A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
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.
An impressive piece of work – but not a happy one.
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.
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
Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
After the closure of ERT, the country's political future hangs in the balance, writes Yiannis Baboulias.
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.
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
While the ANC has spent years bravely resisting apartheid, it has no experience of government. Sarah Baxter assesses the problems facing Nelson Mandela in power.
It is now the responsibility of the left to support the Syrian people, but be critical friends, remaining true to their principles.
Expose injustice and pay the price.
It's time to listen to the real experts, says Lauren Hersh.
The whistleblower who leaked Top Secret documents to the <em>Guardian</em> about NSA domestic spying practices has revealed himself to be 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee.
The real causes of hunger are inequality of wealth and power, not a lack of big business. So the G8 leaders should abandon their efforts to promote the corporate takeover of African agriculture, and instead support the demands of the African farmers’ grou
The <em>Guardian</em>'s stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.
The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.
A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.
An interview with Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich.
The British are certainly in the dock today, but so are the Kenyan authorities.
Somehow I don’t think I’ll get many takers for my next Faeces Are A Feminist Issue rally.
"I will go back at this," the President claimed. But when? While he wrings his hands and blames Congress, men who have been denied justice are protesting in the only way they can - refusing to eat.
What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.