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.

Ruquiya Hashmi.
“I am a double target because I am a woman and I am Hazara”
By Samira Shackle - 09 May 14:30

The Hazara are a Shia minority who face constant persecution in Pakistan. Ruquiya Hashmi - the first female Hazara candidate for the national assembly - faces death threats daily.

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Israel launches airstrike against Lebanon-bound convoy in Syria
By Alex Hern - 04 May 11:50

No incursion into Syrian airspace, sources indicate.

Why is Britain rolling out the red carpet for the UAE's Sheikh Khalifa?
By Donald Campbell - 27 April 8:11

Three British citizens continue to be held under appalling conditions in the United Arab Emirates, while the Government prepares to host the country's unelected leader for a state visit.

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.

“It’s the occupation, stupid”: what went wrong in Iraq
By James Rodgers - 19 March 8:49

Ten years on, James Rodgers reflects on the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Why is Douglas Murray smearing me to distract from this damning UN report on Israel in Gaza?
By Owen Jones - 12 March 12:01

Owen Jones made the same error as the Telegraph, Mail, Haaretz, Guardian, Sun, Washington Post, Human Rights Watch and Spectator. If Douglas Murray wants that to be addressed, he also knows that Israel could be guilty of committing war crimes. So why the

Young, behind bars and in peril in Yemen
By Belkis Wille - 07 March 14:40

“Nothing is worse than life in a Yemeni prison.”

Segregation and echoes of apartheid: Israel launches Palestinian-only buses
By Rachel Shabi - 05 March 8:41

Separation and discrimination is a numbing fact of life for Palestinians in the West Bank.

In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats
By David Wearing - 04 March 16:31

Without taking definite steps to promote democracy in Bahrain, Britain will, to all intents and purposes, have sided with the oppressor.

Anti-war demonstrators pass by the cenotaph on Whitehall on 15 February 2003.
The Iraq war protest march: how hope was lost
By Ian Taylor - 21 February 9:32

Contrary to what subsequent reports would have you believe, the march wasn't a complete failure.

US Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down.
A new kind of dictatorship
By Adnan Hussein - 21 February 9:29

The editor-in-chief of the opposition <em>al-Mada</em> newspaper recalls the years of exile and how disillusionment set in after the 2003 invasion, and expresses his fears for freedom of the press.

A picture of Saddam Hussein is set on fire by US Marines on 7 April, 2003
Iraq’s “freedom” is still steeped in blood
By Caroline Hawley - 21 February 9:24

Caroline Hawley was the BBC’s Baghdad correspondent as Saddam’s regime began to crumble. She recalls the horror of postwar Iraq — and says although the slaughter hasn’t stopped, the west is no longer watching.

A protestor hurls stones at a poster of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad
Iraq: Why Blair was right
By John Lloyd - 21 February 9:21

The responsibility to protect remains a powerful moral imperative.

Australian newspapers lead their front pages in Australia
How the Israeli press beat the censor to bring "Prisoner X" to their public
By Camilla Schick - 15 February 15:33

Gagging orders, media censorship and the public interest.

The hawks were wrong: Iraq is worse off now
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 February 9:14

Saddam is gone – but at what cost?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign
Ahmadinejad in Cairo
By Lucy Provan - 07 February 21:21

Morsi opposes Assad regime, while lining his pockets.

New Statesman
Islamists tasked with drugs crackdown in Tripoli
By Lucy Provan and Rhiannon Smith - 07 February 14:13

What now for the rule of law in Libya?

Israel's centre cannot hold
By Rachel Shabi - 07 February 5:50

Yair Lapid could end up as camouflage for Netanyahu’s intransigence.

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Hebrew teaching to be expanded in the Gaza Strip
By Lucy Provan - 05 February 14:40

Hamas say Gazans should "better know their enemy".

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Saudi author arrested for tweeting
By Lucy Provan - 01 February 18:08

Social media and self-censorship

Benjamin Netanyahu heads the first weekly Cabinet meeting since the election
Has Israel shifted further to the right?
By James Dawson - 28 January 9:15

The latest election results analysed.

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The revolt of the Sheikh
By Tam Hussein - 24 January 15:37

What role will the ‘Ulama’ – the Syrian oppositional scholars – play in a post-Assad Syria?

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Things you may not know about the Israeli elections
By Lucy Provan - 22 January 16:35

Did Bibi hide stolen money in his socks? Will Donald Trump bring Mid East peace? And other important questions...

Ethiopian Christians celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony
The A-Z of Israel
By New Statesman - 17 January 8:21

On 22 January, Israelis will go to the polls. The world watches – but how much do we really know about the country that calls itself “the sole bastion of democracy” in the Middle East?

Syrian activist Anas al-Shogre hasn't been seen since May 2011.
NS Christmas campaign: Show your support for Anas al-Shogre
By Eulette Ewart - 24 December 9:52

The Syrian activist disappeared in May 2011 and hasn't been seen since.

Egyptian opposition supporters shout slogans
The myth of the Islamist winter
By Olivier Roy - 13 December 6:37

Egypt and Tunisia aren’t sliding into chaos – they are simply learning how to be democracies.

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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?