An Assad billboard in the pro-government area of Aleppo. Photo: Getty
Jeremy Bowen: Why I tweet pictures of food from warzones
By Jeremy Bowen - 21 November 10:07

In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.

May’s European Parliament elections did nothing to prompt a response to the EU’s “democratic deficit”. Photo: Getty
I was a teenage Europhile – but the EU’s sadistic austerity and lack of democracy changed my mind
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 November 11:15

Fast-forward 15-odd years and my wild-eyed teenage Europhilia is a source of much embarrassment.

Breaking up: Pro-independence activists after a symbolic vote on independence for Catalonia from Spain at a polling station in Barcelona on 9 November. Photo: Getty
Letter from Barcelona: Inside the battle for Catalan independence
By Jamie Maxwell - 20 November 10:00

This crisis could have been avoided. In recent years, Madrid has run a masterclass in how not to handle breakaway nationalism.

Pride, honour, poverty, patriotism: pro-Putin protesters parade through Moscow as he becomes president for the second time, May 2012. Photo: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin
Putin is not Russia: the Kremlin’s view on events in Ukraine
By Robert Skidelsky - 20 November 10:00

War in Ukraine, economic woes and the decline of an autocrat, by Robert Skidelsky.

An Ottoman Piatsre (Sultan Selim III, 1789) and a Maria Theresa Thaler (later restrike of the 1780 coin). Photo: James Dawson
When it comes to coins, Isis is clearly not as good as gold
By James Dawson - 19 November 15:30

A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.

Remembering: People gather to look the illumination on Boesebruecke bridge, where 25 years before thousands of East Germans first crossed into West Berlin. Photo: Getty
John Simpson: the raising of the Iron Curtain felt like a miracle
By John Simpson - 18 November 10:00

It all happened because of the use of a single German word, unverzüglich: “immediately”, or “at once”.

Theological explanations are a diversion when looking at the rise of Islamic State
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 13 November 15:11

Look beyond the smokescreen of Islamic "essence" when analysing the motives of Islamic State.

Unrest: Burkina Faso's opposition supporters protest against a proposal to amend the constitution to extend Compaore's 27-year-rule, 28 October. Photo: Getty
Exiled strongman: The tricky legacy of Blaise Compaoré
By Martin Plaut - 13 November 10:00

Impoverished Burkina Faso now has a military government, led by interim president Isaac Zida, who has promised a rapid handover to civilian rule but given no date for this transition.

Writing on the wall: Ifthekar Jaman in Syria, next to a stencil reading: "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham". He was killed in December 2013
From Portsmouth to Kobane: the British jihadis fighting for Isis
By Shiraz Maher - 06 November 10:00

What motivates the young men who leave Britain to join the murderous fanatics of Isis in the Middle East? Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.

Wendy Davis, who looks likely to lose her bid to be Texas governor. Photo: Stewart F House/Getty
The US Midterms: the races you need to watch
By Nicky Woolf - 04 November 11:39

Rarely has an election elicited a louder national cry of “meh”. But there are some important races buried beneath the banality.

Fort Kent, Maine, where nurse Kaci Hickox has become the centre of a political controversy. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty
Ebola is the latest political battleground between America’s left and right
By David Millward - 31 October 12:21

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

Children wait to perform at a ceremony for the new French International School in Beijing, 19 October. Photo: Getty
Letter from Beijing: Inside the private schools educating China’s elite
By Zoe Alsop - 30 October 12:32

In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images
Zambia’s new president is white – and we need to get over it
By Martin Plaut - 30 October 10:53

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

Detail of David Wilkie's The Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Dispatch (1822). Image: Apsley House/The Wellington Museum/Bridgeman Images
What the Battle of Waterloo teaches us about Europe today
By Brendan Simms - 30 October 9:00

The centenary of the start of the First World War has reopened old wounds. Yet Germany and Britain once enjoyed a special relationship – as when they defeated Napoleon at Waterloo – and they could do so again

The War on Drugs is not working (Flickr / Jacob)
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 30 October 8:16

Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end? 

Joseph Kony, photographed in Southern Sudan in 2006. Photo: Stuart Price/AFP/Getty
Africa’s forgotten scourge: Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army
By Martin Plaut - 23 October 13:06

In the past year, Joseph Kony is said to have been responsible for killing 76 civilians and abducting 467. Despite the lack of international coverage, an African operation to kill or capture him continues. Martin Plaut talks to its leader, Brigadier General Sam Kavuma.

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
Matthew Barzun: Despite ebola and Isis, could it be that we are living in the best of times?
By Matthew Barzun - 23 October 10:00

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. 

Dangling modifier: a cable car towers above the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Photo: Aizar Raldes Nunez/AFP/Getty
How ski lifts could break the gridlock in African cities
By Jessica Hatcher - 23 October 10:00

Think of ski lifts soaring over a city such as Nairobi or Johannesburg. These cable cars would be built not just for tourists but for everyone, from bankers and cleaners to gardeners and jobless slum-dwellers.

Desperate: Liberian health workers at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, 18 October. Photo: Getty
Monrovia, the city at the heart of the ebola outbreak
By Clair MacDougall - 23 October 10:00

At least 200 health workers have been infected with ebola and 90 have died, according to the latest government figures, yet pay is modest. Last week they staged a two-day strike. 

People watch from the Turkish-Syria border as Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobani fight Islamic State militants. Photo: Getty
Why arming the Kurds is the only option – even for anti-war progressives in the west
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 October 9:55

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
Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail
By New Statesman - 21 October 9:53

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

Illustration: André Carrilho
The great ebola scare
By Michael Brooks - 19 October 9:03

It is being called the most severe health emergency of modern times. But are the fears of mass contagion in the west overblown?

Watching and waiting: tanks outside Kobane, where Islamic State forces are ballting Syrian Kurds. Photo: Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Islamic State can be beaten
By John Simpson - 19 October 8:51

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.

High tension: peshmerga near their base at Makhmur, south of Erbil. Photo: Rex Features
A voice for Kurdistan: an encounter with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
By Sophie McBain - 16 October 10:00

As high representative of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) to the UK, Abdul Rahman has been lobbying for greater intervention against Islamic State/Isis militants in Iraq for months.

Yemeni supporters of the Shia Huthi movement carry the coffins of comrades who died during recent fighting, Sanaa, 26 September. PHOTO: GETTY
War without end: 12 years of US drone strikes in Yemen
By Iona Craig - 16 October 10:00

The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counterterrorist” action often appear boundless.

Shrien Dewani on the first day of his trial at the Western Cape High Court. Photo: Getty
Shrien Dewani is on trial for murder, not for his sexuality
By Dan Newling - 15 October 16:33

The young British businessman is accused of orchestrating the 2010 murder of Anni, his wife of just two weeks, in a spectacular hijack committed in Cape Town’s township badlands.

A woman kneels in a cloud of gas as she protests the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
In America, fear is growing that the police are getting out of control
By David Millward - 15 October 15:35

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

People walk past an ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Getty
How translators can help stem the ebola crisis
By Lori Thicke - 14 October 13:16

Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.

Malala Yousafzai speaking in Westminster Abbey in March 2014. Photo: Getty
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
By New Statesman - 10 October 10:13

They win “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

An aerial view of the Zaatari camp in Jordan, home to 80,000 refugees. Photo: Getty
Life as an orphan in a plastic tent city, bombing Iraq (again) and keeping my “Juslim” name
By Jemima Khan - 03 October 13:10

Jemima Khan writes from Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis.

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