The Listening Post

Headlines and hyperbole: Covering the Sergei Skripal story

The Skripal affair and the battle of narratives between Russia and UK; plus, Google and Facebook's censorship tactics.

United Kingdom

Putin 'highly likely' ordered nerve agent attack: UK

Moscow calls claims 'shocking and inexcusable' as crisis over attempted murder of ex-double agent in Salisbury deepens.

Putin 'highly likely' behind nerve-agent attack: Boris Johnson

Inside Story

Was death of Egyptian teen in UK a hate crime?

Mariam Moustafa was killed in Nottingham three weeks ago. Her family thinks it was a hate crime. Police say no evidence.


Is the world actually getting better?

Steven Pinker argues global poverty is declining, but is he right? And Afua Hirsch and Claire Fox talk racism in the UK.

Steven Pinker: Is the world actually getting better?


Thousands expected to rally against far right in London

Demonstrations planned in UK and Europe on Saturday as far-right threat grows.

Why thousands are expected to stand up to racism in London

Inside Story

How will a divided West tackle a resurgent Russia?

Britain takes case against Moscow to UN over poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.


May faces down Putin, but he has the upper hand

Over many years a tacit pro-Kremlin consensus has developed in Westminster – across the political spectrum.

Alastair Sloan

by Alastair Sloan

Alastair Sloan


US, France and Germany blame Russia for spy's poisoning in UK

In a joint statement, the leaders say there is no 'plausible alternative explanation' to the incident.

United Kingdom

UK spent $1m on security for world's biggest arms fair

More than 100 protesters were arrested at the heavily-policed DSEI, which took place in September 2017 in London.

UK spent $1.3m on security for world's biggest weapons fair

Skripal poisoning

UK to send nerve agent sample to UN body

British foreign minister says Russia used chemical weapon against Sergei Skripal to send message to dissenters.

UK to send sample to OPCW after nerve-agent attack on former spy


UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Theresa May unveils range of responses to 'attempted murder' of ex-double agent and his daughter in southern England.


UK: 'Culture of fear' styming Muslim integration

Muslim Council of Britain reframes discussion on integration with new report on Islam and British society.

'Integration for us is integration for everyone,' UK Muslims say

The Far Right

Anti-Islam Britain First group banned by Facebook

Facebook shuts down far-right Britain First for inciting hatred towards minorities.

Anti-Islam Britain First group banned by Facebook

United Kingdom

Stephen Hawking: A man who changed our understanding of universe

Stephen Hawking's life transcended the scientific circles in which he was considered an expert, and his death, too, is being mourned by the public at large.


Russia-UK tensions risk escalating over ex-spy's poisoning

Russia has missed Britain's deadline for answers on the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.