Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 24 September 13:00

Of further and better interest, as the lawyers say, is the interest shown by Michael Howard in becoming chairman of the Commons security and intelligence committee.

The New Statesman Profile: Tom Clancy
By Jason Cowley - 24 September 13:00

Jason Cowley profiles Tom Clancy, the most popular novelist on earth, whose images of catastrophe animate the modern American psyche.

The best way to do your shopping, I find, is semi-naked and coated in coconut oil
By Lauren Booth - 17 September 13:00

Have you bartered for anything lately, or have you given it up in the face of global capitalism? I remember, as a kid in the Seventies, being taken around meat markets where my family would buy sausages, chops, school uniforms, everything. Dad always got away with murder.

Why is there no British equivalent of the American Dream?
By Cristina Odone - 17 September 13:00

My American friends are amazed by the bile that is being heaped upon economic migrants in this country.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 17 September 13:00

The terror in America cast a pall over the Trades Union Congress. Delegates and media gathered by television screens in Brighton conference centre, a few weeping openly. Hardier souls watched the drama unfold in the Fiddler's Elbow.

The police have become yet another profession we like to pillory
By Cristina Odone - 10 September 13:00

Why do the British hate the police? When PC Bluestone killed his wife and two of his four children, cries of horror and anguish went up.

In Durban, a black woman peer did the white man's dirty work
By Darcus Howe - 10 September 13:00

The anti-racism conference held in Durban, South Africa, collapsed in recrimination against Israel, against calls for an apology from Europeans for the Atlantic slave trade, against calls for reparations for one of the most horrible, barbaric, evil, vicious, corrupt moments in the history of hum

We should now auction off the rights to build superstores and hotels. At least it would stop the backhanders
By Robert Peston - 10 September 13:00

One oddity of the global economic slowdown is that many companies and individuals continue to over-indulge while others, such as Marconi, are on the brink of collapse.

The New Statesman Profile - Emilio Gabaglio
By Robert Taylor - 10 September 13:00

The cigar-smoking Italian who has tried to unite the workers of Europe. Emilio Gabaglio profiled

Journalists would be less inflammatory if they just ran around the tunnel and shouted: "The Vikings are coming!"
By Mark Thomas - 10 September 13:00

The number of applicants for asylum in Britain - that is, those who apply rather than those who get leave to remain - represents less than 1 per cent of the world's refugee population. Yet these past few weeks, the hysteria surrounding asylum-seekers has reached new heights.

Under new local laws, anything other than a dinner for two is illegal
By Lauren Booth - 10 September 13:00

Montgomeryshire is the accidental and, for the authorities, unwanted home of a veritable feast of post-hippie-alternative-community dwellers.

How my hips gyrated at the joyful Notting Hill Carnival
By Darcus Howe - 03 September 13:00

Last weekend was one of supreme entertainment all round. I have criticised recent Notting Hill Carnivals for the content, their artistic side, the crudity of the costuming. I had ceased going to Notting Hill on the bank holiday. But now, its very existence is under threat.

The vicar asked: "Was James trying to wind us up when he told us to enjoy pain?"
By Lauren Booth - 03 September 13:00

For five months, I have been searching for a church to go to with my daughter. But it's been 20 years since I last went regularly and everything has changed. I stopped going after one Sunday ended in tears and humiliation.

Boycotts do work, but asking a comic to join in this one is like trying to recruit a Teletubby to the Zapatistas
By Mark Thomas - 27 August 13:00

Any activist or campaigner should be able to tell you about the problems of powdered baby milk. For a start, unscrupulous drug dealers* keep cutting cocaine with infant formula, which results in extremely healthy, nutritionally enriched nostrils and a good night's sleep.

I made my perennial mistake of winding up the enemy with a sarcastic remark
By Lauren Booth - 27 August 13:00

Every year for as long as I can remember, I have been attacked by a stranger between June and August. This year's incident happened over a parking space, after I cheekily parked in an entirely empty, but private, car park on my way to visit the dentist.

The New Statesman Profile - Robert Mugabe
By Colin Legum - 27 August 13:00

Once hailed as a new African hero and a non-racist, his behaviour is now that of the paranoidal pers

My friend, so quiet and neat, was killed on his doorstep
By Darcus Howe - 27 August 13:00

Just the other week, the government of Trinidad and Tobago sentenced ten men to the gallows.

When they moved Joanna Lumley aside to get a shot of me, I was in heaven
By Lauren Booth - 20 August 13:00

After a whole month of being a celebrity, Big Brother's "Bubble" - or "the one who sticks his tongue out for the cameras", as you may know him - has said that going to film premieres and being recognised on the street "has been very hard, and there have been times when I've cried".

The New Statesman Profile - Robert Harris
By Peter Hillmore - 20 August 13:00

The erstwhile friend of Tony Blair has made his distaste clear in a way that Labour's spinners canno

If Milosevic is to go on trial, why not Clinton and Blair, who bombed Serbia, or Kissinger, who bombed Cambodia?
By John Pilger - 20 August 13:00

The long-awaited trial of Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia now seems likely. A court comprising Cambodian and United Nations-appointed judges is all but agreed.

Something is in the air: are we to see the 1981 riots again?
By Darcus Howe - 20 August 13:00

While I was in South Africa, Brixton exploded in a mini riot following the police shooting of a black man in Angell Town: he had got out a cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun, and they had assumed it was a real one.

The man hired me for his charity on the basis of my sex agony aunt column
By Lauren Booth - 13 August 13:00

I was meeting the director of a charity that puts children aged between six and 16 in contact with adults who can help them. The man with the money lamented that no British children will receive the charity's help for a good while, due to its "terror of the tabloids".

I awoke, and in one heave threw my entire frame at him
By Darcus Howe - 13 August 13:00

Cape whites with English origins are the dominant tribe in Cape Town, where I have been with the British Council, tutoring on documentary film-making. They are as distinct and separate from the rest of South Africa as any tribe can be.

You want to see the MEPs' register of financial interests? A three-headed dog guards a handwritten copy in Brussels
By Mark Thomas - 13 August 13:00

There are few things in life lower than a tortoise's arse, except Keith Chegwin's IQ and voter turnout in a Euro election.

The New Statesman Profile - Institute for Fiscal Studies
By Martin Vander Weyer - 06 August 13:00

All the parties sought its approval during the election, but it sees itself as unravelling the decei

The old South Africa is stone cold dead, kaput
By Darcus Howe - 06 August 13:00

I am in Cape Town now, attending a documentary festival called Encounters. It is not my first time in South Africa. I travelled to Durban once to interview Mangosuthu Buthelezi in the Devil's Advocate hot seat.

Liberal elites have always disguised their innate conservatism and fixed the boundaries of public debate
By John Pilger - 06 August 13:00

At the Hay-on-Wye literary festival in May, leading members of the media and cultural elite assembled in the fine gardens of a Regency house to await the arrival of the great man. They included broadsheet editors, deputy editors, literary editors, ex-editors, novelists, actors and John Birt.

Edwina has not yet forgiven me for my live-on-air question about OAP sex
By Lauren Booth - 06 August 13:00

On Edwina Currie's Radio 5 Live show, I annoyed a listener by suggesting that increasing the numbers of police on the streets does not make all locals feel safe or more secure. Some, I said, may even feel more threatened.

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