Sepp Blatter. Photo: Getty
Sepp Blatter re-elected as Fifa president amid corruption allegations
By New Statesman - 29 May 18:54

Re-elected for a fifth term even as his organisation is mired in a corruption scandal.

Protestors in Cairo, one of the places featured in Asaad al-Saleh's book. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
In the Arab Spring, revolution was made by everyday people
By Sophie McBain - 28 May 15:30

Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.

A Femen protest in Milan against Vladimir Putin in October 2014. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images
Inna Shevchenko of Femen on saying the unsayable
By Inna Shevchenko - 28 May 12:40

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.

What can’t you say? Stephen Fry, Slavoj Žižek, Elif Shafak and more say the unsayable
By New Statesman - 28 May 12:40

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.

Conchita Wurst hands over the trophy to 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerloew of Sweden. Photo: Nigel Treblin/Getty
This was the year Eurovision became more about the politics than the songs
By Eleanor Margolis - 26 May 17:34

What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.

A Palestinian boy looks out across the al-Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 6 August 2014. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians
By Yehuda Shaul - 26 May 12:19

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.

The celebrations at Dublin Castle. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images
Is voting yes to same-sex marriage the first step towards a more progressive Ireland?
By Aoife Moriarty - 25 May 12:47

This referendum result is a significant step towards a more inclusive Ireland. But we still have a way to go.

Israeli women cuddle a newborn baby of a homosexual couple who was born in Nepal to a surrogate mother after they were repatriated to Israel from earthquake-hit Nepal. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/AFP/Getty Images
The feminist history of surrogacy: should pregnancy give a woman rights over a baby?
By Glosswitch - 22 May 13:36

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.

An elderly Somali woman sits outside a kitchen in the Hagadera sector of the Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
What it’s like to be a Somali refugee in Kenya
By Samira Shackle - 22 May 10:45

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.

Jesús Muñoz, flat in the LA River bed, features in James Ellroy's LAPD '53. Photo: © 2015 LOS ANGELES POLICE MUSEUM
Ghettoside is a bold, humane study of Los Angeles’ black homicide epidemic
By Ryan Gattis - 21 May 11:18

Ryan Gattis reviews two books on the Los Angeles police – and finds a city plagued by a national problem.

Protesters in Burundi hitch a ride on a police vehicle. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
In today’s Burundi, neutrality is the best way to survive
By Jessica Hatcher - 20 May 15:15

The government’s divide-and-rule strategy seems to be working and there are rumours the police have drawn up a “kill list”.

A yes campaign poster in Dublin. Photo: Getty
Will Ireland make history and vote for same sex marriage?
By Aoife Moriarty - 20 May 11:23

This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Photo: Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images
How Stephen Harper is using paranoia to win in 2015
By Noah Richler - 18 May 9:23

From Islam to oil sands critics, Harper is using a fear of outsiders to unite voters.

The 1961 photograph which shows Gilbert with the Hungarian agent.
Big fish: how the Hungarian security services tried to land Martin Gilbert

The Budapest authorities fought hard to recruit the historian - but who was really working for whom?

Mount Everest. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Jan Morris: No one else needs to climb Everest – let’s turn it into a memorial
By Jan Morris - 06 May 8:32

Everest has been violated by fame, profit, sectarian rivalry and national pride. It's time to return it to holiness.

Women protesting in Cairo after the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. Photo: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images
In Egypt, the left is struggling against apathy and fear
By Ruth Michaelson - 05 May 9:52

The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh sent shockwaves through Egypt’s left. Now, with elections postponed again, the movement is at an impasse.

Juggling as revolutionary praxis: a symbol of Spain's divided left.
Send in the clowns: Podemos' former comrades are a class act
By Dan Hancox - 04 May 12:32

Perhaps clowns aren't the most obvious warriors for social justice, but the canivalesque has always been part of public folk culture.

A Buddha statue is surrounded by debris from a collapsed temple. Photo: Omar Havana/Getty Images
Nepal has become a country that can't see the future – this quake gives us a chance to change that
By Rubeena Mahato - 30 April 12:17

I look at my house, damaged when a neighbour’s house collapsed on to it, and I wonder: will any of this be rebuilt?

A crowd of supporters hold up “Je Suis Charlie” signs. Photo: Franck Pennant/AFP/Getty Images
If you don’t speak French, how can you judge if Charlie Hebdo is racist?
By Robert McLiam Wilson - 29 April 9:16

Prominent writers have chosen to boycott a PEN gala in honour of Charlie Hebdo. But are they in any position to pass judgement?

Alaa al-Aswany in Paris, February 2014. Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
You can't betray the revolution: why Egyptian activist Alaa al-Aswany likes being a dentist
By Sophie McBain - 29 April 8:00

“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 think about the general election?
By Peter Apps - 28 April 16:26

What do other countries make of Britain's elections? They're even less interested than you are. 

Brie, a French gastronomic specialty. Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images
French-bashing, my phantom chat with Nicola Sturgeon... and remembering Gallipoli
By Sylvie Bermann - 28 April 9:36

French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.

Life after death: survivors of the genocide from Sivas, central Turkey, gather in the southern Turkish city of Aintab (now Gaziantep), 1919. Photo: BRIDGEMAN IMAGES
There is no us and them: remembering the lost Armenians
By Elif Shafak - 27 April 12:30

Perhaps the most difficult word to pronounce aloud in the Turkish language is “soykirim” – genocide.

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 April 9:59

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?

Who asks websites who they should vote for, and who listens?
By Alan Wager - 23 April 16:08

The Internet is awash with vote-matching apps. But who uses them - and which party benefits most?

A shipwrecked migrant and child on arrival in Greece. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty
Mare Nostrum and the high price of guarding “our sea”
By Daniel Trilling - 23 April 12:18

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.

Islamic State faces a complex web of militant groups and violence in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 23 April 10:14

The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?

A woman at work in the Who Made Your Pants workshop. Photo: WMYP
Why don’t you care who made your clothes?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 22 April 15:53

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.

Big beasts: Francois Mitterrand, David Cameron and Barack Obama. Photomontage by Dan Murrell.
They may be ill-loved, ugly and tribal – but political parties are a necessity
By Mark Damazer - 21 April 9:24

In a world where depoliticising politics is sure to get a cheer on Question Time, the parties are key to keeping the system running.

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