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?
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.
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.
The events of 4 June 1989 continue to generate new crimes – the crime of remembering, and the crime of forgetting.
A Luxembourger you’ve never heard of thinks you elected him president. It’s just possible that the system isn’t working.
The smooth succession from father to son was put in doubt after thousands of people took to the streets to call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy.
What does a rich, privileged young man have to do to get labelled a terrorist?
Despite Erdogan’s claims that the disaster was on a par with any other international mining accident in the world since 1862, Turkey’s rate of mining deaths is shocking.
The death of a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the hands of her family was not an “honour killing”. It was murder.
Anti-Semitism is now taboo in mainstream political discourse in a way in which Islamophobia isn’t.
Saudi Arabia’s poor record on human rights and its treatment of women make it easy to demonise the kingdom.
The danger now is that myth, not sense, will come to define Thai citizenship in the wake of the army’s latest intervention.
With the eyes of the world on the Nigerian government, its main concern is to silence critical voices.
At the peak of its popularity, Mao's bible was the most printed book in the world. It attained the status of a sacred, holy text during the Cultural Revolution, and retains its place among western devotees.
Martin Plaut meets the man taking on the gangs that are said to be responsible for 80 per cent of Cape Town’s crime.
Amid calls for the UK to embrace chess as an academic subject, chess enthusiasts look to Armenia, the Caucasian state that improbably dominates the chess world.
The leaders in Egypt have repeatedly failed to recognise that the campaigning of not-for-profits plays an important role as a pressure gauge that can release dissent in a manageable way.
Three years on from the signing of the peace agreement in South Sudan, the heady optimism has disappeared.
Modi, implicated in a massacre in 2002 while chief minister of Gujarat, has been elected as India’s new prime minister. Is he a dangerous neo-fascist, as some say, or the strongman reformer that this country of 1.2 billion people craves?
Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst.
The mass death penalties and the wider crackdown on the opposition cannot be tolerated.
David Patrikarakos reports on the worsening crisis in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces are defiant.
The author was asked by John Kerry to write a briefing paper on the Islamist threat. He explains here what he told the US secretary of state and why he feels progressives have allowed themselves to be silenced by frightened self-censorship and the stifling of debate. Read Mona Siddiqui’s response to the piece, The Arabisation of Islam, here.
The British Muslim academic Mona Siddiqui writes about the “Arabisation” of Islam and changing attitudes to Muslims in the west.
If the Israeli government was at all committed to a two-state solution, it would have welcomed the agreement between the PLO and Hamas.
A new report from the London School of Economics lays out the case against the counter-productive decades-long attack on recreational drugs.
As a British citizen, I am ashamed that my government is willing to cosy up to standard-bearers of religious fascism – as long, it seems, as they aren’t Muslim.
When looking for solutions to the horrors in the Central African Republic, one is tempted to say that any ideas that don’t start or end with genocide qualify as good ones.
The shadow foreign secretary reports from a four-day trip to the States.
The tragedy of the two hundred girls kidnapped in Nigeria won’t be as high-profile a story as individual western kidnap victims – and the Nigerian authorities aren’t helping.