Shakir Waheib, a senior member of Isis, stands next to a burning police car in Anbar Province, Iraq
Blowback: who are Isis and why are young Brits fighting with them?
By John Bew and Shiraz Maher - 23 June 11:54

Hundreds of young British men are said to have joined the murderous group, first in Syria and now on its bloody incursion into Iraq. What happens when they come home?

Clinton voted for military action in Iraq but now admits she got it wrong. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty
The new stateswoman: Hillary Clinton’s steely idealism
By Douglas Alexander - 23 June 10:34

Will Hillary run for president in 2016? Her memoir is more interested in the fine art of diplomacy.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Photo: Getty
The Sudanese dictatorship: twenty-five years of impunity
By Martin Plaut - 20 June 12:50

Once, the plight of Darfur’s two million refugees would have made front page news. Today they seldom make even a paragraph in the inside pages of British broadsheets, although the repression continues unabated.

The beach in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: Getty
In Kenya, al-Shabab is using terror as a way of destroying the economy
By Samira Shackle - 20 June 11:12

The group’s long-term strategy is to destroy Kenya’s reputation as a safe tourist destination, damaging its economy and weakening its ability to successfully fight terrorism in Somalia.

Iraqi soldiers. Photo: Getty
The answer to Iraq’s current crisis is not the left re-fighting the arguments of 2003
By Dorian Lynskey - 19 June 12:01

As soon as Iraq plunges into another disaster, the 2003 reenactment society gets back together, presenting a simple case of cause and effect  but the ISIS insurgency wasn’t inevitable.

Smile! Despite being booed, the World Cup has gone well for Dilma Rousseff so far. Photo: Getty
Dilma Rousseff was booed but the riots haven’t started – and most people are enjoying the football
By Jonathan Wilson - 19 June 11:43

 A successful World Cup could create a mood of general contentment that might yet carry Rousseff to an election victory later this year.

A volunteer member of the Iraqi security service in the Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf. Photo: Getty
Leader: The solution to the Isis uprising must come from the Middle East
By New Statesman - 19 June 11:25

A lasting settlement cannot be imposed from the outside.

Gung-ho: a boy brandishes a gun from a van taking volunteers to join the fight against jihadists in the north. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images
Could Isis take Iraq’s capital?
By Hayder al-Khoei - 19 June 11:07

Despite the media’s focus on the sectarian dimension of Iraq’s current crisis, the reality is more complex.

Madeleine Rees. Photo: Yasmine Akim
"Let's replace the word gender for power": Madeleine Rees on sexual violence in conflict
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 June 11:02

The former UN human rights lawyer, and one of the Foreign Secretary's advisers on ending sexual violence in conflict, on how everyday sexism and rape in warfare are on the same continuum.

Mad or bad? Ex-PM Tony Blair in Hong Kong, 2012. Photo: Getty
Blair’s supporters should stage a humanitarian intervention – and make him shut up about Iraq
By Mehdi Hasan - 18 June 17:02

How many Sure Start centres cancel out the depleted uranium used in Fallujah? Why does record investment in the NHS absolve the torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib?

Isis's strangely corporate approach to terror makes them all the more scary
By Sophie McBain - 18 June 15:14

From its unsettling but bureaucratic annual reports to its sophisticated social media strategy, the jihadist group Isis has been borrowing ideas from business and applying them to international terror. 

A kitten and a gun, as posted on Instagram by a jihadi fighter with the hashtag #CatsOfJihad.
Why terrorists tweet about cats
By Ian Steadman - 18 June 13:09

It used to be that extremists used Facebook and YouTube to post recruiting videos - but Isis and its fighters have become adept at using social media to show their side of war.

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen in the south who have volunteered to fight. Photo: Getty
What is going to happen in Iraq?
By Isaac Chotiner - 17 June 13:08

It is not the assertiveness of new entities that is driving change, but the collapse of the old national constructions.

The rude intrusion of current affairs exposed the limitations of the summit. Photo: Foreign Office on Flickr
Is this the beginning of the end of the war on women’s bodies?
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 17 June 10:55

The recent summit in London has grabbed headlines, but whether we have now reached a turning point in the fight to end sexual violence in conflict remains to be seen.

Displaced Iraqi women arrive at a temporary camp in Aski Kalak in the north of the country. Photo: Getty
With Iraq, Obama was dealt a bad hand – and he’s playing it badly
By Jessica Schulberg - 16 June 12:57

The latest violence exposes the administration’s lack of vision for the broader Middle East.

Senator Elizabeth Warren in late 2013. Photo: Getty
Why Elizabeth Warren should take on Hillary Clinton and run for the US presidency
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 June 11:13

Simply by running, Warren will drag the centrist Clinton to the left and put the causes she cares about – financial reform, fairer taxes, income inequality – at the centre of the 2016 presidential election.

New face of justice: along with many black South Africans, Pumla Godobo-Madikizela thinks Eugene de Kock should be freed. Photo: Bloomberg
Should the apartheid regime’s “Prime Evil” be released?
By Eric Abraham - 13 June 12:33

Ten years ago psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wrote a book about the encounters she had with Eugene de Kock, head of apartheid South Africa’s death squad, when in Pretoria prison. She thinks he should be pardoned. 

The UN special envoy Angelina Jolie speaking at the summit. Photo: Getty
The End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit is a chance to stop the female body being a battleground
By Aisha Gill - 12 June 15:21

International humanitarian law needs to include serious redress for those using rape as a method of conflict.

Waiting game: Crown Prince Felipe at an award ceremony on 4 June. Photo: Getty
Can the Spanish monarchy survive without King Juan Carlos?
By Jason Webster - 12 June 10:00

His successor, Crown Prince Felipe, faces many challenges: the growth of republicanism, lessening support for the main political parties and the ongoing moves by Catalonia to become independent.  

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the 2012 State of the Union. Photo: Getty
What Hillary Clinton’s new book tells us about her unspoken pact with Barack Obama
By Noam Scheiber - 09 June 12:30

Clinton gets Obama’s donors and operatives, and in return Obama gets the Democratic nominee best able to make sure his accomplishments outlive his administration. What’s not to like?

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.

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