The latest tangle over immigration is a telling illustration of new Labour's two greatest weaknesses: its anxiety to please business and its wish simultaneously to placate popular prejudice as expressed mainly by the Daily Mail and the Sun.
How the West Indies cricket disaster toppled an old and oppressive dynasty
We can expect a flood of criticism of Rwanda's leadership since the genocide, and there is much to c
The Bush camp has managed to turn Kerry into a figure of fun before the Democratic candidate has got
The killing of the Hamas spiritual leader gives militant Islam another potent image. But violent dea
Even if Ariel Sharon's men do succeed in eliminating the entire Hamas leadership, the suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israel will continue and perhaps intensify. No doubt the classic texts of counter-insurgency advise that resistance is best crushed by eliminating its leaders.
Observations on the media and Haiti
Cities soon bounced back from 9/11 and, despite repeated warnings of terror attacks, are now said to
For the first time since the Second World War, the civilian populations of western democracies are themselves the targets of hostile, foreign attacks.
No front pages in the west mourn victims of the enduring bloodbath in occupied Palestine, the equiva
Brown is moving reluctantly towards Blair's position on income tax: for a third election, pledges of
It was an open secret that Jose Luis RodrIguez Zapatero, leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE), expected to stay in opposition for the next four years.
Iraq one year on - The shooting isn't just between occupying forces and guerrillas. The Iraqi Govern
Observations on Greek socialists
Iraq one year on - What are the responsibilities of an occupying power in its withdrawal? By Ken Rot
To understand how much the Iraq war has changed the world, cast your mind back - not just one year to when the war started, but more than two years to when we first heard of the "axis of evil".
Iraq one year on - Iraq faces a fascist uprising and liberals here should back that country's democr
Inside Putin's Russia
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Iraq one year on - Until recently, George W Bush's attempts to play the patriotic card had been succ
The entente cordiale, to be celebrated by the Queen in a sentimental speech, is a lie. In 1904, it s
Observations on Serbia by Neil Clark
In Haiti, the other Caribbean governments see a reflection of where they are all headed
The Attorney General's legal case for invading Iraq last year looks ever more flimsy. Our political
The man who, after Super Tuesday, is all but certain to become the Democrats' candidate for presiden
Observations on the US presidential elections
Michael Lind reveals who is really fighting in Iraq: southerners who, unlike the secularised Puritan
The Democrats see Ralph Nader as nothing but a spoiler. Howard Dean has pleaded with people not to v