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?

Talking with terrorists is a dangerous business – but sometimes, it's the only way
By Richard Howitt - 09 April 15:38

In Colombia, the government and FARC are taking the first steps to a lasting peace.

Marine Le Pen. Photo: Getty
Marine Le Pen repudiates her (racist) dad Jean-Marie, calling his strategy political suicide
By Stephanie Boland - 08 April 15:53

Marine Le Pen has declared that her father Jean-Marie can no longer "hold the party hostage" following his recent remarks on the Holocaust.

John Oliver gets to the crux of why the Snowden leaks matter: mass surveillance of dick pics
By Ian Steadman - 07 April 12:59

"I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."

Illustration: John Thys/AFP/Getty
The mystery president: How the Charlie Hebdo shooting saved François Hollande's reputation
By Charles Bremner - 07 April 7:52

François Hollande was elected on a promise to rule from the left, but proved an unpopular figure – until the January attack on Charlie Hebdo offered an unexpected reprieve.

Roses from the funeral of a mafia victim. Photo: Getty
The pursuit of power: Why Isis loves spreadsheets and mafia bosses build chapels
By Ian Leslie - 02 April 14:55

We tend to think of terrorists and gangsters - the professionally violent – as opponents of the state. In fact, they are alternatives to it. Like politicians, gangsters and terrorists are interested in governance.

President-elect Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station in Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Photo: Getty Images
Goodluck Jonathan concedes Nigerian presidential election
By New Statesman - 31 March 18:06

Ruling president peacefully concedes power to opponent after loss.

Trevor Noah, the South African comedian announced as the new host of the Daily Show. Photo: Justin Barlow/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV
Why outsiders like John Oliver and Trevor Noah are taking over American late night TV
By Esther Breger - 31 March 14:25

South African Trevor Noah, the newly-announced host of The Daily Show, joins Brits John Oliver and James Corden in the US’s coveted late-night slots.

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 the Russian president is stalling - and 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?”

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