An Iraqi's best bodyguard?
By Claire McKendrick - 17 February 12:00

Observations on human shields

War: the case has failed
By Staff blogger - 17 February 12:00

Could anybody have imagined, a year ago, that we would now be so close to war with Iraq?

What happens if Saddam fights back with chemical and biological warfare?
By Paul Moorcraft - 17 February 12:00

London and Washington insist the Iraqi dictator has weapons of mass destruction. If so, war planners

Doves fly high in the east
By Neil Clark - 17 February 12:00

Observations on protest in Europe

Taoist visions
By Ned Denny - 10 February 12:00

Art - Ned Denny enters the strange, invisible world of Chinese landscape paintings

America - Andrew Stephen on America's stressed-out students
By Andrew Stephen - 10 February 12:00

US parents are so ambitious for their children that only Harvard, Yale or Princeton will do. Even th

Take me somewhere good
By Jan Morris - 10 February 12:00

Which of the six nominated UK cities will become the European Capital of Culture 2008? Jan Morris fi

The end of the space age
By Marina Benjamin - 10 February 12:00

Even science fiction no longer tells tales of voyages to other worlds. Travel beyond earth ceased to

Mark Thomas on an al-Qaeda recruiting campaign
By Mark Thomas - 10 February 12:00

It's not true that most Iraqi exiles want a war. Who would want 3,000 missiles raining down on their

Cristina Odone remembers the Pledge of Allegiance
By Cristina Odone - 10 February 12:00

Every day, US schoolchildren are reminded that theirs is God's country

The beginnings of a new prejudice
By Chris Byrne - 03 February 12:00

I am 29 years old, born and bred in Aldershot, Hampshire. I have lived in England all my life with no criminal record. I have qualifications as a mental health nurse and I have just finished a course on teaching English as a foreign language.

America - Andrew Stephen asks if Bush has finally had it
By Andrew Stephen - 03 February 12:00

The largest number of job losses since the Second World War, middle-class incomes down, and a drop i

Perverse rage of the oppressed
By Claire Messud - 03 February 12:00

Claire Messud on the lessons of Algeria, home to many of those recently arrested as suspected terror

The chosen ones
By Isabel Hilton - 03 February 12:00

China's New Rulers: the secret files

Edited by Andrew J Nathan and Bruce Gilley <em>Granta Books,

Terrorism: the price we pay for poverty
By John Kampfner - 03 February 12:00

A cabinet minister says it at last: if we truly want security, we must do far more to end misery and

Oriental Lolitas
By Susanna Jones - 03 February 12:00

While paedophilia causes growing hysteria in the west, the Japanese, even in public, read comic book

In their silence over Iraq, the Observer have committed a great betrayal
By John Pilger - 03 February 12:00

The lineage of the paper's great editor David Astor is undermined by its negligence today.

The master's faithful servants
By Mark Almond - 03 February 12:00

Observations on Eastern Europe

Pay any price, bear any burden?
By John Lloyd - 03 February 12:00

Idealism and vision have returned to America. Why, ask some, should the Arab world, with a US-led dr

An unimaginably big tent
By Edward Miliband - 03 February 12:00

Observations on the World Social Forum

Who's afraid of Rebekah Wade?
By Helena Smith - 27 January 12:00

Observations on Hans Blix

Proof of America's weapons of mass destruction
By Mark Thomas - 27 January 12:00

Wars and conflicts have been started for many spurious reasons that, at the time, seemed noble enough but, on reflection, amounted to little more than a diplomatic version of "Is your asylum-seeker looking at my pint?" None, to my knowledge, has been started upon the discovery of 11 empty shell

A talent to provoke. Richard Gott grapples with a revisionist's defence of empire
By Richard Gott - 27 January 12:00

Empire: how Britain made the modern world

Niall Ferguson <em>Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 392pp,

The puppet master
By Andrew Stephen - 27 January 12:00

The US thought it could swat Saddam like a fly. But the Iraqi dictator has manoeuvred so cleverly th

Teachers take to the barricades
By Bulent Yusuf - 27 January 12:00

Observations on Northern Cyprus

The land of anthrax and H-bombs
By Michael Church - 27 January 12:00

It came into being when Stalin decreed it and the Soviets used it for testing weapons of mass destru

How to stop tears in Argentina
By Johann Hari - 27 January 12:00

Observations on direct democracy

Is Russia closing in on itself again?
By John Lloyd - 27 January 12:00

Vladimir Putin wants to play a central role in international affairs. But he also shares his country

NS Essay - 'American culture is animated by a heresy: that human nature is not inherently flawed but essentially good'
By John Gray - 20 January 12:00

The real danger of President Bush's plans for Iraq is that they are based on the belief that evil ca