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

The Britometer poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small nation, big spanner in works
By Mark Almond - 13 January 12:00

Observations on Lithuania

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

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,

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.

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

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

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