An arms sales ban would cost us nothing
By Staff blogger - 14 June 13:00

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.

America - Andrew Stephen experiences a cicada moment
By Andrew Stephen - 07 June 13:00

The Magicicada Brood X insect appears once every 17 years. When it next resurfaces, what kind of a w

Pleased to bow to Uncle Sam
By Neil Clark - 07 June 13:00

D-Day for British politics - The UK Independence Party wants freedom from Europe only in order to tu

The rape of the wilderness
By Tristram Hunt - 31 May 13:00

If Europe venerated old cathedrals and Roman ruins, America's great monuments were its mountains and

That was the vote. Now for the real election
By George Monbiot - 31 May 13:00

In India, the world's largest democracy, democracy has been prohibited. The owners of property have

Americans get a raw deal
By Mark Bearn - 31 May 13:00

High prices and poor technology are symptoms of a deeper malaise

America - Andrew Stephen on Michael Moore's low US profile
By Andrew Stephen - 31 May 13:00

Michael Moore's triumph at Cannes got only grudging mentions in the US press. He has only a cult fol

On the political agenda
By James Crabtree - 31 May 13:00

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.

The president wiggles his hips in Detroit
By Alec Russell - 31 May 13:00

''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.

The pro-war camp is struck dumb
By Andrew Stephen - 24 May 13:00

Washington is at fever pitch over the torture revelations. Yet beyond the Beltway, many Americans ma

Elegy for the US
By Mark Bearn - 24 May 13:00

More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the new century

Godfrey Hodgson <em>Princeton Univer

Can judges restore America's honour?
By Nick Cohen - 24 May 13:00

In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court will decide if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be br

World view - Lindsey Hilsum considers the power of pictures
By Lindsey Hilsum - 17 May 13:00

US and British public opinion may be more shocked than most Iraqis by the pictures of prisoner abuse

Flaws in the American way of life
By Staff blogger - 17 May 13:00

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.

America's gulag
By Stephen Grey - 17 May 13:00

Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over

Rise of the veggie Hummer
By David Nicholson-Lord - 17 May 13:00

Observations on America and the environment

America - Andrew Stephen on why Bush can't let Rumsfeld go
By Andrew Stephen - 17 May 13:00

Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Cheney appear a sorry twosome, unable to grasp unpalatable realit

America's barbecue vote
By Becky Tinsley - 10 May 13:00

They work longer hours than Dad did, regret not having wives who stay at home, and hate seeing those

America - Andrew Stephen fears it's too little, too late for Kerry
By Andrew Stephen - 10 May 13:00

Kerry has run a woeful campaign so far, failing to counter even when unfairly attacked. After the wo

Bread and roses
By Amanda Hopkinson - 03 May 13:00

A communist with a string of colourful lovers, Tina Modotti not only photographed the Mexican revolu

America - Andrew Stephen dissects Bush's U-turn on the UN
By Andrew Stephen - 03 May 13:00

George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t

The men of war
By Barbara Smith - 26 April 13:00

Barbara Smith judges that the chances for Arab-Israeli peace are as bleak as they have ever been. Ye

America - Andrew Stephen on the mercenaries in Iraq
By Andrew Stephen - 26 April 13:00

The US military now puts machine-guns into the hands of mercenaries, who could hardly have a more "m

Axis to grind
By Michael Lind - 19 April 13:00

The President of Good and Evil: taking George W Bush seriously

Peter Singer <em>Granta Books, 256p

Andrew Stephen - Bush relaxes while soldiers die
By Andrew Stephen - 19 April 13:00

Iraq - George W Bush took five days' holiday at his Texas ranch while the rest of America was at wor

America - Andrew Stephen finds liberal talk radio not very funny
By Andrew Stephen - 12 April 13:00

The trouble with the new liberal talk-radio station is that it's not very funny. It's easier for rig

Give Blair another chance
By Mark Lynas - 05 April 13:00

Mark Lynas proposes that we should forgive the PM for Iraq if he can redeem himself by embracing a b

America - Andrew Stephen sees ass-covering in Washington
By Andrew Stephen - 05 April 13:00

The new game in Washington is CYA - cover your ass. So far, the winner is Richard Clarke, whose expl

MoveOn told to move out
By Simon Hooper - 29 March 13:00

Observations on US censorship

America - Andrew Stephen fears Kerry has already blown it
By Andrew Stephen - 29 March 13:00

The Bush camp has managed to turn Kerry into a figure of fun before the Democratic candidate has got

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