Mark Thomas on an al-Qaeda recruiting campaign
By Mark Thomas - 10 February 12:00

It's not true that most Iraqi exiles want a war. Who would want 3,000 missiles raining down on their

John Pilger accuses the Observer of a great betrayal
By John Pilger - 03 February 12:00

In its leaders supporting the war in Iraq, the Observer proves that it has truly buried its great li

The others
By Johann Hari - 03 February 12:00

Edward Said: criticism and society

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Darcus Howe fears that war will claim his nephew
By Darcus Howe - 03 February 12:00

Not one member of the government stands to lose a son in this war. My brother does

The puppet master
By Andrew Stephen - 27 January 12:00

The US thought it could swat Saddam like a fly. But the Iraqi dictator has manoeuvred so cleverly th

Who's afraid of Rebekah Wade?
By Helena Smith - 27 January 12:00

Observations on Hans Blix

Hawks hold the key to Blair's future
By John Kampfner - 20 January 12:00

The Prime Minister's fate is in the hands of Donald Rumsfeld. It is an alarming prospect, but Downing Street strategists know that if the US defence secretary wins the latest battle for the president's ear it could spell disaster. "We think Bush is with us.

Can he be stopped?
By John Kampfner - 20 January 12:00

When it comes to war on Iraq, Clare Short has been portrayed as a dissenter. But she tells John Kamp

NS Essay - 'American culture is animated by a heresy: that human nature is not inherently flawed but essentially good'
By John Gray - 20 January 12:00

The real danger of President Bush's plans for Iraq is that they are based on the belief that evil ca

Politics - John Kampfner reveals an Anglo-US split
By John Kampfner - 13 January 12:00

Britain feels betrayed by America over Israel. When Sharon wrecked the proposed conference in London

The most appalling miscalculation
By Staff blogger - 13 January 12:00

Behind all the arguments over the impending war in Iraq lies a curiously undebated subject: the risk that Saddam Hussein will use weapons of mass destruction either before America attacks him or immediately after an attack.

Can God stop the war?
By Bryan Appleyard - 06 January 12:00

The churches, with Canterbury to the fore, are becoming the main opposition to invading Iraq. This,

Cartoon wars
By Nicholas Blincoe - 06 January 12:00

By dramatising events in comic-book form, Joe Sacco's Palestine exposes the fantasy of the Israeli o

Our man in the land of Zam Zam Cola
By Christina Lamb - 16 December 12:00

Christina Lamb meets Britain's lone crusader in the Arab world, trying to win hearts and minds: he's

Why the French call us Londonistan
By John Kampfner - 09 December 12:00

The pressure is on to dump civil liberties. Incredible as it may seem to us, Tony Blair is accused b

Mark Thomas wonders if Saddam's men recycle paper
By Mark Thomas - 09 December 12:00

Just under two years ago, Jack Straw believed that Iraq's security forces were even-handed and just.

NS Profile - The Israeli left
By Stephen Howe - 09 December 12:00

At home, they are regarded as outdated dreamers; abroad, as accomplices in war crimes. They face a b

NS Essay - 'Saddam, Arafat and the Saudis hate the Jews and want to see them destroyed'
By Richard Webster - 02 December 12:00

. . . or so says the right-wing writer Andrew Sullivan. And he has a point. Does the western left re

Mark Thomas pooh-poohs the plot to gas us
By Mark Thomas - 25 November 12:00

The government is trying to alarm you about terrorist attacks just as the weapons inspectors go into

America - Andrew Stephen says Resolution 1441 suits Bush fine
By Andrew Stephen - 18 November 12:00

As 250,000 ground troops get ready to invade Iraq, the assumption is that Saddam Hussein will be top

The flirts in the park
By Lindsey Hilsum - 11 November 12:00

The morals police are ready with whips. But Iranian lovers know how to stay out of trouble

Iran totters between two evils
By Lindsey Hilsum - 04 November 12:00

Faced with a choice between the Butcher of Baghdad and the Great Satan, which do you back?

In the Middle East, you will hear the worst story ever told
By Ahdaf Soueif - 04 November 12:00

For the award-winning Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, the looming war in Iraq provides a tragic narr

Calvin Klein beneath a veil
By Johann Hari - 04 November 12:00

Observations on Arabs and America

America - Andrew Stephen reveals Britain's rewards in Iraq
By Andrew Stephen - 04 November 12:00

The US is making it clear that there will be rewards and punishments after a second Gulf war. Britai

Dad's Army hits Jordan
By Andrew Gilligan - 28 October 12:00

Where do arms dealers, Prince Andrew and the "axis of evil" mingle? Andrew Gilligan finds them all a

Just how bigoted are Britons?
By Gabriele Parussini - 28 October 12:00

Observations on anti-semitism

Mark Thomas calls Labour voters to action
By Mark Thomas - 28 October 12:00

Bush wants war with Iraq and will use any excuse - like Saddam Hussein has infringed the copyright l

Saddam, the 100 per cent Prophet
By Lindsey Hilsum - 21 October 13:00

Observations on Iraq

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