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.
The elephant untethered.
A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.
A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.
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.
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
My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.
From our correspondence.
The desire to avoid the racism that characterises some debates about rape and FGM abroad can lead us to make untenable comparisons with Britain, argues Rahila Gupta.
Join this global movement on 14 February to end violence against women and girls.
The Prime Minister will advocate his "golden thread" approach to aid this week - but does he know what he is talking about?
When women come to our shores for help, we owe them a chance to rebuild their lives, writes Natasha Walter.
The development community must be brave enough to have an honest debate with the public and with politicians about the difficulties and challenges of aid, as well as its benefits.
The BBC takes the top prize.
From a portrait of Ai Weiwei to fascist rallies in Athens, the best foreign reporting, analysis and interviews of the year from the New Statesman.
A celebration of global revolutions by Magnum photographers.
The killings of Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and John F Kennedy all seemed world-changing events. But is assassination anything other than an act of petty vanity?
The Warwick International Development Summit provides a platform for the spread of innovative new ideas.
A split between the "Red Princelings" and party technocrats threatens to derail the smooth leadership transition.
Chinese bellicosity in the near seas could usher in a new era of instability.
What is the impeccable logic of the liberal way to run the world? “Improve” your form, the west tells the peoples of the world, or we’ll kill you.
The debate about legalisation is a distraction.
The top ten countries visiting Britain last year.
The criminality of Tony Blair, rehabilitated by Ed Miliband, remains umentionable; but there is another way.
Distracted by economic crisis, social unrest and slipping influence, the west is completely unprepared for China’s imminent global dominance. Australia’s ex-prime minister says we must act to build new bridges.
Leaders have the opportunity to unleash women's full potential.
What's to blame for persistent Muslim extremism - the violent appeal of political Islam, or botched western foreign policy? Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam.
Kofi Annan's former Director of Communications criticises reporting.
With so many still suffering on our doorstep, what's the point of World Refugee Day?