Demonstrators in Beirut in 2010
Extremely brave, extremely Rachel
By Bibi van der Zee - 21 March 9:21

Once in a while, you end up with someone as special as Rachel Corrie.

The NS interview: Armando Iannucci
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 March 0:28

“Satire is a black-and-white programme with Dudley Moore”

1. Journey
By Sophie Elmhirst - 15 March 8:19

It seems harmless, doesn't it? A journey. A gentle voyage on a boat. A train ride to the south coast. An ocean crossing to a new life. It seems Victorian - picnics and sandwiches, lemonade and a squalling baby. Not any more.

Behind NME lines
By D J Taylor - 12 March 8:09

“Nice boys” like Nick Kent wrote about the louche stars of Seventies music in a sharp but open-minde

Good Idea: Commercial brakes
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 March 9:27

In a sex-smeared world, advertising is one of the grubbiest corners of our culture, finds the psychologist Linda Papadopoulos in a Home Office report on the connections between the sexualisation of young people and violence ag

Avatar: Return of the natives
By Slavoj Zizek - 04 March 7:08

Slavoj Žižek on the "brutal racist overtones" of James Cameron's Avatar.

Good Idea: Hot data
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 March 7:57

The Millennium Development Goals have always had a looming menace, even when the deadline was comfortably far away.

Bad idea: Shopping for a degree
By Alyssa McDonald - 19 February 13:19

Now that students are, according to Peter Mandelson, "consumers", and the Tory shadow secretary for universities and skills, David Willetts, is discussing what might happen "if higher fees were being proposed", it's fairly saf

The great divide
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 February 9:12

Don’t know your Sunnis from your Shias? You are not alone, but their conflict will shape the future

Radical departure
By Ed Husain - 11 February 7:09

Ed Husain is a former Hizb ut-Tahrir member who has
campaigned against the ideology of Islamism. B

Continental drifters
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 February 8:00

One of the great cultural shifts of the 20th century was the influx of black American intellectuals

New Statesman
The NS interview: Clive James
By Alyssa McDonald - 04 February 6:28

“We wore little forage caps and looked like the Hitler Youth”

Please, not just William
By Will Self - 04 February 6:28

A couple of years ago a locksmith high on junk food pulled out of a McDonald's drive-thru without looking and wrote off my car.

Susan Neimann - extended interview
By Alyssa McDonald - 03 February 8:46

A longer version of this week's NS interview with the moral philosopher.

Good idea: Home sweet home
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 February 8:15

The phrase "domestic violence" tends to dictate the way that we think about the physical, sexual and psychological abuses that partners visit on one another.

The NS Interview: Susan Neiman
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 February 8:07

“Progressives never know what to do in power” - Susan Neiman, moral philosopher

Inspect your gadgets!
By Sian Berry - 25 January 12:52

Toaster catch fire? Printer making odd noises? Don’t just throw old stuff away, or hide it in the sh

Dutch Courage
By Margaret Drabble - 18 January 9:47

The letters of Vincent Van Gogh show a man who craved intellectual companionship yet continued to dr

Bad idea: For better for worse
By Alyssa McDonald - 18 January 9:44

Only those already doing well are likely to gain from the Tories' marriage plans

Turning the Titanic – pursuing excellence for all
By Staff blogger - 14 January 16:04

Will financial hardship be the catalyst the NHS needs to reinvent systems and embrace innovation?

The Books Interview: Tzvetan Todorov
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 11 January 9:26

Is the Enlightenment a historical category, or does it better describe an attitude towards the world?

Bad idea: Writing off reading
By Alyssa McDonald - 11 January 9:19

Contrary to the expectations of some, the internet has boosted the written word

Bad Idea: Non-donors get kebabbed
By Alyssa McDonald - 08 January 18:14

Israel's plan to allow would be-donors to jump the transplant queue is ethically dubious

Accidents of life
By Richard Dawkins - 17 December 7:06

Darwinian theory was the best idea of all time, but why did it take so long to evolve? And what if w

The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics
By John Gray - 17 December 7:06

"It is as if man had suddenly been appointed managing director of the biggest business of all, the business of evolution." Appearing in a 1957 essay by the biologist Julian Huxley on "trans-humanism" (a term that Huxley coined

I believe in yesterday
By Vernon Bogdanor - 17 December 7:06

The history of the recent past is more popular with readers than ever – and just as well, because it

Good idea: Transparent trap
By Alyssa McDonald - 17 December 7:06

Strange, really, how much more glamorous "reporting corruption" sounds than "reporting anti-corruption" does, with its bureaucratic lexicon of "compliance", "implementation" and "corporate responsibility".

The end of a dream
By John Gray - 10 December 5:47

Unreality is the defining feature of the fashionable ideas of the past decade. Perhaps only a more s

The NS Interview: Shirin Ebadi
By Alyssa McDonald - 10 December 5:47

“I’m not going to give in and do as the government wants me to” - Shirin Ebadi, human rights lawyer

Doing it for ourselves
By Bidisha - 10 December 5:47

Men handed the reins of sexism to women as we discovered our inner misogynist

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