Love Uganda, hate homophobia: gay pride float in Cape Town in March shows solidarity with LGBT Ugandans. Photo: Getty
Ugandan court throws out draconian anti-gay law
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 01 August 12:34

Country’s Constitutional Court rules that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed illegally. Yet gay sex will remain outlawed. 

An Iranian woman adjusts her headscarf in central Tehran. Photo: Getty
High heels and hijabs: Iran’s sexual revolution
By Ramita Navai - 01 August 10:00

For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. 

Hong Kong's citizens remain determined to achieve democratic values for their city. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Stringer/Getty Images
The fight for democracy and liberty in Hong Kong
By Robert Macquarie - 31 July 17:59

Chinese pressure on the city's government is pushing the situation into dangerous territory.

Global grief: flowers at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam in memory of the victims of flight MH17, 31 July. Photo: Getty
David Patrikarakos: How the MH17 disaster turned a conflict global
By David Patrikarakos - 31 July 16:12

The downing of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, was the deadliest aviation incident since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

A mourner grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the April 24 Rana Plaza garment building collapse.
Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on
By Jim Murphy and Alison McGovern - 31 July 15:32

The campaign to aid victims hit by the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory last year has produced results, but decent working conditions for all is still a long way off.

Hope fades: Rachel Daniel shows a picture of her daughter Rose, 17, one of the kidnapped girls. Photo: Joe Penney/Reuters
John Simpson: Can anyone bring back Nigeria’s lost girls?
By John Simpson - 31 July 11:12

President Goodluck Jonathan has no strategy for dealing with Boko Haram – he just hopes the world will forget the 276 youngsters kidnapped by them in April.

Those killed in Operation Protective Edge are remembered at the rally in Tel Aviv. Photo: Getty
“Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies”: what it’s like to be an anti-war Israeli
By Marina Strinkovsky - 30 July 10:18

Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.

Miami-Dade county election officials check voting machines for accuracy. Photo: Getty
The “restroom row” in Miami is the latest attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote
By David Millward - 29 July 10:54

The Florida county – pivotal in the 2000 Bush-Gore battle – has backtracked on a policy that would have meant polling stations didn’t have disabled toilets.

Life in ruins: a man walks in the rubble of the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, July 28. Photo: Getty
Jason Cowley: Does the left hate Israel?
By Jason Cowley - 28 July 16:01

It shouldn’t be a question of either you support Israel, no matter what it does, or you are on the side of the Islamists. 

Jon Snow on the children of Gaza.
Jon Snow on the children of Gaza: “We share some responsibility for those deaths”
By Media Mole - 27 July 20:14

The Channel 4 presenter has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
Letter from Gaza: “You cannot understand how it feels... There is no dignity”
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 July 13:35

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

The left’s insistence on Jews apologising for being Jewish is anti-Semitic
By Eleanor Margolis - 24 July 15:37

Whenever the western left sides instinctively with Palestine my heart says, “Jew-haters” while my mind says, “Shut the f*** up, heart.”

Israeli soldiers at the border with Gaza today
Why the UK must end its military support for Israel
By Andrew Smith - 23 July 11:14

Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against Arms Trade argues that those who oppose Israel's actions in Gaza must acknowledge that Britain is implicitly supporting them through its military trade. 

What future? A medic helps a man in the wreckage of Shejaia, Gaza. Photo: Reuters
Uri Dromi: Despair is not an option in Gaza
By Uri Dromi - 22 July 17:36

The Israeli economist Yaacov Sheinin proposes a bold economic answer to the rockets – but with the repressive Hamas in charge, would it have any chance of materialising?

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
David Cameron: Russia faces tougher sanctions for MH17 crash
By Lucy Fisher - 21 July 16:24

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

An armed separatist guards in front of wagons containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21, 2014. Photo: Getty
If you lived in Russia, this is what you’d believe about the crash of MH17
By Julia Ioffe - 21 July 15:47

The Kremlin’s propaganda pushing support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine has been so effective that the Russian people have a completely different understanding of the downing of MH17 – and even Putin may be unable to hold back the jingoism.

Whoever shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane probably didn't know what they were aiming at
By Linda Kinstler - 18 July 14:57

It’s highly possible that the civilian airliner was mistaken for a Ukrainian Il-76 military transport plane.

Where are the diplomats, policy-makers and peace envoys? They're not in Gaza
By James Rodgers - 18 July 11:10

The BBC's former Gaza Strip correspondent on the way the world views the Palestinians, and how Israel transformed from a young David of a fledgling state to the Goliath of the occupation.

World Health Organisation spokesman Glenn Thomas, one of dozens of health experts and officials on MH17. Photo: AAP/United Nations, CC BY
Global Aids community mourns loss of friends and colleagues in MH17 crash
By Liz Minchin and Reema Rattan - 18 July 10:32

Many of those on flight MH17 were experts in Aids research, flying to Kuala Lumpur to make a connecting flight for the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Airport groundstaff walk past Malaysia Airlines planes parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on June 17, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashes in eastern Ukraine
By Ian Steadman - 17 July 18:23

Airliner crashes with 298 people on board.

Destroyed: ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, blown up by the Taliban in 2001. Photo: Salim Saheb Ettaba/AFP/Getty
Darius Guppy: the US condemns Iran but allies itself with the ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia
By Darius Guppy - 17 July 10:00

Iran does has grave problems but family life is of a quality that has largely disappeared in the west and privacy is respected. Nor is there any sense of the oppression one finds in Wahhabi societies.

Palestinian firefighters survey the scene of a house destroyed during an Israeli strike. Photo: Getty
We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 July 17:45

The assault on Gaza has been a humanitarian disaster, yet the west's staunch support for Israel continues.

The Capitol building in Washington DC. Photo: Getty
The 2014 US midterms don’t mean anything
By Tod Lindberg - 16 July 12:39

Pundits and polls say the stakes couldn’t be higher. The reality is quite the opposite.

"I am one of thousands of women to have suffered – widows, orphans, victims of sexual abuse and rape".
“My son was killed... but it strengthened my commitment”
By Lucy Fisher - 11 July 11:36

Despite tragedy, two Afghan women explain how they refuse to be cowed by militants from carrying out their work.

People shelter in a large concrete pipe during a rocket attack on the southern Israeli village of Nitzan. Photo: Getty
Leader: Without a two-state solution, Israel is set on a course of war
By New Statesman - 10 July 15:16

So fragile is the “peace” between Israel and the Palestinians that it takes the smallest spark to light the fuse of war.

Libyan security forces advance during clashes with anti-government forces after an attack on a Benghazi police station in May 2014. Photo: Getty
Bullets and ballots in Benghazi
By Bel Trew - 10 July 11:42

Many residents of the Libyan city are preparing to leave for fear of more violence; others would leave if they could.

Iraqi women at the Khazair displacement camp for those caught-up in the fighting in Mosul. Photo: Getty
The hand-choppers of Isis are deluded: there is nothing Islamic about their caliphate
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 16:32

Have we gone back in time? The era of Muslim caliphates came to a close in 1924, when the Ottomans were toppled in Turkey.

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