Among the ruins: a collapsed building in Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, destroyed in the fighting between Ukrainian and rebel troops in February. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GETTY
Vladimir Putin is fighting for political survival – by provoking unrest in Ukraine
By John Simpson - 30 March 9:44

Writing from Sevastapol, the BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson explains how Russia's premiere is stalling. His Crimean coup is an attempt to distract the west.

From popular leader to enemy of the west: it is 15 years since Putin came to power
By James Rodgers - 26 March 15:47

The Russian president has been in power in some capacity for 15 years. Is his political autumn finally looming?

Muslim members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) pray during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
Fleeting loyalties and revolving doors in Nigeria as the election approaches
By Tolu Ogunlesi - 26 March 15:30

As the PDP and APC battle it out on the billboards, alliances continue to shift in a country defined by its political changeability.

Bright lights, big city: a bustling crossing in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo in 2013. Photo: MARTIN ROEMERS / PANOS
What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades”
By Roland Kelts - 26 March 10:18

Roland Kelts wonders whether Japan-style stagnation would really be so bad in the west.

In figures: Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
By Barbara Speed - 23 March 14:17

Singapore's former prime minister and founding father dies aged 91.

Why Labour is in crisis throughout the Anglosphere
By Tim Wigmore - 21 March 12:33

The leader of the New Zealand Labour Party on the shared challenges for social democrats.

Tomb raiders: leaders' graves have come in for posthumous revenge throughout history
By James Dawson - 20 March 15:16

Saddam Hussein's demolished tomb is resonant in symbolism, but it is not a unique story.

How terror under the Tudors is reflected in the barbarity of Islamic State
By Mathew Lyons - 20 March 12:33

Historical parallels of religious self-righteousness and nascent nationalism.

Israeli election: surprise victory for Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud party
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 March 10:06

Although polls suggested a tight race, Israel's Prime Minister has won for another term.

An imam reads the Quran at the Mosque of the Sultan in Morocco, 1917. Detail from a contemporary illustration by Maurice Keating.
Tom Holland: We must not deny the religious roots of Islamic State
By Tom Holland - 17 March 10:17

Its jihadis call for a global caliphate. So why deny religion drives Isis?

A woman watches the Crimea documentary this week. Photo: DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin is not dead
By Stephanie Boland - 16 March 12:26

While his statements on Crimea are alarming, rumours of the Russian president's death have been – oh, you know how it goes.

Reading the ruins: Palestinian men survey the rubble after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza city, August 2014. Photo: Wissman Nassar/The New York Times
As Israel heads to the polls, peace in the region seems more distant than ever
By Jeremy Bowen - 16 March 10:44

Binyamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Yisrael Beytenu - each of Israel's potential leaders faces an uncertain future as the country votes.

Refusing to speak to terrorists is not only a lazy approach, but could lead to more deaths
By Harris Beider - 11 March 11:52

It is not only lazy to stick to an approach that precludes talking with terrorists, but probably means more decades of innocent people being killed on all sides.

An Isis propaganda video purporting to show the execution of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. Photo: Rex Features
Mehdi Hasan: How Islamic is Islamic State?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 March 12:39

The conventional wisdom suggests a violent reading of the Quran is at the heart of Islamic State's political violence – but it's wrong.

An EU explainer for the easily bored: what happens if we leave?
By Frances Robinson - 10 March 11:33

Doom, whisky, and getting lost in mazes: what are the options for the UK flouncing out of the European Union?

William Hague unveiling his waxwork likeness at Madame Tussauds in 1997. Photo: Dave Gaywood/AFP/Getty Images
You find out who your friends are when you’re following William Hague and Ffion round the States
By Suzanne Moore - 06 March 9:47

“Can you tell us who he is? So we know which one to photograph?”

Silencing India’s Daughter: why has the Indian government banned the Delhi rape film?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 March 14:40

Delhi is refusing to air a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in 2012.

Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
By Elizabeth Pond - 05 March 12:12

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation.

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov shows that in Putin's Russia, anything is permitted
By Angus Roxburgh - 05 March 10:17

The west can do very little to intervene as Putin hunkers down.

Darren Wilson following the shooting. Photo: St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office via Getty Images
Police officer Darren Wilson is cleared of civil rights violations in Ferguson shooting
By Stephanie Boland - 04 March 18:16

Report lays out systematic racial discrimination in Ferguson justice system but upholds Darren Wilson's version of the events preceding Michael Brown's death.

Rokhaya Diallo taking part in a protest on International Migrants Day 2014. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
In France, who gets to be a feminist?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 04 March 17:58

The decision by the mayor of Paris’s 20th arrondissement to withdraw from an event with a well-known feminist and anti-racist campaigner has sparked questions of how racism and Islamophobia are discussed in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Vladimir Putin addressing a rally of supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in 2012. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images
Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?
By Jana Bakunina - 04 March 14:56

Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure.

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
The NYPD blues: From Eric Garner to broken windows, activist Josmar Trujillo says enough
By Rob Crilly - 04 March 9:08

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

The 1992 liberalisation of the airline market allowed carriers to offer cheaper flights. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me?
By Frances Robinson - 03 March 15:47

Thanks to the EU, wine is more affordable, flights are cheaper and you can access the internet on your phone abroad without having to get another mortgage. And that’s not all. . .

Child soldiers in South Sudan at a Unicef ceremony of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. Photo: Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty
How can the UK help the child soldiers of South Sudan?
By Oliver Griffin - 27 February 13:40

While the UK still has a military recruitment age of 16, it’s hard to see how effective they can be in helping other countries relinquish the practice.

Vladimir Putin at the 2011 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin has torn my family apart
By Jana Bakunina - 26 February 16:37

I grew up in a family of Soviet intelligentsia, but the relentless propaganda from Russia’s state-controlled media has convinced my father that I am not a patriot. I am a disappointment.

Islamic terrorist "Jihadi John". Image: BBC News screengrab
Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” identified as British man Mohammed Emwazi
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 26 February 11:55

Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.

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