The loneliness of Vladimir Putin
By Julia Ioffe - 05 February 12:19

He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart.

A new law in Afghanistan means men can attack their wives and daughters with impunity
By Sophie McBain - 05 February 11:55

The problem isn't just in Afghanistan. 30 per cent of woman suffer violence from an intimate partner, but globally laws do little to protect women at home.

What use is Gross Domestic Happiness to Bhutan's 106,000 global refugees?
By Prajwal Parajuly - 05 February 9:30

In Aberdeen, outside a takeaway called The Gurkha Kitchen, I met a Bhutanese refugee called Landless. Landless was eager to talk.

Why we must end the detention of female asylum seekers in the UK
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 30 January 17:20

We must believe these women when they tell us they would never have left their home, their family, their country, if they had a choice, and we must demonstrate this belief by telling our government that they must not be locked up.

The radicalism of fools: the rise of the new anti-Semitism
By Anthony Clavane - 30 January 12:02

No self-respecting person on the left should endorse anti-establishment positions that are in reality just cloaked anti-Semitism.

Dieudonné’s war on France: the Holocaust comedian who isn’t funny
By Andrew Hussey - 30 January 11:30

Dieudonné is no Bernard Manning or Frankie Boyle, whose humour is purposelessly offensive. In recent years, he has set out on a political mission to provoke the French state and test the limits of French law.

Robert Gates: memoirs of the “Soldier’s Secretary”, an old-fashioned realist
By John Bew - 30 January 10:29

The former US Secretary of Defense on what the president never knew.

Britain’s last great diplomat: Michael Butler
By Carla Powell - 30 January 9:25

Michael Butler was a man with a mission in life, not simply a diplomatic mission on his CV.

In “Mitt”, Mitt Romney is both alien and somehow also beautifully, terribly human
By Nicky Woolf - 29 January 16:46

A new film following Mitt Romney from his failed first presidential bid in 2007-8 to his doomed candidacy in 2012 may not be political dynamite, but it is an oddly compelling portrait of a very awkward man.

A third of school children aren't even learning the basics
By Sophie McBain - 29 January 14:40

250 million school-age children worldwide can't read, write or do a basic maths sum. 130 million of these children are enrolled in school. So what's going wrong?

South Africa’s emerging new left: the birth of a new socialist party
By Martin Plaut - 27 January 12:09

The aim is to create a movement similar to the United Democratic Front that fought the apartheid government.

In Egypt, a nation voted Yes to military rule and Yes to moving forwards
By Bel Trew - 27 January 10:31

The plebiscite amounts to a tacit endorsement for the military-installed government that has launched a crackdown on Morsi and his Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I have been waiting for him to come home for 27 years, 3 months and 10 days”
By Marita Maharaj - 27 January 10:09

For more than half of his time in prison, Marita Maharaj's husband Kris was on death row. His sentence was commuted in 2002, but he still faces life imprisonment.

You have to be rather fond of someone to visit them in dreary, shoeless Gothenburg
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 January 17:59

This is the place to which the Beloved is committed.

Now that the president has gone, will violence in the Central African Republic stop?
By Louisa Waugh - 23 January 12:08

Decades of strife have left the Central African Republic with a damaged infrastructure and a tense peace that seems like it could end at any moment.

Before the First World War: what can 1914 tell us about 2014?
By Richard J Evans - 23 January 9:58

Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God – looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.

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The parrot who registered as a local candidate in Belarus, and other political animals
By Sophie McBain - 22 January 12:26

Yasha the parrot joins an elite menagerie of animals that have entered politics.

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria
Peace will not be achieved in Syria without Iran
By Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy - 21 January 19:21

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

New Statesman
Syria: evidence of "systematic killing" of 11,000 detainees
By Sophie McBain - 21 January 14:03

Top lawyers say they have evidence that the Syrian government is responsible for crimes against humanity, but will these latest findings influence tomorrow's peace talks?

The road to nowhere: the Syrian refugees left out in the cold by Europe
By Daniel Trilling - 21 January 11:25

More than two million people have fled the civil war in Syria. Many of them are desperate to get into Europe – but no country wants them.

If Chris Christie wants to be president, he has to shake off the stench of New Jersey politics
By Nicky Woolf - 16 January 12:48

Chris Christie's presidential hopes have taken a hit, thanks to the "bridge" scandal. But if he learns the lesson that the American public has little tolerance for proto-Nixonion political thuggery, and – crucially – stops hiring people who operate that w

Why, in 2014, are first ladies still expected to behave like 1950s housewives?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 16 January 8:54

Open your mouth and identify yourself as a human being while daring to be married to a high-powered politician, and the media is unlikely to look kindly upon you.

Three reasons Egyptians should vote “no” in today's referendum
By Sophie McBain - 15 January 11:59

Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.

Hollande and the French kiss goodbye to era of private presidential affairs
By John Gaffney - 15 January 10:27

When things are going well, the “private life” is deliberately on display for all to see. That is how the French presidency thrives.

In the debate about immigration, we must not forget the exploitation of immigrants
By Sarah Karacs and Alan White - 14 January 12:57

Eva came from Hungary to London to work 21 hours a day as a nanny, but when she lost her job she had nothing. While we discuss the political issues of immigration, we can't forget the people who are being exploited on the black market.

Israel's Ariel Sharon dies at 85
By New Statesman - 11 January 14:04

The former Israeli prime minister is dead, eight years after a stroke which ended his political career.

Why the bridge scandal is so damaging to Chris Christie's presidential hopes
By Alec MacGillis - 09 January 16:25

The New Jersey governor is widely tipped as a potential Republican nominee for the 2016 election. But as a recent scandal involving gridlock on a bridge shows, he's more like Richard Nixon than than Rudi Giuliani.

Why the Tories have more in common with the Romanians than they think
By Nicholas Hillman - 08 January 16:52

It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.

Why is the media so easily taken in by stories about North Korea?
By Nelson Jones - 06 January 15:38

It now appears that the story about Kim Jong-Un's uncle being executed by a pack of 120 ravenous dogs can be traced back to a Weibo post by a Chinese satirist.

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