Smoke drifts over grounded planes at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi after the attacks. Photo: Getty
For people in Karachi, the airport attacks show once more that fear has become a fact of life
By Samira Shackle - 09 June 10:05

It is mind-boggling that such an audacious attack should be possible in such a major airport in a major city. What does it say about the state of Karachi, and of Pakistan, that it was able to happen at all?

This week's summit must not be the culmination of the government's efforts.
We need to do go much further to end sexual violence in conflict
By Kerry McCarthy - 09 June 9:51

This week's summit must not be the culmination of the government's efforts.

An inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by in the infamous Evin jail. Photo: Getty
For the Bahá'ís imprisoned in Iran, freedom and human rights seem remote
By Nazila Ghanea - 06 June 10:09

Seven Bahá'ís – members of Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority, persecuted by the government for decades – have now spent six years in prison for practising their religion.

Stuck in time: Hobart, Tasmania pictured in the 1950s. Photo: Getty
Tasmania, the island with a shameful past and a hopeful future
By Philip Hoare - 05 June 10:00

Australia’s timewarp island was the setting for atrocities against Aborigines in the 19th century and has a harsh treatment of asylum seekers today. Yet many see Australia as a liberal hope for the future. 

Out in front: Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National.
Rage against the machine: the rise of anti-politics across Europe
By Mark Leonard - 05 June 10:00

Two groups of voters turned out in disproportionate numbers: urban voters from former industrial heartlands and rural voters put off by the liberal values being adopted by mainstream parties. Can politicians ever win back their trust?

Tycoon tower: the 27-storey Antilia, Mumbai residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, has come to symbolise Indian wealth disparity. Photo: Getty
Slumdog billionaires: the rise of India’s tycoons
By James Crabtree - 05 June 10:00

New non-fiction books by the novelists Arundhati Roy and Rana Dasgupta examine India’s troubled relationship with capitalism and the blurred links between political and business elites. 

Pakistani protesters against honour killings. Photo: Getty
Enough is enough: Putting an end to “honour”-based violence against women and girls
By Aisha Gill - 04 June 10:12

After a shocking week of violence, "honour"-based crimes must be recognised for what they are – crimes against women created and fostered by a patriarchal society.

A protestor pleads with a People's Liberation Army officer not to attack students assembled in the square, 1989. Photograph: Peter Turnley/Corbis
Tiananmen’s hungry ghosts: 25 years on, the massacre still haunts modern China
By Isabel Hilton - 04 June 8:46

The events of 4 June 1989 continue to generate new crimes – the crime of remembering, and the crime of forgetting.

It’s time for a European presidential election
By Jonn Elledge - 03 June 10:59

A Luxembourger you’ve never heard of thinks you elected him president. It’s just possible that the system isn’t working.

Juan Carlos I in Mallorca in 2011. Photo: Getty
Can Spain's monarchy survive the abdication of Juan Carlos I?
By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar - 03 June 10:14

The smooth succession from father to son was put in doubt after thousands of people took to the streets to call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy.

Students taking part in a candlelight vigil at UC Santa Barbara. Photo: Getty
Mental illness does not excuse violent misogyny
By Laurie Penny - 30 May 10:00

What does a rich, privileged young man have to do to get labelled a terrorist?

Violent response: a woman demonstrating against the Soma mining disaster flees riot police tear gas, 22 May. Photo: Getty
When safety gets privatised: Soma marks a new low for the Turkish government
By Alev Scott - 29 May 10:00

Despite Erdogan’s claims that the disaster was on a par with any other international mining accident in the world since 1862, Turkey’s rate of mining deaths is shocking. 

A placard from a 2008 human rights protest in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: Getty
The stoning of Farzana P
By Bina Shah - 28 May 15:07

The death of a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the hands of her family was not an “honour killing”. It was murder.

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How do I tell my daughter that people across Europe fear minorities like us?
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 May 12:51

Anti-Semitism is now taboo in mainstream political discourse in a way in which Islamophobia isn’t.

Activists have defied the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia by getting behind the wheel. Photo: Getty
Is Saudi Arabia seeking friends?
By Burhan Al-Chalabi - 23 May 13:16

Saudi Arabia’s poor record on human rights and its treatment of women make it easy to demonise the kingdom.

Thai police stand guard outside a military compound before former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to report to Thailand's ruling military. Photo: Getty
Myths that have kept Thailand together now risk tearing it apart following military coup
By Matthew Phillips - 23 May 13:15

The danger now is that myth, not sense, will come to define Thai citizenship in the wake of the army’s latest intervention.

A rally in Abuja. Photo: Getty
Live-tweeting an Islamist insurgency
By Peter Guest - 23 May 12:55

With the eyes of the world on the Nigerian government, its main concern is to silence critical voices.

How the west embraced Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book
By John Gray - 23 May 12:30

At the peak of its popularity, Mao's bible was the most printed book in the world. It attained the status of a sacred, holy text during the Cultural Revolution, and retains its place among western devotees.

Flats and shacks on the outskirts of Cape Town. Photo: Getty
Fighting Cape Town’s notorious gangs
By Martin Plaut - 22 May 12:19

Martin Plaut meets the man taking on the gangs that are said to be responsible for 80 per cent of Cape Town’s crime.

A boy playing giant chess in Armenia's capital, Yerevan. Photo: Getty
A checkered history: why Armenia dominates the chess world
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 May 14:36

Amid calls for the UK to embrace chess as an academic subject, chess enthusiasts look to Armenia, the Caucasian state that improbably dominates the chess world.

Mourners gather during the funeral procession of Mahmud al-Sayed al-Dakruri on 20 May. Photo: Getty
By trying to control civil society, the Egyptian government could fuel more social unrest
By Adam Pickering - 21 May 10:27

The leaders in Egypt have repeatedly failed to recognise that the campaigning of not-for-profits plays an important role as a pressure gauge that can release dissent in a manageable way.

The flag of South Sudan was raised at the UN for the first time in July 2011. Photo: Getty
“This is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman”
By John Plastow - 21 May 10:06

Three years on from the signing of the peace agreement in South Sudan, the heady optimism has disappeared.

Saffron warriors: Modi waves to supporters on his way to file nomination papers in Varanasi. Photo: Getty
Narendra Modi: man of the masses
By William Dalrymple - 12 May 17:00

Modi, implicated in a massacre in 2002 while chief minister of Gujarat, has been elected as India’s new prime minister. Is he a dangerous neo-fascist, as some say, or the strongman reformer that this country of 1.2 billion people craves?

Phoenix night: Conchita Wurst holds her trophy aloft after winning Eurovision 2014: Photo: © Andres Putting (EBU)
Eurovision: A continent divided in sexual attitudes – or perhaps not?
By Alan Renwick - 12 May 12:49

Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst. 

The mass death penalties and the wider crackdown on the opposition cannot be tolerated.
The UK must stand against Egypt's disregard of human rights
By Ian Lucas - 08 May 15:27

The mass death penalties and the wider crackdown on the opposition cannot be tolerated.

Battle of balaclava: a masked pro-Russian militant is pictured after some 300 militants stormed the prosecutor's office in Donetsk on 1 May. Photo: Getty
“An uneasy monotony, punctuated by violence, dominates eastern Ukraine”
By David Patrikarakos - 08 May 10:00

David Patrikarakos reports on the worsening crisis in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces are defiant.

Everyday terror: the bomb-making factory set up by 7/7 bombers in a council flat bedroom in Leeds. Photo: July 7 Inquests/PA
David Selbourne: The challenge of Islam
By David Selbourne - 08 May 10:00

The author was asked by John Kerry to write a briefing paper on the Islamist threat. He explains here what he told the US secretary of state and why he feels progressives have allowed themselves to be silenced by frightened self-censorship and the stifling of debate. Read Mona Siddiqui’s response to the piece, The Arabisation of Islam, here.

Muslim women and girls at a funfair during Eid ul-Fitr in Wanstead, north-east London. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty
“The battle is among Muslims themselves – a battle for the very soul of Islam”
By Mona Siddiqui - 08 May 10:00

The British Muslim academic Mona Siddiqui writes about the “Arabisation” of Islam and changing attitudes to Muslims in the west.

Truce for now: Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmed celebrates with Hamas's PM in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya in Gaza City. 23 April. Photo: Getty
Israel-Palestine: this is the anti-peace process
By Dimi Reider - 07 May 17:00

If the Israeli government was at all committed to a two-state solution, it would have welcomed the agreement between the PLO and Hamas.

A woman smokes marijuana during the World Day for the Legalization of Marijuana in Colombia, 3 May 2014. Photo: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
Why the costly, pointless war on drugs must come to an end
By John Collins - 06 May 17:12

A new report from the London School of Economics lays out the case against the counter-productive decades-long attack on recreational drugs.

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