western recruits are increasingly repulsed by the atrocities they have witnessed.

Rainbow nation: Gnarr at the Reykjavik Gay Pride march in 2011. Photo: Helgi Haldorsson
By Kate Mossman - 16 Oct 2014

In 2010, Jón Gnarr became mayor of Reykjavik by accident. Four years later, he’s relieved it’s over.

A woman kneels in a cloud of gas as she protests the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
By David Millward - 15 Oct 2014

Barely a week goes past without a terrible incident, and too often the police officer is white and the other people involved are black.

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

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.

Oscar Pistorius arriving at court. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 12 Sep 2014

The South African athlete has been cleared of premeditated and second-degree murder.