Quote of the day
By New Statesman - 03 September 7:12

Joe Biden on Mitt Romney.

New Statesman
Darayya: Fear translated
By Tam Hussein - 01 September 9:05

There is a perverse logic behind the Syrian regime’s measures.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Morsi in Tehran: strategic realignment or a safe pair of hands?
By Dan Glazebrook - 31 August 17:13

For now, Egypt’s financial stability depends on keeping the US and Saudi Arabia happy.

Striking Lonmin mine workers
Marikana massacre: charging miners with murder
By Martin Plaut - 31 August 15:21

Supreme irony that the ANC should deploy the very laws that sent their comrades to the gallows.

Apple: reporting on drone warfare is "objectionable and crude"
By Alex Hern - 31 August 9:16

The company has blocked "Drones+" from its app store.

Video: Clint Eastwood interviews an empty chair at the RNC
By Alex Hern - 31 August 7:34

The man with no name interviews the guest with no body.

Ed Miliband meeting Barack Obama in 2011
Shadow cabinet fact-finding missions across the pond
By Rafael Behr - 30 August 16:51

Recess has allowed a few key figures the chance to attend the US conventions.

Quote of the day
By New Statesman - 30 August 7:30

Paul Ryan on Romney and the Olympics.

As Chimerica dissolves, distrust deepens between China and the US
By Mark Leonard - 29 August 15:33

The atmosphere between Washington and Beijing has soured, with mutual recriminations rising over the South China Sea, trade and human rights.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan arrive at a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio
The political impossibility of the Ryan-Romney budget
By Andrew Polsky - 29 August 14:23

You are better off believing in the tooth fairy than the Republican pair's economic strategy.

Inside Chechnya: Putin's reign of terror
By Oliver Bullough - 29 August 13:53

A population that lives in fear of state violence, and a 99 per cent election tally that could have come from the Soviet era - welcome to Putin's Russia.

Ali Ferzat
Ali Ferzat: the satirist who defied Assad
By Rachel Halliburton - 29 August 13:45

In August 2011, Syrian government thugs came for Ali Ferzat, the cartoonist who had dared to oppose Bashar al-Assad. They broke his hands and left him for dead - but he wasn't going to go quietly.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wife Ann.
Quote of the day
By New Statesman - 29 August 7:21

Ann Romney on women.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu refuses to share a platform with Tony Blair
By Caroline Crampton - 28 August 15:21

The Archbishop withdraws from event, citing Blair's support for the war in Iraq as "morally indefensible".

Julian Assange at the High Court in 2011
Let’s not confuse the activities of WikiLeaks with those of Assange
By Luke Harding - 22 August 16:41

Watching from outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on 19 August, I found it hard not to admire Julian Assange. Or at least his determination.

Julian Assange arrives at the Supreme Court on 1 February 2012.
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism
By John Pilger - 22 August 16:35

The British government’s threat to invade the Ecuadorean embassy in London and seize Julian Assange is of historic significance.

Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.
Environmental and social issues can be just as vital to company success
By Lisa Nandy - 22 August 12:19

The nosedive in Lonmin’s share value over the last week is proof that the environmental, social and human rights activities of companies are linked to their financial value.

A member of the Somali National Army during a passing-out parade
History repeats itself in Somalia
By Dr Roland Marchal - 20 August 11:47

From a tragedy to a bloody farce.

A Pussy Riot supporter protests in Barcelona
Pussy Riot is just the start of the fight for free speech in Russia
By Padraig Reidy - 17 August 14:42

There are indications that people are ready to kick back against Putin.

Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' in court.
Is feminism in Russia a mortal sin?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 16 August 14:00

The trial of Pussy Riot is encouraging Russians to talk openly about corruption. But how is their message being received in a country where feminism is still a dirty word?

Tunisian women shout slogans during a protest calling for the respect of women's
Will the Tunisian constitution erode the gains of women in the Arab Spring?
By Heather McRobie - 15 August 11:21

The dignity of gender equality could have a hard time penetrating the written constitution.

The ultra-conservative Paul Ryan is the target Obama wanted most
By Alec MacGillis - 15 August 11:19

Romney remains insecure about his conservative support.

Quote of the day
By New Statesman - 15 August 7:25

Mitt Romney on China's moon mission.

Who is Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate?
By Martha Gill - 11 August 10:45

A fan of Ayn Rand, for starters.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits the Al-Farabi historic cultural centre
The vital role of the "ulama" in post-Assad Syria
By Tam Hussein - 09 August 16:19

The influence of these religious scholars transcends borders and their opinions carry weight that cannot be underestimated.

Labour MP Dan Jarvis listens to slum dwellers in Delhi.
I have seen the benefits of aid to India
By Dan Jarvis - 09 August 12:01

As you walk through Delhi’s slums, you realise the enormous scale of the problems India faces.

Cathy Freeman crosses the line at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
John Pilger: How the Chosen Ones ended Australia’s sporting prowess and revealed its secret past
By John Pilger - 08 August 10:55

Australia’s sports administration and Olympian “stars”, from Nick D’Arcy to John Booth, are sad relics of a racially biased past that produced Shane Gould, Evonne Goolagong and Cathy Freeman.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic speaks during a press conference.
An old Balkans spectre returns at the Olympics
By Denis MacShane - 05 August 10:57

Serbia's new president is reviving the language of break-up and partition.

French President François Hollande with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Don't look to François Hollande for inspiration, Ed
By Rob Marchant - 05 August 10:17

The French Socialist leader is a throwback, not a pioneer.