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

Move over, Bob Geldof
By Chris Thompson & Dominic Elliott - 14 March 12:00

African special - Observations on the musician's view

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?

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

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

Africa special - Research

Mark Thomas notes it's boom time for arms dealers
By Mark Thomas - 14 March 12:00

By introducing deregulation by stealth, Patricia Hewitt is prising open the gates to an arms bazaar.

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

African special - Observations on Omar Bongo of Gabon

To save Africa we must listen to it
By Richard Dowden - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: the big picture - Their fault or our fault? The blame game doesn't help. More import

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

One nation under a flag
By Jason Cowley - 14 March 12:00

African special - Observations on football

America - Andrew Stephen fears wine drinkers will beat him up
By Andrew Stephen - 14 March 12:00

The new US ambassador to the UN, who once claimed Cuba was developing germ warfare, believes that th

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

When the money goes west
By Michela Wrong - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: corruption - If the ill-gotten gains of the corrupt elite went into, say, mobile-pho

''Parte'', said the frontier guard
By Bert Lodge - 07 March 12:00

Bert Lodge recalls the curious outcome of a mission he undertook for the late Peter Benenson, Amnest

World view - Lindsey Hilsum fills a vacancy in the axis of evil
By Lindsey Hilsum - 07 March 12:00

There is a vacancy in the axis of evil, and the real threat to Syria therefore comes, not from Leban

Everyone is besotted with Blair, but John Pilger kebabs the Tonier-than-thou club
By John Pilger - 07 March 12:00

Those who regard themselves as commissars of the respectable, moral, liberal class should stop covering for Blair.

America - Andrew Stephen watches Hillary get into gear
By Andrew Stephen - 07 March 12:00

I can now say with some certainty that Hillary Clinton will run for the presidency in 2008 - and my

How Korea became cool
By Victoria James - 07 March 12:00

Observations on eastern fashions

"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

Secrets and marriages
By Allegra Stratton - 07 March 12:00

Observations on Egypt

NS Essay - Whether it's sex, drink, schools or culture, the English are extremists
By George Walden - 07 March 12:00

England doesn't deserve its reputation for moderation. Where else do you find, in the same country,

The spice traders' tale
By Sejal Mandalia - 07 March 12:00

Observations on adulterated food

Always someone else's fault
By Sejal Mandalia - 28 February 12:00

Observations on HIV (2)

America - Andrew Stephen sees a big fence going up in Tijuana
By Andrew Stephen - 28 February 12:00

Believe it or not, Bush is a moderate on immigration. But there is angry baying to the right of him,

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.

World view - Michela Wrong asks a murderous question
By Michela Wrong - 28 February 12:00

Told your country was in danger, and your sister-in-law was one of its enemies, could you kill her a

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 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

Clarke faces a fine mess
By Sam Blake - 28 February 12:00

Observations on extradition

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