Professors at war over ‘odious’ private college
A vicious spat has torn through the sedate world of academia, as philosopher A. C. Grayling attempts to set up his own private university.
Q&A: Yemen at a crossroads as President leaves
President Saleh, injured in rebel attacks on his palace, has fled to Saudi Arabia. Protestors celebrate, but the country still faces an uncertain future.
From churl to chav: shaming the underclass
A new book suggests we enjoy ridiculing people at the bottom of the heap for everything: their accent, their behaviour and even their clothes. Often by using the word 'chav'.
Democracy on the brink in Ivory Coast
In West Africa, Ivory Coast is moving towards civil war after a disputed election. What happens there will be an omen for the fate of democracy across the troubled continent.
We protest! But is the UK government bothered?
They came from as far afield as Cornwall and Inverness, including mother and toddler groups and violent anarchists. But do demonstrations make a difference?
A new start: can Egypt handle democracy?
Protesters in Egypt want immediate democratic rule, but some in the West say the country's not ready, and real change must come more gradually.
World’s worst autocracies named and explained
Authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are under threat, as a people's revolt in Tunisia spreads. But who are the world's worst autocrats?
Blood, pain and tweets in Tunisian revolt
After weeks of unrest in Tunisia, the President of twenty-three years has fled abroad. But can violence and chaos ever bring democratic change?
Political murder disrupts Pakistan.
A campaigner for Pakistan’s democracy has been shot dead by one of his own bodyguards, who thought the moderate politician was wrong to favour free speech over religion.