The arrest of lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa - a new low for lawyers in Zimbabwe
By Frances Webber - 27 May 9:18

We should remember the price lawyers sometimes pay for the courageous defence of their clients.

The latest Israel-Palestine peace talks were doomed to fail before they began
By Matt Hill - 24 May 8:28

If you want the bottom line about why William Hague and other dignitaries are in Israel for sham talks about peace, look at the bottom line.

Imran Khan still has an important role to play
By Sadiq Khan - 23 May 17:09

The UK has long enjoyed a rich relationship with Pakistan.

The Great Reckoning: Why the European ideal is under threat
By Mark Mazower - 19 May 9:32

The certainties that sustained notions of European unity and social solidarity are collapsing. The financial structures that formed the foundations of old Europe have warped and are destroying it. So, where next?

Artwork by Julie Cockburn
Creative destruction: our economic crisis was wholly predictable
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 May 12:53

Keynes, Hobson, Marx - and the crisis of capitalism.

A lone voice for peace
By James Harkin - 16 May 15:38

An interview with Haytham Manna.

A nurse walks with children outside an orphanage and hospital in Addis Ababa.
10 per cent of the world uses 90 per cent of the morphine: this needs to change
By Sheila Payne - 16 May 10:23

Pain relief and palliative care is a human right - and yet global access to drugs is grossly unequal. Change is urgently needed.

What is going to happen in the next hundred years?
By John Gray - 15 May 16:03

The world is back to where it was in the late 19th century — no one great power controls everything on the planet, not the US and not China. And that makes the threat of war inescapable.

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth Tsvangirai.
On the fifth anniversary of Tonderai Ndira's death, how much has changed in Zimbabwe?
By Mark Olden - 14 May 15:38

Amid all the bloodshed of Zimbabwe’s 2008 election, it was the murder of the 30-year-old Tonderai Ndira that caught the international media’s attention. He became a symbol for the country's political struggles. Five years on, Zimbabwe is transformed, but

Campaigners protest the killings of Ahmadis at a mosque in Lahore.
The Pakistan general election is fast approaching - but one community will not be casting votes
By Samira Shackle - 10 May 13:10

Samira Shackle talks to members of the Ahmadiyya, a minority numbering 4 million. The Ahmadis are branded as "non-Muslims", suffer violent attacks on their mosques and will boycott this weekend's elections.

The EU isn't too big to fail, but it is too important to
By David Miliband - 10 May 10:24

Contrary to Nigel Lawson, the EU is not a monstrous bureaucracy, but the policy mix of austerity and reform is failing.

Sorry, Stephen Hawking, but a boycott of Israel isn't the answer
By Matt Hill - 09 May 14:22

A general boycott plays into the hands of Israel's hard-right leaders. Instead, we should punish firms and institutions that operate in the Occupied Territories.

After Kenya, the UK must compensate the other victims of empire
By Peter Tatchell - 08 May 14:10

Britain should offer similar redress for its bloody colonial wars in Malaya, Aden, Cyprus and the north of Ireland.

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Iceland's elections: A shattered fairy tale
By Laurie Penny - 08 May 13:58

After the financial crash of 2008, Iceland refused to bail out its banks and overthrew its government. But five years on, has its flirtation with an alternative to austerity ended?

François Hollande has achieved far more than his critics suggest
By Steven Akehurst - 02 May 16:51

The French president has shown that deficit reduction need not depend on deep cuts and regressive tax rises. Miliband should take note.

The sorrows of Mr Weak
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 02 May 6:00

Since the minister in charge of tax avoidance was forced to admit to a secret Swiss bank account, François Hollande’s entire government has begun to look shaky. How did it go so wrong, so fast?

Obama amuses us again, but why can't British politicians do humour?
By Kiran Moodley - 29 April 11:45

The US president's star turn at the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a reminder of how far removed such comedy is from our political world.

Australia's Tony Abbott is a man for everyone and no one
By Liam McLaughlin - 23 April 15:43

His campaign was a disturbing example of politics at its most crass and exploitative.

Zuma’s final battle for control of the ANC
By Martin Plaut - 23 April 12:27

The power struggle between President Zuma and trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi is a prelude to a battle for wider control of the political landscape.

Where would you rather live: small-government Somalia or big-government Sweden?
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 April 11:28

Critics of “big government” talk as if it’s beyond question that the state’s involvement with our lives is a bad thing.

Kostas Vaxevanis (L) being escorted to the public prosecutor in Athens
Kostas Vaxevanis: "The only way for the Greek people to know about their own country is through the foreign press"
By Daniel Trilling - 22 April 9:04

The Greek journalist, who was instrumental in the publication of the "Lagarde list" of major tax evaders in October 2012, talks to the NS's Daniel Trilling.

Why is the American right closing prisons?
By Rick Muir - 18 April 11:58

In the US the tide on criminal justice reform has started to turn as conservatives recognise the huge inefficiency of the prison system. Could the same happen here?

“No blacks or Arabs” for Israeli PM's visit: the latest example of French state-sanctioned discrimination
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 16 April 10:00

Hollande's silence on the alleged discrimination against black and Arab employees is indicative of the president's recent decision to chase popularity by playing to the centre-right.

Pakistan Calling: Still hope at the end of the line
By Salman Shaheen - 10 April 9:08

DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the

The inconsistency of Femen’s imperialist "one size fits all" attitude
By Bim Adewunmi - 05 April 8:56

You cannot dismiss the aims of Femen altogether - they are a group of women looking to change society - but Bim Adewunmi fears the execution of their protests leaves much to be desired.

The elephant and the lone star
By Nicky Woolf - 03 April 10:54

The message from Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 election was that Latino America holds the balance of power. But in Texas, it seems — despite Bush’s best efforts — that hasn’t yet sunk in to Republican minds.

Out with the guru, in with the geek
By George Eaton - 27 March 18:00

What can the UK learn from US politics' number-crunching and precision-targeted campaigning?

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