Middle East: keep US and UK out
By Staff blogger - 14 February 12:00

The most encouraging thing about the latest handshake between the leaders of Israel and Palestine is that it took place on the shores of the Red Sea and not on the White House lawn. There was not an American "mediator" in sight.

US sinners repent
By Tony Grayling - 14 February 12:00

Observations on global warming

Would Condi and Dubbya really start another war?
By Guy Dinmore - 14 February 12:00

Iran - Washington is confused about Iran, with many analysts doubting military action is do-able. Th

Darcus Howe watches monopoly at work in Barbados
By Darcus Howe - 07 February 12:00

How a former UK minister tried but failed to help his multinational bosses

Warlords' threat to secede
By Shiv Malik - 07 February 12:00

Observations on Afghanistan

Politics - John Kampfner on the EU's straight banana factor
By John Kampfner - 07 February 12:00

The task facing pro-Europeans is bleaker than at any other time in Tony Blair's two terms. So risky

How the west dug holes for the poor
By Staff blogger - 07 February 12:00

During the cold war, the developed nations lent willingly to Africa. No worries then about how corrupt dictators might misuse the money or line their own pockets: the US gave millions to the notorious Mobutu regime in Zaire.

In Brussels, the lobbyocracy rules
By Barbara Gunnell - 07 February 12:00

EU laws affect us all, but it's the corporate lobbyists who have the biggest influence on them. Thei

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

It's new Labour, Delhi-style
By Sarah Bancroft - 31 January 12:00

Observations on India

The Middle East's Generation X
By Allegra Stratton - 31 January 12:00

Iraq elections - Two-thirds of Arabs are under 25, and they are better educated than ever. History s

A lefty the left doesn't like
By Tom Gallagher - 31 January 12:00

Observations on a visitor from Romania

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

The present sanctions are a farce: 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.

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

Observations on Iraq (2)

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.

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

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

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

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

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