Even in an age of “realists” and vigilantes, there is still cause for optimism
By John Pilger - 19 September 10:31

It's not too late for the world to learn the lesson of the US's foreign policy mistakes.

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The unshakeable Angela Merkel, the pilot who weathered the storm
By Andrew Gimson - 19 September 8:07

As she faces re-election, the signs are that Angela Merkel’s commitment to the euro stretches only so far as the maths continue to work for Germany. Andrew Gimson on the roots of a genial but ruthlessly pragmatic politician.

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The most common word used to describe immigrants is 'illegal'
By Ayesha Saran - 18 September 15:49

64 per cent of British people consider it to be more of a problem than an opportunity, according to the Transatlantic Trends survey. But there is cause for optimism.

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The march that made Gandhi the Mahatma
By Martin Plaut - 17 September 13:33

One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.

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How would Hezbollah respond to air strikes in Syria?
By Matthew Levitt - 17 September 9:35

While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?

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We can’t script the outcomes of war
By Emile Simpson - 17 September 9:32

In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?

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A view on Syria from the US: Obama's enemies scent blood
By Nicholas Wapshott - 17 September 9:27

How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?

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“Something must be done about Syria,” the hawks cry. Well, try diplomacy
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 September 14:11

Remember this – 99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas.

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Brazil's protests have subsided - for now
By Claire Rigby - 12 September 10:35

The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.

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Are we entering a new age of British isolationism?
By John Bew - 12 September 8:44

Britain has shown that its notion of how to conduct world affairs turns on strong but unrealistic opinions fuelled by moral outrage. Let’s leave serious nations to get on with defending the world, shall we?

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The divided town of Deir Ezzour is a microcosm of Syria’s bitter conflict
By Donatella Rovera - 12 September 7:49

As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.

Obama's bizarre TV address: the President dithers over Syria
By Nicky Woolf - 11 September 10:47

Obama could not be clearer: something needs to be done about Assad. But he is ducking every opportunity to act.

Rebel fighters fire from a tank captured from the Syrian army
Syria: There's no need to be logical or consistent
By Michael Kinsley - 10 September 15:28

Michael Kinsley is a Syria hypocrite. You should be, too.

The new ‘progressive’ conservatism is a threat to the centre-left
By Patrick Diamond - 08 September 9:49

Across Europe, the dramatic shift of political strategy is still poorly understood by progressives.

After Egypt and Syria, there's never been a worse time to host an arms fair
By David Wearing - 07 September 13:58

Next week London hosts the world’s largest arms fair, the "Defence Security Equipment International" (DSEi) exhibition, organised with the help of the British government and part-subsidised by the UK taxpayer.

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In the Frame: Split
By Tom Humberstone - 06 September 13:42

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

Lebanon’s tipping point: how the Syrian crisis is punishing the generosity of its neighbours
By Rushanara Ali - 05 September 10:49

Syrian refugees could soon account for 30% of Lebanon's population. Its people fear it will fall back into yet another conflict.

Five myths about Putin’s foes
By Ben Judah - 04 September 16:44

They're not leaderless, they're not all middle class and they don't want a revolution.

Leader: This should not be the start of a new age of British isolationism
By New Statesman - 04 September 15:30

In refusing to grant a majority for early military action, MPs were rejecting not interventionism per se but a particular – and unwise – intervention.

Barack Obama on Syria: full text of his speech
By Barack Obama - 01 September 9:29

"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.

War in Syria: Barack Obama has run out of friends
By Nicky Woolf - 01 September 8:52

In passing the decision on Syria strikes on to Congress, the President has decided it's better to look like a coward than a hypocrite.

Ed Miliband: Britain's future lies in "hard-headed multilateralism"
By Helen Lewis - 31 August 9:44

Labour leader argues that next week's G20 meeting in Russia is the time to advance the cause of peace in Syria.

The ugly truth behind Obama's Syria plan
By Nicky Woolf - 29 August 11:44

Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.

A Syrian opposition fighter holds a rocket propelled grenade
Syria: the case for and against intervention
By Mike Gapes and John Baron - 28 August 17:02

Labour MP Mike Gapes and Conservative MP John Baron put both sides of the argument.

Intervention in Syria must be aimed at toppling Assad - or there's no point
By Nick Tyrone - 28 August 16:39

Token engagement would be equally damaging to both the west and to Syria. We should consider the costs of leaving the regime in the place.

Leader: Syria: the case not proven
By New Statesman - 28 August 15:26

There is nothing dishonourable in choosing between a bad outcome and a worse one. The risk remains that by intervening we will both widen and intensify the conflict.

Martin Luther King waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King and the African-American fight for justice
By Bonnie Greer - 28 August 9:10

From fairly early on, the Civil Rights Movement, in many instances, was a carefully managed affair. Bonnie Greer examines the role of the black middle class in the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.

What ever happened to Martin Luther King's dream?
By Gary Younge - 27 August 9:57

The horrors of segregation bound the US civil rights movement together. Fifty years on from Martin Luther King’s great speech, inequality persists – but in subtler ways.

What Chelsea Manning can expect in a US prison
By Jane Fae - 22 August 17:30

The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning has announced that from now on she will living as a woman. What will life be like for a trans woman inside the US prison system?

Should Arab countries pay reparations for the slave trade too?
By Martin Plaut - 21 August 14:31

Fourteen countries of the Caribbean are seeking reparations from three European nations for the slave trade. While the British responsibility for the Trans-Atlantic trade rightly remains high on the agenda, perhaps there are other countries which should b

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