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?

A Palestinian woman walks past destroyed tents near bombed smuggling tunnels
With Israel and Gaza, separation is no guarantee of solution
By James Rodgers - 22 November 9:50

There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.

Israeli soldiers pray at dawn at an artillery emplacement
Letter from Israel: The endless war
By Jason Cowley - 22 November 7:07

Reporting from Tel Aviv and Ramallah as the latest rash of violence began to sweep Israel, Jason Cowley finds a nation implacably set on a course of war . . . and increasingly disconnected from the world.

Palestinians inpect the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza.
The human cost of violence in Israel and Gaza
By Phoebe Greenwood - 22 November 5:44

Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza reflects on the recent violence.

Israel still has Iran in its sights
By George Eaton - 21 November 16:03

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells the NS that "a nuclear-armed Iran is something we will not accept".

Why Israel's action in Gaza is not "disproportionate"
By Prof Alan Johnson - 21 November 11:51

Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.

Israel's policy is an invitation to disaster
By David Miliband - 20 November 15:12

The country needs to remember that self-defence is not the same as smart defence.

Israel must "flatten Gaza" like the US flattened Japan, says Sharon's son
By George Eaton - 19 November 7:32

A chilling article by Gilad Sharon, son of the former Israeli prime minister, in the Jerusalem Post.

Why is the Arab League silent about Darfur?
By Magdy el-Baghdady - 16 November 11:37

Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
"It's got to do with Iran" - Chief Rabbi caught off guard on the Today programme
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:18

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says Gaza conflict is "to do with Iran" after not realising he was still on air.

Palestinians extinguish fire from the car of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari.
Israel and Hamas on the brink of war after assassination of military leader
By George Eaton - 15 November 8:05

Hamas military commander killed as Israel launches new Gaza offensive.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 14 November 7:40

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

Barack Obama delivering a statement about the economy
Obama's real mandate is against America's bosses
By John Stoehr - 13 November 16:26

When workers are given a clear choice, they choose the man who fights for them.

Instagram becomes Dronestagram
Dronestagram: the locations behind America's secret drone war
By James Bridle - 12 November 11:04

These are the places most of us will never see. We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them.

New Statesman
Watch: President Obama's thank-you speech to his Chicago campaign staff
By Alex Hern - 09 November 10:28

The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.

Leader: A lesson for the Republicans
By New Statesman - 08 November 11:07

Viewed from Britain, often through the prism of scornful media, the US Republican Party can seem a paranoid, fanatical sect. That jaundiced representation makes it hard to understand how the presidential contest could have been even remotely competitive.

Quote of the Day
By New Statesman - 08 November 7:21

Angela Merkel on Britain leaving the EU.

New Statesman
The assassin’s creed
By Michael Newton - 08 November 6:44

The killings of Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and John F Kennedy all seemed world-changing events. But is assassination anything other than an act of petty vanity?

Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Mali and Shasa.
Obama's disunited states
By Ben Fox - 07 November 23:18

It would be a mistake to regard the result as a sweeping endorsement of the Obama presidency.

Barack Obama makes campaign calls from an office in Ohio
Ohio: In the eye of the electoral storm
By Nicky Woolf - 07 November 16:22

After the best part of a year at the frantic centre of a national campaign, Ohio is tired to the bone.

Barack Obama walks off the stage following his victory speech on election night.
Obama’s ground game, avoiding the fiscal cliff and thoughts of President Gore
By Douglas Alexander - 07 November 16:18

There is relief – and pride – about the US election result in Labour ranks.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Republicans must accept that they can't rely on white votes to win
By Sunder Katwala - 07 November 12:04

With whites now accounting for only 72 per cent of the electorate, the party's election strategy is bust.

The ten best US election stats
By George Eaton - 07 November 10:55

Including, how the Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections.

The winners and losers of the US election
By Caroline Crampton and Helen Lewis - 07 November 10:40

From Elizabeth Warren and memes, to glum Fox News pundits and Paul Ryan's biceps.

Mitt Romney acknowledges the cheers of his supporters at his rally in Boston
5 Pictures Of Mitt Romney Looking Sad
By Caroline Crampton - 07 November 9:53

The Republican candidate was gracious at the end, but couldn't help looking a bit sad at his defeat.

The lessons for Labour from Obama's lacklustre campaign
By Anthony Painter and Marcus Roberts - 07 November 9:28

The US president owes his victory to his political machine, not his campaign strategy.

Barack Obama's acceptance speech: video and full text
By New Statesman - 07 November 7:47

"I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests."