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.
Laurie Penny on Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists"
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12

A meeting the Russian punk-protest group.

Why gender equality must be at the centre of international development
By Bill Cash - 21 June 12:43

My bill would recognise the primary role of women in water and sanitation projects.

How Cameron failed developing countries at the G8
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.

Israelis look at the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashabn
Israel’s dilemma as the war intensifies
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.

Why Britain can't afford to fall behind in the race for soft power
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.

Cameron's political isolation on Syria grows
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.

A CCTV camera watches over festive Christmas lights
Laurie Penny on psychology: if you live in a surveillance state for long enough, you create a censor in your head
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.

We need to eat less meat - and the G8 should say so
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.

The US is about to arm the Syrian rebels - it's decision time for Cameron
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.

New Statesman
Leader: No one wants to take charge in the “G-Zero” world
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54

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.

Barack Obama and George W Bush
On wiretaps and drone strikes, it’s time for liberals to accept that Obama is worse than Bush
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.

Answers to war
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

Can the Iranian regime survive yet more political cannibalism?
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.

From G8 to G20 to G-Zero: Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order
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

Mandela in Randfontein, South Africa, November 1993, Getty Images
Mandela's power has come: The ANC's challenges in government
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.

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