Blair calls for directly-elected EU president
By George Eaton - 29 October 15:37

Who could he possibly have in mind?

New Statesman
Hollywood comes out to bat for Obama: video round-up
By Alex Hern - 26 October 11:58

Sarah Jessica Parker, Lena Dunham, and Lucas Gray have all produced videos in support of the president.

Barack Obama speaks to the media before casting his early ballot.
Quote of the Day
By New Statesman - 26 October 7:14

Barack Obama on ageing.

New Statesman
Out with the old: a photo essay by Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei - 25 October 14:10

China's architecture has transformed over the past decade, but at what cost?

Barack Obama with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Making the world a more dangerous place – the eager role of Julia Gillard
By John Pilger - 25 October 11:39

Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow.

Malala recovering in hospital in the UK with her family.
Malala Yousafzai: The girl who played with fire
By Samira Shackle - 25 October 11:31

The shooting of the brave child activist Malala Yousafzai by a Taliban hitman shocked Pakistan. But politicians there are less keen to confront the state’s own role in sustaining extremists.

Barack Obama on a campaign stop in New Hampshire
I know I’m right about Obama, but I can’t quite tell you why
By Ed Smith - 25 October 10:49

But if I’m honest, I can’t tell you where that conviction comes from.

Barack Obama speaks in Columbus, Ohio
Young, white, blue-collar women hold the keys to the White House
By Nicholas Wapshott - 25 October 8:52

If Obama can maintain a lead among young, white women in Ohio, he can win.

A Sunni woman mourns the death of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan.
Syria spill-over threatens to engulf Lebanon
By Alex Ward - 25 October 8:00

Outbreaks of sectarian violence expose Lebanon’s vulnerability to outside forces.

Members of the Greek extreme-right party Golden Dawn.
Desperate to keep the police on side, is the Greek government overlooking violent abuses?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 23 October 16:09

Golden Dawn is having a field day while MPs from other parties are assaulted.

In the foreign policy debate, what was left unsaid was most important of all
By Alex Hern - 23 October 8:04

More uses of "freedom" than "liberty", and none at all for "eurozone".

Quote of the Day
By New Statesman - 23 October 7:32

Barack Obama on Mitt Romney's foreign policy.

Students are leading the way on international development
By James Rollett - 22 October 14:50

The Warwick International Development Summit provides a platform for the spread of innovative new ideas.

What we learned when we met Malala Yousafzai
By Geoff Brokate and Kaye Martindale - 22 October 12:23

While travelling through the Swat Valley in 2010, we interviewed the young school girl standing up to the Taliban.

New Statesman
Missouri priest's homophobic speech has a surprisingly heartwarming twist
By Alex Hern - 20 October 10:17

Saying more than that would give the game away...

Great Hall of the People
Deep internal divisions ahead of China’s leadership change
By Alex Ward - 18 October 16:10

A split between the "Red Princelings" and party technocrats threatens to derail the smooth leadership transition.

Quote of the Day
By New Statesman - 18 October 7:31

Bruce Springsteen on Barack Obama.

In football, as in politics, Serbia still doesn't get it
By Denis MacShane - 17 October 16:27

Despite all the wars, bloodshed, victims, and hate, the country still can't come to terms with modernity.

Ai Weiwei.
To move on from oppression, China must recognise itself
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 14:33

Ai Weiwei's leader for his momentous guest edit.

New Statesman
The virus of censorship
By Cheng Yizhong - 17 October 13:32

Chinese media organizations are riddled with informers who report directly to the government – only a minority of journalists are brave enough to fight the system.

New Statesman
China’s Paid Trolls: Meet the 50-Cent Party
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 12:46

The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all.

Chen Guangcheng photographed in New York
Chen Guangcheng: “Facts have blood as evidence”
By Ai Weiwei - 17 October 12:18

Chen Guangcheng was forced to flee China in May after years of persecution. His advocacy on behalf of women and the poor in the face of China’s one-child policy has made him an enemy of the state.

Barack Obama debates Mitt Romney in last night's second US presidential debate.
Quote of the Day
By New Statesman - 17 October 7:28

Barack Obama on his pension.

New Statesman
What it's like to be Drudged
By Adam Taylor - 16 October 14:23

Adam Taylor got a month's readers in a day thanks to a link from the Drudge Report. But, he wonders, is the Conservative icon's power waning?

This debate is about the real track record
By Heather Boushey - 16 October 10:07

The second presidential debate will focus on the economics of the middle classes, writes CAP's Heather Boushey.

Sailors aboard the Chinese Navy destroyer Qingdao
Beware the Chinese Sea-Dragon
By Alex Ward - 15 October 17:46

Chinese bellicosity in the near seas could usher in a new era of instability.

A new America gives Obama hope
By Nick Pecorelli - 12 October 16:02

US voters are more socially liberal and increasingly concerned with "fairness", rather than simply "freedom".

The Nobel decision was a brave defence of the European project
By William Brett - 12 October 14:59

The Peace Prize was a reminder that the EU has been a force for good and remains a bulwark against further suffering.

These labourers provide a cheap supply of ready manpower
Cheap, and far from free: The migrant army building Britain
By Sorana Stanescu - 11 October 12:29

Revealed: how job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation.

Kofi Annan.
Kofi Annan has nothing to apologise for
By Jonathan Powell - 11 October 8:05

There is a big problem with the United Nations, says Jonathan Powell.