How we are gentrified, impoverished and silenced – if we allow it
By John Pilger - 25 July 8:43

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds.

We Need To Talk About Zimmerman
By Nicky Woolf - 17 July 12:47

In reality, nobody alive but George Zimmerman knows exactly what happened the night that Trayvon Martin was shot. In all the speculation, nobody is talking about the real problem: guns.

David Miliband's Ditchley Lecture: After the "decade of war"
By David Miliband - 14 July 9:31

The full text of the former foreign secretary's final speech before he leaves for New York to become head of the International Rescue Committee.

Why are politicians still pretending Ireland is an abortion-free wonderland?
By Anna Carey - 12 July 14:24

While our legislators bask in their moral superiority, thousands of Irish women have to travel to the UK in order to have an abortion, says Anna Carey.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Whether we like it or not, the settlers have won. The two-state solution is now impossible
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 July 8:43

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, Israel’s the Palestinian “peace process” is dead. There’s no hope of any success for a two-state solution.

Kevin Rudd: The people’s psychopath
By Erik Jensen - 11 July 8:27

Julia Gillard was ousted, and now Australia has Kevin Rudd again: the party’s answer to hatred of the party.

Nelson Mandela’s greatness may be assured – but not his legacy
By John Pilger - 11 July 8:17

When my interview with him was over, he patted me on the arm as if to say I was forgiven for contradicting him.

Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?
By Anmar Frangoul - 11 July 8:12

Twenty-seven per cent of Spain's population is unemployed - over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others.

“Las Vegas rules don’t apply in Syria”
By John Bew - 10 July 8:45

Britain is trapped between David Cameron’s commitment to act against Assad and the intransigence of the Tory party. But could a new line from the US and shifting events offer a way forward for our foreign policy?

elson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela's release
From the NS, 19 January 1990: Mandela at large
By Ivor Powell - 04 July 18:26

After 27 years in detention the release of Nelson Mandela was awaited like a second coming. On the eve of the prison doors opening Ivor Powell wondered if he could fulfil these great expectations.

From the archive: An interview with Nelson Mandela on Bisho, de Klerk and the new South Africa
By Shaun Johnson - 04 July 18:12

On 7 September 1992, 28 ANC supporters and one policeman were shot dead in Bisho after protesting in an attempt to have the Xhosa “homeland” of Ciskei reincorporated into South Africa. Less than a month later, Shaun Johnson spoke to Nelson Mandela about h

Nelson Mandela: The mouse that roared
By Sarah Baxter - 04 July 17:59

From the New Statesman, 15 April 1994. The assassination of Chris Hani, the leader of the South African Communist Party, in 1993, proved a turning point. As the country threatened to erupt in violence, a date for the first multiracial general election was

The refugee crisis is destabilising nations
By Nabila Ramdani - 04 July 8:38

The greatest fear among all the countries involved, however, is about the kind of Syria that will finally emerge from the conflict.

Brazil erupts: Football, filthy lucre and fury
By Isabel Hilton - 04 July 8:21

Brazil is one of the world’s emerging powers, host of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. So why is the middle class increasingly angry?

Leader: Brazil says no to Fifa’s jamboree
By New Statesman - 04 July 8:04

In a country that loves football, not even the great Pelé was able to appease the protesters.

Food, fuel and faith divide Cairo’s streets
By Bel Trew - 03 July 14:15

While the president and army appear locked in conflict, the streets are divided between the extraordinary groundswell of dissent against the president and those loyalists staging their own sit-ins and demos.

Morsi has betrayed the Egyptian revolution
By Charlotte Allan - 29 June 13:24

Worsening safety for women, breakdowns in the rule of law, crackdowns on cultural activity and police abuse - the Arab Spring wasn't meant to end like this.

DOMA and Proposition 8: The perils and benefits of an activist Supreme Court
By Nicky Woolf - 27 June 17:04

The Supreme Court rulings on the Defence of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 stand in stark contrast to the day before, and show a split activist court.

Can free expression survive in Hungary?
By Ana Frana - 27 June 8:17

Funding has been removed from projects not deemed to be in keeping with the official view of Hungarian culture.

US Supreme Court strikes blow for same sex marriage
By Alex Hern - 26 June 16:05

DOMA and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional following todays rulings.

A make or break moment for Egypt's President Morsi
By Bel Trew - 26 June 13:23

The first anniversary of the president's inauguration is expected to spark nationwide protests. The grassroots campaign Tamarod aims to secure enough signatures to a vote-of-no-confidence petition to outweigh the 13 million votes that brought Morsi into p

Pro-choice protestors outside the University of Texas. (File Photo) Photograph: Getty Images
What the hell actually happened in Texas last night?
By Nicky Woolf - 26 June 9:36

Chaos and confusion in the Capitol.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child
The struggle for a Polio-free Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22

What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?

Would you swim in China's rivers?
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.

Can Mamphela Ramphele crack South Africa’s political mould?
By Martin Plaut - 22 June 11:41

Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
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.

A demonstrator against Pussy Riot's prison sentence in London, 2012.
Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists"
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12

Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.

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