Perhaps the Muslim world has to go through a new Islamist phase as the result of democratic change -
African special - Observations on Omar Bongo of Gabon
Observations on female suffrage
There is a vacancy in the axis of evil, and the real threat to Syria therefore comes, not from Leban
Those who regard themselves as commissars of the respectable, moral, liberal class should stop covering for Blair.
The murders in Lebanon and Somalia show that wars we thought we could forget are still simmering awa
Iran - Iran is not some ill-sorted colonial confection like Iraq with 80 years on the clock. This pr
Iran - Frances Harrison, the BBC's new woman in Tehran, finds it a complicated city where eyeshadow
The most encouraging thing about the latest handshake between the leaders of Israel and Palestine is that it took place on the shores of the Red Sea and not on the White House lawn. There was not an American "mediator" in sight.
Iran - Washington is confused about Iran, with many analysts doubting military action is do-able. Th
Iran - Should we fear Iran? Experience has taught its people that war is expensive in both human and
I feared that I had become a stooge. Embedded with the British forces, I came to Basra to report on
Iraq elections - Two-thirds of Arabs are under 25, and they are better educated than ever. History s
Iraq elections - Stephen Grey argues that Britain has completely failed in Iraq and that if we keep
Iraq elections - The principles of the Bush administration are elastic. The future of Iran and Iraq
It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme
Iraq elections - Tom Roberts, embedded with US troops for a month, finds their professionalism impre
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.
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.
The new Palestinian leader doesn't matter to Israel. The real negotiation is with America
Observations on Iraq (2)
Inauguration - John Gray justifies Fallujah and Guantanamo and looks forward to further developments