An oak planted in a flowerpot. Raymond Carr on the serendipitous rise of the Spanish empire
By Raymond Carr - 06 January 12:00

Spain's Road to Empire: the making of a world power (1492-1763)

Henry Kamen <em>Allen Lane, The Pe

Lula, a people's last hope
By Sue Branford - 06 January 12:00

Brazil's president says he'll attempt the impossible in this, one of the world's most unequal societ

Can God stop the war?
By Bryan Appleyard - 06 January 12:00

The churches, with Canterbury to the fore, are becoming the main opposition to invading Iraq. This,

NS Essay 2 - 'For Britain, joining Europe was associated with national decline and loss of great power status'
By Alexej Behnisch - 16 December 12:00

In all EU countries, the masses are sceptical about the union. Only in Britain is scepticism shared

NS Profile - Colin Powell
By Andrew Stephen - 16 December 12:00

Our Man of the Year was once a marginal figure in the Bush administration; now, he alone stands in t

Why the French will do a Thatcher
By Heather Grabbe - 16 December 12:00

Observations on Europe

John Pilger reveals the American plan
By John Pilger - 16 December 12:00

Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed wa

The rise of Mblaireki
By Bryan Rostron - 16 December 12:00

Mandela's successor is under fire from his allies, particularly in the unions. He calls them ultra-l

2003: the road to war
By Staff blogger - 16 December 12:00

At some point in 2003, barring miracles, there will be war with Iraq. As every day passes, the impossibility of the task facing the UN weapons inspectors - to prove a negative - becomes clearer.

Mark Thomas wonders if Saddam's men recycle paper
By Mark Thomas - 09 December 12:00

Just under two years ago, Jack Straw believed that Iraq's security forces were even-handed and just.

Waving goodbye
By Nicholas Fearn - 09 December 12:00

The Winter War

William R Trotter <em>Aurum Press, 283pp, £18.99</em>

ISBN 1854108816

America - Andrew Stephen on magic solutions for US schools
By Andrew Stephen - 09 December 12:00

Charter schools and vouchers were supposed to be the magic bullets to improve education. But nobody

NS Profile - The Israeli left
By Stephen Howe - 09 December 12:00

At home, they are regarded as outdated dreamers; abroad, as accomplices in war crimes. They face a b

Why the French call us Londonistan
By John Kampfner - 09 December 12:00

The pressure is on to dump civil liberties. Incredible as it may seem to us, Tony Blair is accused b

America - Andrew Stephen on a monstrous new bureaucracy
By Andrew Stephen - 02 December 12:00

The new Department of Homeland Security will become a monstrous bureaucracy; it's the biggest change

National parks, state schools and hospitals, laws against pollution: all could be under threat from the World Trade Organisation
By Nick Cohen - 02 December 12:00

Nick Cohen reveals the astonishing details of how a little-noticed international agreement could und

Mark Thomas pooh-poohs the plot to gas us
By Mark Thomas - 25 November 12:00

The government is trying to alarm you about terrorist attacks just as the weapons inspectors go into

America - Andrew Stephen on America's top women
By Andrew Stephen - 25 November 12:00

Nancy Pelosi, who has reached the highest office ever achieved by a woman in US politics, is conside

The Pope's political troops
By John Lloyd - 25 November 12:00

The left has less to fear from right-wing extremists than from the new centre-right which, with a st

World at war
By John Gray - 25 November 12:00

Terror on the Tube and plans to invade Iraq are just the beginning. Industrialisation, it was though

An unlikely supporter
By Johann Hari - 25 November 12:00

Observations on anti-globalisation

Devil's advocate. Neil Clark challenges "one of the most effective demonisation campaigns of modern times"
By Neil Clark - 25 November 12:00

Milosevic: a biography

Adam LeBor <em>Bloomsbury, 386pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0747560900

Just like his pal Silvio
By Nick Cohen - 18 November 12:00

Tony Blair, assisted by a posse of unelected advisers, propaganda paid for by our taxes, and a subse

America - Andrew Stephen says Resolution 1441 suits Bush fine
By Andrew Stephen - 18 November 12:00

As 250,000 ground troops get ready to invade Iraq, the assumption is that Saddam Hussein will be top

Under Ataturk's portrait
By Mihir Bose - 11 November 12:00

Mihir Bose finds more headscarves and less <em>raki</em> as Turkey's secular state faces creeping Is

Whatever happened to No Logo?
By Johann Hari - 11 November 12:00

Until recently, the anti-globalisation movement looked set to become the defining new element in pol

How Spain can lead the world
By John Carlin - 11 November 12:00

Observations on Gibraltar

The great socialist shame
By Geoffrey Robertson - 11 November 12:00

Left-wing thinkers backed policies that tore Aborigine girls from their mothers

America - Andrew Stephen analyses the American elections
By Andrew Stephen - 11 November 12:00

The Democrats gave the Republicans a free ride in the mid-term elections: their leaders were so inep

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