The American scene
By John Sutherland - 13 February 12:00

The FBI may have a new surveillance tool that can monitor even your thoughts -

Dubbya: just as tricky as Dickie
By Andrew Stephen - 06 February 12:00

George Bush, like Nixon before him, can't resist bugging his enemies and covering up. But does he re

Urban life - Darcus Howe dips into liquid Trinidad
By Darcus Howe - 23 January 12:00

Trinidad's Hilton hotel is full of hustlers, speaking in myriad tongues, cutting deals

A wrong turning in space
By Robin McKie - 23 January 12:00

Twenty years on from Challenger, the whole space shuttle project remains a disaster

Sport - Benjamin Markovits suffers for his triumph
By Benjamin Markovits - 16 January 12:00

It's the suffering that gives us the right to claim a victory when it comes

An American education
By Andrew Stephen - 16 January 12:00

It is "early applications" time for US universities, and families have been on tenterhooks. If you w

Gay dollar outs Ford
By Thomas Woodward - 09 January 12:00

Observations on advertising

Torture's tipping point
By Stephen Grey - 19 December 12:00

Eighteen months after Stephen Grey first described "extraordinary rendition" in these pages, he refl

Mister straight talk
By Andrew Stephen - 19 December 12:00

2006 - America : In a big election year, with the president on the ropes and the right at war with i

Pssst. How much to buy Washington?
By Andrew Stephen - 12 December 12:00

The US capital is swarming with lobbyists who are paid absurd sums to do shady deals with elected po

Urban life - Darcus Howe receives a revealing e-mail from Trinidad
By Darcus Howe - 12 December 12:00

In Trinidad, old politicians are paying the penalty for the emirate's mad gold rush

Unhappy return of the prodigal
By Nicholas Wapshott - 12 December 12:00

Observations on Ignatieff

America's ugly war of words
By Andrew Stephen - 05 December 12:00

Observations on chickenhawks

Lindsey Hilsum longs for realpolitik in place of ideology
By Lindsey Hilsum - 21 November 12:00

Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f

Torturers? Who, us?
By Andrew Stephen - 21 November 12:00

While George W Bush thinks everything is just fine, Guantanamo and the abuse of terror suspects are

Inside Guantanamo
By Clive Stafford Smith - 21 November 12:00

Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith regularly visits clients in the prison camp he calls America's "law-free

In Iraq's wild west
By Lindsey Hilsum - 07 November 12:00

Even Saddam didn't enjoy full control over the far-western tribal belt, so what can the Americans ho

Left behind on climate change, too
By Roger Harrabin - 07 November 12:00

As if he didn't have troubles enough, George Bush faces rebellion at home over his approach to climate change.

Ambushed: Why America turned on Dubbya
By Andrew Stephen - 07 November 12:00

This isn't just another Washington crisis; it is the worst calamity to befall a president since Wate

Mark Thomas is sickened by Guantanamo
By Mark Thomas - 07 November 12:00

Guantanamo prisoners describe the pain of force-feeding as unbearable: so do not read this while you

A local paper takes on the Pentagon
By Miriam Wells - 31 October 12:00

Observations on Guantanamo

It wasn't always like this
By Anton La Guardia - 31 October 12:00

There is no other alliance that compares, and it is newer than you might think. Anton La Guardia ana

New York notes
By Robert Hewison - 24 October 13:00

You need to go off-off Broadway to find a reflection of today's America

Mark Thomas looks for lost evidence
By Mark Thomas - 24 October 13:00

Getting rid of the whole bothersome process of trial and evidence would make policing a doddle

A new age of unreason
By Nicholas Wapshott - 17 October 13:00

Darwinism is on trial in the US again. But this time, argues Nicholas Wapshott, it's part of a wider

Barack Obama
By Andrew Stephen - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Andrew Stephen on America's fastest-rising political star

Hugo Chavez - showing the US who's master
By Gerri Peev - 10 October 13:00

Venezuela's president is rarely seen by foreigners for what he is: one of the world's most popular a

Faking it
By Nicholas Wapshott - 10 October 13:00

American television - What is Jon Stewart about? And why should we welcome The Daily Show? Nicholas

USA (made in China)
By Andrew Stephen - 10 October 13:00

Want to buy a bike in America? Chinese. Cadillac? Chinese parts. Wal-Mart alone imports $18bn worth