How the west dug holes for the poor
By Staff blogger - 07 February 12:00

During the cold war, the developed nations lent willingly to Africa. No worries then about how corrupt dictators might misuse the money or line their own pockets: the US gave millions to the notorious Mobutu regime in Zaire.

The business - Patrick Hosking junks General Motors
By Patrick Hosking - 31 January 12:00

General Motors is less a car-maker these days than a bank, but a bank with debts in excess of $300bn

The Middle East's Generation X
By Allegra Stratton - 31 January 12:00

Iraq elections - Two-thirds of Arabs are under 25, and they are better educated than ever. History s

Only one muted cheer for Iraqi democracy
By Staff blogger - 31 January 12:00

The first democratic elections in Iraq's history ought to be an occasion for celebration, arousing the same emotions as the first such in South Africa.

The business - Patrick Hosking has hopes for our children
By Patrick Hosking - 24 January 12:00

The new Child Trust Fund probably won't bring big returns, but if it teaches young people about the

America - Andrew Stephen fears for FDR's welfare legacy
By Andrew Stephen - 24 January 12:00

Just as Bush and his team marshalled facts and factoids of doubtful provenance to justify invading I

World view - Lindsey Hilsum glimpses the Next World Order
By Lindsey Hilsum - 24 January 12:00

The 21st century, say US analysts, will not be American. It will belong to China and India, and it m

The gaudy sameness of Clone Town
By Andrew Simms - 24 January 12:00

The free marketeers used to tell us that communism was the enemy of choice, but take a look at what

Blair's flagship schools and the money that never was
By Francis Beckett - 17 January 12:00

Private bodies, we are told, are putting millions into Labour's new city academies. In return, they

The business - Patrick Hosking logs on to
By Patrick Hosking - 17 January 12:00

Can Britons emulate Americans and start websites that slag off big companies?

Pinochet's legacy still flourishes
By Tom Burgis - 17 January 12:00

Observations on Chile

Hidden solidarities that span the globe
By Ray Pahl - 17 January 12:00

As the past few weeks have shown, we are not the selfish, atomised individuals of modern media myth.

Why we need a strong state more than ever
By Staff blogger - 17 January 12:00

An academic team, reviewing the 1964-70 Labour governments, concluded in 1972: "Considerable poverty remained . . .

A different take on what not to wear
By Nick Cohen - 17 January 12:00

As new textile trade terms threaten Asian workers with even longer hours and lower wages, can ethica

A very British sickness
By Shiv Malik - 10 January 12:00

Shiv Malik visits Easington, County Durham, Britain's incapacity benefit capital, and asks if a crac

The other tsunami
By John Pilger - 10 January 12:00

While the sea may have killed tens of thousands, western policies kill millions every year. Yet even

The business - Patrick Hosking hears predictions of a raise in VAT
By Patrick Hosking - 10 January 12:00

A slowdown in consumption growth (or even no growth at all) will be one of the year's big stories. A

The issue is our humanity, not God's divinity
By Staff blogger - 10 January 12:00

Let us not deceive ourselves. The Asian tsunami has dominated the media for several days because it is a simple but dramatic story that broke between Christmas and New Year, usually the deadest time of all for news. The images (lots of weeping light-brown children) are a picture editor's dream.

Why fraud goes unpunished
By Theodore Dalrymple - 10 January 12:00

Observations on insurance

The other side of "freedom"
By Neil Clark - 10 January 12:00

Observations on Hungary

Land of the free, home of the stingy
By Andrew Stephen - 10 January 12:00

Tsunami 2: Americans, who think they are uniquely generous, give just five cents a day each to chari

The snake and the hedgehog
By Peter Nolan - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - You could say that, in marrying state and market, China is pursuing the Third Way. But

A boom financed by taxes on the poor
By Mobo Gao - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - Inequalities are not based only on wages. Peasants have to pay more than 100 levies to

One region, one vision
By Alex Greenwood - 01 January 12:00

New Statesman/BT round-table - With devolution dead and businesses in decline, the north-east of Eng

Mark Thomas finds corruption sadly unregulated
By Mark Thomas - 01 January 12:00

UK arms firms will get advance warning of any SFO investigation for corruption. This is like the pol

Viagra for the economy
By Martin Vander Weyer - 01 January 12:00

2005: Self-esteem - Aromatherapy, life gurus, shiatsu: self-esteem will be even bigger business in t

Once, bosses sacked the employees; now, it's the other way round
By Janet Bush - 01 January 12:00

2005: Workers' rebellion - Employers, abetted by the government, have made work so unpleasant and un

The world's first multinational
By Nick Robins - 13 December 12:00

NS Essay 1- Corporate greed, the ruination of traditional ways of life, share-price bubbles, western

John Pilger reminds us of Kosovo
By John Pilger - 13 December 12:00

Kosovo - the site of a genocide that never was - is now a violent "free market" in drugs and prostit

Say thanks to America
By Sophie Johnson - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Immigrants to the US accept that, if you make it big, you have to give back