The NS interview: Ed Butler

The retired brigadier, original mastermind of Britain's strategy for fighting the Taliban, now belie

‘‘I became hooked’’
By Andrea Busfield - 13 August 8:24

After four years reporting the war, Andrea Busfield decided to move to Kabul. In this magical, moder

Obama’s empire
By Catherine Lutz - 30 July 9:03

The 44th president of the United States was elected amid hopes that he would roll back his country’s

By Staff blogger - 23 July 13:00

The water babies

Lives on the line
By Richard Dowden - 23 July 13:00

Will the world recession return African economies to their knees? Not if China has anything to do wi

Band of brothers
By Rachel Shabi - 16 July 11:37

Observations on musical Israel

“We Uighur, we are powerless”
By New Statesman - 16 July 11:37

Violence in the Chinese region of Urumqi has left 156 people dead. Now the Chinese government is bla

‘‘Why not me?’’
By Patrick Hennessey - 16 July 11:37

A recent veteran of the Afghan conflict describes the pain of watching comrades fall and insists tha

The game’s as good as lost
By Martin Jacques - 16 July 11:37

Afghanistan has proved the deathbed of every imperial project that has sought to tame it. Sooner or

Into the inferno
By Arundhati Roy - 16 July 11:37

The Indian government has joined forces with corporate giants to create a police state, making peopl

Make no mistake, this imperial war in Afghanistan cannot be won
By Staff blogger - 16 July 11:37

We warned in 2001 that this conflict could put Britain and the US on the wrong side of the moral arg

A legacy of repression
By Isabel Hilton - 09 July 11:29

The clashes in Xinjiang are yet another reminder of the fragility of the Chinese state. How much lon

Asia’s petro billionaires
By Sholto Byrnes - 09 July 11:29

Observations on Brunei's monarchy

The empire strikes back
By Peter Wilby - 02 July 12:18

On the eve of an eagerly awaited Ashes series, Peter Wilby reveals how the forces of globalisation a

By Staff blogger - 02 July 12:18

India’s endless summer

Put a little spice in your box
By Ziauddin Sardar - 02 July 12:18

Viagra can now be bought over the counter at Boots. But hold on – look east and you will find far be

We all need to flush
By Rose George - 25 June 11:37

Diarrhoea kills more children than Aids or malaria. But clean water supplies are only part of the so

A new sun rises in the east
By Martin Jacques - 25 June 11:37

China will emerge over the next half-century as the world’s leading power. But how will Chinese hege

Pride and prejudice
By Anisha Ahmed - 25 June 11:37

Observations on Indian Gay Pride

Tigers under the bed
By Brad Adams - 18 June 10:53

Observations on the Tamil Tigers

After the revolution
By Dominic Sandbrook - 16 June 10:58

30 years on from the Islamic revolution, can sensible, sober diplomacy win out?

Mosquitoes bite back
By Mike Barrett - 11 June 13:12

Observations on malaria

The new nuclear power
By Glyn Ford - 04 June 18:48

Observations on North Korea

Beijing's students, a generation on
By Danny Vincent - 28 May 14:10

How has life as a student in Beijing changed since the events in Tiananmen Square 20 years ago?

Desperately seeking democracy
By Isabel Hilton - 28 May 14:10

For almost a century, the Chinese people have called for freedom. Personal liberty has grown since T

Haji's war on drugs
By Sam Alexandroni - 21 May 12:37

Observations on Pakistan

The lady's not for turning
By David Scott Mathieson - 19 May 10:52

Doubts about Aung San Suu Kyi's political relevance can be dismissed. She remains the symbol of defi

John Pilger on the distant voices and desperate lives of the Tamils
By John Pilger - 14 May 11:02

History teaches us that when no one listens, tragedy ensues. Sri Lanka’s Tamils face terrible suffering; we must hear them.

Obama is part of the problem
By Fatima Bhutto - 14 May 11:02

War rages in the North-West Frontier and the poor are embracing the Taliban because they at least fi

Laboratory of Jihad
By David Gardner - 14 May 11:02

Saudi Arabia has become a laboratory of jihad, spreading poison throughout the Muslim world. Can ref