Would Scrooge have been so keen to buy presents for everybody if Marley had taken him on one more jo
It has a democratic president, a moderate social reform programme . . . and rather a lot of oil
Observations on India
The beginning of the religious festival of Advent in America coincides with the biggest and most fre
European integration, some evangelists say, is another popish plot or worse. Janet Bush reads the si
Observations on EU enlargement
The English barely throw parties, let alone pots and pans. Sara Ferro Ribeiro on how to liven up New
Observations on the Commonwealth summit
Zimbabwe faces a new threat of violence, and this time it is not coming from Mugabe.
A Palestinian academic and a former head of the Israeli secret police are bringing hope to the stall
The aristocracy need only worry about gout, syphilis and falling off polo ponies - industrial accide
Buried deep beneath the schmaltz and tinsel of this season of excess is a message for us about our p
The occupation is turning Iraq into a weak, violent state, but we shouldn't just call for a handover
Israeli town planners hoped to entice people to "instant cities" in the desert hills, but instead cr
Observations on special relationships
Oil could make a tiny African country, plagued by poverty and disease, as rich as Kuwait. But a US-b
To the alarm of Clintonistas, Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt are fighting an old-style battle for the
Countries and corporations that belch out carbon emissions and shun Kyoto might think again if they
Georgia's revolt was something to celebrate. Does it matter that it was funded by a billionaire?
Observations on the special relationship
Russians go to the polls in a few days. Moscow's super-rich may give the brutal new consumer culture
Once again, world leaders meet to hear of new threats posed by global warming. Once again, they appear unable to act. George Marshall and Mark Lynas explain why.
In northern Uganda, thousands of children are abducted and subjected to atrocities. Is this another
Observations on Palestine
The bombers of Istanbul may be alarming, as is the threat that they could next hit a British city. The mindset of British and US leaders, however, is more alarming.
Ever since he travelled to the Soviet Union and China as a young man nearly 20 years ago, Nicholas W
Vladimir Putin is beginning to mould the new Russia in his own image.