Migrants climbing a Eurotunnel terminal fence in Calais. Photo: Getty
Why do we care more about Cecil the Lion than we do about the “swarm” of migrants at Calais?
By Frances Ryan - 30 July 15:28

This dehumanisation isn’t exclusive to the Daily Mail. Our prime minister believes he can publicly describe some of the most vulnerable of human beings as dirty, buzzing locusts, too.  

Illustration: Jackson Rees
How we learned to stop loathing and embrace the gas-guzzling menace
By Will Self - 30 July 13:25

“Suburban!” I expostulated. “That thing’s big enough to contain an entire suburb!”

Ein reich über alles: Hans Burgkmair the Elder's woodcut of 1510 shows a double-heaed eagle, symbol of the Holy Roman empire. Photo: AKG-Images
Germany’s triumph: from the ruins of war, how a new European empire was built
By Brendan Simms - 30 July 13:11

European integration was designed to contain Berlin’s power – instead, it has increased it.

Vive la France! Photo: Getty
Gallic symbols: How the French Think
By Douglas Kennedy - 30 July 12:03

Trying to explain the French mindset to the Anglo-Saxon world is a literary sub­genre.

Rising from the east: a Japanese soldier takes aim at a bomber targeting nearby positions, c.1941. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Unfinished business: the legacy of the Second World War in China and Japan
By Rana Mitter - 30 July 12:01

The Pacific war did not end neatly in 1945.

Behind the battle lines: British police mount a roadblock to support a search in Dublin during the civil unrest of 1920-21.  Photo: Tal/Epic/Mary Evans
As the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising approaches, the history wars in Ireland still rage
By David Reynolds - 23 July 12:06

Will poking around in the embers of Irish history rekindle old flames?

Market utopianism supposes a price-setting market in human beings without a society. Photo: Getty
Greece and the birth of fiscal colonialism
By Maurice Glasman and Jon Cruddas - 23 July 12:04

Greece is caught in a vicious debt cycle that leads to a perpetual need for stimulus.

Anti-austerity protesters outside the Greek Parliament. Photo: Getty
A view from Athens: Greece’s shell-shocked left
By Evel Economakis - 22 July 17:08

Taking stock of Syriza’s capitulation.

A woman in Kenya walks past a Stop FGM banner. Photo: Getty
How far have we come in a year in the fight against FGM and child marriage?
By June Eric-Udorie - 22 July 11:14

A year after the Girl Summit's commitments were made to end female genital mutilation, it is time to assess the progress against the practice in Britain and globally.

A street cleaner in Athens. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty
Slavoj Žižek on Greece: the courage of hopelessness
By Slavoj Zizek - 20 July 7:00

The people of Greece are not being asked to swallow many bitter pills in exchange for a realistic plan of economic revival: they are asked to suffer so that others in the European Union can go on dreaming their dream undisturbed.

Iran begins to fuel its first nuclear power station - but what happens next? Photo: IIPA via Getty Images
John Simpson: The Iran deal won’t make the world much safer
By John Simpson - 16 July 17:04

It has been hard, over the years, to explain to western readers and viewers the deep contradictions of Iran.

An anti-Saudi Arabia protester outside the embassy in Tehran. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty
In Iran today the Great Satan is no longer the United States: it's Saudi Arabia
By Mark Leonard - 16 July 16:59

When I talked to Iranian policymakers last year, they told me US hegemony in the Middle East and global affairs is giving way to a multipolar order - and with it come new enemies.

The boys who could see England
By Anders Fjellberg - 16 July 15:56

Last winter, two bodies in identical wetsuits were found in Norway and the Netherlands. Police in three countries failed to identify them - and then the trail led to Calais.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi give a press conference. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty
Leader: Iran comes in from the cold
By New Statesman - 15 July 15:28

For all of its limitations and the uncertainty that still abounds, the deal could come to be seen as a historic leap towards stability in Iran.

Yanis Varoufakis sitting on the floor looking stressed during negotiations. Photo: Getty
Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis opens up about his five month battle to save Greece
By Harry Lambert - 13 July 17:49

In his first interview since resigning, Greece's former Finance Minister says the Eurogroup is “completely and utterly” controlled by Germany, Greece was “set up” and last week’s referendum was wasted.

Yanis Varoufakis looks despairingly at his computer screen during crisis talks. Photo: Getty
Yanis Varoufakis full transcript: our battle to save Greece
By Harry Lambert - 13 July 17:37

The full transcript of the former Greek Finance Minister's first interview since resigning.

Protesters against the lethal injection outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Getty
The lethal injection ruling that takes America another step away from banning executions
By James Clayton - 13 July 12:32

Has a recent Supreme Court ruling made it harder to defend people on death row?

From the archive: Greece, Germany and the ghosts of the past
By Mark Mazower - 13 July 10:47

 In a curious way, the memory of the war has continued to shape German behaviour through this crisis just as much as it has the Greek.

Jihadists dancing with guns in Syria. Photo: Getty
Reading poetry written by jihadists could shed new light on extremism
By Samira Shackle - 10 July 16:04

The "extracurriculur" activities of terrorist groups can reveal how extremists think and behave.

Will the Greeks' No vote have positive effects on Europe? Photo: Getty
A view from Athens – OXI-dation: has Greece's No vote missed its chance to create a healthier Europe?
By Evel Economakis - 10 July 12:45

Syriza could yet keep Greece in the eurozone. Our contributor, the Athenian schoolteacher Evel Economakis, bet a souvlaki on it.

Age of fracture: Greece’s struggles have accelerated the decline of a global economic order that has ruled since the Second World War. Photo: photomontage by Dan Murrell
Greece is just the canary in the mine - there are still crises aplenty to come in global finance
By Felix Martin - 10 July 9:51

While all eyes are on the eurozone, larger troubles are brewing.

Indian women taking part in the 2014 International Toilet Festival in New Delhi. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
Why Bollywood is making a movie about open defecation
By Rose George - 09 July 14:56

One in two people in India defecate in the open, but the solution isn’t as simple as just building more toilets. Now Bollywood is making a satirical comedy that hopes to change minds about sanitation.

People wait to withdraw cash from an ATM in downtown Athens. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP/Getty
From taxi drivers to surgeons, everyone in Greece is now an expert on the country’s debt
By Duncan Weldon - 09 July 12:00

The strange thing has been how few Greeks, whether politicians, business people, journalists or whoever, took the idea that their country might leave the euro seriously.

The Second World War memorial in Kiev. Photo: Jana Bakunina
This is what it’s like to be a Russian in Kiev
By Jana Bakunina - 09 July 11:34

The growing feud between the two nations is traumatising: nearly everyone in Russia has relatives in Ukraine.

A single European federal state including Britain is not compatible with British sovereignty. Photos: Getty Images
Why we need a British Europe, not a European Britain
By Brendan Simms - 09 July 9:25

The critical thing for eurozoners to understand is that the United Kingdom is an exceptional power, not prepared to sacrifice its sovereignty.

The memorial to the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London. Photo: Getty
A decade after 7/7, our anti-terror efforts stopped attacks but lost the battle for hearts and minds
By Shiraz Maher - 07 July 17:34

Millions of pounds have been poured into counter-extremism initiatives over the past decade. But this has failed to provide the response to 7/7 that the UK wanted.

A market in Aden on the first day of Ramadan. Photo: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images
In civil war Yemen, the first priority is simple: getting food
By Iona Craig - 06 July 15:38

“Sometimes we can hide some boxes of tomatoes or potatoes and get them in,” one vegetable-seller-turned-food smuggler in Aden told me. “But trucks of food?"

Varoufakis during negotiations. Pretending the Greek question is administrative, rather than ideological, is tantamount to bullying. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
Slavoj Žižek on Greece: This is a chance for Europe to awaken
By Slavoj Zizek - 06 July 14:23

The Greeks are correct: Brussels' denial that this is an ideological question is ideology at its purest  and symptomatic of our whole political process.

A Dakotan dairy cow.
Meet America’s Dairy Princesses, the pageant winners trying to save the US dairy industry
By India Bourke - 06 July 11:38

American dairy farming is in trouble, and the women who are crowned Dairy Princess for their states are doing their best to save it.

Selma Guadalupe Gomez tried to ban memes. The internet responded inevitably. Photo: Google Images
A Mexican parliamentarian proposed an anti-meme law - so the internet turned her into one
By Media Mole - 03 July 17:50

Hey dawg, we heard you don't like memes, so we turned you into a meme so you can oppose memes while being a meme.

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