ONLINE ONLY: Last Cake With A Russian Agent

As part of his research for this month's Dispatch from Siberia, Ben Judah interviewed Anton Surikov, a member of Russian military intelligence. It was Surikov's last interview for the western media - he died two months later in mysterious circumstances

Why We Need a British Bill of Rights

The weasel words of the European Convention are undermining our ancient liberties. David Cameron is right to demand reform

We Must Not Leave Afghanistan Yet

The West cannot defeat radical Islam if it abandons Afghans and Pakistanis prematurely

‘This Society is Not Secular’

The new Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, tells Daniel Johnson about his vision of English Catholicism

The French Path of Most Resistance

Jean Moulin, the leader of the struggle against the Nazis, died in 1943. Now his aide’s memoirs have revived controversy

An End to the Myth of the Tortured Soul

What was Van Gogh really like? A new exhibition brings us closer to the truth

Jesus in the Eyes of Josephus

Is the passage about Jesus by the great Jewish historian a forgery — or authentic?

The Price of Cameron’s Compassion

The Tory leader's Big Society speech promises a revolution. But have we been here before?

Is the Internet a Tool of Tyranny?

We imagine that the web is a forum for uncensored thought. We couldn't be more wrong

When Humans Are Just Pieces of Cargo

Despite laws, protocols and international conventions, the number of people being trafficked into servitude is growing

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"