Leader: Obama prepares to fight dirty
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:01

In November last year, President Obama said, after a screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln: “Part of what Lincoln teaches us is that to pursue the highest ideals and a deeply moral cause requires you also engage and get your hands dirty.”

Malian soldiers arrest a man suspected of being an Islamist in Timbuktu.
Mali: now for the hard part
By Martin Plaut - 30 January 9:28

As David Cameron visits Algeria, it seems that Downing Street is only now realising just how long-term a project defeating the Islamist rebels in North Africa will be.

Hugo Chavez salutes during a military parade
Hugo Chávez: An elected autocrat
By Rory Carroll - 30 January 8:04

He kept power by bullying those who dissented – and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.

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Naomi Wolf on abortion: "Our Bodies, Our Souls"
By Naomi Wolf - 27 January 9:53

For the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - which legalised abortion in the US - the New Statesman is republishing Naomi Wolf's provocative 1995 essay, which argues that the pro-choice movement is "cultivating a hardness of heart".

Make the G8 History? Not just yet…
By Leah Kreitzman - 23 January 14:58

2013 must be the year in which the root causes of hunger and malnutrition are tackled head on, writes Leah Kreitzman.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki
Seething discontent in the Horn of Africa: Eritrea's strange "coup"
By Martin Plaut - 23 January 9:08

A further crack in an unpredictable and repressive regime.

President Obama on the platform in front of the Capitol Building
I loved Obama's speech unreservedly. So there
By Alex Andreou - 22 January 12:04

Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?

President Obama steps out onto the platform for his second inauguration
The inauguration speech: Obama’s “come and have a go” moment
By Nicky Woolf - 22 January 9:00

Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.

A vendor sells newspapers at the 57th Presidential Inauguration
Watch: Obama's second inauguration
By New Statesman - 21 January 15:35

Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.

Quote of the Day: British survivor on Algeria raid
By New Statesman - 18 January 16:07

"I feel sorry for anybody who has been hurt but, other than that, I enjoyed it."

Cameron tells MPs: British hostages remain unaccounted for in Algeria
By George Eaton - 18 January 11:29

PM says number of Britons at risk at Algerian gas plant has been "significantly reduced" but that operations are not over.

Leader: The Prime Minister’s posturing on Europe threatens our future
By New Statesman - 16 January 15:44

There is no evidence that any EU member is willing to allow Britain to pick and choose which laws it obeys.

Mohammed Tahir ul Qadri's supporters hold placards during the march
This election would be a milestone for Pakistan's democracy. But will it go ahead?
By Samira Shackle - 15 January 10:49

As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.

Cameron's EU strategy puts party interests before the national interest
By Douglas Alexander - 08 January 17:01

A pledge to hold an in/out referendum will appease Tory MPs, but it will not deliver for Britain.

British business recognises that the UK belongs in the EU
By David Miliband - 05 January 16:54

The EU is an asset for Britain, not a hindrance. Unlike Tory MPs, our businesses haven't forgotten that.

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New Statesman cover | 07 January
By New Statesman - 02 January 14:25

A sneak preview of tomorrow's front cover.

Leader: The fiscal cliff has not been averted, just postponed
By New Statesman - 02 January 14:20

The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.

Obama rejects Osbornomics: "we can't simply cut our way to prosperity"
By George Eaton - 02 January 12:14

The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.

US Congress passes fiscal cliff deal
By New Statesman - 02 January 7:51

Obama praises the decision.

Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.

In the wrangle over America's Fiscal Cliff, Barack Obama holds all the cards
By Nicky Woolf - 31 December 10:04

There is no incentive for the Democrats to be conciliatory on the budget negotiations; nor, after the last few years of partisan bad feeling, will there be much inclination among them to do so.

What the US can learn from Australia about gun control
By Tim Wigmore - 17 December 14:27

Australia’s response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre offers a model for the US to emulate.

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Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 17 December 7:27

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Obama must now make gun control his legacy
By Nicky Woolf - 15 December 9:22

Before the public outrage over the Connecticut shooting dissipates, the president must take a stand.

Burma: daring to hope
By Ivan Lewis - 14 December 0:32

If Aung San Suu Kyi dares to hope that Burma’s future can be better, then we have a duty to support her with every means at our disposal.

Guess what! Constructive engagement in Europe works
By Rafael Behr - 13 December 14:57

A new banking deal shows what can be achieved when Tory backbench wreckers aren't stealing the show.

Former Labour cabinet minister Paul Boateng in Tanzania.
Cutting development spending now would be self-defeating
By Paul Boateng - 12 December 16:14

In a globalised and interdependent economy, we all stand to benefit from development spending.

Growing from the middle out: the US economy in Obama’s second term
By Heather Boushey - 12 December 11:43

The US president needs to focus not just on employment per se but on creating good jobs.

Afghanistan is not a hopeless quagmire
By Hugh Bayley MP - 07 December 15:55

The choice now is to risk abandoning a decade of military and civilian investment, or to capitalise on it.

New Statesman
Filing from the warzone - the dangers of conflict reporting
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 03 December 16:51

Conflict reporting has always been the most dangerous branch of journalism - but in the changing political landscape of recent years, has it become even more so?

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