Iraq elections - Two-thirds of Arabs are under 25, and they are better educated than ever. History s
Observations on a visitor from Romania
Iraq elections - The principles of the Bush administration are elastic. The future of Iran and Iraq
As the government gently distances us from Washington, Jack Straw's low-key diplomacy in Iran has be
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.
It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme
The new Palestinian leader doesn't matter to Israel. The real negotiation is with America
With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right.
Just as Bush and his team marshalled facts and factoids of doubtful provenance to justify invading I
Observations on Iraq (2)
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.
What's in a word? In politics, everything, argues Richard Reeves. Get the language right and you can
Inauguration - Research
With US soldiers dying in Iraq, he could have kept it low-key. Instead, he wants $40m worth of balls
Inauguration - Four more years of unfettered Bush may sound like a disaster for America and the worl
Inauguration - He's no pin-up and he is hardly the perfect family man, but George W has a certain so
Inauguration - John Gray justifies Fallujah and Guantanamo and looks forward to further developments
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.
While the sea may have killed tens of thousands, western policies kill millions every year.
Tsunami 2: Americans, who think they are uniquely generous, give just five cents a day each to chari
2005: China - The workers' party has become the party of a graduate elite, and its cells are require
2005: New media - The British left holds up Howard Dean's US campaign as a model. How wrong
2005: China - Inequalities are not based only on wages. Peasants have to pay more than 100 levies to
2005: China - China still punches below its weight on the international stage, but it is the only c