A rousing speech on the dangers of Swedish nationalism is a bit of a turn-off. Photo: Getty
2am in a gay bar in Stockholm is the best time to discuss the NHS
By Eleanor Margolis - 28 March 11:35

If you’re a Scene Lesbian, whenever you’re abroad, you feel obligated to have a quick look at what gays do for fun wherever you are.

Tony Leon (r) shakes hands with Kgalema Motlanthe, then deputy leader of the ruling ANC, 2008. (Photo: Getty)
Tony Leon on South Africa: “Days after Mandela’s burial, the unity of the ANC was shattered”
By Tony Leon - 27 March 10:00

The former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance talks about the fallout from Madiba’s death on the rainbow nation.

Russia's revenge: why the west will never understand the Kremlin
By Angus Roxburgh - 27 March 10:00

The events in Ukraine are Putin’s payback for what he considers to be a quarter-century of humiliation since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Why is Egypt sentencing hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death?
By Sophie McBain - 25 March 11:18

Several Egyptian TV channels yesterday welcomed the sentencing to death of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a flawed two-day trial. Are Egyptians sleepwalking into one of the darkest chapters in their recent political history?

The arrivals board at Beijing International Airport on 8 March lists Flight MH370 as cancelled. Photo: Getty
The lost passengers of Flight MH370: why the modern world can’t cope with missing people
By India Ross - 25 March 11:09

In a world where we expect everyone to be accounted for, missing people enter into the realm of fiction.

Plot for Peace: the French businessman who helped end apartheid
By Sophie McBain - 25 March 9:46

A new documentary sheds light on the role played by Jean-Yves Ollivier, a secretive French businessman, in bringing peace to South Africa. But what does it tell us about the mechanics of conflict resolution?

Salimata Knight, an FGM survivor, in March 2004 at an event launching the Female Genital Mutilation Act. Photo: Getty
Why did the first prosecution for female genital mutilation take almost 30 years?
By Sarah Ditum - 24 March 11:03

The legislation outlawing FGM was introduced in 1985, but there were no prosecutions until last week. Why?

Citizens in Simferopol, Ukraine watch Putin on a laptop declaring Crimea part of Russia. (Photo: Getty)
Vlad the impatient: why timid western politics won’t wash with Putin
By Julian Evans - 20 March 10:00

The world waits to see how far the fire that has been lit by Russia’s invasion of Crimea will spread in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Binyavanga Wainaina (Photo: Phil Moore/Guardian)
Binyavanga Wainaina on coming out: “This is not going to be very good for my love life”
By Philip Maughan - 20 March 10:00

The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.

Why aren’t EU states delivering on their humanitarian aid pledges?
By Sophie McBain - 19 March 12:44

The EU is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, and it is facing a funding gap of almost half a billion euros.

Relatives of passengers aboard Flight MH370 wait in vain for news. (Photo: Getty)
Coping with the trauma of missing flight MH370
By Amanda Harris - 18 March 17:11

While the world searches for the plane or theorises about its disappearance, what about the effects on the desperate families and friends waiting for news – and even us?

A symbolic change.
Eurosceptics will do well in May, but the federalists will retain their grip
By Richard Mylles - 18 March 9:51

The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.

Pro-Russia Crimeans celebrating in Sevastopol. Photo: Getty
The Crimea vote is awkward for the west – but it isn’t unprecedented
By James Dawson - 17 March 12:22

Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?

We are committed to making the EU work better for Britain.
How Labour will work for real change in Europe
By Douglas Alexander - 14 March 16:12

We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.

Baidu's suggested search feature is very revealing.
What Baidu’s search autofill reveals about the soul of the average Chinese web surfer
By Christopher Beam - 14 March 12:54

“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.

Moscow liberals are discovering that the ground has shifted beneath their feet since Putin came back to power in 2012. Photo: Getty
While the west watches Crimea, Putin is cracking down in Moscow
By Julia Ioffe - 14 March 12:06

There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.

Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism project in the film “Shouting Back” by Dan Reed.
Everyday Sexism speech to the UN: “Sexism and sexual harassment is not a ‘women’s issue’ – it is a matter of human rights”
By Laura Bates - 13 March 14:45

To describe sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual violence as “women’s issues” side-lines and reduces them, neglects male victims and lets perpetrators off the hook. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

Women observe the festival of Rishi Panchami in Kathmandu. Photo: Poulomi Basu/WaterAid
What is life like when your period means you are shunned by society?
By Rose George - 11 March 10:00

How can you cope when having your period puts your health at risk? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

A Syrian greengrocer next to a bombed out building in the Shaar district of Aleppo, February 2014. Photo: Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Bowen: I know there’s trouble in the Middle East when I need my flak jacket, gas mask and Kevlar pants
By Jeremy Bowen - 07 March 17:00

The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.

A surprising degree of consensus.
The main parties agree on the EU far more than they suggest
By Pawel Swidlicki - 07 March 14:47

Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.

Vladimir Putin by André Carrilho for the New Statesman
Leader: Why we need to be honest about Vladimir Putin
By New Statesman - 06 March 13:36

Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.

Art regeneration: Viktor Hulik's 1997 street-level statue of "Cumil the Peeper" in Bratislava
Slovakia: life after the velvet divorce
By Angus Roxburgh - 06 March 10:00

Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.

A third of women in the EU have faced sexual or physical violence
By Sophie McBain - 05 March 15:10

Denmark, Sweden and Finland had the highest rates of violence against women, despite the countries' reputation for promoting gender equality. Why?

Energy security must be pursued with far greater speed.
How the west can match Putin's grand strategy
By Marcus Roberts - 05 March 14:34

Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.

A camel rider passes in front of a fenced mangrove plantation along Eritrea's arid Red Sea coast. Photo: Getty
Meet the three Eritrean women who are taking on the regime
By Martin Plaut - 03 March 13:19

Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.

A unit claiming to be Cossack and other citizen pro-Russian volunteers outside a Ukrainian miltary base in the Crimea. Photo: Getty
Why Vladimir Putin needs a poor, aggressive Russia
By KermlinRussia - 03 March 12:03

If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.

The Foreign Secretary says this "is an entirely different situation".
Hague denies Iraq war has undermined western stance over Ukraine
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00

The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".

The europhile and the europhobe.
Where Clegg and Farage agree: Cameron's EU renegotiation plan is a fantasy
By George Eaton - 28 February 15:53

It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.

It’s no again to all things Euro: the rise of the new Eurosceptics
By Mark Leonard - 28 February 8:08

There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?

A taxi driver reads the news of Uganda's new anti-homosexuality law in Kampala. Photo: Getty
“If homosexuality is ever legalised in Uganda I’ll be on the next flight home”
By Edwin S - 27 February 15:03

Edwin S is an LGBT refugee from Uganda, now living in South London. Here, he describes how he left behind everything he knew and loved so he could live in freedom and safety.

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