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.
In its D-Day issue, the Observer presented Blair with pat-a-cake questions. His inane replies were n
The Americans claim to want to nurture reform in the Arab world, yet they ban the tiny Gulf state of
Andrew Simms dissects the pitiful record of G8, a summit of the industrialised countries that specia
D-Day for British politics - The UK Independence Party wants freedom from Europe only in order to tu
D-Day for British politics - Respect, the alliance between the Muslim Association of Britain and the
''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.
If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and
In India, the world's largest democracy, democracy has been prohibited. The owners of property have
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.
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.
Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma
We know about his economic policies. But where does the Chancellor stand on wars, Israel, schools, a
In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br
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.
They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those
Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo
George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t
To make the case for Europe, the Prime Minister will have to show foresight and zeal, commodities th
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.
Across the democratic world, governing elites are mistrusted, whatever their policies. Blair's decis
Barbara Smith judges that the chances for Arab-Israeli peace are as bleak as they have ever been. Ye
When Spain announced it would pull its troops out of Iraq, it was accused of rewarding terrorism. Bu
The pro- and anti-war camps, polarised and strident in the US and Britain, are contained inside the
Iraq - Jordan fears a backlash against its support of America; Syria worries about economic sanction
The President of Good and Evil: taking George W Bush seriously
Peter Singer <em>Granta Books, 256p
In the ten countries that will soon accede, support for the EU has now given way to disillusion - no
Diplomats have the same faults as foreign correspondents: they don't get out enough, they socialise