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.

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic.
Behind the gun-slinging sceptic act, Cameron is a good European. Will he dare show it in public?
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' latest Europe row
By Nick Tyrone - 25 February 15:54

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach.
The western Balkans are in danger of sliding backwards
By David Clark - 24 February 10:50

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.

Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009. Photo: Getty
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko released from prison
By New Statesman - 22 February 16:08

Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.

The President of Kazakhstan suggests his country should be renamed
By Sophie McBain - 21 February 12:06

President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.

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Ukraine is at war, we're just not admitting it yet
By Agata Pyzik - 20 February 10:56

Ukraine finds itself in an impossible clinch, where it is alternately patronised (“those heroic Ukrainians!”) and refused serious help to counter Russia’s bailouts. With people dying on the streets as the violence intensifies, how much longer can this last?

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot and the new age of dissident art
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 9:50

Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.

North Koreans stand onboard a ship in the Yalu River in Sinuiji
Sailing for North Korea: A voyage to the town where no one knows the Beatles
By Fraser Lewry - 19 February 9:20

The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.

Front-line journalist: Chornovol is still recovering from her attack.
No chickening out for activists subject to intimidation in Kiev
By Lucy Ash - 18 February 14:23

“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, members of Pussy Riot
Two members of Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi
By Julia Ioffe - 18 February 13:41

Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, say they were arrested in Sochi with a group of activists and journalists.

Miners.
Underground epidemic: the tuberculosis crisis in South Africa's gold mines
By Heidi Vella - 18 February 10:33

South Africa's gold mining industry has suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. Repeated union strikes have resulted in bloody clashes between workers and police. Economic pressure has increased after a recent fall in the price of gold.

Migrant workers at Qatar's world cup stadium. Photo: Getty.
400 Nepalese construction workers have died since Qatar won the World Cup bid
By Sophie McBain - 17 February 12:37

Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?

“Good” and “bad” war – and the struggle of memory against forgetting
By John Pilger - 13 February 15:02

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.

Negotiating a path to peace: from Geneva to Aleppo, via Moscow
By Michael C Williams - 13 February 13:24

Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace.

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year
By Sophie McBain - 12 February 15:00

A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.

Three years on from the Arab spring, Egyptians hope another strongman can save them
By Sophie McBain - 11 February 13:11

Were millions in the region wrong to believe they deserved better?

As the US turns against new sanctions on Iran, has the Israel lobby lost its mojo?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 February 9:09

The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?

Why is the Canadian rock band Skinny Puppy invoicing the Pentagon for $666,000?
By Sophie McBain - 06 February 12:04

How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?

We cannot end FGM in the UK without ending it in Africa
By Lynne Featherstone - 06 February 10:52

We won’t stand aside as this violence is inflicted on girls in the UK and around the world. Britain is now the world’s biggest supporter of activity to end female genital mutilation.

How the west was lost: Frank Furedi’s First World War
By Richard Overy - 06 February 8:51

The Great War’s greatest legacy is uncertainty and a never-ending search for meaning.

Why the US should apologise for deaths in Iraq
By Burhan Al-Chalabi - 06 February 8:32

A US apology will not bring back the thousands of dead Iraqis, but at least it will amount to an acceptance of moral responsibility.

Calm, classless, striving for beauty: Yes, Scandinavia really is all it's cracked up to be
By Andrew Mellor - 05 February 12:42

British commentators have been dismissing Scandinavian culture and politics using selective statistics and un-contextualised observations. But from smart young people to art and happiness: the qualities of Nordic life are well established.

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