Azerbaijan: We are oil hostages

In Azerbaijan a corrupt regime is thriving. Western countries could have been a driving force for democracy in the region. Instead, they focus on their own oil interests.

Cuba: How Castro fooled us

Read the column in Spanish below: "Capitalismo a medias. La sociedad cubana vive sustentada en la explotación del hombre por el Estado."

Tibet: Obama’s lacking struggle

Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama didn´t pronounce the word «human rights» correctly in Beijing. But I´m not disappointed. That´s exactly what I expected.

USA: What Fort Hood Taught Me

The Fort Hood-shooting in Texas made me re-think the usual conventions. Namely: A Norwegian social scientist understands me far more than the Muslim guys whom the government officials usually meet.

Russia: The killings continue

Another human rights activist and friend of my own newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, has been killed in Russia. It's worse than during the Soviet era. Read the column in Russian: России были убиты шесть журналистов, праозащитников и оппозиционных политиков. К сожалению, это не только жуткая статистика.

Egypt: Our veiled debate

It′s better to cover men′s eyes than women′s bodies. Today′s conception of honour is based on a lie. Read the column in Arabic below: عنى الشرف هذه الأيام يتحول الى معتقدات خاطئة
لماذا لا تغطى اعين الرجال بدلا من تغطية جسم النساء

Afghanistan: From bad to worse

We who voted in the Afghan elections, have been betrayed. It´s time for a new strategy: To isolate Taliban from the politics.

Iran: Women fight for equality

Iranian women were not only the first victims of the Islamic revolution, they were also the first ones to take up the fight.

Zimbabwe: The Father of Re-invention

The political and economical crisis has turned Zimbabwe into a nation of innovators.

Homosexuality and the Yogi

Homosexuality can be treated by yoga and meditation techniques, Indian guru claims. Religious leaders put the brakes on new legislation that suggests gay sex should be legal.

Egypt: Nakedness of Women

There is a striking similarity between the hijab and make up.

Tibet: Needs the World’s Support

While the attention of the international community is drawn to the uprising in the Xinjiang region, the oppression in Tibet continues. The political pressure on the Chinese government must be upheld.

Habitantes en Cuba

Durante la década de los años 60, en el siglo pasado, se produjo un boom de nacimientos en Cuba, fue el momento pico de confianza en la recién nacida Revolución.

Hungary forges closer energy ties with Russia

BERLIN -- Hungary, already considered one of Russia's closest allies in Central Europe, has signed two major energy deals that will make it even more dependent on Moscow for its natural gas, analysts said Tuesday.

Amid crisis, E.U. leaders feud over small change

BRUSSELS -- If European officials were accused of lacking ambition last November, when they first suggested spending €5 billion to kick start the economy of the world's largest trading bloc, their impasse four months later over the plan has become a symbol of a weak and divided response to the global financial crisis.

The Daily Killing

On 19 January 2009 lawyer Stansilav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered in Moscow city center. In the Russian media this incident received little attention.

Choosing freedom or having the freedom to choose

Do we live in a free and democratic society?

Muslims seek to build future in Italy

MILAN -- On one side of a drab street in working-class Milan, a squat structure houses a conservative mosque linked in the past to suspected Islamic terrorists.

With budget at stake, Obama ready to fight

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration began a vigorous new offensive this weekend to sell its economic program, countering the Republicans who call the new budget plan "mind-boggling" in its numbers and ambition.

EU considers possibility of a small-country bailout

BRUSSELS -- Could Europe's biggest economies be called upon to bail out the smaller, weaker ones?

Afghan drug fight will follow law’s letter, NATO says

BERLIN -- NATO will remain within international law when it proceeds with new measures to kill drug traffickers in Afghanistan and bomb drug-processing laboratories to deprive the Taliban of its main financing, the head of the alliance said Wednesday.

Media culture grows up in Eastern Europe

BERLIN -- Marius Hagger is no stranger to intimidation or threats. Hagger, general manager of Ringier media group in Romania, said his staff has often faced verbal and physical attacks for articles appearing in one of their newspapers or magazines in the country.

France aims to take its full place in NATO

MUNICH -- President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and top NATO officials will begin a diplomatic effort this month to persuade lawmakers in Paris to accept Sarkozy's plans to return France to full membership in NATO military command structures in time for the alliance's summit meeting in April.

With Obama ready to talk, Iran must weigh options

DAVOS, Switzerland -- President Barack Obama's willingness to talk to Iran seems to have put the Iranian leadership in an uncomfortable spot.

Leak about Afghan tactics forces NATO to backtrack

BERLIN -- NATO was reeling Friday after the leaking of a classified document in which the military alliance's supreme commander of Europe proposed that NATO soldiers serving in Afghanistan shoot drug traffickers without waiting for proof.