New Statesman
Where did the colonial empires go to trade?

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

Israelis look at the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashabn
Israel’s dilemma as the war intensifies
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.

The Unwinding by George Packer: How America became like Walmart
By Alan Ryan - 20 June 10:38

An impressive piece of work – but not a happy one.

The women of Gezi Park are protesters, not pin-up girls
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.

An Arghan policeman.
Investment in Blood by Frank Ledwidge: A devastating indictment of the utter, unanswerable folly of Afghanistan
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

Firemen extinguish a burning car in Kista after riots in Swedish suburbs
The Swedish riots: What really happened?
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59

Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.

New Statesman
Leader: No one wants to take charge in the “G-Zero” world
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54

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.

Barack Obama and George W Bush
On wiretaps and drone strikes, it’s time for liberals to accept that Obama is worse than Bush
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.

Answers to war
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

The Orthodox seminary on the island of Halki
Small island
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.

Julia Gillard "on the menu": Three cheers for a bit of in-your-face, no-frills sexism
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.

Can the Iranian regime survive yet more political cannibalism?
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.

"A direct blow to democracy": the switch-off of Greece's state broadcaster
By Yiannis Baboulias - 12 June 13:38

After the closure of ERT, the country's political future hangs in the balance, writes Yiannis Baboulias.

Egypt–Ethiopia crisis: “No Nile, No Egypt”
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.

From G8 to G20 to G-Zero: Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order
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

Mandela in Randfontein, South Africa, November 1993, Getty Images
Mandela's power has come: The ANC's challenges in government
By Sarah Baxter - 10 June 16:50

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.

Syrian army soldiers assess a damaged street in the town of Qusayr
Why does the left find it so difficult to take a position on Syria?
By Assed Baig - 10 June 15:30

It is now the responsibility of the left to support the Syrian people, but be critical friends, remaining true to their principles.

Giving back choice: why New York's sex trafficking law needs to change
By Lauren Hersh - 10 June 9:26

It's time to listen to the real experts, says Lauren Hersh.

Edward Snowden: The NSA whistleblower unmasks
By Nicky Woolf - 09 June 21:24

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 winners from today's hunger summit
By Christine Haigh - 07 June 17:30

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 PRISM logo.
The NSA's data tapping: America through the PRISM
By Nicky Woolf - 07 June 15:04

The <em>Guardian</em>'s stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.

Will Obama be remembered as the Snooper President?
By Nicky Woolf - 06 June 14:19

The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.

The Democracy Project by David Graeber: The textual life of Occupy lives on
By Laurie Penny - 06 June 11:22

A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.

Punk and disorderly
By Matthew Collin - 06 June 9:31

An interview with Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich.

Mau Mau settlement: the Kenyan government’s shame
By Martin Plaut - 06 June 9:12

The British are certainly in the dock today, but so are the Kenyan authorities.

Squeamishness costs lives: Why the world needs better loos
By Helen Lewis - 05 June 10:54

Somehow I don’t think I’ll get many takers for my next Faeces Are A Feminist Issue rally.

How many people have to die before Obama takes personal responsibility for Guantanamo?
By Cori Crider - 05 June 10:26

"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.

An anti-government protester waves Turkey's national flag
People have killed their fear of authority - and the protests are growing
By Ece Temelkuran - 03 June 11:53

What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.

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