Wendy Davis during her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the Texas state senate. Photo: Getty
Can Wendy Davis become the first Democratic governor of Texas in 20 years?
By Nicky Woolf - 03 April 14:48

Wendy Davis shot to fame in 2012 after her 13-hour filibuster to stop a particularly vicious anti-abortion bill. But can she convert that kind of recognition into victory in the race to be governor of Texas?

Franz Alekseyevich Roubaud's panoramic painting The Siege of Sevastopol (1854-55) shows the Charge of the Light Brigade. (Image: Bridgeman Art Library)
Defend the west: is it time to re-arm?
By Brendan Simms - 03 April 11:00

Europe should not underestimate the Russian threat, argues historian and professor of international relations Brendan Simms. We must show how seriously we take Putin’s assault on Ukraine by working towards unification and moral and military rearmament.

Anne Hidalgo's victory in Paris was a small consolation for the French left. Photograph: Getty.
French Socialists humiliated in local elections
By Raphael Gray - 31 March 14:41

Good news for Ukip, bad news for Labour.

Statues in the ruins of Angkor Wat, photographed in 1952. Photo by Baron/Getty Images
Finding Pol Pot’s lost love
By Peter Fröberg Idling - 28 March 13:21

For most of his thirties, Cambodia's brutal dictator worked as a French teacher in Phnom Penh and his students adored him.

Tony Leon (r) shakes hands with Kgalema Motlanthe, then deputy leader of the ruling ANC, 2008. (Photo: Getty)
Tony Leon on South Africa: “Days after Mandela’s burial, the unity of the ANC was shattered”
By Tony Leon - 27 March 10:00

The former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance talks about the fallout from Madiba’s death on the rainbow nation.

Russia's revenge: why the west will never understand the Kremlin
By Angus Roxburgh - 27 March 10:00

The events in Ukraine are Putin’s payback for what he considers to be a quarter-century of humiliation since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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John Kerry speaks about the situation in Crimea during a town hall meeting with university students at the State Department in Washington on 18 March. Photo: Getty
For our most powerful and hypocritical leaders, crimes are those that others commit
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 March 9:01

There is egregious hypocrisy and unctuous sanctimony at the heart of western foreign policy.

Destitute: a Syrian refugee family from Aleppo in a shelter in Istanbul. (Photo: Getty)
Three years since war began in Syria, ordinary people remain the real victims
By Sophie McBain - 20 March 10:00

If there was a time when military action could have protected civilian lives, it has long passed.

Citizens in Simferopol, Ukraine watch Putin on a laptop declaring Crimea part of Russia. (Photo: Getty)
Vlad the impatient: why timid western politics won’t wash with Putin
By Julian Evans - 20 March 10:00

The world waits to see how far the fire that has been lit by Russia’s invasion of Crimea will spread in Ukraine and elsewhere.

A symbolic change.
Eurosceptics will do well in May, but the federalists will retain their grip
By Richard Mylles - 18 March 9:51

The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.

Authority increasingly lies with elites.
As we mourn Benn, the rise of unelected power should shame us
By Richard Morris - 14 March 17:07

In the Ukraine, the Middle East and the eurozone, authority increasingly lies with elites, rather than elected representatives.

We are committed to making the EU work better for Britain.
How Labour will work for real change in Europe
By Douglas Alexander - 14 March 16:12

We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.

Moscow liberals are discovering that the ground has shifted beneath their feet since Putin came back to power in 2012. Photo: Getty
While the west watches Crimea, Putin is cracking down in Moscow
By Julia Ioffe - 14 March 12:06

There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.

Homecoming queen: Miss Iowa 2011 takes part in an Independence Day parade in her home state. (Photo: Danny Wilcox Frazier/Redux/Eyevine)
How American pageants are turning politics into a beauty parade
By Nicky Woolf - 13 March 10:00

In the US, beauty pageants are an increasingly popular way for young women to begin a career in public office.

Activists keep riot police at bay standing on makeshift barricades on the Maidan, Kyiv, in January. Photo: Espen Rasmussen/Panon
Ukraine: Rebirth of a nation
By Julian Evans - 11 March 9:21

Bullied and humiliated by Russia, seen as a strategic buffer by the US, Ukraine is riven by corruption and deeply divided. Can it rise and free itself?

A placard reading “A mother by choice” at a pro-choice protest in Spain. Photo: Getty
Porque Yo Decido: Spain’s war on abortion is not about morality – it’s about austerity
By Laurie Penny - 08 March 17:43

Attacking women’s rights isn’t just a diversion tactic. It’s a bid for votes from cultural conservatives.

We mustn’t forget the revolutionary roots of International Women’s Day
By Rebecca Winson - 08 March 10:00

Now marked with Google doodles and special shopping displays, in the early 20th century, International Women's Day was a fierce, worldwide campaign for worker's rights.

A surprising degree of consensus.
The main parties agree on the EU far more than they suggest
By Pawel Swidlicki - 07 March 14:47

Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.

Vladimir Putin by André Carrilho for the New Statesman
Leader: Why we need to be honest about Vladimir Putin
By New Statesman - 06 March 13:36

Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.

Art regeneration: Viktor Hulik's 1997 street-level statue of "Cumil the Peeper" in Bratislava
Slovakia: life after the velvet divorce
By Angus Roxburgh - 06 March 10:00

Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.

Rocks and Molotovs vs snipers’ bullets in Kiev
By Andrew Wilson - 06 March 10:00

Ukraine's revolution has been an old-style uprising cut through with violence.

Energy security must be pursued with far greater speed.
How the west can match Putin's grand strategy
By Marcus Roberts - 05 March 14:34

Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.

A camel rider passes in front of a fenced mangrove plantation along Eritrea's arid Red Sea coast. Photo: Getty
Meet the three Eritrean women who are taking on the regime
By Martin Plaut - 03 March 13:19

Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.

A unit claiming to be Cossack and other citizen pro-Russian volunteers outside a Ukrainian miltary base in the Crimea. Photo: Getty
Why Vladimir Putin needs a poor, aggressive Russia
By KermlinRussia - 03 March 12:03

If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.

The Foreign Secretary says this "is an entirely different situation".
Hague denies Iraq war has undermined western stance over Ukraine
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00

The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".

It’s no again to all things Euro: the rise of the new Eurosceptics
By Mark Leonard - 28 February 8:08

There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach.
The western Balkans are in danger of sliding backwards
By David Clark - 24 February 10:50

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.

Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009. Photo: Getty
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko released from prison
By New Statesman - 22 February 16:08

Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.

Why the US should apologise for deaths in Iraq
By Burhan Al-Chalabi - 06 February 8:32

A US apology will not bring back the thousands of dead Iraqis, but at least it will amount to an acceptance of moral responsibility.

Ending the Palestine-Israel impasse: two state or common state?
By Peter Hain - 30 January 11:54

"Could a common state solution more easily resolve the deadlock than the two-state solution I and many others have long-favoured?"

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