Murder: a protester outside Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a jury began looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo: Getty
Welcome to America, where police shoot an unarmed black man six times – and then call him a villain
By Laurie Penny - 21 August 13:31

What is happening in Ferguson is about more than Michael Brown and his family. It’s a shadow play of a national crisis in race relations and class repression.

The cast of Chris Morris’s black comedy Four Lions. Photo: Magnolia Pictures
What the jihadists who bought “Islam for Dummies” on Amazon tell us about radicalisation
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 August 10:06

Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives.

Never-ending exodus: Yazidis who fled to the Sinjar mountains after threats by Isis gather in Mosul. Photo: Getty
The tragic cycle: western powers and the Middle East
By John Bew - 21 August 10:00

History provides a sobering lesson about western involvement in the Middle East. It is that, when superpowers drift away, peace, progress, moderation and stability do not necessarily follow in their stead. 

Police watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Britain should not look at the militarised police in Ferguson and congratulate itself
By Harry Leslie Smith - 21 August 9:55

The UK may not have a police force that is equipped like an army, but through our arms trade we export death to some of the most volatile regions of the world. It has to stop.

James Foley photographed in Aleppo in 2012. Photo by Mano Brabo
ISIS video appears to show killing of US Journalist James Foley
By Sophie McBain - 20 August 8:06

Late last night, the militant jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a video purporting to show the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. Foley was a fearless, generous and committed reporter, who had also been detained while reporting in Libya. 

Faisal II of Iraq, aged 18, taking his oath of office before parliament in 1953. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Why Britain created monarchies in the Middle East
By James Dawson - 15 August 11:44

When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.

Many Iraqis fled from Mosul when Isis swept in, but why have some supported the group?
Why is there Sunni Arab support for Isis in Iraq?
By Lucy Fisher - 15 August 11:30

Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.

Demonstrators protest the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Amid the tear gas and arrests of reporters in Ferguson, we must not lose sight of Mike Brown
By Musa Okwonga - 14 August 14:55

The shooting of an unarmed black man by police in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri has provoked civil unrest, media fury and a debate about the community’s reaction. But riots, reporters' arrests and black anger are not the issue here – the death of Mike Brown is.

Taking the phrase “war on crime” rather too literally. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Michael Brown, Ferguson and the United States' police-soldiers
By Robert Macquarie - 14 August 13:21

Over the past few decades, US police departments have invested heavily in military-style equipment and training. The turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri shows the results.

Displaced Yazidi rest after crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border in northern Iraq, 13 August 13. Photo: Getty
The Yazidis are starving, traumatised and still unsafe
By Matthew Barber - 14 August 13:19

The options offered to the Yazidis are far fewer than to Christians because they are not a monotheistic faith. To the jihadists, Yazidis must either embrace Islam or be killed. 

Police fire teargas in Ferguson, Missouri. 13th August, 2014. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Why are US police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in Ferguson, Missouri?
By George Gillett - 14 August 12:41

Armoured vehicles, journalists arrested and protestors shot at – a summary of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

A demonstrator runs for cover in Ferguson, Missouri as police fire tear gas. Photo: Getty
Too many in the US view the events that led to Michael Brown’s death as the consequence of his own behaviour
By Garrett Albert Duncan - 14 August 12:08

A core American cultural value that gives priority to property rights over human rights informs the indifference towards the lives of especially young black men and women.

A plastic rose lies in rubble in Gaza. Photo: Getty
What Israel means when it talks about “human shields”
By Ahron Bregman - 14 August 10:00

In Gaza, this approach of punishing civilians in the hope that they will turn against their Hamas leaders has been employed by the Israelis since Hamas first came to power in 2006.

A few things that are much scarier than Ebola
By Sophie McBain - 13 August 15:00

When it comes to public health, we're often afraid of the wrong things - and this can have truly nasty side-effects.

Gaza City's Tuffa neighbourhood is hit by IDF bombardment, 29 July. Photo: EPA
Life among the ruins: ten days inside the Gaza Strip
By Donald Macintyre - 13 August 12:48

The grossly asymmetrical casualties inflicted on the Palestinians have obscured another important question: how far have they even been worth it from Israel’s point of view? By Donald Macintrye.

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday.
Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?
By George Eaton - 13 August 12:39

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday. 

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.
For the desperate of Iraq there is no quick fix, but we can help alleviate some of the suffering
By Jim Murphy MP - 13 August 12:03

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.

The destruction of this Caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force.
The US and the UK can’t defeat ISIS – Arab states have to take the lead
By Sunny Hundal - 12 August 8:32

The destruction of this caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force. 

The northern Gaza strip seen from the Israel side. Photo: Getty
My time in Israeli Defence Force tells me the level of casualties in Gaza is avoidable
By Ahron Bregman - 11 August 11:15

What will ultimately stop the deaths of innocent Palestinians and Israelis is a peace deal putting an end to the conflict. But in the meantime, a modification of the Israeli rules of engagement could reduce the number of innocent casualties.

Ben-Gurion, pictured in December 1953, after he stepped down as Israeli prime minister for the first time and moved to a settlement in the desert
David Ben-Gurion: prophet in the wilderness
By New Statesman - 11 August 10:00

A 1955 archive profile of the founder and first prime minister of Israel, shortly after his return to power. 

A Palestinian boy plays with balloons as families leave their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood. Photo: Getty
From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world has abandoned the Palestinians
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 August 16:34

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right – led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi Yazidi demonstrate outside the UN offices in the city of Arbil. Photo: Getty
Iraq’s Yazidis are on the brink of genocide – who will save them?
By Ali Mamouri - 08 August 10:13

Iraq is rapidly spiralling into an unprecedented situation - and the international community is standing by.

An Israeli soldier prays on a tank a few kilometres from the Israel-Gaza border on 6 August as the ceasefire entered a second day. Photo: Getty
Leader: Israel’s moral defeat in Gaza
By New Statesman - 07 August 13:10

Israel will know true quiet only by withdrawing from the occupied territories and negotiating a settlement with the Palestinian leadership, which may well include Hamas.

A mosaic of Gaddafi on the wall of a building in Tripoli, riddled with bullet holes, photographed on 29 August 2011. Photo: Getty
Libya’s revolution will fail if the west does not act now
By Bernard-Henri Levy - 06 August 15:34

It is not yet too late. It is five minutes to midnight, but it is not too late.

Baroness Warsi speaking to the Conservative Party Conference in 2010. Photo: Getty
The bitter truth: the Tories have done more for Muslims than Labour
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed - 06 August 12:17

It won’t be quickly forgotten that the strongest condemnation of the killings in Gaza came from Baroness Warsi, a Tory politician.

The Good Country Index scores nations on their contribution to the rest of the world.
Does your nation free-ride on the planet or benefit humanity?
By Lucy Fisher - 05 August 12:50

The Good Country Index scores nations on their beneficent contributions to the world. Its creator hopes it will encourage governments to think globally rather than nationally.

Palestinians salvage items from the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City as the fragile ceasefire entered a second day, 6 August. Photo: Getty
Jason Cowley: The destruction of Gaza and when Israel backed the Islamists
By Jason Cowley - 05 August 10:50

The Gaza conflict has raised the important question of empathy. Would that both sides were capable of greater empathy and, indeed, imagination. 

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

Love Uganda, hate homophobia: gay pride float in Cape Town in March shows solidarity with LGBT Ugandans. Photo: Getty
Ugandan court throws out draconian anti-gay law
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 01 August 12:34

Country’s Constitutional Court rules that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed illegally. Yet gay sex will remain outlawed. 

An Iranian woman adjusts her headscarf in central Tehran. Photo: Getty
High heels and hijabs: Iran’s sexual revolution
By Ramita Navai - 01 August 10:00

For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. 

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