Rory's week - Rory Bremner imagines Michael Howard as a witch
By Rory Bremner - 05 December 12:00

Adair Turner's proposal that those approaching retirement should carry on in their jobs for another

Preparing Iran for judgement day
By Lindsey Hilsum - 05 December 12:00

President Ahmadinejad is mocked by Tehran's elite for his ugliness, stupidity and smelly socks. Yet

America's ugly war of words
By Andrew Stephen - 05 December 12:00

Observations on chickenhawks

Turkey's disgrace
By Denis MacShane - 28 November 12:00

Observations on censorship

Will Labour stand a chance?
By Haim Baram - 28 November 12:00

Observations on Israel

Sudan: a colony again
By Pieter Tesch - 28 November 12:00

Policed by a large foreign army and administered by international bureaucrats, it has lost control o

By John O'Farrell - 28 November 12:00

They don't shop in the same shops, swim in the same pools or even wait at the same bus stops. Peace

World view - Michela Wrong doubts if a woman is any better
By Michela Wrong - 28 November 12:00

We should be wary of giving too much significance to what Liberia's new president has, or doesn't ha

The futility of secrecy
By Staff blogger - 28 November 12:00

He's done it several times before on a smaller scale, so it seems eminently conceivable that George W Bush should want to finish the job properly.

Our new man at the Vatican
By James Macintyre - 28 November 12:00

Observations on diplomacy

Lindsey Hilsum longs for realpolitik in place of ideology
By Lindsey Hilsum - 21 November 12:00

Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f

Emperor's new clothes
By Christopher Reed - 21 November 12:00

Observations on Japan

Torturers? Who, us?
By Andrew Stephen - 21 November 12:00

While George W Bush thinks everything is just fine, Guantanamo and the abuse of terror suspects are

Inside Guantanamo
By Clive Stafford Smith - 21 November 12:00

Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith regularly visits clients in the prison camp he calls America's "law-free

A lifeline, but not for them
By Robin Pagnamenta - 21 November 12:00

It is vital to the west and worth billions to BP, but will the 1,100-mile pipeline across the Caucas

A national idea goes up in flames
By Adam Sage - 14 November 12:00

Observations on France

America's new enemy is close at home: John Pilger on the rise of the south
By John Pilger - 14 November 12:00

Latin Americans have spent the past few years finding their voices. Now they may have the strength to speak out.

Scandals threaten Lula
By Richard Bourne - 14 November 12:00

Has Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president, blown it for the left in the country? The party he helped found, the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), has been knocked sideways by two different forces.

Rory's week - Rory Bremner can't help agreeing with John Major
By Rory Bremner - 14 November 12:00

Let's look on the bright side: there are a lot of people in Guantanamo who'd give their eye teeth to

NS Interview - Jack Straw
By Mary Riddell - 14 November 12:00

''Tony will go at a time of his own choosing and it won't be soon . . . He's got a great deal more t

Meanwhile, what about Iran?
By Lana Asfour - 07 November 12:00

''The question people are going to ask," said Tony Blair, "is, 'What are you going to do about Iran?' Because - can you imagine a state with an attitude like that having nuclear weapons?" The Prime Minister responded to the Iranian president's threat to wipe out Israel with a question of potenti

In Iraq's wild west
By Lindsey Hilsum - 07 November 12:00

Even Saddam didn't enjoy full control over the far-western tribal belt, so what can the Americans ho

Ambushed: Why America turned on Dubbya
By Andrew Stephen - 07 November 12:00

This isn't just another Washington crisis; it is the worst calamity to befall a president since Wate

Mark Thomas is sickened by Guantanamo
By Mark Thomas - 07 November 12:00

Guantanamo prisoners describe the pain of force-feeding as unbearable: so do not read this while you

Death of the left
By Haim Baram - 31 October 12:00

The only political rivals Ariel Sharon worries about are on the far right. How did the Labour party,

A local paper takes on the Pentagon
By Miriam Wells - 31 October 12:00

Observations on Guantanamo

In brief: Zionism
By Daphna Baram - 31 October 12:00

Zionism is Israel's official state ideology. A vast majority of Israeli Jews, plus many Jews living outside Israel, define themselves as Zionists.

Unwrapping the gift
By Samir El-Youssef - 31 October 12:00

What if the "great experiment" had worked? Palestinian writer Samir El-Youssef reimagines the Israel

Learning the wrong lessons
By Staff blogger - 31 October 12:00

For all the accusations of hubris, there is something lugubrious about Tony Blair's view of the human condition. The British people seem to have little sense of their place in the world beyond uncritical support for America.