Observations on media
The 9/11 commission has put Bush and Cheney on the defensive by revealing that many of their claims
When even Gavin Esler eulogises Ronald Reagan, we're in trouble. Here is a list of books that offer
With the November elections looming, the administration suddenly cares about what other countries sa
Observations on Puerto Rico
A few days ago, the Foreign Office - and let us at least give it credit for increased transparency - issued its annual report on arms control. It reveals that licences were granted for £992m-worth of arms exports in 2003.
US presidents are usually frightened of intelligence chiefs because they know where the bodies are b
In its D-Day issue, the Observer presented Blair with pat-a-cake questions. His inane replies were n
D-Day for British politics - The UK Independence Party wants freedom from Europe only in order to tu
The Magicicada Brood X insect appears once every 17 years. When it next resurfaces, what kind of a w
''Dubbya, Dubbya, Dubbya." It was 8.30pm at a stadium on the edge of Detroit, and on the giant central podium an increasingly pink-cheeked Candice Miller, a Republican congresswoman, was doing her best to warm up the crowd. It was not easy going.
If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and
In India, the world's largest democracy, democracy has been prohibited. The owners of property have
High prices and poor technology are symptoms of a deeper malaise
Michael Moore's triumph at Cannes got only grudging mentions in the US press. He has only a cult fol
Technology policy in an election year? Don't hold your breath. And anyway, President Bush is no techno-phile. His most coherent thought on the network society came during the 2000 race.
More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the new century
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In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br
Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma
Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Cheney appear a sorry twosome, unable to grasp unpalatable realit
US and British public opinion may be more shocked than most Iraqis by the pictures of prisoner abuse
What the New Statesman and several of its commentators such as John Pilger and Ziauddin Sardar have said for the past two years is now being accepted across the political spectrum.
Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over
Observations on America and the environment
They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those
Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo
A communist with a string of colourful lovers, Tina Modotti not only photographed the Mexican revolu
George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t