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.

Vegetables. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Han Kang's The Vegetarian: the failures of language and the mysteries of the physical
By Joanna Walsh - 26 February 11:03

Comparable to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” to Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, The Vegetarian ties social refusal to sexual protest.

The EU flag. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Leader: The long shadow of decline: is Britain bowing out of the world stage?
By New Statesman - 26 February 9:11

This is no “conscious uncoupling” – the reason Britain’s voice isn't heard in Europe and beyond is, under Cameron, it has little to say. The challenge for Miliband is to show he can do better.

Isis fighters parade through Mosul in June 2014. Photo: Associated Press
John Simpson: Isis is losing in Iraq
By John Simpson - 25 February 9:48

The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.

In defence of soft power: why a “war” on terror will never win
By Hamed El-Said - 24 February 14:36

The recent rise in global terrorism is alarming, but it also reaffirms the failure of our purely hard military approach to counter the phenomenon.

BME victims are at risk due to refuge closures. Photo: Getty
“Hierarchy of death”: cuts to refuges are putting black and ethnic minority women in danger
By Charlotte Lytton - 24 February 14:01

As the only refuge in Britain especially for Latin American women is under threat, it's time councils stopped treating women from ethnic minority backgrounds as a low priority.

An Austrian chocolate torte. Very European. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: where does the UK stand?
By Frances Robinson - 24 February 13:11

Frances Robinson continues her series on what we really need to know about the EU. This week: should the UK stay or should it go?

A man walks past a polling station in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
Why are fringe groups allowed the same air-time as LGBT activists in the run-up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum?
By Paulie Doyle - 23 February 17:07

Under Irish broadcasting law, broadcasters cannot support marriage equality unopposed.

To ease Greece's burden would cost Europe little – and could prevent a eurozone collapse
By Vicky Pryce - 20 February 18:22

A refusal to acknowledge the democratic remit of the new, however irritating, Greek government could result in a contagion effect across the rest of the eurozone.

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn courtroom drama has put prostitution on trial
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 20 February 11:48

The former IMF chief's pimping trial sees abolitionist views well-represented in the courtroom, but will sex workers be ignored?

Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt attends a UN security council briefing on Libya in New York, January 2015. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Image
Egypt’s long war against terror intensifies as Islamic State proves its military clout
By Sophie McBain - 19 February 14:56

A long, porous border with Libya puts Egypt at risk. Now it is even harder for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide the security his mandate depends on.

Internally displaced Afghan children play cricket in a refugee camp. Photo: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
Afghanistan at the World Cup
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 12:23

"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."

Contemporary omphalos? Dubai airport. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Will Self: The night I was trapped in Dubai Airport
By Will Self - 19 February 12:21

The homogonisisng impulse of McDonald's leads to epiphany.

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