Iraq handover - Puppet regimes have had a poor record over the past 2,000 years. Allawi is unlikely
Iraq handover - Lindsey Hilsum in Baghdad learns where to buy a CD-Rom on how to make a bomb, and ar
Blair can't keep out of the US elections. When he is pictured shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush, he giv
Observations on the European Commission president
Iraq handover - The Bush administration, having lost control of events, is unravelling, with even me
In looking after their interests abroad, the French have overlooked bribery, corruption and even gen
With the November elections looming, the administration suddenly cares about what other countries sa
If the results of the local and European elections look dire for new Labour, they look better when compared with the results across the Continent. Tony Blair's Labour polled 23 per cent, the party's worst performance in a national election since 1918.
In its D-Day issue, the Observer presented Blair with pat-a-cake questions. His inane replies were not challenged.
The Americans claim to want to nurture reform in the Arab world, yet they ban the tiny Gulf state of
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.
D-Day for British politics - The UK Independence Party wants freedom from Europe only in order to tu
D-Day for British politics - Respect, the alliance between the Muslim Association of Britain and the
Andrew Simms dissects the pitiful record of G8, a summit of the industrialised countries that specia
In India, the world's largest democracy, democracy has been prohibited. The owners of property have
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.
Technology policy in an election year? Don't hold your breath. And anyway, President Bush is no techno-phile. His most coherent thought on the network society came during the 2000 race.
''Dubbya, Dubbya, Dubbya." It was 8.30pm at a stadium on the edge of Detroit, and on the giant central podium an increasingly pink-cheeked Candice Miller, a Republican congresswoman, was doing her best to warm up the crowd. It was not easy going.
If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and
We know about his economic policies. But where does the Chancellor stand on wars, Israel, schools, a
In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br
Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma
They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those
Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo
And so it has come to this. Just over a year ago, President George W Bush, in his premature announcement of victory, stated that "there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves" in Iraq.
George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t
Across the democratic world, governing elites are mistrusted, whatever their policies. Blair's decis
Barbara Smith judges that the chances for Arab-Israeli peace are as bleak as they have ever been. Ye