The government of Qatar is well known for its forays into foreign policy, and is accused by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia of buying the votes in last year's Somali election. Now it has turned its attention to Sudan.
The fact is that it is now Israel, not Iran, that is making barely veiled threats of military aggression. But diplomacy needs a certain amount of trust on both sides to work.
Week-long protests following an increase in fuel prices mean that the situation is critical for President al-Bashir.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about what Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate got wrong.
Canadian artist Rosea Lake has seen her artwork appropriated by a far-right political group in Belgium and used to oppose 'Islamification'.
It's not too late for the world to learn the lesson of the US's foreign policy mistakes.
As she faces re-election, the signs are that Angela Merkel’s commitment to the euro stretches only so far as the maths continue to work for Germany. Andrew Gimson on the roots of a genial but ruthlessly pragmatic politician.
64 per cent of British people consider it to be more of a problem than an opportunity, according to the Transatlantic Trends survey. But there is cause for optimism.
One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?
In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?
How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?
Remember this – 99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas.
The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.
Britain has shown that its notion of how to conduct world affairs turns on strong but unrealistic opinions fuelled by moral outrage. Let’s leave serious nations to get on with defending the world, shall we?
As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
Obama could not be clearer: something needs to be done about Assad. But he is ducking every opportunity to act.
Michael Kinsley is a Syria hypocrite. You should be, too.
Across Europe, the dramatic shift of political strategy is still poorly understood by progressives.
Next week London hosts the world’s largest arms fair, the "Defence Security Equipment International" (DSEi) exhibition, organised with the help of the British government and part-subsidised by the UK taxpayer.
Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.
Syrian refugees could soon account for 30% of Lebanon's population. Its people fear it will fall back into yet another conflict.
They're not leaderless, they're not all middle class and they don't want a revolution.
In refusing to grant a majority for early military action, MPs were rejecting not interventionism per se but a particular – and unwise – intervention.
"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.
In passing the decision on Syria strikes on to Congress, the President has decided it's better to look like a coward than a hypocrite.
Labour leader argues that next week's G20 meeting in Russia is the time to advance the cause of peace in Syria.
Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.