New Statesman
Everything you wanted to know about One Billion Rising
By Lucy Provan - 04 February 16:43

Join this global movement on 14 February to end violence against women and girls.

Somali journalists protesting the arrest and trial of their collegaue
Alleged gang rape and suppression of press freedom in Somalia
By Zoe Flood - 01 February 9:42

As Somalia’s President visits London to meet with David Cameron, a woman who alleges she was raped by state security forces goes on trial for “insulting the dignity of a national institution”, alongside her husband and a journalist who interviewed her.

Men in Black: the black bloc causes trouble in Egypt
By Lucy Provan - 31 January 9:43

Masked men seed fear and confusion.

Leader: Nihilism in Timbuktu
By New Statesman - 31 January 9:20

On 28 January, French and Malian troops liberated Timbuktu, bringing to an end a nine-month occupation of the Malian city by the Tuareg secessionist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and Ansar Dine, an Islamist group with ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the most acti

Gabrielle Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly at the hearing.
Gabrielle Giffords on gun violence: "Too many children are dying... We must do something."
By Caroline Crampton - 31 January 8:30

The former Democratic Congresswoman, who was severely injured after being shot in the head at a political rally in 2011, delivered a moving speech at the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence.

David Cameron inspects troops with Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Modern times are upside down – an invasion is not news; licence to lie takes you to the movies
By John Pilger - 31 January 8:09

It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation has been consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite.

Leader: The mixed legacy of Chávez
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:02

Perhaps no global leader inspires greater adulation and loathing than Hugo Chávez. To some, he is the last, best hope for socialism in an age of global capital; to others, he is an elected autocrat and demagogue.

Leader: Obama prepares to fight dirty
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:01

In November last year, President Obama said, after a screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln: “Part of what Lincoln teaches us is that to pursue the highest ideals and a deeply moral cause requires you also engage and get your hands dirty.”

Leader: Cameron should not seek to be the heir to Blair in North Africa
By new-statesman - 31 January 5:03

Shortly after his election as Conservative leader, David Cameron is said to have described himself as “the heir to Blair”. Rarely has this sobriquet seemed more appropriate than in the days following the Algerian hostage crisis and its bloody conclusion.

We don’t make our country stronger by forcing refugees into desperation
By Natasha Walter - 30 January 17:54

When women come to our shores for help, we owe them a chance to rebuild their lives, writes Natasha Walter.

Europe: democracy, or barbarism?
By Benjamin Abtan - 30 January 14:36

An open letter to Angela Merkel.

Malian soldiers arrest a man suspected of being an Islamist in Timbuktu.
Mali: now for the hard part
By Martin Plaut - 30 January 9:28

As David Cameron visits Algeria, it seems that Downing Street is only now realising just how long-term a project defeating the Islamist rebels in North Africa will be.

Hugo Chavez salutes during a military parade
Hugo Chávez: An elected autocrat
By Rory Carroll - 30 January 8:04

He kept power by bullying those who dissented – and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.

Hugo Chávez: Man against the world
By Richard Gott - 30 January 7:48

As illness ends Hugo Chávez’s rule in Venezuela, what will his legacy be? Richard Gott argues he brought hope to a continent.

A girl holds a placard during protests following the bombing in Quetta
The secret war in Balochistan
By Samira Shackle - 29 January 12:02

The Pakistani province is beset with violence.

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.