Observations on the World Social Forum
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.
The largest number of job losses since the Second World War, middle-class incomes down, and a drop i
Claire Messud on the lessons of Algeria, home to many of those recently arrested as suspected terror
China's New Rulers: the secret files
Edited by Andrew J Nathan and Bruce Gilley <em>Granta Books,
A cabinet minister says it at last: if we truly want security, we must do far more to end misery and
The lineage of the paper's great editor David Astor is undermined by its negligence today.
While paedophilia causes growing hysteria in the west, the Japanese, even in public, read comic book
It came into being when Stalin decreed it and the Soviets used it for testing weapons of mass destru
Observations on direct democracy
Vladimir Putin wants to play a central role in international affairs. But he also shares his country
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
Empire: how Britain made the modern world
Niall Ferguson <em>Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 392pp,
The US thought it could swat Saddam like a fly. But the Iraqi dictator has manoeuvred so cleverly th
The Irish War of Independence
Michael Hopkinson <em>Gill & Macmillan, 274pp, £20</em>
Observations on Northern Cyprus
The Prime Minister's fate is in the hands of Donald Rumsfeld. It is an alarming prospect, but Downing Street strategists know that if the US defence secretary wins the latest battle for the president's ear it could spell disaster. "We think Bush is with us.
John Howard is the mouse that roars for America, whipping his country into war fever.
When it comes to war on Iraq, Clare Short has been portrayed as a dissenter. But she tells John Kamp
The real danger of President Bush's plans for Iraq is that they are based on the belief that evil ca
Australians were on hand even for the Boer war and the Boxer Rebellion. They were involved in more o
Observations on Lithuania
Right now, George Bush dwarfs all potential Democratic opponents for 2004. But note one name: Senato
Benjamin Wegg-Prosser laments Clare Short's failure to renew aid to a school that supports democracy
Britain feels betrayed by America over Israel. When Sharon wrecked the proposed conference in London
Observations on South Africa
Three countries are currently targets for western opprobrium: Iraq, North Korea and Zimbabwe. It is no doubt a tiresome, left cliche that the present state of all three owes much to foreign and particularly western imperialism; but cliches often happen to be true.