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.

Isis fighters parade through Mosul in June 2014. Photo: Associated Press
John Simpson: Isis is losing in Iraq
By John Simpson - 25 February 9:48

The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.

In defence of soft power: why a “war” on terror will never win
By Hamed El-Said - 24 February 14:36

The recent rise in global terrorism is alarming, but it also reaffirms the failure of our purely hard military approach to counter the phenomenon.

An Austrian chocolate torte. Very European. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: where does the UK stand?
By Frances Robinson - 24 February 13:11

Frances Robinson continues her series on what we really need to know about the EU. This week: should the UK stay or should it go?

A man walks past a polling station in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
Why are fringe groups allowed the same air-time as LGBT activists in the run-up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum?
By Paulie Doyle - 23 February 17:07

Under Irish broadcasting law, broadcasters cannot support marriage equality unopposed.

Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt attends a UN security council briefing on Libya in New York, January 2015. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Image
Egypt’s long war against terror intensifies as Islamic State proves its military clout
By Sophie McBain - 19 February 14:56

A long, porous border with Libya puts Egypt at risk. Now it is even harder for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide the security his mandate depends on.

People hold candles at a memorial in Copenhagen for those killed by the gunman. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/AFP/Getty
Leader: Europe and the new anti-Semitism
By New Statesman - 18 February 12:51

In recent months, there has been a series of fatal attacks by Islamist militants on Jewish people and institutions, as well as innumerable other instances of violence.

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt lays flowers outside the synagogue Krystalgade in Copenhagen. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
Copenhagen shootings: PM says an attack on Jewish community is “an attack on all of Denmark”
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 16 February 12:08

Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the “cynical act of terror” against Denmark.

Women in Egypt mark the anniversary of the Arab Spring at a rally in Tahrir Square. Photo: Getty
Feminism has been hijacked by white middle-class women
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 13 February 16:23

To paraphrase bell hooks: there is little point making women equal to men when not all men are equal. 

Bashar al-Assad interview: Jeremy Bowen meets Syria’s great survivor
By Jeremy Bowen - 13 February 12:31

War has been raging in Syria for nearly four years and much of the country is in ruins, yet Bashar al-Assad is still in power. And the view from the presidential palace is brightening.

Somali security forces keep vigil during the funeral of assassinated MP Abdullahi Qayad Barre in Mogadishu in February 2015. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images
What has happened to the fight against Somalia’s al-Shabab?
By Martin Plaut - 12 February 17:14

The situation is murky, but it is certain that al-Shabab remains undefeated and is still a real threat, not just to Somalia, but to the region as a whole.

Syriza and Podemos: Britain could "learn lessons" from Europe's radical insurgence
By Ashley Cowburn - 12 February 15:50

The European anti-austerity parties, Syriza and Podemos, took centre stage during the change:how? 2015 conference at Islington Metal Works.

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