Binyamin Netanyahu celebrates his re-election. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
Might Binyamin Netanyahu surprise us all - again?
By Uri Dromi - 26 March 16:50

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu defied the polls to win re-election last week. Uri Dromes offers his quiet wish for statesmanship from the leader.

Muslim members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) pray during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
Fleeting loyalties and revolving doors in Nigeria as the election approaches
By Tolu Ogunlesi - 26 March 15:30

As the PDP and APC battle it out on the billboards, alliances continue to shift in a country defined by its political changeability.

Bright lights, big city: a bustling crossing in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo in 2013. Photo: MARTIN ROEMERS / PANOS
What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades”
By Roland Kelts - 26 March 10:18

Roland Kelts wonders whether Japan-style stagnation would really be so bad in the west.

Ukip MEP Roger Helmer falls asleep in the European Parliament. Photo: Twitter
An EU explainer for the easily bored: how much influence does the UK really have in Europe?
By Frances Robinson - 25 March 11:38

Frances Robinson tells us all we need to know about how successful Britain could be in a renegotiation of its EU membership.

European MPs attend a debate on the future of European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 15, 2013 during a plenary session. Photo: Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: the cost to the UK
By Frances Robinson - 18 March 10:45

Frances Robinson continues her series on what we really need to know about the EU. This week: migration and the money.

The Labour Party needs to stop obsessing about public spending and concentrate instead on overhauling the state
By Jeremy Cliffe and Roberto Unger - 17 March 14:05

Forget the argument over austerity. Reform of the state should be the central mission of the left.

An imam reads the Quran at the Mosque of the Sultan in Morocco, 1917. Detail from a contemporary illustration by Maurice Keating.
Tom Holland: We must not deny the religious roots of Islamic State
By Tom Holland - 17 March 10:17

Its jihadis call for a global caliphate. So why deny religion drives Isis?

A woman watches the Crimea documentary this week. Photo: DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin is not dead
By Stephanie Boland - 16 March 12:26

While his statements on Crimea are alarming, rumours of the Russian president's death have been – oh, you know how it goes.

Reading the ruins: Palestinian men survey the rubble after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza city, August 2014. Photo: Wissman Nassar/The New York Times
As Israel heads to the polls, peace in the region seems more distant than ever
By Jeremy Bowen - 16 March 10:44

Binyamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Yisrael Beytenu - each of Israel's potential leaders faces an uncertain future as the country votes.

Yo Soy Nisman: protesters in Buenos Aires. Photo: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images
Bullets, pastries and the rise of the right: Mauricio Macri struggles to recover from a mysterious death
By Drew Reed - 12 March 12:35

The death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman provides an opportunity for the right.

Refusing to speak to terrorists is not only a lazy approach, but could lead to more deaths
By Harris Beider - 11 March 11:52

It is not only lazy to stick to an approach that precludes talking with terrorists, but probably means more decades of innocent people being killed on all sides.

An EU explainer for the easily bored: what happens if we leave?
By Frances Robinson - 10 March 11:33

Doom, whisky, and getting lost in mazes: what are the options for the UK flouncing out of the European Union?

Leslee Udwin, the documentary-maker whose film, India's Daughter, has been censored on the sub-continent. (Photo:Getty)
The attitudes expressed towards women in India's Daughter are chilling. But they're also universal
By Emily Dyer - 08 March 7:50

India's Daughter has exposed that country's rape culture. But don't imagine that these attitudes aren't found around the world. 

Western weakness and indecision has fanned the flames in Ukraine
By David Clark - 06 March 15:31

The West's politicians have emboldened Vladimir Putin with their mistakes and indecision. They need to send a signal he can't ignore.

Forget leaving - Britain does best at the heart of Europe
By Tim Farron - 05 March 16:24

Victory at the European Court of Justice shows Britain's interests are best served fighting its corner in Europe, not sulking on the sidelines

Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
By Elizabeth Pond - 05 March 12:12

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation.

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov shows that in Putin's Russia, anything is permitted
By Angus Roxburgh - 05 March 10:17

The west can do very little to intervene as Putin hunkers down.

Darren Wilson following the shooting. Photo: St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office via Getty Images
Police officer Darren Wilson is cleared of civil rights violations in Ferguson shooting
By Stephanie Boland - 04 March 18:16

Report lays out systematic racial discrimination in Ferguson justice system but upholds Darren Wilson's version of the events preceding Michael Brown's death.

Rokhaya Diallo taking part in a protest on International Migrants Day 2014. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
In France, who gets to be a feminist?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 04 March 17:58

The decision by the mayor of Paris’s 20th arrondissement to withdraw from an event with a well-known feminist and anti-racist campaigner has sparked questions of how racism and Islamophobia are discussed in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Vladimir Putin addressing a rally of supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in 2012. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images
Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?
By Jana Bakunina - 04 March 14:56

Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure.

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
The NYPD blues: From Eric Garner to broken windows, activist Josmar Trujillo says enough
By Rob Crilly - 04 March 9:08

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

The 1992 liberalisation of the airline market allowed carriers to offer cheaper flights. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me?
By Frances Robinson - 03 March 15:47

Thanks to the EU, wine is more affordable, flights are cheaper and you can access the internet on your phone abroad without having to get another mortgage. And that’s not all. . .

Manuela Schwesig. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
German women's minister Manuela Schwesig proposes new pay transparency laws
By Stephanie Boland - 02 March 17:58

The new legislation would allow women to compare their salary to their colleagues, and is designed to address Germany's 22 per cent pay gap.

"Justice, not charity, is what is needed in the world": A new pamphlet looks to put the politics back into international aid
By Stephen Bush - 02 March 15:49

International development has become the subject of cosy consensus. A new pamphlet aims to put that right

The success of Russia Today and Al-Jazeera show why the World Service is more important than ever
By Beth Miller - 02 March 13:34

Shorn of its government funding and now reliant on the licence fee, the BBC World Service is in grave danger. Britain could pay a heavy price for letting it go extinct

Child soldiers in South Sudan at a Unicef ceremony of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. Photo: Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty
How can the UK help the child soldiers of South Sudan?
By Oliver Griffin - 27 February 13:40

While the UK still has a military recruitment age of 16, it’s hard to see how effective they can be in helping other countries relinquish the practice.

Vladimir Putin at the 2011 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin has torn my family apart
By Jana Bakunina - 26 February 16:37

I grew up in a family of Soviet intelligentsia, but the relentless propaganda from Russia’s state-controlled media has convinced my father that I am not a patriot. I am a disappointment.

Islamic terrorist "Jihadi John". Image: BBC News screengrab
Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” identified as British man Mohammed Emwazi
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 26 February 11:55

Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.

The EU flag. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Leader: The long shadow of decline: is Britain bowing out of the world stage?
By New Statesman - 26 February 9:11

This is no “conscious uncoupling” – the reason Britain’s voice isn't heard in Europe and beyond is, under Cameron, it has little to say. The challenge for Miliband is to show he can do better.

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