Robert Tait was merely a reporter trying to leave the Gaza Strip. Then he fell foul of Israel's secu
Observations on media
There's lots of ruin in a country, it is said. But only the IMF could turn one of Africa's wealthies
By providing food that averts a famine, charities protect dictators from the people's wrath. So is i
In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br
More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the new century
Godfrey Hodgson <em>Princeton Univer
A forthcoming film that shows New York drowning may be based on dodgy science. But as the world gets
US and British public opinion may be more shocked than most Iraqis by the pictures of prisoner abuse
The Dance of 17 Lives: the incredible true story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa
Mick Brown <em>Bloomsbury
Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over
What the New Statesman and several of its commentators such as John Pilger and Ziauddin Sardar have said for the past two years is now being accepted across the political spectrum.
Plan of Attack
Bob Woodward <em>Simon & Schuster, 467pp, £18.99</em>
My mother, aged 19, sold her books to pay the fare to her first teaching job in the bush.
Observations on America and the environment
The Bush administration presents a hard face to the world on climate change. Yet, almost unnoticed on this side of the Atlantic, the US is undergoing seismic shifts of opinion.
The Prime Minister called climate change "the most important issue that we face as a global community", in a recent speech. But what really caught the attention of journalists was his deliberate dropping of the word "environment" from his prepared text.
Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Cheney appear a sorry twosome, unable to grasp unpalatable realit
Cricket in Zimbabwe has no future because it is almost wholly a white game
Landmines kill or maim at least one person every hour and, of the population of Cambodia, one in eve
Blair and co helped to create the hysteria over asylum-seekers. Now they insist the only way to beat
Observations on Bangladesh
The more people are victimised, the less account we take of their witness to torture and abuse
Observations on reinforcements for Iraq
The French in Algeria, the British in Northern Ireland: soldiers have long resorted to abusing and h
They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those
When it comes to Africa, our thirst for justice is best not satisfied: let corrupt leaders know that
And so it has come to this. Just over a year ago, President George W Bush, in his premature announcement of victory, stated that "there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves" in Iraq.
Country folk, tradition has it, are in tune with nature. Wrong. They have long shown woeful ignoranc
Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo