The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.
By Nicky Woolf - 27 June 17:04
The Supreme Court rulings on the Defence of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 stand in stark contrast to the day before, and show a split activist court.
By Jeremy Bowen - 27 June 8:35
Jeremy Bowen's Diary.
By Ana Frana - 27 June 8:17
Funding has been removed from projects not deemed to be in keeping with the official view of Hungarian culture.
By Lana Asfour - 27 June 8:07
We must be wary of rose-tinted narratives about the past: sectarian tensions have been present, even if non-confrontational, in peaceful times.
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35
Compensation demanded in Sweden.
By Bel Trew - 26 June 13:23
The first anniversary of the president's inauguration is expected to spark nationwide protests. The grassroots campaign Tamarod aims to secure enough signatures to a vote-of-no-confidence petition to outweigh the 13 million votes that brought Morsi into p
By Nicky Woolf - 26 June 12:53
The problem is that the racism the Voting Rights Act attempts to counteract never really went away.
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22
What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15
A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41
Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18
Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12
Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.
By Liam McLaughlin - 21 June 14:12
The protests in Brazil began as a demand for cheap public transport, but are now so much more.
By Charlotte Simmonds - 20 June 15:47
A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.
By James Ball and Valentina D'Efilippo - 20 June 14:43
A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.
By Nicholas Lezard - 20 June 11:31
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
By Uri Dromi - 20 June 11:14
If Assad is removed, who will succeed him? Even if there is a viable successor, it is likely that the bloodshed will continue, with infighting between rebel groups and lots of scoresettling.
By Alan Ryan - 20 June 10:38
An impressive piece of work – but not a happy one.
By Harriet Fitch Little - 19 June 13:09
Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan wants to cast women as mothers, sisters and wives, and those who oppose him should be careful that their imagery doesn’t do the same.
By Sherard Cowper-Cowles - 16 June 11:00
Frank Ledwidge, once a “justice adviser” in Britain’s para-colonial administration in Helmand, has produced a devastating indictment of Britain’s military intervention in southern Afghanistan. If those of us complicit in the error were ever brought to jus
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59
Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 June 10:37
On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.
By Juan Manuel Santos - 13 June 9:40
We have been fighting the war on drugs for 40 years at great cost. Yet sometimes we all feel that we have been aimlessly pedalling a stationary bicycle. You look to your right, you look to your left, and yet you always see the same landscape – demand for
By Helena Drysdale - 13 June 9:01
Once at the heart of the Christian world, Turkey's Greek Orthodox minority finds its fate inextricably bound up with the Erdogan government's troubled shift away from secularism.
By Glosswitch - 13 June 8:59
The party fundraiser menu that offered to "serve up" parts of Australian PM Julia Gillard was offensive, no doubt about it. But it's refreshing to see some honest, in-your-face sexism for a change, rather than the kind that flies under the radar.
By Trita Parsi - 13 June 8:13
The upcoming elections in Iran will be neither free nor fair, says Trita Parsi, but people are still willing to consider voting to challenge the establishment.
By Yiannis Baboulias - 12 June 13:38
After the closure of ERT, the country's political future hangs in the balance, writes Yiannis Baboulias.
By Martin Plaut - 11 June 8:49
Long years of deadlock and bitter recrimination are now coming to a head as the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam threatens Egypt's water security.
By Ian Bremmer - 11 June 8:00
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era o