A police officer outside Fifa's Brazilian headquarters. Photo: Getty Images
Fifa thrown into turmoil as seven officials arrested
By New Statesman - 27 May 21:15

Football's governing body has been thrown into chaos by two anti-corruption inquiries.

Conchita Wurst hands over the trophy to 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerloew of Sweden. Photo: Nigel Treblin/Getty
This was the year Eurovision became more about the politics than the songs
By Eleanor Margolis - 26 May 17:34

What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.

A Palestinian boy looks out across the al-Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 6 August 2014. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians
By Yehuda Shaul - 26 May 12:19

2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.

Gay marriage campaigners celebrate Ireland's Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Just 22 years after homosexuality was legalised, Ireland votes yes to gay marriage
By Helen Lewis - 23 May 21:44

More than 62 per cent of people voted in favour of the change.

An elderly Somali woman sits outside a kitchen in the Hagadera sector of the Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
What it’s like to be a Somali refugee in Kenya
By Samira Shackle - 22 May 10:45

Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have fled Al-Shabab across the border. But in Kenya, they face racial profiling, police searches and the constant threat of repatriation.

Jesús Muñoz, flat in the LA River bed, features in James Ellroy's LAPD '53. Photo: © 2015 LOS ANGELES POLICE MUSEUM
Ghettoside is a bold, humane study of Los Angeles’ black homicide epidemic
By Ryan Gattis - 21 May 11:18

Ryan Gattis reviews two books on the Los Angeles police – and finds a city plagued by a national problem.

Protesters in Burundi hitch a ride on a police vehicle. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
In today’s Burundi, neutrality is the best way to survive
By Jessica Hatcher - 20 May 15:15

The government’s divide-and-rule strategy seems to be working and there are rumours the police have drawn up a “kill list”.

A yes campaign poster in Dublin. Photo: Getty
Will Ireland make history and vote for same sex marriage?
By Aoife Moriarty - 20 May 11:23

This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Photo: Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images
How Stephen Harper is using paranoia to win in 2015
By Noah Richler - 18 May 9:23

From Islam to oil sands critics, Harper is using a fear of outsiders to unite voters.

Victory Day in Russia: why use a huge military display to commemorate peace?
By Jana Bakunina - 11 May 18:02

Cutting through the patriotism in Russia's Victory Day march.

Rip it up and start again: a kindergarten remains standing on a demolition site in Shaanxi Province. Photo: Reuters
Disappearing villages: the losers in China's breakneck urbanisation
By Isabel Hilton - 06 May 10:33

So rapid has China's development been that at any given moment there are vast, empty proto-cities waiting for people.

Mount Everest. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Jan Morris: No one else needs to climb Everest – let’s turn it into a memorial
By Jan Morris - 06 May 8:32

Everest has been violated by fame, profit, sectarian rivalry and national pride. It's time to return it to holiness.

Women protesting in Cairo after the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. Photo: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images
In Egypt, the left is struggling against apathy and fear
By Ruth Michaelson - 05 May 9:52

The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh sent shockwaves through Egypt’s left. Now, with elections postponed again, the movement is at an impasse.

A Buddha statue is surrounded by debris from a collapsed temple. Photo: Omar Havana/Getty Images
Nepal has become a country that can't see the future – this quake gives us a chance to change that
By Rubeena Mahato - 30 April 12:17

I look at my house, damaged when a neighbour’s house collapsed on to it, and I wonder: will any of this be rebuilt?

A crowd of supporters hold up “Je Suis Charlie” signs. Photo: Franck Pennant/AFP/Getty Images
If you don’t speak French, how can you judge if Charlie Hebdo is racist?
By Robert McLiam Wilson - 29 April 9:16

Prominent writers have chosen to boycott a PEN gala in honour of Charlie Hebdo. But are they in any position to pass judgement?

Alaa al-Aswany in Paris, February 2014. Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
You can't betray the revolution: why Egyptian activist Alaa al-Aswany likes being a dentist
By Sophie McBain - 29 April 8:00

“A revolution is basically a human change, not a political one,” he says. “People are no longer the Egyptians they were under Mubarak.”

A Nepalese resident sits near collapsed and damaged buildings on Sunday. Photo: Getty
Kathmandu mourns earthquake's victims and continues search for survivors
By Citymetric - 28 April 12:53

It is now estimated that the death toll could reach ten thousand.

Men stare at the smoldering remains of a senior center set ablaze in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty
Six Baltimore police officers have been charged over the death of Freddie Gray
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 28 April 12:44

Violence, looting, and several fires followed Freddie Gray's funeral, the 25-year-old African-American man who died after being illegally arrested.

Brie, a French gastronomic specialty. Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images
French-bashing, my phantom chat with Nicola Sturgeon... and remembering Gallipoli
By Sylvie Bermann - 28 April 9:36

French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 April 9:59

The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?

A shipwrecked migrant and child on arrival in Greece. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty
Mare Nostrum and the high price of guarding “our sea”
By Daniel Trilling - 23 April 12:18

It seems that the British government views migrant deaths as a useful deterrent, but criminal activity remains unaffected by the decision to let desperate migrants drown.

Islamic State faces a complex web of militant groups and violence in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 23 April 10:14

The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?

A woman at work in the Who Made Your Pants workshop. Photo: WMYP
Why don’t you care who made your clothes?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 22 April 15:53

Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.

The comeback kid. Photo:Getty
Why the Tories still have a spring in their step
By Stephen Bush - 22 April 12:57

Senior Conservatives are drawing comfort from Binyamin Netanyhu's late comeback in the Israeli elections.

A wreath floats off the coastline of Lampedusa after a boat sank there in 2013. Photo: Getty
What Katie Hopkins wrote was monstrous. But save your anger for the politicians who decided to let migrants drown
By Sarah Ditum - 20 April 9:29

It's nice to condemn the usefully loathsome Hopkins, but what she has said is merely a frank statement of the politics our government has been enacting at our borders in our name for years now.

System of a Down's Serj Tankian on his tour for recognition of the Armenian genocide
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 April 15:10

The Armenian-American metal band, System of a Down, is doing a special tour for the Armenian genocide centenary. We catch up with the lead singer to find out why.

From Cecil Rhodes to Mahatma Gandhi: why is South Africa tearing its statues down?
By Martin Plaut - 16 April 17:20

Removing symbols of the past is an ineffective form of protest.

"The memory of the world": British attempts to save endangered Middle Eastern artefacts
By Tom Overton - 16 April 15:05

Rescuing and preserving Middle Eastern texts and artefacts in the "post-custodial" age.

Hillary Clinton at the world bank. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Can anyone stop the Clinton machine? Only time will tell
By Sasha Abramsky - 16 April 14:09

Coronations seldom proceed as planned in the drawn-out US primary season - the polish can't hold long without cracking somewhere.

Perestroika is turning 30 – so why aren't Russians celebrating?
By Jana Bakunina - 16 April 8:42

I was six when perestroika was introduced, and I remember the benefits. So why aren't Russians looking back fondly to Gorbachev's reforms?

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