The debate on asylum and immigration has become polarised.
They lower academic standards, jump the queue for benefits, spread TB: these are the charges flung a
Observations on media
The Middle Mind: why Americans don't think for themselves
Curtis White <em>Allen Lane, the Penguin
Colombia's neoliberal president has used the military to take control of large areas. But the guerri
Epidemics of disease ravage Aboriginal communities in Australia as they did the slums of 19th-centur
The corrupt president is backed only by the old and poor. In Lithuania, that's a lot of people
The century's big issue is not equality in the conventional sense. It is whether we can share with o
Tony Blair should hold his nerve. Far from regarding EU enlargement on 1 May as a threat - because it will allow unrestricted access to migrants from the new member states - the UK should see it as an opportunity.
John Kampfner in Moscow finds mega malls on the horizon and some of Europe's most fashionable bars a
In recent weeks, the British media have been overrun with scare stories of an imminent influx of Roma - or gypsy - peoples from central Europe.
Observations on the environment
Martha Stewart personified the American dream: the poor immigrants' daughter who marketed a gracious
Some lived in Georgian double-storey houses. But during apartheid's heyday, they all had to leave be
They come from all corners of the globe, but only when they meet their strange, lonely deaths, as th
Observations on Philippines
The Real Fidel Castro
Leycester Coltman <em>Yale University Press, 335pp, £25</em>
Observations on Pakistan's nuclear scandal
In the US, the issue of Saddam's non-existent weapons has not caused the ructions it has in Britain.
After the Empire: the breakdown of the American order
Emmanuel Todd <em>Columbia, 233pp, £21</em>
Observations on the New Hampshire primary
Bush's announcement of a mission to Mars is complete bunkum. The technology to get human beings ther
In India, pressures on the water supply created by a Coca-Cola plant have caused wells to dry up. Is
Observations on the war on terrorism
At Christmas, Bosnian Serbs were thrilled to get a text message greeting from Radovan Karadzic. But
Observations on the US primaries
Russian policy in Chechnya is breeding terrorists
The State of the Union address, the first foray of Election 2004, inevitably ended with God, who Bus
A seasoned foreign correspondent, John Kampfner thought himself inured to conflict. Then he went to