When Britain failed to help liberal Iranians depose their autocratic regime, it lost crucial allies
By keeping the rest of the world guessing about its nuclear capacity, Tehran has raised talk of war
More than 30 years ago, the British expelled the inhabitants of Diego Garcia so the US could establish a military base. Now the islanders are fighting back.
We can't be sure what the UN's role will be in the future. But, for the organisation to adapt to new
Since colonial times, western policy in Africa has operated by wooing the local Big Man and ensuring
Nothing now counts for the PM except his own self-belief. To accuse critics of tackling the man, not
Blair's announcement of a new war - his sixth in seven years - did not go down well with his guest,
If you think that even George W Bush would not be foolish enough to start a war in Iran, think back to how unlikely an invasion of Iraq seemed three years ago.
The terrorism of groups and individuals, however horrific, is tiny by comparison with that of states.
Observations on Stuff Happens
Are we right, when faced with atrocity, simply to compete in voicing expressions of denunciation and outrage? Do all attempts to understand the motives of the perpetrators, or to reflect on what drove them to act so abominably, risk moral equivalence and compromise our own humanity?
The UN is the only global forum for rich and poor nations alike. Yet shabby and undermined by the U
Observations on elections and music
"Would you like it if people who shoot children in the back come to power, anywhere on this planet?"
Romania, now set for EU membership, has no proper democracy or market economy. It will be the exploi
George Bush and Tony Blair have a lot of money to spend on Aids in the developing world - but don't
I found the British talking about Michael Moore, "the First Family" in No 10, and pains in the butt.
The PM has at last grasped the extent of Bush's unpopularity in the UK; and his officials are alarme
As politicians focus on Darfur, another African conflict threatens open warfare again. And the west'
Thomas Frank on the extraordinary story of how poor Americans were persuaded to vote for right-wing
Most of the US's recent wars were launched by Democratic presidents. Why expect better of Kerry?
With a new European Commission president who is keen to show he is no one's poodle, can Tony Blair s
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
Politics - The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more
Most voters don't care about foreign policy. Muslims do, and the results could be dramatic
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