Iraq now has the keys, but do they work?
By Lindsey Hilsum - 05 July 13:00

Iraq handover - Lindsey Hilsum in Baghdad learns where to buy a CD-Rom on how to make a bomb, and ar

Why Labour should campaign for Kerry
By Sunder Katwala - 05 July 13:00

Blair can't keep out of the US elections. When he is pictured shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush, he giv

A dedicated friend of the rich
By Tom Gallagher - 05 July 13:00

Observations on the European Commission president

Now Dubbya shifts into reverse gear
By Andrew Stephen - 05 July 13:00

Iraq handover - The Bush administration, having lost control of events, is unravelling, with even me

The stooge of Baghdad
By Kevin Toolis - 05 July 13:00

Iraq handover - Puppet regimes have had a poor record over the past 2,000 years. Allawi is unlikely

France's secret dirty wars
By Becky Tinsley - 28 June 13:00

In looking after their interests abroad, the French have overlooked bribery, corruption and even gen

America - Andrew Stephen sees the end of US unilateralism
By Andrew Stephen - 21 June 13:00

With the November elections looming, the administration suddenly cares about what other countries sa

Why Europe's voters stayed at home
By Staff blogger - 21 June 13:00

If the results of the local and European elections look dire for new Labour, they look better when compared with the results across the Continent. Tony Blair's Labour polled 23 per cent, the party's worst performance in a national election since 1918.

A very good monarch
By Robert Chesshyre - 14 June 13:00

Observations on Ronald Reagan

John Pilger denounces the liberal press (yes, NStoo)
By John Pilger - 14 June 13:00

In its D-Day issue, the Observer presented Blair with pat-a-cake questions. His inane replies were n

World view - Lindsey Hilsum wants Europe to help the Middle East
By Lindsey Hilsum - 14 June 13:00

The Americans claim to want to nurture reform in the Arab world, yet they ban the tiny Gulf state of

An arms sales ban would cost us nothing
By Staff blogger - 14 June 13:00

A few days ago, the Foreign Office - and let us at least give it credit for increased transparency - issued its annual report on arms control. It reveals that licences were granted for £992m-worth of arms exports in 2003.

Pleased to bow to Uncle Sam
By Neil Clark - 07 June 13:00

D-Day for British politics - The UK Independence Party wants freedom from Europe only in order to tu

Saddam's very own party
By Nick Cohen - 07 June 13:00

D-Day for British politics - Respect, the alliance between the Muslim Association of Britain and the

Deaf to the world beyond them
By Andrew Simms - 07 June 13:00

Andrew Simms dissects the pitiful record of G8, a summit of the industrialised countries that specia

The rape of the wilderness
By Tristram Hunt - 31 May 13:00

If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and

That was the vote. Now for the real election
By George Monbiot - 31 May 13:00

In India, the world's largest democracy, democracy has been prohibited. The owners of property have

How to cut obesity
By Staff blogger - 31 May 13:00

We live, it is said, in a "nanny state" that constantly tries to regulate our lifestyles. This is almost the exact opposite of the truth. A nanny's first duty is to have a care for her charges' bodily health, ensuring good diet and frequent exercise.

On the political agenda
By James Crabtree - 31 May 13:00

Technology policy in an election year? Don't hold your breath. And anyway, President Bush is no techno-phile. His most coherent thought on the network society came during the 2000 race.

The president wiggles his hips in Detroit
By Alec Russell - 31 May 13:00

''Dubbya, Dubbya, Dubbya." It was 8.30pm at a stadium on the edge of Detroit, and on the giant central podium an increasingly pink-cheeked Candice Miller, a Republican congresswoman, was doing her best to warm up the crowd. It was not easy going.

What Brown would do in No 10
By John Kampfner - 24 May 13:00

We know about his economic policies. But where does the Chancellor stand on wars, Israel, schools, a

Can judges restore America's honour?
By Nick Cohen - 24 May 13:00

In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br

The pro-war camp is struck dumb
By Andrew Stephen - 24 May 13:00

Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma

America's barbecue vote
By Becky Tinsley - 10 May 13:00

They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those

America - Andrew Stephen fears it's too little, too late for Kerry
By Andrew Stephen - 10 May 13:00

Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo

After the bombs, a broom handle is nothing
By Staff blogger - 10 May 13:00

And so it has come to this. Just over a year ago, President George W Bush, in his premature announcement of victory, stated that "there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves" in Iraq.

America - Andrew Stephen dissects Bush's U-turn on the UN
By Andrew Stephen - 03 May 13:00

George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t

On Europe, vote, vote and vote again
By Staff blogger - 26 April 13:00

The European Union has always been an elite project. This was so from its earliest postwar beginnings, when the rule of cool, rational technocrats seemed infinitely preferable to the hot-blooded mass movements led by Hitler and Mussolini.

We don't trust them an inch
By Kieron O'Hara - 26 April 13:00

Across the democratic world, governing elites are mistrusted, whatever their policies. Blair's decis

The men of war
By Barbara Smith - 26 April 13:00

Barbara Smith judges that the chances for Arab-Israeli peace are as bleak as they have ever been. Ye

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