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Nelson Mandela's legacy will be measured in symbolic moments
By Rachael Jolley - 10 July 14:01

Massive structural symbolic changes in South African life are Mandela’s legacy, and for too long their importance has faded, but this is a moment to remember the momentous change that opened up the country to a different level of freedom, writes Rachael J

Downtown Harrison, Arkansas. Photograph via WikiCommons
In which a black man hires a member of the KKK as his lawyer
By Tabatha Leggett - 10 July 10:44

Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.

“Las Vegas rules don’t apply in Syria”
By John Bew - 10 July 8:45

Britain is trapped between David Cameron’s commitment to act against Assad and the intransigence of the Tory party. But could a new line from the US and shifting events offer a way forward for our foreign policy?

A boy lifts used cabling in Ghana.
Alexei Sayle on what makes us human: We need to realise that the best things in life are not things
By Alexei Sayle - 10 July 8:00

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alexei Sayle reflects on the time Paul McKenna planted a suicidal post-hypnotic suggestion in his brain, and how our restlessness has been exploited to devastating effect.

In Turkey, the crackdown on anti-government protesters has begun
By Ece Temelkuran - 05 July 14:17

The Turkish government’s spin doctors have linked the recent protests to cyber attacks and historical cases of secular dissent to silence anti-government demonstrators.

What happened to India’s economic miracle?
By William Dalrymple - 05 July 12:01

The elephant untethered.

elson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela's release
From the NS, 19 January 1990: Mandela at large
By Ivor Powell - 04 July 18:26

After 27 years in detention the release of Nelson Mandela was awaited like a second coming. On the eve of the prison doors opening Ivor Powell wondered if he could fulfil these great expectations.

From the archive: An interview with Nelson Mandela on Bisho, de Klerk and the new South Africa
By Shaun Johnson - 04 July 18:12

On 7 September 1992, 28 ANC supporters and one policeman were shot dead in Bisho after protesting in an attempt to have the Xhosa “homeland” of Ciskei reincorporated into South Africa. Less than a month later, Shaun Johnson spoke to Nelson Mandela about h

Nelson Mandela: The mouse that roared
By Sarah Baxter - 04 July 17:59

From the New Statesman, 15 April 1994. The assassination of Chris Hani, the leader of the South African Communist Party, in 1993, proved a turning point. As the country threatened to erupt in violence, a date for the first multiracial general election was

Obstetric Fistula: Africa’s silent epidemic
By Alan White - 04 July 12:08

While all women of reproductive age are vulnerable to suffer fistula, the underage girls who are victims of child marriages, female genital mutilation and teenage pregnancies are at highest risk.

Brazil erupts: Football, filthy lucre and fury
By Isabel Hilton - 04 July 8:21

Brazil is one of the world’s emerging powers, host of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. So why is the middle class increasingly angry?

Food, fuel and faith divide Cairo’s streets
By Bel Trew - 03 July 14:15

While the president and army appear locked in conflict, the streets are divided between the extraordinary groundswell of dissent against the president and those loyalists staging their own sit-ins and demos.

Bolivian President grounded in Austria over Snowden fears, sparking fury in Latin America
By Alex Hern - 03 July 7:56

Evo Morales' plane was refused leave to overfly four Western European nations in the early hours of this morning.

Morsi has betrayed the Egyptian revolution
By Charlotte Allan - 29 June 13:24

Worsening safety for women, breakdowns in the rule of law, crackdowns on cultural activity and police abuse - the Arab Spring wasn't meant to end like this.

DOMA and Proposition 8: The perils and benefits of an activist Supreme Court
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.

Can free expression survive in Hungary?
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.

Syria: A very modern conflict
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.

Why is sterilisation still being forced on transgender people?
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35

Compensation demanded in Sweden.

A make or break moment for Egypt's President Morsi
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

The heart of the Voting Rights Act ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
By Nicky Woolf - 26 June 12:53

The problem is that the racism the Voting Rights Act attempts to counteract never really went away.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child
The struggle for a Polio-free Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22

What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?

Would you swim in China's rivers?
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.

Can Mamphela Ramphele crack South Africa’s political mould?
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41

Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
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.

A demonstrator against Pussy Riot's prison sentence in London, 2012.
Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists"
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12

Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.

"We remain peaceful and happy, but now we are not dreaming anymore": Rio's rude awakening
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.

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On Solid Ground: Photographing the displaced
By Charlotte Simmonds - 20 June 15:47

A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.

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Where did the colonial empires go to trade?

A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.

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