The Coalition Provisional Authority failed to establish a structure for peaceful democracy
The rebellion in Gaza shows that, when Israel leaves, the most likely result will be a bloody Palest
Is this country really threatened by violent attack? After talking to potential martyrs, Jamie Campb
Most voters don't care about foreign policy. Muslims do, and the results could be dramatic
Politics - The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more
The Bush-Cheney team's electoral strategy is to repeat the same lies over and over. Despite the damn
The Butler report 3 - We've all been dazzled by the glamour of James Bond and other fictional heroes
Lord Butler, behind the soft language, has coruscating criticisms. If the PM gets away with it, it w
The decision to take his or her country to war is the gravest that a prime minister can make.
Israel and the United States - For years, America has given almost uncritical financial and diplomat
Negotiations - A decade ago, the leaders of the two sides shook hands on the White House lawn, and a
History - As the old empires crumbled, the Jews aspired to take control of their historic homeland.
They are a cause, a history, a nation and a land. Millions are in exile, millions more live under Is
Blair can't keep out of the US elections. When he is pictured shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush, he giv
Observations on the European Commission president
Iraq handover - The Bush administration, having lost control of events, is unravelling, with even me
Iraq handover - Puppet regimes have had a poor record over the past 2,000 years. Allawi is unlikely
Iraq handover - Lindsey Hilsum in Baghdad learns where to buy a CD-Rom on how to make a bomb, and ar
In looking after their interests abroad, the French have overlooked bribery, corruption and even gen
With the November elections looming, the administration suddenly cares about what other countries sa
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.
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
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.
D-Day for British politics - Respect, the alliance between the Muslim Association of Britain and the
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
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.