Who'd take a $500 job in Africa?
By Kwamchetsi Makokha - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: emigration - Thousands of students are sent to foreign universities, but then stay a

a two-minute guide
By Tom Baird and Nosheen Iqbal - 14 March 12:00

Africa special - Research

The future is to follow China
By Moeletsi Mbeki - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: trade - Foreign-owned companies operating in Africa and the rural poor are victims o

The business - Patrick Hosking learns how to ruin the banks
By Patrick Hosking - 14 March 12:00

Just like eBay, a new online business is cutting out the middleman - in this case, the banks. Can it

Le doyen du continent
By John Ghazvinian - 14 March 12:00

African special - Observations on Omar Bongo of Gabon

This time, get Africa's priorities right
By Staff blogger - 14 March 12:00

As you read this, Tony Blair's 17-member Commission for Africa, originally proposed by Bob Geldof, will be publishing its report. For a few days, we shall hear fine words, see heart- rending pictures and marvel at Mr Geldof's passion. But we have been here before. Remember Live Aid?

We need more spirit, less obedience
By Diran Adebayo - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: psyche - Diran Adebayo, Yoruba by origin, wonders if something in Africans' upbringi

A disease that can be beaten
By Bob Snow & Nick White - 14 March 12:00

African special - Observations on malaria

The new tragedy of the commons
By Camilla Toulmin - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: land -The enclosures are coming as the rich grab land that poor people have farmed f

The business - Patrick Hosking questions the bank's profits
By Patrick Hosking - 07 March 12:00

It's possible that the big bank profits aren't really profits at all. If the credit bubble bursts, b

Charlie Whelan says . . .
By Charlie Whelan - 07 March 12:00

Don't believe it - "Blair should take credit for minimum wage hike"

The Bling Bling List
By John Kampfner - 07 March 12:00

It's the super-rich who have done best under Labour. The top one per cent have seen their wealth ris

"People in England live differently . . ."
By Christina Zaba - 07 March 12:00

Polish migrants work for tiny wages that British workers won't accept. But many have only the hazies

Can celebrity endorsement save the planet?
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 28 February 12:00

Fair trade special - Any charity appeal now wants a celebrity backer, plus T-shirts and wristbands.

Can free trade be fair trade?
By Martin Vander Weyer - 28 February 12:00

Fair trade special - It's unfair when poor countries can't sell their goods here. It's also unfair t

The rich aroma of large profits
By Tom Wall - 28 February 12:00

Fair trade special issue - Big companies are now offering their own ethical brands. Is this a genuin

Russian ladies start lunching
By Viv Groskop - 28 February 12:00

Observations on charity

What Mandy did next
By Barbara Gunnell - 28 February 12:00

Fair trade special - Will the new EU trade commissioner give poor countries a fairer chance to sell

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.

Hard times on the bench
By Edward Howker - 28 February 12:00

With one in four magistrates' courts shut down, justice is rotting at the foundations, reports Edwar

Fair trade - the confused consumer's guide<br />

Fair trade special - By Dominic Elliott and Christopher Thompson<br />

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 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 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

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