Leader: The fiscal cliff has not been averted, just postponed
By New Statesman - 02 January 14:20

The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.

Obama rejects Osbornomics: "we can't simply cut our way to prosperity"
By George Eaton - 02 January 12:14

The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.

US Congress passes fiscal cliff deal
By New Statesman - 02 January 7:51

Obama praises the decision.

Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.

In the wrangle over America's Fiscal Cliff, Barack Obama holds all the cards
By Nicky Woolf - 31 December 10:04

There is no incentive for the Democrats to be conciliatory on the budget negotiations; nor, after the last few years of partisan bad feeling, will there be much inclination among them to do so.

What the US can learn from Australia about gun control
By Tim Wigmore - 17 December 14:27

Australia’s response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre offers a model for the US to emulate.

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Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 17 December 7:27

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Obama must now make gun control his legacy
By Nicky Woolf - 15 December 9:22

Before the public outrage over the Connecticut shooting dissipates, the president must take a stand.

Burma: daring to hope
By Ivan Lewis - 14 December 0:32

If Aung San Suu Kyi dares to hope that Burma’s future can be better, then we have a duty to support her with every means at our disposal.

Guess what! Constructive engagement in Europe works
By Rafael Behr - 13 December 14:57

A new banking deal shows what can be achieved when Tory backbench wreckers aren't stealing the show.

Former Labour cabinet minister Paul Boateng in Tanzania.
Cutting development spending now would be self-defeating
By Paul Boateng - 12 December 16:14

In a globalised and interdependent economy, we all stand to benefit from development spending.

Growing from the middle out: the US economy in Obama’s second term
By Heather Boushey - 12 December 11:43

The US president needs to focus not just on employment per se but on creating good jobs.

Afghanistan is not a hopeless quagmire
By Hugh Bayley MP - 07 December 15:55

The choice now is to risk abandoning a decade of military and civilian investment, or to capitalise on it.

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Filing from the warzone - the dangers of conflict reporting
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 03 December 16:51

Conflict reporting has always been the most dangerous branch of journalism - but in the changing political landscape of recent years, has it become even more so?

A Palestinian woman walks past destroyed tents near bombed smuggling tunnels
With Israel and Gaza, separation is no guarantee of solution
By James Rodgers - 22 November 9:50

There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.

Israeli soldiers pray at dawn at an artillery emplacement
Letter from Israel: The endless war
By Jason Cowley - 22 November 7:07

Reporting from Tel Aviv and Ramallah as the latest rash of violence began to sweep Israel, Jason Cowley finds a nation implacably set on a course of war . . . and increasingly disconnected from the world.

Palestinians inpect the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza.
The human cost of violence in Israel and Gaza
By Phoebe Greenwood - 22 November 5:44

Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza reflects on the recent violence.

Israel still has Iran in its sights
By George Eaton - 21 November 16:03

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells the NS that "a nuclear-armed Iran is something we will not accept".

Why Israel's action in Gaza is not "disproportionate"
By Prof Alan Johnson - 21 November 11:51

Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.

Israel's policy is an invitation to disaster
By David Miliband - 20 November 15:12

The country needs to remember that self-defence is not the same as smart defence.

Israel must "flatten Gaza" like the US flattened Japan, says Sharon's son
By George Eaton - 19 November 7:32

A chilling article by Gilad Sharon, son of the former Israeli prime minister, in the Jerusalem Post.

Why is the Arab League silent about Darfur?
By Magdy el-Baghdady - 16 November 11:37

Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
"It's got to do with Iran" - Chief Rabbi caught off guard on the Today programme
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:18

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says Gaza conflict is "to do with Iran" after not realising he was still on air.

Palestinians extinguish fire from the car of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari.
Israel and Hamas on the brink of war after assassination of military leader
By George Eaton - 15 November 8:05

Hamas military commander killed as Israel launches new Gaza offensive.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 14 November 7:40

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Barack Obama delivering a statement about the economy
Obama's real mandate is against America's bosses
By John Stoehr - 13 November 16:26

When workers are given a clear choice, they choose the man who fights for them.

Instagram becomes Dronestagram
Dronestagram: the locations behind America's secret drone war
By James Bridle - 12 November 11:04

These are the places most of us will never see. We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them.

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Watch: President Obama's thank-you speech to his Chicago campaign staff
By Alex Hern - 09 November 10:28

The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.

Leader: A lesson for the Republicans
By New Statesman - 08 November 11:07

Viewed from Britain, often through the prism of scornful media, the US Republican Party can seem a paranoid, fanatical sect. That jaundiced representation makes it hard to understand how the presidential contest could have been even remotely competitive.