No longer fooled by the west
By Ali M Ansari - 18 October 13:00

When Britain failed to help liberal Iranians depose their autocratic regime, it lost crucial allies

America's next target
By Barbara Smith - 18 October 13:00

By keeping the rest of the world guessing about its nuclear capacity, Tehran has raised talk of war

Expelled to make way for a US military base, John Pilger cheers the islanders fighting dirty tricks
By John Pilger - 18 October 13:00

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.

Mission impossible?
By Tom Freeman - 11 October 13:00

We can't be sure what the UN's role will be in the future. But, for the organisation to adapt to new

World view - Michela Wrong is tired of Big Man foreign policy
By Michela Wrong - 11 October 13:00

Since colonial times, western policy in Africa has operated by wooing the local Big Man and ensuring

The real Tony Blair
By Rory Bremner - 27 September 13:00

Nothing now counts for the PM except his own self-belief. To accuse critics of tackling the man, not

Politics - John Kampfner on Blair's sixth war
By John Kampfner - 27 September 13:00

Blair's announcement of a new war - his sixth in seven years - did not go down well with his guest,

Will the US now attack Tehran?
By Staff blogger - 27 September 13:00

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.

On the atrocity at Beslan, John Pilger hears Blair echo Mussolini
By John Pilger - 20 September 13:00

The terrorism of groups and individuals, however horrific, is tiny by comparison with that of states.

Colin Powell, the anti-hero
By John Kampfner - 20 September 13:00

Observations on Stuff Happens

Condemnation is a luxury we can afford
By Staff blogger - 13 September 13:00

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?

If it didn't exist, we'd have to invent it
By Tom Freke - 13 September 13:00

The UN is the only global forum for rich and poor nations alike. Yet shabby and undermined by the U

Let's sing it for the candidate
By Nicholas Greenslade - 13 September 13:00

Observations on elections and music

Special report - A president craves understanding
By John Kampfner - 13 September 13:00

"Would you like it if people who shoot children in the back come to power, anywhere on this planet?"

Europe's very own Puerto Rico
By Tom Gallagher - 06 September 13:00

Romania, now set for EU membership, has no proper democracy or market economy. It will be the exploi

How to waste a $15bn opportunity
By Peter Gill - 06 September 13:00

George Bush and Tony Blair have a lot of money to spend on Aids in the developing world - but don't

America - Andrew Stephen finds the British talking about butts
By Andrew Stephen - 30 August 13:00

I found the British talking about Michael Moore, "the First Family" in No 10, and pains in the butt.

Politics - John Kampfner reveals Operation Bush Distance
By John Kampfner - 30 August 13:00

The PM has at last grasped the extent of Bush's unpopularity in the UK; and his officials are alarme

Fertile ground for the bad guys
By Michela Wrong - 30 August 13:00

As politicians focus on Darfur, another African conflict threatens open warfare again. And the west'

Bush, the working class hero
By Thomas Frank - 30 August 13:00

Thomas Frank on the extraordinary story of how poor Americans were persuaded to vote for right-wing

The warlords of America: what can we expect after the election?
By John Pilger - 23 August 13:00

Most of the US's recent wars were launched by Democratic presidents. Why expect better of Kerry?

Politics - John Kampfner dissects the European Commission
By John Kampfner - 23 August 13:00

With a new European Commission president who is keen to show he is no one's poodle, can Tony Blair s

America's own goal in Iraq
By Becky Tinsley - 16 August 13:00

The Coalition Provisional Authority failed to establish a structure for peaceful democracy

Arafat loses his balance
By Graham Usher - 09 August 13:00

The rebellion in Gaza shows that, when Israel leaves, the most likely result will be a bloody Palest

Why terrorists love Britain
By Jamie Campbell - 09 August 13:00

Is this country really threatened by violent attack? After talking to potential martyrs, Jamie Campb

Big ideas - The triumph of the ''I''
By Richard Reeves - 26 July 13:00

Politics - The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more

A new force in British politics
By Rob Blackhurst - 26 July 13:00

Most voters don't care about foreign policy. Muslims do, and the results could be dramatic

The biggest con-trick
By Phillip Knightley - 19 July 13:00

The Butler report 3 - We've all been dazzled by the glamour of James Bond and other fictional heroes

Blair is weighed in the balance and found wanting
By John Kampfner - 19 July 13:00

Lord Butler, behind the soft language, has coruscating criticisms. If the PM gets away with it, it w

He got it wrong
By Staff blogger - 19 July 13:00

The decision to take his or her country to war is the gravest that a prime minister can make.

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