Yesterday's news
By Mick Hume - 24 February 12:00

Talk of the Devil: encounters with seven dictators

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Clare Short helps out a tyrant
By Steve Crawshaw - 24 February 12:00

Observations on dictatorships

A terrible viciousness is born
By Nick Cohen - 24 February 12:00

Once, refugees were just scroungers. Now, they are also terrorists and plague carriers. As war appro

Mark Thomas asks why we are so pally with Turkey
By Mark Thomas - 24 February 12:00

Tony Blair sees himself as a leader of steely resolution, but he was so rattled by the anti-war marc

Could Zimbabwe be the next Rwanda?
By Christina Lamb - 24 February 12:00

Christina Lamb hears warnings of genocide as Mugabe's ministers talk openly of reducing the populati

America - Andrew Stephen experiences total white-out
By Andrew Stephen - 24 February 12:00

After heavy snow and big anti-war protests, Bush has lost PR momentum. So expect him to demand a UN

Give music a chance
By Andrew Collins - 24 February 12:00

Despite Damon and Ms Dynamite, today's protest singers can't match Dylan and Lennon

Why the moral stance fails to convince
By Staff blogger - 24 February 12:00

Advertising executives know that, for all the power of greed and aspiration, fear is the most effective sales weapon of all. Will I have an impoverished old age if I don't take up this pension scheme? Will I get a reputation for BO if I don't buy this deodorant?

The Gallic spanner in the US war works
By David Lawday - 24 February 12:00

France and America are almost alone these days in believing they have a civilising mission in the wo

The left discredits itself by pursuing the wrong target
By John Lloyd - 17 February 12:00

The anti-war movement, argues John Lloyd, is guilty of the worst kind of moral equivalence, equating

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

A Victorian idealist in the White House
By Niall Ferguson - 17 February 12:00

The left opposes the war for the wrong reasons. Bush is not a dumb hick who wants to fight the Iraqi

How to bring down Saddam
By Peter Tatchell - 17 February 12:00

Observations on alternatives to war

A nation split down the middle
By Peter Wilby - 17 February 12:00

The Britometer poll

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

Politics - John Kampfner charts Blair's loss of status in Europe
By John Kampfner - 03 February 12:00

The first British leader in a generation to command true influence in Europe has squandered it by pl

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

Observations on Eastern Europe

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

Observations on the World Social Forum

John Pilger accuses the Observer of a great betrayal
By John Pilger - 03 February 12:00

In its leaders supporting the war in Iraq, the Observer proves that it has truly buried its great li

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

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

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

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

George Bush's other poodle
By John Pilger - 20 January 12:00

John Howard, Australia's PM, is the mouse that roars for America, whipping his country into war feve

Can he be stopped?
By John Kampfner - 20 January 12:00

When it comes to war on Iraq, Clare Short has been portrayed as a dissenter. But she tells John Kamp

America - Andrew Stephen identifies a Democratic hope
By Andrew Stephen - 13 January 12:00

Right now, George Bush dwarfs all potential Democratic opponents for 2004. But note one name: Senato

Politics - John Kampfner reveals an Anglo-US split
By John Kampfner - 13 January 12:00

Britain feels betrayed by America over Israel. When Sharon wrecked the proposed conference in London

The most appalling miscalculation
By Staff blogger - 13 January 12:00

Behind all the arguments over the impending war in Iraq lies a curiously undebated subject: the risk that Saddam Hussein will use weapons of mass destruction either before America attacks him or immediately after an attack.

A lesson from Moscow
By Benjamin Wegg-Prosser - 13 January 12:00

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser laments Clare Short's failure to renew aid to a school that supports democracy