Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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Moazzam Begg has walked from jail after a string of terrorist charges linked to the civil war in Syria were dramatically dropped

Will we ever find out what really happened in the case of Moazzam Begg?

I suspect that the intelligence services have been up to their old tricks again

A demonstrator gestures opposite policemen during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests: Why Beijing should be very worried indeed

Just because other democracy movements have failed doesn’t mean this one will

Isis fighters in Syria’s northern Raqqa province

Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it

It’s absurd to suggest that we are fighting them ‘over there’ so that we won’t have to fight them ‘over here’

A survey by Which? found that some of the UK’s biggest airports, including Heathrow, left travellers the most agitated

Momentum is gathering behind Heathrow's third runway. We need to stop it in its tracks

Noise and pollution are bad enough blights on Londoners as it is

London's New Year's Eve fireworks event is going to be ticketed this year for the first time at £10 a head

London’s far too exclusive already, so don’t start charging people for the New Year’s Eve fireworks

It may seem like a sensible idea, but Boris Johnson's plan sets a worrying new precedent

Councils have drastically raised the threshold for when they are prepared to help elderly people or those with disabilities

Merging social care services with the NHS makes sense

And anyone who is really in the business of serving the public will agree

Putin faces domestic pressure to both scale down and ramp up the conflict

Ukraine crisis: A ceasefire suits both parties – but how long will it last?

The question is: is this more than a publicity stunt?

A military attache examines a Russian T-64BV tank displayed in Kiev on August 29, 2014. Russian weapons and artillery, seized by Ukrainian forces from pro-Russian separatists

How Nato should respond to this Russian ‘incursion’

After stating from the outset that it will not be fighting for Ukraine, the priority will be to project unity and determination

The main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex

Grant asylum to migrants who arrive close to death – but don’t be surprised if it inspires more tragedies

The validity of asylum can't be decided by the deprivation endured en route

After his holiday in Portugal, David Cameron’s summer has been dominated by controversy

We wouldn't need to recall Parliament if it worked on the same schedule as the rest of us do

The inflexible tradition of annual recess isn't in keeping with the rest of the world

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up