A few days ago, the Foreign Office - and let us at least give it credit for increased transparency - issued its annual report on arms control. It reveals that licences were granted for £992m-worth of arms exports in 2003.
Throughout academia, the study of terrorism is booming. But in reality, argues Kevin Toolis, these "
Bloody Foreigners: the story of immigration to Britain
Robert Winder <em>Little, Brown, 403pp, £20
Since the planes crashed into the twin towers, African countries have known that to receive western
Andrew Simms dissects the pitiful record of G8, a summit of the industrialised countries that specia
Except in particularly vulnerable parts of the world, such as Bangladesh and some Pacific islands, humanity watches rising sea levels with equanimity. Rising oil prices, however, cause panic.
The English tourists were split into tribes - until somebody mentioned immigrants
Observations on troops in Iraq
Observations on computer games
We live, it is said, in a "nanny state" that constantly tries to regulate our lifestyles. This is almost the exact opposite of the truth. A nanny's first duty is to have a care for her charges' bodily health, ensuring good diet and frequent exercise.
If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and
Urbanisation, TV and the growing employment of women have led to steeply falling birth rates, even i
Shareholders wanted the Mirror editor out long before the allegedly bogus photos. Does anyone care t
Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma
We know about his economic policies. But where does the Chancellor stand on wars, Israel, schools, a
Observations on media
There's lots of ruin in a country, it is said. But only the IMF could turn one of Africa's wealthies
By providing food that averts a famine, charities protect dictators from the people's wrath. So is i
In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br
Observations on America and the environment
The Bush administration presents a hard face to the world on climate change. Yet, almost unnoticed on this side of the Atlantic, the US is undergoing seismic shifts of opinion.
Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Cheney appear a sorry twosome, unable to grasp unpalatable realit
The Prime Minister called climate change "the most important issue that we face as a global community", in a recent speech. But what really caught the attention of journalists was his deliberate dropping of the word "environment" from his prepared text.
US and British public opinion may be more shocked than most Iraqis by the pictures of prisoner abuse
A forthcoming film that shows New York drowning may be based on dodgy science. But as the world gets
What the New Statesman and several of its commentators such as John Pilger and Ziauddin Sardar have said for the past two years is now being accepted across the political spectrum.
Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over
Plan of Attack
Bob Woodward <em>Simon & Schuster, 467pp, £18.99</em>