Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel
By Musa Okwonga - 06 December 14:26

"Mandela did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn’t do nearly enough of it."

Mandela's right–hand man and prison mate on his “elder brother and mentor”
By Samira Shackle - 06 December 10:39

Ahmed Kathrada went to jail with Nelson Mandela, and in Mandela's later years sometimes acted as his spokesperson.

The Azerbaijan that you are allowed to see
By Cal Flyn - 05 December 9:15

As the Black City district is being redeveloped and renamed White City, contrasts between past and present in this oil–rich country could hardly be clearer.

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If chimps become "legal persons" terrorism suspects should too
By Sophie McBain - 04 December 11:46

The good news is that the principle of habeas corpus may soon apply to chimpanzees in the US. The bad news is it still won't apply to humans suspected of terrorism.

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Global school rankings: where are students happiest?
By Sophie McBain - 03 December 13:48

The UK is ranked below the top 20 in terms of science, maths, reading and - crucially - happiness at school.

Birth pangs of a new South African worker’s party
By Martin Plaut - 29 November 12:31

With considerable pain and after a long gestation it seems that a new workers’ party is being born in South Africa.

How everything became François Hollande’s fault
By Charles Bremner - 28 November 14:16

So much blame is heaped on Hollande that it is hard not to feel sorry for the amiable back-room party manager who, his friends say, still cannot believe his good fortune in landing the presidency last year.

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What can I say to make you care about Syria?
By Sophie McBain - 28 November 12:19

Paul Conroy, the photojournalist injured in the attack that killed Marie Colvin in Homs, says he "can’t think of a single photo I could take at this moment in time that would increase public awareness." When will people start taking notice of Syria again?

An Israeli–Saudi alliance? It could only happen in the Middle East
By David Patrikarakos - 27 November 16:07

Strange alliances in tumultuous times.

Lebanon: the country that can't keep out of Syria's war
By Lana Asfour - 27 November 15:35

As the conflict drags on in Syria the tensions are felt strongly in Lebanon, which is hosting almost one million refugees.

WHO retracts claim half of Greek HIV infections were self-inflicted, blames 'editing error'
By Ian Steadman - 26 November 13:19

The WHO's latest health inequity report made a startling claim that "about half" of those with HIV deliberately infected themselves in order to claim benefits, a claim not backed by the study cited.

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Eight companies where executives are paid 1000 times more than employees
By Sophie McBain - 25 November 15:17

Research by Bloomberg reveals the extent of the pay gap between executives and employees at 250 companies.

How to fight corruption with $5m in cash
By Sophie McBain - 21 November 15:12

Is it possible to build a fortune cleanly in African telecoms?

How Bill de Blasio became the mayor for the 99 per cent
By Nicky Woolf - 21 November 15:09

“Bill de Blasio will be a mayor for every New Yorker – and I would say that even if he weren’t my dad.”

Why Pinochet is the dictator who never dies
By Mira Galanova - 21 November 14:44

Why is there still support in Chile for a man considered a ruthless dictator by most of the democratic world? Pinochet’s sympathisers say his poor reputation is the result of a manipulation of history.

The eyes of Texas are watching as George W Bush returns to take on the Tea Party
By John Bew - 21 November 13:45

There is a growing nostalgia for Dubbya's brand of “compassionate conservatism”, which increased the role of federal government in education, expanded Medicare coverage and demonstrated willingness to address immigration reform.

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Are rich countries taking too many antidepressants?
By Sophie McBain - 21 November 12:14

One in 10 people in Iceland are on antidepressants, and prescription rates across the OECD have dramatically increased.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il with South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun
How to live to 120, according to Kim Jong-Il
By Sophie McBain - 20 November 13:03

Regular blood transfusions and five-year-olds doing "adorable" things aimed to help the North Korean dictator become the world's oldest man.

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What happened when Egypt's government unveiled a monument to Tahrir Square protestors?
By Sophie McBain - 19 November 15:24

If the army was hoping that a hulking great monument would, literally and metaphorically, set their version of history in stone, they were wrong.

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Why jokes are wearing thin in Egypt
By Sophie McBain - 14 November 13:54

Are Egypt’s most mischievous scribblers and joke-makers now retiring?

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When is it too soon to dress up for Halloween as iconic murdered black teenager Trayvon Martin?
By Laurie Penny - 14 November 12:51

The entire globe is affected by how the social fabric of the world’s only superpower is threaded through with the kind of structural violence that allows black boys to be gunned down on the way to the grocery and their killers walk free.

David Cameron must act to hold the Sri Lankan government to account for its human rights abuses
By Douglas Alexander - 11 November 11:37

The PM has consistently failed to pressure the Rajapaksa government over its human right abuses. There is too much at stake, for too many, for him to fail to do so yet again.

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Did the press comply with an HIV witch-hunt in Greece?
By Julie Tomlin - 07 November 13:13

State and private television networks went ahead and published women’s mugshots and personal details, labelling them “HIV-infected prostitutes”.

EU immigration policy is contributing to Sahara migrant deaths
By Sophie McBain - 01 November 15:12

Between 1998 and 2012, more than 16,000 people are known to have died attempting to migrate to the European Union.

200 teenage girls die in childbirth every day
By Sophie McBain - 30 October 10:44

Globally childbirth is one of the leading causes of death among teenage girls, according to a UN report calling for greater action against adolescent pregnancy.

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Will the world's wine supplies run dry?
By Sophie McBain - 29 October 14:50

According to research released this month by Morgan Stanley, global wine production is decreasing, but we’re guzzling more and more of the stuff.

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The controversies of Washington, DC: government shutdown and no more Redskins
By John Bew - 24 October 14:38

There is mounting evidence that the GOP’s hopes of taking the Senate in 2014, which seemed high a few months ago, are diminishing by the day.

Shinzo Abe.
Japan's Thatcher: Meet the man determined to end the "lost decades"
By David Pilling - 24 October 13:38

Shinzo Abe’s first, brief premiership ended in disaster. Yet now, recovered from debilitating illness, the conservative nationalist is back in power and, emboldened by “Abenomics”, is determined to revitalise Japan after many years of decline.

footprints in the snow.
The Maryville rape case: social media hurt Daisy Coleman - now it is helping her
By Holly Baxter - 19 October 10:06

Daisy Coleman is the latest in a series of girls to report that they were sexually assaulted and cyberbullied on social media. But we can't blame Twitter and Facebook for the existence of rape culture - and with #justice4daisy, they might have helped end

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The Kremlin uses bully-boy tactics to keep other countries in the fold
By Charles Grant - 17 October 15:37

Putin and his ministers were uncharacteristically polite about Barack Obama, welcoming co-operation with him over Syria’s chemical weapons. Yet only a few weeks previously their relations with Washington had been toxic, with rows over Syria, Edward Snowde