Benjamin Netanyahu heads the first weekly Cabinet meeting since the election
Has Israel shifted further to the right?
By James Dawson - 28 January 9:15

The latest election results analysed.

New Statesman
Naomi Wolf on abortion: "Our Bodies, Our Souls"
By Naomi Wolf - 27 January 9:53

For the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - which legalised abortion in the US - the New Statesman is republishing Naomi Wolf's provocative 1995 essay, which argues that the pro-choice movement is "cultivating a hardness of heart".

Egyptians carry a wounded protestor during clashes with riot police
The People's Republic: the rise of civil disobedience in Egypt
By Bel Trew and Yassin Gaber - 25 January 10:33

As Egypt celebrates the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, cities are threatening to declare independence from central government.

New Statesman
Is the new IF campaign trying to ‘Make Poverty History’, again?
By Leni Wild and Sarah Mulley - 25 January 0:00

The development community must be brave enough to have an honest debate with the public and with politicians about the difficulties and challenges of aid, as well as its benefits.

New Statesman
The revolt of the Sheikh
By Tam Hussein - 24 January 15:37

What role will the ‘Ulama’ – the Syrian oppositional scholars – play in a post-Assad Syria?

Cannabis seed on display in a tourist shop in Amsterdam
Holland’s high life under threat
By Jon Day - 24 January 5:59

Questions are being asked about the viability of Holland's liberal drug laws.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki
Seething discontent in the Horn of Africa: Eritrea's strange "coup"
By Martin Plaut - 23 January 9:08

A further crack in an unpredictable and repressive regime.

New Statesman
Things you may not know about the Israeli elections
By Lucy Provan - 22 January 16:35

Did Bibi hide stolen money in his socks? Will Donald Trump bring Mid East peace? And other important questions...

A woman waits for clients in the Bois de Boulogne, in Paris
Should prostitution be legalised in France?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 22 January 15:51

Back from Paris where she has been interviewing prostitutes, politicians, police, and feminists who argue both for and against legalising prostitution, Valeria Costa-Kostritsky asks whether legalising it would benefit both those who want to leave prostitu

President Obama on the platform in front of the Capitol Building
I loved Obama's speech unreservedly. So there
By Alex Andreou - 22 January 12:04

Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?

President Obama steps out onto the platform for his second inauguration
The inauguration speech: Obama’s “come and have a go” moment
By Nicky Woolf - 22 January 9:00

Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.

Barack Obama during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
Barack Obama's inauguration speech: full text and video
By New Statesman - 21 January 21:23

Read and listen to the US president's second inaugural address.

A vendor sells newspapers at the 57th Presidential Inauguration
Watch: Obama's second inauguration
By New Statesman - 21 January 15:35

Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.

An anti-Japan protester runs down the street followed by riot police
China's affluence trap
By Mark Leonard - 17 January 17:30

We used to think that as China became wealthier, it would become more like the west. Yet the country is being transformed by internal disputes between its new right and left, with unpredictable consequences for the world

Mali: Is France entering a desert quicksand?
By Martin Plaut - 17 January 16:15

This conflict could prove far more intractable than Western powers and West African backers anticipate.

Biden and Obama during the press conference at the White House
Obama and Biden unveil bold and significant gun control reform proposals
By Nicky Woolf - 17 January 9:01

If they can get it through Congress, this would be a ban with teeth.

Ethiopian Christians celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony
The A-Z of Israel
By New Statesman - 17 January 8:21

On 22 January, Israelis will go to the polls. The world watches – but how much do we really know about the country that calls itself “the sole bastion of democracy” in the Middle East?

The uncertainty over Britain's EU membership is damaging growth
By Robert Buckland - 16 January 16:23

Conservative MP Robert Buckland says it is time for the UK to engage with the EU constructively.

Leader: The Prime Minister’s posturing on Europe threatens our future
By New Statesman - 16 January 15:44

There is no evidence that any EU member is willing to allow Britain to pick and choose which laws it obeys.

Mohammed Tahir ul Qadri's supporters hold placards during the march
This election would be a milestone for Pakistan's democracy. But will it go ahead?
By Samira Shackle - 15 January 10:49

As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.

Malian police patrol in Bamako
Britain fights the fallout of the Libyan intervention in Mali
By Alex Hern - 14 January 14:02

The rebellion against the Malian government has its roots in the fall of Gaddafi.

The platinum coin is killed as America careens toward default
By Alex Hern - 14 January 10:50

The platinum coin is dead, long live the debt ceiling.

Will the Delhi gang-rape case actually change women's lives in India?
By Samira Shackle - 11 January 12:17

Translating "watershed" moments into action is almost impossible in a misogynist society with an under-equipped police force.

Indian activists take part in a candlelight vigil
By candlelight, a nation confronts its dark heart
By Soumya Bhattacharya - 03 January 5:33

It won’t be so easy to change the deeply entrenched patriarchal mindset that lead to the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi.

Leader: The fiscal cliff has not been averted, just postponed
By New Statesman - 02 January 14:20

The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.

Obama rejects Osbornomics: "we can't simply cut our way to prosperity"
By George Eaton - 02 January 12:14

The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.

Quote of the Day: Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff deal
By New Statesman - 02 January 7:15

The US president on why the country must avoid excessive cuts.