With conflict in Yemen continuing, it’s clear that we’re failing to moderate the actions of “our despots”.
For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations.
A New York Times article has suggests that European governments act as an "inadvertent underwriter for al-Qaeda". Should governments pay ransoms when their citizens are taken hostage?
Alan Johnson responds to the NS editor’s article about Israel, Gaza and the left.
Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.
It shouldn’t be a question of either you support Israel, no matter what it does, or you are on the side of the Islamists.
Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza.
Whenever the western left sides instinctively with Palestine my heart says, “Jew-haters” while my mind says, “Shut the f*** up, heart.”
The New Statesman view.
In the end, it is about blood.
The whip must be withdrawn.