In a show trial whose theatrical climax was clearly timed to promote George W Bush in the American midterm elections, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to hang.
<strong>Prickly Pears of Palestine</strong>
Hilda Reilly <em>Eye Books, 256pp, £9.99</em>
Even those who, from the outset, were sceptical about the shallow, vacuous policy described in London and Washington as "regime change" have been left flabbergasted by the perception of Saddam Hussein's sentencing as a 24-hour wonder. Can it really have come to that?
<strong>Baghdad Burning (volume 2)</strong>
Riverbend <em>Marion Boyars, 320pp, £7.99</em>
<strong>Taken from the New Statesman archive, 18 June 1921</strong>
This article, which gives such
Israel is facing crises on several fronts: fallout from the Lebanon war, the looming threat from Ira
Samir Kassir <em>Verso, 128pp, £10.99</em>
The great Chilean balladeer Victor Jara, who was tortured to death by the regime of General Pinochet 33 years ago, wrote a song that mocks those who see themselves as rational and liberal, yet so often retreat into the arms of authority, no matter its dishonesty and brutality to others.
The president of Pakistan's attempts to publicise his memoirs throw light on the flawed and dishones
Politicians and the mainstream media, usually perceived to be at odds, are more often than not in collusion. In the case of Iraq it was deemed some time ago that we had all "moved on". The bar was set so high that even the most horrific of incidents merited at best a passing mention.
Uncovering Iran is a great move by Radio 4 bosses
<strong>Shadow of the Silk Road</strong>
Colin Thubron <em>Chatto & Windus, 363pp, £20</em>
While attention has been elsewhere - in the case of the political class on the struggle between Messrs Brown and Blair - Britain has been sucked into another full-scale war.
Arguments over the war in Iraq have ignored the plight of the people themselves. As she says farewel
We rightly criticise Israeli aggression, but such tactics originated in liberal nations
Returning to Tyre after 20 years, Samir El-Youssef finds a diverse city has given way to a sectarian
Peaches Geldof is too self-obsessed to get under the skin of the Middle East
Ziauddin Sardar on Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan
William Wallis on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai
Damian Quinn on Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia
<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 10 December 1976.</strong>
This is Robin Co
A few weeks ago, a group of men knocked on my door. The three adults had large and unruly beards and wore shalwar kameez, the national dress of Pakistan. The two teenage boys accompanying them, in jeans and T-shirts, were in the initial stages of growing their beards.