What next? Don't ask Washington
By Andrew Stephen - 31 January 12:00

Iraq elections - The principles of the Bush administration are elastic. The future of Iran and Iraq

Politics - John Kampfner observes Operation Bush Dance
By John Kampfner - 31 January 12:00

As the government gently distances us from Washington, Jack Straw's low-key diplomacy in Iran has be

A brief guide to Iraqi democracy
By Laura Barnett - 31 January 12:00

Iraq elections -

Only one muted cheer for Iraqi democracy
By Staff blogger - 31 January 12:00

The first democratic elections in Iraq's history ought to be an occasion for celebration, arousing the same emotions as the first such in South Africa.

An election riven with contradictions
By Lindsey Hilsum - 31 January 12:00

It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme

How the west followed Bin Laden's script
By Staff blogger - 24 January 12:00

The world, it was said, had changed for ever after 11 September 2001. Since 1945, international conflicts had had only a limited effect on western homelands, particularly the American homeland.

Why Abbas is already frozen out
By Daphna Baram - 24 January 12:00

The new Palestinian leader doesn't matter to Israel. The real negotiation is with America

America - Andrew Stephen fears for FDR's welfare legacy
By Andrew Stephen - 24 January 12:00

Just as Bush and his team marshalled facts and factoids of doubtful provenance to justify invading I

John Pilger denounces EU appeasement of Burma
By John Pilger - 24 January 12:00

With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right. In Burma

The press unites in ignorance
By David Edwards and David Cromwell - 24 January 12:00

Observations on Iraq (2)

NS Essay -'Words matter in politics: the term "poll tax" was a winner for the left,"nanny state" is a winner for the right'
By Richard Reeves - 24 January 12:00

What's in a word? In politics, everything, argues Richard Reeves. Get the language right and you can

A Modest Defence of The President and His Policies of Creative Destruction
By John Gray - 17 January 12:00

Inauguration - John Gray justifies Fallujah and Guantanamo and looks forward to further developments

The president takes our lie-detector test
By William Brett - 17 January 12:00

Inauguration - Research

Coronation, Texas-style
By Andrew Stephen - 17 January 12:00

With US soldiers dying in Iraq, he could have kept it low-key. Instead, he wants $40m worth of balls

When the people spoke
By Guy Lodge - 17 January 12:00

Observations on citizens' assemblies

It's a nightmare, but will it come true?
By Anatol Lieven - 17 January 12:00

Inauguration - Four more years of unfettered Bush may sound like a disaster for America and the worl

Pinochet's legacy still flourishes
By Tom Burgis - 17 January 12:00

Observations on Chile

A winning way with the ladies
By Sarah Baxter - 17 January 12:00

Inauguration - He's no pin-up and he is hardly the perfect family man, but George W has a certain so

The other tsunami
By John Pilger - 10 January 12:00

While the sea may have killed tens of thousands, western policies kill millions every year. Yet even

The issue is our humanity, not God's divinity
By Staff blogger - 10 January 12:00

Let us not deceive ourselves. The Asian tsunami has dominated the media for several days because it is a simple but dramatic story that broke between Christmas and New Year, usually the deadest time of all for news. The images (lots of weeping light-brown children) are a picture editor's dream.

Land of the free, home of the stingy
By Andrew Stephen - 10 January 12:00

Tsunami 2: Americans, who think they are uniquely generous, give just five cents a day each to chari

Shias wait for elections, or war
By Stephen Grey - 01 January 12:00

Observations on Iraq

The snake and the hedgehog
By Peter Nolan - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - You could say that, in marrying state and market, China is pursuing the Third Way. But

Nothing to lose but their power
By Wang Chaohua - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - The workers' party has become the party of a graduate elite, and its cells are require

The right turns on to technology
By James Crabtree - 01 January 12:00

2005: New media - The British left holds up Howard Dean's US campaign as a model. How wrong

A boom financed by taxes on the poor
By Mobo Gao - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - Inequalities are not based only on wages. Peasants have to pay more than 100 levies to

Hong Kong's timid pursuit of democracy
By Steve Tsang - 01 January 12:00

2005: China -

Half a superpower
By John Gittings - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - China still punches below its weight on the international stage, but it is the only c

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