The assumption is that cameras are objective, silent witnesses that provide indisputable evidence, and also that people behave differently when they know a camera is capturing their actions. This is a fantasy.
Under her father, the Front National was the pariah party of France. Now Marine Le Pen has brought it closer to the mainstream – and people are getting worried.
How many of the vast sea of poppies at the Tower represented the contribution of the South African forces who died in the campaign to take the German colony of what is today Namibia?
Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.
The small nation state has not had a government for six months and corruption and cynicism still rule.
As long as racial fear can be used to justify disproportionate force, killings like that of Mike Brown in Ferguson will continue.
During the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of poor women in rural areas of Peru were forcibly sterilised, often without their knowledge - and ahead of the next presidential election, artists are helping campaigners finally find justice.
In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.
Fast-forward 15-odd years and my wild-eyed teenage Europhilia is a source of much embarrassment.
This crisis could have been avoided. In recent years, Madrid has run a masterclass in how not to handle breakaway nationalism.
War in Ukraine, economic woes and the decline of an autocrat, by Robert Skidelsky.
A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.
It all happened because of the use of a single German word, unverzüglich: “immediately”, or “at once”.
Look beyond the smokescreen of Islamic "essence" when analysing the motives of Islamic State.
Impoverished Burkina Faso now has a military government, led by interim president Isaac Zida, who has promised a rapid handover to civilian rule but given no date for this transition.
What motivates the young men who leave Britain to join the murderous fanatics of Isis in the Middle East? Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.
Rarely has an election elicited a louder national cry of “meh”. But there are some important races buried beneath the banality.
The febrile atmosphere of the mid-term elections has turned the response to the disease into a way of playing politics.
In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.
The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.
The centenary of the start of the First World War has reopened old wounds. Yet Germany and Britain once enjoyed a special relationship – as when they defeated Napoleon at Waterloo – and they could do so again
Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end?
In the past year, Joseph Kony is said to have been responsible for killing 76 civilians and abducting 467. Despite the lack of international coverage, an African operation to kill or capture him continues. Martin Plaut talks to its leader, Brigadier General Sam Kavuma.
Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain.
Think of ski lifts soaring over a city such as Nairobi or Johannesburg. These cable cars would be built not just for tourists but for everyone, from bankers and cleaners to gardeners and jobless slum-dwellers.
At least 200 health workers have been infected with ebola and 90 have died, according to the latest government figures, yet pay is modest. Last week they staged a two-day strike.
These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State.
He also receives a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.
It is being called the most severe health emergency of modern times. But are the fears of mass contagion in the west overblown?