A policeman stands guard outside the home of a suspected Isis recruiter. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
British jihadis who join Isis aren’t victims – suicide bombers know what they’re doing
By Shiraz Maher - 17 June 14:24

At 17 years old, Talha Asmal has become Britain’s youngest ever suicide bomber. Shock is understandable, but it is naive to dismiss his agency.

Kievan Lavra and the view over the city.
In Kiev, after the revolution, what do ordinary Ukrainians really think?
By Jana Bakunina - 16 June 10:01

A new police force, rising prices and hope for the future on the streets of Ukraine’s capital.

The Dewsbury teenager Talha Asmal is "UK's youngest ever suicide bomber". Photo: YouTube screengrab
Remember – just 0.02 per cent of the British Muslim population go to join Middle East conflicts
By Jehangir Malik - 15 June 17:13

British Muslims should be celebrated, not demonised due to the very few, like Talha Asmal, who go to join conflicts in the Middle East.

Part of the Addis Ababa light railway under construction. Photo: Getty
Asian investors, regional allies and European admirers: why the world overlooks Ethiopia's rigged elections
By Martin Plaut - 15 June 11:53

Addis Ababa is too important a place to sideline over a small matter like democracy.

The auroville dome, which Suzanne Moore visited, under construction. Photo: Serge Duchemin
In India, the next stage of evolution involves special socks and a substantial donation
By Suzanne Moore - 11 June 16:40

There is no “money” in Auroville, yet the Indian boys at the café were soon bringing me patisserie for bribes. In the form of money.

Rain on the people’s parade: “however sweet the propaganda”, King argues, the European Union is anti-democratic and “a tool for multinationals”. Photo: Jonathan McHugh
John King: The left wing case for leaving the EU
By John King - 11 June 14:31

Supporters of the EU sneer “Little Englander” at those with a different opinion, but most of the arguments against membership are left-leaning and liberal.

Unkindness of strangers: a medic tends to a child who was wounded in US bombing in the Korengal Valley, north-eastern Afghanistan, in 2007. Photo: Tim Hetherington/Magnum
How the west failed Afghanistan
By Lyse Doucet - 11 June 8:07

All too often, Afghans aren’t even consulted about plans for their own country.

Inscrutable and rootless: the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Photo: Rex
Condemned to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains inscrutable
By Nicky Woolf - 11 June 8:06

That evil is banal has been observed. The route to it in the case of the Tsarnaevs was a meandering path to which hindsight can bring little meaningful insight.

Women protesting in Dublin after the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
The abuse of Irish women can go on no longer – abortion must be legalised
By Sarah Ditum - 10 June 16:01

In Britain, women’s options are constrained and conditional, but there are at least options. In Ireland, there are none.

Joshua Oppenheimer: "Non-fiction cinema is doing what journalism should be doing"
By Yohann Koshy - 10 June 15:31

The US director is continuing to expose the stories of Indonesia's past atrocities, and sees film as a conduit to subjects investigative journalism no longer has the resources to reach.

Turkish students protest their freedom of speech in Ankara (placards read “Universities belong to the students and they will be free with us”). Photo: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images
From Ukraine to the UK, academic freedom is under threat
By Rachael Jolley - 10 June 11:40

The freedom to think, discuss and disagree is being eroded in institutions around the world.

Ragevan Vasan and Paige Round in Avaes Mohammad’s plays. Photo: Mark Douet
The absurd hunt for “Muslim toddler terrorists” exposes the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 10 June 10:35

As the perception of a tacit complicity by the Muslim community in terrorist activity has gained traction, art has become a major outlet for protest and dissent.

What even is Britishness? Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
The culture wars of the left have contributed to Labour becoming unelectable
By John Bew - 10 June 10:21

Pseudo-radical academics do the same damage to the cause of the political left in Britain as the populist American right does to the Republican Party. 

How one Native American tribe is resisting the Keystone XL pipeline
By India Bourke - 08 June 16:38

The Rosebud Sioux are drawing on their ancient and spiritual connections to the land to try and prevent the incursion by Big Oil.

"Sinai is safe": the Bedouin tribespeople fighting a devastating tourism decline in the Egyptian peninsula
By Bethan Staton - 05 June 16:44

Tourists, central to the livelihood of tribesmen in the Sinai desert, have stopped travelling to the area due to unrest and terror.

Smoke billows from the town Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Don’t believe the hype: the Iraqi army can win
By John Simpson - 04 June 15:15

Is the Iraqi army irremediably useless? Will it cause the government in Baghdad to lose the war? It's not as bad as it seems.

The UNHCR refugee camp. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
“We are human beings”: Khaled Hosseini on the story of Syria's refugees
By Khaled Hosseini - 04 June 15:04

Khaled Hosseini, the bestselling author of The Kite Runner, goes inside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Spirits of the sea: a vodou ceremony near the town of Limonade on Haiti’s northern coast. Photo: Kena Betancur/Corbis
If Haiti can't escape its past, it may still build itself a future
By Philip Hoare - 04 June 14:54

Five years after the earthquake that killed 300,000 people, new hope for the island nation.

The influence of money in politics is so great we do little to stop it. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
In Washington, money talks louder than ordinary Americans - and we do nothing
By Lawrence Lessig - 04 June 14:13

We’re staring at our drunk uncle Sam. We have lost faith that he could ever break the habit. So we don’t even ask any more. We just try to get along, accepting “reality”.

The art of rapprochement: what the Havana Biennale reveals about thawing Cuba-US relations
By Rick Jones - 01 June 16:39

How symbolism and happiness are captured in joint American-Cuban cultural endeavours.

Coca-Cola is a Fifa sponsor. Photo: Getty
The company you keep: how the Fifa debacle will affect its most valuable sponsors
By Michael Hayman - 01 June 14:51

High-profile brands backing Fifa will face a reputational nightmare if they simply choose talk over action.

Indian Muslims seek blessings on Eid al-Fitr at the shrine of Sufi Muslim poet Amir Khusro. Photo: Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty
In search of a Sufi saint on Radio 4’s Incarnations: India in 50 Lives
By Antonia Quirke - 29 May 9:38

As we advance through the series, its cities and centuries sounding like some powerful exclamation, what is happening more subtly is a sense of the country cohering as a nation.

Protestors in Cairo, one of the places featured in Asaad al-Saleh's book. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
In the Arab Spring, revolution was made by everyday people
By Sophie McBain - 28 May 15:30

Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.

A police officer outside Fifa's Brazilian headquarters. Photo: Getty Images
Fifa thrown into turmoil as seven officials arrested
By New Statesman - 27 May 21:15

Football's governing body has been thrown into chaos by two anti-corruption inquiries.

Conchita Wurst hands over the trophy to 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerloew of Sweden. Photo: Nigel Treblin/Getty
This was the year Eurovision became more about the politics than the songs
By Eleanor Margolis - 26 May 17:34

What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.

A Palestinian boy looks out across the al-Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 6 August 2014. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians
By Yehuda Shaul - 26 May 12:19

2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.

Gay marriage campaigners celebrate Ireland's Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Just 22 years after homosexuality was legalised, Ireland votes yes to gay marriage
By Helen Lewis - 23 May 21:44

More than 62 per cent of people voted in favour of the change.

An elderly Somali woman sits outside a kitchen in the Hagadera sector of the Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
What it’s like to be a Somali refugee in Kenya
By Samira Shackle - 22 May 10:45

Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have fled Al-Shabab across the border. But in Kenya, they face racial profiling, police searches and the constant threat of repatriation.

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