Sophie McBain is a freelance writer based in Cairo. She was previously an assistant editor at the New Statesman.
Girls and boys names in the UK are becoming increasingly diverse - but does having a popular name make your life easier?
When it comes to public health, we're often afraid of the wrong things - and this can have truly nasty side-effects.
On the eve of revolution, Sophie McBain accompanied the photographer Charlie Waite across the North African nation. Now she tells her story.
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?
John Dolan spent almost two decades in the “revolving door” between homelessness and prison. That changed when he adopted George in 2009.
There is no shortage of life drawing lessons but these seem to be the only classes in which live animals – owls – are doing the modelling.
A Dutch court has ruled that the Dutch Christmas character, "Zwarte Piet" or Black Pete, a white man in blackface, is offensive.
Israel is preparing to retaliate for the killing of three teenagers, but an increase in violence will hurt both sides.
On Monday the Egyptian government is set to introduce its new – and completely bogus – anti-Aids equipment. Let's hope it quietly ducks out of this promise.
What tips can David Cameron learn from the annual Twiplomacy report, which studies how world leaders use Twitter? He needs a little help – not only because he's regularly insulted online, but because Barack Obama won't follow him back.
Across the political spectrum, the New Statesman introduces you to the personalities who shape our world. Where else would you find Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Theresa May in the same place?