Views from elsewhere


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits the Al-Farabi historic cultural centre
The vital role of the "ulama" in post-Assad Syria
By Tam Hussein - 09 August 16:19

The influence of these religious scholars transcends borders and their opinions carry weight that cannot be underestimated.

Should we step up online censorship?
By Andrea Leadsom and Padraig Reidy - 09 August 9:21

Andrea Leadsom says yes. Padraig Reidy says no.

With 14 out of our 48 medals won on two wheels, why is Britain so good at cycling?
By Sarah Ditum - 08 August 13:57

Looking behind Team GB's impressive Olympic performance.

Anna Piaggi: 1931 - 2012
By Helen Lewis - 07 August 15:34

The Vogue Italia writer has died at the age of 81, leaving the fashion world a more drab place.

Why we should embrace the horse dancing
By India Bourke - 07 August 10:03

Like all sport, dressage promotes hard-work, aspiration, and communal effort.

Censorship and porn week
By New Statesman - 06 August 8:28

A themed week on the NS blogs.

The left cannot remain silent over "honour killings"
By Sunny Hundal - 04 August 9:10

We have become complicit in this epidemic of abuse and violence by not doing more to challenge it.

A famous front door
The perils of political door-knocking
By Matt Forde - 02 August 12:00

Talk is cheap and plenty of us chat about politics a heck of a lot.

A couple flirting beside a Christmas tree, December 1955
Feminism doesn’t mean learning to play the game - it’s a total game-changer
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 August 16:40

Women shouldn't have to "emulate male behaviour" to get ahead.

Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia
The Olympics is a symbolic victory for Saudi Arabian women, but let’s not get carried away
By Sue Tibballs - 01 August 12:39

Uncomfortable questions must continue to be asked about the treatment of women’s sport.

Girls playing lacrosse - a very middle class thing to do at school
The two types of Guardian journalism about where to send your kids to school
By Andrew Old - 01 August 10:28

The left-leaning middle class struggle to accept fundamental truths about the state of our education system.

British diver Tom Daley
Involving the police is not the way to teach trolls a lesson
By Robert Sharp - 31 July 14:51

People have a right to be angry.

Co-operative housing could be the answer to Britain's troubles
By Samir Jeraj - 31 July 11:50

In the face of cuts and a decline in home ownership, co-ops could help people into the market.

Propaganda in Hong Kong: "If there are problems with the brain, then it needs to be washed"
By Alex Hern - 30 July 12:15

Efforts by Beijing to brainwash Hong Kong children spark protests.

Counter Olympics protest
Not everyone is happy about the Olympics
By Rizwan Syed - 29 July 12:48

Protesters march against the corporate takeover of the Games.

Critical Mass cyclists detained
The Olympic spirit?
By Ellie Mae O'Hagan - 29 July 10:26

Cyclists banned from Newham for the duration of the Games.

Dizzy Gillespie playing with a Sindhi snake charmer at a public park
Rock 'n’ roll and flowery shirts
By Catriona Luke - 27 July 17:19

Pakistan, before it was overtaken by General Zia’s Islamisation programme, had a swinging, chilling vibe and a vibrant intellectual scene.

New Statesman
Who runs Britain’s energy policy?
By Guy Shrubsole - 27 July 14:34

A smaller cut in wind power funding comes at the cost of a commitment to decades more of dirty and expensive gas.

George Osborne
Today's GDP figures are the final nail in the coffin of Osborne's credibility
By David Blanchflower - 25 July 15:30

This was all so avoidable, and entirely predictable.

Marie Staunton with Namala
Female genital mutilation: what the UK can learn from overseas
By Marie Staunton - 25 July 14:05

We would do well to learn from the openness, engagement and attitude change in Mali.

The Mail's odd campaign against "plastic Brit" Olympic athletes
By Sunder Katwala - 25 July 12:20

Is everyone born abroad somehow not really British?

Presenter Stacey Dooley
The BBC3 documentary that broke all the rules on reporting suicide
By Chris Atkins - 24 July 17:05

Stacey Dooley's programme was ill-judged and offensive, says Chris Atkins.

Don't delude yourself about why you're sending your children to private school
By Dorian Lynskey - 24 July 15:17

Janet Murray's article tries to suggest that liberal beliefs are a naive fairy tale which collapse on impact with the brutal truth.

A woman holds a banner outside a branch of Vodafone in 2011.
Changing the world takes more than a flash-in-the-pan campaign
By Molly Solomons - 24 July 12:57

Good things come to those who wait.

Cooperation must be at the heart of Labour's renewal
By Steve Reed - 24 July 9:43

Councils are already implementing a model that could revolutionise public services nationally.

If the coalition is committed to families, why are maternity services being cut?
By Heather McRobie - 24 July 8:37

The strain of austerity is beginning to show on maternal care provision.

Six things we’ve learnt from Sue Akers at the Leveson Inquiry
By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton - 23 July 18:18

We've found out that News International withdrew co-operation with the police, and the sheer size of the challenge facing the Met, says Hacked Off's Thais Portilho-Shrimpton.

Congolese women walk with their belongings to the border.
Pity the financiers in the heart of darkness
By Nick Dearden - 23 July 16:44

It's the people of Africa who are being ripped off.

Colonel Nasser
Lessons from the Suez Crisis for dealing with modern Egypt
By Tam Hussein - 23 July 9:48

Britain's disastrous colonial attitude to Nasser should warn of the dangers of a lack of engagement.