The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.
By Nicky Woolf - 26 June 9:36
Chaos and confusion in the Capitol.
By Alex Hern - 26 June 8:33
"This is what democracy looks like".
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22
What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15
A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41
Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18
Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12
Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.
By Bill Cash - 21 June 12:43
My bill would recognise the primary role of women in water and sanitation projects.
By Ivan Lewis - 20 June 12:31
From the beginning, the Prime Minister repeatedly failed to show the leadership on tax avoidance and transparency this summit needed.
By Uri Dromi - 20 June 11:14
If Assad is removed, who will succeed him? Even if there is a viable successor, it is likely that the bloodshed will continue, with infighting between rebel groups and lots of scoresettling.
By John Holden - 19 June 10:46
The west must maintain its financial support for culture and cultural diplomacy. If it fails to do so, China’s gain in global influence and trade will be our loss.
By George Eaton - 17 June 8:59
Labour, the Lib Dems, two-thirds of Tory MPs and, now, Boris Johnson are all opposed to arming the rebels. This is an argument Cameron cannot win.
By Laurie Penny - 17 June 8:18
There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.
By Kerry McCarthy - 14 June 16:24
Instead of feeding starving humans, we funnel huge amounts of crops through the animals we use for food. G8 leaders must call for change at next week's summit.
By George Eaton - 14 June 9:10
The decision by the Obama administration to provide lethal aid means that the Prime Minister can no longer remain on the fence.
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 June 10:37
On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.
By Juan Manuel Santos - 13 June 9:40
We have been fighting the war on drugs for 40 years at great cost. Yet sometimes we all feel that we have been aimlessly pedalling a stationary bicycle. You look to your right, you look to your left, and yet you always see the same landscape – demand for
By Trita Parsi - 13 June 8:13
The upcoming elections in Iran will be neither free nor fair, says Trita Parsi, but people are still willing to consider voting to challenge the establishment.
By Ian Bremmer - 11 June 8:00
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era o
By Sarah Baxter - 10 June 16:50
While the ANC has spent years bravely resisting apartheid, it has no experience of government. Sarah Baxter assesses the problems facing Nelson Mandela in power.
By Nelson Jones - 10 June 16:01
Claims of global conspiracy seem far-fetched but Bilderberg does represent an immense networking and lobbying opportunity, says Nelson Jones. The concerns of rabble-rousing Texan radio host Alex Jones may be risible but those of Labour MP Michael Meacher
By Assed Baig - 10 June 15:30
It is now the responsibility of the left to support the Syrian people, but be critical friends, remaining true to their principles.
By Laurie Penny - 10 June 12:50
Expose injustice and pay the price.
By Richard Darlington - 08 June 8:13
At three big international summits being held in the UK over the next fortnight, nothing less than the fate of the world’s poorest people is at stake.
By Christine Haigh - 07 June 17:30
The real causes of hunger are inequality of wealth and power, not a lack of big business. So the G8 leaders should abandon their efforts to promote the corporate takeover of African agriculture, and instead support the demands of the African farmers’ grou
By Nicky Woolf - 07 June 15:04
The <em>Guardian</em>'s stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.
By Nicky Woolf - 06 June 14:19
The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.
By Laurie Penny - 06 June 11:22
A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.
By Ece Temelkuran - 03 June 11:53
What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.