theguardian — My country's ordeal in 2008 suggests Crimea's referendum is a trick for Russia to cement its territorial and military gripCrimeans vote tomorrow in an illegal "referendum" which will lock them into Russia's embrace. After this vote, and the takeover by Russian troops of the southern Ukraine peninsula, Vladimir Putin will claim he has...
theguardian — Marriage at age nine, legalising marital rape – this bill breaches UN conventions and is degrading for Iraqi men and women alikeIf you think the Iraqi government has reached its limit in violating women's rights, think again. On 25 February, the Iraqi council of ministers approved a new personal status...
theguardian — Molly Crabapple: For the anniversary of a civil war no side can win, painting a history, with the Western left failing at every strokeMolly Crabapple
theguardian — Ranjana Srivastava: Educating those who are the frontline of healthcare about the true cost of the care they offer could make for a more informed professionRanjana Srivastava
theguardian — Rob Manwaring: The Liberals are set to win in South Australia and Tasmania this weekend. Such a result would herald a remarkable turnaround for the Liberals at the state levelRob Manwaring
theguardian — Dan Gillmor: Everyone should read the Facebook message by its boss to the NSA’s boss. Including those at Facebook grabbing your dataDan Gillmor
npr — The Pope has earned praise and criticism for his first year leading the Catholic Church. The National Catholic Reporter's Michael Sean Winters and conservative columnist Gayle Trotter weigh in.» E-Mail This
theguardian — The BJP candidate may be leading India's prime ministerial election polls, but his record, while good, doesn't justify the hypeNarendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) in the forthcoming Indian election, is leading the opinion polls right now. To his supporters he is an efficient,...
npr — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the bill, which now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The House has its own version.» E-Mail This
theguardian — In his first 12 months Pope Francis has done all that one man can do. The challenge now is to ensure his successor cannot undo all his progressIn his first year in office, Pope Francis has transformed the image of the papacy. His demonstrative lack of ostentation has been an...
theguardian — We should beware Russia's politicisation of gas supplies to Ukraine as we contemplate a deal with it to build an atomic plant in BritainClearly there is something jarring about the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) boasting about its positive negotiations with the Russians over building a nuclear power...
npr — Nigeria is set to overtake South Africa as the continent's biggest economy. Tell Me More looks at that growth with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the country's first female Finance Minister.» E-Mail This
npr — Russia is hosting this year's Paralympic Winter Games, but people with disabilities are often have a tough time living regular lives in the country. CBC Sports Reporter Signa Butler explains.» E-Mail This
npr — It's been nearly three years since the uprising began in Syria. Now Save The Children is out with a new report about how war has affected the health of Syria's youngest residents.» E-Mail This
npr — Haredi, a branch of Judaism that shuns modern secular culture, had long been exempt from national service. The bill had been boycotted by the opposition.» E-Mail This
npr — The rare number number is: 7-7-7-7-7-7-7. The cell phone contract was sold at a charity auction for $2 millions.» E-Mail This
theguardian — Morgan Godfery: Indigenous rights, multiculturalism and economic reform: this is the infrastructure of change. But the symbols of change haven’t caught upMorgan Godfery
theguardian — Ted Gup: Brennan v Feinstein is a new DC turf battle steeped in typical Langley defiance, where the spies are always right. No longerTed Gup
theguardian — The exasperation with the Democratic senator from California is that she hasn't also directed her outrage at the NSASenator Dianne Feinstein is frequently exasperating. The Democratic senator from California is one day ultra-liberal, in the lead in calling for gun reform. The next she is ultra-conservative, one of the staunchest...
theguardian — Robert Manne: Long read: While the opponents of the asylum seekers have closed their hearts to suffering, supporters have often closed their minds to the consequences of the policies they have advocated forRobert Manne
npr — The mayor of a small Spanish town cleaned out supermarkets to give food to the hungry and draw attention to their economic plight. But now he's facing a potential jail stint.» E-Mail This
npr — New tensions are flaring between Russian and Ukraine, as Russia signaled that it was prepared to annex Crimea. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with New York Times reporter Steven Erlanger.» E-Mail This
npr — A Malaysian Airlines flight went off the radar on its flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Three Americans were on board, including an infant.» E-Mail This
npr — The crisis in Ukraine stems from a generational divide, according to Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that Russia's Vladimir Putin has plans for Ukraine.» E-Mail This
npr — EU countries are threatening punitive economic measures against Russia for its involvement in Crimea. But longstanding ties between Russia and the EU could make sanctions a double-edged sword.» E-Mail This