NS guest editor Neil Gaiman writes the diary.
Re-elected for a fifth term even as his organisation is mired in a corruption scandal.
Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.
With Femen’s topless protests, we succeeded in frightening many patriarchal institutions by taking away women’s naked bodies from the shining world of advertising, and taking them back to the political arena.
Writers, activists and public figures from around the world respond to NS guest editors Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer’s request to reveal the thoughts they leave unspoken.
What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.
2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.
This referendum result is a significant step towards a more inclusive Ireland. But we still have a way to go.
Surrogacy rates are rising in the UK, and 95 per cent of these births are taking place overseas. Glosswitch looks at decades of feminist thinking on surrogacy to see how women’s labour and female lived experience can be incorporated in this complex ethical debate.
Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have fled Al-Shabab across the border. But in Kenya, they face racial profiling, police searches and the constant threat of repatriation.
Ryan Gattis reviews two books on the Los Angeles police – and finds a city plagued by a national problem.
The government’s divide-and-rule strategy seems to be working and there are rumours the police have drawn up a “kill list”.
This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.
From Islam to oil sands critics, Harper is using a fear of outsiders to unite voters.
The Budapest authorities fought hard to recruit the historian - but who was really working for whom?
Everest has been violated by fame, profit, sectarian rivalry and national pride. It's time to return it to holiness.
The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh sent shockwaves through Egypt’s left. Now, with elections postponed again, the movement is at an impasse.
Perhaps clowns aren't the most obvious warriors for social justice, but the canivalesque has always been part of public folk culture.
I look at my house, damaged when a neighbour’s house collapsed on to it, and I wonder: will any of this be rebuilt?
Prominent writers have chosen to boycott a PEN gala in honour of Charlie Hebdo. But are they in any position to pass judgement?
“A revolution is basically a human change, not a political one,” he says. “People are no longer the Egyptians they were under Mubarak.”
What do other countries make of Britain's elections? They're even less interested than you are.
French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.
Perhaps the most difficult word to pronounce aloud in the Turkish language is “soykirim” – genocide.
The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?
The Internet is awash with vote-matching apps. But who uses them - and which party benefits most?
It seems that the British government views migrant deaths as a useful deterrent, but criminal activity remains unaffected by the decision to let desperate migrants drown.
The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?
Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.
In a world where depoliticising politics is sure to get a cheer on Question Time, the parties are key to keeping the system running.