Sanctions on Iraq kill 200 children every day; bombing raids have cost the taxpayer £60 million. This is news
By John Pilger - 06 March 12:00

Last August, the defence minister John Spellar described the no-fly zones over Iraq as "international zones, designed by the international community". This is false.

I watched the tower block explode: a failed experiment in living went up in a cloud of smoke
By Suzanne Moore - 28 February 12:00

An explosion on a sunny Sunday morning is just what you need. There was to be a "controlled demolition" near where I live. A block of flats was to be blown up. I thought we might even go en famille - though this proved too much for my teenage daughter.

I'm being deprived of sleeping pills - yet another worry to keep me up all night
By Laurie Taylor - 28 February 12:00

My doctor has stopped the sleeping pills. When I called in to pick up a repeat prescription, I was ready for the usual cursory interview. "Still not sleeping too well?" "I'm afraid not." "Still kept awake by worries?" "That's right." "Any particular worries?" "Not really.

Since moving to the country, I've learnt that blackbirds are black and that robins have red breasts
By Sean French - 28 February 12:00

When I was younger, I would often arrive at the cinema after the film had begun. It didn't matter much, because when the film finished we would wait and watch the beginning of the film again until we reached a bit we recognised. You can't always do this nowadays.

I said the police were racist, and nearly went to jail
By Darcus Howe - 28 February 12:00

A young reporter from one of the broadsheets called. It was the first anniversary of Sir William Macpherson's report on the Stephen Lawrence case, and the reporter wanted to know if anything had changed over the past year.

Jack Straw would make a fine interior minister in Singapore, the land of "happy-face fascism"
By John Pilger - 21 February 12:00

When the Austrian neo-fascist Jorg Haider pointed out that his political programme closely matched that of the Blair project, his comments were lost in the heady news that Prince Charles would cancel a visit to Austria.

A little suckling baby pig it might have been, but eating it felt so liberating
By Laurie Taylor - 21 February 12:00

Over the years I've had what can only be regarded as more than my fair share of trouble with suckling pigs. When I first landed in Madrid with Ruth in the early 1980s, I had no idea that they were likely to feature on the average menu, let alone come to dominate our entire interpersonal agenda.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 21 February 12:00

Much bleating at Westminster over the funding of political parties, which new Labour says it is determined to bring under public scrutiny and control. And fine words they are.

There is a word to describe the Dome, beginning with c and ending with p. And it isn't "cheap"
By Sean French - 21 February 12:00

Let nobody deny that there are any stunning experiences at the Millennium Dome. This week, I walked across the almost deserted forecourt and found a ticket booth: "One adult, one 12 year old and one six year old, please," I said. "That'll be fifty-three pounds," the man in the booth replied.

Why all good republicans should cheer the victory of OK!
By Cristina Odone - 21 February 12:00

The Archduke of Marzipan, the Count of Westphalianham and other obscure mittel-European royals must be choking on their caviar and gagging on their champagne. Some have probably even taken to wearing black arm-bands. The reason for their distress?

My friend BW, killed by the NHS internal market
By Darcus Howe - 21 February 12:00

The state of the National Health Service is largely discussed in terms of waiting lists, availability of beds, epidemics here and there, public-spending cuts and the like.

See what wonders a puce-faced minister will perform
By Cristina Odone - 14 February 12:00

Let's hear it for the choco-terrorist, the bosomy blonde Birgit who, with a little help from her friend Max Clifford, spread an eclair across Nick Brown's face and herself across the front page of every national newspaper.

Now Uncle Tom looks like a militant terrorist
By Darcus Howe - 14 February 12:00

In all the years I have been active on race relations issues, I have never heard of Raj Chandran. Yet he is apparently the longest-serving member of the governing body of the Commission for Racial Equality.

The New Statesman Profile - Martine Aubry
By David Lawday - 14 February 12:00

She brought the 35-hour week to France, a reform of global reach. But is she a visionary or a bully?

Despite my flabby arse and potbelly, Carl Jung would have marvelled at my powerful front crawl
By Laurie Taylor - 14 February 12:00

It's a slovenly New Year's resolution that only kicks in half way through February, but the sight of my brand new Speedo goggles hanging from a kitchen hook provides comforting evidence whenever I'm brewing up that I have finally turned my fitness aspirations for the new millennium into aquatic

The Americans fight their culture wars over abortion; the British fight over buggery
By Suzanne Moore - 14 February 12:00

So they've done it then, the Lords have seen off the buggers!

Greene would finish writing before the morning had even begun; I have to beat the score on my Gameboy
By Sean French - 14 February 12:00

Each week, the Times book pages feature a regular item on "How I Write" in which someone with a new book out describes whether they use a pencil or a word processor.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 14 February 12:00

Alun Michael, the beleaguered bardic premier, should have remembered that if a week is a long time in politics, six years is not. Mr Charisma has got into difficulties as First Person of Wales largely because he cannot get Treasury funding for his Welsh Budget.

Now is that Odette? And is she in love with District Attorney Horgan? Or is that the wrong film?
By Laurie Taylor - 07 February 12:00

I knew from the reviews that Time Regained was on the longish side but, by the time I tipped out of the Renoir cinema, I had the distinct impression that I'd been out of the country for the best part of a fortnight.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 07 February 12:00

Clause 28, Thatcher's hate child for the gay community, is creating a real palaver at Westminster. The government first announced that its abolition would be a whipped vote, then backed down in the face of religious pressure, then caved in from that position in the face of a revolt by the PLP.

Were Lego bricks, with those silly great towers, really the best the 20th century could do in the way of toys?
By Sean French - 07 February 12:00

This week I discovered that there is something called the British Association of Toy Retailers. It even has a boring name. Why couldn't it be called the British Association of Toy Sellers? Then it could be known as BATS. That would be a bit funnier.

Our great Carol - can custom stale her infinite variety?
By Cristina Odone - 07 February 12:00

Here she is, crunching figures on Countdown. There she goes, revamping gnome-infested landscapes on Carol Vorderman's Better Gardens. And, oh, could that be Carol spreading cholesterol-lowering margarine on toast in a commercial?

Caribbean still clings to old colonial masters
By Darcus Howe - 07 February 12:00

The people of the Caribbean never cease to amaze me. They seem to be slowly creeping back to colonialism.

The New Statesman Profile - The Industrial Society
By Barbara Gunnell - 07 February 12:00

Once, it pressed for workers' canteens; now, the messiah of stakeholding comes to change the state i

Too much homework? I tell my daughter to strike
By Darcus Howe - 31 January 12:00

Some weeks ago I spoke at a conference on education of blacks in Hackney, organised by the local MP, Diane Abbott. It was full of anxious parents wanting the best for their children.

Blame is heaped on bad mothers, bad employers, bad government. No bad fathers mentioned whatsoever
By Suzanne Moore - 31 January 12:00

Lately life has come to resemble the Harry Enfield sketch "Women, know your place".

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 31 January 12:00

The success of the BBC political correspondent John Sergeant in landing the plum £140,000-a-year job of ITN political editor brings joy to fat, self-regarding 55-year-old Quasimodos everywhere, including me. But the Beeb is in a lather about his replacement.

Grandmother would be under an oxygen tent just from hearing the word "kinderwhore"
By Sean French - 31 January 12:00

The other day, a person who had just become a columnist for a scientific journal wrote to ask me how I avoided repeating myself in this column. I was tempted to reply, a la Groucho Marx, that I would never consider giving advice to anybody who was stupid enough to ask it from me.

Clause 28: the cardinal should try to be more Christian
By Cristina Odone - 31 January 12:00

Tomorrow, in his classroom, your teenage son will be subjected to pornographic videos hailing fisting as fab. Your daughter meanwhile will be deluged with pamphlets portraying lesbian love as the only way to come.