The sorrows of Mr Weak
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 02 May 6:00

Since the minister in charge of tax avoidance was forced to admit to a secret Swiss bank account, François Hollande’s entire government has begun to look shaky. How did it go so wrong, so fast?

Obama amuses us again, but why can't British politicians do humour?
By Kiran Moodley - 29 April 11:45

The US president's star turn at the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a reminder of how far removed such comedy is from our political world.

Australia's Tony Abbott is a man for everyone and no one
By Liam McLaughlin - 23 April 15:43

His campaign was a disturbing example of politics at its most crass and exploitative.

Zuma’s final battle for control of the ANC
By Martin Plaut - 23 April 12:27

The power struggle between President Zuma and trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi is a prelude to a battle for wider control of the political landscape.

Where would you rather live: small-government Somalia or big-government Sweden?
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 April 11:28

Critics of “big government” talk as if it’s beyond question that the state’s involvement with our lives is a bad thing.

Kostas Vaxevanis (L) being escorted to the public prosecutor in Athens
Kostas Vaxevanis: "The only way for the Greek people to know about their own country is through the foreign press"
By Daniel Trilling - 22 April 9:04

The Greek journalist, who was instrumental in the publication of the "Lagarde list" of major tax evaders in October 2012, talks to the NS's Daniel Trilling.

Why is the American right closing prisons?
By Rick Muir - 18 April 11:58

In the US the tide on criminal justice reform has started to turn as conservatives recognise the huge inefficiency of the prison system. Could the same happen here?

“No blacks or Arabs” for Israeli PM's visit: the latest example of French state-sanctioned discrimination
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 16 April 10:00

Hollande's silence on the alleged discrimination against black and Arab employees is indicative of the president's recent decision to chase popularity by playing to the centre-right.

Pakistan Calling: Still hope at the end of the line
By Salman Shaheen - 10 April 9:08

DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the

The inconsistency of Femen’s imperialist "one size fits all" attitude
By Bim Adewunmi - 05 April 8:56

You cannot dismiss the aims of Femen altogether - they are a group of women looking to change society - but Bim Adewunmi fears the execution of their protests leaves much to be desired.

The elephant and the lone star
By Nicky Woolf - 03 April 10:54

The message from Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 election was that Latino America holds the balance of power. But in Texas, it seems — despite Bush’s best efforts — that hasn’t yet sunk in to Republican minds.

Out with the guru, in with the geek
By George Eaton - 27 March 18:00

What can the UK learn from US politics' number-crunching and precision-targeted campaigning?

From Russia with love, to Cyprus with cash
By Oliver Bullough - 21 March 9:34

Perhaps the Russian oligarchs’ days of hassle-free, tax-free, risk-free banking are finally over...

Historic moment as Pakistan's elected civilian government completes full five year term
By Samira Shackle - 19 March 11:27

There are still challenges to be overcome, but merely surviving is something of an achievement.

Khuram Shaik, who died in an attack in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day 2011.
The Rochdale Red Cross worker who continues to haunt Sri Lanka
By Simon Danczuk - 19 March 9:08

Travelling to Sri Lanka to try and find out about his constituent's murder, Simon Danczuk learned that when politicians are implicated, justice is kicked into the long grass.

“It’s the occupation, stupid”: what went wrong in Iraq
By James Rodgers - 19 March 8:49

Ten years on, James Rodgers reflects on the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Neither neo-conservatism nor neo-isolationism is the right way forward.
A decade on, Iraq should inform our foreign policy, not paralyse it
By Douglas Alexander - 18 March 9:03

There is little that Britain can do now to right the wrongs that took place but we can learn lessons.

Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in Greece's general election of June 2012.
Alexis Tsipras of Syriza: be daring, Ed Miliband

Greece's opposition leader on meeting with Labour officials, and his views on the "self-destructive" Cyprus bailout.

Savings levy of up to 10 per cent imposed in Cyprus
By New Statesman - 17 March 10:09

Chancellor says Brits in Cyprus on military or government service will be protected from the levy.

Was the Falklands referendum the most unanimous election ever?
By James Dawson - 15 March 12:02

Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein and the Assads have all flirted with the 99 per cent electoral margin.

The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital
By John Pilger - 14 March 9:12

As Leni Riefenstahl said: "Propaganda always wins if you allow it".

Italy has spoken, but what did it say?
By Peter Popham - 07 March 7:05

Beppe Grillo's movement born in protest but now he will be under huge pressure to do something creative with it.

Bad politics, baffling diplomacy - Osborne's stance on bank bonuses
By Ben Fox - 06 March 10:18

The government's posturing is about little more than saying enough to keep the eurosceptics quiet.

David Cameron speaks while standing with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirlea
How Cameron can show leadership on aid at the G8 this summer
By Joe Powell - 03 March 16:14

To emulate the Labour government's achievements at Gleneagles in 2005, the Prime Minister needs to make progress on transparency and tax.

The Kafkaesque reality of Pakistan's blasphemy laws
By Samira Shackle - 28 February 13:23

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, is under police investigation for alleged blasphemy after making the case on television for the law to be re-examined and for the death penalty to be removed.

Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler addresses members of the Hitler Youth Movement
Don’t ever call Hitler a socialist
By Dan Hodges - 28 February 9:35

By branding political extremists “socialists” or “conservatives” we allow them the entry into the mainstream that they crave.

Dream on, DREAMers
By Ros Wynne-Jones - 28 February 7:36

Taking inspiration from the US to change the debate in the UK.

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