Syriza supporters attending a rally in central Athens. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
Why the Greek election is so important
By Theo Papadopoulos - 23 January 10:48

If the pollsters are right, Syriza could win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.

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Leader: The 1 per cent and the masses
By New Statesman - 22 January 12:00

The thesis developed by Capital author Thomas Piketty are set to be vindicated, with the most prominent critiques of inequality now economic.

The 11 January Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
France's Arab population is divided by an invisible wall
By Andrew Hussey - 22 January 11:42

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, we must address France's long war with its Arabs. Andrew Hussey reports from Paris.

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How the "mayor" of Gramercy Park keeps New York’s most exclusive spot private
By Rob Crilly - 22 January 10:08

Arlene Harrison runs a tight ship managing Gramercy Park.

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How Chinese success in education comes at a high cost
By Tanith Carey - 16 January 9:00

The school day often lasts nine hours – with breaks for eye massages to reduce eye strain and physical activity to keep concentration levels high.

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Why we must help to stop the public flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi
By Daniel Wickham - 15 January 18:53

Despite the crackdown at home, Saudi Arabia is angling to present itself as a supporter of free expression abroad.

French police at the Jewish supermarket in Paris where several people were taken hostage.
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: Are the worst really full of passionate intensity?
By Slavoj Zizek - 10 January 21:31

How fragile the belief of an Islamist must be if he feels threatened by a stupid caricature in a weekly satirical newspaper, says the Slovenian philosopher.

French police officers stand guard outside Paris' main mosque as people enter for Friday prayers. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images
Is the Charlie Hebdo attack really a struggle over European values?
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 09 January 13:07

By targeting the French magazine, the attackers were able to deepen already profound rifts in French society and establish an atmosphere ripe for the recruitment of alienated youths.

Charlie Hebdo suspects killed and several hostages freed in France
By New Statesman - 09 January 9:24

Coordinated assaults by the French police have killed the gunmen behind Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, and a gunman holding hostages in a Jewish supermarket.

Charlie Hebdo is written near flowers and candles left at the Place de la Republique at midday in solidarity with victims of yesterday's terrorist attack on January 8, 2015 in Paris, France. Photo: Getty Images
Charlie Hebdo: what we know so far
By New Statesman - 08 January 18:20

Police in France are still tracking the three men responsible for killing 12 people yesterday at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Mass vigils are held around the world.

Ukranian forces on patrol near Sloviansk. Photo: Reuters/Gleb Garanich
Meet the ordinary Ukrainians arming the country against Russian separatists
By David Patrikarakos - 08 January 16:55

In Ukraine’s battle against Russian-backed separatists, civilians keep the army equipped.

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Leader: A reckoning in the eurozone
By New Statesman - 08 January 16:31

Angela Merkel claims she no longer fears the "Grexit", but will the public be drawn to extreme means?

In cartoons: the global response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 January 14:32

How cartoonists around the world reacted to the murder of journalists and cartoonists at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

The offices of Charlie Hebdo in 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Murderous outrage in Paris as Charlie Hebdo, the magazine that mocked Mohammed, is attacked
By New Statesman - 07 January 11:46

Reports have 12 killed at Paris offices by men with automatic rifles.

A South African flag flies in front of a portrait of Mao. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images
Why is the ANC following the example of the Chinese Communist Party?
By Martin Plaut - 06 January 17:48

South Africa’s ruling party appears to be forging ever-closer ties with the Chinese government.

Margaret Thatcher in 1985 at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool. Photo: Getty Images
Declassified papers reveal Thatcher's mixed response to South Africa's bloody 1985
By Martin Plaut - 30 December 13:03

Government records made public by the 30 year rule reveal Margaret Thatcher's diplomatic struggle with apartheid South Africa - arguing against sanctions, but in favour of the release of Nelson Mandela - during a year of bloodshed and dialogue for the region.

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: what we know so far
By New Statesman - 28 December 10:05

Air traffic control has lost contact with a passenger plane flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board.

Migrants prepare to cast off the beach at Shimbiro, Somalia, for a perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen and beyond. Photo: Alixandra Fazina/N
The best of the NS in 2014: World Affairs
By New Statesman - 23 December 19:20

Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, we choose the best foreign affairs coverage and reports from abroad.

After the wave: Devastation in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: Jim Holmes/Design Pics/Corbis
Miracle of the tsunami
By Xan Rice - 22 December 16:21

A family lost a son and daughter in the Indian Ocean disaster. Ten years on, they may have found them.

A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus costume is confronted by an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in village near Bethlehem, 19 December. Photo: Getty
If Mary and Joseph tried to reach Bethlehem today, they would get stuck at an Israeli checkpoint
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 December 11:08

Why is it that the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, or countries such as Sudan, has attracted the attention and anger of politicians in the west, yet the Christians of Palestine don’t get a look-in?

Pedestrians walk under a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow, on December 17, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Rouble trouble: oil's plunge has given Putin a serious headache
By Xan Rice - 17 December 14:21

The fall in oil's price is being felt keenly in Moscow, where the Putin government is struggling to cope with the knock-on effects.

Activists commemorate the second anniversary of the Delhi gang rape. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty
Two years after the infamous Delhi gang rape, India’s women still aren’t safe
By Samira Shackle - 17 December 9:55

India is only just beginning to understand the scale of its sexual violence problem. The public discussion in the wake of the Nirbhaya case has been encouraging, but until it translates into action, little will change.

The All India Democratic Women's Association protests the death of two Dalit girls in Badaun. Photo: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images
How India’s Dalit women are being empowered to fight endemic sexual violence
By Rahila Gupta - 16 December 17:21

The conviction rate for rape cases by India’s “untouchable” women stands at 2 per cent, compared to 24 per cent for women in general. However, they are starting to fight back.

Soldiers protect schoolchildren rescued from the site of the attack. Photo: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images
In Pakistan, fear has become mundane – will the Peshawar attack change anything?
By Samira Shackle - 16 December 13:26

Over a hundred people are dead, many of them children. Even in the terror-stricken context of Pakistan, this attack is shocking.

Shia LeBeouf at the premiere of Nymphomaniac. Photo: Getty
From Shia LaBeouf to Rolling Stone's frat house story, the trouble with "I Believe Her"
By Sarah Ditum - 14 December 12:55

When we talk about rape victims, “I Believe Her” is powerful because it’s simple; because it’s simple, it slides into being simplistic. Both the alleged frat house gang rape described by Rolling Stone, and Shia LeBeouf's accusations against a woman who visited his art installation, reveal its strengths and weaknesses.

Project Martyr: the British doctor who went to work in Syria
By Martin Fletcher - 11 December 13:37

In 2011, Rami Habib, a 43-year-old doctor from Leicester, flew to Syria. Since then, he has watched the revolution against Bashar al-Assad fall apart – but he won’t give up.

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The departure of a third defence secretary finally kills off Obama’s hopes of a “team of rivals”
By John Bew - 11 December 10:11

Chuck Hagel's resignation - the latest soap opera to hit the Obama adminstration - is a sign of severe dysfunction. The team of rivals has disintegrated, with many of them becoming a thorn in the president’s side as he limps on for a final two years.

Migrants prepare to cast off the beach at Shimbiro, Somalia, for a perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen and beyond. Photo: Alixandra Fazina/Noor
From Africa to Kent: following in the footsteps of migrants
By Daniel Trilling - 11 December 9:47

The guardians of Fortress Europe are fighting a lost battle: poor migrants will always try to find a better life for themselves, or die in the attempt. Daniel Trilling traces their steps, from the Middle East and Africa to the Kent countryside.

A protester holds up a photo of Eric Garner during a demonstration in New York. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty
The case of Eric Garner shows that cameras won’t stop police brutality of black people
By Matthew Pratt Guterl - 04 December 16:17

The assumption is that cameras are objective, silent witnesses that provide indisputable evidence, and also that people behave differently when they know a camera is capturing their actions. This is a fantasy.

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