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.

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.

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.

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 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".

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.

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

They used to think I looked like Bridget Fonda. Nowadays, it's "Zoe fucking Ball"!
By Lauren Booth - 30 July 13:00

There seems to come a time when just to be "healthy" and "in possession of all my senses" offers a unique satisfaction, and when having a birthday stops being a chore.

Can rottweilers be trained as guard dogs? If so, will Blunkett get one to round off his new image?
By Mark Thomas - 30 July 13:00

President Bush's recent attempts to wreck the UN's efforts to control small arms exports were widely ridiculed by liberals as doing the bidding of America's National Rifle Association.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 30 July 13:00

It was bound to happen, given the febrile end-of-term atmosphere at Westminster. MPs are talking up the prospect of Michael Portillo defecting to the Labour Party. Superficially, it looks right.

At 14, I was already a regular puffer. I'd set off to school lighting a roach
By Lauren Booth - 23 July 13:00

Steve, the money-mad entrepreneur, is over from the US. He is in town for our friend Molly's funeral - oh and, as usual, a lot of "pardying".

In Jamaica, the guns blaze. Will it be the same in Brixton?
By Darcus Howe - 23 July 13:00

Readers will expect me to write about Brixton. There is so much at stake that every line written or word said is likely to affect the community in one way or another. Only two facts are available. A young man lay dead on the Angell Town Estate with a gun-shaped cigarette lighter at his side.

Expect rape and pillage as men become the new oppressed
By Cristina Odone - 23 July 13:00

Police shot into rioting youth with sleep darts last night, trying to bring to a halt the rampage that had left shops looted, cars ablaze and several hospitals vandalised.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 23 July 13:00

Delving beneath the surface of t'Great Revolt over Commons select committees, it seems that the authorities had good and sufficient reasons to get rid of both Donald Anderson and Gwyneth Dunwoody. Anderson, it is argued, could not control the foreign affairs committee he chaired.

I have become Lynda Lee-Potter, reactionary and scared of a little innuendo
By Lauren Booth - 16 July 13:00

Martin burst out: "How disgusting and ridiculous" - as he read the newspaper article being passed around the table. "I can't believe this French Connection story," he continued.

Bradford: when there is no work, the mullahs step in
By Darcus Howe - 16 July 13:00

The more this Bradford business continues, the more the recent and distant pasts illuminate. I recently met young Gary, whom I had known from Race Today's campaigns in Bradford about 30 years ago.

On Fuck the Environment Day, we would all eat whale meat, enjoy unsafe sex and leave the car running
By Mark Thomas - 16 July 13:00

Just over a decade ago, "green issues" were considered to be the preserve of worthy blokes with beards, BO and a T-shirt one size too small for them. The only other time that anyone ever mentioned "green issues" was in the hushed atmosphere of the STD clinic.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 16 July 13:00

It is an imposing sight. Each morning, after he has ironed Peter Mandelson's copy of the Times, Shaun Woodward's butler takes the redisgraced ex- minister's two dogs for a walk in St James's Park. Mandy follows a yard behind, and the Special Branch detective a few paces behind him.

Women used to be blamed for infertility; now, men get the rap
By Cristina Odone - 09 July 13:00

Do you shoot blanks? This is the question on every woman's lips. As evidence grows of the alarming decline in male fertility (nothing, alas, that a little Viagra can solve) women with an eye on procreation are trying to determine whether getting it together with you is just a waste of time.

Bermuda is governed by blacks, yet a waitress will not serve me
By Darcus Howe - 09 July 13:00

I am seeking shelter everywhere from the persistent and insistent rays of sunlight. Between 11am and 3pm, all is purgatory. For a few minutes, maybe, the swimming pool, then the ocean, but these provide only momentary relief.

The state is more powerful than ever; the view that big business alone shapes the new world order is wrong
By John Pilger - 09 July 13:00

There is a view fashionable in the media that the world is being taken over by huge multinational corporations, accountable to no one. "Governments are reduced to playing the role of servile lackeys to big business," Noreena Hertz, the dissident financier, wrote in these pages recently.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 09 July 13:00

The vexed issue of Tony Blair's alleged agreement to stand down during his second term to give Gordon Brown a bash at the premiership is about to be disinterred by Jim Naughtie of Radio 4's Today programme.

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