If Assad is removed, who will succeed him? Even if there is a viable successor, it is likely that the bloodshed will continue, with infighting between rebel groups and lots of scoresettling.
The west must maintain its financial support for culture and cultural diplomacy. If it fails to do so, China’s gain in global influence and trade will be our loss.
Labour, the Lib Dems, two-thirds of Tory MPs and, now, Boris Johnson are all opposed to arming the rebels. This is an argument Cameron cannot win.
There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.
Instead of feeding starving humans, we funnel huge amounts of crops through the animals we use for food. G8 leaders must call for change at next week's summit.
The decision by the Obama administration to provide lethal aid means that the Prime Minister can no longer remain on the fence.
The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.
On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.
We have been fighting the war on drugs for 40 years at great cost. Yet sometimes we all feel that we have been aimlessly pedalling a stationary bicycle. You look to your right, you look to your left, and yet you always see the same landscape – demand for
The upcoming elections in Iran will be neither free nor fair, says Trita Parsi, but people are still willing to consider voting to challenge the establishment.
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era o
While the ANC has spent years bravely resisting apartheid, it has no experience of government. Sarah Baxter assesses the problems facing Nelson Mandela in power.
Claims of global conspiracy seem far-fetched but Bilderberg does represent an immense networking and lobbying opportunity, says Nelson Jones. The concerns of rabble-rousing Texan radio host Alex Jones may be risible but those of Labour MP Michael Meacher
It is now the responsibility of the left to support the Syrian people, but be critical friends, remaining true to their principles.
Expose injustice and pay the price.
At three big international summits being held in the UK over the next fortnight, nothing less than the fate of the world’s poorest people is at stake.
The real causes of hunger are inequality of wealth and power, not a lack of big business. So the G8 leaders should abandon their efforts to promote the corporate takeover of African agriculture, and instead support the demands of the African farmers’ grou
The <em>Guardian</em>'s stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.
The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.
A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.
What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.
Protests and police brutality.
We shouldn't allow the experience of Iraq to prejudice us against intervention in every other case.
Governor Chris Christie's cosy relationship with Obama could turn and bite him in the Primaries.
We should remember the price lawyers sometimes pay for the courageous defence of their clients.
If you want the bottom line about why William Hague and other dignitaries are in Israel for sham talks about peace, look at the bottom line.
The UK has long enjoyed a rich relationship with Pakistan.
The certainties that sustained notions of European unity and social solidarity are collapsing. The financial structures that formed the foundations of old Europe have warped and are destroying it. So, where next?
Keynes, Hobson, Marx - and the crisis of capitalism.