Nick Cohen on cocaine and fairtrade boycotts: They die for your right to snort
By Nick Cohen - 28 February 12:00

Drinking ethical coffee is fashionable. But so is using cocaine. Mass consumer boycotts are all very well but they rather depend on the quality of the consumer.

The machines that ate my life
By James Burton - 21 February 12:00

Forget super-casinos: worry about the brash "virtual roulette" in the high street

The business - Patrick Hosking sees a tenner lying on the grass
By Patrick Hosking - 21 February 12:00

Economists have discovered that we have been misallocating capital for more than a century. This sug

Give pirates a break
By Boyd Farrow - 21 February 12:00

Black market - The studios are crying theft, but their pleas of poverty don't add up. Boyd Farrow in

The business - Patrick Hosking makes MMO2's chairman an offer
By Patrick Hosking - 14 February 12:00

I shall write to the chairman of MMO2 and make an offer for his house at a price of my choosing. Unl

Revealed: Blair's six election pledges
By John Kampfner - 14 February 12:00

Labour spring conference - It was going to be just five promises, all intended to project a progress

Off their backsides?
By Margaret Cook - 14 February 12:00

Observations on incapacity benefit

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.

Graduate debt? Do a runner . . .
By Stuart Dunn - 07 February 12:00

Stuart Dunn finds that, after 15 years of charging tuition fees, New Zealand faces a brain drain

In Brussels, the lobbyocracy rules
By Barbara Gunnell - 07 February 12:00

EU laws affect us all, but it's the corporate lobbyists who have the biggest influence on them. Thei

The business - Patrick Hosking
By Patrick Hosking - 07 February 12:00

If Gordon Brown were to put VAT on food, it would be exactly what he needs to balance his Budget. Bu

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